Parking and Directions

Info and advice from Chapel Hill locals.

We know parking in Chapel Hill can be a challenge, especially if you’re not familiar with town and University parking regulations. Below, you’ll find information and local tips to help make finding parking as seamless as possible. As always, we encourage you to arrive early to allow plenty of time to find a parking spot before the event begins!

Parking — CPA Events

CPA events are presented in three venues on UNC-Chapel Hill’s campus: Memorial Hall, Moeser Auditorium at Hill Hall, and CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio. See below to find the parking options available for each location.

Public Pay Lots 

During all CPA events in Memorial Hall, there are three nearby parking lots – NashVenable and Morehead – reserved exclusively for CPA patron use, making it easier for patrons to find parking and to find it closer to our venues. During Hill Hall events, Morehead is the only lot reserved for CPA patrons.

Purchase your parking permit in advance ($5 per car) through the ParkMobile website, or phone number to reserve your space and make your arrival and parking experience as efficient as possible.  Upon arrival, simply display your virtual permit (QR code) to the lot monitor to have it scanned before you park.  

Public Pay Lots are open beginning at 5:30 PM.

Details about the path from each of our Public Pay Lots to Memorial Hall: 

Nash lot

LOT NAME: Nash

LOT SIZE: 150 spaces

ACCESSIBILITY:  Accessible parking is available, but this location is not recommended for patrons with low mobility or those using devices, such as wheelchairs, as the paths to Memorial Hall are not accessible. NOTE: There is a location in front of Memorial where patrons can be dropped off before parking.

PATH FROM LOT TO MEMORIAL: There are several paths patrons can take, all of which require crossing at least one street and include a mix of brick sidewalk, pavement and gravel walkways.  Sidewalks are uneven in several places, often due to large tree roots. Minimal incline/decline between lot and Memorial.

ESTIMATED TRAVEL TIME TO MEMORIAL HALL: 7-10 minutes

morehead lot

LOT NAME: Morehead

LOT SIZE: 65 spaces

ACCESSIBILITY: This location is strongly recommended for patrons with low mobility and those using mobility devices, such as wheelchairs. Accessible parking is available. Path is mostly brick sidewalk and pavement with minimal incline/decline and does include crossing one street (Cameron Avenue).

PATH FROM LOT TO MEMORIAL: Path is mostly brick sidewalk and pavement with minimal incline/decline and does include crossing one street (Cameron Avenue).

ESTIMATED TRAVEL TIME TO MEMORIAL HALL: 5–7 minutes

venable lot

LOT NAME: Venable 

LOT SIZE: 50 spaces

ACCESSIBILITY: Accessible parking is available. The accessible route to Memorial Hall is from the lot entrance/exit (on South Road) and then along Columbia Street before turning right at Cameron Avenue. This path is mostly brick sidewalk and pavement and does include a medium incline along Columbia Avenue. No streets need to be crossed to get from the lot to Memorial Hall.

PATH FROM LOT TO MEMORIAL: There are any number of paths that patrons can take between this lot and Memorial Hall, none of which require crossing a street, but do likely involve steps, inclines and a variety of path types (bricks, pavement, etc.).  

ESTIMATED TRAVEL TIME TO MEMORIAL HALL: 6–8 minutes

Donor Parking 

We’re pleased to offer reserved parking for donors in our Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and DLS tiers for CPA events in Memorial Hall and Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall. Reserved donor parking is not provided for events at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio. Learn more about out how you can support CPA, our artists and students.  

Donor Parking lots are open beginning at 5:30 PM.

Accessible Parking

Accessible parking is available in all public pay lots and donor lots.   

Golf Cart Shuttle Service 

During Memorial Hall events, a Golf Cart Shuttle Service is offered between the Swain Lot and Memorial Hall for any patrons with mobility concerns. Patrons needing to use this service may park in the Swain lot. Please note that upon arrival, you must present an official accessible parking permit, placard or license plate, and then purchase your ParkMobile parking permit from the lot attendant (credit card sales only) or present a valid CPA donor permit. Advance purchase is not allowed.

Golf Cart Shuttle Service begins 90 minutes before curtain.

CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio Parking

For events at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, parking at Carolina Square is convenient, but can be expensive. The first 45 minutes are free. The next 45 minutes cost $2. Every hour after that costs an additional $5 per hour. A more affordable option is the Rosemary Lot off of Rosemary Street, below Spicy 9 and Que Chula.

Town of Chapel Hill Lots

The Town of Chapel Hill has its own pay-by-the-hour parking lots to choose from. A full list of Town of Chapel Hill parking lots can be found on their website. Parking in Town lots is free on Saturdays and Sundays in December and all observed national holidays.


Parking — Rental Events

Please contact the organization hosting your event for any additional information or details about special parking arrangements they may have made for their guests.

Weekday Parking on UNC Campus

Does your event fall on a Monday–Friday between the hours of 7:30 AM and 5 PM? If so, parking options on campus are very limited and your best options are likely Town of Chapel Hill Lots

Weeknight Parking on UNC Campus

Does your event fall on a Monday–Thursday evening? You can use the university’s weeknight parking permit program to park for $1 in any non-reserved spot in any lot or garage through the ParkMobile appwebsite, or phone number on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note: These permits are available to all UNC visitors and cannot be reserved in advance. Availability varies, particularly when UNC Athletics hosts events. A full list of qualifying lots can be found on UNC’s website.

Weekend Parking on the UNC-Chapel Hill Campus

Does your event fall on a Friday–Sunday evening or Saturday–Sunday matinee? Campus parking in non-reserved spots is free and open to the public during these times.

CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio Parking

For events at CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, parking at Carolina Square is convenient, but can be expensive. The first 45 minutes are free. The next 45 minutes cost $2. Every hour after that costs an additional $5 per hour. A more affordable option is the Rosemary Lot off of Rosemary Street, below Spicy 9 and Que Chula.

Town of Chapel Hill Lots

The Town of Chapel Hill has its own pay-by-the-hour parking lots to choose from. A full list of Town of Chapel Hill parking lots can be found on their website. Parking in Town lots is free on Saturdays and Sundays in December and all observed national holidays.


Directions

For detailed directions from your starting location, we recommend using Google Maps.

If you have any questions, you can reach our Box Office by phone at 919.843.3333 or email at carolinaperformingarts@unc.edu.

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