CARRBORO, NC -- On Sunday, Oct. 1, 2023, the Carrboro Music Festival will host 100 acts all over Carrboro, all for free.
One of the largest free music festivals in North Carolina, the festival marks its 26th year. Established in 1998, the festival was originally held on June 21 as an official affiliate of the Fête de la Musique, which is also known as 'Make Music Day'.
A free show will kick off the Carrboro Music Festival at the Cat’s Cradle backroom on Saturday, Sept. 30 featuring TRUTH CLUB. No tickets are required and all shows are free!
Get the complete list of shows at the festival website or download the festival app. DON’T MISS the hip-hop show beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cat’s Cradle backroom featuring 14 bands!
The Bazaar will also be underway from 1 to 7 p.m. at Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., along with non-profit groups, craft vendors, and food vendors.
This year, the Carrboro Music Festival is featuring free educational workshops starting at 10 a.m. at the Century Center and other locations! These include learning about synthesizers, recording, accordions and more! (some workshops require registration and have limited availability). For more information and to register, please go to https://register1.vermontsystems.com/wbwsc/nccarrboro.wsc/splash.html and look under "Special Events". If you don't have an account, you will need to create one before registering.
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Festival Parking, Shuttles and Alternative Transportation
Each year, the festival draws a large number of attendees. Please consider alternative modes of transportation when accessing the event.
We highly-encourage festival attendees to walk or bike to the venues if possible. We need to be able to accommodate our performers and allow them to park in designated areas near their respective venues, so public parking may be limited in some lots. If attending the festival by car, please utilize the FREE park & ride shuttle from the Jones Ferry Road lot.
The Town of Carrboro has partnered with Chapel Hill Transit to provide a free shuttle for festival goers. The shuttle will run on Sunday from 12 noon to 9 p.m. from the Jones Ferry Road Park & Ride Lot, located just south of the intersection of Old Fayetteville Rd. and Jones Ferry Rd., across from the entrance to Poplar Place Apartment Homes and beside University Lake Rd.
Shuttle service will run approximately every 15-20 minutes and drop-off locations exist near most of the music venues.