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Posted on: September 18, 2019

[ARCHIVED] 22nd Annual Carrboro Music Festival Information



Our Festival offers two great days of music and it is all FREE! Following the Farmer's Market on Saturday, September 28th, the Festival Kick-off Event, featuring several great acts, will be held at Town Commons (301 W. Main St.) from 2:00pm-7:00pm.  On Saturday evening, a free (ticketed) show will be held at the Cat's Cradle Back Room at 8:00pm (Doors open at 7:00pm).  Please visit for more details.

On Sunday, September 29th, enjoy nearly 200 musical performances at 26 various indoor and outdoor venues all across Carrboro! A couple of venues will begin at 12:00pm on Sunday with others beginning after 1:00pm.  We will also have Non-Profit Groups, Craft Vendors, and Food Vendors available at Carrboro Town Commons from 1:00pm-7:00pm on Sunday.  No tickets are required and all shows are free!

For more information, please visit .  A Festival Guide & Map is available, along with a sortable Excel database to search bands by name, genre, location, and time.  Any changes that occur after the Festival Guide & Map is published will be reflected on the Excel file.  

For the 2nd year, we will be offering a festival phone app.!  New for this year, the phone app. will be a standalone app. available by searching 'Carrboro Music Festival' in your phone's app. store.  The app. is in the final stages of development and will be available before the festival.


Saturday, September 28th:
There will be no street closures for the Saturday portion of the Festival.

Sunday, September 29th:
The following streets will be closed from 12:00pm until 7:00pm:

Weaver Street
Center Street @ Weaver Street
Lindsay Street @ Weaver Street
Oak Street @ Weaver Street


A free shuttle bus will be provided on Sunday, September 29th.  The shuttle will run from the Jones Ferry Rd. Park & Ride Lot located just south of the Jones Ferry Rd./Old Fayetteville Rd. intersection and adjacent to University Lake Dr.  Shuttle hours are 12:00pm-9:00pm.  The shuttle will run every 15-20 minutes.


For detailed information on Festival parking and transportation, please visit the Festival website and click on the Parking link.  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 Rd. lot.

If you are driving into the downtown area, parking lots at Carrboro Elementary School (400 Shelton St.) and Piedmont Health Services (301 Lloyd St.) will be available for public parking.  We also highly-encourage carpooling for those who are driving.

Please note that due to street closures and performer parking, the following public parking lots will be unavailable for public parking:

303 W. Weaver St.
200 E. Main St. (located off of Roberson St. near Armadillo Grill)
100 N. Greensboro St. (Lot across from the Century Center- No public parking with the exception performers and disability parking with valid tag in designated spaces)
301 W. Main St. (Parking at Town Hall will be limited to performers and disability parking with valid tag in designated spaces)

We ask that festival-goers also park only in designated areas.  Please do not block ingress/egress of town streets.  Please also take care to not block access to residential and commercial driveways.

Please exercise caution if driving through the downtown area, as there will be a large number of pedestrians walking between the various venues throughout the day.  We want to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable experience at the event.


Questions regarding the Music Festival may be directed to the Recreation & Parks Department at 919.918.7364. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm.

We look forward to seeing you at this year's festival!

Carrboro Music Festival Website
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