FESTIVAL UPDATE: The 2022 Carrboro Music Festival is scheduled to occur on Sunday, October 2nd, with kickoff events on Saturday, October 1st. Performer applications are now available! Please continue to check this website for updates.
Established in 1998, the Festival was originally held on June 21st as an official affiliate of the Fête de la Musique, which is also known as 'Make Music Day'. The purpose of the event was to make all genres of music more accessible to the public through free concerts where all performers donated their time. As the Carrboro Music Festival was eventually moved to a cooler Fall date, the official relationship with 'Make Music Day' came to an end.
More recently, the Carrboro Music Festival has been an effort to host a free two-day event that showcases Triangle-area performers and the varied musical styles they represent. While performers in prior years received t-shirts and food vouchers in appreciation for volunteering their time in the same spirit as the Fête de la Musique, groups who are officially selected will now receive paid compensation in the form of an honorarium.
The event is a product of a coordinated effort by the Carrboro Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources Department and the Carrboro Music Festival Planning Committee.
This program is supported by the Town of Carrboro and the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority. Generous support is also provided by the local business community. Please visit the sponsorship page for a complete list of sponsors.