- Carrboro Music Festival: October 2
- West End Poetry Festival: October 14-15
- Carrboro Film Fest: November 18-20
CARRBORO, N.C. – The Town of Carrboro has announced festival lineups and date information for three of the Triangle’s most beloved fall festivals starting Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022.
Following the successful return of another iconic music festival this past summer – the Freight Train Blues concert series, Carrboro is happy to continue to showcase a diversity of musicians from the Piedmont with FREE concerts at Town Commons, the Cat’s Cradle, and venues across the town with the return of the Carrboro Music Festival (opening night on Saturday, Oct. 1 with a full day of outdoor concerts on Sunday, Oct. 2); West End Poetry Festival (Oct. 14-15) featuring Poetry in the Round and a Community Poem Reading, and Carrboro Film Fest (Nov. 18-20) showcasing numerous independent films that challenge and expand our understanding of Southern culture.
"Carrboro has a proud tradition of embracing these longstanding arts festivals for 15 to nearly 25 years running. This past summer, celebrating our town’s musical legacy associated with Elizabeth Cotten was a true honor,” shared Mayor Damon Seils. “Collaboration is a key component of our programs, and we’re grateful to our partners for their commitment to sharing and building on Carrboro’s legacy with our residents and visitors.”
Earlier this summer from mid-May to mid-June on Friday evenings, the Town of Carrboro presented with the MusicMaker Foundation a series of roots music concerts at the Carrboro Town Commons. The Freight Train Blues concert series honors the legacy of renowned blues musician Elizabeth “Libba” Cotten, who was born in Carrboro in 1893. She is being posthumously inducted into the Rock& Roll Hall of Fame this November 2022. https://musicmaker.org/freight-train-blues-concert-series/
All festivals made possible with support from the Town of Carrboro and the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority. Schedule highlights below with full details and updates online. Also, see the Carrboro public parking map at http://www.townofcarrboro.org/DocumentCenter/View/11225/Carrboro-Parking-Map-?bidId=
Carrboro Music Festival – October 2, 2022
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'. One of the largest free music festivals in North Carolina, the Carrboro Music Festival will host more than 100 acts on 25 stages all over Carrboro, all for free. Venues include traditional sites such as Cat’s Cradle, The ArtsCenter, and Weaver Street Market lawn as well as new locales including Craftboro at South Green, 401 Main, and Dingo Dog Brewing Company.
West End Poetry Festival – October 14-15, 2022
The theme for this year’s festival is “Music in Poetry,” featuring Poetry Readings, a Poetry Writing Workshop, Poetry in the Round, and a Community Poem Reading. All events will be offered LIVE with Friday evening’s event occurring at Carrboro Town Hall and Saturday’s activities continuing in the Carrboro Century Center. Carrboro held its first poetry festival, organized by then Carrboro Poet Laureate Patrick Herron, in 2006. Since then, many poets from North Carolina and beyond have participated. Participants have included finalists for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize; winners of the Kingsley Tufts Award, the Los Angeles Book Prize, the Oregon Book Award, and the Pushcart Prize; recipients of fellowships Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Carrboro Film Fest – November 18-20, 2022
Since 2006, the festival brings “Southern films in one of the South’s funkiest small towns.” Embracing its identity as a Southern institution, the festival presents exclusively Southern films in a non-competitive setting. Held at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro.