Carrboro Music Festival

Join us throughout Downtown Carrboro on Sunday, October 1st, 2023 for the Carrboro Music Festival!

CARRBORO, N.C. -- The 26th Annual Carrboro Music Festival is scheduled to take place at venues all over the Downtown Carrboro area on Sunday, Oct. 1.  The daylong festival starts at 1:00pm with a 2:00pm hip-hop show at the Cat's Cradle backroom featuring 14 acts. We have all new free educational workshops starting at 10:00am 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 and look under "Special Events". If you don't have an account, you will need to create one before registering.

We have a free ticketed kick-off event at the Cat's Cradle on September 30th featuring Truth Club. We will be announcing the full line-up for the October 1st event soon!

Big thanks to our Carrboro Music Festival 2023 Platinum Sponsors:


 We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing you soon.


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 one-day event (plus a kickoff show) 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.

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