The Festival started in 1998 as part of the French celebration known as Fête de la Musique, a free festival of music celebrated worldwide on the summer solstice. In 2002, Carrboro’s celebration of “The Fête” was moved to the last Sunday in September and became the Carrboro Music Festival. Showcasing Triangle-area performers and the varied musical styles they represent, the Festival is a coordinated effort of the Carrboro Recreation & Parks Department and the Carrboro Music Festival Planning Committee, and is supported by the Town of Carrboro and the Carrboro Tourism Development Authority. Generous support is also provided by the local business community. All performers donate their talents to foster a strong sense of community and to expose their music to a wide audience.
On Saturday, the 2019 event kicks off with bands at Carrboro Town Commons from 2-7 pm. Music continues at 8:00 pm with a free, ticketed show at Cat’s Cradle featuring Ellis Dyson & the Shambles.
Sunday the 29th, music starts at Noon and runs through the evening at venues throughout downtown Carrboro.
Nearly 200 performing acts will play at 26 indoor and outdoor venues. And it’s all free.
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 12:00pm-9:00pm from the Jones Ferry Rd. 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.
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