Skip to content

There's Always Something To Do In Carrboro!

*2021 programming has been in-flux given the Covid pandemic. Please check with event organizers to verify date and format of the event.

Winter

December: Carrboro Cheer” is a series of nearly a dozen special events and initiatives happening in Downtown Carrboro, starting with Small Business Saturday on Nov 27, 2021 and continuing throughout the holiday season with the annual Shop Carr Mill Mall by Candle light, the ArtsCenter Elf Market, the annual Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade, and more. The CBA amplifies Carrboro Cheer with the new annual Carrboro Cheer Gift Guide. (Also noteworthy in December is Chapel Hill's “ChapelHillidays.")

February: For the Love of Carrboro - Throughout the month of February, Carrboro businesses team-up with local nonprofits and offer #WeBuyLocal shopping deals and discounts to benefit local charitable causes.

Ongoing: 2nd Friday ArtWalk - Explore venues in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, have a bite to eat, and socialize on the 2nd Friday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Spring

May: Carrboro Day - Join neighbors and friends for a day of music, art, games, poetry, and food in celebration of all that makes Carrboro unique and special. This annual event happens on the first Sunday in May on the Carrboro Town Hall grounds.

May/June: Freight Train Blues Concert Series happens every Friday evening from mid-May to mid-June in Carrboro Town Commons. The four-part series (blues, gospel, and folk music) is coordinated by the Music Maker Relief Foundation along with Carrboro Recreation & Parks Department and WUNC Music.

Ongoing: 2nd Friday ArtWalk - Explore venues in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, have a bite to eat, and socialize on the 2nd Friday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Summer

June: Carrboro celebrates Pride Month in June with a variety of town-sponsored events, including 2nd Friday ArtWalk possibly featuring LGBTQIA artists.

July: Fourth of July Celebration - This day-long celebration kicks off with an event at Weaver Street Market Lawn and then a parade to Town Hall culminating in a Kids Fun Zone and Fun Zone Stage as well as other activities, games, food, and live music.

July (continued): "Tomato Day" - the most spectacular Carrboro Farmers' Market event of the year. The event happens on a Saturday morning in July and guests are encouraged to bring their appetite to taste a huge variety of fresh, locally grown tomatoes as well as enjoy complimentary games and live music.

Ongoing: 2nd Friday ArtWalk - Explore venues in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, have a bite to eat, and socialize on the 2nd Friday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.

Fall

September: Carrboro Music Festival (Sept 25-26, 2021) - With approximately 200 acts at venues throughout Downtown Carrboro, the Carrboro Music Festival is an annual, free, two-day event showcasing Triangle-area performers and the varied musical styles they represent.

October: Carrboro West End Poetry Festival (Oct 14-16, 2021) - The premier poetry event in Carrboro brings together poets of different styles, races, ethnicities, and stages of development to share poems and their love of poetry. (Also noteworthy in October is Chapel Hill's "FestiFall," which is a celebration of local art and community in Downtown Chapel Hill.)

November: Carrboro Film Festival (Nov 19-21, 2021) - An annual celebration of film and video creativity in Orange County, NC featuring independent and edgy works from beginner to well-established producers.

November (continued): Also in November is Small Business Saturday (Nov 28, 2020) - an American shopping holiday that helps everyone discover small businesses and shop and dine locally. Held annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, which is one of the busiest shopping periods of the year. Carrboro businesses offer #WeBuyLocal deals and discounts.

Ongoing: 2nd Friday ArtWalk - Explore venues in Chapel Hill and Carrboro, have a bite to eat, and socialize on the 2nd Friday of every month from 6:00 to 9:00 pm.