Carrboro Music Festival

Photo courtesy of Sebastian Spadavecchio, image of Fractured Evolution playing at Fifth Season stage for the Carrboro Music Festival, 2019.

The twenty-second Annual Carrboro Music Festival was celebrated on September 28 and 29, and it was amazing as usual. Each year the festival brings over 200 performers to carrboro to play on 25 different stages like: Cats cradle, Fifth season, Weaver street and many more. The whole festival is free to anyone who comes. There is food, merchandise, and, of course, music! 

The Carrboro Music Festival began as the french celebration, Fête de la Musique in Carrboro. Fête de la Musique is a worldwide festival celebrated on the summer solstice. In 2000, over 100 countries celebrated the Twentieth anniversary of Fête de la Musique.

In 1998, a small group of advocates of Fête de la Musique persisted through many people’s adverse response, saying that it would work and would cause too much unnecessary traffic, and started an official venue for the festival in Carrboro. The group acquired funding from the town, a small donation from local businesses and countless musicians that wanted to play. Then, that June, the first Carrboro festival commenced. 

In 2002, Carrboro was no longer an official venue for Fête de la Musique leading to, the committee for Fête de la Musique pushing the celebration until Fall due to the cooler weather and more people in town. The group renamed the celebration as Carrboro Music Festival but the tradition of Fête de la Musique continues on today, celebrating it’s twenty-second anniversary this year.