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Posted on: April 18, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Carrboro Day Event This Sunday

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Our annual Carrboro Day event will be returning in person this year!  The event is scheduled to occur at Town Commons on Sunday, May 1st from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p. m.

Carrboro Day is an annual event that is traditionally held at Town Commons on the first Sunday in May.  This event is about meeting your neighbors, learning about aspects of the Town’s history, connecting with the Town and learning about Town services, and taking a day to celebrate Carrboro!

This year, we are pleased to be able to provide live music for the community.  Below are the artists confirmed for this year's event:

1:00pm - Saludos Compay

2:00pm - Certain Seas

3:00pm - The Dowdy Boys

4:00pm - Bluegrass Battleship

Celebrate your inner poet!  We welcome community members to join members of the Carrboro Poets Council from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. inside the Town Council chambers for a special Carrboro Day 'Poetry in the Round'. 

Everyone who wants to read joins the circle.  Each person will read a short (one page or less) poem.  Participation is voluntary.  You can read your own poem or a favorite poem of another poet. This is an informal event designed to allow us to celebrate poetry in true Carrboro fashion.  The reading will be facilitated by Gary Phillips, former Carrboro Poet Laureate, and Susan Spalt, longstanding member of the Carrboro Poets Council.  The Carrboro Poets Council encourages everyone to participate in this event.

Carrboro Day provides an opportunity for residents to engage with Town staff and learn more about Town services.  The following departments/divisions/advisory boards are currently scheduled to participate in this year's event:

Communication and Engagement
Economic Development
Housing and Community Services
Human Resources
Information Technology
Planning, Zoning, and Inspections
Public Works
Racial Equity Commission
Recreation, Parks, & Cultural Resources

We are excited to welcome the Orange County Artists Guild as they present their Spring Art Show from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. as part of this year's Carrboro Day event. To learn more about OCAG, please visit their website at

Join local historian Richard Ellington as he presents an encore of last year's virtual presentation entitled “Ringing the School Bells – Schools of the Carrboro Area from Jim Crow to Integration”.  The talk will discuss the development of the separate school systems that developed in Orange County in the late 1880s and trace their changes up to the late 1960s. The county systems, Black and White, were the only schools until 1909 when Chapel Hill decided to form their own school system. Carrboro did not become part of the Chapel Hill system until 1959. The presentation will be held in the Town Council chambers from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

On Carrboro Day, plan a walk or run around Downtown Carrboro and check out the sites on the Historic Downtown Walking Tour.  Learn more about the history of the area while getting in some exercise and enjoying the Spring weather!

To see a map and a brief description of each site, please visit

The main Town Hall parking lots will be reserved for event activities and vendor parking.  While we encourage attendees to walk or bike, additional vehicle parking will be available at the following:
Public Lot - 303 West Weaver St.
On-street parking along Fidelity Ave.
Carrboro Elementary School (400 Shelton St.)

Please continue to check the Carrboro Day website at for updates on the event!

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