WELCOME TO CARRBORO DAY 2022!
Please continue to check this website as more information is added on this year's event, which is scheduled to occur at Town Commons on Sunday, May 1st from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p. m.
Note: With rain in the forecast for Sunday, please check the Weather Information Line at 919-918-7373. If the event is impacted, a message specific to Carrboro Day will be available.
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. More information on these artists and their performance times will be released soon:
- 1:00pm - Saludos Compay
- 2:00pm - Certain Seas
- 3:00pm - The Dowdy Boys
- 4:00pm - Bluegrass Battleship
POETRY IN THE ROUND
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.
ENGAGE WITH TOWN DEPARTMENTS
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
ORANGE COUNTY ARTISTS GUILD SPRING ART SHOW
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 https://www.ocagnc.org/
We will have some activities for kids attending that include:
- Viewing Public Works vehicles!
- Games such as Giant Jenga and Giant Connect 4
- Chalk Paint Boards and Sidewalk Chalk Area
- Seedling Planting with the Carrboro Farmers Market
- Kids Obstacle Course with the Carrboro Fire Department
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.
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN WALKING TOUR
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 https://www.townofcarrboro.org/2491/Walking-Tour
CARRBORO COMMUNITY GARDEN CLUB PLANT PASS-A-LONG
Meet members of the Carrboro Community Garden Club as they share extra plants with you the community! They will also have information about planting and about membership opportunities with their group! Look for them beneath the pine trees along the front driveway of Town Hall.
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.)
INCLEMENT WEATHER INFORMATION
In the event of rain, certain aspects of this event may be cancelled. If the event is impacted by inclement weather, a message will be posted to our Weather Information Line at 919-918-7373.