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With a motto of “Feel Free,” quirky and lovable Carrboro is an artsy town with a progressive identity. Sitting side-by-side with Chapel Hill, the region’s focus on education, culture, and food permeate Carrboro’s culture. A former mill town settled in 1882, Carrboro has working class roots that give it a distinctly earthy and eclectic vibe.

Town pride runs deep! Residents enthusiastically support the thriving Carrboro Business Alliance and their 100 members. Artisanal products abound, from the farmer's market to art galleries.

It’s easy to explore this diverse area on the top-rated bicycle trails, on the free bus service, or in a casual drive through downtown. If you’re looking for a free-spirited town where you can settle down, Carrobo could be the place for you—let's explore.

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Carrboro Farmers Market

This year-round farmer’s market is an absolute gem, and a fixture of the Town Commons. For more than 40 years, local farmers and artisans bring their wares from no further away than 50 miles. Pick up fresh produce, creamy cheeses, wood-fired breads, and handmade home decor.

Bicycle Friendly Community

Carrboro is one of two Silver Bicycle Friendly Communities in North Carolina, and one of only 102 areas nationwide. In addition to bicycle infrastructure, the town scores excellent marks for bicycle education in schools from the League of American Bicyclists.

Cat's Cradle

Since 1969, Cat’s Cradle has been the place to go in the Triangle for both aspiring musicians and megastars. This intimate, college-friendly venue is credited with launching some of the biggest indie rock bands. There’s also family-themed shows for the little ones.

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“Feel Free” to Make Yourself At Home

Carrboro is home to some of the nation’s most innovative chefs, visionary artists, and next-generation musicians. There’s so much to love about this town!

Steeped in Arts and Culture

In just six square miles, Carrboro packs in ample opportunities for soaking in the town’s renowned arts and culture. Find your inner artist at The ArtsCenter, or experience local works during 2nd Friday Art Walks. Don’t miss the town’s Signature Events, which include music, poetry, and film festivals.

Cuisine with Pedigree

Whether it’s a humble pizza or simple sandwich, the chefs behind Carrboro’s restaurants honed their skills in some of the best kitchens in the country. After a stint in San Francisco, Gabe Barker returned to Carrboro to make wood-fired magic at Pizzeria Mercato, while Matt Neal, the son of legendary chef Bill Neal, crafts scratch-made deli favorites at Neal’s Deli.

Plenty of Parks for Everyone

There’s no shortage of parks and recreation here! Spread throughout the eight park and play facilities, there are ample activities for residents of all ages and abilities. Find friends on the bicycle trails, learn about the town with historic walking tours, or practice a new skill during one of the many drop-in programs.

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