Carrboro Music Festival
Downtown Carrboro—Put on some sunglasses, grab some food from the specialty vendors, and spend the day watching free music at this eighth annual festival. The volunteer-run event will showcase artists in 23 indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown, including music added at The Advocate, Southern Rail and The Station this year.
Mary Johnson Rockers kicks off RBC Centura's stage at 1:15 p.m. with bold, engaging Americana. Jaunt across Weaver Street at 2 p.m. to hear about Buffalo Theory's love of beer. Perhaps leave that performance early to go upstairs at Armadillo Grill and hear the down-tempo hip-hop of Gut Lightning at 3 p.m. Queso dip and chips can only make it better. Des Ark brings brazen guitars with similar vocals at The Rock stage at 5:10 p.m. And if it's jazz that you came to hear, stick near The ArtsCenter. Free transportation via a bio-diesel bus from the Carrboro Plaza and a 20-foot scramble slide for children will be provided. Visit carrboromusicfestival.com or see our Music Calendar for a complete performance schedule and other info. —Elizabeth Lilly
The Beehive Collective's Art Auction
Riviera—Three autumns ago, a small group of community and artistically minded young Raleigh women formed The Beehive Collective as a means of joining the capital city's arts scene with its social needs. They began with two readings of The Vagina Monologues and have subsequently begun producing their own events—all to raise money that will be redistributed to the community. This year, their grantmaking focus is on city programs that support economic security and help people out of debt.
Today at 6 p.m., the collective is gathering for The Swarm, an art auction, reception and show, with a Neu Romance dance party to follow. Suggested donation for the event is $5. For more the auction and on the collective's community work, visit thebeehivecollective.org. —David Fellerath