In August, some 29,000 students, plus faculty, will be back for a new academic season. With them they bring their energy, their curiosity and their spirit. They remind us of the reason we’re here and why we love this place so much.

Being in a college town also fuels a thriving community and this is why so many of us enjoy living and raising a family here: from Carrboro’s Brooklyn-cool, to Chapel Hill’s Tar Heel-blue-dotted landscape, and Hillsborough’s emergence as one of the best little historic towns in the south, we are lucky.

There is so much to do at this time of year! It’s hard to pick and choose, but here are a few of my favorites:

September, Carrboro Music Festival, Saturday, September 24th and Sunday, September 25th, 2016.
A free two-day event showcasing Triangle-area performers and the varied musical styles they represent.  Parking is available in the public lot in Carrboro. Check out the new (and old) restaurants and shops while you’re down there.

Terra Vita Food Festival. September 28-October 1. TerraVita Food & Drink Festival. Named one of the “10 Southern Food Festivals You Need to Taste” by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and “4 Can’t Miss Southern Food Festivals” by

A walk through campus. And a stop at Coker Arboretum. Sigh.

October 15. Hillsborough Handmade Parade in downtown Hillsborough is a walking theatrical performance. This year’s theme is from the Maurice Sendak book Where the Wild Things Are. This is something neither you nor your kids will ever forget. 

Ah, chocolate.  For this see Matthew’s Chocolate in Hillsborough. Wrote one visitor: “The chocolate is unbelievably good. The owner a very nice guy. He makes his own marshmallows -- ssooooo good.” 

Music, food, chocolate, homemade marshmallows and one of the nation’s best universities. How could anyone resist it?

I love this place.