Charlotte Official Visitors Guide

2017

Charlotte, NC Official Visitors Guide

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SAVE charlottesgotalot.com 53 DATE Carolina Renaissance Festival the Free Wednesdays at the Mint Museum The Mint Museum is the oldest art museum in North Carolina. Stop by each Wednesday evening for free entry sponsored by Publix. First Ward Friday Every Friday evening at First Ward Park, enjoy games and beer for purchase. Free to attend and held May to September. Food Truck Fridays Held every Friday evening in historic South End, this family- and dog-friendly event features award-winning craft beer options, live music and a rotating selection of the area's best food trucks. Weekly Events SPRING St. Patrick's Day Parade Enjoy this festive event with bagpipers, floats, dancers, live music and food vendors. March 18, 2017 charlottestpatsday.com Queen's Cup Steeplechase Charlotte's only horse racing event is held the last Saturday of April each year. April 29, 2017 queenscup.org RomareFest Romare Bearden Park plays host to family-friendly arts and crafts, artists, entertainers and food vendors. May 13, 2017 parkandrec.com Circle K and Kangaroo Express Speed Street Presented by Coca-Cola 600 Festival NASCAR drivers make appearances at this celebration of motorsports, which is fun for all ages. May 18-20, 2017 600festival.com Charlotte Regional Farmers Market Open April to October, the market offers local fruit and produce, meats and cheeses, breads and more. April to October, 2017 ncagr.gov SUMMER Taste of Charlotte Center City beckons locals and visitors with family activities, music and great food from local restaurants. June 9-11, 2017 tasteofcharlotte.com You can celebrate Independence Day in Charlotte with a July 4 festival at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, fireworks at BB&T Ballpark and Charlotte Symphony performances. July 4, 2017 Charlotte Black Gay Pride Celebrate the theme "Pride 365" with the African-American LGBTQ community. July 12-15, 2017 charlotteblackgaypride.org PGA Championship Charlotte's famed Quail Hollow Club will host the 99th PGA Championship. Aug. 7-13, 2017 pga.com/pgachampionship Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade This event features live entertainment, vendors and a parade to celebrate the vibrant LGBTQ community in the Carolinas. August 2017 charlottepride.org FALL Charlotte Oktoberfest Sellout crowds gather to enjoy live music, German food and more than 350 beers at this annual celebration. September 2017 charlotteoktoberfest.com Yiasou Greek Festival Head to Dilworth for Greek food, music and fun. Opa! September 2017 yiasoufestival.org Festival of India Celebrate Indian culture with art, cuisine and music at this lively festival. Sept. 9-10, 2017 indiafestival.iaofcarolinas.org Carolina Renaissance Festival Join the fun at this popular and engaging festival, which brings history to life. Weekends Sept. 30 - Nov. 19, 2017 carolina.renfestinfo.com South End Wine Festival With the price of your ticket, you can enjoy wine tastings from more than 20 different vineyards at this popular winefest. October 2017 southendwinefest.org Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade Entertaining audiences since 1947, this parade features dancers and choral performances, lively marching bands, floats and balloons. Nov. 23, 2017 novanthealththanksgiving parade.com WINTER Holidays at the Hall Ring in the season with festive activities at the NASCAR Hall of Fame, including holiday movies, Santa visits and ice skating. Thanksgiving to New Year's holidaysatthehall.com Charlotte Christmas Village The sights, sounds and shops of a traditional European Christmas market come to life at Romare Bearden Park each holiday season. Thanksgiving to Christmas cltchristmasvillage.com NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony The 2017 inductees — Richard Childress, Rick Hendrick, Mark Martin, Raymond Parks and Benny Parsons — are honored during this annual event. Jan. 20, 2017 nascarhall.com Queen City Brewers Festival The annual festival brings craft brews, good food and live music together for a charitable cause. Feb. 4, 2017 qcbrewfest.com CIAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournament Join the fun when Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) holds basketball tournaments in February, bringing 12 colleges together in one exciting sporting event. Feb. 21-25, 2017 ciaatournament.org

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