Jan 12, 2024 - Things to Do

28 biggest events in Charlotte this year

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New year, new dates to lock into the calendar. Here’s what to look forward to in the Charlotte area in 2024.

Of note: This list does not include every single event happening this year. Official dates for many popular events like Yiasou Greek Festival, Hola Charlotte and Scarowinds have not been released. Keep up to date with weekly happenings in our weekday planner and weekender

Queen’s feast

Restaurant Week is back. Expect 100 restaurants in the Charlotte area to offer three-course, prix fixe dining deals. View participating restaurants here. Reservations are suggested.

When: Jan 19-28

Cost: $30-$50 per person

Counterculture Festival

Sip on booze-free drinks at Camp North End. You get beverage tastings from more than 20 national and local brands. There will also be a wellness-focused vendor market, pop-up bottle shop and live music.

When: Saturday, Jan. 27 from 2-7pm

Cost: Early bird tickets start at $37.

Go deeper: In the spirit of giving up alcohol this month, check out the Counterculture Festival

African American Heritage Festival

Celebrate Black History Month at the Charlotte Museum of History. The three-day, family-friendly event will have ​​performances, guest speakers, panels, and community-focused events.

When: Feb. 22-24

Cost: Free

Charlotte FC season opener vs. New York City Football Club

Charlotte FC kicks off its third season at Bank of America Stadium.

When: Saturday, Feb. 24

Cost: $15-$20

Charlotte FC supporters take over singing the national anthem. Photo: Andy Weber/Axios
Charlotte FC supporters take over singing the national anthem. Photo: Andy Weber/Axios

Rich & Bennett’s St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl

Paint the town green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Rich & Bennett’s 22nd St. Patrick’s Day bar crawl in Uptown.

When: Saturday, March 16. This event happens rain or shine.

Cost: Tickets for prepay events leading up to the crawl start at $20, $25 online and $30 the day of.

Charlotte SHOUT!

The popular arts festival will return for another 17 days this spring. International and local performers will showcase their work through immersive art, music and food.

When: Runs from Friday, March 29 to Sunday, April 14

Cost: Free

CLT Shout. Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte City Partners

Moo, Brew & ‘Que Music Fest 

Get your feel of BBQ, beer, burgers and music packed into one weekend at AvidXchange Music Factory Grounds. Taste over 50 beers while you listen to musical performances from artists like The Revivalists, Hippo Campus, and flipturn. 

When: April 12-14

Cost: Three-day general admission tickets are $79, main stage VIP is $129 and super VIP is $249. Buy tickets here.

Tuck Fest

Enjoy the annual three-day outdoor festival with competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

When: Apr. 19-21

Cost: It’s free to enjoy live music, experience demos, explore festival vendors and spectate. Race and competition registration can be purchased here.  

Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Lovin’ Life Music Fest 

Listen to over 40 local and national artists performing live across three stages. The multi-genre festival lineup in Uptown will include popular artists like Post Malone, Noah Kahan and Stevie Nicks.

When: May 3–5

Cost: Tickets start at $269. Purchase them here.

Go deeper: Scoop: Post Malone among major headliners for inaugural Uptown Charlotte music festival

Photo: Getty Images

Wells Fargo Championship

The Quail Hollow Club will once again host the Wells Fargo Championship, which is celebrating its 22nd year. This tournament has welcomed all of the world’s top golfers and drawn large crowds since its inception in 2003.

When: May 6–12

Cost: Tickets start at $89 and are available for purchase here.

Go deeper: Major name change coming for the Wells Fargo Championship

Cheerwine Festival

The annual festival will be packed with live entertainment, Cheerwine-inspired treats and kid-friendly activities in downtown Salisbury. 

When: May 18

Cost: Free

Coca-Cola 600

Start your engines for Charlotte’s signature NASCAR race at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Festivities include a pre-race concert, driver appearances, military appreciation activities and performances.

When: Sunday, May 26 at 6pm

Cost: Tickets for adults start at $49 and ​​children, ages 13 and under, are $13.

Cars race at the Coca-Cola 600.
Photo: Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

Bites on Seventh (formerly Eat BLK Charlotte Food & Culture Festival)

The popular food festival will return to Victoria Yards this summer. Expect food from a range of Black-owned restaurants and up-and-coming chefs plus games and music.

When: Saturday, June 1

Cost: Follow their Instagram for ticket updates.

During the festival, you can walk across the street to 7th Street Market. Photo: Alexis Clinton/Axios

George Strait and Chris Stapleton’s concert

These country music icons and Grammy award winners will perform at Bank of America Stadium this summer.

When: Saturday, June 1

Cost: Tickets start at $325. Buy them here.

Taste of Charlotte Festival

Eat your way through a weekend of food and drink samples from local restaurants. You can also expect vendors, kid-friendly activities and live music along Tryon St. in Uptown.

When: June 7-9 

Cost: Admission is free but you’ll have to buy festival coins for food and drink items.

  • Restaurant tastings range from one to three coins and drinks range from three to seven coins. 
  • A Tasting Coin Cup is $20 and comes with 14 coins.

Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade

Join thousands of people celebrating more than 20 years of LGBTQ+ pride through the streets of Uptown with a weekend of live music, vendors, food and special performances.

When: Aug. 17-18

Cost: Free 

Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Pride

Carolina Panthers upcoming season

The Panther’s opponents for the 2024-2025 season have been announced. They’ll have nine home games, including some against Atlanta, New Orleans and Tampa Bay, in the regular season.

When: The schedule hasn’t been announced. However, their season typically starts in September.

Cost: Season tickets start at $21 per month.

Go deeper: Carolina Panthers will play in Munich in 2024

Charlotte International Arts Fest

Experience over 200 attractions through visual and performing arts from international and local creatives. Events, some of which are free, will happen in Uptown and Ballantyne.

When: Sept. 13-29

Cost: Free

Charlotte international arts festival
The Charlotte International Arts Festival displays artwork from local and international artists. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios

Festival in the Park

Head to Freedom Park for the 60th annual festival of arts, crafts, live music and food. 

When: Sept. 20-22 

Cost: Free

Go deeper: Annual festival featuring art, music and food returns to Freedom Park

Photo by Tom Schellin Photography
Photo: Tom Schellin Photography

Around the Crown 10K 

Run through Uptown on I-277 for a new perspective. Proceeds benefit multiple local non-profit organizations.

When: Sunday, Sept. 21. Registration opens Jan. 13.   

Photo: Axios archives

Charlotte Film Festival

Check out the weekend-long festival showcasing a range of documentaries to special screenings from established and emerging filmmakers at the Independent Picture House.

When: Sept. 24-29.

Go deeper: New indie movie theater to open in NoDa this month

The popcorn machine is the same one that used to be inside the Manor (RIP). Photo: Emma Way/Axios

Breakaway Music Festival

Vibe to EDM, pop, house, and dance music from popular artists at zMAX Dragway in Concord. 

When: Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28 from 4-11pm.

Cost: Two-day general admission tickets are $99, $174 for VIP and $999 for Ultra VIP. Parking is $35-$70.

Charlotte Hornets season

Cheer on the home team at the Spectrum Center before it gets a massive makeover.

When: An official game schedule hasn’t been released but the season typically starts in October.

Cost: Buy season tickets here.

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Carolina Renaissance Festival

Immerse yourself in the fictional village of Fairhaven with performance stages, hands-on games and rides, an artisan marketplace and plenty of food.

When: Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 5-Nov. 24 from 9:30am-5:30pm

Cost: View ticket pricing here.

Go deeper: 5 takeaways from the Carolina Renaissance Festival

Photo: Danielle Chemtob

Charlotte Marathon

Thousands of people will run a full marathon (26.2 miles), half marathon (13.1 miles), 5K (3.1 miles) or a relay through the streets of Charlotte. Proceeds benefit the Novant Health Hemby Children’s Hospital.

When: Saturday, Nov.16 

Cost: Registration starts at $40. Register here

Go deeper: I ran the Charlotte Marathon

Runners prepare to run the Charlotte Marathon.
2021 Charlotte Marathon starting area. Photo: Ashley Mahoney/Axios

Southern Christmas Show

Join the thousands of people at Park Expo and Conference Center for the 57th year. Shop from more than 400 vendors selling apparel, gifts, food and home decor. There will also be decked-out holiday rooms, live performances plus food and drinks.

When: Nov.14-24

Cost: Join the email list for ticket updates.

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Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade

Get into the holiday spirit with the 77th annual Thanksgiving Eve Parade in Uptown.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 27

Cost: Free.

Thanksgiving parade
Photo: Andy Weber/Axios

CLT NYE

Ring in the New Year through the streets of Uptown. The annual event, on Tryon Street at Levine Avenue of the Arts, has live music and you can catch the fireworks by midnight.

When: Dec. 31 (typically starts at 8pm)

Cost: Free

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Looking for something seasonal to do? Check out our spring, summer, fall or winter/holiday guides.  

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