Mar 29, 2024 - Things to Do

What to expect at Charlotte SHOUT! 2024

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Don't miss the festivities in First Ward Park during Charlotte SHOUT! 2024. Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Center City Partners

Charlotte SHOUT! is back, filling Uptown with public art installations, dance parties, live music, ideas workshops and much more.

Why it matters: The free multi-week festival celebrates Charlotte's creativity and innovation with events and workshops around four pillars: art, music, food and ideas.

When: Charlotte SHOUT! kicks off on March 29 and continues with something happening every day until April 14.

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Putt-putt at Wells Fargo Plaza. Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Center City Partners

The vibe: Uptown just got a lot more colorful. All the action is centered on First Ward Park and Tryon Street (between Brooklyn Village and Trade).

  • At First Ward Park, you'll find the main stage where you can find live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, plus the Daybreaker dance party on March 30 and a silent disco on April 5 and 6.
  • Plus, the park will be packed with public art like the beloved seesaws.
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The light-up seesaws will move to First Ward Park this year. Photo: Laura Barrero/Axios
  • A couple blocks away, you'll find a revamped Victoria Yards space with art installations, a barbecue festival, music bingo and a creative art workshop.
  • Levine Avenue of the Arts and the Green — which run through Charlotte's museum block of the Mint, Bechtler and Gantt Center — will host a DJ series on a "disco pirate ship," an upcycling station, local music buskers and family-friendly activities.
  • Here's a throwback: Overstreet Mall is getting some love during SHOUT! this year. Expect fashion and art studios to pop up inside the corporate lunch walkway running through Uptown towers.
  • And that's just a small sampling.
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Map of Charlotte SHOUT! 2024. Courtesy of Charlotte SHOUT!

Food and drink: Several Uptown restaurants are offering speciality items or discounts for SHOUT! attendees.

  • Coquette has a $11 croissant and cappuccino combo deal, for instance.
  • Dahlia's, Havana Smoke, Luce, Middle C Jazz, Novelty House, Saku, SIP, and The Local all have a specialty SHOUT! cocktail.
  • Bella Ciao is offering a three-course meal for $28 during SHOUT!.

Parking: Is it just me or is parking in Uptown easier than South End these days? Here's a map of all the parking options in Uptown, including some free options.

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Grace A.M.E. Zion Church in Uptown will host piano concerts and more. Photo: Courtesy of Charlotte Center City Partners

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