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Charlotte’s Major Events

Experience Charlotte's biggest festivals, parades and sporting events in pictures.
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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Don a derby and your finest green attire for the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Charlotte Goes Green Festival. Filled with bagpipers, dancers, bands, and vendors with traditional eats, the happenings in Center City serve up a little something Irish for everyone.

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Queen’s Cup

Celebrate spring in the Piedmont countryside with the prestigious Queen’s Cup Steeplechase, every last Saturday in April during the Charlotte area’s only horse racing event. Sundress-clad ladies and seersucker-sporting gentlemen can be found enjoying the loads of festivities during the event’s races.

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Festival in the Park

Each September, Freedom Park hostsFestival in the Park, bringing together more than 100,000 people to the spirited lanes of one of Charlotte’s most popular green spaces. The arts and crafts event touts more than 150 artists and nearly 1,000 entertainers. There’s also a hodgepodge of food vendors to satisfy even the pickiest eater.

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First Night

First Night returns each New Year’s Eve for a family-friendly celebration in Center City. Culture fills the streets throughout the day with musicians, dancers, actors, artists, and more. Suitable for all ages, the festivities culminate with a firework-filled finale at midnight.

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Speed Street

Celebrate the May races during the Food Lion Speed Street 600 Festival. Featuring stars, cars, and guitars, the fest transforms the streets of Charlotte into a showcase of motorsports with nonstop entertainment, appearances by top Sprint Cup Drivers, and fun for all ages.

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Taste of Charlotte

The Taste of Charlotte food festival draws more than 150,000 people to Center City Charlotte each June to experience a wide array of family activities, live music and fantastic food from the area’s hottest restaurants.

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Q-City Charlotte BBQ Championship

Festival attendees get a crash course in BBQ madness as more than 90 teams compete for their piece of the $35,000 prize money and the coveted Governor’s Cup Trophy. Nationally recognized teams bring their best in Whole Hog, Pork Shoulders and Ribs while the Challengers (local and regional teams) cook up their favorite Pork Butt or Ribs.

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Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade

Join us on Thanksgiving Day for this Charlotte tradition that has entertained and inspired audiences since 1947. Complete with dance and choral performances, marching bands from around the region, larger-than-life floats, balloons and some of your favorite characters, this year’s parade will kick off the holiday season, Charlotte-style!