19 Can't-Miss Charlotte Events in 2019
If you’re planning a trip to Charlotte, mark your calendar for some of the city’s signature events.
by Lauren Levine Dec 26, 2018
If you’re planning a trip to Charlotte, mark your calendar for some of the city’s signature events. From food to music and everything in between, you’ll find it happening in the Queen City in 2019!
NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Weekend—Jan. 31−Feb. 2
As the NASCAR Hall of Fame welcomes its 10th class of inductees, the museum has a host of insider experiences and red-carpet events on the books. The main events are the Induction Dinner and Induction Ceremony, which will celebrate Davey Allison, Jeff Gordon, Alan Kulwicki, Roger Penske and Jack Roush.
Martin Luther King Jr. Parade—Jan. 18−21
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during this annual tradition. Surrounding the event are also a number of community-focused events like volunteering, luncheons at Johnson C. Smith University and CPCC, and a wreath-laying ceremony.
Queen City Brewers Festival—Feb. 2
The Queen City Brewers Festival features 40 breweries, brewpubs, and craft beer-focused restaurants. Sample brews, munch on complimentary eats, and use the intimate setting to find your next favorite pour.
NBA All-Star Weekend—Feb. 15−17
Years in the making, the NBA All-Star Game will take over the city with tons of fan-focused activities. Although many of the events cost money, free event NBA Crossover, hosted at Epicentre, brings together basketball, pop culture, art, fashion, music technology and more.
CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament—Feb. 25−March 2
Returning to Charlotte yet again is the CIAA, the nation’s first African-American athletic conference, for 24-game tournaments for men’s and women’s basketball. Games will be held Bojangles’ Coliseum and Spectrum Center.
St. Patrick’s Day—March 16
Whether you’re Irish or not, throw on your best green ensemble and head Uptown to the 23rd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on Saturday, March 16. Join thousands of others as you watch floats, pipe and drum bands, and dancers. Also in Uptown, the Charlotte Goes Green Festival is free and features authentic music, dance, food, crafts, and kid-friendly entertainment.
Charlotte Jazz Festival—April
Some of the finest jazz musicians around gather in the Queen City during the Charlotte Jazz Festival, so put on your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie.
Tuck Fest —April 25 - 28
Celebrate all things outdoors with kayaking, biking, climbing, obstacle and adventure racing competitions and exhibitions, demonstrations and live music at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.
Queen’s Cup Steeplechase—April 27
Grab your fascinator or bow tie and head to the Queen’s Cup Steeplechase. Watch thoroughbreds clear impressively high jumps as they compete for $150,000 in prize money.
In celebration of the Queen City’s 250th anniversary, this citywide art, music, food, film and innovation festival will be a party to remember for the next, say, 250 years.
Known by its “Speed Street” nickname, the 600 Festival in Uptown marks the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and the Queen City celebrates accordingly. Look for live performances from some of your favorite nationally known country musicians, appearances from drivers, and more.
Taste of Charlotte—June 7−9
If your indecisive nature makes picking a dinner spot frustrating, Uptown’s Taste of Charlotte festival was made for you. With more than 100 samples from area vendors ready to be devoured, plus live music and entertainment, this free festival is a must attend.
Charlotte Pride—Aug. 17−19
Uptown plays home to a two-day long festival that celebrates Charlotte’s LGBTQI community, featuring a parade full of fanfare and fabulous floats, plus karaoke, drag shows, and family and youth events. In the week leading up to festivities, parties, interfaith services, and other events happen around the city, too.
Yiasou Greek Festival—Sept. 6−9
Opa! The Yiasou Greek Festival and all of its delicious cuisine, entertaining live performances, and shopping opportunities return in September at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Dilworth.
Festival of India—Late Summer
The Festival of India is a beautiful celebration of Indian culture. The event celebrates a milestone 25th year in 2019, so be sure to check out special dance performances, browse an Indian bazaar, sample cuisine, watch short films, and even cast your vote in Charlotte’s Indian Idol.
Festival in the Park—September
When you need a new piece of art to brighten up your walls, Festival in the Park is the place to go. Over 150 artisans line the pathways at Freedom Park and sell their lovingly crafted wares.
Carolina Renaissance Festival—September−November
Hear ye, hear ye! Saturdays and Sundays in the fall provide the perfect opportunity to travel back in time at the Carolina Renaissance Festival. From jousting knights on horseback to massive turkey legs, this is the perfect family experience.
South End Wine Fest—October
Wine snobs and less refined palates alike will delight in this chance to sip and savor new blends. Try wine from more than 25 vineyards as you enjoy live music and offerings from local food trucks.
Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade—Nov. 28
A Charlotte tradition, this parade has grown every year since its start in 1947. For its 68th year, expect more floats, more attendees and more fun.