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20 Can't-Miss Charlotte Events in 2020

From new experiences to seasonal festivals, there’s something for everyone in these 20 signature Queen City events in 2020. Mark your calendars and don’t miss out.

SkyShow at BB&T Ballpark


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.

NASCAR Hall of Fame Induction Weekend—Jan. 30−Feb. 1

As the NASCAR Hall of Fame welcomes its 11th class of inductees, the museum has a host of insider experiences and red carpet events on the books. Buddy Baker, Joe Gibbs, Bobby Labonte, Tony Stewart and Waddell Wilson will be honored during the 2020 Induction Ceremony.

St. Patrick's Day Parade and Festival


CIAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament—Feb. 25−29

Don’t miss out on the 15th consecutive and final season of the Men and Women’s CIAA Basketball Tournament that will be held in Charlotte. Catch all of the action and surrounding activities at Bojangles’ Coliseum and Spectrum Center.


St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival—March 14

Go green at the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival in Uptown Charlotte. Join in on the fun with thousands of other Charlotteans and listen to pipe band music while watching a combination of flags, floats and Irish dancers.

Queen's Cup Steeplechase - Photo by Patrick Schneider Photography


Tuck Fest —April 24 - 26

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 25

Dress to the nines at this sporting and social event just 45 minutes outside of Center City. Events during the day range from horse racing to a hat contest to a tailgate contest.

Wells Fargo Championship—April 27 - May 3

Whether you’re an avid or super golf fan, head to Quail Hollow Club for a week of fun on the green. Professional golf players who have previously made an appearance in the Queen City include Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia.

Circle K Speed Street, presented by Coca Cola and 600 Festival


Circle K Speed Street and 600 Festival—May 21-23

Commemorating the May races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, this festival consists of events like Movies on the Campus, a free outdoor movie showing at Veterans Park in Kannapolis and Circle K Speed Street, presented by Coca Cola, featuring live entertainment, access to NASCAR’s biggest stars and interactive displays.

2020 ACC Baseball Championship—May 19 - 24

For the first time since 2001, the ACC Baseball Championship will return to the Charlotte region. BB&T Ballpark, home of the Charlotte Knights, will host a full week of exciting games and fans from throughout the region and around the country.

Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade


Taste of Charlotte—Jun. 5 - 7

Enjoy more than 100 samples from area restaurants during this three-day festival in the heart of Uptown. During the weekend, there’s even a Race to the Taste 5K. It’s all about balance, right?


SkyShow—Jul. 4

One of the largest Fourth of July fireworks celebrations happens right here in the Queen City at BB&T Ballpark. The fireworks start right after the Charlotte Knights game. Pro tip: You can also reserve a spot at Romare Bearden Park for another great vantage point.


Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade —Aug. 1 - 2

Celebrate the LGBTQ+ community by participating in this two-day cultural festival which includes regional and local entertainers, art exhibitors, local nonprofits, retailers and food stands.

2020 Republican National Convention—Aug. 24−27

The 2020 convention will bring lawmakers, delegates and politicians from across the country together to select the party’s nominee for president and vice president of the United States.

Carolina SHOUT! - Photo by Patrick Schneider Photography


Charlotte SHOUT!—Sept. - Oct.

This event made its return in 2019 after a hiatus, and now it’s back for more! Celebrate Charlotte’s art, ideas, music and food scenes at one big party.

SCarowinds—Sept. - Oct.

If you dare, check out the ultimate Halloween transformation at Carowinds. The ‘scream park’ features plenty of haunted attractions and unlimited frights.

Festival in the Park—Sept. 25 - 27

A tradition that dates back to 1964, Festival in the Park brings together the Queen City’s performers, artists and crafters to one great space: Freedom Park.

Carolina BalloonFest


Carolina BalloonFest—Oct.

Bring lawn chairs and blankets and bask in the beautiful Carolina autumn weather to check out over 50 colorful hot air balloons, which are launched twice daily.

Carolina Renaissance Festival—Oct. 3 - Nov. 22

Travel back in time in the land of Fairhaven where performances are plentiful and people walk around with turkey legs in hand. Catch jousting, arts and crafts and live demonstrations for six weekends in the fall.


Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade—Nov. 26

This Thanksgiving spectacle has an impressive reputation. Parade entertainment includes 17 floats, 13 marching bands, eight larger-than-life balloons and lots of special guests.


ACC Football Championship—Dec. 5

This championship game between Atlantic and Coastal Division champions held at Bank of America Stadium draws football fans near and far for one of the premier sporting events of the year.

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