Things to Do

Charlotte Pride 2019: A Guide For What to Do in August

Where to go and what to see during the city’s annual month-long celebration of LGBTQ life and culture.

Charlotte Pride Festival

The world celebrated and commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City this year. The events are widely recognized as the genesis of the modern-day gay rights movement, so Charlotte Pride’s festivities this year take on an added importance. Here’s a list of Pride-themed events across the city this August.

Charlotte Pride Drag Pageant

Levine Museum of the New South
Aug. 4, 6 p.m. until 9 p.m.
This annual pageant crowns 2019’s Ms. Charlotte Pride, Mr. Charlotte Pride and Mx. Charlotte Pride for a yearlong reign.

Charlotte Pride Dog Day

Freedom Park, Shelter 2
Aug. 9, 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
If your dog has all it takes, enter him or her in this “PAWS-itively Fierce! Doggie Fashion Show.” Prizes are awarded for best in Pride and Natural Beauty.

OUT with Dance

Time Out Youth, 3800 Monroe Road
Aug. 9, 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
Time Out Youth’s annual pride dance for youth ages 13-20. The party includes food, a DJ, live drag performances and a celebration of Time Out Youth’s new David Bohnett Cyber Center. Admission is free.

Katya Help Me I’m Dying Comedy Tour

McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square
August 10, 7 p.m. until 9 p.m.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Miss Congeniality Katya Zamolodchikova bring her fusion of stand-up comedy, story-telling, video and music to the McGlohon stage.

Takeover Friday - photo courtesy of City Lights Rooftop

Takeover Friday

City Lights Rooftop
Aug. 16, 8 p.m. until 11 p.m.
City Lights’ rooftop bar atop Le Meridien gets painted rainbow tonight at this “takeover” event, which takes a normally non-LGBTQ space and transforms it into a welcoming and inclusive environment through guerrilla marketing. DJ Little Betty will be on site tonight to spin music.

PRIDE in the Sky

Ascent Uptown
Aug. 15, 6 p.m. until 10 p.m.
This ultra-exclusive party typically goes on a waiting list each year, so cross your fingers you can get in on the fun. The party’s at Ascent Uptown’s rooftop, 225 S. Poplar St., and includes free drinks and appetizers as well. To get on the guest list or the wait list, watch out for the RSVP link when it goes live on the Facebook event page.

Pride Fest Friday Night

Ink N Ivy
Aug. 16, 9 p.m. until 12 a.m.
Ink N Ivy begins its three-day Pride celebrations with this event, featuring the “Rupaul’s Drag Race” contestant Nina West and more.

Stonewall Birthday Pride Dance Party

Visulite Theatre
Aug. 16, 10 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Stonewall Charlotte, the city’s LGBTQ sports league, turns five this year, and so it’s throwing a dance party during Pride to celebrate. Atlanta’s DJ Neon the GlowGoBear provides the music tonight.

Performers on stage at the Charlotte Pride Festival

Charlotte Pride Festival

Tryon Street, Uptown Charlotte
Aug. 17, noon until 10 p.m. Aug. 18, noon until 6 p.m.
Charlotte Pride’s annual two-day street festival offers vendors, live music, food stands and more down Uptown’s Tryon Street. This year is the first year the festival will feature a Neighborhood Market, a space for smaller vendors and businesses to showcase their goods.


Bassment Charlotte
Aug. 17, 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.
The seventh-annual girls party (but all are welcome) features two stages of entertainment, including DJ Annalyze, DOMii and DJ Stampede Beats as well as gogo dancers, giveaways a photo booth and more.

Betty Who

Wells Fargo Performance Stage
Aug. 17, 9 p.m.
The headliner for this year’s Pride Festival is none other than the Australian pop queen known for her bops like “Somebody Loves You” and “Human Touch.” Who recently toured as an opener with Panic! At The Disco. A full list of this year’s entertainment schedule is here.

Zutopia Just Twirl Pride Party

World Nightclub
Aug. 17, 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.
This annual Pride afterparty is zoo-themed this year, so come dressed in your best animal prints and be ready to dance the night away.

Charlotte Pride Parade

Charlotte Pride Parade

Tryon Street, Uptown
Aug. 18, 1 p.m. until 3 p.m.
This is the big event of the weekend, so get there early if you want a good spot from which to view the parade. Thousands of people line Tryon Street for this parade, which continues to grow in attendance and participation each year.


Aug. 17, 9 p.m. until 2 a.m.
Abhora, the winner of “Dragula” season two is the star of the show that also features other special guests, a photobooth and more.

Sassy Saturdays at 316

The Bar at 316
Aug. 24, 10 p.m. until 2:30 a.m.
Every Saturday night you can walk through the welcoming doors of The Bar at 316 into ’s going to be sassy, sexy and so much fun! Join your favorite queens from near and far! See you Saturday night at 11:30pm, followed by a dance party with all of your favorite dance mixes from the past and present! Who knows, there might even be a few surprise pop up performances!