Things to Do

Guide to Pride: Your How-to for This Year’s Festival

With its inception in 2000 leaning on the LGBTQ Liberation Movement coming out of Charlotte’s 1969 Stonewall Riots & Uprising, Charlotte Pride has spent two decades evolving to become the largest LGBTQ celebration of its kind in the Carolinas.

Check out this year’s events for how to dance, dine and party your way through 2022’s lineup of all things Pride.

What to do:

The Vanity House Pride Fest with Jorgeous of Rupaul's Drag Race

When: Aug 19, 8 p.m.
Where: Ink N Ivy

Ink N Ivy begins its Pride celebrations with this event featuring the “Rupaul’s Drag Race” contestant Jorgeous and more. You won’t want to miss one of Charlotte’s most talked about Pride events of the season.

Charlotte Pride Festival & Main Stage

When: August 20, noon-10 p.m.; August 21, noon-6 p.m.
Where: South Tryon Street

Charlotte Pride’s annual two-day street festival offers vendors, live music, food stands and more down Uptown’s Tryon Street. Don’t miss the chance to explore one of the most unique LGBTQ celebrations in the southeast.

Charlotte Pride Parade

Charlotte Pride VIP Experience

When: August 20, noon-8 p.m.; August 21, noon-5 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Atrium & Plaza

Enjoy exclusive VIP Lounge access, complimentary beer and wine at private bars, catered snacks, VIP main stage and parade viewing and VIP swag bag, with indoor, air-conditioned entertainment with VIP passes for Pride-goers age 21 and up. Get tickets here.

Charlotte Pride Parade

Youth and Family Zone

When: August 20-21
Where: The Green

Bring the kids along for games, activities and more, in partnership with Time Out Youth.

Charlotte Pride Community Stage

When: August 20, 1-7 p.m.
Where: South Tryon and Fourth Street

Catch local artists and entertainers at the Community Stage before the annual Charlotte Pride Drag Pageant.

Charlotte Pride Parade

Charlotte Pride Drag Pageant

When: August 20, 3:30-6 p.m.
Where: Charlotte Pride Community Stage

Presented as part of the Charlotte Pride Festival, this annual pageant crowns 2022’s Ms. Charlotte Pride, Mr. Charlotte Pride and Mx. Charlotte Pride for a yearlong reign.

Twirl in SPACE: 2022 Just Twirl PRIDE Party

When: Aug. 20, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: Blackbox Theatre

This year’s Pride afterparty is space-themed, so come dressed in your best galaxy prints and be ready to dance the night away.

Famous Toastery Uptown

When: August 21, 11 a.m.
Where: Famous Toastery (Uptown)

Want to recover from the afterparty and grab a bite before the parade? Meet for brunch at the Famous Toastery on North Tryon Street for stuffed french toast and other brunch favorites before the parade kick-off.

Charlotte Pride Parade

Charlotte Pride Parade

When: August 21, 1-4 p.m.
Where: North Tryon Street

Show up early for the best vantage point for the weekend’s biggest event. Thousands of people flock to Tryon Street for this celebration, the largest annual parade in Charlotte.

Where to Stay:

Spend your weekend in Uptown’s hotels, with options ranging from luxury and boutique to historic. Take advantage of special rates from August 18-21 at Charlotte Marriott Center City and Courtyard Charlotte City Center, Charlotte Pride’s official host hotels.

Choose from other Uptown hotels like AC Hotel Charlotte City Center, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Charlotte, Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte, Grand Bohemian Hotel Charlotte, and more.

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