23 Things to Do in 2023
Grab your calendar and start making plans to see the city in a whole new way in 2023.
by Jamie Killian Dec 18, 2022
It’s a new year which means 12 shiny months full of exciting events and things to do in Charlotte.
1. The Spectrum Center will welcome music legend Barry Manilow on Jan. 21. Ride the Light Rail into Uptown and stop at Aura Rooftop after the show to keep the swanky vibes going.
2. Channel your inner James Bond at Discovery Place’s newest exhibit, “Top Secret: License to Spy.” Patrons will play the role of spy as they explore how technology influences espionage. The exhibit opens Jan. 28.
3. An exciting exhibit eagerly awaited by art lovers and novices alike, “Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds” will debut at the Mint Museum Feb. 11. Be awe-struck at this traveling exhibition featuring 45 of the famous artist’s paintings, spanning the life of his career.
4. Celebrate a year of anniversaries at the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Walk the banks of the new Glory Road exhibit before making your way to exhibits honoring NASCAR’s 75th Anniversary. Learn about the legacy of Martinsville Speedway at the exhibit celebrating the raceway’s seventh anniversary with photos, the Ridgeway Grandfather Clock trophy and, in true Martinsville tradition, Jesse Jones hot dogs.
5. Spend the day in Uptown cheering on Charlotte FC at Bank of America Stadium. Don’t have tickets? Take your watch party to NoDa Brewing Company, one of the local breweries in Charlotte FC’s bar network offering live coverage of games all season long.
6. Check out the Green River Revival at the U.S. National Whitewater Center on March 11. This annual all-day favorite features a 5k, yoga, live music and a social-media-worthy backdrop of electric green rafting water.
7. Spend some time in the great outdoors via the 300+ miles of The Carolina Thread Trail or strolling the grounds of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden when spring blooms are at their peak and live music fills the air with the Jazz at the Garden concert series beginning April 1. Celebrate Earth Day April 22-24 at the annual Anne Springs Close Greenway festival with horse rides, kayaking, guided hikes and even more outdoor activities.
8. Expand your mind with immersive art experiences throughout the city with Charlotte SHOUT!’s annual art festival. Explore live music, innovative installations, engaging events and culinary creations throughout the city.
9. The Wells Fargo Championship returns to Charlotte on May 1. Spend the week catching golf pros on the course, sampling some of Quail Hollow’s famous concessions and browsing the pro shop for all your golf gear wants.
10. Get your thrills at Carowinds. The amusement park celebrates its 50th anniversary with the opening of a new attraction: Aeronautica Landing. Experience the wonder of flight as you soar to new heights in this futuristic attraction.
11. Celebrate Juneteenth at the annual Durag Festival at Camp North End. Dance, sing and sip as you express yourself amongst area creatives and culture bearers. When the sun goes down, the party in the Boileryard celebrates the contributions, creativity and ingenuity of the Black community.
12. Grab a hot dog and a cold one and enjoy a night under the lights at a Charlotte Knights game at Truist Field. The team celebrates its ninth year in Uptown with 75 home games this season.
13. See a show-stopping concert. Nostalgia is coming for you when Blink-182 returns to Charlotte on July 14. This much-anticipated tour will feature the original members of the punk band with opening act, Turnstile. If country music is more your style, Luke Combs will rock the stage at Bank of America Stadium on July 15.
14. Celebrate Free Fishing Day on July 4. This is the one time per year everyone in the state can fish without a license and the Charlotte area provides lots of places to cast a line. Check out Latta Nature Preserve, Lake Norman State Park or McAlpine Lake at McAlpine Creek Park.
15. Celebrate with the LGBTQ+ community at the annual Charlotte Pride parade and festival in Uptown. Grab your rainbow gear and prepare to feel the love at the largest parade gathering of the year with events running from Aug. 19-20.
16. Broadway brings the exciting return of “The Book of Mormon” to Belk Theater. The famed musical comedy will run Aug. 8-13.
17. The Queen City Comedy Experience returns to venues across the city. Featuring dozens of shows across multiple venues, the performances range from stand-up to sketch comedy to improv and are sure to get you laughing at this weeks-long festival.
18. Charlotte International Arts Festival, an annual celebration of the arts, returns Sept. 15 through Oct. 1. Exhibits and events take place throughout the city, many of them free, and feature a variety of artists and mediums.
19. Get in gear for sports season with the Bank of America ROVAL on Oct. 8. Keep the sports love going all season long with season openers for Charlotte Checkers, Carolina Panthers and Charlotte Hornets. Wear your team pride on your sleeve with locally designed merch from CLT Find, 704 Shop and the Charlotte Visitor Info Center.
20. BayHaven Food & Wine Festival returns with purveyors celebrating Black foodways with culinary events, demonstrations and more at Camp North End Oct. 19-23. Don’t forget to get in on the Oktoberfests found around town (complete with a Brew Badge to make your sipping simpler), to take in the sights and culture at the Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival, or to make your rounds at the many fall festivals found this time of year.
21. Before gobbling up turkey and all the fixins’, set up your seats or stand streetside for the 77th Annual Thanksgiving Eve Parade. Floats, bands and entertainers will make their way down Tryon Street for this festive tradition bringing in the holiday season in all its glory.
22. Celebrate the season with the annual Light the Knights Festival at Truist Field. Stroll through Christmas lights, enjoy snowless tubing and, while you’re there, check some gifts off your list while shopping small businesses at the annual Charlotte Christmas Village.
23. Feel the excitement on the court with the second annual Jumpman Invitational as college basketball teams go head-to-head in this Jordan Brand matchup.