Festivals and Events
SlamCharlotte, the 2008 National Poetry Slam Championship Team;
First row from left: Carlos Robson, Mike Simms, Inkera Oshun;
Second Row from left: BlkSwan, Bluz, Starr.
Photo Credit Katya Szabados, courtesy of ‘Isthmus:The Daily Page’
8/7-11 // CHARLOTTE
National Poetry Slam
More than 1,000 people from across the country converge on Charlotte for the largest team performance poetry event in the world. Various venues. nps2012charlotte.com.
8/17-27 // CHARLOTTE
Pride Charlotte Week
More than a full week of daily activities, parties, fundraisers, concerts, faith events and socials leading up to the annual Pride Charlotte Festival in Uptown Charlotte. pridecharlotte.com.
8/25 // CHARLOTTE
Common Ground Festival
The Common Ground Plaza Midwood Music & Arts Festival features local musicians, artists, craftsmen and artisans. Thomas Ave., Charlotte. thecommongroundfestival.com.
8/25-26 // CHARLOTTE
The Queen City’s annual LGBT Pride Festival with chart-topping Hip-Hop artist Trina, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 4 finalist Chad Michaels and more. Join an expected 30,000-plus festival-goers over the course of two days of entertainment and community-building at the Carolinas’ largest LGBT Pride event. S. Tryon St., Uptown Charlotte. pridecharlotte.com.
9/15 // GREENSBORO
Over 1,300 attendees expected at this annual Pride festival in Greensboro’s Festival Park. triadpride.org.
9/21-23 // CHARLOTTE
Festival in the Park
Held since 1964, this community festival surrounds Freedom Park’s lake with music, food, artists and artisans, craftsmen, local community organizations and more. Freedom Park. festivalinthepark.org.
9/22 // SPARTANBURG
Join thousands of revelers for a parade and festival. More details at upstatepridesc.org.
9/28-10/7 // WINSTON-SALEM
Dixie Classic Fair
Northwest North Carolina celebrates at the Dixie Classic Fair with games, amusements, contests and other attractions second only to the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. dcfair.com.
9/29 // DURHAM
Featuring a parade and festival, NC Pride attracts thousands as the state’s longest-running and second-largest LGBT Pride event. Duke University East Campus. ncpride.org.
10/6 // ASHEVILLE
Blue Ridge Pride
The mountains come alive with the sounds of Pride in downtown Asheville’s Pack Square Park. blueridgepride.com.
10/11-21 // RALEIGH
The North Carolina State Fair returns for another year of games, amusements, contests, concerts and more. N.C. State Fairgrounds. ncstatefair.org.
10/13 // WINSTON-SALEM
Organizers return for their second Winston-Salem Pride in downtown. equalitywinstonsalem.org.
10/13-14 // ATLANTA
Hundreds of thousands descend on Atlanta for the Southeast’s largest LGBT Pride events. atlantapride.org.
10/20 // COLUMBIA
South Carolina comes together in a show of united Pride at their annual SC Pride festival in downtown Columbia. scpride.org.