Featured Events

Featured Event: 

October 20: Reignbow Fest 2019
Reignbow Fest is an influential and safe space to spread the message that the LGBTQ community matters through Arti-vism. Artistry and Activism through local talent from all over N.C. Ticket information is available online. The Artist Bloc, 1020 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro.
8 p.m. bit.ly/2MEoFsc.

Other Events:

October 18-27
‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’
Theatre Alliance
1047 Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem
8 p.m.
Live and in action with audience participation, Theatre Alliance will put on a performance of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Tickets and more information are available online.
bit.ly/35o9a0h.

October 18-29
Stonewall Connect ‘Walk on the Greenway’
Trader Joe’s
1133 Metropolitan Ave., Charlotte
6 p.m., Oct. 22
11:15 a.m., Oct. 29
Enjoy the fall weather this season with a group walk on the greenway. This group meets every Tuesday
in October with an optional lunch or dinner.
stonewallcharlotte.org.

October 18-November 24
The Carolina Renaissance Festival
16445 Poplar Tent Rd., Huntersville
l0 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Jousting tournament, camel rides, and turkey legs are just a part of this annual medieval festival. This year even features mermaids. Open Saturdays and Sundays.
renfestinfo.com.

October 18
7th Annual Carolina Conference on Queer Youth: ‘Intersectionality: The Starting Point’
The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Student Center
9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
The conference will provide attendees who work with LGBTQ youth an overview for working with this population including topics regarding healthcare, ethics, school systems and hearing perspectives directly from LGBTQ youth. The conference brings together educators, support staff, counselors, therapists, helping professionals, individuals in higher education, community members, and undergraduate and graduate students from across North Carolina to discuss topics supporting LGBTQ youth in the region. It is presented by Time Out Youth Center, UNC Charlotte’s Office of Identity, Equity, and Engagement and Equality North Carolina. CEUs are available for professionals which one can request on their registration form. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for all attendees who register. Parking is available in the UNC Charlotte Student Union parking deck for $15 for the day. On-site registration runs from 7:30-8 a.m. and is open to K-12 educators and support staff, counselors, therapists, individuals in higher education, community members and undergraduate and graduate students.
timeoutyouth.org/CCQY.

October 18
Melanie Martinez – The K-12 Tour
The Fillmore Charlotte
AvidXchange Music Factory
820 Hamilton St., Charlotte.
8 p.m.
Melanie Martinez bringing her sophomore album to life with a spin on school life. Tickets start at $90 and are available online.
fillmorenc.com.

October 19-20
LGBTQ+ History Bus Tour
Charlotte Area
Join the Charlotte LGBT Elders for a tour around The Queen City. Hosted by the Community Building Initiative and Invisible Histories Project. Josh Buford will lead this tour. Participants must register in advance. For more information, email afoard@cbicharlotte.org.
bit.ly/2VBRtWj.

October 19
AIDS Walk and 5k run
NC Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
9 a.m.
The AIDS and 5k run will take place at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Fun for the whole family, with music, food and friends. Register early.
aidswalkand5krun.com.

October 19
Pride WS Festival & Parade
Art District
Trade St. N.W., Winston -Salem
10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Food trucks, musical guests,
LGBTQ vendors and a parade. Celebrate diversity, love and equal rights for all.
pridews.org.

October 21
Navigating Your Child’s and Your Family’s Journey
Time Out Youth Center
3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte
7 p.m.
A workshop for parents and caregivers of LGBTQ youth, including guest speakers and parents of LGBTQ youth.
pflagcharlotte.org.

October 25-November 3
Upstate Pride Week 2019
Spartanburg
Various Times and Locations
First-ever Upstate Pride Week featuring 10 days of celebrations and Pride-themed events for all ages across Upstate South Carolina. Festival headliners include Cazwell, Mila Jam and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Peppermint.
bit.ly/31bEVGz.

October 25
Alphabet Soup Gay Improv
Wet Willie’s VIP Room
900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte
8 p.m.
Charlotte’s first and only LGBTQIA improv team serves straight-up improv comedy with a twist. Ticket information is available online.
bit.ly/33vsNBT.

October 25
Charlotte Symphony’s ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
7:30 p.m.
Tim Burton’s classic Halloween–Christmas film will be shown in its entirety on a large screen projected above the Charlotte Symphony as they perform. Follow Jack the Pumpkin King on his quest to seize Christmas.
charlottesymphony.org.

October 26
Midwood Fall Crawl
Midwood Park
21 Wilhelmina Ave., Charlotte
12-7 p.m.
Queen City Makers pairs up with the Midwood Fall Crawl for a neighborhood event. Local beer, vendors and various food trucks. Live music and free admission.
plazamidwood.org.

October 26
2019 Queen City OktoberFest
The Carole Hoefener Center
615 6th St., Charlotte
l-5 p.m.
The third annual Queen City OktoberFest arts and crafts festival includes Halloween bake sale, face painting, pie-eating contest, a gypsies dance crew and more. This event is part of a “Trick or Treat Safety Campaign.”
bit.ly/2nRpd5h.

October 27
HRC Charlotte’s Boos and Brews Halloween Party
NoDa Brewing Company
2921 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
12 p.m.
The 8th anniversary Boo’s and Brews Halloween party will take place at NoDa Brewing Company. This event will include a special anniversary beer and costume contest for all ages. Children and dogs are welcomed. A portion of the proceeds benefits the Human Rights Campaign. RSVP online.
bit.ly/2MxvnQO.

October 29-November 3
‘Les Miserables’
Ovens Auditorium
2700 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte
8 p.m.
‘Les Miserables’ tells the story of love, passion, sacrifice and redemption. Songs like “I Dreamed A Dream” and “On My Own,” have made this musical one for the history books. Tickets start at $25 and are available online.
blumenthalarts.org.

November 1-3
Empire City Con 2019
‘Steve Universe’ Fan Convention
Crown Plaza Charlotte Executive Park
5700 Westpark Dr., Charlotte
10 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday
A three-day fan convention event dedicated to the Cartoon Network program “Steven Universe” comes to the Queen City for a family-friendly, fun-filled fan experience. Programming includes music, workshops, gaming, vendors and panels focusing on themes of family, the LGBTQ community, the animation industry, disability and more. Guest of honor will be Deedee Magno Hall, the voice of Pearl, along with Kelly Kirsten, a former beauty pageant contestant turned cosplayer. “Steven Universe” is an Emmy, Peabody and GLAAD award-winning television show from creator Rebecca Sugar. The movie version was released in the fall. Passes range from $90-$350, as well as one-day passes at $40/Friday and $50/Saturday and are available online at http://bit.ly/31Bryzo.
empirecitycon.com.

November 1
AFFA Gala 2019
The Cedar Room
701 E. Bay St., No.200, Charleston S.C.
6 p.m., Reception & Silent Auction
7 p.m., Dinner & Live Auction
​9 p.m., Dancing
An evening of dinner and dancing as AFFA celebrates their achievements and look to the future. After Party at 11 p.m. at Bar Mash with DJ Trevor D, Tickets and sponsorships are available online.
affa-sc.org/gala/.

November 2
Second Chance Halloween
The Hide-A-Way
405 E. Baskins Rd., Rock Hill
8 p.m.
A midnight drag show with Makaylah Dushot, Tia Douglas and Skylar Michele-Monet. Costume contest and more.
scrainbowin@gmail.com.

November 2
Charlotte Pride Band
Myers Park Baptist Church
Heaton Hall
1900 Queens Rd., Charlotte
7:30 p.m.
CPB kicks off their 10th season dedicated to contemporary classics. The concert will take place in Heaton Hall at Myers Park Baptist Church with refreshments during a brief intermission.
charlotteprideband.org.

November 6: Elton John — Farewell Yellow Brick Road
Musical legend Elton John brings his farewell tour to the Spectrum Center. Tickets start at $59.50 and are available online. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St., Charlotte. 8 p.m. bit.ly/2PdQrQK.

November 9
Gay Bingo Super Hero Bingo
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St., Charlotte
6:30 p.m.
Gay Bingo presents Gay Super Hero Bingo. A wild, fun night full of costumes, song, dance and prizes. This annual fundraiser raises money for RAIN.
carolinarain.org.

November 9
ALFA ‘s Uncorked
The Crossing
883 Highland Ave., Hickory
6 p.m.
A fun evening featuring a wine tasting, craft beer and chef demonstration. Jumpstart holiday shopping at their silent auction and wine sale. Tickets are $25 and are available online.
alfainfo.org.

 

REGULAR EVENTS

Charlotte LGBT Chamber
Regular business meetings, social events and other activities throughout the year. Days and times vary.
info: clgbtcc.org.

Charlotte Latin Pride
Spanish-language support nights, second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 7 p.m., Charlotte Pride offices at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza, Charlotte.
info: charlottepride.org/latin/.

PFLAG Charlotte
Peer support group meetings for parents, caregivers and family members of LGBTQ individuals.
Charlotte: second Monday of each month, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Time Out Youth, 3800 Monroe Rd.
Huntersville:  fourth Wednesday of each month, 6:30 – 8 p.m., Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen, 514 N. Old Statesville Rd.
info: pflagcharlotte.org.

PFLAG Concord/Kannapolis
Meets for monthly group support meetings, second Tuesday of each month, 7-9 p.m., Trinity United Church of Christ, 38 Church St. N., Concord.
info: bit.ly/1pCFVBq.

PFLAG Gaston
Meets for monthly support meetings, third Thursday of each month, 7 p.m., St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 258 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia.
info: pflaggaston.org.

Prime Timers
Monthly meeting including dinner, speaker, games and more for gay men ages 21 and up, 5-7 p.m., Park Road Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3900 Park Rd., Charlotte.
info: primetimersww.com/charlotte/.

Stonewall Sports
Regular team sports, meet-up, social and service events throughout the year. Days and times vary.
info: stonewallcharlotte.leagueapps.com.

Trans Youth Group
Weekly discussion groups for transgender youth ages 13-20 each Thursday, 4:30-6 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: timeoutyouth.org.

Transcend Charlotte
Support groups for partners, friends and family of transgender and gender non-conforming adults ages 18 and older, second and fourth Sundays of each month, 6-7 p.m., Time Out Youth Center, 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: transcendcharlotte.org.

Youth Drop-In Space
Drop-in space Monday-Friday, 3-6:30 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: timeoutyouth.org.

Youth Discussion Group
Weekly discussion groups for LGBTQ youth ages 13-20 each Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: timeoutyouth.org.

Youth of Color Group
Weekly discussion groups for LGBTQ and ally people of color each Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m., 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
info: timeoutyouth.org.

 

UPDATES/ADDITIONS?
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Last updated: October 18, 2019, 3:09 a.m.