InFocus: Charlotte — Annual Events

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A listing of annual LGBT and other community events in and around the Queen City and approximately when they occur each year. Learn more about the events at the web addresses provided.

Human Rights Campaign Carolina Gala
February
An annual black-tie fundraising event, the largest of its kind in the Carolinas.
hrccarolina.org

Forté!
March
A fundraising dinner for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte.
gmccharlotte.org

Stop The Hate
March
Campus Pride hosts a training for school administrators, faculty, staff and students on LGBT inclusion in higher education.
campuspride.org

Gay Charlotte Film Festival
April
An annual festival of established and up-and-coming LGBT films.
gaycharlottefilmfestival.com

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House of Mercy AIDS Walk
April
Hosted annually in downtown Belmont, this fundraiser provides support for House of Mercy’s clients.
thehouseofmercy.org

Queen City Stomp
April
This annual country dance festival is one of an increasing number of gay country music and rodeo events.
queencitystomp.com

RAIN AIDS Walk
May
This annual HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event is the largest of its kind in the Carolinas.
carolinarain.org

The Happening
May-June
Annual Charlotte Gay and Lesbian Fund luncheon.
fftc.org/clgf

Queen City Drag Race
May
Local drag stars perform at this annual team relay drag race.
queencitydragrace.com

Speed Street
May
Uptown Charlotte is transformed by this celebration of motor sports featuring endless entertainment on two stages and countless vendors.
600festival.com

Time Out Youth Gala
June
An evening of music, food and fun benefiting Time Out Youth.
timeoutyouth.org

Taste of Charlotte
June
This foodie’s heaven event features a sampling of local culinary arts in Uptown Charlotte.
tasteofcharlotte.com

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Stonewall Celebration
June
The LGBT Community Center hosts an annual celebration of the Stonewall Riots anniversary.
gaycharlotte.com

Pride Splash Day
July
An annual day of fun and sun, hosted at the U.S. National Whitewater Center by Charlotte Pride.
charlottepride.org/splashday/

Charlotte Black Gay Pride
July
Annual event celebrating the diversity of the LGBT community. Pride festivities, expos, town halls and events.
cbgp.org

Charlotte Pride
August
Charlotte’s annual Pride festival takes Uptown Charlotte by storm.
charlottepride.org

LGBT-Friendly College Fair
August
Campus Pride hosts its regional LGBT-Friendly National College Fair in Charlotte.
campuspride.org

Dining With Friends
An annual collection of private and public parties raising funds for the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network.
carolinarain.org/diningwithfriends

Festival in the Park
September
Charlotte’s annual arts festival overtakes Freedom Park.
festivalinthepark.org

OUTSpoken
October
UNC Charlotte’s annual LGBT speaker series.
outspoken.uncc.edu

Charlotte Business Guild Gala
November
A fundraising dinner for the Charlotte Business Guild.
charlottebusinessguild.org

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