Charlotte Pride events grace the Queen City

From small soireés to a parade, there’s plenty to enjoy

During the week leading up to and including the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, the LGBT and allied communities have a plethora of fun and enlightening activities to choose from. Here is a list of them:

Charlotte Pride: Official events, partner activities

PrideLogoFinal-2014-dates-locationAug. 12
Time Out Youth Charlotte Pride Dance
An evening of dance and fun.
Open to youth 13-20.
Cost: $5 donation for the LGBTQ Center of Orlando.
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza

Aug. 13
Charlotte Latin Pride Expo
Highlights organizations and resources for the LGBT Latin community, workshops, speakers and entertainment.
Noon-6 p.m.
Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave., #215

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Aug. 14
Annual Interfaith Service
Annual Interfaith service celebrating the dignity, value and worth of all people. With clergy from a diversity of faith traditions.
Refreshments following the service.
4 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St.

Aug. 15
Trans Pride Keynote & Social
Free evening social mixer featuring keynote speaker Candis Cox, other special guests and community panelists discussing the effect of HB2 in Charlotte and North Carolina.
6:30 p.m.
Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St.

Aug. 16
Trans 101
What is gender identity? Charlotte Pride, Time Out Youth, PFLAG and MeckMin are sponsoring an event to dispel the fear around talking about the transgender community.
7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte
234 N. Sharon Amity Rd.

Aug. 17
Charlotte Latin Pride Mixer
Evening of fun, dance, music and friendship for the local LGBTQ Latin community.
Time and Location TBA.

Aug. 19
Charlotte Pride Kickoff Cookout
Grab a burger, play a game of beer pong, flip cup or giant Jenga and grab a drink on the deck.
5:30 p.m.
Bar at 316, 316 Rensselaer Ave.

Aug. 19
Takeover Friday
Kickoff to Charlotte Pride weekend.
Free and everyone is welcome to attend.
Features DJ Little Betty.
7-11 p.m.
Le Méridien Charlotte, 555 S. McDowell St.

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Aug. 20
After Party with Jujubee
Join Jujubee of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame and a cast of local performers and continue the party into the night.
11 p.m.
Chasers , 3217 The Plaza

Festival Zone

Charlotte Pride Festival
PNC Bank Festival Zone
S. Tryon St. between Trade and Stonewall Sts.

Aug. 20
“Flourish: A Celebration of LGBTQ Arts & Culture” (Saturday only, 12 p.m., Bechtler Museum of Modern Art)
Campus Pride LGBTQ-Friendly College Fair (Saturday only, 1-4 p.m., Levine Avenue of the Arts)

Aug. 20-21
Know Your Status & Learn More Testing (Aug. 20-21, Tryon St., between MLK & Levine)
Food Court (Aug. 20-21, 3rd & Tryon Sts.)
Charlotte Pride VIP Experience (Aug. 21-21, Trade & Tryon Sts.; $150, online at
Bud Light Karaoke Lounge (Aug. 20, 1-7 p.m.; Aug. 21, 3-6 p.m.; Trade & Tryon Sts.)
PFLAG Charlotte Family Zone (Aug. 20, 12-6 p.m.; Aug. 21, 1:30-6 p.m.; 4th & Tryon Sts.)
Youth Zone (Aug. 20-21; youth 13-20, next to the Time Out Youth Center booth)
Youth Entertainment (Aug. 20, afternoon; Wells Fargo Stage, Stonewall and S. Tryon Sts.)

Festival Parade

Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade
Aug. 21
1-3 p.m.
from 9th and N. Tryon Sts. to Independence Square at Tryon and Trade Sts.


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Posted by Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen is QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director. She can be reached at and 704-531-9988, x205.