Featured Events

Featured Event: 

April 27-28: Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward
The Friends of Fourth Ward will host the Secret Gardens of Fourth Ward, a garden and lifestyle tour in the heart of Historic Fourth Ward. From small to large, the tour showcases a mix of private gardens and rooftop terraces, along with complimentary cocktail tastings and small bites along the way. Explore historic Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery beginning at 3 p.m. Use free B-cycle bikes on Saturday and horse-drawn carriage rides. Tickets are $25 and are available online. 9th & Poplar Sts., Charlotte. 12-4 p.m. fofw.org.

Other Events:

April 16-24: ‘A Bronx Tale’
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
Various Times.
A boy is torn between loyalty to his father and a charismatic mob boss in this musical adaptation of Chazz Palminteri’s one-man show turned film of the same name. With music by “Beauty and the Beast” songwriter Alan Menken. Tickets start at $25.

April 20
Tosco Music Party
Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts
430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte
7:30 p.m.
More than a dozen acts, including the likes of Chapel Hill-based Violet Bell and New York City’s The Bailsmen, showcase their talents in Tosco Music’s spring production. Tickets $15-$35.

April 26
‘The Cake’ Staged Reading
Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance
1047 W. Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem
8 p.m.
Written by Winston-Salem native Bekah Brunstetter, a writer and co-producer on NBC’s Emmy-winning “This Is Us.” The cake/gay wedding controversy comes to North Carolina. When the girl Della helped raise comes back home to North Carolina to get married, and the fiancé is actually a fiancée, Della’s life gets turned upside down. Free admission. (Donations accepted to benefit Shine Theatre Camp.

April 26
Green Queen Bingo Terrace at Greensboro Coliseum Complex
1921 W. Gate City Blvd., Greensboro
7 p.m.
Fuscia Rage leads the entertainment lineup at this quirky fundraiser for the Guilford Green Foundation & LGBTQ Center and Greensboro Pride. Doors open at 6 p.m. Appropriate for ages 15 and up. Tickets available for purchase online or at the door. $15 general admission, $12 for students and government employees with ID.

April 27
5th Annual Spring Fundraiser
McGill Baptist Church
5300 Poplar Tent Rd., Concord
6 p.m.
The Concord/Kannapolis PFLAG chapter continues its annual event to raise funds for its scholarship award. This year the organization will be awarding a high school senior residing in Cabarrus County a $1,000 scholarship.Tickets are on sale now and are $15 each. Email ckpflag@gmail.com for tickets which must be purchased in advance.

April 27
Salisbury Pride Potluck Picnic
Ellis Park
3541 Old Mocksville Rd., Salisbury
11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Bring a dish to share with the group and hang out for a few minutes or for the day. Lunch will be served at noon and dinner at 5:30 p.m.

April 27
Drag Me to Church!
Calvary United Methodist Church
304 E Trinity Ave., Durham
6 p.m.
Join the members of Calvary for their Drag Me to Church! fundraiser event for iNSIDE0UT 180. The event will feature local drag performance artists who are donating their time and talent for the support of local LGBTQ youth. Tickets are $10 and are available online.
bit.ly/2CnPmNx. calvarync.org.

April 29-May 4
Charlotte Jazz Festival
various locations and times
With offerings including “Ellington Through the Ages” by the Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis, this year’s Charlotte Jazz Festival is a week-long celebration that also provides numerous free events centered around Uptown Charlotte.

May 3-4
‘Big Gay Sing 4: The Definitive Guide to Gay Hollywood’
Duke Energy Theatre
130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
7:30 p.m.
Bigger, pinker, fluffier and gayer than ever concert presented by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte. Romp through songs from some of the big screen’s most spectacular queer hits like “Over the Rainbow” from the “Wizard of Oz,” a brand-new commission of “Revelation” from last year’s “Boy, Erased” and more in between. Audience participation included! Tickets are $25-$35 and are available online at tinyurl.com/y32h95rz or from the chorus website.

May 4
Beatles vs. Stones — A Musical Meltdown
McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square
345 N. College St., Charlotte
8 p.m.
The two greatest rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time face off as the Blumenthal Performing Arts host tributes to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Renowned tribute bands Abbey Road and Satisfaction — The International Rolling Stones Show engage in a musical showdown of the hits. Tickets are $35-$65 and can be purchased online at carolinatix.org, by phone 704-372-1000 or through the Blumenthal Performing Arts Box Office, located in the Belk Theater Lobby at 130 North Tryon Street in Charlotte. The show is family friendly and appropriate for all ages.

May 4
Out! Raleigh
Fayetteville St., Raleigh
11 a.m.–6 p.m.
The free, family-friendly annual celebration offers live entertainment, local artists and vendors, food and a KidZone.

May 4
Rainbow Ball
805 Spartan Blvd., Spartanburg
7-11:30 p.m.
This fundraising gala benefits the future LGBTQ Upstate Outreach Center. Individual tickets start at $40, sponsorships at $250.

May 5
Liberating Theologies
Charlotte Museum of History
3500 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte
8 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Freedom Center for Social Justice hosts its second annual Liberating Theologies Speaker Series, a one-day event featuring theologians who will share their radical, culture-shifting interpretations of Biblical texts. Speakers include Rev. Dr. Keri Day, John Boopalan and Rev. Dr. Pamela Lightsey. There will be a panel discussion following the speaker’s presentations. Bishop Tonyia M. Rawls, center’s founder and executive director, will moderate the conversation. Early bird ticket sales end on April 30 and are $35. Afterward tickets are $50/general, $75/onsite, $12/student and $25 per person/groups of five or more.

May 7
2019 Leadership Charlotte Legacy Awards
NASCAR Hall of Fame
Crown Room
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Charlotte
8 a.m.
Leadership Charlotte will present the 40th Annual Legacy Awards to notable, innovative leaders in the education, housing and healthcare sectors of the community. These leaders have challenged the status quo by tackling local issues from unique and innovative perspectives to improve the Charlotte community. Stay afterward for Design Thinking Workshops from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. RSVP online. Tickets are $50/individual, breakfast only and $60/individual, breakfast and workshops.

May 12
Aly & AJ, with Armors
Cats Cradle
300 E. Main St., Carborro
8 p.m.
Sisters Aly and AJ will perform at the Triangle’s Cats Cradle on their “Sanctuary” tour. The duo touch on themes that focus on stories of identity, self-reflection and social consciousness. The tour is also teaming up with The Trevor Project and will have a donation bin and awareness booth to support the cause. Tickets are $25/advance, $150/meet & greet and $250/soundcheck, listening party and are available online.

May 16
Mason Deaver Book Talk & Signing
Park Road Books
4139 Park Rd., Charlotte
7 p.m.
Park Road Books presents Mason Deaver, author of “I Wish You All The Best,” a coming-out and coming-of-age Young Adult novel featuring a non-binary protagonist, written by a non-binary author.

May 17
Support the Rainbow: Professionals and Allies Education Conference
Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Conference Center
3333 Silas Creek Pky., Winston-Salem
8:45 a.m.-5 p.m.
A day of healthcare education presented by Northwest AHEC. Registration is available online.

May 17
Time Out Youth Platinum Gala
Le Méridien Charlotte
555 S. McDowell St.
6:30-10:30 p.m.
TOY’s yearly formal event celebrates LGBTQ youth in the Carolinas and raises funds for the organization’s new and ongoing enterprises. Dinner, entertainment, and silent and live auctions are included in the festivities. Individual tickets start at $100, with sponsorship options to $25,000 and beyond. Spots still available for corporate sponsorships. Tickets and more information are available online.

May 28
CLGBTCC Honoring 2019 Fierce Five!
Bulla Gastrobar
4310 Sharon Rd., Suite W01, Charlotte
6:30 p.m.
The Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce will present its Fierce 5 Awards to community members who are under 35. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres provided. Members can attend free of charge, non-members, $5. RSVP/tickets available online at tinyurl.com/y6eczyeg.

June 1
Pride in the Park
Valor Memorial Garden in Market Common
Hackler St., Myrtle Beach, S.C.
12-9 p.m.
Grand Strand Pride’s Coastal Business Guild will hold its Pride in the Park and will include organization vendors, food and beverage vendors, musical entertainment by Jake Newman Band, DJ Chris James, Tru Sol Band, and more. Free admission.



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
Support meetings, second Monday of each month, 6:30-8 p.m., Time Out Youth Center, 3800 Monroe Rd., Charlotte.
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.


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Last updated: April 18, 2019, 7:49 p.m.