Featured Events

Featured Event: 

August 24: Hummingbird Festival
Celebrate the beginning of the Ruby-Throated Hummingbird’s amazing 500+ mile journey from Charlotte back to their winter home in Central America. The festival will feature guest speakers, nature walks, food trucks, and games. Admission is free. Reedy Creek Park and Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Rd., Charlotte. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Other Events:

Aug. 9-30
Architecture of the Immaterial
LaCa Projects
1429 Bryant St., Charlotte
Times Vary
Latin American Contemporary Art (LaCa) Projects presents Architecture of the Immaterial, a collective exhibition featuring six prominent artists of Latin American origin. Gallery times and ticket information can be found online.

August 9
Queen City Anime Convention
Charlotte Sheraton Hotel
555 S McDowell St., Charlotte
5 p.m.
This three-day event celebrating the world of anime features a cosplay contest, vendors, fan programming, and video game contests. Children’s tickets are free and adult passes start at $30. Day and weekend passes are available online.

August 10
Comunidad Colectiva Community Yard Sale Fundraiser
Common Market
2007 Commonwealth Ave. Charlotte
This community yard sale will benefit Comunidad Colectiva, an immigration advocacy organization in Charlotte that fights to keep families together. Those looking to donate are asked to drop items off at 6769 Albemarle Rd., Suite B by Aug. 8. Additional information can be found online.

August 10
City of Immigrants 5k
Latin American Coalition
4938 Central Ave., Charlotte
6-9 p.m.
Charlotte’s Latin American Coalition hosts a run through the beautiful Plaza Midwood neighborhood in support of Charlotte’s immigrant communities. All proceeds will benefit Latin American Coalition’s Immigrant Welcome Center, which provides language specific, culturally attuned programs and services to Latinx families seeking crisis intervention, access to resources and capacity building opportunities. Registration closes July 31 and is available online.

August 11
Sunday Funday with Jaymes Mansfield

The Comedy Zone
211 N. Main St., Greenville S.C.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Drag superstar Jaymes Mansfield presents two wig-snatching shows spreading love, fabulousness and glitter.

August 13-14
‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’
Queens University
1900 Selwyn Ave., Charlotte
Times Vary
The Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte presents an retelling of Shakespeare’s classic play. The production will serve as the inagural play in a planned annual “Shakespeare in the Park” festival taking place on the campus of Queens University. Admission is free and attendees are welcome to bring blankets, picnic food and, for those over 21, beer and wine. A full schedule of performances is available online.

August 13
Pride: Commemorating 50 Years of Progress
128 S. Tryon St., 2nd Floor, Charlotte
5:30-7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Capco, this event will bring together leaders and supporters in the professional LGBTQ community that have served as change agents. It features Kimberly Melton (keynote speaker), Scott Mealus, Matt Singleton, Bobby Wilkinson and Joshua Carlile (moderator). Free admission, but registration is required in advance.

August 15-18
NC Gay + Lesbian Film Festival 2019
The Carolina Theatre
309 W. Morgan St., Durham
Various Times
The Carolina Theatre’s 24th Annual North Carolina Gay + Lesbian Film is among the largest gay, lesbian, transgender, and queer-centric film festivals in the U.S. It has attracted hundreds of thousands of filmmakers, artists and guests to the Carolina Theatre over more than two decades. Discover Durham named NCGLFF a Signature Event for Durham, the highest honor bestowed on a cultural event or attraction by the city’s marketing agency. Visit the website for films being featured. Tickets and Ten-Passes are on sale now online. Tickets to individual film screenings are $10. 10-Passes, which enable guests to choose 10 film screenings at NCGLFF, cost $85.
ncglff.org. bit.ly/2ZtI9Fl.

August 15
Drago!: Not Your Grandmother’s Bingo
Single Barrel Room
Whiskey Warehouse
1221 The Plaza, Charlotte
8 p.m.
This edition of Whiskey Warehouse’s weekly drag bingo night is hosted by CiCi Deelite and benefits the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte.

August 16
Stonewall Sports Birthday Pride Dance Party
Visulite Theatre
1615 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte
10 p.m.
Stonewall Sports, Charlotte’s LGBTQ community sports league, celebrates its fifth birthday with a dance party hosted by DJ Neon the GlowGoBear. Tickets start at $10 and are available online. This is a 21+ event.

August 16
Pride Fest Friday
Ink N Ivy
222 S. Church St., Charlotte
11:55 p.m.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Nina West leads a star-studded night of drag hosted by Candis Cox and featuring The Vanity House’s Erica Chanel, Riley Malicious, and Chloe Cassidy. A signature cocktail will be provided with each ticket free of charge to each customer of legal drinking age. Tickets start at $25 and are available online.

August 16-September 1
‘A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder’
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St., Raleigh
Time Vary
Raleigh Little Theatre presents “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,” a laugh-out-loud romp following a scheming heiress, a pinch murder and a war of succession. Tickets start at $27 and are available online.

August 17
Campus Pride College Fair
Charlotte Pride Festival
135 Levine Ave. of the Arts, Charlotte
12:30-3 p.m.
Prospective college students and families and college and university representatives alike are welcome to learn about and showcase LGBTQ-friendly campuses. RSVP and registration is available online.

August 18
August Drag Brunch with Kahanna Montrese
Chemistry Nightclub
2901 Spring Garden, Greensboro
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
“RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Kahana Montrese and host Anjelica Dust lead a brunch of drag performances, food, and drink specials. Tickets start at $15 and are available online.

August 20
Foreplay! Goes South
1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
7 p.m.
Foreplay! Goes South provides a fun and safe venue for sharing one’s stories of sex, desire and romance. Stories can be as innocent as a first kiss or as salacious as one’s last orgy. Admission is free.

August 22-25
South Carolina Black Pride Week
Multiple Locations, Columbia S.C.
Times Vary
South Carolina Black Gay Pride hosts a jam-packed weekend celebrating Columbia’s vibrant LGBTQ community, featuring welcome reception, the 14th Annual Cultural Arts & Wellness Festival and a Unity Block Party. Information about individual events can be found online.

August 22-23
MSM HIV Prevention Institute: #Zero
Brookland Banquet & Conference
1066 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, S.C.
Time Vary
The Black Gay Men’s Research Group presents two days of educational sessions aimed at improving sexual health outcomes and influence healthy life choices of South Carolina’s same-gender-loving men. Registration begins at $25 and is available online, as well as a scholarship application for free admission.

September 15
Lizzo: Cuz I Love You Too Tour
Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte
8 p.m.
Superstar Lizzo brings her positive, energizing music to Charlotte. Tickets start at $39.50 and are available online.

September 28: Fortune Feimster
Queer southern comic Fortune Feimster holds a live taping for an upcoming comedy release at the McGlohon Theater. Tickets start at $20 and are available online. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St., Charlotte. 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. bit.ly/2YvcyFU.

September 28
Blue Ridge Pride Festival
Pack Square Park
22 S. Pack Sq., Asheville
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Asheville hosts the 11th Annual Blue Ridge Pride Festival, featuring local musicians, spoken word artists, and activists.

September 28
Pride Durham
Duke University East Campus
712 Broad St., Durham
10 a.m.-10 p.m.
Celebrate Pride in the Triangle with a day-long festival at Duke’s campus! The Pride Parade begins at 11 a.m. and performances continue throughout the night.



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: August 9, 2019, 4:05 p.m.