Continues through July 23
Charlotte Black Gay Pride
Various locations and times
Charlotte Black Gay Pride will be celebrated in locations throughout the Queen City from July 19 to July 23. On July 19, join the community for “Centerstage,” a one-act play series, at 7 p.m. at the Little Rock Cultural Center, 401 N. McDowell St. On July 20, a town hall meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m., at St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church, 1600 Norris Ave. On July 21, there will be a meet and greet reception at 6:30 p.m. at the host hotel Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown, 401 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. Participants who want to continue the fun can stay for the Pajama Jam at 10 p.m., which includes games, movies and concessions. The Pride Expo will gear up at 12 p.m. on July 22 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Charlotte Uptown. Then on July 23, 11 a.m., a yummy jazz brunch will be served at Fahrenheit Restaurant Uptown, 222 S. Caldwell St. Later in the day, head over to the Nickel Bar, 2817 Rozzelles Ferry Rd., for a Sunday Cool Down event. More information is available online.
Kasey King’s Birthday Night Celebration
3217 The Plaza, Charlotte
10 p.m.-2:30 a.m.
North Carolina’s own drag legend Kasey King will celebrate her birthday with a cast of divas, Chaser’s male dancers and DJ Randall. Free hors d’oeuvres will be served. More information is available online.
Starving Artist Popup Market
Charlotte Art League
1517 Camden Rd., Charlotte
11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Non-profit gallery and organization the Charlotte Art League presents a Starving Artists Popup Market with local vendors selling their creations. Admission is free, and food trucks will be on hand. Those wishing to be added to the vendor list for future events can sign up at eepurl.com/cCIt61. More information is available online.
Continues through July 23
‘The Little Mermaid’
Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing
130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte
The Broadway musical based on the beloved Hans Christian Andersen story, with music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, comes to Charlotte for a week-long run. And more perfect for all ages, the public is invited to experience the tale again, or for the first time, with classics like “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl, “Part of Your World” and more. Tickets and more information are available online.
LGBTQ & Ally Cross Company Mixer
The Underground at the Fillmore Charlotte
900 NC Music Factory Blvd., Charlotte
Queen City Connects invites individuals and organizations to participate in the next LGBTQ & Ally Cross Company Mixer. Over 30 companies are expected to be present to meet and mingle with community members. Your organization can have its logo displayed on TV screens throughout the private room and on the main projector. If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a copy of your logo. The event is free, and free parking is available in the new parking garage across the street.
Continues through August 10
Movies in the Garden
Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre
301 Pogue St., Raleigh
For four Thursdays in July and August, Raleigh Little Theatre will play a free movie at the Louise “Scottie” Stephenson Amphitheatre: July 20, “La La Land;” July 27, “Cinderella;” Aug. 3, “The Sound of Music;” and Aug. 10, “Hidden Figures.” Food trucks will be on hand, and concessions will be available, including adult beverages. There will also be pre-movie activities, like a scavenger hunt, trivia, and a lip-synch battle. All movies start at 8:30 p.m. More information is available online.
Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce
‘25 in Twenty-Five’
Le Meridien/Sheraton Hotel’s Craft City
555 S. McDowell St., Charlotte
The Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce will celebrate 25 years of support and advocacy for LGBTQ business owners and professionals. Twenty-five individuals who have made that possible will be honored, and Charlotte Mayor Jennifer Roberts, Sen. Jeff Jackson, and Mecklenburg County Commissioner Pat Cotham will be on hand as well. This is a free event. RSVP at bit.ly/2tyh0C5. More information is available online.
Hot Stuff Pop-Up Market
1919 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
The Hot Stuff Pop-Up Market offers the chance to explore the creations of local artists and vendors, who will have a variety of goods on hand to show and sell. Food vendors will also be on hand and the bar will be open. More information is available online.
Miss Charlotte Pride Pageant
3217 The Plaza, Charlotte
9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Honoring 2016 Miss Charlotte Pride Shelita Bonet Hoyle, the Miss Charlotte Pride Pageant will take place this year under the theme “Over the Rainbow.” Contestants will hit the runway, as well as perform a talent, and reveal a bit about themselves with an onstage question. Former Miss Charlotte Pride winners from over the last decade and other special Pride pageant title holders will also be on hand. More information is available online.
LGBT & Allies Rooftop 2nd Chance Prom
The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
551 S. Tryon St., Charlotte
A married couple who were unable to go to their high school proms are recreating the experience and want to share it with others. The LGBTQ and ally community is invited to this second chance prom at The Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Tickets vary from $35-$500.
Last updated: July 13, 2017 7 p.m.