Throughout the year, unique celebrations will happen in many of our 199 neighborhoods, public spaces and parks, colleges and universities, and offices all around the city. This is an all call and a giant invitation for everyone to celebrate CLT250 in their own way. Special anniversary celebrations will take place at these events:
CMPD and the City of Charlotte will share CLT250 with neighborhoods across the city as a part of National Night Out's community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. Look for the CLT250 swag and learn more about how you can get involved at your neighborhood's event!
This year's parade will bring to life our city's heritage, diversity and innovative spirit. The parade will be dedicated to Charlotte's 250th anniversary, and the floats, bands, dance teams, performances and more will be part of this special experience. All are invited to share in this very Charlotte event.
To mark the official anniversary of the city's founding 250 years ago, join your fellow Charlotteans to celebrate the Queen City. Everyone will have an opportunity to enjoy fun activities at libraries, schools and the Square at Trade & Tryon. And, yes there will be cake! #CLT250
Check out CLT250.com for more ways to get involved and celebrate 250 years strong and going!
Celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, through a series of community events including the Saturday parade, scholarship luncheons at CPCC and Johnson C. Smith University, a wreath-laying ceremony and the McCrorey YMCA Prayer Breakfast.
The yearlong CLT250 celebration will crescendo with Charlotte Shout, a citywide art, music, food, film and innovation festival that promises to become a unique, defining and celebratory event for the city that we all love. The food, music and art will be as diverse and vibrant as those who call Charlotte home.
Uptown Charlotte hosts the region's largest LGBTQ Pride event, including a FREE two-day festival on Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19 in the heart of the city and the annual parade on Sunday! 150,000 attended over the course of the weekend in 2017, so let's make 2018 a BLAST!
Welcoming America leads a movement of inclusive communities becoming more prosperous by making everyone feel like they belong. We believe that all people, including immigrants, are valued contributors who are vital to the success of our communities and shared future.The City of Charlotte is participating in this great event and it includes a naturalization ceremony with reception and photo gallery.
Enjoy an evening filled with delicious food, unique arts and cultural experiences and lots of fun at ASC's 4th annual Culture Feast in Uptown Charlotte! Meet new people and connect with your community in a one-of-a-kind outdoor setting, while sharing a meal, having conversations and experiencing the best of Charlotte-Mecklenburg's cultural scene.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Government Center Lobby
The City of Charlotte is hosting a naturalization ceremony for 50-60 people as they take the oath to become new citizens. Employees will be invited to watch the ceremony and celebrate with the new citizens and their families in the lobby following the ceremony.
The Charlotte Symphony opens its 87th season on Friday, September 21 with a spectacular evening featuring superstar violinist Joshua Bell, Maestro Christopher Warren-Green and your Charlotte Symphony celebrating the 250th anniversary of the founding of the City of Charlotte.
World Premiere Piece Written for CLT250
Since 1964, Festival in the Park has been bringing good music, good art and good times to Charlotteans and visitors from around the world. The sounds of "big band music" drift across Freedom Park's lake whose still surface reflects the lights strung from Camelot exhibit tents.
Charlotte Museum of History
The Charlotte Symphony and the Charlotte Museum of History present a performance of Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody, composed by David Crowe. This original work, commissioned by the CSO, depicts and honors through music, words and images, the textile mill culture that dominated the economy of the Piedmont region of the Carolinas and the Southeast from the late 19th through the 20th centuries.
Festival Latinoamericano, Charlotte's signature cultural event, returns for its 28th year to Symphony Park on Saturday Septmber 29 from 12 to 8PM; with an incredible lineup of musical artists and dance performances, a diverse authentic selection of Latin American food, handmade crafts, visual artists, and an interactive street festival environment with activities for the whole family.
Open Streets 704 powered by BlueCross Blue Shield of North Carolina is a series Charlotte events that will literally open a length of city streets for an afternoon just for people! Taking cues from similar events around the country and the world, Open Streets 704 aims to build a better, healthier, connected community by encouraging Charlotte and Mecklenburg area residents to walk, bicycle, and experience the city together in a way that's just not possible in a car.
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Lobby
Through this Lens is an exhibit that celebrates the immigrant experience of new Charlotteans through the power of their stories and portraits. This exhibit offers multiple lenses to view the immigrant experience, provide an avenue to appreciate complex stories.
The 7th Annual Hola Charlotte Festival will be hosted by Norsan Media in partnership with various Uptown cultural organizations. This is the largest Hispanic Heritage event organized in Charlotte highlighting Latin American culture and all its richness. The event engages both general market and Hispanics of all backgrounds and ages. It features nationally recognized entertainers and a Latin American cultural village highlighting the heritage and culture of 15 Latin American countries - providing an avenue for sponsors to brand their products. Hola Charlotte Festival is highly publicized through multiple partners, a robust press campaign, and an extensive Hispanic media campaign via Norsan Media's multiple platforms.
Local nonprofit organization, Queen City Unity, presents the 2nd Annual Charlotte UNITE Festival. This multicultural event looks to unite people of all backgrounds in Charlotte to celebrate our diversity, and illustrate to the rest of the nation that the Queen City stands UNITED. The free family orientated festival includes musical performances from local artists of all backgrounds, food from different cultures in Charlotte, a Kids Zone, and community guest speakers that you will not want to miss. Join us a we come together to experiences each other's cultures and celebrate diversity in Charlotte!
Handel's "Water Music," "Music for the Royal Fireworks" and choral anthem "Zadok the Priest," plus Hubert Parry's anthem "I was glad" and William Walton's march "Crown Imperial." It's all music for royal occasions in Great Britain, from George I ("Water Music," the most ebullient piece written for a king) through George VI ("Crown Imperial," commemorating the coronation of Elizabeth II's dad). Members of the Charlotte Symphony Chorus will get a workout in the two rousing anthems.
El Comité de Fiestas Patrias y Tradiciones de Charlotte (CFTC) y la Coalición Latinoamericana invitan a conmemorar la Independencia de Argentina el próximo sábado 15 de Julio a las 4 de la tarde, en la sede de la Coalición Latinoamericana, 4938 Central Avenue, Charlotte, NC, 28205.
J. Murrey Atkins Library will host a campus-wide celebration of Charlotte's 250th anniversary on Monday, Dec. 3, the official date of the founding of the Queen City. From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., students can enter a drawing to win prizes by participating in several fun activities.
Ring in 2019 at the Queen City's official New Year's Eve celebration, CLT New Year's Eve, Presented by Ally! This annual FREE Charlotte tradition will include a DJ, live music, the lighting of the Queen City crown, and a huge CLT NYE fireworks display starting at midnight. This year, the fun takes place at the Levine Avenue of the Arts!
NextGen conductor Joseph Young leads a captivating program featuring a diverse cast of characters. Tchaikovsky at his best, Sleeping Beauty brings fairytale colors while Copland depicts a classic American scene. Michael Daugherty's poignant Native American musical journey spotlights principal flutist Victor Wang.
Settlers and Elmwood Cemeteries
Stroll through Settlers and Elmwood Cemeteries and interact with portrayers telling stories of our founding fathers, civic leaders, pioneering women, and a few interesting characters. Learn more about this free event!
For over 30 years, the non-profit Charlotte Wine & Food Weekend has brought together leading winemakers from around the world and paired them with the area's top chefs to celebrate and advance public knowledge of and appreciation for great wine and food, while making significant contributions to charitable organizations that benefit children and their families in the Charlotte community. Proceeds for 2019 benefit five local charities; Charlotte Concerts, Pat's Place, Mitchell's Fund, The Relatives and The Council for Children's Rights. From vintner dinners at Charlotte's top restaurants, to informative and entertaining wine seminars, to the signature walk-around Grand Tasting featuring 100+ carefully selected wines, tastings from Charlotte-area restaurants and a silent auction, these events are not to be missed!
In conjunction with CLT250, the 250th anniversary celebration of our city, this program will feature Stephanie Burt, author of Wicked Charlotte: The Sordid Side of the Queen City. Ms. Burt will read snippets of her book, which reveals the unknown history of "bootleggers, swindlers, gold-miners and serial killers" in the Queen City.
The Mecklenburg Historical Association is dedicated to preserving and publicizing the history of Mecklenburg County through regular meetings, publications, special research groups and work with various historic sites. Founded in 1954 it is the successor to several similar organizations going back to 1875. Today the MHA is a vibrant organization which meets four times each year to share a meal and hear an interesting speaker. Various permanent committees meet at other times to do their work in implementing the goals of the MHA. Read about these activities on this site and in our newsletters, sign up for The History List to receive up to date news of interest to the History Community, and come join us.
Celebrating Neighborhood Accomplishments With a City of Charlotte Neighborhood Grant During the CLT 250th Celebration. The Hampshire Hills Neighborhood Association (HHNA) and the Greater Providence Baptist Church will host an event celebrating HHNA accomplishments with support from a City of Charlotte Neighborhood Matching Grant (NMG) award. Accomplishments through May 4, 2019, will include new signage enhancing the location and identification of the Hampshire Hills neighborhood, improved newsletters and greater community involvement of residents and surrounding neighborhoods and businesses. Highlights of the event will include brief remarks by elected and local leaders, as well as exhibits depicting the story of the Hampshire Hills neighborhood through music, dance and pictures as Charlotte celebrates its 250th birthday!
Time: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Greater Providence Baptist Church, 2000 Milton Road. All are welcome! Contact us at 704-536-7709, or email Herman Thomas, Lena Pickens or Beatrice Spaulding.
From Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers and Migration to Gentrification
Lunch and Learn with Dr. Tom Hanchett
12:30 - 2 p.m.
Zeiss Building, Room 1106
Join Central Piedmont Library, in conjunction with "CLT250," for an event celebrating the 250th anniversary of the Queen City.