Community-Led Celebrations

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:

National Night Out 250

National Night Out 250

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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!

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade

Novant Health Thanksgiving Day Parade

Thursday, November 22, 2018

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.

Charlotte Takes the Cake Day

Charlotte Takes the Cake Day

Monday, December 3, 2018

To mark the official anniversary of the city's founding 250 years ago, join your fellow Charlotteans at citywide celebrations. Everyone will have an opportunity to share in the celebration at libraries, schools and the Square.

Charlotte Shout

Charlotte Shout

May 2019

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.

MLK Parade and Weekend of Events

MLK Parade and Weekend of Events

January 18-21, 2019

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.

August

Charlotte Pride

Charlotte Pride

August 18 - August 19, 2018

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!

September

Welcoming Week

Welcoming Week

September 2018

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.

ASC Culture Feast

ASC Culture Feast

September 7, 2018

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.

Soul Junction

Soul Junction

September 14 - September 15, 2018

From the soul-stirring bass drums beating under Friday night football lights at West Charlotte, to the sounds of some of histories greatest musicians playing at the Exclesior, and art shows featuring local artists at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), art, music and culture have long been the soul of Historic West End. It provides a spotlight for the music of our ancestors and the culture of today and the future. It allows young, talented local artists to be showcased at the gathering place, in the Village.

Welcoming Week Naturalization Ceremony

Welcoming Week Naturalization Ceremony

Thursday, September 20
2:30 - 4:00 PM

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.

Opening Night at the Symphony

September 21st, 2018

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

Festival in the Park

Festival in the Park

September 21 - September 23, 2018

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.

Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody

Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody

September 27, 2018
7:00- 8:00 PM

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

Festival Latinoamericano

September 29, 2018

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

Open Streets 704

September 30, 2018

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.

Through This Lens

Through This Lens

September 2018

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.

October

Hola Charlotte Festival

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.

Charlotte Unite Festival

Charlotte Unite Festival

October 6th, 2018

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!

Music for a Royal Celebration

October 19th - 20th, 2018

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.

November

Comite de Fiestas Patrias y Tradiciones de Charlotte

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.

February

NBA All-Star Game

NBA All-Star Game

February 17, 2019

The National Basketball Association announced that Charlotte will host NBA All-Star 2019. The 68th NBA All-Star Game will take place at Spectrum Center, home of the Hornets, on Sunday, February 17, 2019.

Sleeping Beauty & Trail of Tears

February 22 - February 23, 2019

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.

April

Voices from the Past

April 6, 2019
1:00 - 4:00 PM

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!

Art & Soul of South End

Art & Soul of South End

April 27, 2019

Art & Soul of South End is our neighborhood's spring festival, a celebration of community, craft and creativity in the heart of Charlotte.

May

Meck Dec Day

Meck Dec Day

May 18, 2019

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.