Charlotte’s Best Spring and Summer Festivals

“Charlotte’s Got a Lot,” that much is for certain. One of the reasons residents and visitors from all over North Carolina love spring in Charlotte is the plethora of fun, family-friendly festivals the city has to offer this time of year. Between May and September, Charlotte, NC comes alive with events.

Check out On the Move Charlotte’s list of the city’s best spring and summer festivals and get them on your calendar today!


Charlotte Fair
May 3rd-12th  various times
Metrolina Expo Center

Charlotte’s Fair rivals any state fair in the nation (well, almost) and comes complete with games, rides, and all the funnel cakes you can eat! This classic American fair is a perfect family spot and ticket prices vary depending on the activities you choose. Between all the stuffed animals you can win and the 5th time on the merry-go-round, you’re going to fall in love with Charlotte here.


Charlotte Dragon Boat Race and Asian Festival
May 4th   all day
Ramsey Creek Park

Charlotte’s biggest Asian festival also includes a dragon boat race…how neat is that? Ramsey Creek is the perfect place to bring the family and take in some Asian culture. From music to food to historical dragon boat racing, the Asian festival is fun for all ages.


Carolina Claymatters Pottery Festival
May 11th  10;00am-4:00pm
McAlpine Creek Park (Dairy Barn)

Over 45 claymakers and potters will be in attendance at this year’s claymatters festival. It’s the perfect place to find some totally unique Carolina crafts you can’t get anywhere else.


Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival
May 11th  two sessions
Symphony Park, Southpark

If pottery isn’t what you had in mind, head over to gorgeous Symphony Park to try some of the area’s best beer, bourbon and of course, barbecue. Expect to wait in line a bit but know you’ll get to sample some of Charlotte’s most unique culinary offerings – washed down by stout bourbon, of course.


Family Festival at Historic Rosedale Plantation
May 18th   11:00am-6:00pm
Rosedale Plantation

Rosedale is one of Charlotte’s best kept antebellum homes and offers historical lessons complete with character dress all throughout the year! The spring is when the plantation really puts on a show, however, offering arts festivals and their big event, the Family Festival. Crafts, music and food will all be available to families with kids.


Food Lion Speed Street
May 23-25th  12:00pm-11:00pm
Uptown Charlotte

Speed Street is a Charlotte tradition! Uptown closes off many of its busiest streets for an urban festival – food trucks, vendors, and of course, live music. Speed Street leads up to the Coca Cola 600, the largest NASCAR race in Charlotte, and this year’s headliners include 90’s favorite Sister Hazel.


Taste of Charlotte
June 7-9th  various times
Uptown Charlotte

Taste of Charlotte has become one of the area’s preiminent food festivals. It’s a great place to sample some of Charlotte’s best restaurants and take in some music and games as well. Kids are welcome and the event goes on all weekend so it’s a perfect pit stop for lunch or dinner. Price is determined by coins purchased.


Summer Love Music Festival
August 10th   1:00pm-10:00pm
Area Fifteen

Summer Love Music Fest is a locally-sponsored music gathering featuring a host of local artists. Live music as well as art will be on display. Admission is $15 and goes to support local arts and musicians.


Yiasou Greek Festival
September 13-16th  various times
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Charlotte’s biggest and best Greek festival is held the second week of September each year. Expect delicious Greek food (Spanakopita! Feta!) along with traditional Greek dancing and crafts. This festival is 100% family friendly.


Festival in the Park
September 20-22nd  various times
Freedom Park

One of Charlotte’s oldest events, Festival in the Park is the biggest event held in Freedom Park each year. Dilworth’s crowning jewel comes alive with music, craft vendors, artists, and all kinds of food. Bring the dogs and the kids and check out this year’s offerings.


Which of Charlotte’s spring festivals are you most looking forward to?



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