“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!
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’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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 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
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?