The Human Rights Campaign Carolina Gala is held each February, awarding and recognizing local and national LGBTQ leaders in the fight for equality.

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A listing of annual LGBTQ and other community events in and around the Queen City and approximately when they occur each year. Learn more about the events at the web addresses provided.


Human Rights Campaign Carolina Gala
An annual black-tie fundraising event, the largest of its kind in the Carolinas.


Reel Out Charlotte
An annual festival of established and up-and-coming LGBTQ films.

House of Mercy AIDS Walk
Hosted annually in downtown Belmont, this fundraiser provides support for House of Mercy’s clients.


The Happening
Annual Charlotte Gay and Lesbian Fund luncheon.

This annual HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event is the largest of its kind in the Carolinas..

Speed Street
Uptown Charlotte is transformed by this celebration of motor sports featuring endless entertainment on two stages and countless vendors.


Taste of Charlotte
This foodie’s heaven event features a sampling of local culinary arts in Uptown Charlotte.

Time Out Youth Gala
An evening of music, food and fun benefiting Time Out Youth.


Charlotte Black Gay Pride
Annual event celebrating the diversity of the LGBT community. Pride festivities, expos, town halls and events.


Charlotte Pride
Charlotte’s annual Pride festival takes Uptown Charlotte by storm. Latin Pride and Trans Pride (programs of Charlotte Pride) are also part of the annual event and have their own separate programming in addition to participating during the festival’s celebration.

Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade
Community-wide event with bands, organizations, businesses, arts groups, politicians and more that march down Tryon St. in Uptown Charlotte.

LGBT-Friendly College Fair
Campus Pride hosts its regional LGBTQ-Friendly National College Fair in Charlotte.


Festival in the Park
Charlotte’s annual arts festival overtakes Freedom Park.


UNC Charlotte’s annual LGBTQ speaker series.