There’s just about something for everyone this upcoming summer season. Maybe you’re staying in town for those lazy, summer days. Maybe you’re taking day-trips to fill your leisurely calendar. Or, maybe short-distance or weekend summer excursions are more your style. Whatever it is, you’ll find it across Carolina and the South. Take a gander at some of these exciting events we found.

To the beach!

Carolina Beach Film & Fireworks Series
Ongoing, May 29-Sept. 4
Weekly fireworks and a family-friendly film at Carolina Beach.

OBX Pridefest
June 25-27 • Nags Head, Outer Banks
The Outer Banks’ first Pride festival is a three day celebration of music, laughter and family and it’s at the BEACH in Nags Head! Over 30 entertainers, musicians, singers, dancers, comedians and bands.


N.C. Juneteenth Celebration
June 18 • Durham
The Juneteenth Celebration & Unity March begins with a processional and ends with a celebration featuring national and local entertainment, kids’ activities, crafts and art and more!

N.C. Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Aug. 11-14 • Durham
Durham’s Carolina Theatre rolls up its sleeves for another year of national, regional and local LGBT film premieres, showcases, celebrity appearances and parties!

La Fiesta del Pueblo 2011
Aug. 27-28 • Raleigh
El Pueblo celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month and presents the largest Latin American cultural event in the Carolinas. The festival includes two food courts with more than 30 vendors, live music and other entertainment, kids’ activities, other cultural exhibits and more.


Taste of Charlotte
June 10-12 • Charlotte
North Carolina’s largest food festival takes over the Queen City’s Uptown streets with 100,000 visitors and offers a mix of family entertainment, shopping, live music, kids’ activities and a variety of beer and wine and more than 100 menu items for sampling.

Carolina Mountain Ribfest
July 8-10 • Asheville
World-class BBQ chefs serve up mouth-watering, award-winning BBQ ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled por. Live national, regional and local entertain with adult and children’s rides, games and activities.

Time Warner Cable BBQ & Blues Festival
Sept. 9-11 • Charlotte
Time Warner Cable BBQ & Blues (formerly Blues, Brews & BBQ) takes over Uptown Charlotte with approximately 80 BBQ teams competing for over $20,000 in prizes.

Brewgrass Festival
Sept. 17 • Asheville
Over 40 American breweries showcase their creations with a great lineup of national and regional bluegrass musicians.

Be sure to pick up our upcoming June 11 print edition for more in-depth info on this year’s Pride season!

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.