During the week leading up to and including the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, the LGBT and allied communities have a plethora of fun and enlightening activities to choose from. Here is a list of them:

Charlotte Pride: Official events, partner activities

PrideLogoFinal-2014-dates-locationAug. 12
Time Out Youth Charlotte Pride Dance
An evening of dance and fun.
Open to youth 13-20.
Cost: $5 donation for the LGBTQ Center of Orlando.
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1900 The Plaza
info/tickets: timeoutyouth.org.

Aug. 13
Charlotte Latin Pride Expo
Highlights organizations and resources for the LGBT Latin community, workshops, speakers and entertainment.
Noon-6 p.m.
Midwood International & Cultural Center, 1817 Central Ave., #215
info: charlottepride.org/latin.

Aug. 14
Annual Interfaith Service
Annual Interfaith service celebrating the dignity, value and worth of all people. With clergy from a diversity of faith traditions.
Refreshments following the service.
4 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 501 N. Tryon St.
info: charlottepride.org.

Aug. 15
Trans Pride Keynote & Social
Free evening social mixer featuring keynote speaker Candis Cox, other special guests and community panelists discussing the effect of HB2 in Charlotte and North Carolina.
6:30 p.m.
Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St.
info: charlottepride.org/trans.

Aug. 16
Trans 101
What is gender identity? Charlotte Pride, Time Out Youth, PFLAG and MeckMin are sponsoring an event to dispel the fear around talking about the transgender community.
7 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte
234 N. Sharon Amity Rd.
info: charlottepride.org/trans101.

Aug. 17
Charlotte Latin Pride Mixer
Evening of fun, dance, music and friendship for the local LGBTQ Latin community.
Time and Location TBA.
info: charlottepride.org/latin.

Aug. 19
Charlotte Pride Kickoff Cookout
Grab a burger, play a game of beer pong, flip cup or giant Jenga and grab a drink on the deck.
5:30 p.m.
Bar at 316, 316 Rensselaer Ave.
info: charlottepride.org. bar316.com.

Aug. 19
Takeover Friday
Kickoff to Charlotte Pride weekend.
Free and everyone is welcome to attend.
Features DJ Little Betty.
7-11 p.m.
Le Méridien Charlotte, 555 S. McDowell St.
info: takeoverfriday.com.

Aug. 20
After Party with Jujubee
Join Jujubee of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fame and a cast of local performers and continue the party into the night.
11 p.m.
Chasers , 3217 The Plaza
info: chaserscharlotte.club.

Festival Zone

Charlotte Pride Festival
PNC Bank Festival Zone
S. Tryon St. between Trade and Stonewall Sts.

Aug. 20
“Flourish: A Celebration of LGBTQ Arts & Culture” (Saturday only, 12 p.m., Bechtler Museum of Modern Art)
Campus Pride LGBTQ-Friendly College Fair (Saturday only, 1-4 p.m., Levine Avenue of the Arts)

Aug. 20-21
Know Your Status & Learn More Testing (Aug. 20-21, Tryon St., between MLK & Levine)
Food Court (Aug. 20-21, 3rd & Tryon Sts.)
Charlotte Pride VIP Experience (Aug. 21-21, Trade & Tryon Sts.; $150, online at charlottepride.org/vip)
Bud Light Karaoke Lounge (Aug. 20, 1-7 p.m.; Aug. 21, 3-6 p.m.; Trade & Tryon Sts.)
PFLAG Charlotte Family Zone (Aug. 20, 12-6 p.m.; Aug. 21, 1:30-6 p.m.; 4th & Tryon Sts.)
Youth Zone (Aug. 20-21; youth 13-20, next to the Time Out Youth Center booth)
Youth Entertainment (Aug. 20, afternoon; Wells Fargo Stage, Stonewall and S. Tryon Sts.)

Festival Parade

Bank of America Charlotte Pride Parade
Aug. 21
1-3 p.m.
from 9th and N. Tryon Sts. to Independence Square at Tryon and Trade Sts.

info: charlottepride.org.

Lainey Millen

Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.