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A listing of annual LGBT 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
An annual black-tie fundraising event, the largest of its kind in the Carolinas.


Gay Charlotte Film
An annual festival of established and up-and-coming LGBT films.

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

Pride in Business Expo & Career
Charlotte LGBT Chamber of Commerce hosts a chance to showcase your local business or find new career opportunities.


The Happening •
Annual Charlotte Gay and Lesbian Fund luncheon.

A fundraising dinner for the Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte.

Queen City Drag
Local drag stars perform at this annual team relay drag race.

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

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

Queen City Stomp (on hiatus) •
Organized by Southern Country Charlotte. An an annual country dance hoedown weekend festival benefiting various LGBT organizations in Charlotte.


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

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


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


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

Flourish Queer Arts
A “Festival within a festival,” Flourish showcases Charlotte’s rich LGBT arts and cultural community during Charlotte Pride.

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


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

UNC Charlotte’s annual LGBT speaker series.


Dinner With
An annual collection of private and public parties raising funds for the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network.

All lists in the InFocus Charlotte section were compiled by qnotes staff. Research into finding community resources was only as good as what was available online and from other sources. Should readers find errors and wish to send corrections to the list or want to have a bar or event listed, email qnotes with “InFocus addition” in the subject line to qnotes wants to make these listings as accurate as possible to maintain integrity of the information provided.