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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.


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

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

Stonewall Sports Lip Sync Challenge/Drag Show
Proceeds go to support Time Out Youth Center.


The Happening
Annual Charlotte Gay and Lesbian Fund luncheon.

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

Queen City Drag Race
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.

Speed Street
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 annual country dance hoedown weekend festival benefiting various LGBT organizations in Charlotte.


Reel Out Charlotte (formerly known as Gay Charlotte Film Festival)
An annual festival of established and up-and-coming LGBTQ films.

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.

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

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.

Stonewall Sports Drag Ball Tournament
Proceeds go to support Time Out Youth Center.


Dinner With Friends
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 an 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.