Official Democratic National Convention events, other related activities and other fun to-do’s around the Queen City, Sept. 1-7. All events located in Charlotte.

Saturday, Sept. 1

New South and the New Southerner
10:30-11:30 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m.
(also, Sept. 3, 10:30-11:30 a.m.)
Learn the back story behind Charlotte’s history and development. Soda pop tasting.
Public ticketed/credentialed event
Levine Museum of the New South
200 E. 7th St., 28282

Festivaliberación (Liberation Fest)
Noon-10 p.m.
This day-long concert and festival is a kick-off to March on Wall Street South (to be held Uptown on Sunday, Sept. 2). Festival focused on youth, students and immigrants and will feature teach-ins, workships, discussions, spoken word, speak outs and other educational events.
Public/free event.
Area Fifteen, 514 E. 15th St., 28206

Sunday, Sept. 2

Social Politics: The Day Party
1-6 p.m.
Kick-off event featuring Jamal Simmons (seen on CNN, MSNBC), Florida State Rep. Alan Williams, Charlotte Mayor Pro-Tem Patrick Cannon, plus entertainment.
Public ticketed/credentialed event: $15
Fox & Hound Uptown
330 N. Tryon St., 28202

NWPC Welcome Reception for Women
2-4 p.m.
The National Women’s Political Caucus welcomes supporters, attendees, electeds and candidates. Gov. Beverly Purdue, Sec of State Elaine Marshall, Feminist Majority Pres. Ellie Smeal, NWPC Pres. Linda Young and others will welcome women to Charlotte.
Public ticketed/credentialed event: $75
RiRa, 208 North Tryon St., 28202

Unity Through Community
7 p.m.-2 a.m.
Welcome catered cocktail party for all LGBT and straight ally guests to Charlotte.
Public ticketed/credentialed event
North Carolina Dance Theatre
701 North Tryon St., 28202

Monday, Sept. 3

2012 Presidential Election Symposium at the DNC
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
This educational program is for high school students interested in presidential election politics. The program includes a high-level Speakers Program, along with hands-on learning activities, debates on important political issues and exercises in news reporting about the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
$2,500 tuition for week-long program
Stage Door Theatre
5th and College Sts., 28202

AAPI Activist Training
12-6 p.m.
Join your fellow Asian American and Pacific Islander progressives and allies as we learn the basics of GOTV, social media, communications, fundraising and more.
Public ticketed/credentialed event
Asian Library
1339 Baxter St., 28204

March Against Amendment One
1 p.m.
Activists meet to march into Uptown Charlotte while speaking out against the anti-LGBT North Carolina constitutional amendment.
Independence Park
300 Hawthorne Ln., 28204

Politics & the Media: Bridging the Political Divide in the 2012 Election
The USC Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, Bloomberg, and Harvard’s IOP present a conversation joined by The Washington Post’s Marcus Brauchli, The New York Times Magazine’s Matt Bai, Obama for America’s Ben LaBolt and YouTube’s Olivia Ma.
Public ticketed/credentialed event, advanced registration required, reception follows
The Bloomberg Link Charlotte
EpiCentre – Level 3
210 East Trade St., 28202

Resurrection — A Forum on Sustainable Fashion
7-9 p.m.
Features local designers who are on the forefront of the sustainable fashion movement.
Public ticketed/credentialed event
Packard Place
222 S. Church St., 28202

Tuesday, Sept. 4

Progressive Central
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Progressive gathering plus lunch and reception to honor Single-Payer Movement.
$30 at the door
Community Outreach Christian Ministries
1800 Brewton Dr., 28206

PFAW Foundation Celebrates the Right to Vote
10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Join People For the American Way Foundation and a host of entertainers, politicians, religious leaders and more for this limited space event.
RSVP required. Entry only to those with confirmed reservations.
Kazba, EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., 28202

Progressive Action Summit
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
A summit to bring together progressive leaders to discuss building power from within and from outside the party.
Open to the public
Charlotte Convention Center
500 South College St., 28202

LGBT Caucus
12-2 p.m.
Meeting of the caucus.
Public ticketed/credentialed event
Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St., 28202
Tickets: Room 203AB
(also repeats on Thursday, Sept. 6)

Politics & Pints
6-9 p.m.
Pub trivia event focused on political, news and pop culture trivia.
Open to the public and no tickets/credentials required
RiRa, 208 North Tryon St., 28202

LGBT Delegate and Elected Officials Reception and Watch Party
8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Official 2012 Democratic National Convention reception for LGBT delegates and elected officials.
Free with DNC or PPL Credential;
$25 otherwise
Packard Place (The PPL)
222 Church St., 28202

11 p.m.-12 a.m.
An intimate concert performance featuring national recording artists, celebrating the arts and arts education.
Pre-concert cocktail fundraiser meet-and-greet with celebrity guests will be held from 9-10:30 pm.
Ticket prices vary. Open to the public.
McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square
Blumental Performing Arts Center
345 North College St., 28202

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Moving America Forward: Health Care Visionaries and Voices from the Front Lines of Care
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Join the nation’s leading healthcare visionaries at a forum to celebrate the historic victory of the Affordable Care Act and discuss what’s at stake for Americans and their health care in this election.
Open to the public and no tickets/credentials required
NASCAR Hall of Fame Museum
400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 28202

Rock the Vote Concert featuring Foo Fighters
9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Rock out with international musical artists The Foo Fighters.
$500. Will call only. Photo ID and credit card to pick up tickets.
The Fillmore Charlotte
1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., 28206

NARAL Pro-Choice America Convention Reception
10 p.m.-2 a.m.
NARAL Pro-Choice America will host NARAL Pro-Choice America Convention Reception to honor Nancy Keenan at the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Public ticketed/credentialed event
RSVP mandatory to
Kanvas Gallery, 525 E. 6th St. #117, 28202

Thursday, Sept. 6

Celebrating Voting Rights — The Struggle Continues
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Georgia Democratic Party serves as sponsor to honor Congressman John Lewis, Dr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Lowery, and the Reverend Al Sharpton.
Public ticketed/credentialed event
Reserve tickets at 404-584-9605.
Marriott Executive Hotel
5700 Westpark Dr., 28217

Friday, Sept. 7

One America, One American: Robert F. Kennedy Through the Lens of Bill Eppridge
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Open to the public. No tickets/credentials are required.
A photographic exhibition depicting the leadership and legacy of Robert F. Kennedy.
The Charlotte Observer Lobby
600 South Tryon St., 28202

— Event listings provided courtesy,, the QNotes/LGBT Community Center/Visit Gay Charlotte Community Calendar and other sources.

Community leaders pictured (left to right): Don King, Retired; Clay Smith, Drag Performer; Bert Woodard, The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, Board Member; Scott Coleman, The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, Board Chair; Teresa Davis, Charlotte Business Guild, President; Chris Gray, The LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, Board Member.