It’s a weekend chock-full of activities and events for the LGBT community across the state.

In Charlotte, the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network will present their annual AIDS Walk in Uptown. In downtown Raleigh, the LGBT Center of Raleigh presents its annual street fair, Out! Raleigh. Details on these events and more below!

AIDS Walk Charlotte

Saturday, May 2, 8 a.m.-Noon
Gateway Village Promenade
800 W. Trade St., Charlotte

Join RAIN for its 19th annual AIDS Walk Charltote, beginning with registration at 8 a.m. with a morning program and awards at 9:30 a.m. before the walk begins at 10 a.m. For more information, visit or check them out on Facebook.

AIDS Walk Charlotte after parties

There’s plenty of activity when AIDS Walk Charlotte ends, lasting through the weekend…

Soul Gastrolounge
Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
1500-B Central Ave., Charlotte
DJ Scott Weaver spins disco favorites with performance by Bethann Phetamine as the restaurant serves up tasty food and crafted cocktails. More info.

Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.-until
1901 Commonwealth Ave., Charlotte
Full menu and special cocktails with special appearance by Bethann Phetamine. More info.

The Bar at 316
Saturday, May 2, 10 p.m.-until
316 Rensselaer Ave., Charlotte
The “BIG FUN DRAG SHOW” presented by The Bar at 316 and Campus Pride featuring Buff Faye, Patti O’Furniture and special guest Ongina. More info.

The Bar at 316
Sunday, May 3, 1 p.m.
316 Rensselaer Ave., Charlotte
“Be Brave” Drag Brunch featuring Ongina. More info.

Out! Raleigh

Saturday, May 2, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
City Plaza, Fayetteville St., Raleigh

The LGBT Center of Raleigh’s family-friendly festival celebrating the LGBT community and its allies, with special entertainment, food, vendors, a Kids Zone and more. For more information, visit or check them out on Facebook.


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