Annual Festivals in the Greater Charlotte Area

The greater Charlotte area has an established affinity for celebrating its diverse cultural makeup, offering plenty of opportunities to engage with your community. Soak up the scene with a wide variety of food, music, live entertainment and handmade works of art. There are many, but here are a few of our favorite annual festivals:

May June
  • A 3-day festival of good food, live entertainment and unique shopping; that’s Taste of Charlotte! A fun experience with a large variety of local, regional and national partners interacting with festival goers, providing information, coupons and free stuff!
  • The Yiasou Greek Festival, a four-decade tradition in Charlotte, offers extensive cultural exhibits, cuisine, entertainment, live music, dancing, shopping and more.
  • The Festival of India features live dance performances from the world’s second most populous country, as well as food, art, crafts, music, vendors and much more.
  • With fantastic food vendors, Charlotte International Jerk Fest celebrates the spicy and delicious jerk seasoning that flavors Caribbean cuisines. You can also enjoy live reggae, dancehall, calypso and soca music.
  • The Carolina Renaissance Festival brings history to town every fall, with jousting knights, 12 stages of entertainment, art, crafts, food and even falconry.
  • For nearly 30 years, the Festival Latinoamericano has offered a spectacular array of musical and dance performances, authentic Latin American foods, crafts, art and family fun.
October November through December
  • Visit WinterFest at Carowinds, a holiday-themed wonderland boasting millions of lights, ice-skating, performances and abundant treats of the season.
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