Charlotte Pride VIP Experience

2017 Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade
August 26-27, 2017 | Uptown Charlotte

Stay tuned for more information on 2017 events!


Charlotte Pride VIP Passes now on sale! First 50 Early Bird rate VIP passes are available for $125 each until 7/22/2016 11:59:59 pm EST!

Online VIP pass sales have now closed

You may purchase single-day passes for each day of the festival on-site at the VIP Experience Registration Table. Single-day passes are $100 each.

The Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade is the largest opportunity for local LGBTQ and ally organizations and businesses to gain exposure. The annual event is made possible by the generous support of corporate and community sponsors, donors and people like you. Proceeds from your VIP pass purchases help sustain our operations and make Charlotte Pride the biggest, brightest and best LGBT celebration between Atlanta and Washington, D.C.!

Consider becoming a Friend of Pride at to find out how you can receive a VIP ticket with your generous gift to the festival.

VIP pass holders receive exclusive access to the VIP Lounge during the two-day event, Aug. 20-21, including all of these great perks:

  • Fun outdoor covered lounge with music, furnished by West Elm
  • Delicious bites to eat, catered by Your Custom Catering & Events
  • Reserved outdoor restrooms
  • Complimentary Beer and Wine*
  • VIP Gift Bag**
  • Exclusive Access to VIP Stage Viewing Area***
  • Exclusive Access to the Parade VIP Viewing Area***

VIP Location:
The VIP Lounge is located at the corner of 4th & S. Tryon St., during the two day festival (Aug 20-21).

VIP Lounge Hours:
Saturday August 15th, Noon – 10:00pm
Alcohol service ends at 9:30pm, unless stated otherwise
Sunday August 16th, 1:00pm – 6:00pm
Alcohol service ends at 5:30pm, unless stated otherwise

VIP Entertainment

DJ Kneeka

DJKNEEKA_SUPERSTAR_nA native of Newark, New Jersey DJ KNEEKA (pronounced nee-ka), aka Nicole Williams, was born with a love for music. With DNA from grandparents whom won many dance contests in the 1930s and1940s, and a father who once sang on the stage of the infamous Apollo Theatre, Nicole was destined to possess a kindred connection to music. In 2005, Nicole moved to Charlotte, NC and DJ KNEEKA came to life. DJ KNEE-KA needed to keep that connection to house music, so she attended a world famous DJ Academy to learn how to deejay. DJ KNEE-KA kept her love of DJing and spinning house music to just close friends and family as she practiced and increased her skills. n February 2009, DJ KNEEKA made her public debut playing house music for THE MOVEMENT event called– “A Soulful House Appreciation Extravaganza” at club Kiss in Charlotte, NC. After connecting with other “House Lovers” she found a new family of people who all possessed love for house music. DJ KNEEKA is now stepping out by spinning soulful house music, rekindling her love affair with the music and sharing it with others. DJ KNEEKA plays house music from a place of pure love and raw passion. Her mixes take the crowd on a journey of feelings from sensuality, sexiness, introspection, gritty passion, smooth flow, and jazzy soul which all encompass a part of her being. In each mix she creates a dual spirited being intertwined with the drums, rhythms and beats of each song and its mix. DJ KNEEKA has played with THE MOVEMENT, CHARLOTTE HOUSE MUSIC SOCIETY and now CAROLINA ELECTRONIC MUSIC FESTIVAL. She has played at SOUL GASTROLOUNGE and KASHMIR NIGHT CLUB in Charlotte, NC and the PARIS HOTEL in Las Vegas, NV. DJ KNEEKA is committed to bringing House Music to Charlotte, NC and other Southeastern states.

DJ Bryson Rider

DJ Bryson ColorDJ-ing on the Wells Fargo Stage throughout the day on Saturday, Aug. 15! For the past couple of years, Bryson has tough himself how to DJ and produce music on his own. He has taken his passion for music and turned it into an experience for others to embrace. Whether it be from creating his own sounds through production or mixing it live on the dance floor, he has been able to bring the music that he calls “paradise”, to his audience! His production and DJ skills have evolved over the years, in particular from Music Business & from other influences, such as Derek Vincent Smith, Lex Luger, Pharrell, Sonny Moore, Porter Robinson, Anton Zaslavski and more. His true passion is focused on the various styles of Electro House, Moombahton, Trap, House, Progressive House, Glitch and Twerk but has the ability to work his crowd with a variety of styles! Currently employed under Real Rider Production/Entertainment, Bryson has the knowledge to turn your private affair into a memorable one as well!

DJ Pepito

pepitoPepito has been a professional DJ for over 20 years, beginning as a high school student in New York City and mentored by well-known DJ Louie in the NYC club scene. DJ Pepito has worked in Orlando, Miami and Charlotte and has collaborated with Iris Chacon, Cachita, Univision, Corrine Oviedo and Ana llorente. He specializes in Latin, House and Tribal music. He has a degree in musical performance from Valencia Community College Music Conservatory in Orlando, FL and is currently working on his BS in Computer Science. DJ Pepito is a recent board member for the Puerto Rican Cultural Society of Charlotte dedicated to preserve the culture & traditions of Puerto Rico in Charlotte.

VIP Experience Terms and Conditions:
– Ticket fees: (Prices do not include nominal processing fee.) All purchases help support Charlotte Pride.

  • Early bird rate ($125) applied only to first 50 passes sold.
  • Regular rate ($150) available only until 8/19/2016 11:59:59 pm EST.
  • Saturday and Sunday onsite Festival rate ($200) Subject to availability and while quantities last.

* – Must be 21+ to consume alcohol, it is illegal to consume alcohol if you’re less than 21 years of age. Please show your state or government issued photo ID to the bartender if you plan to have an alcoholic beverage. Overconsumption of alcohol and/or inappropriate behavior will be grounds for expulsion from the VIP lounge and/or Charlotte Pride Festival. Alcohol served in VIP is not allowed to be taken or consumed outside the designated VIP area. Charlotte Pride reserves the right to refuse service.

** – VIP Gift Bag limited to the first 100 purchased VIP tickets – Excludes Discounted, Free & Sponsorship tickets. Subject to availability and while quantities last.

*** – VIP Wristbands with identification is required for entry and re-entry. Charlotte Pride will issue a new wristband each day of the event. Come early on Sunday to get your wristband for access to the Parade viewing!

Charlotte Pride reserves the right to refuse service, make adjustments to the schedule, amenities and Terms & Conditions.

If you have any VIP related questions prior or during the event please contact the VIP Coordinator via email, for all other Charlotte Pride inquiries please contact

On behalf of the Charlotte Pride Board of Directors we thank you for your support of Charlotte Pride 2016!

Last updated: Aug. 19, 2016