September 20, 2021

Charlotte Pride transitions all events to hybrid of virtual and smaller-scale events in october and November

Charlotte Pride announced on September 20, 2021, that it will transition all large-scale, in-person events planned in October and November to a hybrid of virtual and smaller in-person events. The decision comes as the local area continues to face substantial community spread of the COVID-19 virus and its Delta variant. All previously planned events like the Charlotte Pride Parade, Pop-Up Pride Festival and concert event, and others will be transitioned into unique virtual broadcasts, with the ability of community members to gather in smaller-scale events and watch parties hosted by individuals and local establishments.

Upcoming Events

Charlotte Pride Pop-Up Shops

Saturday, October 16
ALL DAY

Join Charlotte Pride all afternoon and evening on Saturday, Oct. 16 at select locations across Charlotte for your opportunity to gather together with Pride. Pick up your Pride swag, limited edition 2021 Charlotte Pride T-shirts, and more as we make a toast to Pride in the Queen City. Pop-Up Shop locations and times will be announced soon online.

Charlotte Pride Scavenger Hunt

Saturday, October 16-Sunday, October 24
Plaza Midwood

Explore Plaza Midwood and its bounty of LGBTQ-owned and -friendly businesses as you search for prizes and fun Charlotte Pride swag. Hosted on the Charlotte Pride Mobile App, the Charlotte Pride Scavenger Hunt is a unique way to explore one of the city’s queerest neighborhoods, meet friends, and support local businesses who give back. Coming soon to the Charlotte Pride Mobile App.

Charlotte Pride Drag Pageant

Friday, October 22, 8-10pm
Broadcast Live!

Gather with your friends in an at-home watch party or head out to select community establishments across the city to tune in to this year’s Charlotte Pride Drag Pageant. After a year off in 2020, local drag artists will compete to be crowned and reign with their peers in the 2021 Charlotte Pride Drag Court. Want to host a watch party? Click here to let us know and get watch party hosting tips!

Livestream links and more details will be announced soon.
Want to compete? We’ve reopened contestant submission!

Mask-Queerade Bar Crawl

Saturday, October 23, 1pm
South End

Join Time Out Youth and Charlotte Pride on Saturday, October 23rd as they join forces to produce a one-of-a-kind Mask-Queerade Bar Crawl! Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 day-of. Tickets are now on sale!

Charlotte Pridestream

Saturday, October 23, 7-10pm
Broadcast live from the iHeartRadio Charlotte Studios

The Charlotte Pridestream will bring you the best of local community entertainers, leaders, and speakers to empower and uplift the LGBTQ community in Charlotte and the Carolinas. Special live performances, tributes, and remarks. Join a watch party at select community establishments across the city or team up with friends to host your own at-home watch party! Want to host a watch party? Click here to let us know and get watch party hosting tips. A full entertainment line-up, livestream links, and more details will be announced soon.

We’re still looking for entertainers! Are you a local artist or entertainer interested in performing during the Charlotte Pridestream? Click the button below to let us know.

Charlotte Pride Interfaith Service

Sunday, October 24, 6pm
Broadcast live from St. John’s Baptist Church

The annual Charlotte Pride Interfaith Service returns with remarks and special musical offerings, broadcast live from the sanctuary at St. John’s Baptist Church, featuring keynote speaker, the Rev. Clifford Matthews, Jr., Senior Pastor, St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church. Livestream links and more details to be announced soon.

Reel Out Charlotte

Friday, Nov. 5-Sunday, Nov. 7

Reel Out Charlotte, the Queen City’s Annual LGBTQ Film Festival, will host an in-person, outdoor, double-feature film screening and later that weekend unveil its annual short films screenings and competition in a live special broadcast online. More details will be announced soon.

Job Fair & Community Conference

Saturday, November 13, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Virtual

Join together with other community members for a day-long job fair and community conference. We’ll lift each other up, learn from each other, and build a stronger community, all while connecting community members with potential employers. More details coming soon.

Are you an employer and interested in exhibiting during the virtual job fair? Click the button below to fill out our interest form.

Charlotte Pride Free Store

Sunday, November 14
Location to be announced

Charlotte Pride teams up with a variety of community partners to host the Charlotte Pride Free Store, fully stocked with new and gently loved clothes and other essentials for community members in need. More details to be announced soon. Want to donate clothes? Click the button below to learn more about the Charlotte Pride Clothing Drive, being hosted now!

Charlotte Pride community relief program

Charlotte Pride has launched a re-envisioned Community Relief Program, inspired from our 2020 COVID Relief Program of mini-grants. LGBTQ Charlotteans can receive up to $500 in direct emergency financial assistance. Certain eligibility requirements apply. Our second application round will open on October 13.

Charlotte Pride Clothing Drive

Donate your new or gently loved clothes as part of the Charlotte Pride Clothing Drive! Seven convenient donation locations across the city! Donated items will be made available at a Charlotte Pride Free Store later in the fall. Click the button below to learn more, see suggested donation items, and donation locations.

Stay Informed

We’re planning an awesome slate of programs, events, and activities in 2021. Don’t miss out on the latest news and be the first to know about our plans when we start rolling them out this spring. Subscribe to our email newsletter for the most up-to-date announcements and news.

About Charlotte Pride

Charlotte Pride is the leader in LGBTQ visibility in Charlotte and the Carolinas. Charlotte Pride presents and collaborates on programs, projects, and activities, including the annual Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade, Charlotte Latinx Pride, Charlotte Trans Pride, Charlotte Women’s Pride, Charlotte Pride Interfaith Programs, and Reel Out Charlotte, The Queen City’s Annual LGBTQ Film Festival, among others. Since its founding in 2000, Charlotte Pride has expanded its year-round programming and partnerships to better connect community members with its mission, vision, and values. Charlotte Pride is now one of the largest LGBTQ Pride organizations in the American Southeast.

Be a Friend of Pride

Support the important year-round programs and events of Charlotte Pride by becoming a Friend of Pride today! You can now give back in a continuous, sustainable way to support Charlotte Pride’s various programs and community services in Arts & Culture, Economic Growth & Upward Mobility, Community Solidarity, and Visibility & Education.

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