Pride Week Events


Charlotte Pride Week is held annually beginning the week before the Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade as a celebration of diversity in the Charlotte region — a celebration of who we are, where we have been and, most importantly, where we are going. Charlotte Pride Week features events by organizations, companies and fellow community members that support the LGBTQ community. This year’s Charlotte Pride Week will begin Aug. 10, 2018, culminating with the Charlotte Pride Festival, Aug. 18-19, and Charlotte Pride Parade, Aug. 19.


OFFICIAL & FEATURED PRIDE WEEK EVENTS

August 12 | 4 p.m.
Charlotte Pride Interfaith Service
St. John’s Baptist Church
300 Hawthorne Ln.
Charlotte, NC 28204
Gathering together representatives of more than 50 faith congregations and a wide diversity of community members to celebrate unity, affirmation and inclusion. Featuring remarks from U.S. Rep. Alma Adams and N.C. Sen. Jeff Jackson, with inspiring interfaith music from a community chorale, Caldwell Presbyterian, Watershed Church and more, featuring the St. John’s Letourneau Organ. The kick-off to each year’s Charlotte Pride festivities! A catered reception will follow.

August 13 | 11 p.m.-2 a.m.
Charlotte Pride Unity Showcase
The Peace Pipe
204 W. Woodlawn Rd., Suite H
Charlotte, NC 28217
A Pride Unity Showcase featuring the 2018 Pride Court and pageant winners from Charlotte Pride, Charlotte Latin Pride, Charlotte Black Gay Pride and other performers at this last show of the summer for Mondaze. Drink specials, hookah and more!

August 14 | 7 p.m.
Entre Amigos: Historia LGBTQ
Charlotte Pride Offices
Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
1900 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205
¿Quién? Charlotte Latin Pride conduce una conversación sobre un problema que afecta a la comunidad LGBTQ + latinx hoy. ¿Qué? Un evento gratis y abierto, con un tema mensual. La primera noche es una discusión guiada, y la segunda es una conversación abierta en grupo. ¿Cuándo? Dos veces al mes todos los meses, en el segundo y cuarto martes, de 7 a 9 pm. ¿Dónde? Noches de Apoyo se llevarán a cabo en las oficinas de Charlotte Pride. La dirección es 1900 The Plaza, Charlotte, Carolina del Norte. ¿Por qué? Para conectarte y a nuestra comunidad con recursos, información, y profesionales en un espacio seguro y libre de juicios. / A twice monthly discussion and support group discussing important LGBTQ topics in Charlotte’s LGBTQ+ latinx community. Hosted by professionals in a safe and judgment-free space.

August 15 | 8 p.m.
Drag 101 with Delighted Tobehere
Stage Door Theater
155 N College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
A wise man once said, “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!” Well, we’ll just ignore him for this show! In DRAG 101, Delighted Tobehere, appearing as a Charlotte Pride stage and parade emcee again this year, will leave nothing to the imagination as she reveals ALL of drag’s best kept secrets! She’ll pull from her over 17 years of experience to give you a behind the scenes look at the world of drag! Personal stories, gossip, pro tips, how to’s, audience participation, side splitting comedy, and yes, 100% live singing entertainment! The judges loved her on America’s Got Talent and Pam Ann thinks she’s hilarious! Find out what it takes to be a QUEEN, just in time for PRIDE! Get your tickets today! You’ll be DELIGHTED you did! Tickets available for purchase online at carolinatix.org/events/detail/drag-101.

August 15 | 9 p.m.-2 a.m.
Pride Week Latinx Party
Bar Argon
4544 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28209
Ven y disfruta de los mejores ritmos latinos, jello shots y especiales de bebida en el sur de Charlotte. Presentado por Orgullo-Charlotte Latin Pride y Charlotte Pride. / Come and enjoy the best Latin rhythms, jello shots and drink specials in South Charlotte.

August 18 | 12:30 p.m.
Charlotte Pride Opening Ceremony
Wells Fargo Stage @ the festival
S. Tryon & Stonewall Sts.
Uptown Charlotte
The official opening of the Charlotte Pride Festival & Parade, featuring remarks from Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles, U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, an interfaith moment with Seamus and Corbie Williams-Moore and the singing of our national anthem by One Voice Chorus’ Scarlett Rippy with colors presented by The Tradesmen.

August 18 | 5 p.m.
Champions of Pride Awards
Special Guest: Annise Parker, former Houston mayor
Wells Fargo Stage @ the festival
S. Tryon & Stonewall Sts.
Uptown Charlotte
Charlotte Pride recognizes the accomplishments and achievements of several of our Champions of Pride Award winners and recipients of the 2018 Charlotte Pride Scholarship. Afterward, special guest Annise Parker, former mayor of Houston and current president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund will speak.

August 18 | 10 p.m.
Official Charlotte Pride After Party
Chasers Charlotte NoDa
3217 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205
The official Charlotte Pride After Party, hosted by Charlotte Pride sponsor and partner Chasers Charlotte NoDa. Featuring Aja and Coco Montrese of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and performances by Paris Brooks Bonet, Misster, Vegas Van Dank, Veronica Iman White, Jinx Matthews, Sklyar Michele-Monet, Erica Chanel and Lolita Van Dank.

August 18 | 10 p.m.
Show Your Colors Dance Party
Bar Argon
4544 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28209
All Colors Pride Dance. Official Dance Party for Charlotte pride. Special DJ and Pride drink specials. Keep the Pride Party going at Bar Argon. Best LGBT Dance venue in Charlotte. Portion of all door proceeds go to Charlotte Pride.

August 19 | 9 p.m.
Official Charlotte Pride Closing Party
Chasers Charlotte NoDa
3217 The Plaza
Charlotte, NC 28205
The official Charlotte Pride Closing Party, hosted by Charlotte Pride sponsor and partner Chasers Charlotte NoDa. Featuring Coco Montrese and Stacy Layne Matthews of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and performances by Charlotte Pride emcee Malachi, Jinx Matthews, Ashely D’Kardashian Rubio, Misster, Elaine Davis and Amber Rochelle.


CHARLOTTE PRIDE WEEK EVENTS

August 11 | 10:30 am.
CycleSouth Pride Ride
CycleSouth
401 N. Tryon St, Suite 108
Charlotte, NC 28202
Kick off to Pride Week! Pride Ride @ Uptown’s only indoor cycle studio. $10 ride with post-ride mimosas and bloody marys. Create an account, select the $10 ride, pick your bike and get psyched to ride to the beat! $10 with free mimosas and bloody marys. 16+.

August 14 | 8-10 p.m.
Drag Trivia – Pride Edition
Petra’s
1919 Commonwealth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Come out for a special Pride-themed edition of the city’s longest-running Drag Trivia series with Olean, Lana and Onya. Free.

August 15 | 8-10 p.m.
Drag Trivia – Pride Edition – Part Two
The Peace Pipe
204 W Woodlawn Rd
Charlotte, NC 28217
Come out for part two of a special Pride-themed edition of the city’s longest-running Drag Trivia series with Olean, Lana and Onya. Free.

August 16 | 2-5 p.m.
Carolinas CARE Open House & HIV Testing
Carolinas CARE Partnership
5855 Executive Center Drive Suite 102
Charlotte, NC 28212
Get a jump on getting tested! Everybody likes to get tested at Pride – this is your chance to get ahead of the crowds and get tested before the festivities even start! At this event, we’re offering free, confidential HIV, Syphilis, Gonorrhea and Chlamydia tests We will also have all sorts of prevention supplies available – and you can see our new testing space! No appointment needed – just walk in and bring a friend!

August 16 | 5 p.m.
Blackfinn Pride Happy Hour
210 E Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Blackfinn Ameripub at the Epicentre hosts a Pride-themed cocktails. All decked out in Pride decor and ready for the big event! Lively music and more.

August 16 | 5:30-7:30pm
LGBTQ+ & Ally Cross Company Mixer
Bar Argon
4544 South Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28209
Queen City Connects hosts its Pride Week Cross Company Mixer. Come out and meet and mingle with colleagues and acquaintances from across 40 different LGBTQ-friendly companies in the Charlotte region. Free.

August 16 | 6:30 p.m.
GAYCHELLA
Sugar Creek Brewing
215 Southside Dr.
Charlotte, NC 28217
Beychella meets Pride at GAYCHELLA, the biggest and most fun dance fitness party in Charlotte. Come sweat with THE JAM: CLT, have a beer (if you’re over 21) and raise money for RAIN. EVERYONE is welcome!

August 16 | 7 p.m.
P-Ride
Petra’s
1919 Commonwealth Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Want to go longer, harder, and faster? Join us for P-Ride! We’ll ride 25 miles at an average 17mph pace, then return to Petra’s to cool off with a drink and some conversation. P-Ride is Charlotte’s weekly intermediate-level LGBTQ-welcoming bike ride. More info at facebook.com/groups/1636803903266689/.

August 17 | 6 p.m.-2 a.m.
Pride Barn Dance
Bar Argon
4544 South Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28209
Come to Charlotte’s ONLY Country-Western Dance PRIDE Event! Southern Country Charlotte’s BARN DANCE! Doors open at 6pm with country music. Line dancing and two stepping begins at 9pm. Cover is $8 or $3 for bar members.

August 17 | 7 p.m.
No Labels Ride
Bar Argon
4544 South Blvd.
Charlotte NC 28209
Come join No Labels for your pre-Pride weekend workout! We’ll ride 10 miles at an easy pace, then return to Bar Argon for socializing and celebrating. This ride is open to everyone at all skill levels. Just bring a helmet and pump up your bike tires. The monthly No Labels ride is Charlotte’s beginner-level LGBTQ-welcoming bike ride.

August 17 | 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Bear Happy Hour
Crown Station
3629 N. Davidson St.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Bear Happy Hour is a social event to meet and have a few drinks with Friends. All are welcome! Free.

August 17 | 10:30 p.m.
That Type Rocky Horror Picture Show
AMC Concord Mills
8421 Concord Mills Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28027
Who’s ready for PRIDE?!?! We’re kicking off Pride weekend with our annual Gender Bender night! Come out as we do a little “role” reversal! Guys will be dressed as girls, girls will be dressed as guys! Prop bags on sale for $3. Per AMC, they will be following their Rated R policy which states 17+ admitted without parent/guardian, 16 & under with a parent or guardian over the age of 21. If you choose to bring your own props (Why not save time and buy a prop bag at the theater for just $3?), the theater prohibits water guns of any type and all food products. More info at facebook.com/events/473295169769177/.

August 18 | 10 p.m.
Alyssa Edwards and The Vanity House
Rooftop 210
210 E Trade St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Pride Fest! Featuring Alyssa Edwards is going to be THE social event of the season. Alyssa will be joined by The Vanity House cast, Erica Chanel, Jack Dahlia, and Pandora Mystére along with a few special guest! With this all star line up this is a show you don’t want to miss! Tickets start at $35 and can be bought online at facebook.com/events/205963963389174/.

August 18 | 10 p.m.
Candyland Just Twirl Pride Party
Flight Beer and Music Hall
341 N College St.
Charlotte NC 28202
Twirl to the World Foundation and Just Twirl present CANDYLAND, with DJ Joe Gauthreaux. 21+ Tickets available online at facebook.com/events/203261766975098/.

August 19 | 6 p.m.
Post Pride Dance Party
Bar Argon
544 South Blvd Suite H
Charlotte, NC 28209
POST PARADE TEA DANCE: Finish off your Pride Weekend with a Tea Dance until 8 p.m. at Bar Argon. DJ Little Betty will be spinning some great dance music for you to jive to. Cold Drinks, Hot music and a fantastic finale to your Pride weekend.

August 19 | 6 p.m.
Pride Unity Day Party
Loft & Cellar
305 W. 4th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Party it up after the festival is open with drink specials and music from DJ Stampede. 21+

[These events, and their accompanying information, were compiled from those submitted by community members for inclusion in Charlotte Pride Week event listings. If you would like your events to be listed in future Charlotte Pride Week events next year, be sure to sign up for our email list at charlottepride.org/signup to get notices on when the submissions are opened.]