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Since 1997, Charlotte magazine has dedicated its May issue to the BEST OF THE BEST. We call it The BOBS, and we recognize the city's finest in food and drink, nightlife, entertainment, shopping, mind and body, and more- hundreds of winners in all. And then we throw a huge party! The event offers all of Charlotte a chance to sample the best food and drink as well as mingle with all of the BOB winners. It has become one of the most anticipated parties in the city. Check back here for more information on the 2014 BOB Awards! Voting will begin in January.


The 2013 BOB Award winners have been announced! See the winners here.  Congrats to all the winners! For a complete guide of BOB winners from 2011-2013, check out our BOB Winners' Guide by clicking here.


The 2013 BOB Award party was held at Label Charlotte Thursday, May 23. BOB Award-winning restaurants including Bad Daddy's Burger Bar, e2 emeril's eatery, Sushi Guru, Queen City Q, TCBY, Pickleville, Bean Vegan Cuisine, Duckworth's Grill and Taphouse, and Cantina 1511 served their delicious food. Live entertainment including dancers, performances by Caroline Calouche, Hannibal, Miss Mena and Caricatures by Joel. The event was hosted by 107.9 the Link's Kelly McKay and Ramona Holloway and 107.9 the Link's Anthony Michaels Show was live. Thank you to all who attended!


Video by: Vittorio Video Productions


Red carpet photos by: Catch Light Studios. CLICK FOR RED CARPET PICTURES.


Photos below by: poprock photography.

Freedom Park

  • Kids & Family, Services

Essential Information

2435 Cumberland Ave.
Charlotte, NC 28203

You might see a parent timing his or her own 40-yard dash at Freedom Park’s NFL Play 60 installation. Don’t be confused, though: This spot is for Charlotte kids. (How are we not supposed to tackle the dummies, though?) Charlotteans pack the state-of-the-art area on sunny days, hopping between the mock commentator booth and obstacle courses. Play 60 was born of an NFL initiative that challenges kids to play for 60 minutes each day. Here’s the thing: They’ll want to stay for much longer than that.

Additional Information

Year Won:

Editor's Pick
Voters' Pick

Award: Best Playground for Kids - 2013—2018. Best Budget Family Outing-2011 and 2012. Best Family Park -2011and 2012. Best In Town All Day Outing- 2013, Best Park to Take the Kids - 2016

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