An Ever-Expanding List of Summer Festivals in Charlotte (2015 Edition)

IT'S THAT time again. Each summer, festivals are a vital part of the cultural community. Let's take a look at several that are coming up. Have one that's not listed? Email me. The list will be updated throughout the next couple months. (Last edit: 5/29/2015)

CLTURE MUSIC FESTIVAL
CLTure has been attached to several past events, but with CLTure Music Festival, the brand establishes its own, self-contained effort. Three stages of music, food trucks, and art vendors occupy the Chop Shop on June 27. Acts include Man Man, Desert Noises, SUSTO, and The Love Language, as well as local bands like Miami Dice and Late Bloomer. Check out a Tetris-themed teaser for the event below.

Here are some other festivals ahead:
WRFX 99.7 FOX FLASHBACK FESTIVAL
(May 30)
NC Music Factory’s outdoors venue invites you to enjoy an evening of cover bands. Back in Black tackles AC/DC; Mocktallica emulates the shredders in Metallica. In total, seven bands bring you back to the past with their accurate recreations of classic albums.

3RD ANNUAL CHARLOTTE BEER FESTIVAL
(May 30)
The third Charlotte Beer Festival takes to the Epicentre, with tunes provided by the Early Ray Band. Buying a ticket gets you a free glass and unlimited samples of the brews. Seventy-five beers, from local breweries and across the world, will be offered.

TASTE OF CHARLOTTE
(June 5-7)
It would be enough to just offer more than 100 samples from Charlotte restaurants, but this 3-day fest takes it a bit further. Tours, two stages of entertainment, street performers, and more occupy the five blocks it covers. The festival is free, but samples are acquired through purchasing coins.

SUMMER METAL FESTIVAL
(June 6)
Auxilia, Unicron, My Dearest Destroyer and other metal-sounding names play metal-sounding music at the Chop Shop. In total, Girly Girl Productions has put together a show with nine hard rock acts, from Charlotte and beyond.

2ND ANNUAL SOUTHEAST ASIAN STREET FOOD FESTIVAL
(June 6)
This street food fest returns with a pho eating contest, raffles, and of course, food for attendees. A fashion show and  a youth talent show are also part of the line-up. Funds raised benefit the Southeast Asian Coalition’s youth program.

CHARLOTTE NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL
(June 8-27)
Workshops, performances, and cross-medium collaborations make up this 3-week celebration of contemporary classical music. Concerts take place in venues across the city, including Snug Harbor, New Gallery of Modern Art, and Queen's University's Suzanne Little Recital Hall.

THE 2015 NODA SUMMER MUSICFEST
(June 12-14)
Live music infiltrates the Chop Shop again, this time taking up four stages with genres like indie rock and hip-hop. American Mannequins, Falling Through April, Grown Up Avenger Stuff, and others provide the tunes. Passes for the entire weekend are available.

18TH ANNUAL JUNETEENTH FESTIVAL OF THE CAROLINAS
(June 18-21)
The classic festival triumvirate of food, music, and art makes up this Independence Park celebration, but the event is rooted in the Juneteenth Independence Day, which was the day that the abolition of slavery was announced. “The major intent of the festival is to examine the cultural heritage of slaves and their descendants through the art, education, and research,” the event page says.

QUEEN CITY JAZZ FESTIVAL
(June 20)
An evening of contemporary jazz includes Will Downing, Karen Briggs, Mike Phillips, and Brian Culbertson. The backdrop? NC Music Factory’s Uptown Amphitheatre, out in the open air of Charlotte. The show will take place rain or shine.

SOULMATIC CAROLINA MUSIC FESTIVAL
(Aug. 8)
The Metrolina Expo hosts soul fixture Maze, featuring long-time collaborator Frankie Beverly. The event is hosted by V101's Fly Ty and Old School 105.3's Eddie Owens. Opening acts for the show are yet to be announced.

CAROLINA BOOK FEST
(Aug. 15)
Dozens of authors will meet fans and sign books at Hilton Charlotte University Place. The line-up includes Bridgette O'Hare, N.L. Greene, D. Love, Sara Celi, and more, spanning several genres. More personal time with authors is available at the after-party, which takes place at Dave & Busters.

Categories: Arts + Culture, Revue