Charlotte’s LGBT Community Shows ‘Pride’ with Parties, Concerts, and Festival Aug. 23-27

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Miami-based rapper Trina headlines a concert at the Pride Charlotte Festival this weekend in Uptown.

The annual Pride Charlotte Festival, a fundraiser for the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte, has grown so much that it now encompasses more than a week’s worth of events. The festival, itself, is Saturday and Sunday, but events are already underway and there are corresponding parties tonight and tomorrow night, before wrapping up Monday night. The events are for the gays, meaning same-sex enthusiasts, as well as for the gay, meaning happy. Below are some of the many Pride Charlotte events. Click here for the full schedule and visit pridecharlotte.com for complete details.

Thursday, August 23

The Sounds of Pride
Charlotte Pride Band, Gay Men’s Chorus of Charlotte, and One Voice Chorus will perform. 7:30 p.m. $15. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St., pridecharlotte.com/concert.

International Night
Enjoy a DJ spinning music from around the world, while sipping on drink specials. 9 p.m. Free. Blue Bar, 2906 Central Ave., facebook.com/bluebaroncentral.

Friday, August 24

Pride Charlotte Westin Takeover
Kick off the weekend with cocktails at this posh Uptown hotel, with music by DJ Little Betty. 7-11 p.m. Free. Lobby Bar at The Westin Charlotte, 601 S. College St., Facebook invite.

Drag Diner & Drag Show
It’s a night of drag, but it’s sure not to be a drag, with lively performances by Buff Faye, Roxy C. Moorecox, and other entertainers. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Hartigan’s Irish Pub, 601 S. Cedar St., hartigans.com.

Saturday, August 25 and Sunday, August 26

Pride Charlotte Festival
It’s two full days of outdoor fun, including The Big Gay Trivia Contest, DJs, concerts, health screenings, Charlotte Royals Rugby Dunking Booth, Campus Pride LGBT College Fair, celebrity appearances, and more. Platinum-selling rapper Trina and chart-topping dance club artist Erika Jayne are among the performers. Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Uptown Charlotte, on South Tryon Street between Fourth and Stonewall streets.

Saturday, August 25

Pride Charlotte After-Party
Keep the party going at the Queen City’s leading gay nightclub. 10 p.m. Cost varies. Marigny Dance Club, 1440 S. Tryon St., marignycharlotte.com.

Sunday, August 26

Drag Brunch
Break bread with a festive bunch over brunch. Noon. Hartigan’s Irish Pub, 601 S. Cedar St., hartigans.com.

Monday, August 27

Pride Charlotte Wine Down
Relax over dinner and half-priced bottles of wine. A portion of proceeds will benefit Pride Charlotte. 5 p.m. The Flying Biscuit Cafe, 4241 Park Rd., facebook.com/flyingbiscuitcafeclt.

Leslie Jordan Live
The comedian and actor puts a humorous end to the festivities. 7 p.m. meet-and-greet with Leslie Jordan; 8:30 p.m. show begins. $40. Petra’s, 1919 Commonwealth Ave., pridecharlotte.com/lesliejordan.

Verify dates, times, prices, and other info at the web addresses listed for each event.

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