Your ultimate guide to Charlotte

Charlotte North Carolina
Charlotte has a thriving music and arts scene. Bryan Pollard/Shutterstock
  • Charlotte has become a hotspot for sports fans, millennials, and festivals.
  • Fans of comic books and medieval history can find their calling at specialty conventions.
  • There are a ton of museums, performing arts centers, and brew fests to visit while you’re here.
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Charlotteans know their city is fast-growing, famous for its devoted sports fanatics who are proud to represent the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers, and the MLB’s Charlotte Knights.

Aside from the local eateries, hotels, and museums, there are a host of things to do and try during your time in Charlotte.

Charlotte is known for its food and beer fests

The Charlotte region is acclaimed for its annual festivals and unique conventions.

If your trip is in September, you can pop into the Yiasou Greek Festival, which has become one of Charlotte’s largest cultural events. This year, it has been converted to a drive-thru event, but you can still pick up dinner platters and mouthwatering pastries.

From October 1 to 3, savor the best North Carolina has to offer at the Taste of Charlotte. This three-day food festival features over a hundred samples from local restaurants.

For craft beer, burgers, and music, head over to the Moo and Brew Fest on October 2 at the AvidXchange Music Factory Festival Grounds.

You can also enjoy specialty conventions, festivals, and fairs

If you’re into medieval history, you can enjoy Celtic music, brew fests, archery, and ax-throwing at one of the largest Renaissance fairs in America at the Carolina Renaissance Festival every weekend from October through November.

Fans of electronic dance music can attend the Breakaway Music Festival from October 1 and 2 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Headliners like Martin Garrix, G-Eazy, Swae Lee, and The Chainsmokers will be performing.

Comic-book lovers are guaranteed to have a blast at the Heroes Convention from June 24 to 26 at the Charlotte Convention Center. Make sure to purchase tickets ahead of time and watch for advisories.