Festival Time in the Carolinas!
There are many reasons that people move to the Carolinas, and ranking near the top is quality of life. I couldn’t agree more; there are so many fun things to see and do here. The spring and summer months are especially busy, with all kinds of festivals and other community celebrations.
I’ve made a list of my favorites. Now it’s your turn to put a few on your warm-weather calendar.
Aloft at Heritage Park in downtown Simpsonville, South Carolina features 70 hot-air balloons competing from all over the world. This unique event benefits developmentally delayed children in the Upstate.
The 14th Annual North Carolina Wine Festival at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons on May 24 features 25 wineries with music from live bands, food vendors and exhibitors.
The 8th Annual Salute! The North Carolina Wine Celebration on May 31 in downtown Winston-Salem offers delicious food, music and the “North Carolina Food and Wine University,” featuring food and wine demonstrations by local chefs and winemakers.
Also on May 31 is the Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival in downtown Kannapolis, a free festival with artists and performers in a family-friendly environment.
The WildFire Music Festival is June 14 at Greensboro Coliseum. Proceeds fund music scholarships and music programs in Greensboro-area schools.
June 5-8 is the 10th anniversary of the Texas Pete Twin City Ribfest in Winston-Salem. National “Pitmasters” serve up award-winning BBQ and great music.
Taste of Charlotte is June 6 in uptown Charlotte. Purchased tokens allow you to sample restaurant food while visiting sponsor tables and enjoying entertainment for all ages.
Union Street Live, a free outdoor summer concert series in Concord, kicks off June 19.
The Apex 3rd Annual Peak City Pig Fest, on June 20-21, is a free family-friendly event sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society. Cooking teams serve up chicken, ribs, pork and brisket.
Independence Day activities including the Red, White and Belmont Festival in Gaston County, with carnival rides, games, vendors and food, a concert and fireworks. The Fun Fourth Festival is a community celebration of Independence Day for Guilford County and the Piedmont Triad.
Know of another fun festival in the Carolinas? Share your favorites in the comments so we can all enjoy!