50th anniversary Festival in the Park 2014
Friday, September 19 - 4:00 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday, September 20 - 10:00 am–9:30 pm
Sunday, September 21- 11:00 am–6:00 pm
annual "Kings Drive Art Walk"
Little Sugar Creek Greenway-600 South Kings Dr.
SATURDAY APRIL 26, 2014 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
SUNDAY APRIL 27, 2014 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
We hold two annual festivals each year.
Click on the trees above or use the navigation at the top
of the page to
find out more information on each festival.
Festival in the Park
has been bringing good music, good art and good times to
Charlotteans and visitors from around the world. The sounds of "big
band music" drift across Freedom Park's lake whose still surface
reflects the lights strung from Camelot exhibit tents.
The scents of a
variety of food
fill the air, as
with painted faces happily produce their first art work. Others find the
who can create an original work of art to grace their home or to give as the
First time visitors are taken by the simple, relaxed atmosphere. Old timers
marvel at the freshness of each year's offerings, as memories from long ago
festivals are revisited. Unlike most festivals our lighting system allows us
to continue into the night.
fun filled event is designed to promote and stimulate interest in the arts.
It provides the opportunity for all to see, hear, and learn from over 180
artists and crafts people who actively demonstrate and display their art.
Nearly a thousand
provide free ongoing performances at the main band shell and many stages
Festival in the Park was selected as one of Southeast Tourism Society's
for the month of September 2012! In past years, Festival in the Park has
also been chosen as one of Sunshine Artists Magazine's 200 BEST festivals.
In years past, visitors to Festival in the Park typically exceeded 85,000 each year. However in 2013, it was estimated that 90,000 attended the Festival.
The Festival is made possible by many groups and individuals. A sampling of
who actively participate in bringing art and entertainment to the Festival
are Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Children's Theatre of Charlotte, Carolina
Raptor Center, the
the Charlotte Folk Society, the Actors Crib and the Jazz Arts Initiative. We
welcome them and the many others who help make the Festival possible.
With the mission of bringing the community together by celebrating the arts,
the Festival Board is excited to broaden its reach and to announce a spring
fine arts event, the Kings Drive Art Walk.
We invite you to participate in our spring event which will be held along
the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, a newly reclaimed natural waterway between
East Morehead Street and Pearle Street Bridge along Kings Drive. With a
focus on fine and emerging artists, our new spring festival on this
beautiful and easily accessible venue will become an annual fine arts
Most importantly, the King’s Drive section of the Little Sugar Creek
Greenway is adjacent to some of Charlotte’s most prestigious and affluent
neighborhoods – with homeowners who appreciate and can afford fine art. We
intend to target these neighborhoods with appropriate promotional
We encourage all groups and individuals to participate and get involved with
Festival in the Park and the Kings Drive Art Walk!!
Click here to
take our attendee survey
(Attendee survey will be available from
September 20 to October 4, 2013 for the 2013 Festival in the Park.)