Charlotte EventsIn addition to its many cultural and historic landmarks, this destination hosts a number of outstanding festivals and events that may coincide with your vacation.
Wintertime Things to Do
Queen City residents can always find things to do in Charlotte; an array of special events occur throughout the seasons. In late February or early March the Southern Spring Home & Garden Show offers the first glimpse of the season with gardens, seminars, crafts and indoor and outdoor floral displays. The show takes place at The Park, located off Briar Creek Road.
A Springtime Destination
Charlotte's spring schedule is filled with ethnic festivals and community events. The third weekend in April finds residents engaged in a friendly competition of piping, drumming and dancing at the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games . The festival features Celtic music and is held at Rural Hill Farm in Huntersville. Also in April, the Queen's Cup Steeplechase , in Mineral Springs, features some of the most athletic thoroughbreds and jockeys being cheered on by spectators.
Summer in Full Swing
Courtesy of The Fig Tree Restaurant at The Lucas House
Summer months bring outdoor festivals, entertainment and plenty of fun places to go. Charlotteans can eat and drink their way along five blocks of Tryon Street during Taste of Charlotte in June, when notable restaurants dish out more than 100 menu items. On Sundays in June the park adjacent to SouthPark Mall comes alive with classics from beloved musicals to Beethoven's best at Charlotte Symphony Orchestra's Summer Pops at Symphony Park .
There are more NASCAR events for racing fans in September and October, namely Bojangles' Pole Night , Drive for the Cure 300 Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina and the Bank of America 500 . Weekends from late September or early October to mid-November find nostalgic residents reliving the past at the Carolina Renaissance Festival .
What to Do During the Holiday Season
In late December college football fanatics flock travel from far and wide to Bank of America Stadium for the Belk Bowl . Check the weekly Creative Loafing publication, found at newsstands, for additional entertainment and events information.
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North Carolina has a 4.75 percent state sales tax; Mecklenburg County levies an additional 2 percent sales tax. Mecklenburg County also levies an 8 percent occupancy tax for lodging, a 1 percent prepared food and beverage tax and an 8 percent tax for rental cars.
(704) 336-7600. Info hotline: 311
Atrium Health University City, (704) 863-6000; Carolinas Medical Center, (704) 355-2000; Carolinas Medical Center-Mercy, (704) 304-5000; Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center, (704) 384-4000.
501 S. College St. Charlotte, NC 28202. Phone:(704)339-6040 or (800)231-4636
Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is 6 miles west of the city on Josh Birmingham Parkway, and is accessible from Billy Graham Parkway or Wilkinson Boulevard. A hub for American Airlines, the airport is served by other major airlines as well; phone (704) 359-4910. If you're looking for things to do this weekend, check AAA.com or ask a AAA Travel Agent about airline tickets—sometimes available as part of a AAA Vacations® package.
Hertz, 5489 Josh Birmingham Pkwy., offers discounts to AAA members; phone (704) 359-0114 or (800) 654-3080.
Amtrak, (800) 872-7245, has a station at 1914 N. Tryon St.
A Greyhound station serves Charlotte at 601 W. Trade St.; phone (704) 372-0456.
Cabs are metered and charge a base fare of around $2.50, plus approximately $2.50 per mile or 50c per minute when the vehicle drops below 15 miles per hour. These companies operate from the airport's queue—City Cab, (704) 333-3327; Crown Cab, (704) 334-6666; Green Cab, (704) 777-1117; and Yellow Cab, (980) 785-1405; they all increase the base fare $2 per person for more than two passengers.
Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS), (704) 336-7433, serves the city with more than 70 local and express routes. One-way fare is $2.20; $1.10 (children in kindergarten through grade 12, ages 62+ and the physically impaired); free (ages 0-5). Express fare (buses pick up in a limited area and travel directly to Uptown) is $3; $1.50 (children in kindergarten through grade 12, ages 62+ and the physically impaired); free (ages 0-5). Transfers from local to express are 80c; local to local transfers are free.