It's time for Festival in the Park



Since 1964, Festival in the Park has been bringing good music, good art and good times to Charlotte every fall.  The 2013 festival will take place Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22 at Freedom Park. 

This 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 1000 entertainers provide free ongoing performances at the main band shell and many stages surrounding it.

The scents of a variety of food – everything from turkey legs and German bratwursts to funnel cakes and deep fried oreos – fill the air.  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 many festivals, a lighting system allows the event to continue into the night.

Festival in the Park was selected as one of Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events 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 2012, it was estimated that 160,000 attended the Festival.

Festival hours are included below.  For more details, visit  For directions click here.  For a parking map click here.

Festival in the Park hours:
Friday, September 20 - 4 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 21 - 10 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 22 - 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.