Marilyn Monroe once said “Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.” Visit Gay Charlotte has no idea if that is true, but we thank the Gay Charlotte Film Festival for bringing us a plethora of onscreen LGBT kisses, loving, heartbreak and drama to Charlotte. The Festival runs from Thursday to Sunday and all films and events are highlighted in the right hand column.
Of course, the Queen City is exploding with events both on screen and off and we present a weekend with so much to do that we dare you to be alone in the dark (unless of course you like that kind of thing…)
Ready. Set. ACTION! It’s the Visit Gay Charlotte Featured Weekend Agenda!
Thursday, April 24th
In addition to tonight’s opening festivities for the Gay Charlotte Film Festival, there is a lot going on in the Queen City. First up Join One Voice Chorus for its Third Annual OVC Karaoke Contest at Sidelines Sports Bar. Cover will be donated to the Chorus to support the choir attending the 2016 GALA.
Local fave underground party, SHIPROCKED! has long been home to some of the most unique, creative and outrageous performers in the Queen Cit , and is the home stomping grounds of two of this decade’s most notorious and original Charlotte drag superstars, Lilith DeVille and Bethann Phetamine. Tonight celebrates that in style with their DRAG FREAK-A-THON…LIPGLOSS!
Also tonight, Double Trouble Productions presents a evening where you will be schooled in fun: College Night at The Nickel Bar. Plan your weekend activties with friends and make some new ones.
Friday, April 25th
In addition to tonight’s happenings at the Gay Charlotte Film Festival, Friday sizzles with oodles of GRRRRRRR!. First up: Are you looking for some fresh meat? Of course you are. And why not? You deserve it and Cathode Azure serves it with their Fresh Meat Fridays!
Now if you like your meat a little more grizzled, head to the Bear Happy Hour w/ Rugby Team Meet & Greet at Sidelines Sports Bar. Everyone is encouraged to come out and meet your local ruggers, as well as a few of our favorite out-of-town ruggers.
Did you not get enough of your manly men? Well – head over to the Nickel Bar for their Big Boy Carolinas Takeover! The ChaseTeam movement is in Charlotte this weekend and they present some of the sexiest Bears and Chasers to entertain you.
Feel like returning to the freshest possible? We got a night event for you as Marigny Dance Club presents Gorgeous And Young (G.A.Y.) with special guest appearances by MACXIMUS & Cory Caleb Matthews, and perfomances by HONEY!
Saturday, April 26th
In addition to today and tonight’s happenings at the Gay Charlotte Film Festival, Saturday offers education, sports, Pride and fun! First up join the LGBT Democrats of Mecklenburg County at the LGBT Community Center of Charlotte for their our first social event: The Candidate Forum. You’ll have the opportunity to meet members of the board and candidates for Sheriff, County, State, and Federal Offices.
Also Today is the first HOME match of the season for the Charlotte Royals Rugby Team. And what a match as they take on both the Charleston Blockade Rugby Football Club and the Nashville Grizzlies RFC . It will be an awesome day of rugby and brotherhood! Third Half to immediately follow at Sidelines Sports Bar.
Speaking of giving back to the community, please join Charlotte Pride for a free community potluck/picnic! Come out and enjoy this community gathering! Outdoor activities will include volleyball, horseshoes, corn hole and more! Free fun for all ages! Families welcome! Please note: This is an alcohol free event!
Also in the season of Pride, Charlotte Black Gay Pride invites all the ladies and gentlemen join us for the 2nd Annual Charlotte Black Gay Pride Bachelor and Bachelorette Auction. Bid on 10 beautiful ladies and 10 handsome men of the LGBTQ Community.
Saturday doesn’t stop there, there is always the too good it should be toxic, Radioactive Party at L4 Lounge – trust – those ladies know how to party! Not your thing, how about Cathode Azure‘s always popular and sexy MANDANCE. Did we mention Set-it Off at The Scorpio featuring the finest in drag performances? How about Super Sexy at The Nickel Bar where you will spend the whole evening enjoying the view *ahem* from their patio, of course *ahem*
If you just want to be absolutely certain though of a good time, look no further than the Bar at 316 where Buff Faye and Patti O’Furniture join forces for “BIG FUN COMEDY” Drag Show. Laugh your heart out with these funny drag queens and their special guests !
Sunday, April 27th
In addition to today’s closing events at the Gay Charlotte Film Festival, there is s much fun to be had on Sunday. Whether the 301 Club at The Woodshed or the Social Sunday event at The Nickel Bar.
Our money though is on Buff Faye as she has made it clear that The Drag Show MUST go on… Join the Buff Faye’s ‘We’re BACK’ Sunday Drag Brunch in a new location at UpStage NoDa. Featured performers include Buff Faye, Bella Nichole Jade,Miley Vyrus, Kiana Layne and Michael DP Brailey — AND SOME SPECIAL SURPRISES!