59th Annual Festival in the Park Boasts Fine Arts and Crafts, World-inspired Cuisine and Beer Garden, Live Performances and Kids Zone

For more information and for interview opportunities, please contact Laresa Thompson of Thompson & Boyd Communications at: 336-681-0116 or [email protected].

The top rated, family-friendly event, Festival in the Park, returns to the Queen City Friday, September 22 through Sunday, September 24. The annual festival will be held at Freedom Park, the 98-acre home of the staple event for nearly 60 years.

The three-day jamboree boasts more than 700 visual and performing artists, food flavors from around the globe, wine and beer, and family entertainment.

“Our partners and volunteers have worked hard to create a memorable experience for attendees”, says Festival in the Park Board President, Mark Boone. “From captivating artwork and live performances to children’s activities and mouth-watering food and beverages, there’s something for everyone at Festival in the Park.”


  • Artists and Artisans Festival goers will have a chance to stroll through the park to view and purchase a wide range of arts and crafts including paintings, jewelry, woodwork and photography. 
  • Beer Garden Back by popular demand, our beer garden with a wide selection of beer, wine and alcoholic seltzer options. NEW in 2023—wine slushies. 
  • Just For Foodies Calling all food lovers! Feast on cuisine from around the world. More than 40 food vendors will feature everything from bratwurst, barbeque, curry chicken and egg rolls to falafel, funnel cakes and ice cream. Limited dairy free and gluten free options available. 
  • Family Fun Zone All kids, all the time! Every little person and their families can explore, create and imagine with kids’ arts and crafts. Plus, a rock-climbing wall, Rapid Slide, Fun House and Way Out Swing ride.
  • LIVE Performances An incredible line-up of local musicians will take center stage including the Fleetwood Mac tribute band, The Chain, R&B artist Nitara Reaves and acoustic duo Munn & Nunn.

Limited parking is available for $10 at Atrium Health Myers Park, located directly across from the Freedom Park entrance in the 1900 block of East Boulevard. Patrons are also encouraged to consider a ride share service, such as Uber or Lyft, with recommended drop off points at 2435 Cumberland Avenue or 1600 Princeton Avenue.

For the safety of Festival in the Park patrons, pets, skateboards and rollerblading are not allowed. Scooters and bikes must be walked during the event.

Named one of the nation’s top festivals by Sunshine Artist Magazine, Festival in the Park features an outdoor open-air amphitheater unrivaled in the area. The event has also been honored as Best Charlotte Festival by Charlotte Magazine.

Arts and crafts, cuisine from around the globe, wine and beer selections, musical performances and more at Festival in the Park 2023. To view the complete park layout, visit www.festivalinthepark.org. Please Note: Guests must be 21 years of age or older to purchase or consume alcoholic beverages.

To download Festival in the Park assets, click here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/18PuEuYjNAcSBNWRV7bF9nklgHUcQzIfw?usp=sharing .

For more information and for interview opportunities, please contact Laresa Thompson of Thompson & Boyd Communications at: 336-681-0116 or [email protected].

About Festival in the Park

Festival in the Park is a non-profit organization designed to promote creative arts in the Charlotte community. We do so through our annual event, Festival in the Park, which has been a staple in the Queen City for more than 50 years. Paired with local food vendors and entertainers, the festival provides the opportunity for creatives to showcase and sell their work. The event is held at Freedom Park, the 98-acre park between Charlotte’s Dilworth and Myers Park neighborhoods, and is one of the top rated, family-friendly events in the Carolinas. The Festival is hosted by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. Piedmont Natural Gas is the Festival’s Green sponsor.

Read more: https://festivalinthepark.org/about-us/.