Festival in the Park (www.FESTIVALinthePARK.org ) returns for its 54th year in Freedom Park September 21-23 with a diverse assortment of live performances, food and drink — and a record number of artisans displaying their works.
“We continue to bring high-caliber talent from across our region to Freedom Park”, said Mark Boone, Festival board president. “In addition to more than 1,000 performers on stage over the three-day event, we have opened additional space to accommodate nearly 200 artists to display their paintings, sculptures, photography and other fine works in the park.”
Saturday musical performances at the Freedom Park band shell include Blues, Soul and a Pearl Jam tribute band. Sunday’s headliner is Kyle Petty, the former NASCAR driver turned singer-songwriter. The Festival also welcomes the return of the Youth Orchestras of Charlotte, which is performing on Sunday.
As has been the tradition for more than a half-century, the Festival is offered at no cost to the public. Admission is free.
Additional weekend entertainment includes the return of the Charlotte Folk Society, youth performers, clowns and nearly every genre of live music. Amusement rides and attractions for all ages will again return to the Festival’s Family Fun Zone. More than two dozen food vendors will add to the sensory experience at the park.
More than 125,000 people are expected to attend the annual festival near Charlotte’s Dilworth neighborhood. Attendees are encouraged to take the Lynx light rail to the East/West Boulevard stop. Shuttle vans will provide roundtrip transportation between the East/West Boulevard light rail stop and Freedom Park for $5 per person or $10 per family.
Limited parking is available for $10 at Myers Park Traditional School, located at 2132 Radcliffe Avenue and at Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School on Park Road. Free roundtrip transportation to the park is provided through shuttle vans from this satellite lot.
Private donors, known as “Friends of the Festival”, help cover the Festival’s cost of renting Freedom Park from Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation and the hiring of off-duty Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police officers, Medics and Charlotte firefighters to keep patrons safe.
Named one of the nation’s top festivals by Sunshine Artist Magazine, the Festival boasts an outdoor open-air amphitheater unrivaled in the area. The Festival has also been honored as Best Charlotte Festival by Charlotte Magazine.
This project was made possible, in part, with funding from the Arts & Science Council; the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources; and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
Festival in the Park is hosted by Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation.
Piedmont Natural Gas is the 2018 Green Sponsor.