The Complete List of Kid-Friendly Events at Charlotte SHOUT! Festival
Wondering how to enjoy Charlotte SHOUT! with the kids? Here's your guide to the kid-friendly events happening at this celebration of arts, music, food, and ideas April 29-May 11.
Uptown Charlotte is welcoming the biggest creative festival the city's streets have seen. Beginning with Charlotte Jazz Festival (April 29 to May 4), Charlotte SHOUT! is a convergence of arts, food, music, and ideas that will transform Charlotte's city center into a fun, tasty, and inspiring space from April 29 to May 11. More than 75 concerts, installations, and performances will captivate the city's residents, but parents may be wondering: Can the kids come, too?
The organizers of Charlotte SHOUT! have confirmed that many events at the celebration will be kid-friendly. Not only that, but most of the events are free! A few events are ticketed, such as the Anthony Hamilton, Umphrey's McGee, and Bleachers concerts, but it's pretty obvious why, given the headlining artists' large followings.
To help you navigate Charlotte SHOUT! with the family, we compiled many of the kid-friendly events you can expect at the massive, multi-day festival. Though there are many great talks for parents, we doubt the kids will want to tag along to those, so we're only highlighting art, music, and food events.
Grab your Uptown map, a good attitude, and the whole family—the next couple of weeks in Charlotte will be full of fun.
Art, Music, and Food Events for Kids at Charlotte SHOUT!
Most of the below events are free, unless otherwise noted in the description.
Entre Les Rangs
Stroll through this stunning "field" of dancing, shimmering "wheat stalks." Set to a musical score, the intriguing Entre Les Rangs is a creation of Kanva and was first presented as part of Luminotherapie in the Quartier des Spectacles in Montreal. Catch it in heart of the city in First Ward Park May 9-11.
From May 6-11, 2019 sink your teeth into a highly-curated selection of some of Charlotte's best food trucks. They will be parked along Tryon Street (between Trade and 5th and Trade and 4th).
Blue Lapis Light
First the first time ever (and for free!), Charlotteans of all ages can watch dancers bravely and gracefully perform 15 stories high on the side of the Government Center. This one-of-a-kind event will amaze you as you watch the talented Blue Lapis Light dance company playfully fly across the building's facade. There are two 30-minute shows only: Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11, both at 9 p.m.
Kids will have a blast on these glowing see-saws with a twist. The installation at the Levine Center for the Arts features a series of 30 seesaws with light and sound that changes when in motion, allowing you to be a part of an ever-changing composition. It is running April 29 through May 11.
L’Homme Cirque: David Dimitri's One Man Circus
With a name like that, need we say more? This exciting and daring one-man circus is a show you won't want to miss. Watch Dimitri complete human cannonball launches, high-wire flips, and more with humor, poetry, and accordion-led serenades. The show is at First Ward Park; tickets are $20.
Soap Bubble Circus
On May 9, from 5 to 9 p.m., people of all ages will gather in First Ward Park to watch Soap Bubble experts create a mesmerizing show with the cleaning agent.
Big Fat Indian Wedding
In case you didn't get an invite to Nick Jonas' and Priyanka Chopra's wedding (and missed their recent appearance at Nelly's Southern Kitchen), you can still experience all the incredible elements of an Indian wedding. On May 11, head to Trade and Tryon Streets at 1 p.m. for the beginning of a three-hour Indian wedding celebration. The event is a partnership with the India Association of Charlotte and Charlotte Center City Partners to celebrate the 25-year anniversary of the Festival of India and Charlotte's 250th birthday.
You can't miss these giant, illuminated bunnies taking over The Green April 29 through May 11.
Don't miss an exciting sneak peek of the Hola Charlotte Festival from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on May 9 at the intersection of The Biscuit Lounge (4th and Tryon) and Convergence Plaza (Trade and Tryon). Hola Charlotte is heating up the city with the best Latino street dancing featuring Samba, Cumbia, Salsa, Joropo, and Mexican folklore. This grand fiesta in Uptown is for the whole family, featuring salsa contests and more.
From May 9-11, Professor Whizzpop will be at First Ward Park throughout the festival dishing out his comedy-magic that is truly one-of-a-kind. Young ones will love his engaging personality. Professor Whizzpop is originally from the U.K. but now resides in Western N.C.
On Tryon Street between 5th and 6th Streets, you won't be able to miss the 50 pivoting prisms transforming the street into a real-life kaleidoscope. As with many of the other interactive art installations of SHOUT!, Prismatica also features a music element. As the prisms rotate—and kids can help manipulate them—bell sounds begin to play. Experience Prismatica anytime from May 9-11.
Mother’s Day Sip and Shop
Moms have probably realized that Charlotte SHOUT! conveniently ends right before Mother's Day (May 12). The organizers made sure to do this so families can spend time together however they wish on mom's special day without the fear of missing a fabulous SHOUT! event. With that being said, a fun shopping event for the family is none other than the Mother's Day Sip and Shop taking place at 7th Street Public Market from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. on May 10. Drop hints to the kids about what you may want on Sunday (wink, wink), and sip beer or sparkling wine as you stroll the eight local businesses and sway to the live music. Pro tip: The first 100 guests 21 and over will receive a complimentary glass of sparkling wine.
Argh you ready for a thrilling show of three pirates aboard a beached vessel? This epic tale is performed atop 16-foot sway poles May 9-11 at First Ward Park.
Sing along with Carolina Voices' MainStage Choir as they cover all the best nostalgia-inducing tracks—from The Beach Boys and The Beatles to Cyndi Lauper and ABBA. There will even be songs from "The Greatest Showman," so kids will know the words too! The thrilling dancers from Northwest School of the Arts will also be performing.
Enjoy a beautiful LED light and music show at Convergence Plaza (Trade and Tryon). Constellation is a star-shaped canopy of 5,400 LED modules reaching 26 feet in diameter and hanging from a single point. You won't be able to miss it on May 9-11, as it'll be displayed over the square at Trade and Tryon Streets. On May 10 at 8 p.m., it is paired with a special performance by Opera Carolina.
Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition
Charlotte legend Loonis McGlohon was a world-renowned master musician, composer, and visionary. In recognition of his many decades as a composer, writer and jazz ambassador, Blumenthal Performing Arts and The Leon Levine Foundation established the Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition as a tribute to this special individual. From the total number of applicants, up to 10 finalists will be selected to perform at the Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition on Saturday, May 4, at the Tent Stage at Romare Bearden Park during the Charlotte Jazz Festival. The competition will be judged by a panel of musicians from the renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, and each finalist will receive critiques from these artists during the competition.
Thanks to The Leon Levine Foundation, the first-, second- and third-place winners of the competition will receive $3000, $2000 and $1000 respectively (through cash and other compensation). The competition is free and open to the public, so come and cheer for your favorite student!
Chócala is a sonic combination of Latin rhythms, rock, and jazz, with a touch of tropical psychedelia. This experimental yet approachable sound has an infectious groove, so those who like to dance should be at the Levine Avenue Stage on May 9 at noon.
On Levine Avenue on May 10, move to the beat of DrumsForCures. This initiative produces DRUMSTRONG events globally to raise awareness and funds in support of cancer survivorship, education, prevention, and research through uplifting, interactive rhythm experiences (like drum circles!).
The 2019 edition of Charlotte SHOUT! is the grand finale of CLT250, the year-long celebration of Charlotte's 250th anniversary. To learn more about the legacy of CLT250, click here. For the full SHOUT! event calendar for 2019, click here.