Good morning, QCity, and happy Friday eve!
A while back, we asked you to help us settle a staff debate: Can a person have more than one best friend?
Well, the votes are in, and 58% of you sided with Kylie and me — yes, you can have more than one bestie.
Thanks for helping us prove Zeke wrong!
As we do every Thursday, we have a list of entertainment picks to fill your weekend, including the Durag Fest. (More on that below.)
And don’t forget about Juneteenth, which we officially celebrate with a Monday holiday. Here’s a list of 10 Juneteenth events.
You can find these and other events on our Livin’ Charlotte site.
Enjoy your day.
Our weekend picks
Food and Drink
- Pride Bar Craw (Sat): Show your pride or celebrate with drinks, local food, and an after-party at Charlotte’s 5th Annual Pride Bar Crawl, with a portion of the proceeds going to The Trevor Project.
- 90s Brunch at 1501 South Mint (Sat): Enjoy some 90s jams while socializing and eating good food.
Arts and Culture
- The Gospel According to Jazz Experience (Sat): Join WeWorship Ministries to see Jazz and Gospel come together in one musical experience.
- The Flamingo Revue Presents Comic strips (Sat): See a burlesque performance that pays tribute to some of pop culture’s most well-known heroes and villains.
- Art After Dark (Fri): Celebrate Black Music Month with the Gantt Center by creating your own collage, explore the new exhibition, Billie Zangewa: Thread for a Web Begun, watch a Juneteenth theater performance and a live concert.
- Charlotte Tattoo Arts Convention (Fri): See burlesque, interactive art displays and live human suspension. Plus, get some new ink while you’re at it from over 250 tattoo artists.
- Wake the Queen Festival (Fri-Sun): Celebrate the history of Charlotte’s Gold District with food, drinks and local artists while you tour the neighborhood.
- Soul (Sun): Celebrate Juneteeth with afro, tribal, house and soul music.
Note: Visit our events page for more QCity happenings or to post your own event. Sometimes the events we post are rescheduled, changed or canceled. We suggest you check before you go.
This Weekend: Durag Fest
Durag Fest founder Dammit Wesley wants to help Black people be their most authentic selves at one of the year’s hottest events.
Durag Fest was launched in 2018 as a Juneteenth celebration.
“The concept was supposed to be a Juneteenth art exhibition, and it ballooned into this whole festival,” Wesley told QCity Metro.
The crowds at Durag Fest have grown year by year — from about 1,200 attendees that first year to as many as 10,000 for the most recent event.
General admission is free. Guests can also purchase $18 tickets for General Admissions+ or $30 tickets for V.I.P access. Check out the website to see what each ticket includes.
You catch the event on June 18 at Camp North End.
Keep reading on Livin’ Charlotte for our Q&A with Wesley.
Get tickets before you’re iced out
The Tony®-nominated Best Musical FROZEN features the songs you know and love from the original film. An unforgettable theatrical experience with sensational special effects, FROZEN is everything you want in a musical. It’s moving. It’s spectacular. And above all, it’s pure Broadway joy.
Charlotte is celebrating Juneteenth all weekend
Follow our Instagram to see our top picks for how to spend your Juneteenth weekend.
Our Juneteenth picks are sponsored by Charlotte Area Fund. Covid-19 is affecting Black people at higher rates. Let’s stay safe together. Learn more at charlotteareafund.org
Promote Your Event
QCity Metro partners with some of Charlotte’s leading arts & entertainment organizations. Let us help you promote your next event. Email Bethany Lane at email@example.com.
This item first appeared in our morning newsletter, which is delivered Monday through Saturday to more than 7,000 smart subscribers in the Charlotte area. You can become one of them.