Culture

The All Walks Of Life Festival is the only BYOB music festival in Charlotte. Featuring great live musical acts from all over, a rocking venue and tons of fans the A.W.O.L. Music Festival continues to be a fan favorite in Charlotte.

FAVORITE Local Charity

ALL WE WANT IS LOVE

Formed in 2012, All We Want Is LOVE (Liberation of Victims Everywhere) has grown to encompass an amazing group of freedom fighters against human trafficking with the same vision: A world where humans are NOT for sale.
300 Rampart St.
Charlotte | 28203 | 704.625.6263

FAVORITE Charity Event in 2013

BLONDES VS BRUNETTES, ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION

Two teams of women—divided to reflect the age-old rivalry between blondes and brunettes—compete in a flag football game to raise awareness and funds in the fight against Alzheimer's disease!
3800 Shamrock Dr.
Charlotte | 28215 | 704.532.7390

BEST Online Cultural Journal

CHARLOTTE FASHION GUILD

Charlotte Fashion Guild has a mission to unite, recognize and reinvent the Fashion Community of Charlotte. CFG is the first Fashion, Beauty and Arts organization in the Queen City.

Don Brown, a former U.S. Navy JAG Officer, is the author of Zondervan’s riveting NAVY JUSTICE SERIES, a dynamic storyline chronicling the life and adventures of JAG officer Zach Brewer.
10701 McMullen Creek Pkwy., S B
Charlotte| 28226 | 704.605.3320

FAVORITE Outdoor Event

Gravediggers Ball, Kiss 95.1

Grave Diggers Ball turns the Queen City into the Scream City every October with area’s largest costume contest, DJs and live music.
301 E. 7th St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.374.1700

BEST Hottest Male Athletic of 2013

GREG OLSEN, CAROLINA PANTHERS

Playing with our Carolina Panthers since 2011, #88 Greg Olsen is beautiful inside and out. A Tight End with a big heart, Greg founded Receptions for Research which helps fund cancer research and has donated to charities throughout the Charlotte Community.

Surely you have seen his work somewhere throughout the Queen City. With murals in Neighborhood Theater, Chop Shop and Deegco Studio in NoDa; Jon’s creations are fascinating and highly popular in Charlotte.

BEST Museum To View

LEVINE MUSEUM OF THE NEW SOUTH

The Levine Museum is an interactive history museum that provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War.
200 E. 7th St
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.333.1887

BEST Hottest Female Athletic of 2013

MISTY ROLLINS, ROLLINS GLOBAL

Creator of Fit Wife Fun Life, Misty has proven to be an inspiration to many people looking to change to a healthier lifestyle and way of living. She’s been featured in national magazines and continues to build her fan base nationwide. Misty hopes to inspire and encourage that after marriage, kids, and life…that one CAN be that fit wife, fit mom, fit woman, and have a fun, fulfilling life!"

BEST Sketch Comedy Group

OVER THE COUNTER IMPROV

You’ll find the OTC cast onstage Saturday at Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, where they’ll zip through a show. OTC improv shows are a hilarious and unique with 100% clean comedy that is based solely on the audience suggestions. Every scene is made up on the spot.
6047 Tyvola Glen Cir.
Charlotte | 28217 | 704.618.4203

BEST Theatre Company

QUEEN CITY THEATRE COMPANY

They are a non-profit organization that exists to theatrically explore the human experience. QCTC wishes to present theatre that celebrates the many different races, religions, genders, and sexual orientations that exist in both Charlotte, NC and the world.
345 N. College St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.372.1000

BEST Newest Public Artwork

ROMARE BEARDEN PARK

This 5.4 acre urban park is inspired by the work of internationally known artist Romare Bearden who grew up in the area. This influence resulted in an eclectic mix of urban park elements including two gardens, and a courtyard of moveable tables and chairs on a bed of crushed granite heavily shaded by a strong tree canopy.
300 S. Church St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.432.4280

BEST Big Shot Photographer/BEST Visual Artist

RYAN SUMNER, FENIX FOTOGRAPHY

Ryan Sumner of Fenix Fotography specializes in editorial fashion, advertising images, and artful headshot portraits of executives. Ryan has an extensive portfolio and talent for capturing the best in all he shoots!
1212 E. 10th St.
Charlotte | 28204 | 704.957.1697

Established in 1998, Shain Gallery has earned a reputation as one of the finest contemporary art providers in Charlotte. Located in Myers Park and owned by Gabrielle Shain-Bryson, the gallery represents over forty different nationally and regionally acclaimed artists.
2823 Selwyn Ave.
Charlotte | 28209 | 704.334.7744

Style Night Out brings together over 50 of Charlotte's local boutiques, salons, and make-up artists for an unforgettable night of fashion and artistry.

BEST On-Stage Performance

THE BOOK OF MORMON, BELK THEATER

Entertainment Weekly says it’s “the funniest musical of all time.” From South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, it’s The Book of Mormon, winner of nine Tony Awards® including Best Musical.
130 N. Tryon St.
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.372.1000

BEST Historic Site

THE DUKE MANSION

Built in 1915, The Duke Mansion has been home and host to the leaders of the 20th century. Now open for Charlotteans use, we you can spend the night, entertain friends, family or business associate at the Duke Mansion, one of the most beautifully, elegant homes in Charlotte.
400 Hermitage Rd.
Charlotte | 28207 | 704.714.4400

Knight Theater is the most recent addition to Blumenthal Performing Arts theaters. It is the "home" theater of North Carolina Dance Theatre. The theater joins the Mint Museum, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, and the Afro-American Cultural Center in a new cultural district on South Tryon Street that will add a new dimension to Charlotte's arts scene.
430 S. Tryon St.
Levine Center for the Arts
Charlotte | 28202 | 704.372.1000

BEST Photography Gallery

THE LIGHT FACTORY

The Light Factory promotes the power of image in Charlotte and beyond by informing, challenging, and stimulating audiences using photography, film and other light-based media to see their world through a different lens.
Charlotte | 28205 | 704.333.9755
1817 Central Avenue, SC200