Charlotte welcomes people from all over the country, and, in fact, the world, who have made the intentional decision to put down roots in the Queen City!
Diverse business opportunities beckon to people to make Charlotte their home. Along with the obvious nod to Charlotte’s business sector and largest employers in the region like Wells Fargo, Carolina’s Health Care System, American Airlines and Duke Energy; Charlotte offers small and diverse business owners a chance to succeed and grow!
Large companies, like Duke Energy, who maintains specific supplier diversity programs, and Wells Fargo, who has a Bank Enterprise Diversity and Inclusion Council, are hiring and promoting minority business owners. Businesses owned by minorities, veterans, and women can receive supplier diversity certification from: National Minority Supplier Development (NMSDC), Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WDENC), Small Business Association (SBA), and the National Women Business Owners Corporation (NWBOC).
While business opportunities are a large draw to people of all heritages and backgrounds, Charlotte’s social scene is also embracing a multi-cultural explosion!
Celebrations and cultural activities are in abundance during the months of September and October in Charlotte!
September 15th-October 15th is National Hispanic Heritage Month! Hola Charlotte Festival 2015 Charlotte’s Official Heritage Festival will fill Uptown Charlotte on October 3rd. Enjoy fun Latin culture with music, food and dance!
The Levine Museum of the New South will offer an exciting bilingual, interactive exhibit exploring the ever-expanding role of Latinos in the South on September 27th through October 30th 2016. A preview night of ¡NUEVOlution! will be on September 25th 8pm-midnight. Enjoy the fiesta with music, performances, dancing and giveaways!
Also at the Levine Museum, Voto Latino-Power Summit, a conversation about the importance of the Latino vote on Tuesday, September 29 and on October 1st, Latino Americans, a PBS documentary film series will be presented.
Mint to Move, a cultural dance night will held at the Mint Museum Uptown on October 9th, 8-11:30pm. Celebrating Hispanic History Month, there will be live musicians, dance, visual and performance art. On October 17th, 11am-12pm, the Mint Museum will offer De Colores/Many Colors, an interactive bilingual presentation of music, plays and stories.
The Harvey B Gantt Museum for African-American Arts and Culture is offering a collective of visual arts AfriCOBRA Now: An Aesthetic Reflection. It runs through December 31st. I’m walkin’ for My Freedom: The Selma March and Voting Rights runs October 9th through December 31st at the museum. In the exhibit, photojournalist Matt Heron captures the march across Alabama that led to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
A Lebanese Festival will be held at St. Matthew Catholic Church on September 26th, 11am-11pm. Enjoy Middle Eastern foods, a silent auction, dancing and Lebanese pastries will be available for purchase.
St. Thomas Aquinas will host a World Feast on October 10th, 11am-7pm. Ethnic foods will be represented by Nigeria, Philippines, Ecuador, India, Poland and much more!
The Levine Jewish Community Center will have a Family Fun Day on October 10th from 4-6pm. Enjoy a spaghetti dinner, bingo and family fun!
For a giggle with Jewish twist, BAD JEWS, by Joshua Harman will be performed at the Actors Theater of Charlotte. Described as a “vicious and hilarious brawl over faith, family and legacy” this will be sure to have you guffawing! Shows October 28th through November 4th.
For your inner Greek god or goddess, have a Date Night: An Evening in Greece Hands-On Cooking Class with Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen! Friday, October 9th, 6:30-9pm.
For the prince and princess in you, try an English Tea at the Charlotte Museum of History on October 3rd, 4-5pm! Sip traditional English tea and delicately munch on scones and such while enjoying a presentation of castles, monuments, and buildings of the British Isles.
Gandhi Park in Charlotte at 700 East Trade Street will be the obvious place for the Unity Fall Festival! On October 10th, 3-7pm enjoy food, exhibit booths, and entertainment celebrating the life and teachings of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi! Hosted by the Charlotte Asian Heritage association.
North Carolina Pride Weekend starts September 28th. Coco Peru will start the weekend off with the performance of “A Gentle Reminder-Coco’s Guide to a Somewhat Happy Life”. The Queen will entertain you with monologues and songs well known and new! Cocktails at 8:00! Portion of the proceeds will benefit the Crape Myrtle Festival and the Smokin’ Cardinal Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
A Taste of the World is a culinary field trip! Gather at the Van Landingham Estate and take a bus tour to three different restaurants offering international cuisine! The palate hopping takes place on October 1st.
Davidson College is just 40 minutes from South Charlotte and is hosting a Classical Indian Concert on September 27th at 3:00pm! The Carnatic violin duo of Ganesh-Kumaresh will perform. This global musical performance will play across genres and will be joined by Sankara Narayanan on mridangam and Trichy Krishnaswamy on Ghatam.
A Khayyam Celebration and Commemoration will be on October 11th at 3:00pm in the Mint Museum on Randolph Road. The PErsian Arts and Culture Enthusiasts presents live Persian music, dance, art performance and recitation of Khayyam’s poetry!
Communication Italian Style will be happening at J. Sam’s Wine, 4625 Piedmont Row Drive! Italian Conversation: Parliamo Italiano will meet on Sunday, October 11th, 4-5:30pm.
Eid al-Adha will be celebrated at Muslim Day at Carowinds on September 27th , 10am to 1pm!
Stammtisch meets every 3rd Friday! The next meeting will be September 18th, 7:00pm at Park Place Restaurant in Charlotte. Sponsored by the Austrian Culture Society.
The 40th annual International Festival will be held on Saturday, October 17th at UNC-Charlotte! Over 50 nations will be represented with art, crafts, music, dance and, of course, FOOD!
Visit and volunteer at the International House, a provider of direct services for the international community! This amazing, indispensable non-profit has been offering services to immigrants in need since 1981. Conversation hours include, but are not limited to: French, Arabic, Spanish, Portugese, Farci and Chinese!
Charlotte is bursting with international flavor in September and October! Open your mind, tickle your taste buds and go on an international adventure without the baggage fees!