May 30 to June 16, 2013 @ The Green Uptown
Aug. 15 to 25, 2013 @ Booth Playhouse
Free (but there is a suggested $5 donation)
2013 marks the eighth year of the Charlotte Shakespeare Festival, the region’s only free performing arts festival dedicated to the most successful playwright of all time - William Shakespeare. The festival is usually features full length productions twice a year - one outdoors and one in a traditional theater. All of the shows, especially those at the Green are family friendly and suitable for all ages. Many families take this an opportunity to give kids their first taste of Shakespeare. The performance style is enjoyable for young people as well as adults.
The main stage season kicks off "Shakespeare at the Green" on May 31 with outdoor performances of The Taming of the Shrew. The Green is located across from the Charlotte Convention Center in Uptown (401 S. Tryon Street). Since it is an outdoor performance on a lawn, you will need to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on (but of course, it's not required). You can bring your own food and drink (even alcohol) if you choose. There will be a limited selection of soft drinks, beer, wine and food available on site. The performances on the Green usually feature pre-show entertainment, and there will be a free educational workshops for young people on some days.
Here's the schedule for Shrew:
May 30 to June 16, 2013 at The Green Uptown
Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 p.m., Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
The festival returns in August with Macbeth, as part of the "Shakespeare at the Booth Playhouse" series. This is a free event as well. Reservations are not necessary, and seating is on a first come, first served basis. You can obtain VIP front orchestra seating for a $25 donation. No outside food or drink is allowed at these shows, but concessions are sold inside.
Here's the schedule for Macbetht.
Aug. 15 to 25, 2013
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
Fridays to Saturdays at 8 p.m.
Saturday matinees: Aug. 17 and 24 at 2 p.m.
Sunday matinees: Aug.18 and 25 at 3 p.m.
As with any event, dates and schedules do change sometimes. Check out the festival's official site for more information.
From music to sports to arts to culture, there are always plenty of festivals happening around town. Click here for a month by month calendar of festivals in Charlotte. Know of a festival we don't have listed? Let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org.