And since it's 600 week, and you're probably in a "racing" mood, did you that most NASCAR teams are based in Charlotte? You can tour many of them. Find out more about the NASCAR teams in Charlotte. Also, if you're Uptown for the festival, you're near the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Never been? Check out a photo gallery of some highlights of the museum.
2013 Speed Street Dates and Hours
Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25
Noon to 11 p.m. each day.
2013 Coca-Cola Stage Schedule
Thursday, May 23
6 p.m. Pradigy GT
7:30 p.m. Sol Fusion
8:45 p.m. Coca-Cola Presents: Jon B
9:45 p.m. Coca-Cola Presents: SWV
Friday, May 24
6 p.m. "Race to Stardom" Country Winner: Landon Parker Band
7:45 p.m. Chevrolet Presents: Randy Houser
9:30 p.m. Chevrolet Presents: Jamey Johnson
Saturday, May 25
4 p.m. Hair Nation
5:30 p.m. "Race to Stardom" Rock Winner: Blu Avenue
6:30 p.m. Coca-Cola Presents: Chelsea Bain
8:15 p.m. Coca-Cola Presents: Sister Hazel
9:45 p.m. Coca-Cola Presents: Survivor
The chance to meet some of the hottest NASCAR stars is always a highlight of Speed Street for many visitors. This year is bigger than ever, with dozens of current and future stars available for autographs and photos. Click here for a full list of driver appearances.
For those who work Uptown, or if you're traveling through the Center City area during Speed Street, here are some hints from city officials:
- Uptown area workers should arrive early and leave early, if possible. Several streets will be opened each morning until 9:30, giving commuters a chance to reach their parking decks or lots.
- Use the exit of the Brookshire Freeway or John Belk Freeway closest to your work or parking.
- If you're traveling east-west, use Trade, Fifth or Sixth streets.
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.