On Martin Luther King Day, January 16th, 2023, we honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with celebrations, art, conversations, marches, music and more.
We are adding events as they’re announced, so please keep checking back.
Also, check out our list of what’s open and closed on MLK Day in the Charlotte area.
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MLK Day Celebrations and Observances 2023
MLK Day Call to Service with United Way of Central Carolinas -- in-person service project
On Saturday, January 14th, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., join the United Way at Northside Baptist Church, 333 Jeremiah Blvd, Charlotte, NC, to help assemble snack packs for students attending tutoring and after-school programs supported by United Way. Pre-registration is required.
MLK Unity March and Wreath-Laying
Martin Luther King Unity March will be taking place on Sunday, January 15th, 2023. Registration has closed for participating in the march, but it begins at 2:30 p.m., at the intersection of Tryon and Montford Point Street and ends at the Martin Luther King statue in Marshall Park.
Everyone is invited to the annual wreath-laying at the statue at 3 p.m. It's in Marshall Park, right next to 3rd Street.
Bridging Musical Worlds--a Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Sign of the Times is presenting this popular annual concert, which brings together music from the jazz, classical, R&B, and folk traditions. The concert is a collaboration with Charlotte Strings Collective, UNC Charlotte Music Department, Charlotte Folk Society and Tosco Music. It takes place Sunday, January 15th, at 4 p.m., at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 3400 Beatties Ford Road. Tickets are $10.
Free MLK Art*Poetry*Music Concert with Opera Carolina
Opera Carolina is presenting a free program celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Art * Poetry * Music MLK Concert will take place Sunday, January 15th, 2023, at 4 p.m., at Caldwell Presbyterian Church, 1609 East 5th Street. The program will feature famous works by African-American composers, as well as readings by local personalities and more. A reception follows.
MLK Weekend Celebration in Cabarrus County
The Dr. MLK Jr. Celebration Planning Committee of Concord-Cabarrus is presenting several special events on MLK Day Weekend, including the MLK Parade on Saturday, January 14th, in Kannapolis, followed by Dream Day at the Ballpark. On Monday, January 16th, 2022, a family march and wreath laying will take place in Concord.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at Gantt Center: It Takes a Village
The Gantt Center is presenting a full day of activities to honor Dr. King, on Monday, January 16th, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., including a community mural, hands-on art experiences, theater and live musical performances, lectures and more. This is a free event.
Town of Davidson's MLK Day Celebration
The Town of Davidson is hosting a Martin Luther King Day commemoration on January 16th, 2023, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., at Town Hall, 216 S. Main Street, Davidson.
"Meet Dr. King"--free performance in Kings Mountain
To honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the City of Kings Mountain and Mauney Memorial Library welcome Bright Star Touring Theatre to perform "Meet Dr. King" at the Joy Performance Center, 202 South Railroad Avenue, Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
The performance will take place Monday, January 16th, 2023, at 2 p.m. This is a free event.
MLK Day Call To Service at First Ward Child Development Center
Help spruce up the outdoor learning area of First Ward Child Development Center with Black Child Development Institute - Charlotte. The call to service takes place Monday, January 16th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Pleae register in advance,
Calendar of MLK Day Events in Charlotte
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Monday, January 16, 2023
What’s Happening MLK Day Weekend in Charlotte
This is a complete list of our calendar events from Friday, January 13th, to Monday, January 16th, 2023, in case you’re looking for something to do MLK Day Weekend.
K Parker says
Any MLK Day service events?
Thomas Christian says
Any volunteer service events taking place in Charlotte, NC on MLK Day? I am interested in supporting a community-based event.
Jody Mace says
Normally there are “Day of Service” opportunities on MLK Day. So far the website where those are listed hasn’t been updated for 2021, so I don’t know if they’re not being organized this year. I’ll keep checking though, and update this post if I see them.