Whether on the shore or in the mountains - in the Carolinas, The Porch is where friends become family, stories become legends, food portions are large, songs become sing-alongs and iced tea flows freely. And like a porch, Carowinds is that place where the Carolinas come together and where families and friends come together too.
Kick off summer with a Carolina-style celebration for the whole family at the all-new Great Carolina Fest, from June 9th through the 24th. Experience the rich culture of the Carolinas, including homegrown favorites like toe-tapping music, genuine eats, craft brews, sweet tea, and down-home family fun. No matter where you’re from, Great Carolina Fest is a celebration of all the reasons we love living here.
Find your way to food and fun with the Great Carolina Fest Event Guide!
Food is a revered institution in the Carolinas and a central part of our culture. We infuse our heart and soul into our food and, at Great Carolina Fest, you’ll delight in the wonderful result. From savory shrimp and grits to delicious bourbon peach pie, you can enjoy some of the great delicacies the Carolinas have to offer throughout the park. Come hungry; you sure won’t be when you leave.
Tasting cards are available for $25 per person (6 selections per card).
Carolina Craft Beer Corner
The Carolinas are rapidly becoming a hot spot for craft breweries, and they’re producing some award-winning beverages. We’ve traveled all over the Carolinas to find craft beers that perfectly complement the festival, and we recommend you give them a try. Great to share stories and laughs over.
Carolina culture is not just something you can see or hear, it’s something you experience. We want y’all to get to know the Carolinas with all of your senses and understand for yourself why we love it here. Join our brand-new Great Carolina Game Crew as they get the family revved up with special games and activities that can only be found where the Carolinas come together.
Foot Stomping Entertainment
The Carolinas have long been a wellspring of bands and artists across a variety of genres, providing a fertile and diverse musical landscape for bands to cultivate their sonic identity via the lens of their geographical one. Stroll past and listen to multiple entertainment stages, from dueling pianos to an afternoon concert series of regional artists. Or join the evening celebration and interact with the uniquely energetic tunes of Brew Beatz.