Special Events

Carowinds Special Events - 2017

From food festivals and live music to kids activities and "dine-in" movies, you'll be amazed and entertained with our 2017 Special Events line-up!


Season Passholder Preview Night
Season Passholder Preview Night

March 24 from 6pm - 10pm

Experience Carowinds before the general public during our exclusive Season Passholder Preview Night on Friday, March 24 from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. As a 2017 Season Passholder, you'll be one of the first to experience the all-new County Fair and our four new rides! Join us for a night of fun with local bands, DJs and tons of awesome giveaways!
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Opening Day
Opening Day

March 25 from 10am - 10pm

Let’s get this party started! Our 2017 season kicks off on March 25 with tons of fantastic prize giveaways, awesome music and good times. This is definitely a momentous event you won’t want to miss!
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Easter Eggstravaganza & Spring Break
Easter Eggstravaganza & Spring Break

April 8 - 16

Who’s that hoppin’ down the bunny trail? It’s our own Eggward the Easter Bunny and Snoopy the Easter Beagle! Come to Carowinds during our Easter Eggstravaganza to get your photo taken with Eggward and Snoopy and take part in our eggstra-special activities, crafts and entertainment.
Taste of the Carolinas
Taste of the Carolinas

Saturdays & Sundays April 22 - May 14

The Carolinas' signature event is back - bigger and better than ever in 2017! Experience the best of the Carolinas on Saturdays and Sundays from April 22 through May 14. Sample authentic regional cuisine, try local craft beer and wine and enjoy home-grown entertainment throughout the park, including live music, celebrity chef demonstrations, crafters and more. Y'all come!

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Carolina Harbor Opening Day
Carolina Harbor Opening Day

May 20 from 11am - 6 pm

Carolina Harbor waterpark will open for another season of fun in the sun on May 20th! Help us kick off the second season of our new waterpark and enjoy coastal Carolina festivities throughout the day!

*Entry into Carolina Harbor is included with the price of admission into Carowinds
JoyFest
JoyFest

May 27

One of the country’s largest gospel music festivals is returning to Carowinds! Be blessed and inspired from award-winning gospel musicians.


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Military Days
Military Days

May 28-29 & July 3-5

Join us as we pay tribute to our brave military service men and women by offering FREE park admission to any active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D.
Dine-In Movies
Dine-In Movies

Wednesdays and Saturdays June 7 - August 12 at 8:00pm

Treat your family to the ultimate movie night at Harmony Hall. On Wednesday and Saturday nights from June 7 through August 12, we'll be showing family-favorite flicks on our big screen! Movie listings coming soon...

Movies start at 8:00 p.m.
Rock the Park
Rock the Park

June 10

Get ready for the ultimate rock and worship experience at Rock the Park in the Carowinds Paladium.


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Cirque Imagine - Opening
Cirque Imagine - Opening

June 23

Back by popular demand, Cirque Imagine returns to the Carowinds Theatre for the 2017 season on June 23. This action-packed show features incredible displays of high-flying acrobatics, feats of strength, raw athleticism, beauty, grace and sidesplitting humor. You’re sure to stay on the edge of your seat and keep coming back for more!
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Celebrate America Fireworks Show
Celebrate America Fireworks Show

July 4 (Weather Permitting)

Help us celebrate the 4th of July as we illuminate the skies above the Carolina state line during our annual fireworks celebration show!
KidsFest
KidsFest

July 15-16

Calling all kids! Come to Carowinds on July 15-16 for an extra-special event that’s all about YOU! KidsFest will feature super-fun interactive games and activities designed just for kids and their families.
Run and Ride
Run and Ride

September 9-10

The thrill of the run and the thrill of the ride – all in one day. Carowinds is excited to present year three of our Run and Ride series, which will have your heart pounding during one of the running events through the park and then your lungs screaming as you take on some of the best roller coasters in the country, including the new Fury 325. With a half-marathon, 10k, 5k, and 1-mile fun run to choose from on September 9 and 10, there’s something for everyone to try. Free park entry for the half-marathon and 10k, and discounts for 5K and 1-mile fun run.
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SCarowinds
SCarowinds

Select Nights September 15 - October 29

Carowinds is transformed from a “theme park” to a “scream park” at SCarowinds – the Carolinas' largest Halloween event. Experience the thrills on your favorite rides and scream at the chills of over 16 different haunted shows and attractions. Whatever you fear is here! Visit select nights Sept. 15 through Oct 29.
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The Great Pumpkin Fest
The Great Pumpkin Fest

Saturdays & Sundays, September 16 - October 29

During the day, Carowinds puts the “Wee!” in Halloween. The Great Pumpkin Fest has family-friendly Halloween attractions for the little ghosts and goblins from 11:00am – 5:00pm including a costume parade, foam zone, mazes and more! It’s kid-sized frights that every age will love and of course, all of your favorite rides. It’s all fun and no fear at Carowinds. Join us for a day packed with Halloween fun on Saturdays & Sundays from Sept. 16 through Oct. 29.
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Christian Music Day
Christian Music Day

September 23

Enjoy a powerful evening of Christian music, featuring some of today's most popular artists. Ticket includes entry into the park.
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WinterFest
WinterFest

Select Dates November 24 - December 30

Ring in the holiday season with a new family tradition – WinterFest at Carowinds! This grand celebration of the holiday season will magically transform the park into a winter wonderland with special holiday experiences that will ignite the season’s spirit in everyone! Best yet, 2017 Gold Season Passholders will receive FREE admission – an extra season of fun to be cheerful about!