Three days of art, performance and the unexpected.

Welcome to BOOM, Charlotte’s artist-led showcase of contemporary and experimental performance and visual art created on the fringes of popular culture.

The event is three days long, but the spirit behind it is more than a weekend experience. BOOM is a movement, born from a belief in the explosive power of art to unite and strengthen our community.

Our mission is straight forward: to spark creativity and collaboration among a diverse group of artists, performers and audiences.

To deliver on that mission, we’ve gathered a unique coalition of artists, volunteers, nonprofits, businesses and neighborhood organizations who come together to transform the way art and culture are created and shared in the Queen City. 

Our second BOOM festival will feature 36 ticketed performances in several small music venues of Plaza Midwood, consisting of four performances by local artists chosen from applicants in the wider Charlotte community. Additional performance groups are invited from around the country. Tickets for performances and After Parties are $10. Tickets can be purchased online, at the door of the venues 30 minutes before the event or at the Intersection stage. Weekend and daily passes are available.

Learn more on our TICKETS page.

Quentin Talley | David Huff Photography

Performance Venues
Snug Harbor: 
1228 Gordon Street
The Rabbit Hole: 1801 Commonwealth Avenue
Petra’s Bar: 1919 Commonwealth Avenue

*NOTE: Purchase early! Our venues are small and sell out quickly. 

Intersection Stage: 
1920 Commonwealth Avenue
We’ll have free live music and performance art on our outdoor stage, curated by some of the best music and dance organizations in Charlotte. The Intersection will provide an anchor for the festival by creating a location where audience and community members can congregate in an outdoor living room with couches and a fire pit, find out more about BOOM, play in the children’s activity spaces, and participate in a free, outdoor family-friendly environment. The Intersection will include public installation and participatory visual art, and games.

International House: 1817 Central Avenue
This year BOOM is expanding its free offerings to include events at the International House and Light Factory, located a few blocks from the Intersection and venues. Inside the International House will be free live music performances with a wide variety of artists and styles. Stick around for a mini film festival that includes a discussion with the filmmakers. The Light Factory will have a showing of nationally recognized photography and Charlotte Lit will lead a hands-on poetry writing experience inspired by the exhibition. The International House parking lot will host a popup artist market, as well as food trucks — so you don’t have to leave the fun to satisfy your appetite. Pick up your food and enjoy it inside the International House while watching the live entertainment.

Twenty Two Gallery: 1500 Central Avenue
Around the corner from the venues and Intersection stage, Twenty-Two art gallery will be exhibiting local artists selected especially for the BOOM festival. Twenty-Two combines music and art with great selections of beer and wine to create the perfect atmosphere for finding emerging artists while creating new connections. 

Plaza Midwood Public Library: 1623 Central Ave.
We’re proud to have the Library joining us for this year’s festival! On Saturday, April 29th, the Plaza Midwood Library will host several hours of fun, hands-on activities for kids (and their adults), including storytelling, painting and dance lead by the team from AfroPop! Nation.

For specific directions, see our LOCATIONS page.

Painting by Nico Amortegui

BOOM is open and inclusive. We intentionally seek out diversity in race, gender, age, background and styles to present a broad range of performances and inspire as many people as possible. Join us and bring your friends and family. We can’t go BOOM without YOU!

Friday, April 28, Saturday, April 29 and Sunday, April 30, 2017.

BOOM takes place in the funky and historic neighborhood of Plaza-Midwood, located a few minutes drive east of Uptown Charlotte and North Davidson (NoDa).

BOOM 2017 Artwork
This year we commissioned local artist Nico Amortegui to create an original painting that embodies the spirit of BOOM. You’ll see this image on our poster, website and other promotional materials. BOOM posters will be on sale at the festival. Be sure to pick one up. Learn more about Amortegui on his website.

BOOM Production Team
BOOM is produced by a team of volunteers and advisors who believe in the power of art to unite, inspire and transform the Queen City. We are constantly seeking input from artists, art lovers, local businesses and professional organizations of all types to keep BOOM fresh and on the cutting edge of Charlotte’s cultural community.

See the Producers and Advisors for BOOM.

If we are to be an enduring, vital part of this community, we need audiences, volunteers, artists, businesses, partners and donors who understand the importance of creating an environment where the arts and talent can thrive.

We need people like you. Donate to BOOM!

BOOM is a product of Que-OS, a 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to transform the way art is created and shared, and how people connect to causes and community.