Carowinds Grand Carnivale: 2023 In-Depth Guide

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June 24, 2023 @ 8:00 am - July 9, 2023 @ 5:00 pm CDT

Mardi Gras-themed float with green and purple decorations at Carowinds grand carnivale

Raise a toast for the return of Grand Carnivale, a larger-than-life festival complete with colorful sights, pulsing rhythms, delicious offerings, and a spectacular parade!

Carowinds’ most awaited event is back, so prepare for an exciting, global adventure with the entire family. Taste flavorful dishes from around the world, treat your senses to lively sights and sounds, and open your minds to new traditions. This international fair is guaranteed to give you the best time.

Follow along as we spill the beans about Grand Carnivale at Carowinds.

Grand Carnivale Tickets

Admission is included with your daily tickets and season pass.

Nearby Hotels and Lodging

Rest your head after a day or night of dancing, eating, and having a blast at the Grand Carnivale Carowinds. Book any of these nearby hotels from Tripster for the ultimate savings:

Other Attractions in North Carolina

Take the chance to experience North Carolina’s vibrant entertainment scene, plus its endless lists of outdoor and indoor activities after partying at the Carowinds Grand Carnivale. Kick off your adventure with these fun area attractions:

Grand Carnivale Event Highlights

Crafts and Games

Build lasting memories with your kiddos while playing carnival-style games from ring toss to Spin the Wheel. Fun prizes await the players, so drop by the fun-filled game booths and test your luck. Afterwards, create creative crafts like a crown, noisemaker, or lei.

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Little ones can wear their work of art to the Spectacle of Color Parade and the block party to impress the King and Queen of the Carnivale with their style.

Scrumptious International Eats

Embark on a culinary trip around the globe while at Carowinds Carnivale. Sample a dozen tasty creations from different countries, including China, Germany, France, and more. Of course, there will be alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to keep you refreshed. See some of the international food that will be available during the fair.

Asian Dishes

  • Rice Kheer – India
  • Chicken Tikka Masala – India
  • Spicy Shrimp Udon – China
  • Char Siu Pork Belly – China
  • Orange Blossom Drink – China

European Food

  • Lemon Olive Oil Sponge Cake – Spain
  • Olive Medley – Spain
  • Paella - Spain
  • Raclette – France
  • Pear & Brie Croissant – France
  • Pretzel Bites – Germany
  • Currywurst – Germany
  • Brown Butter Sage Tortellini – Italy
  • Crostoli Di Carnevale – Italy

The Spectacle Color of Parade

It's time to witness the awaited Spectacle Color of Parade! Be mesmerized by the massive, extravagant floats, talented street performers, and lively sounds. There are stops where visitors can enjoy moments of singing and dancing along the parade route. Make sure to soak in the electrifying energy of the procession while waving to the Grand Carnivale King and Queen.

Grand Carnivale Carowinds Date and Time

The event runs from June 24, 2023, through July 9, 2023.

Grand Carnivale Venue

Located at 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28273.

Experience Grand Carnivale at Carowinds

Turn your Charlotte trip into a fun family adventure at the Carowinds’ Grand Carnivale. With kid-friendly activities, arts and crafts programs, and an extravagant parade, this festival is worthy of your time.

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While you’re enjoying the event and bonding with your kiddos, you’ll surely need to take a break to fuel up on some of the yummiest offerings from around the world. Chow down Vada Pav from India, nosh Pretzel Bites from Germany, and savor Paella from Spain.

Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind celebration. Get your tickets now!


June 24, 2023 @ 8:00 am CDT
July 9, 2023 @ 5:00 pm CDT
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14523 Carowinds Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28273 United States
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Raise a toast for the return of Grand Carnivale, a larger-than-life festival complete with delicious offerings and a parade!