Event Locations

CIAF events will be held in various locations across Charlotte. Visit our Locations page to find out more.

Parking/Transit Information


Guests traveling to Uptown Charlotte by car are encouraged to seek parking through the ParkMobile app for garages and street parking. Rates and time limits vary. 

The Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) and LYNX system are available to guests seeking public transportation. The bus system and Blue and Gold line light rail routes and schedules are located on the City of Charlotte website.  

Ballantyne’s Backyard (Located at 11611 N. Community House Rd., Charlotte, NC 28277):

Guests traveling from Charlotte to Ballantyne should take I-77 SB and take exit 1B onto I-485 towards Pineville/Matthews. Take exit 61 for US-521/Johnston Rd. and turn left. Then, turn right onto N. Community House Rd.  

FREE Parking is located in the parking garage behind Cabo Fish Taco and Potbelly Sandwich Shop.



Uptown Charlotte boasts ample accommodations including both national chains as well as boutique hotels, including: 

Kimpton Tryon Park

Residence Inn by Marriot Charlotte Uptown 

Grand Bohemian Charlotte

Charlotte Marriott City Center

Omni Charlotte

Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte City Center


Aloft Charlotte Ballantyne 

The Ballantyne (Marriott)

Staybridge Suites Charlotte Ballantyne

Courtyard by Marriott Charlotte Ballantyne

The Ballantyne Hotel 

Food & Beverage

A variety of food trucks will be in attendance throughout the festival. Details will be available soon. 


Uptown Charlotte is home to many different types of cuisine at a variety of price levels. A select list can be found on the Blumenthal Performing Arts Dining and Hospitality page.


The Gallery Restaurant at The Ballantyne Hotel

Cabo Fish Taco Ballantyne

Potbelly Sandwich Shop

Juniper Grill Ballantyne