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Rev Up with Fan-tastic Fun off the Track

posted by Stephanie Lucas May 17, 2017
Photos courtesy of 600 Festival
Photos courtesy of 600 Festival

Speed into May as the 600 Festival throws a month-long party to celebrate the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

For more than 30 years, the nonprofit has helped our area embrace the spring NASCAR events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and entertained thousands of fans with exciting and family-friendly events located around Charlotte.

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Haulers on Parade – Concord

Big rigs and beach music take over the 600 Festival in Concord on May 18 at 5 p.m. with the Haulers on Union Parade and Fan Fest presented by Freightliner.

For the best view, grab a spot on Union Street and catch a glimpse of your driver’s hauler as they head to Charlotte Motor Speedway to unload and prepare for the NASCAR All-Star Race on May 20. Free concerts by the Chairmen of the Board and the Executives will entertain fans of all ages at a street-party after the parade. In addition, there will be celebrity appearances, show cars, mascots and some fun surprises.

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Little 600 – Mooresville

The 600 Festival picks up speed Tuesday, May 23 at 5 p.m. when the Little 600 takes the green flag at the GoPro Motorplex in Mooresville. Cheer on your favorite NASCAR driver and catch them in a different setting, battling each other for bragging rights in GoPro Motorplex go-karts.

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Speed Street – Uptown, Charlotte

Race your way to the finish line in the PNC Speed Street 5K in Uptown Charlotte. This is the first time the race will be held at night, on Thursday, May 25. Work you way through the festival setting under the stars on the way to the finish line and after-party.

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And the main event, Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola, keeps the action hopping in Uptown Charlotte May 25-27 with live music, show cars, interactive displays, kids’ events, food vendors, autograph sessions with top NASCAR drivers and race-car simulators.

The entertainment kicks off Thursday night with a free concert at 7 p.m. by popular 70s group Lakeside on the Mello Yello stage, located on Tryon St. at Levine Center for the Arts.  Thursday night at 8 p.m., it will be DJ Jazzy Jeff presented by the North Carolina Education Lottery on the Coca-Cola stage, located in Romare Bearden Park, along with a dueling DJ contest with DJ Wiggz N DJ Wonz followed by DJ AHuf. Admission is $10 or free with PNC Speed Street 5K registration.

Billy Currington and Granger Smith take over the Coca-Cola stage in Romare Bearden Park on Friday night with Jake Owen and The Cadillac Three center-stage Saturday night. Tickets are only $15 while supplies last.

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Appearances by NASCAR drivers are a tradition at Circle K Speed Street presented by Coca-Cola and this year is no different. Among the drivers scheduled to attend are Coca-Cola Racing Family Drivers: Darrell Wallace Jr., Austin Dillon, Joey Logano and Daniel Suarez.

The Morris Jenkins Kids’ Zone, located at Tryon St. and Levine Avenue of the Arts, offers bounce houses, games, slides and a variety of activities to keep the youngsters entertained. The fun happens noon – 8 p.m. daily.

Keep an eye on what else is happening at this year’s 600 Festival by visiting and by following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

The 600 Festival Association, a nonprofit organization that has promoted and celebrated motorsports in the local region for more than 30 years, produces five family-friendly events throughout  May to coincide with the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway.



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