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Charlotte When To Go and Weather

Peak Season May - August
Late spring and summer are the best times to visit Charlotte. As a popular family-friendly destination of the South, summer months draw the masses to Charlotte which, in turn, drive up hotel prices. While summer is a nice time to experience Charlotte’s outdoor activities, such as Freedom Park and concerts at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, July and August can get extremely hot, with temperatures reaching close to 100 on occasion. Late evening, when it’s cooler, is the best time of day during the summer to engage in outdoor activities. Most Charlotte restaurants, especially around Uptown and the South End, are full every day of the week of the summer, so we recommend making reservations as soon as possible.
Off-Season December - February

The winter in Charlotte is relatively slow. Although it offers a fun, festive environment around Christmas, there isn’t much going on to justify a Charlotte vacation during the months of December, January and February. Though located in the South, Charlotte has been known to get a good snowstorm from time to time. Temperatures, however, are usually in the high 40s during the winter. If you are planning to travel to Charlotte during the winter, the beginning of January is when you’ll find the best airplane and hotel rates.

Shoulder Season October; March - May

Although it isn’t the peak season in Charlotte, fall and spring are the best times for Charlotte travel. Temperatures in the Queen City are very pleasant, fluctuating between the 60s and 70s. Fall, from early to mid-October, is our favorite time of year as that’s when the leaves are changing colors and the city is at its most attractive. Though not considered tourist season in Charlotte, the fall and spring can still be a busy time, especially during students' spring and fall breaks. We recommend that you book hotels at least a few weeks in advance.

Monthly Averages

Charlotte, NC Weather Forecast

7-Day Forecast

  • Sat


    Partly Cloudy

    87  65

  • Sun


    Scattered Thunder- storms

    87  66

  • Mon


    Scattered Thunder- storms

    88  66

  • Tue


    Scattered Thunder- storms

    86  65

  • Wed


    Scattered Thunder- storms

    84  65

  • Thu



    83  64

  • Fri


    Partly Cloudy

    84  64