Charlotte’s Outdoor Living Room, Camden Commons, Returns on May 14

Last Sunday (4/24) South End’s main street, Camden Road, was closed to traffic and transformed into an outdoor living room & street fair, with hang out spots complete with sofas, swing chairs, chess tables and more. Folks and families wandered through the new Camden Commons area, set up just for the day, to shop, relax, discover new food, play games, listen to music, and generally just hang and enjoy the day, as if in their own home.

The next Camden Commons is SATURDAY, MAY 14 from 11 am to 5 pm

Camden Commons, presented by Lowe’s, aims to be your outdoor living room in Charlotte, only with lots more friends coming by, lots more to do, and no chores. You can curl up on a couch with a good book, play a game at one of the bistro tables, or dance to the DJ. Or all three and much more.

It’s a great spot to spend some weekend time with the kids ~ here are some of the activities that you might discover when you’re there:

  • Giant (and we mean GIANT) puzzle made from a billboard
  • Games like chess and Uno
  • Lots of chalk to draw on the street
  • Paint by numbers and self-portrait stations
  • DIY Flower Bouquet Station
  • Cool photo opportunities
  • Dog adoptions

Camden Commons is also a great spot for shopping, with lots of local artisans popping up on May 14:

Home & Lifestyle : Joe Garrick’s Children’s BooksVerde TribeSlik Art and DesignLuhrs Wicked WicksVivian Coleman ArtSALT + LIGHT Creative Co.Ma Garden FlowersNo Label Candle Co.Zero Pop Art

Fashion & Beauty: Norii BoutiqueSapphire Hill DesignsBigfoot KickShani AmaraToushea SkincareWorthy + BadassShop Alora EdenIn The Ivy BoutiqueLuminous BoutiqueJohnny Fly Co.Quad Espresso JewelryBlonde & Burl Wood Co.Glory Days Apparel

Food: Bitty & Beau’sCity Farm FoodsHoneybear Bake ShopIt’s Poppin’ Gourmet Kettle KornBennie’s BeesAycho MelangeRaw Bites by Risa

Pet Power: PetWants CLTThe Peaceful PawRoxy & Co.

The Scoop on the May Camden Commons

WHERE: Camden Road from Tremont Ave. to East/West Blvd

WHEN: Saturday May 14, 11 am to 5 pm


How to Get to Camden Commons?

Camden Road will be closed to vehicular traffic from Tremont Ave. to East/West Blvd from 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. during each Camden Commons event.

Where Did the Idea for Camden Commons Come From?

In 2019, a coalition of South End, Wilmore, and Dilworth neighbors approached the City of Charlotte and Charlotte Center City Partners (CCCP) with a few requests to enhance walkability and pedestrian safety. Through a series of conversations in 2020 and 2021, the City made changes to improve pedestrian crossings throughout the neighborhood. 

CCCP also heard broad interest in Saturday and Sunday street closures to allow for community space and special events.

This season of Camden Commons, presented by Lowe’s, is a pilot run of what could become a regular weekend happening, where an outdoor living room pops up on a few blocks of Camden Road. 

For 2022, it’s being tested as a 3-part Saturday series, on April 24, May 14 and June 26. 

Did you like Camden Commons? Are there ways to make it better? Complete the Camden Commons survey and let the organizers know!

Charlotte Center City Partners boldly envisions and activates strategies and actions that will assure Charlotte Center City is a welcoming and equitable, economically vibrant, culturally rich, and beloved place for all. For complete information about Charlotte Center City Partners, visit



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