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Camden Commons, presented by Lowe's

Because "no dogs on the couch" was a stupid rule anyway.

South End's main street, Camden Road, transformed into an outdoor living room three times during the spring of 2022. People in South End were able to hang out, discover new food, play games, listen to music, and get creative as if they were in their own living room (without even have to change out of their sweatpants).

Camden Commons happened on:

  • Sunday, April 24 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
  • Saturday, May 14 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
  • Sunday, June 26 - 11:00am - 5:00pm

Camden Road was 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 it Started

In 2019, a coalition of South End, Wilmore, and Dilworth neighbors approached the City of Charlotte and Charlotte Center City Partners 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.

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

The 2022 season of Camden Commons, presented by Lowe's, was 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.

How to Get to Camden Commons?

Ways to Experience Camden Commons:

Sit Back & Relax

Camden Commons is your outdoor living room. Curl up on the couch with a good book, play a game at one of the bistro tables, or dance to the DJ. Whatever your vibe, you'll want to stay awhile when you are at Camden Commons. Here are some of the activities that you might discover when you're there:

  • Giant (and we mean GIANT) puzzle made from a recycled ArtPop 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 with Ma Garden
  • Cool photo opportunities
  • Giant paint by numbers made by local artist, Luvly Moon
  • Dog adoptions with the Greater Charlotte SPCA

Rico Marcelo Photography

See the South End Summer Bucket List for Kid's

Bites & Brews

Whether you're looking for a sweet treat, a cold drink, or takeout to bring back to the streatery, there are plenty of ways to satisfy your cravings at Camden Commons. Stop by one of the food vendors along Camden Road, or check out some of the nearby bites and brews:

Dulce Dreams Cafe by Rico Marcelo Photography

See all south end bites & brews

South End Shopping

Shop 'till you drop at the local shops who call Camden Road home all year long:

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Have questions or interested in being a pop-up vendor in South End?

Reach out to programming partner, Esther + Elsa Retail or join their mailing list to learn about vendor opportunities. 

We want to know what you think.

Did you like Camden Commons? Are there ways that we can make it better? Complete the Camden Commons survey and let us know! 

Tag us in your photos!

Make sure you tag @southendclt in your Camden Commons pictures. 

Stay in the know.

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Did you lose something at Camden Commons?

Reach out to us here. We'll help you find your missing item! If you found a lost item at Camden Commons, please bring the item to the South End Information tent. Thank you!

Media Inquiries

Please contact Adam Rhew at

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