Tour de Fat is moving to Charlotte and coming soon!
Launched in 2000, Tour de Fat is New Belgium Brewing’s philanthropic festival of bikes, beer and fun. Proceeds from the Tour benefit cycling and environmental nonprofits across the country. Tour de Fat has raised close to $5 million for nonprofit partners since its beginning. Please consider attending this years event and support BikeWalk NC!
In 2017, Tour de Fat will expand to 33 cities across the U.S. and feature bigger bands. We are sad to see Tour de Fat leave Durham, but we’re glad that our state will now have two festivals: the first in Asheville on May 20 that benefits Asheville on Bikes, and the other on May 27 in Charlotte to benefit BikeWalk NC. We appreciate the support!
The traveling Tour de Fat ensemble from past years will still be present to entertain, and attendees are still very much encouraged to wear crazy costumes. This year’s event time is later, beginning at 4 p.m. and running into the evening. There is a relatively low admission fee of $25, and of course New Belgium beers will be sold.
A Thousand Horses (check out their hit song “Smoke” here) will be headlining in Charlotte, along with a local favorite opening act Jack the Radio. Third Eye Blind is headlining in Asheville.
There will be lots of promotional events leading up to the event, so visit the Facebook event for more details or here for preliminary plans. One is a BWNC bike ride with Spoke Easy, Women on Wednesday and other partners, scheduled for Wednesday, May 24th .
Tour de Fat is expected to generate more than $600,000 for NPO partners in 2017 and will eclipse the $5-million mark for funds raised since 2000.
BWNC needs about 50 volunteers to support the Tour de Fat event in Charlotte. You’ll be able to get into the venue for free and still participate in the festivities. We’re looking for volunteers to assist at the costume booth, hospitality/VIP area, information booth and New Belgium merchandise area. If you’re interested, sign up to volunteer here!