ARTS, CULTURE & HERITAGE
Gaze at stars in the second-largest planetarium in North Carolina. Marvel at the beauty in the only five-story glass-walled orchid conservatory in the Carolinas. Rejoice in freedom at Belmont’s Juneteenth Celebration. Check out Gastonia’s Downtown Arts & Antiques District.
Arts, culture and heritage take center stage in various ways throughout the year. In late winter, the Abbey Players open a theater season at Belmont Abbey College like they have done every year since 1883. In spring, Art & Orchids draws thousands to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden. Summer and fall are great times to learn the history of textiles, trucking and Gaston County itself at one of several well-maintained history museums. Finally, in December, McAdenville transforms into Christmas Town U.S.A.® with hundreds of thousands of lights drawing visitors to this quaint, little village.