FESTIVALS & EVENTS
From springtime events featuring art and orchids at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden to the wintertime transformation of McAdenville into Christmas Town U.S.A.®, Gaston County presents a robust offering of events season by season.
Some events, like the Cherry Blossom Festival and New Years Shooters Celebration in Cherryville, are long-standing traditions, while others, like Pumpkin Carving Mania and Trail of Treats at The Schiele Museum of Natural History, have come to life more recently. This page keeps you up-to-date on all happenings taking place across our outdoors wonderland known as Gaston County. Please check back often for the latest news.
Gaston County Travel & Tourism's Response to COVID-19
Given the rapidly evolving situation surrounding COVID-19, visitors are encouraged to directly contact the Gaston County hospitality businesses and events promoted here to effectively plan your stay and to be aware of any recent schedule changes.
Our Daily Events Calendar
Annual festivals that you can count on bringing joy throughout the thirteen communities in our County. From family-friendly to sports to Christmas lights you will always find good times in Gaston.
Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherryville, NC | April
U.S. National Whitewater Center | April
Belmont, NC | April
Can't Miss Events in the Charlotte Area
Gaston County’s location on the western edge of Charlotte makes it easy to stay in Gaston County and enjoy a short drive to big events in the Queen City. Most of our hotels are located in the towns closest to Charlotte – Belmont, Mount Holly and Gastonia. From there, it’s a quick drive via I-85 to annual Charlotte sporting events like the ACC Football Championship game, NASCAR races at Charlotte Motor Speedway, the PGA Tour’s Wells Fargo Championship and Charlotte’s college bowl game at Bank of America Stadium. Charlotte also hosts several cultural events such as Taste of Charlotte, Circle K Speed Street, Charlotte SHOUT!, Carolina Renaissance Festival and SCarowinds, a month-long Halloween adventure at Carowinds theme park. Many hotels in Gaston County offer lower room rates than their Charlotte counterparts, and all have free parking.