Lots to do in this newly revived downtown.


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Join us in Gastonia as we celebrate with these festivals and events and be sure to check out what other SIGNATURE EVENTS are taking place throughout Gaston County.

in Gastonia


The Gaston All American Fair is 9 days filled with spectacular rides, live music, food, crafts, jewelry, games, art, music, entertainment, eating contests, a spectacular fireworks show and Soapbox Derby Races. Admission is always free! Beer and wine garden will be available on Friday and Saturday nights.


Explore the wild world of insects, spiders, and other interesting arthropods on Bug Day at The Schiele Museum of Natural History. Learn all about bugs by meeting entomologists, have hands-on opportunities with live insects, and enjoy insect-themed crafts, games and activities.


Celebrate the arrival of spring on The Farm! Meet baby farm animals, explore newly planted gardens and enjoy outdoor activities and displays. The event happens at The Schiele Museum of Natural History in Gastonia.


The City of Gastonia and Gaston County Public Library are partner to host Gaston MAX (Multicultural Arts Xperience) at the Rotary Pavilion in downtown Gastonia. This event showcases art, music, literature, and culture and features food trucks, cultural and artistic vendors, cultural dances and activities, artists, authors, and musical performances.


Travel back through time by exploring fossils, rocks, minerals, and the ancient stories they tell. Explore museum and fossil club displays, and purchase interesting specimens from vendors. Mine for gemstones, visit our Dino Safari and Tiny Titans exhibits, search for tiny fossils from the Carolina coast, and even meet some living fossils! All this takes place at The Schiele Museum of Natural History.

The Schiele Museum of Natural History

1500 E. Garrison Blvd.




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620 N. Main St.

Belmont, NC 28012

Phone: 704-825-4044

Toll Free: 1-800-849-9994

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