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Gaston Max returns to Downtown Gastonia

Updated: Mar 8

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Gaston MAX

Saturday, March 23rd, 2023

11 am – 3 pm

The Gaston Multicultural Arts Xperience, or Gaston MAX, will return to Downtown Gastonia for the third year. The festival will be on Saturday, March 23rd, from 11 am to 3 pm at the Rotary Centennial Pavilion, 107 N. South St., Gastonia, NC 28052. This family-friendly event is free and open to all.

Hosted by a collaboration between the City of Gastonia, Gaston County Government, Gaston County Public Library, and the Friends of the Gaston County Public Library, Gaston MAX promises a day filled with art, music, and cultural experiences that will leave you inspired and uplifted.

Gaston Max Multicultural Arts Xperience in Gastonia

Gaston Max Multicultural Arts Xperience Cultural Immersion

Prepare to be immersed in diverse cultures as Gaston MAX showcases the richness of global diversity. From the rhythmic beats of Latin American music to the soulful melodies of Americana, the festival offers a unique opportunity to experience the beauty of cultural expression in all its forms.

  • The Stardusters: For over twenty years, The Stardusters have entertained audiences with their big band and jazz sound all over the Charlotte Metro and surrounding area. The horns and the band's smooth vocals encourage everyone to get up and dance!

  • Stacy Antonel: Hailing from Nashville, Stacy Antonel makes clever, country-leaning Americana that feels both vintage and hyper-modern. Rooted in classic country and laced with jazz, pop, and R&B elements, Antonel's narrative songs often feature unconventional themes.

  • Colin Cutler: Greensboro-based songwriter Colin Cutler's music, spans the breadth of Americana, from Appalachian old-time to blues to old-school country to folk rock, with lyrics rooted in the earthy storytelling traditions of the South.

  • Furia Tropikal: Representing the beauty of Latin American culture through tropical music, Furia Tropikal NC has performed cumbia, merengue, salsa, bachata, and more Caribbean rhythms since 1990.

Artistic Expression

From paintings to crafts, Gaston MAX showcases the creativity of local and regional artists. Engage with art vendors offering a kaleidoscope of artistic expressions, from intricate paintings to handcrafted jewelry. Witness live demonstrations and discover your hidden artistic talents.

Family Fun

Gaston MAX isn't just for adults; it's an event designed to enchant visitors of all ages. Let your little ones unleash their creativity with crafts and inflatables while you explore the diverse array of vendors. With activities for the whole family, Gaston MAX promises a day of bonding and laughter.

Culinary Delights

Indulge your taste buds in a culinary journey featuring mouthwatering delights from food trucks and sweet treat vendors.