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Exciting Weekend Events in Gaston County

Gaston County is gearing up for an exciting weekend full of diverse activities and experiences for residents and visitors alike. From prehistoric adventures at the Schiele Museum to outdoor paddling excursions and even a Jonas Brothers celebration, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Let's dive into the thrilling events happening this weekend!


This Weekend Events in Gaston County September 28 - October 1, 2023

This weekend marks an extra special occasion at the Schiele Museum as they unveil their new entrance, welcoming you to a world of wonder and discovery. Join us for an extraordinary journey:

The Marshall Tucker Band

September 30, 2023

The Downtown Belmont Development Association (DBDA) is thrilled to announce its FIRST annual fall music festival – “Soundtracks”. Get your tickets now! to see The Marshall Tucker Band on September 30th, 2023 in the upper field of Stowe Park in downtown Belmont, NC. The festival will also feature Ben Chapman and Today’s Yesterday Band. The music will spread throughout downtown Belmont at various local establishments that will be hosting live bands performing the entire day!

Big Things at Schiele Museum

This weekend marks an extra special occasion at the Schiele Museum as they unveil their new entrance, welcoming you to a world of wonder and discovery. Join us for an extraordinary journey:

The Gilded Age of Giants: A Vintage Hollywood Gala

September 28, 2023

Join a glamorous evening at the Schiele Museum's Gilded Age Gala. This VIP preview event unveils the lobby exhibit for Guardian, Schiele Society members, and special invitees. Enjoy an evening of drinks, dancing, hors d'oeuvres, and live big-band music, all hosted by Emmy-award-winning journalist Molly Grantham. Dress in black tie or classic film star attire and make it a night to remember.

Dinosaur Day

September 30, 2023

Be among the first to discover the new lobby exhibit at Dinosaur Day. Dive into the world of dinosaurs with family-friendly activities and get to know the attraction that can rival even T-rex. Remember your camera for this fun-filled day of exploration and learning.

Dinosafari Reopens

September 30, 2023

Are you ready to embark on a journey to the Mesozoic Era? Head to the Schiele Museum and walk among life-sized dinosaur models that will transport you to the age of dinosaurs in the new Dinosafari. Get up close and personal with these prehistoric creatures, and even witness a charging Triceratops in action. Explore the world of paleontology through fossil specimens and casts, gaining insights into extinct ecosystems. Take advantage of this educational and awe-inspiring experience!


Liberty Mountain: The Revolutionary Drama

Joy Theatre, Kings Mountain

History enthusiasts won't want to miss "Liberty Mountain," an immersive drama that brings the Battle of Kings Mountain to life. Witness the intense struggle for freedom during the American Revolution by securing tickets for this unforgettable experience.


Paddling Adventures

While summer may have drawn to a close, the paddling adventures in Gaston County offer a unique opportunity to connect with nature and explore our picturesque rivers under the enchanting glow of the moon. Join us for an unforgettable experience:

Full Moon Paddle at Confluence

September 29 and 30, 2023

Experience the beauty of the South Fork River at night during a guided 2-hour moonlight paddle from McAdenville to Cramerton. This moonlight paddle includes a unique tale woven from the night sky. Bring your own kayak, canoe, SUP, or rent equipment. After the paddle, enjoy live music at Confluence by Munn and Nunn.

Full Moon Paddle at Mt Holly Boat Landing

September 29 and 30, 2023

Enjoy this full moon paddle on the Catawba River, suitable for beginners and experienced paddlers. Start with a sunset informational session and a 60-minute paddle beneath the rising full moon. Wrap up the night with a campfire and refreshments while appreciating the night sky.

History and Ghost Paddle Tours

September 29, 2023

This spooky kayak tour takes place on the Catawba River starting from Riverside Marina in Belmont. As the sun sets, listen to captivating stories about the history of the area while paddling along the river.

Catawba River Eco Tour

September 30, 2023

Join this 4-mile Eco Tour through Stanley, NC, led by kayak enthusiast Ryan Cater. Learn about water quality policies and the Catawba Riverkeeper's efforts to ensure clean and abundant water for all. You can bring your kayak or rent one for this beginner-friendly outing.


Family-Friendly Fun

Family-friendly events promise laughter, learning, and memorable moments for kids of all ages. Whether it's hands-on exploration, outdoor movie magic, environmental stewardship, or a thrilling fishing derby, there's something for every young adventurer:

Touch-a-Truck at Stowe YMCA

September 29, 2023

The Stowe Family YMCA invites families to this hands-on community event Touch A Truck, where kids of all ages can get up close and personal with various vehicles. Explore and interact with various fascinating vehicles parked at the Y for an unforgettable evening.

Movie in the Park:

Indiana Jones at Stowe Park

September 29, 2023

Bring your chairs and friends to Stowe Park in Belmont for an evening of outdoor movie magic at Movies in the Park. Enjoy a jumbo outdoor movie screen, immersive sound, retro arcade games, classic movie concessions, and throwback tunes. This is a free event, so arrive early for a great spot!

Arbor Day Celebration at Goat Island

September 30, 2023

Join the Arbor Day Celebration at Goat Island Park, featuring various activities and tree planting. Stay tuned for more detailed information about this event that promotes environmental awareness and tree conservation. Come early for a Free Yoga class taught by Sweet Peace Yoga Studio.

Youth Fishing Derby at Goat Island

September 30, 2023

This free Youth Fishing Derby at Goat Island will award the biggest and smallest catch and most fish for children aged 18 and under. No fishing licenses are required for children aged 15 and younger.

Embrace Fall

Embrace the autumn spirit at these events that capture the season's essence. Visit Lineberger's Farm for good old fashioned family fun!

Fall Fest at Primal Brewery

September 30, 2023

Celebrate the spirit of fall at Primal Brewery, where you can enjoy pumpkin shopping, live music, glitter tattoos, games, and more. Invite your friends and family to join the festivities and make cherished memories that will warm your heart throughout the season.

Farm to Fork Picnic in the Garden at DSBG

October 1, 2023

Indulge in a showcase of chefs, artisans, and farmers coming together to create delectable flavors using seasonal ingredients at the Farm to Fork Picnic. Sip and savor the best the region offers at this culinary event.

Mount Holly Farmers Market

Saturday, September 30, 2023

Visit the Mount Holly Farmers Market and explore local products and fresh produce. Support local farmers and artisans while enjoying a day of shopping and community engagement.


Jonas Brothers Celebration

Show Your Jonas Pride at Nellie's Southern Kitchen

September 28, 2023

Gear up for THE TOUR with a week-long celebration of the Jonas Brothers at Nellie's Southern Kitchen in Belmont. All week long, show your Jonas pride and join the excitement leading up to the tour at this Jonas Brothers Celebration at Nellie's Southern Kitchen.

Night Life

National Drink Beer Day at The Whiskey Mill

National Coffee Day at Traust Brewing LIVE MUSIC JAY D JONES at The Vintage Whiskey and Cigar Bar FILTH and K.U.L.T.U.R.E. at The Rooster

The Super Rally at CityCade

Live Music with Elijah Ray at Pita Wheel


Plan Your Weekend in Gaston County

With such diverse events happening this weekend in Gaston County, you will surely find something piques your interest. From prehistoric adventures and outdoor excursions to family-friendly fun and cultural celebrations, there's no shortage of activities to enjoy. Make the most of your weekend by exploring these fantastic options and creating lasting memories in Gaston County!

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