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SIGNATURE EVENTS

Take a look at some of our most popular events then mark your calendars so you don't miss out!

New Year’s Shooters

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January

Shooters from all over travel to Cherryville, North Carolina to take part in this very old tradition. Complete with the chant and musket blasts spectators are welcome to watch the shooting which takes place every year on New Year's Day.

Art & Orchids

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February

The Art & Orchids is a yearly event held at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden where visitors can not only view beautiful orchids from the conservatory but also see an incredible art display as well. Each year the art display changes making it worth revisiting year in and year out.

Fossil Fair

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February

Travel back through time by exploring fossils, rocks, minerals, and the ancient stories they tell. 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 at The Schiele Museum of Natural History.

Belmont Blooms

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March

A month-long citywide celebration of blossoming bulbs, art, community and culture. Beginning with a parade, Belmont Blooms will also include many other elements.

Gaston MAX

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March

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

Spring on the Farm

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April

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.

Cherry Blossom Festival

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April

Located on Main Street in Downtown Cherryville, the Cherry Blossom Festival is a 2 day community festival with games, inflatables, clowns, puppets, dancers, little Blue Choo, arts, crafts, food, entertainment stage and the Little Miss Cherry Blossom Festival Pageant.

Tuck Fest

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April

Tuck Fest is a multi-day festival that celebrates outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos, and live music at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, located in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Freedom Fest

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May

The Down Home Festival is held yearly at Rankin Park and features all kind of rides, rides for children, rides for the family and rides to thrill you! Games, food, live entertainment, music, vendors, and more!

Down Home Festival

05

May

The Annual Down Home Festival is a two day festival of fun in downtown Bessemer City! Entertainment, activities and fun for everyone will includes music, rides, food, crafts, games and face paintings. Vendors will offer jewelry, wood crafts, local art, candles, artisan items, and much more. The festival ends with a fireworks show.

Spring Fest

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May

Mount Holly Springfest in Downtown Mount Holly. Bring your family and friends. and celebrate spring. This festival features a car show, over 120 different vendors, lots of food, great music and a kids zone.

Bug Day

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May

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.

National Trails Day

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June

Celebrated on the first Saturday of June, our National Trails Day celebration is a great way to kick off the summer on segments of the Thread Trail on land and water!

Gaston All American Fair

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June

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.

Juneteenth

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June

The Belmont Juneteenth Celebration is a FREE cultural festival of arts, crafts, music, food and more. Join us at Stowe Park, located in Historic Downtown Belmont. The celebration will include music throughout the day, and a finale concert. Music, art, and culture are the key elements of the festival theme.

Beach Blast

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August

The water, the sand, the music and the fun—that’s life along the Grand Strand at Myrtle Beach, Kings Mountain will feel more like Ocean Drive as we celebrate all-day! A FREE concert featuring some of the hottest beach music bands at the Gazebo at Patriot's Park.

Flow Fest

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August

Blending elements of wellness and mindfulness in a natural, outdoor setting, at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Flow Fest features yoga for both first timers and seasoned yogis.

Fall Festival

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September

Held in late September, the Ranlo Fall Festival is a two day event that is fun for the whole family! There will be rides for all ages, live music, chili cook-off, cornhole and shuffleboard tournament, shagging and line dancing contest and more!

Mount Holly Lantern Parade

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October

This family-friendly parade features over 500 artists, community members, teachers and their students showing off their creations, which fit into a designated theme. Participants from as far away as Canada, DC, and Colorado will be joining local artists and community members.

Homecoming

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October

Homecoming at Belmont Abbey features a Welcome Back Reception, a women’s volleyball game, The President’s Breakfast, men’s & women’s soccer games, field events, A Homecoming Court and The Alumni Hall of Fame Dinner.

Country Fest

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October

Join us for this family fun event! Country Fest begins on a Friday evening in early October and ends Saturday on Main Street in Downtown Stanley. Country Fest includes carnival rides, live music, food and local vendors.

Cotton Ginning Days

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October

Exhibitors from all over the southeast will convene in Dallas for the annual 'crank-up' of antique steam and gasoline engines and tractors. We will be ginning cotton all weekend long during the festival! Activities include a Kids County Fair, arts and crafts, food and music.

Christmas Town U.S.A.

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December

Each season the quaint town of McAdenville becomes a Christmas wonderland. Attracting visitors from across the country, more than 375 trees and nearly all the community homes are lit in spectacular fashion. Over 600,000 annual visitors walk along the wreath-lined route through the center of town.

Holidays at the Garden

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December

Delight in a stroll through the shimmering lights! Along your journey also enjoy fairy villages, model trains, the Orchid Conservatory, and so much more. Roast a marshmallow, listen to live holiday music, children's activities and more at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

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