In Gaston County, NC
Cotton Ginning Days
Exhibitors from all over the southeast will convene in Dallas for the annual 'crank-up' of antique steam and gasoline engines and tractors. One of the highlights of the engine show is the operational 1900 single-stand, Continental Cotton Gin and we will be ginning cotton all weekend long during the festivalt! Many activities are planned including a Kids County Fair, Heritage Arts Area, Handmade Craft vendors and Music. The food is good and admission and parking are FREE.
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Downtown Historic Dallas is located in the center of Gaston County and north of I-85 off of Hwy 321. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was originally listed as the County seat. Much of the history and still be found on the streets offering visitors many things to do. Dallas features the Old Gaston County Courthouse, the Gaston County Museum, the Old Jail, and other buildings surrounding the court square. Walking tours of the square are available at Gaston County Museum.
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In Gaston County, NC
ChristmasTown 5K - 2020 Virtual Run
The 2020 race will be virtual only. Register to run 3.1 miles on our course or elsewhere. Runners who register before November 1st will receive this year's ChristmasTown 5K runners shirt. All runners will receive a digital bib they can personalize and print out to use before running. Run your 5K anywhere you are, or on our official course the week of 11/21 to 11/28. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for ways to submit your photos and videos showing off your 5K accomplishment.
18th Annual Toys, Games & Trains! at Kings Mountain Museum
November 27 to December 26. This annual exhibit fills the museum with a model train display assembled by local “S” Gaugers, as well as railroad memorabilia, and antique toys and games. Visitors of all ages will be enchanted as they explore the miniature snow-covered scenes that line the tracks. Parents and grandparents will enjoy reminiscing about the toys and games of their childhood.
Art & Orchids
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.
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.
LIghts at Whitewater Center
Lights is an illuminated walking trail that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations featuring honeycombs, webs, vines, crystals, and other natural features integrated into the forest. The experience offers a range of approachable, multi-sensory works created by artist Meredith Connelly that are site-specific to the Whitewater Center.
Ice Skating at Whitewater Center
Skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice. Located in the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center, the skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice Airstream serving hot and cold beverages. Running through February 15th.
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.