2018 Spring Festival Roundup

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Why This Matters: Cultural festivals provide access to arts, science, history and heritage experiences in neighborhoods and towns across our community.
By Giovanna Torres
Marketing and Communications Coordinator

After some long winter months, we’re ready for some warm weather and longer days, and what better way to make the most of the season than heading to an outdoor festival?

Fortunately, there are several springtime festivals that emphasize arts, culture and heritage. That’s why ASC supports Charlotte-Mecklenburg festivals through its Cultural Vision Grant program, which funds cultural programming that builds community or demonstrates relevant cultural expression, and through Town Grants that increase access to and strengthen the quality of arts and culture offerings in towns throughout Mecklenburg County.

Here’s a look at several upcoming festivals to look forward to in April and May supported by your investment in ASC, as well as several other community festivals.

JAZZ FESTIVAL kickoff at Levine center for the arts

When: Saturday, April 7
Where: Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte
What’s Happening: Enjoy jazz while sampling what the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Knight Theater, the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture and Mint Museum Uptown have to offer the community. The event kicks off the Charlotte Jazz Festival, which runs April 9-15.
Admission: Free
Details: https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/422404/jazz-festival-kickoff-at-levine-center-for-the-arts

Jazz Arts Festival.
Jazz Arts Festival.


When: Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22
Where: Charlotte’s Plaza-Midwood neighborhood
What’s Happening: The BOOM festival is Charlotte’s annual showcase of contemporary and experimental art created on the fringes of popular culture. We’ve gathered a unique coalition of artists, volunteers, nonprofits, local businesses and neighborhood organizations to transform the way art is made and shared.
Admission: Tickets are $10 and many events are free
Details: https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/422288/boom-arts-festival

BOOM Arts Festival.
Photo credit: BOOM Arts Festival.



When: Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22
Where: Main Street and town green in downtown Davidson.
What’s Happening: This enormously popular event brings thousands of people to Davidson to enjoy art, live music, and food. This juried art festival features booths filled with top-quality art works from artists throughout the region. The weekend will include musical performances by a variety of local talents and a host of food choices from both on-site vendors and area restaurants.
Admission: Free
Details: https://www.ci.davidson.nc.us/657/Art-on-the-Green

Art on the Green festival.
Photo credit: Town of Davidson


When: Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6
Where: Little Sugar Creek Greenway on Kings Drive, 600 South Kings Dr., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Presented by Festival in the Park, the annual event focuses on fine and emerging artists. Dozens of artists, ranging from clay and metal to mixed media and painting, will have their work on display and available for purchase. There will also be crafts, music and family entertainment.
Admission: Free
Details: https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/74387/kings-drive-art-walk-2018

Kings Drive Art Walk festival.
Photo credit: Kings Drive Art Walk


When: Sunday, May 6
Where: Downtown Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.
What’s Happening: Huntersville’s annual downtown event focuses on art, music and STEM. It will feature local artists and musicians, art demonstrations and hands-on activities in STEM. Hello Huntersville highlights local/regional area artists and musicians.  STEM is a newly added component to this event from local businesses.  Look for special “pop-up”  performances throughout the event, visit local breweries, wineries, & food trucks while listening to live music and shopping the arts/crafts vendor booths.
Admission: Free
Details: https://www.huntersville.org/988/Hello-Huntersville

Hello Huntersville festival
Photo credit: VisitNC


When: Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12
Where: Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade Street Matthews NC 28105
What’s Happening: Come put your toes in the sand! Beach Fest Matthews has rides and amusements, boardwalk style food, shagging and more. Bring the family to celebrate spring and have some fun!
Admission: Free; $10 wristband for All-You-Can-Ride Night in the Carnival
Details: http://beachfestmatthews.com/

Beachfest Matthews festival
Photo credit: Matthews Mint Hill Weekly

Charlotte DRAGON BOAT RACE and Asian festival

When: Saturday, May 19
Where: Ramsey Creek Park, 18841 Nantz Road, Cornelius
What’s Happening: The family-oriented event, which takes place during National Asian Heritage Month, celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history. The event is highlighted by the annual Dragon Boat races featuring more than 40 community teams. There will also be a variety of cultural exhibits, stage performances, food and vendors.
Admission: Free
Details: http://www.charlottedragonboat.com/

Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Races
Photo credit: VisitNC


When: Friday, May 25 through Sunday, May 27
Where: Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park, 8850 Fairview Road.
What’s Happening: The festival, which celebrates the town’s founding, has something for everyone in the family: food, music ranging from country to rock, a carnival, an arts/crafts fair, a parade and a fireworks display.
Admission: Free
Details: https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/422086/mint-hill-madness

Mint Hil Madness festival.
Photo credit: Mint Hill Madness.


When: Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 15
Where: Multiple venues on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Originally conceived as a spring literary festival in 1993, Sensoria has grown into an event that draws about 15,000 people annually and features more than 50 events celebrating literature, music, visual arts, history, culture and food.
Admission: With the exception of some ticketed performances, most events are free.
Details: http://sensoria.cpcc.edu/

Photo credit: CPCC

open studio Saturday

When: Saturday, April 14
Where: McColl Center for Art + Innovation
What’s Happening: Though not technically a festival, Open Studio Saturday at McColl Center is in the spirit of the festival season. Participants can dig into hands-on art making, explore three floors of art exhibitions, and meet the center’s artists-in-residence.
Admission: Free
Details: https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/422499/open-studio-saturday

McColl Center for Art + Innovation. McColl Center photo.


When: Saturday, April 14
Where: Four Mile Creek Greenway, behind Matthews Community Center
What’s Happening: The educational and family-friendly event will include activities for children, recycling opportunities, document shredding, eco-friendly exhibits and vendors, free NWF trees and planting demos, hikes, fishing and scavenger hunts, kids crafts and fairy houses.
Admission: Free
Details: http://www.matthewsnc.gov/pview.aspx?id=20731#nature

Photo credit: HAWKNCWF


When: Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22
Where: Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
What’s Happening: The two days of cultural fun include Highland dancing, bagpipe bands, Highland athletics, a kid’s zone, Scottish merchants, haggis, historic reenactments, Scottish country dancing, a Sunday church service, hearth cooking, local beer and wine, whiskey tastings, kilted running events, Scottish clan societies, long bow and blowgun demonstrations, battle axe throwing and more.
Admission: Tickets begin at $6
Details: https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/422358/loch-norman-highland-games

Historic Rural Hill festival.
Photo credit: Historic Rural Hill