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
Warm weather and longer days are finally here! What better way to celebrate Spring than heading to an outdoor festival?
Fortunately, there are several springtime festivals that emphasize arts, culture and heritage. That’s why ASC supports festivals that build community and demonstrate relevant cultural expression through Cultural Vision Grants and Town Initiatives Grants that increase access to and strengthen the quality of arts and culture offerings 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.
Sensoria: A celebration of Literature & the Arts
When: April 5 – 14, 2019
Where: CPCC campuses across Charlotte
Presented by: CPCC
What’s Happening: Each year, more than 15,000 students and community members attend some of the best presentations in literature, music, visual arts, history, culture (and food!) around the Charlotte region while learning more about CPCC’s outstanding creative programs.
Admission: Most events are free
7th Annual Charlotte African-American Festival
When: Saturday, April 6, 2019 (10 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
Where: Knight Gallery at Spirit Square (345 North College St., Charlotte, NC )
What’s Happening: The festival will include exhibits, musical performances, art, literature, food, dancers, drummers, a pageant, speakers, vendors, and special awards and recognition.
Dancing Through Latin America
When: Saturday, April 6, 2019 (7 p.m.)
Where: McGlohon Theatre (345 North College St. Charlotte, NC 28202)
Presented by Carolinas Latin Dance Company
What’s Happening: This year our show will focus on demonstrating multi-cultural unity through music and dance, as this is our mission statement. Our show will represent folkloric dances from eleven countries in Latin America, one from Spain, one from India and one from the USA. The show is made up of two 45 minute sets with a 15 minutes intermission.
26th Annual Loch Norman Highland Games
When: Saturday, April 13, 2019 (8:00 a.m.)
Where: Historic Rural Hill (4431 Neck Road Huntersville, NC 28078)
What’s Happening: Come and experience all the fun with Highland Dancing, Bagpipe Bands, Highland Athletics, a Giant Kid’s Zone, Scottish Merchants, Haggis, Celtic Rock and Traditional Performers, Historic Reenactments, Scottish Country Dancing, NC Beer and Wine, Whiskey Tastings, Kilted Running Events, Shoot Long Bows and Blowguns and so much more!
Admission: $8 – $245
BOOM Charlotte Festival
When: April 26 – 28, 2019
Where: Plaza Midwood
What’s Happening: The city’s artist-led showcase of experimental/contemporary performance and visual art, bringing together local and national acts through a collaborative weekend of performance in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood. BOOM celebrates the wealth of innovative original work created in our region and across the country, and exposes Charlotte audiences to new styles they may not have otherwise discovered or appreciated.
Admission: $10 and up
Art on the Green
When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Sunday, April 28, 2019 (Noon to 4 p.m.)
Where: Town of Davidson
What’s Happening: 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. Join us for an exciting weekend filled with visual, musical and culinary arts!
When: Saturday, April 27, 2019 (10 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Where: Spirit Square (345 N. College Street, Charlotte, NC 28202)
Presented by: Arts+
What’s Happening: At Chroma Fest, a free event open to all ages, we’ll have different stations set with music and art activities, like a musical petting zoo and screen printing. There will be live music throughout the day performed by student and faculty musicians, as well as workshops to learn ukulele and meet special guest artist and children’s book illustrator Timothy Bush.
When: April 29 through May 11, 2019
Where: Multiple locations throughout Uptown Charlotte
What’s Happening: The celebration of art, music, food and ideas in the heart of Uptown Charlotte kicks off with the Charlotte Jazz Festival and culminates with a three-day creative convergence. The festival, which will feature exceptionally curated programming from around the corner and around the world, is distinguished as the grand finale of CLT250, the celebration of Charlotte’s 250th anniversary.
Admission: While the majority of events are free, some do require admission
Kings Drive Art Walk
When: Saturday, May 4 (11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Sunday, May 5, 2019 (11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Where: Little Sugar Creek Greenway (1133 Metropolitan Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204)
What’s Happening: Festival in the Park’s Spring Event has a focus on fine and emerging artists.
Music, Dance, ‘n Que: Festival and Fundraiser
When: Saturday, May 4, 2019 (11:00 a.m.)
Where: President James K. Polk State Historic Site
What’s Happening: Kick back and relax to some good tunes, cold brews, and tasty ‘que at the fourth-annual Music, Dance, n’ Que. Enjoy plates of local BBQ, pours from local breweries, and be sure to save room for dessert from the ice cream truck! Pop into our log cabins, visit with local vendors, find some treasure gold mining with the folks from Reed Gold Mine, and much more.
Admission: $5 per car
When: Sunday, May 5, 2019 (2 p.m. – 6 p.m.)
Where: Downtown Huntersville
Presented by: Town of Huntersville
What’s Happening: The town’s annual music and arts festival. Multi-cultural performances will be center stage for 2019.
Jazz on The Green
When: Saturday, May 11, 2019 (12:00 p.m.)
Where: Mallard Creek Recreation Center (2530 Johnston Oehler Rd., Charlotte, NC 28269)
Presented by: Dapper Street Productions
What’s Happening: A live jazz event with local, seasoned musicians gracing the stage. Take a load off, bring a friend, bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the spring air, live music and community engagement.
Mint Hill Madness
When: Friday, May 24 through Sunday, May 26, 2019
Where: Mint Hill Veterans Memorial Park (8850 Fairview Rd., Mint Hill, NC 28227)
Presented by: Town of Mint Hill
What’s Happening: Mint Hill Madness is a festival to celebrate the founding of the Town. Mint Hill Madness has something for everyone in the family; delicious food; great music ranging from country to rock; a fantastic family carnival; an arts/crafts fair; an all-American parade; and of course, a spectacular firework show.