2020 Spring Festival & Celebration 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
Communications Manager

It’s the talk around town—spring is around the corner. Even though it doesn’t officially start until March 20, the trees have started blooming. So in the spirit of the approaching season, here’s our Spring Festival Roundup.

Spring is packed with longtime favorite and new springtime festivals that emphasize arts, culture and heritage. Many of them are supported by ASC’s Cultural Vision Grant program, which funds cultural programming that builds community or demonstrates relevant cultural expression, and through Town Initiatives Grants that increase access to and strengthen the quality of arts and culture offerings in towns throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg. Others are supported by ASC’s Culture Blocks program, funded by Mecklenburg County and connecting communities with responsive arts, science and history experiences close to where residents live.

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

Spring Equinox Celebration

When: March 14, 2020 (11 a.m.)
Where: Historic Rosedale Plantation (3427 N. Tryon St., Charlotte, NC 28206)
Presented by: Historic Rosedale Plantation
What’s Happening: A celebration of the rebirth of the earth and coming of spring with warmer, longer days. Plants are blooming and the earth is coming out of her winter hibernation. Guests will do a cleansing and grounding ceremony to honor the season. Participants will plant bulbs for the spring and will be given bulbs to take home.
Admission: $15–$20
Details: https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/425948/spring-equinox-celebration
*Historic Rosedale receives Operating Support from ASC


When: March 14, 2020 (noon)
Where: 2229 Weyland Ave., Charlotte, NC 28208
Presented by: Artoberfest
What’s Happening:  ArtoberFest strives to inspire area residents and surrounding communities alike to join in celebrating the West Side of Charlotte’s rich cultural heritage. ArtoberFest includes activities such as live music, Selfie Park, live art, kid’s activities/fashion show, food trucks, games, artist kickback and more.
Admission: Free
Details: https://art-toberfest.com/
*This festival is supported by ASC’s Culture Blocks program


When: March 27–April 5, 2020
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
Details: https://sensoria.cpcc.edu/events/

North Carolina Science Festival 

When: April 1–30, 2020
Where: Various locations, including Carolina Raptor Center and Discovery Place Science
Presented by: BioGen Foundation
What’s Happening: Various events 
Admission: Most activities are free
Details: https://www.ncsciencefestival.org/
*Carolina Raptor Center and Discovery Place receive Operating Support from ASC

1st Annual Charlotte Poetry Festival

When: April 11, 2020
Where: Charlotte Art League (4100A Raleigh St., Charlotte, NC 28206)
Presented by: Guerilla Poets
What’s Happening:  As a celebration of National Poetry Month, enjoy a family friendly community event with live performances, a freestyle Cypher, Open Mic, Creation Station (arts & crafts) and more.
Admission: Free
Details:  https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/425914/1st-annual-charlotte-poetry-festival
*This festival is supported by ASC’s Culture Blocks program

Boom Festival

When: April 17–19, 2020
Where: Plaza Midwood
Presented by: BOOM
What’s Happening: The BOOM festival is Charlotte’s annual showcase of contemporary and experimental art created on the fringes of popular culture. They’ve gathered a unique coalition of artists, volunteers, nonprofits, local businesses and neighborhood organizations to transform the way art is made and shared in the Queen City.
Admission: $10; many events are free
Details: https://boomcharlotte.org/
*This festival is supported by an ASC Cultural Vision Grant


When: April 18, 2020 (10 a.m.–1 p.m.)
Where: Squirrel Lake Park (1631 Pleasant Plains Rd., Matthews, NC 28105)
Presented by: Town of Matthews
What’s Happening: Activities include Eco-Friendly Exhibits & Vendors, Rain barrels from Coca Cola (limited supply), HAWK-cycling: egg cartons, corks, pull tabs, etc., E-cycling by Goodwill Industries, Hikes and Scavenger Hunts, Kids nature crafts and STEM activities, free family fun.
Admission: Free
Details: https://www.matthewsnc.gov/pview.aspx?id=20731#nature

Loch Norman Highland Games 

When: April 18–19, 2020
Where: Historic Rural Hill (4431 Neck Road Huntersville, NC 28078)
Presented by: Historic Rural Hill
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 more.
Admission: $7–$250
Details: http://www.lochnorman.com/

Art on the Green

When: April 25–26, 2020
Where: Town of Davidson’s Green
Presented by: Town of Davidson
What’s Happening: Enjoy art, live music, and food. This juried art festival features booths filled with top-quality artworks 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

International Sandwich Festival

When: May 2, 2020 (12 p.m.–6 p.m.)
Where:  Aldersgate (3800 Shamrock Drive., Charlotte, NC )
Presented by: Aldersgate
What’s Happening:  An event dedicated to celebrating the international flavor of Charlotte’s east side community around the iconic sandwich. Enjoy the best bites and bands of east Charlotte, known for its authentic mix of family-run restaurants that range from Asian, Latin American and Middle Eastern to downhome soul.
Admission: Free
Details: https://www.facebook.com/ISFCLT/

Kings Drive Art Walk

When: May 2–3, 2020
Where: Little Sugar Creek Greenway (1133 Metropolitan Ave, Charlotte, NC 28204)
Presented by: Festival in the Park
What’s Happening: The Kings Drive Art Walk focuses on fine and emerging artists.
Admission: Free
Details:  https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/425339/kings-drive-art-walk
*This festival is supported by an ASC Cultural Vision Grant

Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival and Asian Festival

When: May 16, 2020
Where: Ramsey Creek Park on Lake Norman (18441 Nantz Rd., Cornelius, NC 28078)
Presented by: Carolinas Asian-American Chamber of Commerce
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/
*This festival is supported by an ASC Cultural Vision Grant

Mint Hill Madness Festival

When: May 15–17, 2020
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 a spectacular firework show.
Admission: Free
Details:  https://www.minthillevents.org/madness