Why This Matters: ASC supports fall festivals that increase access to arts, science, history and heritage offerings and the quality of cultural programming in neighborhoods and towns throughout Mecklenburg County.
Compiled by Bernie Petit
In Charlotte-Mecklenburg, folks love a good festival.
Festivals offer opportunities to get outdoors, reconnect with friends and family and enjoy fun foods and arts and culture in settings that invite community members to come together.
Fortunately, you can find plenty of festivals this time of year. And, thanks to ASC’s public and private donors, several of these family-friendly events are able to emphasize arts, culture and heritage. Many of them also provide spaces for local and regional artists to sell their works.
ASC supports Charlotte-Mecklenburg festivals primarily through its Cultural Vision Grant program, which funds cultural programming that builds community or demonstrates relevant cultural expression.
Here’s a look at upcoming fall festivals supported by ASC, as well as other local festivals taking place in the coming weeks.
CSA Community Festival
1-5 p.m. Sept. 8, Pineville Parks & Recreation Center – Belle Johnston Community Center (1000 Johnston Dr., Pineville)
What’s Happening: CSA visual artists will lead art activities, while a variety of musicians will perform throughout the event. Guests will be able to sit by the lake and enjoy live musical acts, including a performance by the Charlotte Children’s Choir. The multiple art activities will be a mix of collaborative and individual creations that participants can take home with them. This program is supported by ASC Culture Blocks, a community partnership with Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to provide cultural programming for residents closer to where they live.
Festival in the Park
4-9:30 p.m. Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Sept. 22 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 23, Freedom Park (2435 Cumberland Ave., Charlotte)
What’s Happening: The popular Charlotte tradition features more than 150 regional artists. You’ll find four stages for entertainment, a children’s fun zone, a children arts area and festival food and fun in an outdoors atmosphere.
Tawba Walks Arts & Music Festival
2-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, Old Town Cornelius (Oak Street Mill, Town Hall, Catawba Ave.)
What’s Happening: The two stages of live bands and performances and more than 100 local artists and crafts people. There will also be street art, a kid’s zone, multiple food truck courts and local craft beer.
Hola Charlotte Festival
Noon-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, South Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte.
What’s Happening: The festival will feature entertainers and bands, a Latin American Cultural Village, Latin American food, a cultural pavilion, Zumba demos, cultural dance performances and Latin American fashion. ASC’s Culture Blocks will sponsor the new “lounge” area at the festival, providing arts and cultural experiences throughout the day, including clay workshops by Clayworks, an African drum circle with Kojo Bey and a performance by Nouveau Sud.
OTHER FALL FESTIVALS
2018 Yiasou Greek Festival
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 6, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 7-8 and noon-8 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 9, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral (600 East Blvd., Charlotte)
The Downtown Davidson Arts Festival
5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, Sanctuary of Davidson (108 S. Main St.)
28th Annual Latin American Festival
Noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Symphony Park at South Park Mall (4400 Sharon Rd., Charlotte)
National Family Health & Fitness Day Festival
1-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Carole A. Hoefener Community Services Center (610 E. 7th St., Charlotte)
UNC Charlotte International Festival
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, Barnhardt Student Activity Center at UNC Charlotte (9201 University City Blvd.)
Carolina Renaissance Festival
10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 29-Nov. 18, Carolina Renaissance Festival (16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville)