Compiled by Bernie Petit
May flowers won’t be the only things popping up this spring.
The arrival of warmer weather and longer days means outdoor festivals are right around the corner. And investments by the Arts & Science Council (ASC) will be helping Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents and visitors make the most of the season.
ASC supports festivals throughout the year primarily through Town Initiative and Cultural Festival grants that increase access to arts, science, history and heritage programming and strengthen the quality of cultural programming in neighborhoods and towns across our community.
Many of these festivals take place in April and May, when individuals and families are looking to get outside after the chill and dreariness of winter.
Here’s a look at four upcoming festivals, supported by your investment in ASC, to look forward to in the coming weeks.
KINGS DRIVE ART WALK
When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 25 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26, 2015.
Where: Little Sugar Creek Greenway on Kings Drive, 600 S. Kings Drive, 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.
ART ON THE GREEN
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 18 and noon-4 p.m. April 19, 2015.
Where: Main Street and town green in downtown Davidson.
What’s Happening: The North Mecklenburg festival brings thousands of people to Davidson to enjoy art, live music and food. The juried art festival features booths filled with art works from artists throughout the region. The weekend also includes musical performances by a variety of local talents and a host of food choices from on-site vendors and area restaurants.
HELLO HUNTERSVILLE FESTIVAL
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 9, 2015.
Where: Downtown Huntersville.
What’s Happening: Huntersville’s annual music and arts festival will feature regional artists, live entertainment, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, children’s activities and more.
CHARLOTTE ASIAN FESTIVAL AND DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL
When: May 16, 2015.
Where: Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius.
What’s Happening: The family-oriented event celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history. The dragon boat race is a team competition that recognizes an important part of the Chinese traditional calendar – dragon boat racing originated over 2,300 years ago on the life-sustaining rivers of southern China.
Other Community Festivals
Matthews Earth Day Celebration
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. April 18.
Where: Stumptown Park, 120 S. Trade St., Matthews.
What’s Happening: Composting information will be available, as will wildlife and animal exhibits, eco-friendly displays and green businesses and services. There will also be food vendors, music, crafts and more.
When: May 2, 2015 (performances begin at 1 p.m.).
Where: Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: The party in the park will feature performances from regional artists, art, children’s activities and more, including a performance by 1990s alt-rock band The Spin Doctors.
Special Note: ASC hired Seattle artist Norie Sato to work with Charlotte-based LandDesign to integrate themes from Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden’s work in the park.
Mint Hill Madness
When: 4-11 p.m. May 22, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. May 23 and noon-6 p.m. May 24.
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.