• Rosa Sprinkle

Full Moons, Music and Halloween Musts—Your guide to Gaston, October 17-31

The second half of October hails a heap of eclectic events. From paddle boarding and yoga under full moons, lanterns and costumed children and pets parading down streets and through parks, markets and music and mural art all over the county, Gaston offers a feast of festivities where everyone can find some fun.


Sunday, October 17


Sunday Concert Series at The Bottle Tree

102 Davis St., Belmont

2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.

The Bottle Tree continues its concert series with live music, food and entertainment each Sunday in The Garden.

Monday, October 18


Tell Your Story Film Series

Gastonia Library - Main

1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

6 p.m.


Join us for a free showing of The Post. 2017. Rated PG-13 ©Twentieth Century Fox. In this engaging docudrama set in 1971, the staff of the Washington Post face a historic dilemma: whether or not to publish the Pentagon Papers, a top-secret document that reveals the U.S. government knew for decades the Vietnam War was unwinnable. (Description provided by Gaston Library)


Tuesday, October 19


Greenway Ribbon Cutting

632 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

4 p.m.

The Avon/Catawba Creek Greenway segment of the greenway connects from Lineberger to Second Avenue and the City of Gastonia is excited to officially open this segment to the community. The ceremony will be held at the new greenway access point, across from Lineberger Park. Park at the lower Lineberger Park lot and follow the signage to the access point.


Wednesday, October 20

Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

Beer Yoga at Primal Brewery

52 Ervin St., Belmont

6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Yoga is at Primal Brewery! Every Wednesday, enjoy an hour class and a beer with our certified instructor. Minors can participate when accompanied by an adult participant.


Hunter’s Moon Full Moon SUP

Anchored Soul

170 Lake Mist Dr., Belmont

6 p.m.-8 p.m.


Contact Anchored Soul for stand up paddle boarding under the full moon. Lessons and rentals available.


Thursday, October 21

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Paint and Brews Night at Primal Brewery

52 Ervin St., Belmont

6:30 p.m.


Join us for a step-by-step instructional painting class hosted by local artist Aimee-Rose, while you sip on some of your favorite brews! (Description provided by the Brewery)


Opening Night Art Gallery

Various Locations

7 S. Main St., Belmont

6 p.m.-9 p.m.

After much anticipation, Opening Night for Moonlight on Main has finally arrived with the start of the outdoor art gallery! Artists who were selected for the GOBO projections will be present with their original art pieces to discuss their work. The night will end with a guided outdoor walking tour of the projected artworks. The exhibit will run for three straight weeks.


Wine and Beer Tasting at The Farm

The Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium

1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

6 p.m.-8 p.m.


Support The Schiele Museum while you enjoy an evening exploring the museum during our Wine & Beer Tasting fundraiser event! Live music with Caleb Davis, wine and beer tastings with Grape & Barley, and even a tasty treat from H&M Catering is included! (Description provided by the Museum)


Friday, October 22

DeLauren Everett, Gaston Outside

Cavendish Musical Bingo

207 N. Chester St., Gastonia

7 p.m.

Music + Beer + Bingo = A great time! Join in every Friday night for Music Bingo at Cavendish Brewing. Plenty of singing, dancing, and prizes.


Ladies Night Out

AR Workshop

65 Glenway St., Belmont

6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Grab some friends and get to work creating any number of wood projects, including a ​​plank wood sign, bath tray, lazy Susan, centerpiece box, wood clock, plank wood tray, cake stand, pedestal tray, or wood photo frame.


Museum of the Moon

Stowe Park

24 S. Main St., Belmont

5 p.m.-midnight

This exhibit of the full moon will be on display in Stowe Park all weekend. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy an up-close view of our nearest celestial object.


Scary-Ville

Downtown Cherryville

6 p.m.-10 p.m.


Historic Cherryville’s full blown City Halloween Party. Complete with a band, costume contest, spooky hayrides and a haunted house!


Saturday, October 23

Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

Belmont Market Days at Primal Brewery

52 Ervin St., Belmont

1 p.m.-6 p.m.


Join Primal and Starving Artist Market for an outdoor small business popup showcasing the best area artists and vendors have to offer.


BooFest

Stowe Park

24 S. Main St., Belmont

2 p.m.-7 p.m.


Join the City of Belmont for their annual evening full of music, activity vendors, arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, costume contests, games, carnival rides, a spooky photo booth, plenty of candy for trick-o-treaters, and more!


Escape the Museum

Gaston County Museum of Art & History

131 W. Main St., Dallas

3 p.m.-8 p.m.


Fall Carnival & Movie Night

Caromont Health Park

800 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

5 pm.-10 p.m.


Concessions, games, inflatables, free carnival prizes, free face painting and balloon twisting, and a juggling stilt walker will all provide fun and entertainment during this event. The Addams Family Movie (2019) begins at 8 p.m.


Fall Fest at Ole Dallas Brewing

135 Durkee Ln., Dallas

3 p.m.-7 p.m.


Adults can enjoy live music, the fall seasonal beer release, and craft vendors while kids have fun with a bounce house, hay rides, trunk or treat, and more!


Fall Festival at Lewis Farm

330 Lewis Rd, Gastonia

10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Each weekend in October, family fun is to be had at Lewis Farm. Horse-drawn hay ride, blacksmith demo, sheep herding demo, pony rides, hay bale mountain, pick a pumpkin, concessions, spooky maze, corn maze, and so much more.


Morning Moon Yoga

Stowe Park

24 S. Main St., Belmont

9 a.m.-10 a.m.

Join Belmont Yoga in Stowe Park for morning yoga with the moon! Class will be held in the pavilion located underneath the moon. Must register in advance


Mount Holly Lantern Parade

226 S. Main St., Mount Holly

7 p.m.


Gather downtown to view this year’s Lantern Parade, presented by Awaken Gallery. You can join in the parade by making your own lantern. Check website for theme and tutorials.


Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

Mount Holly & the Makers Market Pop-up

226 S. Main St., Mount Holly

2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Before the Lantern Parade, visit the Mt. Holly Farmer’s Market to check out this open air pop up market featuring local artisans, makers, and small business owners. Local food trucks will be on site as well.


Trick or Trail 5k and Fun Run

Warlick Family YMCA

2221 Robinwood Rd., Gastonia

8 a.m.-


Lace up your sneakers and get creative on your outfit for a 5K and 1 mile Fun Run. After party includes awards and prizes for best costume and performance!


Sunday, October 24


Charlotte Jazz Band

Stowe Park

24 S. Main St., Belmont

7 p.m.-9 p.m.


Moonlight on Main continues with this free performance of the Charlotte Jazz Band, a vibrant, fun-loving, and incredibly talented troupe of professional and amateur musicians that offers engaging performances of big band jazz music, including swing, ragtime, bebop, and other styles.


Live Music at Veronét Vineyards

1549 Ike Brooks Dr., Kings Mountain

1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.


Sip wine in this gorgeous setting and enjoy live music filled with love, humor, heartbreak, dancing, and a rootsy kind of edge by Seth and Sara.


Monday, October 25


Hocus Pocus Film Fest

Union Road Branch Library

5800 Union Rd., Gastonia

11 a.m.-5 p.m.


Spend the day watching Hocus Pocus with us @ Union Road Branch. Snacks provided. (Description provided by the library)


Tuesday, October 26


Family Story Time

Mt. Holly Branch Library

245 W. Catawba Ave., Mt Holly

11 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Enjoy a themed family story time for toddlers, preschoolers, and their adults. (Description provided by library)

Thursday, October 28

Downtown Belmont - Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Noel Freidline and Maria Howell

Stowe Park

24 S. Main St., Belmont

7 p.m.-9 p.m.


Live music under the Moon continues with actress Maria Howell and legendary musician, Noel Freidline. Tickets available for purchase at event.


Friday, October 29


Little Monsters March

Cherryville Township

10 a.m.


Have a blast at this daytime Halloween event for kids 8 and under. The march starts in the parking lot of Cherryville's first Baptist Church and is led down Main Street by the CHS marching band. All attendees will follow the band straight to City Hall. Trick or treating afterwards with Main Street Merchants.


The Pink Floyd Experience

Stowe Park

24 S. Main St., Belmont

7 p.m.-8:30 p.m.; 9:30 p.m.-11 p.m.


Caleb Davis & Friends perform Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon along with “Wish You Were Here” in its entirety. Don’t miss this performance under the Museum of the Moon exhibit accompanied by laser lights and video screen displays. Tickets available for purchase at event.


Saturday, October 30


Alex Francisco Caruthers Band

Stowe Park

24 S. Main St., Belmont

7 p.m.-9 p.m.


Free live music under the Moon with musician Alex Francisco Caruthers. From The Colony, Texas, he is greatly influenced by artists like Josh Weathers, Johnny Cooper, and Thin Lizzy.

Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

Dia De Los Muertos

Gaston County Museum

131 W. Main St., Dallas

3 p.m.-10 p.m.


Enjoy live entertainment, kids activities, food, and more at this FREE family celebration!


Halloween Bar Crawl

Downtown Belmont

4 p.m.- 11:45 p.m.


Visit participating bars and restaurants while taking in the GOBO gallery projections.


Unbe-LEAF-able

Gastonia Library - Main

1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

10 a.m-2 p.m.


Drop into the Children's Story Nook any time between 10 and 2 for a leaf-themed craft and Fall coloring fun!


Sunday, October 31


Howl at the Moon Dog-Friendly Event

Stowe Park

24 S. Main St., Belmont

1 p.m.-3 p.m.


Belmont Main Street invites you to this dog-encouraged, costumed walk around the Moon and Stowe Park. After a parade around the park, we’ll meet at the end and HOWWWWWLLL at the Moon! There will be a costume contest with prizes by Simply American Dog Treat Truck and pawsitively fun selfie opportunities. (Description provided by Belmont Main Street)


Villains Cabaret

Stowe Park

24 S. Main St., Belmont

6 p.m., 7 p.m., & 8 p.m. (30 minutes each)


The characters you love to hate invite you to a free evening of song at the Moon. Black Star Theater Company brings to life the Villains of literature, folklore, and Disney while singing unexpected songs to thrill your soul. (Description provided by Belmont Main Street)