• Camille Renner

Gaston County Events: 24 Ways to Learn, Celebrate and Shop this Month

With nearly 30% of the Gaston County population vaccinated and COVID-19 cases lowering every week, the county is gearing up for a summer full of festive events. Our roundup of May local events includes outdoor markets, in-person classes and Memorial Day celebrations. Happy Summer, Gaston County!

Garland Burks, Gaston Outside

Wednesday ,May 19:

Movies on the Lawn: Grease

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont

5:30 p.m.

Beginning this May, Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will be showing family favorite movies on the lawn. The gardens will open at 5:30 p.m. with food trucks and beverages available and the movie will begin at sundown, currently about 8 p.m. Kicking off the Movies on the Lawn is Grease!

Thursday, May 20:

What's Next for Gaston County?


8 a.m.-9 a.m.

Hosted by the Gaston Business Association, "What's Next for Gaston County" is a bi-monthly forum being held via Zoom to discuss updates and future goals of Gaston County municipalities. The event will be focusing on Western Gaston County towns, such as Belmont, Cramerton and Dallas. Register here to gain access to the zoom link.

Friday, May 21:

The Art of Mount Holly

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Downtown Mount Holly

6 p.m.-9 p.m.

There are many places to check out local art in Downtown Mount Holly, so artists and galleries are teaming up to provide a collaborative and celebratory event for the community. Plus, Awaken Gallery is celebrating their 2nd and 3rd anniversaries on May 21st with a new show of artwork completed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wine and Beer Tasting

Garland Burks, Gaston Outside

The Schiele Museum

1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Support The Schiele Museum while you enjoy an evening on the Farm during our Wine & Beer Tasting fundraiser event! Live music with Caleb Davis, wine and beer tastings with Grape & Barley and a tasty treat from H&M Catering is included! Tickets cost $30 for members and $35 for non-members and can be purchased here. Support of this Wine & Beer Tasting Fundraiser will help The Schiele continue their mission to bring quality educational programs that inspires and educates about science and the natural world!

String Theory Live

Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

Fryeday Coffee Roasters

106 E. First St., Lowell

6:30 p.m.

Local band, String Theory, is bringing their 70s, 80s and 90s cover tunes to Fryeday Coffee Roaster's cozy and eclectic patio. Bring your own chair, sit back with a glass of wine and enjoy the live music.

Cornhole Tournament

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Jekyll & Hyde

10 Catawba St., Belmont

7 p.m.

Downtown Belmont's Jekyll and Hyde is excited to host their first Cornhole Tournament kicking off on Friday, May 7th, and continuing each Friday with the final showdown happening on May 28th.

Teams of two can sign up at the event ticket link: https://forms.gle/WPnC7fBQGNgzRPtQA. Arrive at 7pm weekly to find out when your team will be playing for the evening. Grand prize winners will receive a $100 gift card to Jekyll and Hyde. For those who want to spectate, the staff welcomes you to the beer garden to cheer on your favorite competitors.

Saturday, May 22:

X-Stream Cleanup

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

The Greenway

632 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

9 a.m.

Keep Gastonia Beautiful in partnership with the City of Gastonia's Storm Water Department is looking for volunteers to help them clean up Avon Creek that runs along the Greenway by Lineberger Park.

This is an opportunity to help keep our waterways clean while enjoying the outdoors.

Free Yoga Series

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

Centennial Center

Downtown Cramerton

8 a.m.-9 a.m.

Yoga classes will be held at the gazebo area of Centennial Center in the Riverfront Downtown area. Bring your own water bottle and mat and reconnect your mind and body with local instructor, Tina Berens. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged to participate!

Primative Tattoo Workshop

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

The Schiele Museum of Natural History

1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Tattoos have a long and culturally-rich history throughout the world. Participants in this workshop will explore primitive tattoos worldwide, from the oldest tattoos found on the Ötzi the Iceman to the Coastal Indians of North Carolina. Participants will discuss different styles and motifs; make primitive tattooing tools, inks, and pigments; and practice tattooing on non-human skin. Tickets can be found here.

Cake Me Away Birthday Celebration

120 W. Trade St., Dallas

11 a.m.-8 p.m

Dallas bakery Cake Me Away is celebrating their 7th birthday and having an all day long celebration to ring in their 7th year. Delicious reats and special events will be found at the bakery.

Belmont Market Days

Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

Primal Brewery

52 Ervin St., Belmont

1 p.m.-6 p.m.

This outdoor market being held at Primal Brewery is hosted by Starving Artist Market, a charlotte based touring market that strives to give a platform to a variety of local makers. Rain or shine, Belmont Market Days will be the perfect place to sip on Primal's rotating selection of beer, decadent burgers and stock up on local craft goods.