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  • Camille Renner

Gaston County Events: Where to workout, shop and unwind this June

In the past month, thousands of Gaston County residents have received the COVID-19 vaccine, jumping our county's vaccination rate to over 30%. Celebrations over the fight against COVID continue this June, with in-person events almost every day of the week in Belmont, Mount Holly and Gastonia. Our roundup of June local events includes outdoor markets, live music, yoga and running, and Juneteenth celebrations. See you there, Gaston County!

Photo Courtesy of City of Cramerton

Thursday, June 3:

Whole Hog Cookout

Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

The Bottle Tree

102 Davis St., Belmont

5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Belmont's eclectic and delicious restaurant, The Bottle Tree, is partnering with Charlotte area brewery, Town Brewing, to host a Whole Hog Cookout. Hang outside with the Bottle Tree and Town Brewing teams as they roast a hog, drink Town beer and listen to live music performed by The Mongos. The Bottle Tree is excited to "pig out" with you!

River Jam

U.S. National Whitewater Center

5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy., Charlotte

7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Live music takes place throughout the year at the one-of-a-kind outdoor venue in the middle of the world’s largest man-made whitewater river. Headlining on June 3rd is county singer/songwriter Carly Burruss.

Friday, June 4:

DIY Date Night

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

AR Workshop

65 Glenway St., Belmont

6 p.m.-9 p.m.

On the first Friday of every month, the interactive art studio in Belmont, AR Workshop, invites couples to their space for their DIY Date Night. Couples can choose one activity to do together, including DIY projects such as wooden signs, chalkboards, pet beds, bottle openers and more.

Saturday, June 5:

Summer Kick-off 5k

The Lodge Tavern and Tap

101 Kenwood St., Belmont

8 a.m.

The Gaston County Jaycees are hosting their 4th annual 5k in support of local schools and students. The race will start and finish in Belmont at the Lodge Tavern. Various age groups are invited to race and medals will be presented for different ages. It costs $25 to register here, or $30 late registration the day of. Happy running!

Mount Holly & The Makers Pop-up Market

Photo Courtesy of Catalyst Mercantile

Mount Holly Farmers Market

226 S. Main St., Mount Holly

2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Catalyst Mercantile, a boutique in Downtown Mount Holly, is hosting over 20 food, beauty, art and craft vendors at the Mount Holly Farmers Market. The evening will include food trucks, live music and a great opportunity to support some small businesses.

Station Street Market

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Station Belmont

4 N. Main St., Belmont

June 5, 2 p.m.-5 p.m.

On Station Belmont's large patio, there will be over 30 vendors selling local art, crafts, home goods, beauty products, food and more. Station will be serving up their regular food and drinks during the event as well.

Steel Roots Live Show

Belmont Brewing Company

1500 River Dr., Belmont

6 p.m.

The newest brewery in Belmont, appropriately named Belmont Brewing Company, invites you to listen to some live music while sipping on a new beer. On June 5th, local band Steel Roots will be performing at the brewery.

Car Cruise In

Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

Primal Brewery

52 Ervin St., Belmont

7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Local country band, Wagon Load A Trouble, is partnering with Primal Brewing to give Car Lovers a chance to show off their cars, drink some local beer and unwind to the bands music, which ranges from old country to Elvis and more.

Thursday June 10:

Garden Nights

Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens

6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont

6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden is conducting “Jazz at the Garden” the first Thursday of each month and a special admission fee is required on these nights. Food trucks will be on site during evening hours at the Garden and guests are permitted to bring food or picnic items.

Friday, June 11:

Mount Holly Morning

Mount Holly Municipal Center

400 E. Central Ave., Mount Holly

June 11, 7 a.m.-9 a.m.

Hosted by the Gaston Business Association, Mount Holly Morning is a breakfast networking event designed to provide support and new information to the Mount Holly business community. This months event is focusing on health and well-being when businesses return to in-person operations. Costing $15 for members and $20 for potential members, the event includes three speakers and a breakfast buffet.

Gastonia Concert Series

Rotary Centennial Pavilion

107 N. South St., Gastonia

6 p.m.

The City of Gastonia is hosting multiple free concerts in the downtown pavilion throughout the summer. On June 11th, there will be a DJ going on stage at 6pm and the band CAT5 is performing at 7 p.m.

Saturday, June 12:

New Challengers Gaming Tournament

Photo Courtesy of TechWorks

TechWorks Gaston

52 Ervin St., Belmont

11 a.m.-7 p.m.

The regional New Challengers club is hosting a virtual gaming tournament including fighting games on Play Station 4 consoles. It costs $10 to compete and players of all levels are welcome to learn and play with the region's most elite gamers. The event will be held at Belmont's TechWorks and participants are required to bring their own PS4 controllers.

Black Business Black Out

Rotary Pavilion

107 N. South St., Gastonia

June 12, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

In preparation for Juneteenth, the day celebrating the liberation of enslaved people in the United States, Just Black is providing a space for black owned small businesses to sell their art, crafts and goods.

Sunday, June 13:

Sunday Concerts

Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

Ole Dallas Brewing

136 Durkee Ln., Dallas

3 p.m.

The classic Ole Dallas Brewing invites you to bring a chair, sit outside and listen to some live music. David Childers & The Serpents, The Grand Ole Uproar, and Cody Gentry will be providing the tunes while Ole Dallas provides their house brewed beer. There will be food trucks and axe throwing on site.

Saturday, June 19:


Gaston Outside

Gastonia Farmers Market

410 E. Long Ave., Gastonia

8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Keep Gastonia Beautiful invites guests of all ages to celebrates our pollinator friends—bees! At the event, there will be bee and pollinator education, tours of pollinator beds and outdoor educational beds, live bee demonstrations and stories and crafts with "Miss Polly Nator."

Free Yoga Series

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 of Cramerton. 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!

Wednesday, June 23:

Intro to Waterbath Canning


10 a.m.-11 a.m.

Presented by Gaston County Public Libraries, this workshop will teach you how to safely preserve foods with water-bath during this live webinar. USDA canning guidelines provided for: basics of canning, canning fruits, canning jams/jellies, and pickles. The event also includes discussion of commonly used canning equipment. This class is being offered for free but registration is required here.

Saturday, June 26:

Sounds of Summer Concert

Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

Centennial Park

114 W. Virginia Ave., Bessemer City

6 p.m.

The annual Sound of Summer Concert Series in Downtown Bessemer City will include a vintage car show, local food, family activities and more on top of the live music this year. On June 26 the 7-piece band, Gary Lowder and Smoking Hot, will be performing.

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