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  • Jamie Killian

GO's Ultimate Guide to August—Insider's look at events around Gaston

Summer is winding down but Gaston County still has lots of fun in store this month. Check out our list of events for what is happening in August.

Sunday, August 1

The Bottle Tree - Liz Logan, Gaston Outside

Sunday Concert Series at The Bottle Tree

102 Davis St., Belmont

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

Each Sunday, The Bottle Tree will have live music, food and entertainment.

Monday, August 2

Knit a Cat

Gaston County Public Library

1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

3 p.m.- 4 p.m.

Eager to learn a new skill? Join this class at the library to create a beginner's level knitting craft. This class is for adults and registration is required.

Tales and Tails Film Series

Gaston County Public Library

1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

6 p.m.- 8 p.m.

Throughout the month, the library will show films that feature stories of animals—on land and in the sea! First up is Water for Elephants.

The series continues the next two Mondays:

Tuesday, August 3

Craft and Chat

Tech at Lowell

203 McAdenville Rd., Lowell

4 p.m.-5 p.m.

Socialize with others while crafting. You can bring your own craft or use the one provided. Registration is required.

Wednesday, August 4

Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

Midweek Movies

C.B. Huss Recreation Center

8 Julian St, Cramerton

1 p.m.-3 p.m.

Cool off and enjoy a movie inside the rec center. All children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $6 per child and includes movie, popcorn, water and a pool pass. This event will recur each Wednesday through the summer. August 4th the movie showing will be Coco. On August 11th, the movie will be Trolls World Tour.

Yoga at Primal Brewing

52 Ervin St., Belmont

6:30 p.m.

Find your center then grab a beer. Enjoy an hour long yoga class and a beer for just $10. Minors can participate for $5. This event is each Wednesday.

Thursday, August 5

Stowe Park- Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Broadway in the Park

Stowe Park

24 S. Main St., Belmont

Enjoy a live-theatre event in Stowe Park with Black Star Theater’s presentation of The Spongebob Musical with repeat performances.

Coolin’ Out Concerts on Main

Main St., Stanley

5 p.m.-9 p.m.

Head out to Main Street in Stanley for a continuation of their summer concert series. This week’s event will feature a DJ starting at 5 p.m. and Gary Lowder & the Smokin’ Hot starting at 6 p.m. The event also takes place on August 26th with DJ Eric Bowman at 5 p.m. and Craig Woolward playing at 6 p.m. There will be food, music and entertainment.

Jazz at the Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

Enjoy live music from award-winning smooth jazz musician, Rob Zinn. Bring a lawn chair and picnic and enjoy the show.

Friday, August 6

Downtown Cramerton - Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

Belmont Friday Night Live

Main St., Belmont

7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Come out for food, music and drinks. The featured band is 20 Ride, a Zac Brown Tribute Band.

DIY Date Night

AR Workshop Belmont

65 Glenway St., Belmont

6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Grab your date and get crafty. Couples work together on the project of their choice. See website for details.

Movie in Centennial Center

100 Center St., Cramerton

Sunset (approximately 8:45 p.m.)


Bring a blanket and grab some takeout and enjoy a showing of Sandlot.

Music at Primal Brewing

52 Ervin St., Belmont

7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Primal Brewing will be hosting Cultivated Mind, a band with reggae, jazz and blues influences.

Car Show and School Supply Drive

Stuart Cramer High School

101 Lakewood Rd., Cramerton

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

The Cramerton Community Committee and Cramerton Police Department are partnering for this fun, family event. Bring school supplies to help students in need and check out some cool cars, plus grab a bite to eat from local food trucks.

Saturday, August 7

Fryeday Coffee Roasters - Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

Catawba Riverkeeper Riverfest

Loftin Riverfront Park

1400 Catawba St., Belmont

Noon.-5 p.m.

Join this initiative for preserving the Catawba River and enjoy live music, food trucks, educational opportunities kayaking and other fun games.

Fryeday Coffee Roasters Art Show

106 E. 1st St., Lowell

10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Grab a cup of joe and support local artists and musicians. This event will feature displays but local artists and many pieces will be available for purchase. There will also be live music.

Mount Holly Farmer’s Market

226 S. Main St., Mount Holly

8 a.m.-noon

Enjoy flowers, produce, baked goods and more at the farmer’s market each Saturday morning.

Sunday, August 8

Sunday Funday Workshop

AR Workshop Belmont

65 Glenway, Belmont

2 p.m.-5 p.m.

Complete a project from the workshop’s menu of wood based projects. Advanced registration required.

Tuesday, August 10

Honey Hunters - Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

Free Tuesday and Free Friday - Schiele Museum

The Schiele Museum of Natural History

1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Duke Energy is sponsoring the Free Tuesday program (the second Tuesday of each month) and the Free Fridays program (the fourth Friday of each month--August 27th this month). Admission to the museum is free from 12 p.m.- 4 p.m. these days with advanced registration. The link for tickets goes live the week before.

Honey Hunters Game

800 W. Franklin Blvd, Gastonia

6:50 p.m.

Support Gastonia’s professional baseball team and enjoy a classic Southern summer evening under the lights. See their website for game schedule and tickets.

Wednesday, August 11

Starry Starry Night

Arts on the Greenway

500 East Central Ave., Mount Holly

7 p.m.- 11 p.m.

This annual Star Party will include stargazing using telescopes set up in the parking lot of Mount Holly City Hall.

Thursday, August 12

Network After Work

Johan Newcombe Event Center

1840 E. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

5:30 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Sponsored by Habitat for Humanity, this event is a great way to make connections in Gaston County. There will be refreshments, appetizers, games and prizes.

Saturday, August 14

Downtown Dallas - Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

Buff Faye’s Drag Brunch

Legacy Event Center

207 South Chestnut St., Gastonia

11 a.m.; show begins at noon

Ticket includes admission to the show and brunch. Buff Faye was named national entertainer of the year and will be featuring her cast of divas.

Dallas Summer Concert Series

Main St., Dallas

7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Enjoy a night of live music and dancing with Coming up Brass.

Gaston County Back 2 School

Caromont Health Park

800 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

9 a.m.- noon

This drive-thru event will provide a free backpack for children ages 5-12. Student must be present to claim.

Morning Makers Class

AR Workshop Belmont

65 Glenway St., Belmont

10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Exercise your creative muscle early with this workshop. Choose from a variety of wood projects. Registration is required.

Mount Holly & the Makers

226 S Main St., Mt Holly

2 p.m.-7 p.m.

Over 20 vendors, food trucks and live music will make this a fun evening to shop and socialize.

Music in the Park

Harold Rankin Park

519 Park Circle, Lowell

7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Come check out Echo13. They perform rock, blues, and funk. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy food from Lobster Dogs, Cavendish Brewery, and XCite Sweet Connections.

Friday, August 20

Downtown Belmont - Liz Logan, Gaston Outside

Belmont Friday Night Live

Main St., Belmont

7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Come out for food, music and drinks. The featured band is “20 ride”, a Zac Brown Tribute Band.

Kings Mountain Beach Blast

220 S. Railroad Ave., Kings Mountain

6 p.m-10 p.m.

This annual event features live music, food and other entertainment. There will be a nice of music on Friday, followed by more events and festivities on Saturday, August 28 from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sunday, August 22

Free Haircuts and School Supplies

Legacy Event Center

207 S. Chestnut St., Gastonia

10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Sponsored by Camp Coach Rhodes, this event will aim to prepare students for back-to-school with backpacks, school supplies, new haircuts and more. There will be representatives from local agencies for additional support as well as live music and entertainment.

Saturday, August 28

Goat Island Park Bridge - Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

Goat Island Games

141 8th Ave., Cramerton

7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Throughout the morning, there will be various activities for families or individuals looking to get active. There will be yoga, fishing, paddleboarding, kayaking, ping-pong and more. Enjoy live music and food from Tino's Muchbox and South Fork Brew Project.

Ladies Night Out

AR Workshop Belmont

65 Glenway St., Belmont

6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Grab your girlfriends and choose from a variety of projects to make for a fun evening out! Registration required.

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