• Jamie Killian

July Events— Your guide to all things Gaston

Looking for something fun to do this July? From movies, markets and fireworks, we've got your insider's guide to events.


Thursday, July 1

Schiele Museum Nature Trail—Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Animal Adaptations

The Schiele Museum of Natural History

1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

Thursday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2 p.m.-3 p.m.


Study how animals adapt to their environments through live specimens and preserved species. Tickets are required and participants over five years old are required to wear a mask.


Bliss Opening Reception

Bliss Gallery

25 N. Main St., Belmont

6 p.m.-8 p.m.


Come celebrate the gallery’s new exhibition "Fun in the Sun" featuring guest artist Suz Roach and featured Holy Angels artists. Facial coverings required.


Burn Belmont Pop Up Class at Primal

Primal Brewery Belmont

52 Ervin St., 28012

6:30 p.m.


Enjoy a free class presented by Burn Belmont. Drinks and networking to follow. This event will also be offered on July 15.


Family Storytime in the Park

Harold Rankin Park

519 Park Cir., Lowell

10:30 a.m.

This event is aimed at children ages one to five and features read alouds and literacy activities. Registration is required.


Jazz at the Garden

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont

6 p.m.-8 p.m.


Enjoy live music from The Reggie Buie Jazz Group with a view of the gardens. Bring a lawn chair and picnic for the perfect date night.


Friday, July 2

Primal Brewery—Chris Rodarte, Gaston Outside

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.


Live Music at Primal Brewery

Primal Brewery Belmont

52 Ervin St., Belmont

7 p.m.-10 p.m.


Enjoy local beer, good food and live music at Primal Brewery throughout the month.

Saturday, July 3

Anna Naphtali, Gaston Outside

Satur-DIY Wood Workshop

AR Workshop Belmont

65 Glenway St., Belmont


Each Saturday, complete a project from the workshop’s menu of wood based projects. Advanced registration required.


Great American Splash

C.B. Huss Rec Pool

8 Julian St, Cramerton

12 p.m.-5 p.m.


Enjoy a day of fun in the water featuring games and music. Normal pool fees apply and concessions will be available for purchase.


Movies at Gaston County Public Library

Gaston County Public Library

1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia


Bring the kids and enjoy various free movies at the Gastonia branch of the Gaston County Library.


Thursday, July 1 - Sunday, July 4


Looking for fun and fireworks for the Independence Day weekend? Look no further— we’ve got you covered.


Wednesday, July 7


Summer Midweek Movies

C.B. Huss Rec Pool

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.


Schedule of showings:


Thursday, July 8


SUPer Mates Summer 2 Clinic

Anchored Soul

170 Lake Mist Dr., Belmont

3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.


This stand-up paddle board clinic teaches kids the basics over five lessons.


Friday, July 9


Fri-Yay Workshop

AR Workshop Belmont

65 Glenway St., Belmont


Enjoy some DIY with a wood or canvas project. Advanced registration required.


Summer Concert Series

Rotary Centennial Pavilion

111 N. South St., Gastonia

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


Bring a lawn chair and enjoy music from the Eagle’s tribute band, On the Border. Beer, wine and food will be served and proceeds go to support local community projects.


Saturday, July 10


Free Yoga Series

Centennial Center

100 Center St., Cramerton

8 a.m.


Enjoy a free yoga class from instructor Tina Berens to kickstart your week each Saturday morning in July. Other sessions include:


Quarry Day

Sink or Swim Scuba

4310-K Wilkinson Blvd., Gastonia

8 a.m.


Participate in dives based on experience during Quarry Day.


Sunday, July 11

The Bottle Tree— Liz Logan, Gaston Outside

Sunday Concert Series at the Bottle Tree

The Bottle Tree

102 Davis St., Belmont

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


Enjoy live music and drinks in The Garden at The Bottle Tree each Sunday afternoon this summer. Check the event pages for band announcements.


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.


Monday, July 12

Little Bit of Art, past Christmas workshop—Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

Camp NaNoWriMo

TECH at Lowell

203 McAdenville Rd., Lowell

4 p.m.-5 p.m.


This workshop, for middle schoolers and up, is for those who want to work on their writing craft.


Christmas in July Service Project

Gaston County Public Library

1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

3 p.m.


Create holiday cards to send to military service members during the holiday season.


Soccer Camp

Community Christian Academy

2128 Dallas Cherryville Hwy., Dallas

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.


This week-long soccer camp will be hosted on the fields at Community Christian Academy. The cost is $30.


Summer Art Camp

A Little Bit of Art

900 South Fork Village Dr. # G2, Belmont

9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m


Expose your child to a variety of art techniques at this engaging camp. Spaces are limited and registration is required.

Tuesday, July 13


Craft and Chat

TECH at Lowell

203 McAdenville Rd., Lowell

4 p.m.


Bring your own craft or participate in the guided craft while chatting with other participants. Registration is required.


Family Coloring Night

Gaston County Public Library

1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia

6 p.m.


Enjoy a family friendly coloring party at the library. Registration is required.


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). 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.


Thursday, July 15


Family Storytime in the Park

Harold Rankin Park

519 Park Cir., Lowell

10:30 a.m.

This event is aimed at children ages one to five and features read alouds and literacy activities. Registration is required.


Friday, July 16

The Schiele Museum- Photo Courtesy of GarlandBurks

Michael Tracy Trio

The Lodge Tavern and Tap

101 Kenwood St., Belmont

9 p.m.-11:30 p.m.


Live music from rock musician Michael Tracy.


Mod60s at the Thirsty Dog

The Thirsty Dog

508 Woodlawn St., Belmont

6:30 p.m.


Bring your dog and enjoy beers and live music.


Music at Nelly’s Southern Kitchen

Nelly’s Southern Kitchen

36 N. Main St, Belmont

7 p.m-10 p.m.


Live music featuring artist Chet Pressley.


Saturday, July 17

Cramerton Fire Department, Goat Mural—Evey McFadden, Gaston Outside

Boutique Birthday Bash

A Classy Closet

119 N. Main St., Lowell

12 p.m.-6 p.m.


Enjoying shopping, food and drinks at this annual celebration of the owner’s birthday.


Dinos in the Park

Harold Rankin Park

519 Park Circle, Lowell

6 p.m.-8 p.m.


This family-friendly event will feature dinosaur friends in a live interactive show. Looking for an easy dinner? You’re covered with on-site food trucks.


Kids Catfish Tournament

Dallas Park

1303 Dallas Cherryville Hwy., Dallas

8 a.m.


Hosted by Gaston County Parks and Rec, this event is for kids ages 3-15. A parent must accompany children to help bait their hook and handle any fish caught. Prizes will be awarded throughout.


Go Fest

Goat Island Park

141 8th Ave., Cramerton

Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Spend the weekend chasing, collecting and trading Pokemon.


Live at Patriots Park

Patriots Park

220 S. Railroad Ave