• Rosa Sprinkle

Your Guide to September—Events, Markets and Music from Sept. 1-16

School has started and summer trips may be over, but September in the South keeps the fun going. There are so many opportunities to enjoy live music, markets, workshops, and classes that we couldn’t fit them all into one article. Check out what’s happening the first half of September in Gaston County!

Mount Holly Farmers Market - Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

Wednesday, September 1

Back to Hogwarts

A Little Bit of Art

900 S. Fork Village Dr. # G2, Belmont

  • September 1-3, 1 p.m.-8 p.m.

  • September 4, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

You are invited to conjure up your creative side. Hop on a broom or grab the Hogwarts Express to the studio as they devote the day to all things Harry Potter. Come in anytime between 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. and choose a canvas to paint or select from several ceramic options. Wear your house colors or your wizard robe and don't forget to bring your wand. (Description provided by A Little Bit of Art)

Thursday, September 2

Evening Farmers Market

Gastonia Farmers Market

410 E. Long Ave., Gastonia

5 p.m.-7 p.m.

Did you know that, along with day time hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, the market also has evening hours on Thursdays? Stroll through to check out new vendors and food trucks open especially for each Thursday night.

Freeman’s Pub

173 W Main Ave., Gastonia

9:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Freeman’s Pub often has live music during the week, but Thursday nights are Karaoke night!

Jazz at the Garden

6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

September’s show at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden will feature Gino Castillo & the Cuban Cowboys. Bring your lawn chair and a picnic to enjoy during the show.

Country Kick-off to Labor Day Weekend

Hound's Drive-In Theatre

114 Raven Cir., Kings Mountain

Doors open at 6 p.m.

Encore Nights Country Kickoff to Labor Day Weekend featuring Toby Keith and ALABAMA will stream at Hound’s Drive-in. Pop down your tailgate and dance the night away, under the summer sky, to amazing streamed country music, with your friends and family, at your local drive-in! (Description provided by Encore Nights)

Preschool Story Time

Mt. Holly Branch Library

245 W. Catawba Ave., Mt Holly

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

Enjoy an in-person preschool story time for children and their adults. (Description provided by library)

Friday, September 3

Buff Faye’s Glamorous Life Drag Diner

207 S. Chestnut St., Gastonia

7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Buff Faye runs the Carolina's #1 and Longest-Running Drag Show, so she really knows how to entertain.

DIY Date Night

AR Workshop

65 Glenway St., Belmont

6 p.m.-9 p.m.

BYO wine or beer and a date and enjoy this monthly DIY class. You’ll make one of the many wood or canvas projects available and customize it with paints or stains. Date Night takes place the first Friday of every month.

Saturday, September 4

Dallas July 4th Celebration - Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

Dallas Vendor Festival

1303 Dallas-Cherryville Hwy., Dallas

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Small businesses and local artisans will be selling their goods at this delightful event in Dallas Park.

Mount Holly Farmer’s Market

226 S. Main St., Mount Holly

8 a.m.-noon

Open each Saturday morning, the market offers up fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy and baked goods, meats, fish and seafood, artisanal goods, and entertainment.

Nickel Plated Steel at Belmont Brewing Company

​​1500 River Dr., Belmont

7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of live music by Nickel Plated Steel at the brewery.

Sidewalk Sale at Catalyst Mercantile

Catalyst Mercantile - Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

117 N. Main St., Mount Holly 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Save an extra 30% off when you shop end of summer styles at this shop where local makers and local collectors come together.

Sound Therapy and Instrumental Class

Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park

1400 E. Catawba St., Belmont

5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Using instruments such as singing bowls, rain sticks,chimes, bells, and tuning forks, learn how to use your metaphysical instruments during this sound therapy session.

U.S. National Whitewater Center’s Labor Day Celebration 2021

Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte 8 a.m.-

  • Saturday, September 4

  • Sunday, September 5

Celebrate Labor Day at U.S. National Whitewater Center Saturday, September 4th, and Sunday, September 5th, 2021, with trail races, yoga, live music and fireworks. The festival is free. Parking costs $6. Fireworks will be set off at dusk on Sunday. Bring lawn chairs or blankets. No outside food and drinks are permitted. (Description courtesy of Charlotte on the Cheap)

Dallas Lavendar Lane Labor Day

937 Old Willis School Rd., Dallas

  • Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  • Sunday, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.

  • Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visit Dallas Lavender Lane for Labor Day Weekend! The Lavender Express will be running and lavender plants will be 20% off. Meet the animals! There’s a new 20×50 foot covered area with picnic tables, and board games of all kinds! Freshly picked Honey Crisp apples from the mountains will be available for purchase. (Description Courtesy of Charlotte on the Cheap)

Sunday, September 5

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 in The Garden.

Monday, September 6

Grant Baldwin, Gaston Outside

Butterfly Bungalow

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

6500 S. New Hope Rd., Belmont

9 a.m.-4 p.m.

In the Garden’s Butterfly Bungalow you will experience butterflies up close and personal. Experience the process of pollination, the transfer of pollen from the male part to the female part of the flower. Learn about the life cycle of butterflies from eggs, caterpillars, butterflies and moths much like you would in their natural habitat. (Description courtesy of Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden)

Gastonia Honey Hunters Home vs. Lexington Legends

Caromont Health Park

800 W. Franklin Blvd., Gastonia

6:50 p.m.

The Gastonia Honey Hunters Baseball is the newest team in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB). Get your tickets and meet at the ballpark for some baseball and family fun! (Description courtesy of Gastonia Honey Hunters)

Wednesday, September 8

River Tramps @ Pita Wheel

110 S. York St., Gastonia

7 p.m.-9 p.m.

Enjoy some good food and live music by the River Tramps. Bandmates blend the best elements of folk and pop music, crafting tunes with harmony, gypsy jazz flourishes, and twang.

Friday, September 10

Fryeday Coffee Roasters - Randy Rivera, Gaston Outside

4th Annual Treasures for Children Fundraiser


52-A Ervin St., Belmont

5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Have your treasures appraised and receive a complimentary glass of wine or beverage of your choice and support a great cause - finding a cure for diabetes.

Jam At The Dam

115 Willow Dr., McAdenville

4 p.m.-8 p.m.

Live music by The Missing Finger, discounted paddling, and Will’s Doggn’ It Deli & Dogs at The Boathouse. Family and pet friendly.

Live Music at Fryeday Coffee Roasters

106 E. 1st St., Unit B, Lowell

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

Let musician Michael Tracy entertain you with his solo acoustic performance while you sip any of the delicious drink offerings at this laid-back coffee house.

Saturday, September 11

Belmont Yoga - Liz Logan, Gaston Outside

Patriots Park Cruise-In

220 S. Railroad Ave., Kings Mountain

5 p.m.-10 p.m.

Live music and cool cars are cruising into Downtown Kings Mountain. Headlining is On The Border, The Ultimate Eagles Tribute Band.

PopUp Market at The Thirsty Dog

508 Woodlawn St., Belmont

4 p.m.-9 p.m.

The Thirsty Dog is hosting Starving Artist Market CLT out in the parking lot. Shopping at the many vendor booths is free and pet-friendly to well-behaved pups. Membership is required to enter the bar ($1 day passes available at the door).

Sound Bath Meditation

Belmont Yoga

37 Glenway St., Belmont

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

Prepare to find incredible relaxation for your mind, body and soul through this immersive meditation using sound healing techniques. Led by Shane Elks.

Tuesday, September 14

Cooking Smart with Fall Foods

Union Road Branch Library

5800 Union Rd., Gastonia

10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

Learn how to make delicious (and easy) meals using the bounty of fall fruits and vegetables.

September 16

Trucks in the Park

Harold Rankin Park

519 Park Circle, Lowell

3 p.m.-6 p.m.

Gather at the park for this free, family event to give kids the opportunity to touch and explore different types of vehicles.