By Bernie Petit
If you’re looking for something to do outside in the coming weeks, you’re in luck.
The arrival of spring means outdoor festival season is upon us, and the Arts & Science Council (ASC) is helping give families across our community plenty to look forward to this season.
ASC supports festivals throughout the year primarily through Town Initiative Grants and Cultural Festival Grants, which increase access to arts, science, history and heritage offerings and strengthen the quality of cultural programming in neighborhoods and towns throughout Mecklenburg County.
Several of festivals supported by ASC take place in the spring, when the warm weather and longer days beckon us outside after the cold and gloom of winter.
Here’s a look at five festivals taking place in April and May you won’t want to miss. Admission is free unless noted.
Charlotte World Parade and Festival.
CHARLOTTE WORLD PARADE AND FESTIVAL
When: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26.
Where: Freedom Park, 1900 East Blvd., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: The hometown multicultural and international event celebrating all cultures in North Carolina starts with a Parade of Nations, an authentic exploration of cultures showcasing more than 45 countries from all over the world with vibrant, colorful, native dresses. The festival includes a variety of live cultural entertainment all day, as well as cultural displays and interactive exhibits, and international crafts and food.
Kings Drive Art Walk.
KINGS DRIVE ART WALK
When: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 27.
Where: Little Sugar Creek Greenway on Kings Drive, 600 South Kings Dr., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Presented by Festival in the Park, the annual event focuses on fine and emerging artists. Nearly 80 artists, ranging from clay and metal to mixed media and painting, will have their work on display and available for purchase. There will also be a jazz music stage both days.
Art on the Green.
ART ON THE GREEN
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 26 and noon-4 p.m. April 27.
Where: Main Street and town green in downtown Davidson.
What’s Happening: North Mecklenburg’s largest annual art festival brings thousands of people to Davidson to enjoy art, live music and food. The juried art festival features booths filled with art works from artists throughout the region. The weekend also includes musical performances by a variety of local talents and a host of food choices from on-site vendors and area restaurants.
Hello Huntersville Festival.
HELLO HUNTERSVILLE FESTIVAL
When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 10.
Where: Downtown Huntersville.
What’s Happening: Huntersville’s annual music and arts festival will feature regional artists, live music, chalk drawing demonstrations, local restaurants and food trucks, arts and crafts vendors, children’s rides and activities and more.
Romare Bearden Park.
When: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. May 3 and noon-4 p.m. May 4.
Where: Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: The inaugural Romare Fest at Romare Bearden Park will feature performances from regional artists, art, children’s activities and more.
*Romare Fest is not supported through an ASC Cultural Project Grant or Town Initiative Grant; ASC hired Seattle artist Norie Sato to work with Charlotte-based LandDesign to integrate themes from Charlotte-born artist Romare Bearden’s work in the park, which opened last year.