5 fall festivities you NEED to check out in Gaston County


This post is brought to you in partnership with Gaston Outside. All opinions are our own.

GO Month is upon us, and Gaston Outside is emphasizing all the wonderful things that make Gaston County so unique, including a robust offering of natural resource and a bustling arts and culture scene. Here are five amazing events that you can attend throughout October.

Mount Holly Lantern Festival Parade

Saturday, October 20. 7 p.m. — 8 p.m. Mount Holly.


Led by the official Carolina Panthers drumline, Purrcussion, the Mount Holly Lantern Festival Parade will start at Ida Rankin Elementary School and will march all the way to the Mount Holly Farmers Market. A collaboration between local and international artists, teachers and students, the parade will feature local art. Entrants will have their lanterns judged by artist Kathleen Doody to win cash prizes!

Belmont Oktoberfest

Sunday, October 21. 1 p.m. — 8 p.m. Stowe Park. 24 S Main St., Belmont.

Rivermen Brewing Company teams up with Cavendish Brewery to present festivalgoers with an evening they won’t forget. Complete with a beer garden, local food trucks and live music, the Belmont Oktoberfest will even have the Panthers game showing for fall football fanatics.

Lost Hollow Music Fest

Saturday, October 13 — Sunday, October 14. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S New Hope Rd., Belmont.


Free for members of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and with general Garden admission, the Lost Hollow Music Fest will feature bluegrass-inspired, genre-busting music from David Childers, Sinners & Saints, PJ Buster and more. Grab some food at the nearby food trucks and get there early. Amphitheater seats are on a first-come, first-served basis.

Dallas Ghost Walk Tours

Every Friday night in October. 7 p.m. — 9 p.m. Gaston County Museum of Art & History, 131 W Main St., Dallas.

Do you enjoy spooks and eerie tales? Check out this Ghost Walk through the historic Dallas Square to hear costumed storytellers regale you with local folklore and haunted sightings. FREE to the general public, the event does require you to RSVP.

Warlick Family YMCA’s Fall Festival, Trick or Trail 5K and Fun Run

Saturday, October 20. Warlick Family YMCA. 2221 Robinwood Rd., Gastonia.


The Warlick Family YMCA in Gastonia is hosting the Trick or Trail event on the beautiful Sytz Trail System. After a 5k at 8:00 a.m. and a one-mile fun run at 9:30, participants are welcome to continue the celebration at the YMCA’s Fall Festival. Awards will be presented for the best run times within each age group as well as the best costumes, so suit up and get ready to race!

Gaston Outside is celebrating GO Month all October long, highlighting the best of what makes the county a great place to live, work and play.

Want to learn more about Gaston Outside, fall events around the county and how you can participate in GO Month? Click here for more information.


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