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Celebrate the Arts at Downtown Concord's 2018 Annual Spring into Arts Festival

May 10, 2018 04:41PM ● Published by Melanie Heisinger

Photo courtesy of Doug Donia.

The Spring into Arts Festival is an annual family-friendly event in Downtown Concord that showcases and promotes the visual and performing arts. The festival stretches along three blocks of Union Street, from in front of the Concord Library (27 Union Street, North) to the intersection of Union Street and Corban Avenue. 

Enjoy the juried art show, musical entertainment, locally crafted beer & wine, fantastic food, and a children's area that inspires the artistic side of all of us! Additional works will be available from Red Hands Coop on the artist row, as well as at the Cabarrus Art Guild (11 Union Street, South, lower level) and The Galleries of the Cabarrus Arts Council (65 Union Street, South).

Photo courtesy of Doug Donia.

Creation Station, the festival’s children’s area, will take up the entire courthouse block along Union Street from Means Avenue to Corban Avenue. This year’s library’s theme is Art Rocks, with the City of Concord Parks and Recreation Department focusing on Making Noise. Together there will be a wide variety of hands-on activities for children to enjoy all day long. The Creation Station Stage will feature a full schedule of live performances featuring professional and amateur performers.


Creation Station Stage Schedule:

10:15 - Welcome
10:30-11:15 - Big Bang Boom
11:30-12:15 - Gravity Check (at the library; street stage empty)
11:30-12:15 - Motion Dance Studio 
12:30-1:15 - Criss Cross Mangosauce
1:30-2:15 - Charlotte Ballet
2:30-3:15 - Lets Dance Studio 
3:15- 4:00 - Cabarrus Dance Academy  

*Kids Craft Experiences Will Take Place All Day!*

At the “other end” of the festival will be the #CreativeHappensHere Stage, where local and regional musicians and dancers will provide plenty of entertainment! Enjoy circus-inspired acts, Bluegrass and Americana jam sessions, belly dancing, and more.

#CreativeHappensHere Stage Schedule: 

10:00 - Queens of D'Nile
11:30 - The Art of Fashion
12:00 - Summit Dance Studio
1:30 - Jon Culbreath and Friends
3:00 - Circus University 

Participating Breweries and Wineries:

Photo courtesy of Doug Donia.


Dennis Vineyards Winery
Cabo Winery
Cougar Run Winery
Red Hill Brewing Company
Cabarrus Brewing Company
High Branch Brewing Co.
Twenty-Six Acres Brewing Company
Commoners Brewing Company


Along the artist row, five breweries and three wineries will have a variety of beverages available for sale. In addition, Downtown Concord’s diverse restaurants and eateries will be open to provide plenty of great food throughout the day.

The Spring into Arts Festival is an event of the Concord Downtown Development Corporation, the City of Concord, and the Historic Concord Preservation Trust. The CDDC thanks the City of Concord Parks and Recreation Department and the Concord Library for their partnership in planning and staffing this event.

All content courtesy of the 
Concord Downtown Development Corp.

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