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How to Make the Most of April Is for Arts

Updated for 2024.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And there is much to behold in the Lake Norman area in April. From the live music to scrumptious foods to the amazing works of local artists, we want to share how to make the most of April is for Arts.

After long cold winter months, a Carolina spring could be reason enough to plan a getaway. Yet, when you add culture and the arts to an array of demonstrations, exhibits, and live events, your getaway becomes a delight for the senses. If you want to discover more events, restaurants, and activities in the Davidson area, be sure to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide.

What to See and Do

April is for Arts takes place during one of the last weekends of the month. This year it’s celebrated on April 26 – 28 and features three days of unique showcases of art, from painting and sculpture to photography and music.

Friday: Gallery Crawl

The April is for Arts Gallery Crawl takes place on Friday from 6 – 9 pm. This free event kicks off the weekend with many artists and local businesses displaying their work or products on the sidewalk and inside businesses along Main St and South Main Street in Davidson. Either grab a ride on the trolley or stroll the streets to stop at the different exhibits.

Saturday: Art on the Green Festival

Art on the Green takes place on Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and again on Sunday from noon to 4 pm. Not only can visitors view one-of-a-kind art on the Village Green, but you can also enjoy live music and local food vendors throughout the day. The juried art show brings artists from all around the east coast specializing in multiple media: sculpture, watercolor, photography, ceramics and glass to name a few. It’s a fantastic time to socialize with the locals, meet the artists and enjoy the beautiful spring weather.

Sunday: Concert on the Green

Davidson’s Concerts on the Green are a local favorite. This concert series begins at 6 pm with a performance by the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble on an outdoor stage at the Davidson Public Library. Check their schedule for this year’s lineup. After April is for Arts Weekend, these concerts will occur on the first and third Sunday of each month through the end of September. They are all free for everyone!

We also recommend checking out some of the incredible local restaurants around Davidson during your visit for April is for Arts! Enjoy delicious food and drinks at any one of these options:

Plan Your Spring Getaway

The Davidson Village Inn provides the ultimate spring stay in our town. Our collection of rooms offers comfort and convenient amenities that ensure a relaxing visit. It’s easy to discover Davidson from our Inn. The best shops and restaurants, as well as the Davidson College campus, are just steps away from our front door. Check availability today!

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