BELMONT, N.C. — Moonlight on Main is coming to downtown Belmont, N.C. for three weekends beginning October 22nd bringing art, festivities, and of course the bright, beautiful moon.
Museum of the Moon is an international touring exhibition from U.K. artist Luke Jerram featuring a seven-meter detailed NASA image of the lunar surface.
This artwork is expected to travel across global public spaces including taking the center stage at the Stowe Park amphitheater Thursdays to Sundays from October 22nd to November 7th.
“We hope the exhibit will be an educational experience of a lifetime and inspire the next generation of scientists, artists, poets, writers, and musicians from Gaston County,” said Phil Boggan, downtown director for the City of Belmont. “The evenings and weekends will evoke passion and exploration as the ethereal blue light cast by the full moon serves as the perfect environment for art exhibitions, theater performances, and a variety of musical concerts.”
In addition to the glowing moon, city officials say lunar-inspired events will take place throughout the three-weekend presentation.
Officials say a free Opening Night Art Exhibit and Downtown Art Tour will take place on October 21st from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Other festivities include a kid-friendly Boo Fest on October 23rd, a Halloween Bar Crawl on October 30th, Howl at the Moon for pets on October 31st, and a Moon Educational Program on November 7th, presented by The Schiele Museum of Natural History.
City officials say there will also be live music performances throughout the event from the Charlotte Jazz Band to Noel Freidline and Maria Howell, Villains Cabaret and the Pink Floyd Experience.
During the three weeks of the exhibition, officials say downtown Belmont will radiate as an outdoor art gallery with projected lights and art around Main Street.
Officials say nine outdoor murals will also be on display representing the moon’s role in the Underground Railroad, with guided tours available on October 22nd.
Ted Hall, chairman of the Belmont Tourism Development Authority, said “Moonlight on Main is a family friendly opportunity for visitors across the Charlotte region and well beyond to be awed by the moon and by Belmont, N.C. It’s a perfect time to discover Belmont’s mouthwatering restaurants, local businesses, renowned destinations and, above all else, its small town charm.”
Presented by the Downtown Belmont Development Association, Moonlight on Main is free to attend.
Officials say ticket prices for select events will vary.
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