With a rich history in crafting and arts, these upcoming spring events are sure to inspire, educate, and delight your creative spirit. Learn all about local North Carolina pottery, the Hickory Metro folk art culture, and even grab a locally brewed pint at one of our spring festivals. 


Pottery Festival26th Annual Catawba Valley Pottery Festival

March 24th & 25th, 2023

The Catawba Valley Pottery & Antiques Festival (CVPAF) is one of the longest-running shows at the Hickory Metro Convention Center. The goal of the CVPAF is to bring together traditional potters and dealers to create a quality show that will celebrate our region's pottery heritage, one of North Carolina's most treasured cultural resources. The mission of the CVPAF is to foster an educational event where the public may learn about traditional North Carolina pottery, within the wider context of Southern pottery, and to provide an opportunity to purchase, collect, and study this unique cultural resource through contact with working potters and knowledgeable pottery dealers. CVPAF is hosted by the Historical Association of Catawba County and the North Carolina Pottery Center. 

Pottery Festival Ticket Information Here


Gem and Mineral Show 202253rd Annual Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Jewelry Show

March 24th, 25th & 26th, 2023

The long-running Gem, Mineral, Fossil, and Jewelry Show will feature many educational displays and presentations. There will be a Children's "Hands On" table, Mini Mine for children, wire-wrapping, cabochoning, faceting, and other lapidary arts. Other glass-enclosed displays will feature high-quality specimens from many United States locations and other countries. 

Gem & Mineral Show Tickets Here


Hickory Hops Festival19th Annual Hickory Hops Craft Beer & Music Festival

April 15th, 2023 1-6 PM

The 19th Annual Hickory Hops Craft Beer & Music Festival offers plenty for everyone, from inexperienced beer novices to hardened beer fest veterans looking for something unusual. There will be over 35 craft breweries participating in this sampling event. All Tasting Tickets include a tasting glass that will be provided on the day of the event. The festival will also feature live music and will take place rain or shine. This event is strictly for those 21 and over. The festival is organized by Hickory Downtown Development Association and hosted by Olde Hickory Brewery

Hickory Hops Event Info & Limited Tickets Here


folk art festival display6th Annual Foothills Folk Art Festival

May 13th, 2023 10 AM-4 PM

The Foothills Folk Art Festival's roots date back to 2005 when the Hickory Museum of Art presented its first folk art festival as part of a series of exhibitions, publications, and related programming, following the accession of 153 folk art objects from the collection of Barry and Allen Huffman of Hickory. Over the years, the festival has been held at different locations in Hickory and Sherrills Ford. Today, the festival is held on the second Saturday in May in Downtown Newton. This year's festival will showcase a variety of local and regional contemporary folk artists - whose work will be for sale - as well as artist demos, hands-on art activities for kids, live music, food from area restaurants and food truck vendors, beer gardens, and more!

Foothills Folk Art Festival Event Info Here


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