Springtime at McLean means getting out and having fun, whether your tastes run to fine arts, spring flowers, local brews or whitewater rapids!

Here the biggest events taking place next door at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden and nearby in downtown Belmont, Cramerton and the Whitewater Center.


Back to nature

Belmont Arbor Day

Enjoy Arbor Day at Belmont’s new lakeside park

Arbor Day Festival – Noon-3 pm April 6 in Belmont’s Kevin Loftin Riverfront Park.

Celebrate our leafy friends and all things green in Belmont’s newest park. Food and activities for all ages, including a tree planting and a Ladybug release. Details

EarthFest – 11 am-3 pm April 13-14 at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden.

Our next-door neighbor is the perfect place to celebrate sustainable living. Live music, lawn games, family crafts, the DSBG Beer Garden and a spring nature hike are all part of the fun. Details


Festival fun for all

Paddling competition at Tuck Fest

Paddling competition at Tuck Fest

Tuckfest – April 25-28 at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

The grand U.S. National Whitewater Center roars to life for the 2019 season with a four-day celebration of outdoor adventure. Enjoy athletic competitions on land, water and wheels; sports and gear clinics; tons of food and drink; and live music every night. Details

Garibaldi Festival – 11 am-4 pm April 27 at Stowe Park in historic downtown Belmont.

Join your Belmont neighbors in celebrating this spring festival named for the town’s original name, Garibaldi Station. Enjoy local arts, crafts, music and each other! Details

Fine arts and film

Cramerton Fine Art and Crafts Show

Cramerton Fine Art and Crafts Show

Cramerton Fine Art and Craft Festival – 10 am-4 pm May 4 in downtown Cramerton.

The Catawba River Artisans host this juried show of local artisans. Browse the displays of unique, handcrafted arts and crafts while enjoying live music. Details

Whitewater Film Series – 8-9 pm April 5, 12, 19 at the U.S. National Whitewater Center.

What better way to watch feature films about outdoor adventure than outdoors at the Whitewater Center? Viewers will have a chance to experience the active, outdoor lifestyle from the perspectives of those living it to the fullest. Details