Special Events

The City of Newton and its many valued volunteers plan a wide variety of annual events that attract thousands of people to the area.

FFAF logoThis year marked the inaugural Foothills Folk Art Festival. Thanks to a partnership between the Downtown Newton Development Association and Hickory Museum of Art, the festival—formerly known as the Lake Norman Folk Art Festival—now makes Newton its home.

The festival is held on the first Saturday in October in Downtown Newton. The family friendly festival, which draws more than 4,000 visitors, showcases a variety of local and regional contemporary folk artists - whose work is for sale - as well as artist demos, hands-on kids activities, two stages of live music, food from area restaurants and food truck vendors, beer gardens and more.

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unity day bagpipes

The City sponsors several events each year, including the Unity Day Celebration, Halloween Spooktacular (Oct. 29, 2016, on the Courthouse Square)  and Light Up the Town (Nov. 27, 2016, on the Courthouse Square). The Parks and Recreation Department coordinates a wide variety of other activities throughout the year as well.

Newton is pleased to host these special events each year, and appreciates to the many dedicated volunteers who work hard to make our city a destination for area residents.