ANNUAL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS CALENDAR

HICKORY HOPS
April 26, 2014

DOWNTOWN FARMER'S MARKET
April - November 2014

SWINGING UNDER THE STARS
May 26, 2014

DOWNTOWN ART CRAWL
May 15 & September 18, 2014

HICKORY OKTOBERFEST
October 10-12, 2014

DOWNTOWN SHUCK & PEEL PARTY
November 8, 2014

HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING
November 14, 2014

A HICKORY HOLIDAY!
December 11, 2014



HICKORY HOPS BREW FESTIVAL

The Hickory Hops Brew Festival is a brew festival held in Downtown Hickory in the middle of April. The annual event, in its ninth year, attracts thousands of people to Downtown to enjoy live music and to sample beer from more than 40 different microbreweries.

Hickory Hops will be held Saturday, April 26, 2014, 1-7 pm at Olde Hickory Station.

For more information, visit www.hickoryhops.com.

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FARMER'S MARKET

The Farmer's Market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from April through November. This event features local farmers, artisans and other neighbors from the Hickory area.

With over 20 vendors you will find a wide selection of fresh, locally grown produce, potted plants and herbs, cut flowers, honey, preserves, fresh baked goods, hand-made soaps, and much more.

The Farmer's Market opens in April on Union Square.

For more information, visit www.hickoryfarmersmarket.com.

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SWINGING UNDER THE STARS
A TRIBUTE TO THE BIG BAND ERA

This annual Memorial Day Weekend event was started by Rick Cline in 2008. Swinging Under the Stars received an Award of Excellence as the Best Downtown Event in North Carolina as recognized by the NC Department of Commerce - Main Street Center. Bring your partner to Union Square and dance the night away.

Swinging Under the Stars is Sunday, May 26, 2014 at 7pm Union Square.

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ART CRAWL SERIES

The Art Crawl is held twice a year and features local artists showcasing their talents in downtown businesses. Over 20 businesses hosted artists last year. A map is provided and participants are welcome to browse the artwork, enjoy refreshments and meet with the artists. Artwork is available for sale.

This year, the Art Crawl will be held May 15 and September 18 from 5:30-8 pm in various businesses in Downtown Hickory with a Kick Off Party at 5.

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HICKORY OKTOBERFEST

Oktoberfest, the most anticipated event in the Unifour area, is in its 29th year. This festival offers a weekend of family entertainment. Five stages will present non-stop musical entertainment. Kids will enjoy the Kidsfest area, offering amusement rides and games for a thrill for all ages. Artisans will be selling such items as beautiful pottery, jewelry, glass, fabrics, woodcrafts, etc. Commercial vendors sell a variety of merchandise ranging from sunglasses to handmade soaps. There are many food vendors located in the Food Court selling a variety of treats, goodies and great food. Oktoberfest also features the Castle of Cans—the Castle of Caring, which features canned food donated for distribution to the needy by area churches, civic organizations, businesses and individuals.

This year, Oktoberfest will be held October 10-12, 2014. Check back for schedule.

For more information, please visit the Oktoberfest website at http://www.hickoryoktoberfest.com.

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DOWNTOWN SHUCK & PEEL PARTY

New this year is the annual Downtown Shuck & Peel. Come to Union Square to enjoy a variety of oysters and shrimp.

The Downtown Shuck & Peel will be held Saturday, November 8 from 1-6 pm on Union Square.

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HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING

Join the Mayor as we kick off the Holiday Season with a holiday tree lighting ceremony. Watch Union Square light up for the Holidays and enjoy some quality holiday shopping.

The Holiday Tree Lighting will be Friday, November 14, 2014 at 6:30 pm on Union Square.

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A HICKORY HOLIDAY!

A Hickory Holiday! is a great time to get your holiday shopping done in the relaxed atmosphere of Downtown Hickory. Enjoy holiday music, free wagon rides, and a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Many shops will remain open during the event.

A Hickory Holiday! will be held Thursday, December 11, 2014 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm in Downtown Hickory.

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