WAXHAW – Kaleidoscope Fest showcases Waxhaw’s culture from fine arts and crafts to the performing arts.
Beginning in 2019, Kaleidoscope Fest is changing to a one-day food, music and art festival to account for the town quickly becoming a hub for foodies, artists and musicians.
The spring festival takes place 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 18 in downtown Waxhaw.
Festival planners aim to create an “artsy and fun” vibe in downtown.
Picture visual artists painting, throwing pottery, woodcarving, blacksmithing and blowing glass along the streets, as well as a youth art show featuring over 300 pieces of art from nearly 20 area schools.
Then picture performing artists juggling in the streets, as well as magicians, caricature artists and stilt walkers.
Acoustic performers will be positioned throughout the festival under the Oak Tree bandstand on East North Main, in Art Alley on West North Main, in the beer garden in the Waxhaw Water Tower Community Corner, in the Wine Cellar inside the Waxhaw Woman’s Club and along Highway 75.
This is all paired with great tastes of food from area restaurants.
The Taste of Waxhaw will feature more than 20 Waxhaw restaurants showcasing three or four menu items in bite-size portions.
Think mini Philly cheesesteak sandwiches, Rueben rolls, tacos, mini burgers and chicken sliders.
Participating restaurants 4th Corner Bakehouse & Coffee Co., Black Chicken Waxhaw, Blue Lagoon Cafe, Broome Street Burgers, Burney’s Sweets and More, Cookie Dough Bliss, El Vallarta Mexican Restaurant, Emmet’s Social Table, Mary O’Neills Irish Pub, Maxwell Tavern, Moe’s Original BBQ, Queen’s South Bar & Grill, Rippington’s, Rock Store BBQ Waxhaw, St. Stack’s Kitchen, South Main Street BBQ and The Cupcake Queen.
St. Stephen Maronite Catholic Church will also have a tray of hummus, falafel and pita bread.
Kaleidoscope Fest tokens will be used to buy food and drink items throughout the festival. Family-size token bag cost $50 for 45 tokens. Large token bags cost $20 for 15 tokens. Small token bags cost $10 for seven tokens.
Most food items cost between two and four tokens for each menu item. Tokens can be purchased by cash or credit card.
More than 60 artists and crafters will sell their wares on the street and inside the Duncan McDonald House on North McDonald Street. Over 300 pieces of artwork will be on display by nearly 20 area elementary, middle and high schools.
Public Parking Locations
Grass lot corner of Blythe Mill Road and Highway 16
Grass lot in front of new apartments on Highway 16
Waxhaw Elementary School
A trolley will drive between each of these lots for rider pickup and drop at two downtown locations – heading north stop: corner of Highway 16/75 at stoplight and heading south stop: corner of McDonald Street/Highway 16.
A map showing parking and trolley stops will be available at www.waxhaw.com/KFest
List of Musicians
On-Street Acoustic Musicians
South Main Street BBQ
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – George “Scoot” Pittman
2-4 p.m. – Jim Tierney
10 a.m.-12 p.m. – Tim McGuire
12:30-2:30 p.m. – LA Acoustics
3-5 p.m. – Kris Atom
In the Beer Garden @ Water Tower Community Corner
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Richard Truesdale
2-4 p.m. – Stella Horsefly
Art Alley (West North Main Street between Created in the Carolinas and Winning Awards)
12-2 p.m. – Christine Robinson
3-5 p.m. – Josh Burch
The Well (Corner Highway 16 and West North Main Street)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Jessica Pall
2-4 p.m. – Jim Sharkey
Oak Tree Bandstand (across from Dreamchaser’s Brewery/Black Chicken)
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Vince Rivers
2-4 p.m. – Dobie Toms
Inside the Wine Cellar @ Waxhaw Woman’s Club
11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Dobie Toms
2-4 p.m. – Nicole McCallister
Gravity Check Jugglers, Kyle and Ken
Magician Adrian Gagnon
Caricature Artist Jeff Magnum
Interactive Theater of Jef Lambdin, mime, juggler, balancer of things.
Mark Lippard, stiltwalker, unicyclist
Performing Arts Stage Performances (corner of North Church/West North Main streets)
10-10:30 a.m. – TBD
10:45-11:15 a.m. – UpLevel Martial Arts
11:30-12 pm – Greek dancers of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral Charlotte
12:15-12:45 p.m. – Progressive Movements Art Centre dancers
1-1:30 p.m. – India dancers of Nrityangan Cultural Academy in Matthews
1:45-2:15 p.m. – TBD
2:30 – 3 p.m. – Gift of Dance Studio dance team
3:15-3:45 p.m. – Connick School of Irish Dancers
4-4:30 p.m. – TBD
For a full list of art demonstrations, visit www.waxhaw.com/kfest