The biggest Art Walk of the year will take place Friday from 6-9 p.m. in downtown Concord.
Galleries and businesses throughout the city will display visual art. There will be refreshments and entertainment at many locations, and artists will be on hand to discuss their work.
Art Walk is organized by the Cabarrus Arts Council.
There also will be two other events, which will ensure a full evening of activities in downtown Concord.
The City of Concord's annual Christmas tree lighting will begin at 5:30 p.m. with children's activities and culminate at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks.
Modern Film Fest at the Davis Theatre will show the documentary "Tearing Down the Tent" immediately after Art Walk, at 9 p.m. in the Davis Theatre.
Art Walk will include several stops on and near Union Street. The Galleries in the Cabarrus County historic courthouse at 65 Union St. S have two shows: Black, White and Easily Red, a group exhibition of works by 16 artists; and Shop Seagrove, a collection of pottery from seven of the famous North Carolina town's most prominent potters. The Galleries also is showcasing a Christmas tree decorated with white, red and silver handcrafted ornaments.
The Piedmont Renaissance Center at 57 Union St. S will host some 30 artists, including some who have not previously exhibited at an Art Walk. The Adam Ramsey Miller Gallery will display Papa Ran God, an exhibition of art exposing a propaganda-run society, created by Kelly Roper, Suje Garcia, Ben Verner and Nick Garris. There also will be art at The Peggy at 186 Spring St. NW and several other Union Street locations.
Tree-lighting festivities will include trolley and carriage rides, family entertainment and the opportunity to meet Santa Claus.
The screening of "Tearing Down the Tent" is the first showing in a new partnership between the Cabarrus Arts Council and Modern Film Fest that will bring an independent film to the Davis Theatre each month.
The movie was directed by Michael Knox, an Asheville filmmaker and former staff writer at The Independent Tribune. Knox will be at the screening to talk about the film and answer questions.
"Tearing Down the Tent" has not been rated by the Motion Picture Association of America; it contains one brief scene containing nudity. The Cabarrus Arts Council encourages viewers to research each film to determine whether it is appropriate for their family.