Sibling event to Festival in the Park features more than 70 artists
Charlotte, N.C. (April 7, 2022) — Kings Drive Art Walk (KDAW) will return to its traditional spring dates on Saturday, April 30, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, May 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway along S. Kings Drive, near the Metropolitan in Midtown. The free event combines arts with the outdoors and features fine arts for sale in numerous media, including paint and drawing; sculpture; pottery; and metal, stone, wood and glass works. More than 70 artists from across the region will participate in the Art Walk.
KDAW was founded in 2011 by Festival in the Park, Charlotte’s popular fall event held in Freedom Park, a Charlotte tradition that started in 1964. The annual event was cancelled in 2020 at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, then returned for a one-time fall event in 2021. More than 20,000 patrons attended last year’s KDAW.
No admission is charged for the two-day, family-friendly Art Walk event. KDAW guests can choose from a variety of food vendors. As patrons stroll the Greenway, they will encounter performances by acoustic musicians.
Pedestrians should take special note that construction near the intersection of S. Kings Drive and
E. Morehead Street is currently blocking access to Little Sugar Creek Greenway near Atrium Health. Pedestrians walking from East Boulevard and Freedom Park may use the sidewalks along S. Kings Drive to access the Kings Drive Art Walk. The detour is expected to be in place for two years due to a project underway by Charlotte Water.
Parking is available in several lots and along neighborhood streets around Little Sugar Creek. The KDAW asks our visitors to refrain from parking at retail parking lots/decks and any of the parking decks near Carolinas Medical Center. Streets must remain open around CMC open to ensure passage of emergency vehicles.
Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation serves as the host of the KDAW. Piedmont Natural Gas is the Green Sponsor of the event.
This project was made possible, in part, through our cultural partner, the Arts & Science Council, the N.C. Arts Council – a division of the Department of Cultural Resources – and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
Festival in the Park is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Charlotte.
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President, Festival in the Park Board of Directors