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Beginning Friday, Aug. 29 through Sunday, Aug. 31, Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation will hold a celebration honoring the hometown artist and commemorating the one-year anniversary of the grand opening of Romare Bearden Park.
Hours for the Bearden Birthday Bash are noon to 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 29, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 31. Festivities include:
  • Live music from some of the region’s top jazz performers
  • An Art Walk featuring many talented Charlotte-area artists
  • Local food vendors
  • Family activities presented by Radio Disney, McDowell Nature Center and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture
  • And much more!
A complete schedule of events can be found at
The park was inspired by the life and work of Romare Bearden, who was born on September 2, 1911. Images from his time spent in Charlotte and Mecklenburg County were incorporated into many of the artist’s collages, watercolors, oils, photomontages and prints.
Since its opening, Romare Bearden Park has become a very popular and welcome gathering spot in the heart of Charlotte. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation has presented many free cultural events in the park, including Romare Fest, the Music Box Lunch Series, the Bearden Music Series and Party in the Park, which have drawn thousands of guests. Romare Bearden Park covers 5 acres on South Church Street in Charlotte and is adjacent to the BB&T Ballpark.