HUNTERSVILLE – Hello Huntersville, the town’s annual music and arts festival, will return for the second straight year on May 11.

The event originally began in 1995, but was not held for a few years until it was brought back in 2012. It will run from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. and feature artistic activities for families to enjoy.

About 20 regional art vendors will display and sell their work throughout downtown Huntersville.

There will also be local musicians and bands performing 45 minute sets on stage. Musicians include Sabrina Murdaugh, Daniel Mallard and Pursey Kerns.

There will be puppet shows by Bluemoon Puppets, artist Eric Melton drawing live caricatures, face paintings by Wish Upon A Star and a bounce house.

Donna Downey Studios will be giving free art classes.

Several local schools will be displaying their students’ artwork throughout the event. 

The Civic & Cultural Art Center team of CHALK IT UP Charlotte will create a chalk drawing performance during event. The performance will be led by artist Lee Baumgarten.

Kids of all ages will also have the opportunity to make expressive drawings on the sidewalks.

For those who get out early to the event, the Huntersville Growers’ Market will be hosting its grand opening starting at 8 a.m.

Several food vendors will be on site throughout the day to feed visitors to the event. Admission and parking are free.

Hello Huntersville is funded through a grant given by the Arts and Science Council. Carolina’s Healthcare System is another major sponsor of the event.

Visit www.huntersville.org for more information about the event.

Parking for the event will be located at the following places:

Town Center Parking Garage, 105 Gilead Road.

Huntersville Elementary, 200 Gilead Road.

Huntersville Presbyterian Church, 200 N. Old Statesville Road.

First Baptist Church of Huntersville, 121 N. Old Statesville Road.