CORNELIUS –  The monthly evolution of downtown into a celebration of music, culture and community returns on Friday, June 14.

The June 2nd Friday Street Festival will be held 6 to 10 p.m. in Old Town Cornelius at Oak Street Mill, with the Brian Rigby Band as the headline performer.

In addition to live music, the once-a-month June-through-October festival will feature beer vendors, food trucks, artisans, crafters and local businesses.

The Cornelius Cultural Arts Group (CCAG) hosts the family-friendly event, which is organized and promoted by Bella Love Inc., a Cornelius company specializing in community engagement through events, artist development and marketing.

Dozens of local artisans, crafters and businesses will display and selling a wide range of items, from homemade candles and dog treats to fine art, original paintings, locally thrown ceramics, unique jewelry and fashion pieces. Many local small businesses and community groups will set up booths, and live paintings will be created by Heather Be and Emily Harris, whose pieces will be available through a silent auction benefiting the CCAG.

Beverages will be offered by D9 Brewery, The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery and Red Clay Ciderworks. This month’s food option lineup will include the Momo Food Truck, Crafty Burg’r and Ruthie’s Food Truck.

The popular Kids’ Zone, operated by Love Lake Norman, will also be back in action.

CCAG is a nonprofit that uses arts events and initiatives to connect the community and improve the quality of life for local residents.

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