There is plenty of community spirit to be found in Monroe. The city is home to a variety of recreational centers, including the Ellen Fitzgerald Senior Center, the Winchester Center, and the Old Armory Community Center. Every September through November, Monroe holds its Aw Shucks! Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch festival, with hayrides and a haunted trail. You will find a taste of Ye Olde England with The Queen's Cup Steeplechase, held every April and offering races, parties and contests. Each spring, the city grants a sneak peek into the finer things with the Monroe Historic Home Tour.
Lively and Literate
The lively art community in Monroe gives art lovers ample chances to feast their eyes and ears. The Museum of the Waxhaws showcases the area’s rich history from 1650 to 1900. The museum also encourages creativity and education through daytime summer workshops for kids. The Union Symphony Society makes beautiful music together, actively promoting the musical arts to youth, and performing concerts at different area venues. The Union County Writer’s Club sponsors a Literary Arts Festival every year to search for the next Faulkner or Dickinson. Other annual events include the Lake Park Festival and Winter Holiday Arts Festival.
Gardens and nature centers are awaiting exploration nearby, including Reedy Creek Nature Center and the Pee Dee National Wildlife Refuge. Huntersville is home to the Carolina Raptor Center, an astonishing refuge featuring a huge rehabilitation area for hawks, eagles, and other birds of prey. If you have dreamed of having a horse to call your own, Honeysuckle Farm and Chestnut Lane provide horse boarding and riding lessons. For hiking, fishing and just relaxing in nature, Cane Creek Park in Waxhaw is the place to go to get away. It is open year-round, is pet friendly, and has showers and restrooms.