About the


The Belmont Main Street Program implements the Main Street Four-Point Approach in our three downtown districts.

Our programs and projects are designed to keep downtown Belmont useful and vibrant, and our community engaged and active.  We do this through a focus on art, culture, and historic preservation, as well as activities and initiatives involving the community. Our work focuses on Belmont’s three distinct downtown districts (Historic Downtown, Chronicle District, and East End). We strive for a healthy, active downtown Belmont that offers a variety of experiences from outdoor recreational opportunities, to downtown living, dining and family-friendly entertainment.

The Main Street Program works under the City of Belmont Community Development Department & hosts the following events:
🐣 Easter Egg Hunt
🎨 Garibaldi Festival
👻 BooFest



Our approach revolves around economic development strategies aimed at revitalizing or bolstering downtown economies.

The Main Street Four-Point Approach is a distinctive preservation-based economic development tool empowering communities to rejuvenate downtown and neighborhood business districts by harnessing local assets ranging from cultural, historic, and architectural resources to local enterprises and community pride.

The four points include Design, Economic Vitality, Organization, and Promotion. Each of these points is spearheaded by our board and committees, with dedicated committees overseeing projects and initiatives for each point.

Our Accreditation

The City of Belmont is a North Carolina Main Street community, designated by the N.C. Department of Commerce Main Street & Rural Planning Center.  The City of Belmont Main Street Department is charged with administering the program at the local level and building public-private partnerships to spur economic development that achieves measurable results such as investment, business growth, and job creation. 

As a Main Street America™ Accredited program, The City of Belmont Main Street Department is a recognized leading program among the national network of more than 1,200 neighborhoods and communities that share both a commitment to creating high-quality places and to building stronger communities through preservation-based economic development. All Main Street America™ Accredited programs meet a set of National Accreditation Standards of Performance as outlined by Main Street America.

Main to Main Trail

The NC Main to Main Trail is a unique way to experience North Carolina communities. Since 1980, the State of North Carolina has been selecting cities and towns of all sizes to carry the distinction as designated North Carolina Main Street communities. These communities are actively engaged in the Main Street America network and are following the Main Street Approach™ to revitalize their downtown districts.

From the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains, the urban growth of the Piedmont, to the eastern inner banks to the coastal plains, Main Street communities are destinations. Each downtown district features architectural treasures from typical commercial buildings, governmental icons, and cultural attractions. Locally owned shops, restaurants, and spirits offer the communities many unique options. Stroll the tree-lined streets to take in the flavor of the district and gain the perspective of why the locals call their community home.

The NC Main to Main Trail leads you through the state’s designated Main Street communities, highlighting each town’s best downtown and outdoor experiences, and providing links to the local Main Street program, VisitNC and the local tourism websites, so that you don’t miss a thing as you trek the NC Main to Main Trail.