Break out your sunnies and best spring tote, because there’s a lot to pack in this weekend around town. From a ride aboard the brew bus to brewer’s fest and a dog karaoke competition, here’s your guide to where to go and what to do this weekend in Lake Norman:
2nd Friday Street Festival
Oak Street Mill, Cornelius
2nd Friday is back with a lively showcase of the area’s best talent on the main stage, along with beer and wine offerings, food trucks, artisan vendors, kids activities and more.
North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival
Through Saturday, May 13
Rural Hill, Huntersville
The fun kicks off Friday night with a Campground Jam for those staying on-site, then continues all day Saturday with a packed live music line-up and tastings from NC craft breweries.
Pooches & Puccini Festival
LangTree Lake Norman, Mooresville
Fido could use a little culture. Bring the pup to Opera Carolina’s first annual Pooches & Puccini dog and music festival. Starting at 3 p.m., the whole family can enjoy activities, music performances, and demonstrations. As the evening rolls in, show what you’re made of in the Dog Karaoke competition, sip on adult beverages and soak in opera arias and classic show tunes. Free and open to the public.
Lake Norman Hospice Regatta & Party
The Peninsula Club
Prior to race weekend (June 2-4), break out your party dress for the Lake Norman Hospice Regatta Party. At the Peninsula Club, enjoy hors d’oeuvres, chef-prepared dinner, music, dancing and a cash bar. Live and silent auctions will support Hospice and Palliative Care Lake Norman. $125 per person.
Huntersville Growers’ Market
200 Gilead Road, Huntersville
The Huntersville Grower’s Market is back beginning this weekend. Drop by to browse the selection of fresh and local produce and baked goods, or make a day of it with cooking demos, samples and kids activities.
Afton Village Wine Festival
The Wine Room at Afton Village
Get your tasting glass ready. The Wine Room at Afton Village welcomes seven wineries for a day of sipping, food and live music. $10 per person.
2nd Annual Cornelius Trail Run
Caldwell Station Creek Greenway, Cornelius
Help celebrate the grand opening of the Caldwell Station Creek Greenway by lacing up for a walk or run on the area’s newest trail. The 2.6-mile course features fitness stations and challenges along the way. $26 per person. Register here.
Hop on the Brew Bus
Bayne Brewing Company, Cornelius
All aboard the brew bus! Get your ticket to ride from stop to stop, sipping the best brews the Lake has to offer. Participating taprooms include Bayne Brewing, Cornelius Drafthouse, Old Town Public House and bottled and tapped. $10 per person for unlimited rides.
18th Annual Charlotte Asian Festival and 12th Dragon Boat Race Festival
Ramsey Creek Park, Cornelius
Celebrate Asian culture and history at the Annual Charlotte Asian Festival. Watch the competition heat up in the dragon boat race beginning at 9 a.m. and going throughout the day. Be amazed by the talent on stage during music and dance performances, and shop offerings from vendors.
Shop & Sip Craft Market – Mother’s Day Edition
Ghostface Brewing, Mooresville
Snag the perfect gift for mom at Ghostface Brewing’s artisanal marketplace. Browse the local offerings while sipping your favorite beer, wine or cider.
Grand Opening – Clean Juice Davidson
605D Jetton Street, Davidson
Clean Juice is coming to Davidson! Help welcome them to the neighborhood with a ribbon cutting, raffles, games and music. Check out their certified organic menu and find a new favorite go-to item.
1 Year Anniversary Block Party
Yoga On Davidson, Davidson
Strike a pose to celebrate Yoga on Davidson’s first anniversary. Start the day off with three donation-based class options (benefitting the Susan G. Komen organization) and continue the fun with a block party featuring live music, food and drinks.