Salsa Showdown, Cheesecake Day & Summer Music – What to Do at the Lake this Weekend

Before you think about hitting the road for a weekend getaway, think again. We’ve got the scoop on the best events around Lake Norman this weekend that will make your staycation worth every minute. Here’s your guide to what to do and where to go this weekend in Lake Norman:


Isabella Santos Foundation Blood Drive

Friday, July 29
Cornelius Drafthouse and Bottle Shop

where to go this weekend in Lake Norman
Please join us at the Cornelius Drafthouse on July 29th for the 1st Isabella Santos Foundation Blood Drive
Sponsored by The Cornelius Drafthouse

All donors are asked to make an appointment on the Community Blood Center of the Carolinas’ website.

Please copy and paste link below:

Every donor will receive a FREE Pint ticket donated by the Cornelius Drafthouse to use at any time.


Movies @ McGuire: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Friday, July 29
McGuire Nuclear Station’s EnergyExplorium

where to go this weekend in Lake Norman

It’s free movie night with a family-friendly showing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Scoop tip: boaters may anchor at the EnergyExplorium’s cove to view the film from on board.


Legally Blonde
Friday, July 29-Sunday, July 31
Armour Street Theatre

where to go this weekend in Lake Norman

Dust off those sorority letters because everyone’s favorite blonde is coming to life at the Armour Street Theatre this weekend. Come see Elle Woods go from sorority girl to Harvard student with plenty of laughs along the way in the Teen Summer Stock Series edition of Legally Blonde, The Musical. General admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door.



ICE Martini 3 Year Anniversary
Friday, July 29
ICE Martini Bar


Cheers to three years at ICE Martini Bar. Celebrate with prizes given out throughout the night and drink specials. No cover and free parking available.



Hooked on Fridays Summer Concert Series
Friday, July 29
Galway Hooker Restaurant and Irish Pub

hooked on fridays

Kick off the weekend with the Hooked on Fridays Summer Concert Series. Play lawn games and enjoy live music from HC Oakes from 5-8 pm and Mitch Hayes beginning at 10 pm.


Minging on the Greens
Friday, July 29-Sunday, July 31
Birkdale Village

mingling on the greens

Birkdale Village keeps the party going all weekend long with live music Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. Come out Friday and Saturdays from 7-9 pm and Sundays 4-6 pm. See here for the full music schedule.


National Cheesecake Day at High Branch
Friday, July 29-Saturday, July 30
High Branch Brewing Company


As if we needed an excuse, High Branch Brewing and food truck Emergensweets are teaming up for the ultimate National Cheesecake Day celebration. Stop by for brews and cheesecake Friday and Saturday.


David McGuirt Duo LIVE at Upper Crust Bar & Social Club
Saturday, July 30
Upper Crust

upper crust

In Davidson, swing by Upper Crust Bar & Social Club to hear the David McGuirt Duo perform live beginning at 9 pm. While you watch sip on craft cocktails and indulge in fresh seafood and bar appetizers.


7th Annual Salsa Showdown
Saturday, July 30
Davidson Farmer’s Market

davidson farmer's market

Can it get any hotter than a salsa showdown? Community contestants are bringing their best recipes and using market ingredients to win your vote for best salsa. Sampling and voting is free and begins at 10 am.


Guns & Hoses Charity Softball Game
Saturday, July 30
Bailey Road Park

guns and hoses

The Cornelius Police Department and Cornelius-Lemley Fire Rescue are taking the field this Saturday to raise money for the Cornelius 9/11 Monument. Watch the two teams battle it out while enjoying food trucks, vendors and raffle items.



USA “Dude Beach” Party
Saturday, July 30
Cork and Cask

cork and cask

Just in case you didn’t get your fill on July 4th, Cork & Cask is hosting a grand old party that will require all of your red, white and blue. They’ll have USA themed food specials, patriotic movies, American rock playlists and will be tapping a special keg of Sierra Nevada Beer Camp “Dude Beach”.



Allison Hancin
A Charlotte-loving adventure seeker with an appetite for discovering local finds. Always planning my next trip!