LAKE NORMAN ~ Dragonboat Race, Jazz Fest, Art Market & More. What To Do This Weekend LKN – 5/17

The days may be longer, but we swear summer weekends go by way more quickly. Make the most of them with our day-by-day round-up of what to do this weekend in Lake Norman:


A Journey in Images: An Instagram-Inspired Collection
May 18 – August 24 | Mooresville Public Library

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Celebrate the work of photographer Bart Mauceri Jr., inspired by Instagram formats, in A Journey in Images. Opening reception will be held May 19 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., while work will be on display through August 24. Free and open to the public.

2nd Annual Lake Norman Festival of the Arts with Craft Marketplace
May 19 – 20 | Birkdale Village, Huntersville

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Discover fine art including sculptures, photography, glass, paintings, ceramics, jewelry and more. Free admission.


Hooked on Fridays-Summer Concert Series
Galway Hooker Irish Pub, Cornelius | 6 p.m.

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Kick off your weekend with Galway Hooker’s Hooked on Fridays Summer Concert Series. Expect bar games and $3 Coronas.


The Breakfast Truck at OTPH
Old Town Public House | 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Each Saturday in May, The Breakfast Food Truck will join the team at OTPH to fuel guests up for the weekend ahead.

The Butterfly Run 5K
Aquesta Bank Headquarters, Cornelius | 8 a.m.

Lace up for a 5K run/walk in memory of Lauren Marie Kimsey and in support of Big Day at The Lake and The Lauren Marie Kimsey Foundation for Synovial Sarcoma. The race will start with a release of 250 live butterflies and end with live music.

Charlotte Asian Festival 2018
Ramsey Creek Park, Cornelius

The 2018 Charlotte Asian Festival celebrates the heritage and diversity of Asian cultures with music and dance performances, the Charlotte Dragon Boat Race, exhibits and food.

Viking Revival Celebration
D9 Brewing Company, Cornelius | Noon – 10 p.m.

D9 Brewing Co. will celebrate their Scottish Sour Ale with bagpipers, face painting, Scottish fare and live music beginning at 2 p.m.

Shop & Sip OMAM
Ghostface Brewing, Mooresville | 1 – 5 p.m.

Shop and discover local and eclectic offerings from artists and makers at Our Mooresville Artisanal Marketplace. Featured vendors include Ghostface Brewing, Sue’s SOAP Co., Soaps & Other Awesome Potions and Indulge Desserts & Custom Cake Boutique.

Brew-Vie Bus Tour
Eleven Lakes Brewing, Cornelius | 2:30 p.m.

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Does your idea of a perfect Saturday include beer and a movie? You’re in luck. Hop aboard the brew bus that will take participants  to two local breweries and Our Town Cinemas Cafe and Taphouse for a private VIP screening of Deadpool 2. Tickets include transportation, screening tickets with two beers and unlimited popcorn, two souvenir pint glasses, chances to win door prizes and  three tastings at each brewery. $69.95 per person.

Music in the Park
Rescue Squad Park, Denver | 6 – 10 p.m.

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The first Music in the Park event of the summer will feature live performances from JAGZ and Thirsty Horses., as well as food trucks, beer and wine for purchase and family fun.

Cornelius Jazz Festival
Smithville Park, Cornelius | 5 – 9 p.m.

Bring you lawn chairs or blankets to Smithville Park for the Cornelius Jazz festival, an evening full of live jazz band performances, food trucks, craft beer and wine, children’s activities and more.

Spring in the Vineyard Concert with the Lake Norman Orchestra
Daveste’ Vineyards, Troutman | 6 – 8 p.m.

The Lake Norman Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro Eduardo Cedeno, returns to Daveste’ Vineyards for “Spring in the Vineyard.” Enjoy show tunes, upbeat sounds of Latin America with wine and beer available for purchase. $10 includes a glass of wine, $5 for ages 16-20 and complimentary for those under 15.

Wine Tasting Saturday
Lake Norman Cottage, Davidson | 6:30 – 9 p.m.

Lakeside, enjoy a sampling of five wines from around the world paired with a menu featuring cottage signature warm brie and baked salmon. $25 per person. Call 704.237.3629 to reserve your spot.


Sunday Jazz
Corkscrew Birkdale, Huntersville | 2 p.m.

Round out your weekend with live jazz music from George Hoar and Mike Zinna Jazz and a glass of wine at Corkscrew.

Dynamic Ballroom’s Spring Showcase
Dynamic Ballroom, Cornelius | 5 – 9 p.m.

No experience is necessary to enjoy (and even partake in) the fun at Dynamic Ballroom’s Spring Showcase. The evening includes student and professional ballroom and latin shows, heavy appetizers and dancing. $15 per person.

Concert on the Green- Moondance Orchestra
Davidson Village Green | 6 – 8 p.m.

The next Concert on the Green features the big band sounds of Moondance Orchestra. Bring chairs, a blanket and a picnic, or enjoy offerings from local restaurants and shops. Free and open to the public.