Things to Do with Family this Week ~ 9/20

We focused on end-of-week activities for this update, in an effort to avoid Hurricane Florence’s impact.  Still… please make sure to confirm before showing up to any of this week’s events.

Mountain Bike Demo Day
U.S. National Whitewater Center

Check out the latest and greatest mountain bikes from Specialized and Santa Cruz. Various models and sizes will be available for you to take out on the USNWC’s trail system.

Cirque Italia
Northlake Mall

Cirque Italia, the first traveling Water Circus, presents a new a luxurious experience where technology and performing arts are mixed to create a one-of-a-kind show suitable for all ages.

Movies on Main
Town Hall Lawn

Mooresville Parks and Recreation presents Movies on Main,  movies show on the Town Hall lawn in Downtown Mooresville. Movies start at dark, and concessions are available for purchase.

Grand Re-opening for Mint Museum Uptown: Perspective & Mint to Move

Experience the grand reopening of the Mint Museum Uptown with performances of ‘Perspective,’ a new vertical aerial dance by Caroline Calouche & Co., performed outside on the façade of the Mint (on the hour starting at 5:00 p.m.), a free viewing of the new art show MAINFRAME, and free access to the Mint’s galleries from 6:00 -9:00 p.m.

A Mint to Move Cultural Dance Night runs from 7:00 -11:30 p.m., celebrating Latin American Heritage Month. And, there’s more fun to be had on Saturday, with a free community day.

Denver Days
Rescue Squad Park

Food, carnival rides, inflatables and live entertainment. Special Needs Fun Day held Fri., Sept. 21 from 1-3pm. Other hours are: Fri., 5-11pm; Sat., 11am-11pm.

Ghost Train
Tweetsie Railroad

It’s safe, scary fun for the whole family. Kids will enjoy the Halloween shows and trick-or-treating. Take a chilling journey into the night on the Ghost Train- if you dare. Advance tickets required.

8th Annual Stiletto Sprint
Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall

Sprinters can register as a competitive sprinter, non-competitive sprinter, volunteer, or Ruby Red Slipper, a category created for kids ages 12 and younger.

Back To School Event with Sir Purr, ELMO and 15% off.
Tiny Boutique on Selwy Ave
Rescheduled = Now Saturday, 9/22

Don’t miss the TINY children’s boutique Back To School celebration rescheduled for Saturday, September 22 from 1 pm to 4 pm ~ there will be ice cream, a balloon artist and special guests like Sir Purr (NOTE 1-1:30 ONLY!!) and ELMO to entertain while you shop

Museum Day Live at Carolina’s Aviation Museum
Carolina’s Aviation Museum

Museum Day Live is brought to the community in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and provides another opportunity for the Museum to open its doors free of charge. Register online before the event to receive free admission.

Wildflower Hike
Anne Springs Close Greenway

Join naturalist, Elizabeth Rockholt, and explore the stunning world of wildflowers. Learn the names and survival techniques of some of the Carolina’s more common flowers.

Reptile and Amphibian Day
The Schiele Museum of Natural History

Saturday, September 22, 10:00 a.m.

See and touch live reptiles and amphibians. Cheer on the museum turtles in the annual turtle race, dissect a frog, take a guided walk to the pond and more.

Unicorn Fairy Story Time at SAS Cupcakes
SAS Cupcakes

Listen to an adorable book before frosting your own gold sprinkle cupcake.

Charlotte Kids Fest
UNC Charlotte

Saturday, September 22, 11:00 a.m.

The second annual Charlotte Kids Fest aims to inspire and motivate young minds with artistic, creative, educational and playful experiences that transform a child’s understanding of the world.

Bilingual Stories and Music
Mint Museum Randolph

Criss Cross Mangosauce will present a Spanish/English story time with music, plays and stories. All families interested in raising bilingual and globally-minded children are welcome.

‘Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival
Oak Street Mill

Saturday, September 22, 2:00 p.m.

This eclectic art crawl showcases local vendors, two stages of live performances, craft beer, food trucks and activities for kids.

Downtown Davidson Fall Arts Festival
Historic Downtown Davidson

Saturday, September 22, 5:00 p.m.

Stroll the historic streets of Downtown Davidson and browse more than 40 of the areas best artisans. Find a wide variety of handmade gifts including pottery, jewelry, photography, fine art, metal work, textiles, reclaimed wood sign makers and more. Festival goers can also enjoy live music and an interactive children’s art area.

The Great Pumpkin Fest

Saturday, September 22 – October 28, 10:00 a.m.

Family-friendly Halloween attractions for young children, including a costume parade, hay bale maze, foam zone, plus rides.

Special Pumpkin Patch Adventure
Patterson Farm

Sunday, September 23, 10:00 a.m.

A special pumpkin patch adventure for those with special needs.

Discovery Place with American Girl
American Girl Southpark Mall

Enjoy lunch in the American Girl Bistro before driving to Discovery Place for fun inspired by Luciana. Participate in fun experiments and engaging art activities and a special treat of space ice cream. Reservations required, transportation not included.

Keep On Your Radar

*All images sourced from Facebook or the website of the events listed, or free sources.


Bek Mitchell-Kidd
Bek is an Australian native who has lived in the Lake Norman area for more than a decade.