Whether you’re looking to shuck oysters for a cause, raise a pint at the renaissance festival or solve a mysterious whodunnit lakeside, there’s plenty to do see, sip and eat this weekend. Make the most of your days off with our day-by-day guide to what to do this weekend in Lake Norman.
Carolina Renaissance Festival, Huntersville
Raise a glass while discovering the time-honored craft of craft brewing at this weekend-long beer festival. Sample a variety of micro-brewed ales, participate in RenFest Beer Games, taste the 2018 Gambrinus Cup award winning homebrew and more. BrewFest activities start at noon and conclude at 4 p.m. each day.
Craft Beer + Artisan Cheese Tasting
On Tap, Mooresville | 7 p.m.
Taste and try unique Italian cheeses from the “Cheese Queen” and see how they pair with four craft beers from Wooden Robot Brewery. Plus, enjoy snacks and a “hop chip” to redeem for a beer of your choice on your next visit to On Tap. $35 per person.
Murder at The Walgrave Astoria’s Costume Ball
Lake Norman Cottage, Davidson | 6:30 p.m.
It’s the night of The Walgrave Astoria’s big costume ball, but suddenly a murder disrupts the fun and glamour. Solve the whodunnit over a wine dinner at Lake Norman Cottage. $35 per person.
October Edition of the Summit Coffee Songwriter’s Showcase
Summit Coffee Co., Davidson | 7 p.m.
The Summit Songwriter Showcase features performances by local performers Marty DeJarnette, Kerrville New Folk Finalist Valorie Miller from Asheville, and Summit Songwriter host Rob McHale.
Uncorked & Artsy
Downtown Mooresville | 6 p.m.
Get your tasting glass ready for Downtown Mooresville’s signature wine tasting and art walk. Try 16 tastings of craft beer or wine poured from 18 local businesses. Along the way, view art and performances by local artists and musicians. $25 per person in advance, $30 day of event.
Lost and Found: Jesse Jones Art Opening
Old Town Public House, Cornelius | 6 – 8 p.m.
Meet artist Jesse Jones as Old Town Public House celebrates the opening of his exhibition, Lost and Found. View his mixed media and oil/acrylic paintings on view.
2nd Friday Street Festival
Oak Street Mill, Cornelius | 6 – 10 p.m.
The popular 2nd Friday Street Festival is back with multiple food trucks, craft breweries, local artisans, kids activities and more. This edition features a special performance by The Goodnight Brothers Band + Shades of Brown – Charlotte.
Beaver Dam Food Truck Jam
Historic Beaver Dam House, Davidson | 5 – 9 p.m.
Kick off the fall season with a food truck rally at the Historic Beaver Dam House in Davidson. Enjoy offerings from local food trucks, beer from Eleven Lake Brewing and fall activities like pumpkin picking and apple bobbing, plus a performance by Thirsty Horses.
Priceless Treasure: Bach and the Motet Tradition
Davidson College Presbyterian Church, Davison | 7:30 p.m.
Bach Akademie Charlotte opens their 2018-2019 season with works by J.S. Bach, Mendelssohn, Schütz and Brahms. $20 general admission.
Oyster Fest & “An Evening with Jim Avett”
LangTree Lake Norman, Mooresville | 5 – 10 p.m.
Support local wildlife conservation with an evening of music with Whiskey Man and Jim Avett, plus a menu including oysters, shrimp and BBQ along with local craft brew from D9 Brewing Company and wine. $60 general admission. Proceeds benefit the Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists.
2nd Annual Philly Cheesesteak & Brew Festival
Duckworth’s Grill & Taphouse, Huntersville | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Back for its second year in Huntersville, Duckworth’s Philly Cheesesteak and Brew Festival will bring together their award-winning Philly cheesesteaks and over 20 breweries. Plus, live music by the HC Oakes Band. $24+.
Lake Norman Summer Concert Series
D9 Brewing Company, Cornelius | 5 p.m.
Don’t miss your last chance to enjoy the Lake Norman Concert Series at D9 Brewing. This time, Main Channel Trio & Throwdown Jones will take the stage, plus there will be food trucks, vendors, beer releases and more.
Rising Stars Tour 2018
Veterans Park, Huntersville | 5 – 9 p.m.
See some of our area’s premiere up-and-coming talent on the Ice House stage before they become well-known names. The whole family will be able to enjoy this event, with multiple food trucks and breweries on site.
Urban Art Slam
Oak Street Mill, Cornelius | 4 – 10 p.m.
The inaugural Urban Art Slam hosted by Tron Robinson offers an evening of hip hop, break dance and street art performances, along with food trucks and craft breweries.
Release Party with Author Nancy Lammers
Main Street Books, Davidson | 4 – 5 p.m.
Help celebrate the release of Lillian’s Flying School with author Nancy Lammers, a Davidson resident.
6th Annual Huntersville Fall Festival
13659 Beatties Ford Rd, Huntersville | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Welcome the new season with the 6th annual Hunsterville community fall festival. The day includes local art vendors, kids activities, food trucks, live music and seasonal fun like scarecrow making and a pumpkin patch.
2018 20th Anniversary LKN Huntersville Rotary Wine Spectacular
NorthStone Country Club, Huntersville | 7 p.m.
Celebrating its 20th year, The Annual Wine Spectacular will feature food, live music, an auction of wines from around the world, a silent auction featuring sports memorabilia, home décor, local restaurant certificates, trips and more. $125 general admission.
Festival of Food Trucks
Main Street between Moore Ave. & Iredell Ave., Mooresville
The final Festival of Food Trucks will include live music, wine and beer and flavors from Carolina Smash Truck, Maki Taco, Lobster Dogs and more.
Another Dawn, Another Sunset Jazz Concert
Veterans Park, Huntersville | 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Wind down and gear up for the week ahead with live jazz music by The Dawn Anthony Group. Bring your own lawn chair to enjoy the show. Free admission.
Featured image via Downtown Mooresville Facebook page