Summertime at the lake may get all the attention, but we think fall gives it a run for its money. Get out and enjoy all that this weekend has to offer, from art exhibits to food tours and more. Our round-up of what to do this weekend in Lake Norman:


Yinka Shonibare MBE: The American Library
Through December 14 | Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson

Don’t miss your chance to experience this permanent, large-sale outdoor work by Yinka Shonibare MBE on the Davidson College campus. For context, the Galleries will present The American Library, an exhibition consisting of Shonibare’s project by the same name as well as related sculptures, photographs and a film.

BUG by Tracy Letts
November 1 – 3 | Warehouse PAC, Cornelius

what to do this weekend in lake norman

Just in time for Halloween, this tale of mysterious love by Pulitzer Prize winner Tracy Letts walks the fine line between haunting and comical. $20 general admission.


$5 Corks and Crafts Tasting – Charlotte Family Yoga at 6pm
Hunter House & Gardens, Huntersville | 5 – 11 p.m.

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The donation-based Warrior Wine Down practice supports those fighting cancer through Carolina Breast Friends. After class, enjoy a craft beer and cava tasting for just $5.

Bella Love Presents: Open Mic
Brick Row, Cornelius | 7 – 10 p.m.

The first and third Thursday of each month means open mic night at Brick Row. Enjoy live performances from your neighbors and friends, and even take the stage yourself. $5 admission, $3 for performers. See the Facebook page for sign-up instructions.


Kindred Spirits Art & Food Outing
November 2 | Mint Museum Randolph | 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

For a girls’ day out, don’t miss the chance to experience two art exhibitions and lunch at one of the area’s best restaurants. The day starts with transportation from Mint Museum Randolph to Davidson College where you’ll enjoy a tour of Yinka Shonibare MBE: The American Library. After a private lunch at Kindred, you’ll return to Mint Museum Randolph for a curator-led tour of African-Print Fashion Now! with Annie Carlano, Senior Curator of Craft, Design, & Fashion. $100 per person.

Taste of the Lake 2018
Historic Langtree Plantation, Mooresville | 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Enjoy samples from various Lake Norman restaurants, silent and live auctions and more in the first combined fundraiser for the Lake Norman and Lowe’s YMCAs. $60 per person.

Chorale Concert: Otherworldly
Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson | 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Director Christopher Gilliam leads Davidson College Choirs’s premier choral ensemble in their fall concert. Otherworldly: Music Fanciful, Magical, Mysterious, and Mystical will feature works by John Williams, Wolf, Orban, Berlioz, Boulanger. Attendees will also enjoy a performance by student-led groups After Hours Vocal Jazz and Davidson College Collegium Musicum Early Music Group. Free admission.

Music Matchup at King Canary Brewing Company
King Canary Brewing Company, Mooresville | 7 – 9 p.m.

Put your music knowledge to the test at Mooresville’s King Canary Brewing. While you play, enjoy drink specials and prizes.

LKN’s Basin Run Relay presented by F3 LKN
D9 Brewing Company, Cornelius | 10 p.m.

The second Basin Run Relay challenges teams of 2 – 6 runners to work together overnight to complete a 70-mile route around the Lake. Participants will also enjoy a well-deserved pre-and post-party at D9 Brewing Company. Proceeds benefit Operation Sweet Tooth, Toys for Tots, and other community outreach projects of F3 Lake Norman.


Basket Weaving Workshop
Historic Latta Plantation, Huntersville | 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Learn the timeless art of basket weaving, plus craft a small split oak basket to keep for your home. $25 per person.

Davidson Cookie Crumb Trail
Starting at The Village Store, Davidson | 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Armed with a cookie bag and passport, visit all of the crawl’s “Cookie Spots” to grab over two dozen festive treats. $20 general admission. All proceeds benefit he Davidson Cornelius Child Development Center.

Working Fingers Craft Show
Charles Mack Citizen Center, Mooresville | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Get in the holiday spirit with the 42nd annual Working Fingers Craft Show. The curated show features seasonal gifts, handmade goods, tasty treats and live music from more than 100 vendors.

Sip & Taste with Chef Penny
Aloha Studio at N. Harbor, Davidson | 2 p.m.

Discover your favorite flavors in this blind taste testing of 10 chocolates from around the world and 10 fine wines. $50 per person.

Twilight 5K
128 South Main St., Davidson | 6 p.m.

The 8th annual Summit Twilight 5K guides runners through historic Davidson with 1,000 luminaries along the greenway. Benefits the Team Summit Foundation’s support for November, a global non-profit organization raising money and awareness for men’s health issues.

One Year Anniversary at Bin
Bin 110, Cornelius | 9 p.m.

Celebrate one year of business for Bin 110 with live music by Thirsty Horses, including your favorites from the 60s to today.

Succulent Pumpkins at Bottled and Tapped
bottled & tapped, Cornelius | 6 p.m.

Help bring your fall centerpiece dreams to life by designing and crafting your own succulent pumpkin that will last for three months or more. $45 per person, includes two small heirloom pumpkins and a beverage from bottled & tapped.

Weim & Cheese with Tarheel Weimaraner Rescue
Lucky Dog Bark & Brew LKN, Cornelius | 1 – 5 p.m.

The Tarheel Weimaraner Rescue returns with their annual Weim & Cheese Event. Expect wine and cheese tastings, raffle prizes, food by B’s Grill and more.


Cooking Demo with Chef Jamie DeMent
Wooden Stone Gallery, Davidson | 2 – 3:30 p.m.

Join Jamie DeMent  for a cooking demonstration featuring recipes from DeMent’s recent cookbook, Canning in the Modern Kitchen. $60 per person, pair tickets available.

Digging’ the Roots: Old Time Music
Old Town Public House, Cornelius | 6 p.m.

On the first and third Sunday of the month, Old Town Public House hosts a rotating lineup of local musicians for an evening of Roots music.