LAKE NORMAN Newly Opened Spots, Socially Distanced Sips, Drive-in Movies + Outdoor Trivia & More Things to Do in LKN this July.

New things are happening at the Lake in July including new restaurants, events – drive-in movies come to the lake, farmer’s market in full swing, and great places for drinks + apps and some ideas for a much needed change of scenery. Masks on when in public please.

Have You Tried These New Places Yet?

Bakery 28 + Cafe
NEW to Cornelius stop by for everyday cakes, custom and wedding cakes, petit fours, eclairs, French pastry, croissants, French macarons, cake pops, cupcakes, cookies, vegan/gluten-free/dairy-free cakes and sweets, made by top pastry chef, Keli Marks.

The Crazy Pig
NEW in Davidson, owners, Robert and Eileen McCrary bring more than 50 years combined experienced and locally sourced ingredients – everything from fried pickles, bacon mac and cheese bites, wings and of course BBQ.

Daniel San
Has there ever been a better name for a sushi place? NEW in Cornelius, Casual and family friendly, there’s something for everyone including lechon kawali, moules and frites, veggie boards, and even surf and turf.

Things to Do Outdoors in LKN

Carolina Raptor Center
The Trial reopens this month. Scoop Tip: purchase your tickets in advance for our Morning and Afternoon Sessions.

Carolina Boat Rentals
Blythe Landing + Ramsey Creek Park + More
Wave runners, pontoon boats, boat tours and more offered from two different LKN locations – ask if they can deliver a boat to your location.

Drive-in Movies
The Mill + LKN YMCA
Playing newer releases and the classics on Saturday nights including ‘The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part’, ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’, ‘Goonies’. Scoop Tip: sells out fast – even if you’re thinking about buy tix now.

Huntersville Grower’s Market
Cakes, bread, fresh produce, pops, soaps and more locally grown and crafted goods, every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. – noon.

Kayak Tour on Mt Island Lake
Paddle the calm waters of Mountain Island Lake while learning the history and importance of our local waterways. All equipment is provided, and all skill levels are welcome.

Take-out on Birkdale Green
Grab lunch or dinner from one of the amazing restaurants including Eez, Brixx, Red Rocks, Cava, Kung Fu and more and set-up a picnic. Don’t forget ice cream from Kilwins afterwards.


LangTree Drive-in Trivia Night
July 16, 7:00 p.m. Grab To-Go beer from The Kilted Buffalo Langtree and To-Go food from Moyers Lakeside Eatery. Get comfy on your tailgate or bring some chairs trivia starts at 8:00 p.m. Free parking and free to play.

Historic Rural Hill Drive-In
July 17 – Sonic the Hedgehog, one ticket per car (not person). Parking opens at 7:00 p.m. Concessions available including beer + wine (no outside alcohol allowed). August 15 is Onward.

Open Swim at The Quarry at Carrigan Farms
Splash into summer fun. Scoop Tip: advanced reservations are advised because; both capacity and group size are limited.

Best Spots for Socially Distanced Sips

D9 Brewery
Check the website for the food truck schedule including The Dog House Hot Dog Truck and Big City Bites in July.

Primal Brewery
Stop by the large outdoor area for beer, live music, and July events including BikeFEST.

Lost Worlds Brewery
New comer boasts a big outdoor patio – pups welcome.

Alton’s Kitchen & Cocktails
Grab a handcrafted cocktail on the large outdoor patio. The atmosphere says summer under the string lights. Check the website for drink specials including half-priced wine nights and martini specials.

Hello, Sailor
Hard to beat view. Grab a table and sip during the sunset.

Port City Club
Whether you arrive by boat or car, have a drink on the large open-air patio, sunny deck, or head down to the couches on the green – all with views of the lake.

Red Rocks
Take a sit on the breezy Birkdale patio. Scoop Tip: Sunday brunch is a winner… including bloody marys, mimosas and mules.


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