As warmer weather approaches, spring becomes packed with events you don’t want to miss. Lake Norman hosts a variety of events that are fun for the whole family. From watching athletes throw battle axes to witnessing the area's most exciting dragon boat races, there is sure to be something for you to enjoy this spring. This season brings some of the best signature events to the area so mark your calendars to be in Lake Norman for the next couple of months!

Brunch! Spring Food Truck Rally (March 22)

Spring Food Truck Rally

Rural Hill via Facebook

The Spring Food Truck Rally is one of the many amazing events that Rural Hill is hosting this season. There will be various food trucks along with wine and craft beer sales for adults to enjoy. Live music will be provided by Middleshire and don't forget to take a hay ride around the historic Rural Hill property. Even say hey to the fluffy highland cows!

‘Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival (TBD)

Tawba Walk

OTC via Facebook

The ‘Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival will be held at Old Town Cornelius and it features brilliant local artists, live music, food trucks, craft breweries, and games for the kids! There won’t be just one, but two stages for live bands and performances. Walk down the street and see over 100 local artists showcasing their work, so be sure to bring some money as you may find some pretty unique craftsmanship. Walking creates an appetite, so there will be two different food truck courts ready to satisfy those munchies. The kids will have bounce houses, face painting, and various arts and crafts to participate in.

Loch Norman Highland Games (Postponed to August 15-16)

2019 Loch Norman Highland Games

Rural Hill via Facebook

Loch Norman Highland Games is a Scottish festival hosted at Historic Rural Hill that everyone can enjoy. Come watch world-ranked professional heavy athletes perform in seven traditional Scottish events that include throwing a battle axe, shooting long bows, and throwing weights for distance and height. For the kids, make sure to pick up a passport that allows them to learn about Scottish heritage and traditions by going to tents representing different parts of Scotland. Music and dance performances will also be happening throughout the two-day event.

April is for Arts (April 24-26 Cancelled)

Art on the Green

Town of Davidson

Davidson puts on a 3-day event for April is for Arts. Kicking off the weekend, the Gallery Crawl is a great way to see art all over Davidson from Main Street to South Main Street (SoMa)! On Saturday and Sunday, Art on the Green will be taking over downtown Davidson. Attracting thousands of people each year, this popular event showcases a variety of local artists and performances with a great selection of on site vendors and restaurants to choose from. To top off the entire weekend, the first Concerts on the Green of the year will be in full swing at the Village Green.

Earth Jam (April 25 Cancelled)

Earth Jam

Town of Cornelius

Celebrate the annual Earth Day Celebration at Robbins Park. Participants of all ages will enjoy free "green" activities including arts & crafts, tree planting demonstrations, nature walks, bluegrass music, picnic baskets from local farm-to-table restaurants, and more! Local businesses will be showcasing their environmentally friendly products and services. We encourage everyone to stop by the event and learn about areas in your life where you can make changes that will be better for you and your community.

Hello Huntersville Music & Arts Festival (May 3)

Hello Huntersville

Town of Huntersville

Come out to Veterans Park for the annual Hello Huntersville Music & Arts Festival! Participate in some of the coolest crafts including weaving, mosaic art, painting murals, and more. Musical performances will take place at the ampitheater while the streets will be filled with unique entertainment for people of all ages to enjoy. 

NC Brewers & Music Festival (Postponed to May 7-8. 2021)

NCBMF Camping

Rural Hill via Facebook

The NC Brewers & Music Festival is a two-day event celebrating great music, North Carolina, and its brewing traditions. Grab a group of friends and come enjoy the free tastings of the top brews the state has to offer. Both days will be filled with live music, beer, and food, so why not lay down a blanket or put up a tent to enjoy this rain or shine event at Rural Hill. 

Symetra Classic (May 11-15)

Clanton at River Run


The Symetra Classic is an event on the Symetra Tour, the official qualifying tour of the LPGA. From April 11-15, more than a hundred world-professional golfers will visit the Lake Norman area and compete over three days for a share of the $225,000 purse. The tournament has been contested in the Charlotte area since 2012 and will be held for the third straight year at River Run Country Club in Davidson. For volunteer, sponsorship or Pro-Am opportunities, please visit for more information.

Asian Festival & Dragon Boat Race (Postponed to October 17)

The Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Race at Ramsey Creek Park highlights Asian cultures while having live music and dance performances. The event kicks off with the first round of Dragon Boat Races that attract local and regional teams to the waters of Lake Norman. After the first round is over, stop by the booths showcasing the different cultures and grab a bite of delicious Asian food brought to you by local vendors. After you’ve satisfied your taste buds, watch the Martial Arts demonstration and then take a break from walking around to watch the dance and music contests. The winners will be announced at the end of the event along with the winners of the Dragon Boat Races. Come celebrate diversity with the beautiful community of Lake Norman!

Cornelius Jazz Festival (TBD)

Town of Cornelius

The Cornelius Jazz Festival in Smithville Park is filled with music and fun for everyone. Come listen to the many jazz bands that will be performing, while drinking the area’s local craft beer and munching on the foodie favorites. There will also be activities for the children so there’s something to do for all ages! Money raised at the event will benefit Send-A-Kid-To-Camp at the Lake Norman YMCA.

Lake Norman is a great place for family and friends to come together. As always, don’t forget to share your experience and tag us in your posts on Facebook or Instagram @VisitLakeNorman!