With the summer months coming into full swing, the Lake Norman area becomes jam-packed with events you don’t want to miss. Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville all provide a variety of events that are fun for all ages. From farmers' markets and outdoor music to performing arts and Fourth of July celebrations, make sure to free your plans and enjoy these great events in Lake Norman this summer!

With the summer months coming into full swing, the Lake Norman area becomes jam-packed with events you don’t want to miss. Cornelius, Davidson, and Huntersville all provide a variety of events that are fun for all ages. From farmers' markets and outdoor music to performing arts and Fourth of July celebrations, make sure to free your plans and enjoy these great events in Lake Norman this summer!

Farmers’ Markets

Farmers’ Markets provide a direct connection to local vendors in the Lake Norman and Charlotte area including nurseries, bakeries, farms, specialty food producers and more. They offer locals and visitors the opportunity to purchase fresh goods throughout the summer. Two markets located in the area include the Huntersville Growers’ Market and the Davidson Farmers’ Market. Both markets are open every Saturday throughout the summer from 8 am until 12 pm. The Huntersville Growers’ Market will be Little Chef’s Day on June 8th and August 10th where children 5-12 can practice some fundamental cooking skills with Chef Matt. The Huntersville Farmers' Market also offers live music provided by the Charlotte Folk Society every Saturday. Both markets welcome and encourage children to come along.

Davidson Farmers Market

Performing Arts

If you’re interested in the Arts, Lake Norman has two great theaters offering shows this summer.

The Davidson Community Players produce a five play-season including two summer shows on Davidson College and two teen summer stock productions. Also, DCP offers youth classes and workshops for theater arts and performance opportunities. This summer, they are presenting the show “Mamma Mia”, which will be recurring weekly on Thursday through Sunday from June 20th to 30th. Following will be the show “The Comedy of Tenors” from July 18th through July 28th.

The Warehouse Performing Arts Center offers a fresh, intimate blackbox space serving up theatre, music, and film. Since 2010, the Warehouse PAC has showcased both classic and contemporary theatre productions, starring professionally-trained actors engaging “up-close and personal” with audiences for a truly unique experience. Audiences see every nuance of the actor’s work. This summer they will host a Celtic Music Celebration of Summer Solstice on June 21st. Stay tuned for more information about dates and tickets!

Davidson Community Players

 

Fourth of July Celebrations

One of the most popular days for summer celebrations, the Fourth of July, brings some family-friendly events to attend! Birkdale Village is holding their 13th Annual July 4th Celebration which will include bike decorating, face painting, bounce houses, bike rodeo, and a fire department water fight.

Downtown Davidson will also be holding their 4th of July parade that will feature a color guard, fire engine, and lots of patriotic residents. Bring your family dressed in red, white, and blue, to watch the parade or join in with decorated bikes, wagons, and pets to march down Main Street!

For more details, make sure to check out our July 4th Events page.

Fourth of July

 

Outdoor Movies

Instead of locking yourself up in your room to catch up on your Netflix series, take advantage of these summer nights and enjoy a movie under the stars.

Cornelius’ “Outdoor Cinema Series” show their movies on an inflatable “blimp” screen, with concessions available to purchase.  Movies begin at dusk, (approximately 8:30 pm) at various locations. The lineup includes “Smallfoot” (June 15th) at Cornelius Town Hall, “How to Train Your Dragon (July 27th) at Ramsey Creek Park, “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” (August 24th) at Robbins Park, and “Hotel Transylvania 3” (September 21st) at Smithville Park.

In Huntersville, “Movies in the Park” is held at Veterans Park. Upcoming films include “Smallfoot” (June 27th), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” (July 25th), “The Lego Movie 2” (August 22nd), and “Hocus Pocus” (October 25th). All movies start 5 to 15 minutes after sunset and you can purchase drinks, candy, and popcorn.

All of the movies are free to attend so bring your family and friends as you step up your movie experience!

movie

 

Festivals

In Old Town Cornelius, “2nd Friday Street Festival” promises an action-packed lineup of live music, activities, food trucks, craft breweries, special performances, local artists & craftsmen, and much more! This event is rain or shine from 6 to 10 pm at Oak Street Mill. Mark your calendar to go to this festival series you don’t want to miss! This event will be continuing on the 2nd Friday of every month until October.

Historic Rural Hill will be holding their, “Scottish Trad Jam Session” on June 8th from 3 to 5 pm. If you want to start learning Scottish style music, the first hour of the session will be focused on various information on what that style is and learning some tunes in the Scottish style. If you’re interested in listening – or playing traditional Scottish music, come out and enjoy the afternoon!

The 8th Annual Paddle 4 Purpose on Lake Norman is coming to the Peninsula Yacht Club from August 2nd through August 3rd. Our focus will be cleaning up our waterways, the trash, the plastic, and keeping LKN Green. The charity event is a great way to learn more about Stand Up Paddleboarding while raising awareness for Autism, a great combination!

Paddle 4 Purpose

 

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!