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It’s hot out, and so is the music in – and on – Lake Norman

July 16: Stormin’ Norman LKN benefit concert

The Stormin’ Norman Band will perform lakeside for boaters Friday in a benefit for Big Day at the Lake. See below for details on how to get there (no cars) and how to donate.

Trying to figure out what to do? This calendar, published weekly on Thursdays, can point you to some of the best options in Lake Norman. Submit your entertainment and event news to corneliustoday@gmail.com.

We’ve included some additional dates for events you need to register for in advance. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

July 15

July 15: “Spies in Disguise” at Veterans’ Park

Movie in the Park 

“Spies in Disguise.” Movies are open to the public, free of charge and will be shown at Veterans’ Park in Downtown Huntersville. Park opens about 6:30 pm and movies start at dusk.

Celebration of Distinction 

11:30 am-1:30pm.  Tickets available for the annual Lake Norman Chamber Annual Gala & Awards luncheon.  Along with the Robert T. Cashion Business Person of the Year Award, The McIntosh Law Firm Passion To Succeed (Entrepreneur of the Year) Award and the Duke Energy Citizenship & Service Award presentations.

Live Music

9 pm-midnight. Ryan Winters.  One Norman Blvd, Suite 110, Cornelius.

Music Bingo

Music Bingo With Seabrooks. 7- 9 pm. Doors open at 4pm. BoatYard Lake Norman, 18418 Statesville Rd.  

July 15- July 25

The 39 Steps

Presented by the Davidson Community Players at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. Tickets are $15-$20. Email boxoffice@davidsoncommunityplayers.org or call 704-892-7953. A man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale.  The best of Hitchcock with a handful of actors.

July 17: Pluto Gang performs at River Jams

July 15-17

River Jams

6:30 pm. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights through September, US National Whitewater Center, Charlotte. Free ($6 to park). Enjoy live rock, Americana, bluegrass, folk, and funk.

July 16

Stormin’ Norman Band benefit for Big Day at the Lake

7-10 pm concert, by boat only. Waterfront concert on Lake Norman in the cove east of Eastpoint Drive, Cornelius  Come join the band for your favorite classic rock, country, 80’s/90’s., by boat only.  No parking for cars. Click here to donate to Big Day at the Lake.


July 16: Shelley Ruffin performs at Live Under the Oaks

Live Under the Oaks

6-8 pm. Shelley Ruffin. The Grove at Birkdale Village, Huntersville. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets to sit on. A bar will be onsite in the designated area provided by Red Rocks Cafe.

Live Music

9 pm-midnight. L.J.T.T.  19712 One Norman Blvd, Suite 110, Cornelius.

July 17

2021 Summer Burns Night

6-10 pm. A traditional Scottish Supper that celebrates the very first Burns Night, which was held July 21st, 1801 in honor of Robert Burns.   Space for this premier event at Rural Hill is limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance.   A silent auction will be held throughout the evening and there will be a cash bar with beer, wine and Scotch whisky.

Park in the Dark 

8-10 pm at Robbins Park, 17500 W Catawba Ave. Hike times will generally last about one and a half to two hours, with multiple stops along the way to learn about some of the wildlife, trees and plants we may encounter, courtesy of Lake Norman Wildlife Conservationists. No pets or strollers. Children younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Davidson Farmers Market

9 am -noon in downtown Davidson. This year’s 36 vendors include: fruits and vegetables, meat and dairy, freshly baked breads and artisanal baked goods, prepared foods, speciality culinary items, beverages, and health and beauty products.

Live Music

9 pm-midnight. String Theory. 19712 One Norman Blvd, Suite 110, Cornelius.

July 18: The Legacy Motown Revue performs at Concerts on the Green

July  18

Concerts on the Green

The Legacy Motown Revue. 6-8 pm on The Village Green downtown Davidson.

Through July 17

ASC Culture Blocks 

Virtually Yours! Summer Edition: Movin’ Into Math.  A video performance that demonstrates how we use math skills to create and perform dances, including lessons on geometric transformations, patterns and sequences, diagrams and directional and positional skills. This option can be applicable to grades K-6. Adults will enjoy too. Running time: 35 minutes. Online. Watch here.

Through July 18

Charlotte Black Pride, Charlotte

This year’s theme is “We The People,” and the family is coming for everything with a celebratory mix of performances, pageantry and politics. Come ready for fitness events, business workshops, a town hall meeting, brunches and parties.

July 20: Disc Golf AM League

July  20

Disc Golf AM League

5:45 pm Tuesdays through Sept. 7 at Bradford Park, 17005 Davidson-Concord Rd., Huntersville.  Sign-ups start 5:15-5:40 pm by Hole 1. $5 entry. Info: Pat Bowles, pbowles@huntersville.org.

July 31

[they fight]

7 pm.  Free Reign Theatre and Historic Rural Hill present a  night of kilted Shakespeare, Robin Hood, and more. Three course meal by Waiter’s Choice, one complimentary Scotch, and famous theatrical fight scenes performed in the round. Every seat is a front row seat to sword swinging action paired with traditional British culinary delights. Dress code is (optional) Scottish wear.  Doors open at 6pm, and show starts at 7 pm. This event is a benefit dinner for Historic Rural Hill and your support is appreciated. Purchasing a reservation covers the cost of one meal and a complimentary Scotch. A cash bar will be on site to provide scotch, beer, and wine for the dinner.

Aug. 7

Rescue Ranch’s Evening For The Animals

Tickets are now on sale for Rescue Ranch’s Evening For The Animals. The event will be held  at the Brawley Estate in Mooresville and will include drinks, dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and encounters with a few of the Ranch’s animal ambassadors and fosters.

Tickets are $150 per person for the cocktail attire event and can be purchased by emailing Amy Kwiatkowski at amy@rescueranch.com or calling Rescue Ranch at 704- 768-0909.

Aug. 20-22: Queen City Anime Convention

Aug. 15

Miss May’s Elegant Tea

2-4 pm. Honoring the late Miss May Davidson at Historic Rural Hill, Huntersville. This year’s theme is the Roaring 20’s. Tickets are $30 per adult and $15 per child. More info: www.ruralhill.com/events or  704-875-3113.

Aug. 20-22

Queen City Anime Convention, Charlotte

Japanese animation, manga, comics, video gaming, cosplay, and performance arts at this annual event.