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Savour the last days of summer at these events

Sept. 18: Mountain Top Polka Band performs at Lost Worlds Oktoberfest

Sept.16. 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.

The CDC is recommending social distancing or, when not possible, wearing face masks that cover the nose and mouth. With the delta variant spreading  and hospitals filling up, check on  mask mandates at venues and in towns you’ll be heading to.

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Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Through Nov. 7: Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze

Through Nov 7

Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze

Weekend and weekday adventures. Night mazes starting in October. Get lost in seven acres of corn; perfect for socially-distanced, outdoor, family friendly fun. The Amazing Maize Maze is one of the largest corn mazes in the Southeast. A mask is required to enter the maze. Advance ticket purchase required. Weekend tickets, $9-$17.   Weekday tickets, $9-$12. Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville.

Sept. 16

Concert at LangTree

6-9 pm. at LangTree Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Rd., Mooresville.

Sept. 17

Mud at the Mill 

6-8 pm. Opening night reception. This juried show showcases both functional and sculptural works by local artists that incorporate clay. Exhibit runs through Nov. 6. Gallery hours 10 am-4pm Monday – Friday. Cornelius Arts Center gallery, 21445 Catawba Ave.


Sept. 17: Wagon Load a Trouble performs at Live Under the Oaks

Live Under the Oaks

6-8 pm. Wagon Load a Trouble. September is Hunger Action Month.  Each Friday in September, Birkdale Village will be collecting donations from in effort to end hunger in our community. If you bring five items at once, you will receive a special swag item. Please review the list of items below and bring them with you when you come to attend the concerts. Suggested donation items:  Spaghetti, ravioli, chili, canned fish or meat, peanut butter, canned low sodium soups or stews, canned or dry beans, canned fruits in juice, canned low sodium vegetables.

Sip & Paint

Sip & Paint instructors provide materials and walk you through painting a one-of-a-kind masterpiece in a positive and judgment-free environment. Artists are welcome to bring a favorite beverage to get the creative juices flowing. Only beer and wine are permitted, and a $10 corkage fee applies. Registration required.  Cain Center for the Arts’ Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St. Suite 1.

Watch Me Dance – Chicago Stepping 

7-8 pm Fridays through Dec. 26 at the Huntersville Arts & Cultural Center, 109 S. Old Statesville Rd. Purple Charlotte Steppers presents an interactive dance series that promotes social connectivity and health through movement. This series celebrates American style social dancing. Watch Me Dance highlights the American social dance styles birthed in African-American communities, including Chicago Stepping, Detroit Ballroom and Soul Line Dancing. This series is open to children 10 and older and adult children of all ages. This series features a new class customized for the visually impaired. Contact/Registration: Demond Carter, 704-380-7264; www.purplecharlotte.com.


Sept. 17: Sneaker Soiree

Sneaker Soiree

7-10 pm benefitting Girls on the Run of Central Piecmont. Dinner, drinks, dancing, silent auction, crowd games, and more. $100 per person; tables available. History Langtree Plantation, 554 Langtree Rd., Mooresville.

Virtual Lunch and Learn: Native American Studies

Noon. “The Archaeology of Charraw Town in the Catawba Indian Nation,” presented by Dr. Mary Beth Fitts, NC Office of State Archaeology. To register for this online presentation, send your email to usclnasp@mailbox.sc.edu and the Native American Studies Center will respond with the meeting ID and password required to join the program.

Sept. 18

Praise in the Park  

5-8 pm. Free, town-sponsored event, an evening filled with Christian entertainment including local and national professional artists, inspirational vendors, food and more at Smithville Park.


Sept. 18: Stand up paddleboarding lessons

Stand Up Paddleboard 

9:30-11 am. The Cornelius Parks & Recreation Department is partnering with the Lake Norman Community Sailing Center to offer stand up paddleboarding lessons.$25 for Cornelius residents, $35 for others.

Music at the Mill

8-9:30 pm. Tony Lucca is a Nashville-based singer/songwriter whose catalog of music runs the gamut from soul-infused pop to tear-jerker folk balladry. Includes a complimentary pre-show reception, art exhibit, and intimate “living-room style” concert. Tickets are $45. Cain Center for the Arts’ Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St. Suite 1.


Lost Worlds Oktoberfest

11 am – 10 pm. Mountain Top Polka Band. This is a ticketed event. Food will be available. This is a 21 and older event. No dogs allowed. Lost Worlds Brewing, 19700-D One Norman Blvd.


Sept. 18: Safety Saturday at Birkdale Village

Safety Saturday at Birkdale Village 

10 am – noon. Get a look at special safety vehicles and learn about ways to keep your community safer. Stroll along Birkdale Commons Parkway while listening to a live DJ and check out the safety trucks, cars and boats parked along the street. Guests will also get the chance to learn more about the Lake Norman Teen Council. The Second Harvest donation bin will also be available for donations of spaghetti, canned ravioli, chili, canned fish or meat, peanut butter, canned low sodium soups or stews, canned or dry beans, canned fruits in juice, canned low sodium vegetables.

Family Fun Day at Rescue Ranch

10 am – 4 pm. Families can enjoy the barnyard animal ambassadors, animal ambassador presentations, outdoor games, mini train rides, local vendors, food trucks and fall-themed family portrait sessions. Guests will have access to the Ranch’s nature trails and the 10,000-square-foot inclusive playground. Admission is $5 per person with children 1 and younger free. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit animal welfare organization that promotes respect for all animals through education; is committed to agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation; and facilitates rehabilitation, rescue, and responsible pet ownership in order to enhance the human-animal bond. Rescue Ranch, 1424 Turnersburg Hwy., Statesville. To register click here.

Sept. 18: Davina and The Vagabonds perform at Davis Theatre

Davina and The Vagabonds

7 pm. Clever lyrics delivered by a retro sound straight out of the 1930’s New Orleans Jazz scene. Davis Theatre, Cabarrus Arts Council, 65 Union St. S, Concord. Tickets: $40.

Sept. 19

Concerts on the Green

The Davidson College Symphony & Jazz Ensemble, classical / jazz. 6-8 pm on The Village Green downtown Davidson.

Sept. 21

Adult Open Gym Basketball (Drop-In)

6:30-9 pm.  This is an opportunity to make new friends, learn new skills, enhance old skills and have a great time while playing basketball. Free. Bailey Road Recreation Center, 11900 Bailey Rd. Ages 18 and older. 

Sept. 23

Adult Open Gym Pickleball (Drop-In)

6 – 8 pm. Pickleball is a fun sport that provides a great workout while also offering a very social and recreational competitive game. There will be courts designated for beginners and for intermediate players. Free. J.V. Washam Recreation Center, 9611 Westmoreland Rd. 50 and up.