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Weekender Oct. 20-23: Halloween activities, music and more

Oct. 22: Abby K Trio at Royal Bliss Brewing

Highlights of what is going on around Lake Norman in October. For events that repeat weekly, we’ve created an ONGOING category; scroll down and you’ll find it. 

Through Oct. 27

Annual Artoberfest

Noon – 4 pm | Tuesday-Friday.  10am – 2pm | Saturday. Local artists’ work on displayat Mooresville Arts Depot, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville.

Through Oct. 30


Hordes of hungry zombies and blood-thirsty vampires eagerly wait to make guests their next meal. There is no escaping their wicked screams that fill the park. Add Carowinds’ world-class thrill rides in the darkness under the moon, which creates supreme Halloween – dare we say it? – FUN. Carowinds. 14523 Carowinds Blvd, Charlotte.

Through Oct. 30: SCarowinds

Through Oct. 31

Carrigans / Scarrigans Farm

Pumpkin picking daily. Pumpkin patch includes hayride to petting Zoo and pumpkin field. Haunted Trail for ages 12 and older. Advanced reservations are required for both actives. Pumpkin picking cost is $14 per person and includes a pumpkin. Haunted Trail price ranges from $20 to $40 per person depending on the date. 1261 Oakridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville.

Through Oct. 31

Annual Pumpkin Patch 

Hodges Family Farm main entrance, 3780 Rocky River Rd. East, Charlotte. Open daily 9 am – 6 pm.  Pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, hay mountain to climb and jump on, barnyard animals, photo opportunities, picnic areas. Saturday and Sundays you can also expect: $5 parking, hayrides, Farm Shop, treats for purchase.

Through Nov. 11

Mud at the Mill Exhibition

10 am to 4:30 pm. Monday through Friday. Cornelius Art Center Gallery, 19725 Oak St.

Through Nov. 20

29th Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace 

9:30 am – 5:30 pm. | Saturdays and Sundays. Rain or shine; no pets. Free parking. Go online for details and tickets pricing. 16445 Poplar Tent Rd., Huntersville.

Through March 12

Alfred Conteh, [Ryan Coogler] Home Team, 2018 | Courtesy of the artist and Amath Gomis via Museum of the New South

Men of Change art exhibit

Check websites for gallery schedules. | B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts+Culture  and Levine Museum of the New South to bring  Men of Change: Power. Triumph. Truth. The Gantt will display Storytellers, Fathering, and Imagining; Levine Museum will display Catalysts, Myth-Breakers, and Community; both museums in Charlotte will display Loving. Admission is free.

Oct. 21

For veterans, first-responders

10 am-2 pm | Oct. 21. Free chair massages, a hot dog lunch while supplies last, health and education vendors, and door prizes and raffles. Offered by the state chapter of the American Massage Therapy Asssociation at the American Legion Post 86, 21215 Legion St., Cornelius.

Live music 

7-10 pm | Oct. 21. Rusty Barkley Duo: from The Part Time Band. Royal Bliss Brewing, 7532 Royal Bliss Ct., Denver.

Live music

6-10 pm | Oct. 21. Ryan Winters and the Friends Band. Overflow, 137 Mecklynn Rd., Mooresville.

Live music

10:30 pm-midnight | Oct. 21. Tedious & Brief. Overflow, 137 Mecklynn Rd., Mooresville.

Live music

6 pm | Oct. 21. The Vel-Crows. Lost Worlds Brewing, 19700-D One Norman Blvd., Cornelius.

Live Music

7-10 pm| Oct. 21. William Nesmeth. Eleven Lakes Brewing Co., 10228 Bailey Rd #201, Cornelius.


9 pm | Oct. 21. Carpool, The Cars Tribute band. Tickets are $10. BoatYard LKN, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius

Oct. 21-22: J.R.’s Pro Rodeo

Oct. 21-22

J.R.’s Pro Rodeo 

6:30 pm | Oct. 21-22. Live rodeo events will include bronco riding, calf roping, mutton busting, barrel racing and bull riding. Food for purchase. Cost: $20 per night for adults; $5 for kids 11 and younger, free for kids under 3. Cash only.  Denver Baptist Church, 6917 Forest Hills Drive, Denver.

Oct. 21-23

Christmas Made in the South 

10 am – 6 pm Friday and Saturday; 11 am-5 pm Sunday | Oct. 21-23. $9 at the door. Children younger than 12 free. Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 State Hwy. 49, Concord.

Oct. 22

Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

9 am- noon | Oct. 22. A variety of gifts from items made by residents as well as outside vendors. Bailey’s Glen Active Adult Community, 12100 Meetinghouse Drive, Cornelius.

Angels of 97 Community Festival Fundraiser

11 am – 5 pm | Oct. 22. Music, food, desserts, vendors, auction items, and friends to raise money for Angels of ’97 scholarships.  Kids activities and costume contest. Veterans Park, 210 Huntersville-Coincord Rd., Huntersville.

A Taste of Davidson 

5-10 pm | Oct. 22. Tastings from Davidson restaurants will offer tastings of some of their most popular menu items for a small fee, beer, wine and live music by Carolina Soul Band. Jetton Street at Circles @ 30.

Backyard composting workshops

10-11 am program; 11am noon questions | Oct. 22. Davidson Farmers Market, downtown Davidson.


8:30 pm | Oct. 22. Trae Pierce & The T-Stones. Tickets are $10. BoatYard LKN, 18418 Statesville Rd., Cornelius

Concerts @ the Circles 

5-6:30 pm | Oct. 22. Acoustic artist to start; 7 pm Carolina Soul Band, R&B variety. Jetton Street by Clean Juice, Davidson.

Starving Artist’s Market 

2-6 pm | Oct. 22. At D9 Brewing Co., 11138 Treynorth Drive, Cornelius.

Hooked on Cornelius

10 am or 11 am | Oct. 22. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children. Fishing rods will be available for participant use during the event. Registration is required and space is limited. Please call us at 704-892-6031 x160 with any questions or to register over the phone – or you can register online. Robbins Park, at the upper pond, Catawba Avenue.

Live music 

7-10 pm | Oct. 22. Abby K Trio. Royal Bliss Brewing, 7532 Royal Bliss Ct., Denver.

Live Music

7-10 pm| Oct. 22. Sara Kelly. Eleven Lakes Brewing Co., 10228 Bailey Rd #201, Cornelius.

Oct. 22: Queen City Siren performs at Lost Worlds Brewing

Live music

6 pm | Oct. 22. Queen City Siren. Lost Worlds Brewing, 19700-D One Norman Blvd., Cornelius.

Birkdale Big Screen 

Noon | Oct. 22. NCAA Football.

Screenings are free for all visitors and seating is open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Coolers are prohibited. Birkdale Village, Huntersville.

6th Annual Fall University City Wine Festival  

1 pm VIP and 2pm general admission | Oct. 22.  Wines, cider and brews paired with live music. Tickets $40-$65 https://www.carolinatix.org/events/detail/university-city-wine-festival-main-event required. Armored Cow Brewing – University City Wine Fest, 8821 JW Clay Blvd. #1, Charlotte.

Oct. 22-23


Noon – 7 pm | Oct. 22-23, 12-7 p.m. Live accordion and polka-country music, gourmet bratwurst and pretzels, and drink specials on seasonal beers. Local vendors will be onsite noon -5 pm. $16 for adults; Free for kids younger than 12. Tickets can be purchased online.  Davesté Vineyards, 155 Lytton Farm Rd., Troutman.

Oct. 23

Charlton Singleton, a founding member of Ranky Tanky, brings his world-renowned jazz ensemble, to Davidson Oct. 23.

Charlton Singletown Jazz Quartet

3-4 pm | Oct. 23. Tickets $20 for adults; $15 for seniors; youth / student free. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, 301 Caldwell Ln., Davidson. Charlton Singleton, a founding member of Ranky Tanky, brings his world-renowned jazz ensemble to Davidson

Trunk or Treat 

3 – 5 pm | Oct. 23. Bring your kids for a fun time with a bouncy house, games, activities, music and lots of candy. Bethel Presbyterian Church, 19920 Bethel Church Rd., Cornelius.

Halloween in Huntersville 

5-8 pm | Oct. 23. Free entertainment including balloon twisters, face painting, games, local craft vendors and a costume contest at 5:30pm. Huntersville Athletic Park, 11720 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville.

Calling all euchre players

1 pm | Oct. 23. Lost Worlds Euchre Tournament, Sunday October 23rd at 1pm. Sign up in the taproom. Lost Worlds Brewing, 19700-D One Norman Blvd., Cornelius.

Mooresville Cruise In 

2-6 pm | Oct. 23. LangTree Lake Norman, 401 Langtree Rd., Mooresville.


Birkdale Big Screen 

1 pm | Oct. 23. NFL Sunday: Tampa Bay vs Carolina

4:25 pm | Oct. 23. NFL Sunday: Kansas City vs San Francisco

Screenings are free for all visitors and seating is open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. Coolers are prohibited. Birkdale Village, Huntersville.


Friday and Saturdays

Pickleball Open Play 

8:30-11:30 am. Cornelius Parks & Recreation and Lake Norman Pickleball Association are now offering Pickleball Open Play at Robbins Park, 17738 West Catawba Ave. Players of all skill levels are welcome, Participants will need to bring their own paddle. This is a free, drop-in program; no registration is required.

Saturdays: Crafting

“Secret” Society of Crafters 

10 am to noon, weather permitting. Connect with crafters in the area, find the motivation to pick up that project again, and benefit from the wisdom of a passionate crafting group. Hearts On Fiber, 208 South Village Ln. Suite A, Davidson.

Saturdays: Farmers markets, cardio funk, biking

Davidson Farmers Market

9 am – noon. 120 S. Main St., Davidson, next to Town Hall between Main St. & Jackson Streets.Rain or shine. No pets please.

Huntersville Growers’ Market

8 am – noon Saturdays through Oct. 22 at Veterans Park at Main & Maxwell, 201 Huntersville-Concord Rd., Huntersville.

Cardio Funk 

9-10 am. Drop in for this high-energy class at Bailey Road Recreation Center. $10 per class, pay at the door.

Saturday Morning bike ride

8 am.  Meet in front of Spirited Cyclist Bike Shop, 610 Jetton St., Davidson, in the Harris Teeter parking lot. Distance/pace: 32 miles; moderate/tempo 16-18mph no drop. Option for longer /faster rides.

• Send your event information to corneliustoday@gmail.com. Deadline is the 15th of the month for the print calendar; one week in advance for online/newsletter calendars.