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Weekender Oct. 7-9: Asian festival, dog show, food drive and lots of music

Dragon boat racing is one of the most popular attractions at the annual Asian Festival to be held Saturday. PHOTO COURTESY OF ANDREA LEE

Trying to figure out what to do?  Here is what’s going on this weekend.  For events that repeat weekly, we’ve created an ONGOING category; scroll down and you’ll find it. 

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

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

The 29th Annual Carolina Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace is held weekends through Nov. 20. Photo by Carolina Renaissance Festival

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.

Oct. 7

Live music 

6-9 pm | Oct. 7. Anthony Cirilllo. Lost Worlds Brewing, 19700-D One Norman Blvd., Cornelius.

Rock the Park summer concert series

6 pm | Oct. 7. The Stranger featuring Mike Santoro, tribute show of Billy Joel. Food trucks will open at 6 pm and the show begins at 6:30 pm. Outside food and beverage is permitted with the exception of alcohol. Small coolers are allowed. Liberty Park, 25 E. Iredell Ave., downtown Mooresville.

Live Music

7-10 pm| Oct. 7. Barry Pavel & Jim Shalvoy.  Royal Bliss Brewing, 7532 Royal Bliss Ct., Denver.

Live music 

6-10 pm | Oct. 7. Jill Charles. Overflow, 137 Mecklynn Rd., Mooresville.

Oct. 7-8

Fall Plant Sale

9 am-3 pm | Oct. 7-8. Outstanding selection of native and non-native hardy shrubs, trees, perennials, wildflowers, ferns and cool weather annuals. All proceeds support the operations of the gardens and greenhouse.UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Rd., Charlotte.

Oct. 8

2022 Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Race Festival

8 am – 5 pm | Oct. 8. This annual family-oriented event is a celebration of Asian cultures. The Dragon Boat race is an exciting team competition. Ramsey Creek Park, 18441 Nantz Rd.

Music at the Mill 

Becca Stevens to perform at Cain Center for the Arts.

6:30 pm doors open; show at 8 pm | Oct. 8. Becca Stevens. Tickets $45. Cornelius Arts Center, 19725 Oak St.

Saturday at the Square 

6-8 pm | Oct. 8. Stella Rising, rock variety. South Main Square, Davidson.

Davidson Fall Art Festival 

4-7 pm | Oct. 8. Features all local artists, kids crafts, fine arts, handmade gifts  and music by Billy Jones on the town green and Stella Rising at The Crazy Pig restaurant. Downtown Davidson and South Main Street.

Live music

6-9 pm | Oct. 8. Steve Brown. Lost Worlds Brewing, 19700-D One Norman Blvd., Cornelius.

Girl Scout food drive

9 -11 am | Oct. 8. Girl Scouts Troops 1236, 2303 and 864 have a goal of collecting 1,200 pounds of food to  benefit Loaves & Fishes and Ada Jenkins Center in Davidson.  Two locations will be set up 9-11 am Saturday, Oct. 8, to collect non-perishable food; no glass containers. The Scouts will be set at the corner of Jetton Road and Peninsula Club Drive North and at the park at the corner of Harbor Light Boulevard and Flying Jib Road.

Rescue Ranch will host Dogtoberfest 

11 am-4pm | Oct. 8. Families and their leashed dogs can enjoy live music, a beer garden, food trucks, doggy treat truck, a doggy costume contest, an agility course, local vendors, barnyard animal ambassadors, adoptable animals, activities for kids and pumpkin painting. Admission is $5 per person and children 1 and younger and fully vaccinated, leashed dogs are free. Rescue Ranch, 1424 Turnersburg Hwy., Statesville.

Birkdale Big Screen 

Noon | Oct. 8. NCAA Football.

3:30 pm | Oct. 8.  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.

Live Music

7-10 pm| Oct. 7. OldSkool.  Royal Bliss Brewing, 7532 Royal Bliss Ct., Denver. 

New Beer Release Party

Royal Bliss Brewing collaboration with Down for Doughnuts, a family-run, local shop creating the best doughnuts for the very best cause.  Try a very special batch of Pastry Stout beer. With actual doughnuts in the mix. Down For Doughnuts, 880 East Iredell Avenue, Mooresville.

Primal Brewery Beer Olympics

2-7 pm | Oct. 8. Pre-registration cost $35 per team of two; day-of registration $40 per team of two. Events include Axe Throwing, Archery, Cornhole, Disc Golf and Darts. 16432 Old Statesville Rd., Huntersville.

Oct. 9

The rescheduled dog show will be held at Robbins Park on Oct. 9.

22nd annual All American Dog Show

3-6 pm | Oct. 9.  Robbins Park, 7738 W. Catawba Ave. Free to attend. Registration required for contestants. Contests, vendors.

Fall Food Truck Rally

11 am – 3 pm | Oct. 9. More than. 10 trucks participating, local vendors, games for the kids plus a pumpkin patch. Free; $5 parking. Tickets needed for corn maze.


4 pm. | Oct. 9. Ed Kilbourne — singer, storyteller and folk theologian.Family Life Center,  Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, 19600 Zion Ave., Cornelius.

Mooresville Cruise In 

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

Birkdale Big Screen 

1 pm | Oct. 9. NFL Sunday: Tampa Bay vs Atlanta.

4:05 pm | Oct. 9. NFL Sunday: Carolina 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.



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.

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