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Amazing Things to Do near Davidson NC

Updated May 2022. You may think that you need to stay in a big city to find enough events and experiences to warrant a visit. We beg to differ. Although we are most certainly prejudiced, we also firmly believe that there are many amazing things to do near Davidson, NC — and yes, we’re a small town that has BIG fun! So regardless of the season, we have great events and festivals you can appreciate when you visit

Let us share a little more about Davidson. It is a college town that was founded alongside Davidson College in 1837. Like most small towns, it has an earnest charm that’s sure to endear it to visitors. While it might not have the hustle and bustle of big cities, Davidson’s genuine warmth and friendliness feel like a breath of fresh air.

The town has a great sense of community and has miles of green space and hiking and biking trails that make it a pleasure to wander around. If you’re ever in the area and need a breather, this town is the perfect place to stop, and if it’s a festival you are looking for, we have one almost every month.

Spring Events

St Patrick’s Day Celebration

Where else do you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but at an Irish bar. Expect bagpipes, drink specials, and games galore! But it doesn’t stop there. We have a parade, pub crawlers, green rivers and fountains, and more.

April is for Arts

Davidson’s fun celebration for a full weekend in April. There is a gallery crawl, art on the green, and a concert on the green. It’s sure to delight the creative side in all of us.

Tawba Walk Arts and Music Festival

Located in the town of Cornelius, this art and music festival features local artists, street performers, shopping, and amazing food. This is a great event held each year in April.

Loch Norman Highland Games

For all fans of Outlander and all things Scottish, this April festival is a blend of sporting competition, music, Scottish culture, and food. Where else can you see men in kilts throwing hammers?

Cornelius Jazz Festival

For another free music series dedicated to jazz, visit the Cornelius Jazz Festival in May. Great music, food trucks, and children’s activities make it super fun.

North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival

Brewers and bands together in one place in May! Who could ask for anything more? How about a gorgeous venue like Rural Hill? Bingo!

Summer Events

Concerts on the Green

Technically, these concerts are spring and summer events. Join us each weekend from April through August to enjoy free outdoor concerts in three different series: Concerts on the Circle and Saturdays on the Square on alternating Saturdays and Concerts on the Green on Sundays. Bring lawn chairs and a picnic for great family fun!

Outdoor Cinema Series

Grab a chair or a blanket, snacks, and come watch a movie in the great outdoors! With family-friendly movies, you will feel like a kid on a summer vacation.

Symphony in the Park and Fireworks

We all know that the 4th of July is live fireworks and music! The celebration starts early and lasts for days.

Fall Events

Amazing Maize Maze

From September through November, have fun finding your way through this enormous corn maze! Challenge your friends! Don’t forget the bonfire and hayrides in the evening.

Laketober Fest Music and Brew

You don’t need to go to Germany in October for great beer and music! North Carolina and Lake Norman have it covered.

Carolina Renaissance Festival

Time to get into the spirit of King Arthur and Guinevere — from wardrobe to food to entertainment! October through mid-November, you’ll be transported to a time and place where chivalry still exists! Games, music, meat on a stick! If you’d prefer regular clothes in your own style, no worries — costumes are optional.

Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival

Come and watch some furry friends go through their paces in this November festival. But it is not just about canines. Bring your pumpkins from October and catapult them into the air for a fall festival cathartic thrill.

Holiday Events

Christmas in Davidson

Get into the spirit of the holidays in Davidson with horse-drawn carriage rides, a parade, and, of course, a visit from Santa. Get your shopping done at one of our selections of independent and unique local stores.

See, you don’t need a big city to have loads of fun and laughter! Who would have thought there are so many amazing things to do near Davidson, NC? For a small town, Davidson has a big heart — and stomach. The visit to Davidson may be worth it just for the chance to check out Kindred, a nationally-renowned restaurant that showcases the best of local culinary talent. Co-owners Joe and Katy Kindred see it as an extension of their home, and diners will find a warmth and flavor that they’re unlikely to catch anywhere else.

Plan your getaway now at the Davidson Village Inn! No matter the season, as you can see, there are festivals and events galore! If you need more inspiration, check out our digital Vacation Guide, or just give us a call!



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