The excitement of Lake Norman extends far beyond its water-bound activities and oceanfront restaurants. If you’re looking for a way to take your stay to the next level, here are the six best Lake Norman events that the area hosts every single year! Before you start thinking about your next visit, don’t forget to request access to our free Vacation Guide. The guide is full of the area’s best restaurants, attractions, and things to see, making it your best friend when it comes to planning the perfect getaway!
The Best Annual Lake Norman Events
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration- March
Join the fun this year at the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in downtown Mooresville. The event starts at 3 p.m. and features a parade that travels down Main Street, live performances, music, food vendors, and plenty of other festivities. For those who are 21 and older, the Galway Hooker Festival is a great chance to celebrate just like the Irish: with plenty of alcoholic beverages. The pub that hosts the event was actually deconstructed in Ireland, shipped to the US, and rebuilt in Lake Norman! There are plenty of ways to celebrate!
Loch Norman Highland Games- April
Loch Norman Highland Games is a Scottish Festival that is held in April every year! Come out and enjoy a family-friendly weekend full of exciting events and tasty treats. Embrace the culture and spirit of the Highlands with dancing, music, food, and even some friendly competition! Hear the bagpipes ring out across Lake Norman at this year’s event!
North Carolina Brewers & Music Festival- May
A day of exploring the beautiful surface of Lake Norman wouldn’t be complete without an ice-cold beer! The perfect opportunity awaits in Huntersville at the North Carolina Brewers and Music Festival. Enjoy live music and some specialty brews from all of the area’s best breweries! If you’re here in May, this is a can’t miss event.
April Is for Arts- April
It’s time to celebrate the art and culture of the Lake Norman area! Every year in April is your chance to experience one of the largest gallery crawls in the state. Local and regional artists will be setting up exhibits on the Davidson Village Green for all to enjoy. The event also features live music, demonstrations, and plenty of delicious food. Stop by April Is for Arts on your next visit to the area!
Carolina Renaissance Festival- October & November
This Huntersville event is one of the most exciting of the year! The Carolina Renaissance Festival is back again this year and better than ever. Experience life like a noble in the middle ages with entertainment, feasts, games, rides, and an artisan marketplace where you can buy everything from jewelry to realistic medieval swords and body armor!
Christmas In Davidson- November & December
Davidson is one of Lake Norman’s most charming communities and is a beautiful place to visit any time of the year. However, if you have a chance to visit the area during the holiday season, prepare to be blown away by the beauty and charm of this small college town. Every year, Christmas in Davidson graces the town with stunning light and Christmas-tree displays, delicious food, and holiday activities like carriage rides and pictures with Santa. Explore Davidson’s charming town center with a cup of hot chocolate in your hand this season!
The Best Place to Stay Near Lake Norman
When it comes to luxury accommodations near Lake Norman, you can’t match the sophistication and elegance of the Davidson Village Inn. Our charming inn is right across the street from Davidson College, minutes from Lake Norman, and a short walk to all of Davidson’s most exciting activities.
If you’re looking for an exceedingly restful stay, our Executive Suite offers a queen-size bed, a comfortable work space, a private bath, and all of our finest amenities. Take a step toward the getaway of your dreams and start planning your trip today!