Through Nov. 10
"The Smell Of The Kill": Michele Lowe's dark comedy revolves around three malicious wives, add three miserable, unloving husbands whose marriages are all on the brink of disaster because of embezzlement, stalking and cheating. When the men accidentally lock themselves in a meat locker, the women are faced with a life-or-death decision: Should they leave the men in the cold permanently or let them thaw? 3 p.m. Nov. 3, 10; 7 p.m. Nov. 7; 8 p.m. Nov. 1-2, 8-9. $14 adults, $12 for seniors and students (high school age and younger), $8 for children 12 and under. The Green Room Community Theatre, Inc., 10 South Main Avenue, Newton. 828-464-6583. www.the-green-room.org
Through Nov. 24
Carolina Renaissance Festival: This 16th century European style art and entertainment festival combines outdoor theater, circus entertainment, an arts and crafts marketplace, jousting tournaments, a feast fit for royalty all rolled into one non-stop, day-long family adventure. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. $22 adults, $19 seniors and active military, $12 children 5-12, free for children 5 and under. Season passes available. Discounted tickets available at Harris Teeter stores and online. 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. 704-896-5544. www.royalfaires.com
Through Nov. 30
Night Hayrides: Enjoy a crisp fall evening with a tractor-drawn hayride and a bonfire, perfect for roasting hotdogs and marshmallows. Rides last about 45 minutes and are available 7 days a week at 6, 7, 8 and 9 p.m. $12 per person, free for children under 2. 10 person minimum required by registration only. Please provide your own food/drinks. Email email@example.com to schedule your hayride. Carrigan Farms, 1261 Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville. 704-664-1450. www.carriganfarms.com
Nov. 2, 16
Tour de Food Davidson/Lake Norman: Take a tour of Davidson, a quaint little town full of history and rich in flavor. Sample culinary delights from several restaurants, including a soda shop, pizzeria and brewery. 1:30-5:30 p.m. $47. The Brick House Tavern, 209 Delburg Street Davidson. 336-406-6294. www.tourdefood.net
5th Annual "Over the Tabletop": Showcases the many decorating talents of local designers and vendors, featuring a "Sip 'N Shop" where you can browse and purchase handmade holiday items. Proceeds benefit the Build Betty a House Project. 6-10 p.m., Nov. 7. ($35); 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Nov. 8. ($15). Peninsula Country Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius. www.nmwclub.org
Native American Performance and Exhibit: The opening reception for an exhibit of Native American-themed artwork, featuring international artist Christopher Rowland, will feature Tuscarora Dancers and Drums from Pembroke, NC and the musical talents of Christopher Rowland on Native American flutes. The exhibit will be in the galleries of the Lincoln Cultural Center through December. 6-9 p.m. Lincoln Cultural Center, 403 East Main Street, Lincolnton. 704-732-9044. www.artslincolnnc.org
GoWILD! 2013 - An Afternoon with the Raptors: Take a walk on the Wild side with Carolina Raptor Center! This annual fundraising event features family fun entertainment, bluegrass music, food and beer and great company. The live and silent auctions feature the winners of the 2013 photo contest. 3-6 p.m. $25 for ages 10 and older, free for children 9 and under. Free parking. Thomas Street Tavern, 1218 Thomas Ave., Charlotte. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org
"Baconalia" Cooking Class: Honor the glorious pig with a class dedicated to bacon! You'll prepare a menu that includes deviled eggs with bacon jam and caviar, BLT panzanella salad, loaded and smashed potato salad, green bean bundles with bacon and brown sugar, bacon-roasted beef tenderloin with garlic and herbs, and bacon caramel corn for dessert! 6-9 p.m. $45. Gourmet on the Run, 137 Market Place Drive, Mooresville. 704-696-0030. www.gourmetontherun.com
18th Annual Sheepdog Trials And Dog Show: One of the area’s best known dog events will showcase dog sports demonstrations, the United States Border Collie Handlers’ Association, Carolina Dock Dogs, and the Greater Charlotte Shetland Sheepdog Club. Also featuring kid’s activities, historic tractor exhibits, pumpkin chunkin’, hay rides, food and drink, and more. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. $10 ages 13 and older, $7 ages 5-12, free for ages 4 and under. Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. 704-875-3113. www.ruralhill.net
"Narnia" Presented By The Connie Company: Experience a musical presentation filled with creatures and spirits of myth and fable, good and evil, demonic and transcendent in the enchanted world of Narnia. Featuring a colorful cast of intelligent talking animals ruled by the majestic King Aslan, the great lion of Narnia and a group of children who help the inhabitants of Narnia learn lessons of courage, unselfishness and wisdom from their odyssey. Based on C.S. Lewis' "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." 1 p.m. Nov. 9-10, 16; 4 p.m. Nov. 9-10, 16-17; 7 p.m. Nov. 14-15. $10 general admission seating. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour Street, Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org
Nutcracker Tea Hosted by the Ballet Company of Academy of Dance and Fine Arts: Journey to the Land of the Sweets with the story of the Nutcracker. Guests will be dazzled by the dancer's costumes and dance techniques and afterward enjoy tea, lemonade and a variety of treats. Proceeds benefit Ace and TJ's Grin Kids.12, 2 and 4 p.m. $15. Carriage House at Johnson Farms, 1360 Brawley School Road, Mooresville. 704-663-3169. www.adfastudio.com
Southern Christmas Show: Get in the holiday spirit at this annual holiday attraction, which is in its 45th year. Browse hundreds of vendors, enjoy food, arts and crafts, demonstrations and more. Opens at 10 a.m. daily. $10 adults (at the door), $9 (in advance online), $3 children ages 6-12, free for children under 6 with paying adult. The Park Expo and Conference Center, 2500 E. Independence Blvd., Charlotte. www.southernchristmasshow.com
Everything and the Turkey Cooking Class: Join us for our annual Thanksgiving class (dubbed "Fakesgiving") where we cover the basics of a preparing a classic holiday meal with a new twist (and without all the stress!). 4-8 p.m. $45. Gourmet on the Run, 137 Market Place Drive, Mooresville. 704-696-0030. www.gourmetontherun.com
An Evening of Hope & Healing: This evening formerly known as “Cruise for Change” includes dinner, dancing and a silent auction. Funds benefit critical services offered by Safe Alliance in Lake Norman. 7-11 p.m. $70 per person, $130 for two, $630.00 for tables of 10. $5 raffle tickets available for purchase to enter to win an iPad. Peninsula Club, 19101 Peninsula Club Drive, Cornelius. www.safealliance.org/evening-of-hope-and-healing/
Santa Arrival and Tree Lighting: Ring in the holidays at Birkdale Village's annual holiday tree lighting ceremony. Enjoy music, food, and Santa's arrival to the beat of the Hopewell High School Jazz Band to light a 34-foot tree! 5 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Huntersville.
"Bach To The Future": Hear the music of the masters - Bach, Beethoven, Mozart - arranged in a variety of world and jazz rhythms, performed by a quartet on cutting-edge instruments such as an electrified violin, a synthesizer, and a hand-made electronic percussion instrument. 7:30 p.m. $20. Mac Gray Auditorium, 474 N. Center Street, Statesville. 704-380-0875. www.iredellconcerts.com
Princess Charity Event: Experience a fun-filled afternoon while benefiting a good cause. There will be a cardio dance class, games, silent auction, chair massages, handmade crafts, and more. Learn about Team In Training and info about the upcoming Disney Princess 10K. All proceeds will be donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 1:30-4:30 p.m. KADI Fit, 19725 Oak Street #6, Cornelius. For additional information, contact Amy at 704-807-4610.
Charlotte Cigar Lovers Networking Party: If you're a lover of cigars, come enjoy free food, drinks and aromatic cigars while networking with a fun group of ladies and gentlemen who enjoy all things cigars, too. 6-8:30 p.m. Free. Burner's Cigar Lounge at Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindholm Drive, Suite 206, Huntersville. www.meetup.com/charlotte-cigar-lovers
Carolina Christmas Light Show: The speedway transforms into one of the largest drive-through holiday light parks in the country with more than a million LED lights in nearly 500 colorful displays. Attractions also include a skating rink, festival of trees, Bethlehem village and carnival rides. This year on the opening night there will be a 5K run, the "Egg Nog Jog", through the elaborate light displays. Opening night for the drive-thru course starts Nov. 23. 6 p.m. $20 per vehicle. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy S., Concord. 704-455-3267. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
Miss Janes Academy For A Day: Girls ages 8-12 can step into the 1860s for a day and learn about English country dancing, natural dyeing, candle making, doll making, 19th century clothing, and more! 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $25 per camper and pre-registration is required. Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org
The Chuckleheads present "Sittin' at the Kids Table": The Charlotte improvisational theatre group present their Summer Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza. Performances include end-of-summer themed unscripted improvisational comedy games, musical games/activities, game show elements, and lots of audience participation. 6 p.m. family friendly show, 8 p.m. show (may contain some adult language and situations). $10 (when purchased at www.planetimprov.com), $15 when purchased at the door. The Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. www.planetimprov.com
Jingle Bell Toy Run: The Statesville HOG (Harley Owners Group) is sponsoring the toy run featuring a police-escorted motorcycle ride and an all-you-can-eat pasta meal at Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Statesville. 10 a.m. registration, 12:30 p.m. ride begins. Riders: $15 with unwrapped toy, $25 without toy; passengers: $10 with unwrapped toy, $20 without toy. Tilley Harley Davidson, 1226 Morland Drive, Statesville.www.statesvillehog.org
6th Annual Artisan & Crafters Expo: Featuring works of art, handmade items, baked goods, lunch and a chili cook-off. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Kester Gymnasium, Statesville Christian School, 1210 Museum Road, Statesville. 704-880-0363. www.iredellarts.org
2nd Annual Strong, Focused and Soon-to-be-Stuffed Family 5K: Get your exercise in before a big day of food, family and football on the Greenway in Birkdale. Breakfast will be provided after the run. Proceeds benefit the Angels and Sparrows Soup Kitchen in Huntersville. 8 a.m. $15 per person, $25 per family. Fleet Feet Sports in Birkdale, 16620 Cranlyn Road, Huntersville. www.meetup.com/The-Huntersville-Triathlon-Training-Meetup-Group
A Plantation Christmas: Experience an 1860s Christmas at the plantation. See period Christmas decor, meet a Victorian St. Nick, see Christmas baking in the kitchen, and learn about period Christmas traditions. 10 a.m-4 p.m. $8 adults, $7 seniors and students, free for ages 5 and under. Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org
Light Up Cornelius: Come experience a Cornelius holiday tradition at the inaugural tree lighting ceremony, presented by Energy United. Enjoy community choirs, dance performances, children's activities, carriages rides, holiday shopping, refreshments and a visit from Santa! This year's event will coincide with 'Tawba Walk, an arts and music festival in Downtown Cornelius, featuring dozens of local art and craft vendors. 2-6 p.m. The lawn at Cornelius Town Hall. www.cornelius.org
Summer Camps at Discover Place Kids: Week-long themed camps for children ages 2 (with adult) to 8. From art to animals and from Earth to the stars, there's a new theme each week to keep little minds and muscles growing. Bring your friends or plan to make new ones as we have fun experimenting with new ideas and learning new skills. Times and prices vary depending on camp. Discovery Place Kids, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. For additional information, visit www.discoveryplacekids.org or call 704-372-6261 ext. 300.
Through July 30
Summer Drama Camp: The Connie Company Goes to the Circus (a clown-free event): Students will explore the circus through a variety of theatre games, stories and improvisations, and learn basic acting techniques and stage production. Each session culminates in a sharing for family and friends. One-week sessions for ages 4-10. Registration required at www.d-recs.org. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. for ages 4-5 and ages 6-7, 1-4 p.m. for ages 8-10. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. Visit www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
Summer Camps at Latta Plantation: Choose from L.A.N.D. Camp: Tree Soup or Animal Olympics where campers will learn through hands-on activities, crafts, games and more. Ages 4-6. Each camp is a weeklong session. 9 a.m.-12 p.m. $75. Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-336-7600. Visit parkandrec.com.
Summer Camps through Cornelius Parks, Arts Recreation and Culture (PARC): Choose from more than 100 different half and full-day camps for children of all ages. Includes art, recreational, sports and special needs camps. Times, prices and location vary depending on camp. For additional information, visit www.corneliuspr.org.
Summer Fun Science Camps at Catawba Science Center: This nonprofit science and technology museum in Hickory offers hands-on science learning for youth in grades pre-kindergarten through rising ninth grade. 10 a.m.-12 p.m., 7:30-10 a.m. Early arrival, 12-5:30 p.m. Afternoon adventures. Mon.-Fri. $47 member, $80 non-member, Extended day $21 member, $30 non-member, Afternoon adventures $57 member, $85 non-member. Catawba Science Center, 243 3rd Avenue NE, Hickory. 828-322-8169. Visit www.catawbascience.org.
Summer Camps through the Town of Davidson: Campers of all ages, from toddlers to teens can find a camp themed just for them. From art, sports, technology and more – there's something for everyone this summer. Times, prices and location vary depending on camp. For additional information, visit www.d-recs.org.
Summer Art Camps at Sanctuary of Davidson: All month long come experience all mediums of art from drawing, painting, designing and more. Ages 4-12. Times vary depending on camp. $95-$110. Sanctuary of Davidson, 108 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-0044. Visit www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com.
July 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26, 31
Story Time Cruise: Enjoy a story, cookies and milk aboard the Catawba Queen. Limited seating available. Reservations are highly recommended. 8:30-10 a.m. $10 Adults, $5 for Children 12 and under. Queen's Landing, 1459 River Highway, Mooresville. 704-663-2628. Visit www.queenslanding.com.
July 4, 7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25, 28
Mooresville Farmers Market: Browse and buy an abundance of local produce, canned and baked goods, plants, crafts and more. 7 a.m.-12 p.m. Mooresville Rotary Farmer’s Market, S. Church St., Mooresville.
Billy Scott and The Party Prophets at Music on Main: : This award-winning, six-piece, dance-and-show group plays a wide variety of music including beach, blues, Motown, retro, funk and oldies and are in constant demand. A main staple on the southeastern private party, festival, concert, corporate functions, night club and wedding circuit for more than 30 years. Live music outdoors. Bring your own chair. 6:30-9:30 p.m. Free. Town Hall Green, Mooresville. 704-663-3800. www.iredellarts.org.
"Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" Movie: 7 p.m. Free. Charles Mack Citizen Center, 413 N. Main St., Mooresville. 704-663-3800. ci.mooresville.nc.us.
July 7, 14
Lake Norman Fear Football: Come cheer on the home team as they battle it out against the Greenville Seminoles (July 7) and the Carolina Falcons (July 14) in exciting semi-pro football fashion. The team is made up of former area high school, college players and former NFL players. 7:30 p.m. Check website for ticket prices. Mooresville High Stadium, 659 E. Center Ave., Mooresville. www.lknfear.com.
July 7, 14, 21, 28
Davidson Farmer’s Market: This producer-only, year-round market features more than 35 farmers and local producers from within a 100-mile radius. It’s a lively gathering place to learn about food, agriculture, nutrition and stock up on locally grown fruits and veggies. Saturdays, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Next to Town Hall between Main Street and Jackson Street. 704-400-0880. Visit www.davidsonfarmersmarket.org.
Huntersville Market: Features local fresh produce, baked goods, jewelry, crafts, fresh-cut flowers, potted plants and more. 7 a.m.-12 p.m., Saturdays. Vendor fees: $75 yearly fee, $4 daily fee (one table inside shelter), $2 daily fee (one table outside shelter). A registration form and agreement are required. Register at the Town of Huntersville Parks and Recreation offices. Farmers Market, 103 Maxwell Street, Huntersville. 704-766-2220.
Outdoor Adventure Camp at Latta Plantation: Campers will go exploring, canoeing, fishing, geocaching, shelter building and hiking and enjoy a field trip adventure to Crowder’s Mountain State Park. Ages 7-10. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. $150. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-336-7600. Visit parkandrec.com.
July 11, 21, 25
Outdoor Cinema Series: Enjoy outdoor movies under the stars on a state-of-the-art, inflatable “blimp” screen. Movie dates, time, and location are subject to change. Don't forget to bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Movies include: "Dolphin Tale", "The Adventures of Tintin" and "Zookeeper". 8:30 p.m. Free. Refreshments available for purchase. Movies on the Boulevard at Kenton Place, 17115 Kenton Drive, Cornelius or Smithville Park, 19710 S. Ferry St., Cornelius. www.cornelius.org/parc.
Piedmont Health Care Friday After Five Concert: Live music outdoors produced by Downtown Statesville Development Corporation and Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce. Featured performers are Mediocre Bad Guys. Bring your own chair. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Free. W. Broad Street, Statesville. 704-878-3436. www.iredellarts.org.
Mooresville Artist Guild Artist Reception: The Mooresville Artist Guild hosts an artist reception and opening ceremonies the second Friday of every month. 6-8 p.m. Free. 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville. Visit www.magart.org.
3rd Annual Raptor Ride: Choose from 20-, 40-, or 60-mile routes through the moderately hilly wine country of the Yadkin Valley. The bike ride begins with a release of a rehabilitated bird of prey from the Carolina Raptor Center. Stocked rest stops will be at intervals along the routes as well as SAG support vehicles to help any rider having difficulty completing the ride. Limited to 250 riders. $35. 1927 Brandon Hills Road, Yadkinville. 704-875-6521. Visit www.carolinaraptorcenter.org or www.brandonhillsvineyaRoadcom..
Hands-On Cooking Series: “Festive Tapas Party” with Personal Chef Vera Samuels: Tiny flavor-packed morsels served on small plates, Spanish tapas are meant to be shared and are ideal for entertaining. You’ll get an introduction to techniques for preparing light finger foods to heartier small bites and share classic recipes full of fresh ingredients and seasonal flavors with menu items including zucchini fritters, chorizo and rosemary skewers with swordfish and bacon. Pre-registration is required by July 12. 2-4:30 p.m. $60-$65. Wooden Stone Gallery, 445 South Main Street, Davidson. 704-892-3349. www.d-recs.org..
Kids Triathlon Series 4: Created to encourage youth to have fun staying active by focusing on swimming, biking and running. Ages 4-14, all levels of ability. 5 p.m. $25 before July 12, $30 after July 12. Huntersville Family Fitness and Aquatic Center, 11725 Verhoeff Drive, Huntersville. 704-766-2222. www.hffa.com.
July 16, 23
Her Favorite Dress - Collage and Acrylics: Bring a photo of dress you or someone you love once wore or just a dress from your imagination and we will recreate it with paper, acrylics and beautiful rubber stamps. No art experience necessary for this fun and nostalgic class with instructor Kristen Feighery. 6-9 p.m. $85. Sanctuary of Davidson, 108 S. Main St., Davidson. 704-892-0044. www.sanctuaryofdavidson.com.
Farm Camp at Latta Plantation: This is an intense, hands-on training course in all things 'farming' for ages 12-17 including animal husbandry, historic natural farming techniques, woodworking and much more. Camp is designed for those with a serious interest in learning about farming, animals and agriculture, as well as those who have a future interest in veterinary medicine. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $200. Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org.
Power Lunch: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce invites members and non-members alike to meet and greet the New CMS superintendent of Public Instruction, Heath Morrison. 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m. $16 members, $20 non-members. NorthStone Country Club 15801 Northstone Drive, Huntersville. For additional information, contact Jack Stevens 704-892-1922 or visit www.lakenormanchamber.org .
Civil War Living History: Visit with the 49th NC Troops and learn about life as a Civil War soldier. See demos throughout the weekend, tour the soldier camp and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 21, 1-4 p.m. July 22. Free with regular site admission. $7 Adults, $6 Seniors, $5 Students, Free ages 5 and under. Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. www.lattaplantation.org.
Shakespeare Intensive: Come learn about Shakespeare’s plays and how to translate the language to modern audiences. Make sense of old language and play around with the genius of the Bard in a real theater. Ages 13-18. Registration required at www.d-recs.org. 1-4 p.m. $100. Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St., Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
"Rumors" Presented by Davidson Communities Players: Guests trade rumors, exchange lies and offer pathetic cover-ups. Confusion, miscommunication and chaos reign as the evening spins off wildly into the comical land of farce in this comedy from the pen of Neil Simon. Ages 12 and up. 8 p.m. July 26- 28, 2 p.m. July 29. General admission seating. $24, Adults, $22, Seniors, $12 Students. Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College, 207 Faculty Drive, Davidson. 704-892-7953. www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
Living History Saturday- Michael Twitty: See Twitty on his Southern Discomfort Tour. Twitty is a culinary historian, historic interpreter and Jewish educator, who has been telling the stories of enslaved people and their foodways for over a decade. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free with regular site admission. $7 Adults, $6 Seniors, $5 Students, Free ages 5 and under. Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-2312. Visit www.lattaplantation.org or www.thecookinggene.com.
Concerts in the Park Series: Beach Bash in the Park featuring Big Time Party Band. You can bring a cooler, but alcohol, pets, glass containers, open flames and smoking are not allowed. 6 p.m. Free. The BandShell at Bailey Road Park 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius. www.cornelius.org/parc.
“Summertime Sweet Treats” with Chef Katie Balbuena: Baking from scratch is easier than you may think. You will be introduced to six delicious and simple recipes that will incorporate fresh fruit from the farmer’s market including peach cobbler, blueberry coffee cake, Swedish strawberry torta and French crepes. Pre-registration is required by July 26. 2-4:30 p.m. $60-$65. Wooden Stone Gallery, 445 South Main St., Davidson. 704-892-3349. Visit www.d-recs.org.