• BUSINESS NETWORKING: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce hosts a Business After Hours networking event 5:30-7 p.m. at the Peninsula Yacht Club, 18501 Harbor Light Blvd., Cornelius. Details: www.lakenormanchamber.org.
• CANDIDATE FORUM: The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce presents the Huntersville Candidate Forum, featuring candidates running for election, 7-9 p.m. at Huntersville Town Hall, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville.
• PRESCHOOL STORYTIME: Children, ages 3-5, develop skills through stories and songs at 10:15 a.m. at the Davidson Public Library, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. Details: 704-416-4000 or www.cmlibrary.org.
• TODDLER STORYTIME: Children, ages 18-35 months, build language and movement skills through stories and activities at 11 a.m. at the Davidson Public Library, 119 S. Main St., Davidson. Details: 704-416-4000 or www.cmlibrary.org.
• BARBECUE: The 35th annual North Meck BBQ serves take-out orders 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the school, 11201 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. Plates consisting of two buns, barbecue, chips and slaw cost $8. A bulk order of 12 ounces of barbecue costs $8. Buffets for 10 people cost $80. Seating takes place 5-7 p.m. Delivery of 10 plates takes place 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
• CONCERT: Carrie Marshall and Sista T performs a free concert as part of the Live in the 115 summer concert series 5:30-9:30 p.m. at John Franklin Moore Park at the corner of Main and Center streets in Mooresville. No alcohol or coolers are allowed. Details: www.downtownmooresville.com.
• CHORAL CONCERT: The Davidson College Chorale presents a free concert, “Shades of Light,” featuring choral works by Byrd, Lassus, Tallis, Whitacre, MacMillan and Hogan, at 7:30 p.m. at Davidson College Presbyterian Church, 102 N. Main St., Davidson. Details: 704-894-2848.
• LIVE MUSIC: Blue Monday performs live music at 10:30 p.m. The Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius. Details: 704-892-9195 or www.therustyrudder.net.
• ANNIVERSARY: Our Towns Habitat for Humanity celebrates its 25th anniversary with a fall festival at 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with lunch served at 1-2 p.m., at 12014 Titan Ave., Huntersville. The festival features music, games, crafts and lunch. Details: www.ourtownshabitat.org.
• COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Davidson College plays Marist in college football action at 1 p.m. at Richardson Stadium, 201 Faculty Drive, Davidson. Tickets range $6-$12. Details: www.davidsonwildcats.com.
• LAKETOBERFEST: LaketoberFest features arts and crafts, children’s activities, concerts, food and fireworks 4-9 p.m. at Bailey Road Park, Cornelius. The B-Sides Band, Tony Bailey Band and On the Border will perform music. Details: Mindi Stoner, 704-892-6031, ext 192, or www.cornelius.org/parc.
• LIVE MUSIC: Burning Bright performs live music at 10:30 p.m. The Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius. Details: 704-892-9195 or www.therustyrudder.net.
• FOOD TOUR: Sample foods from six or seven Davidson restaurants at the Tour de Food 1:30-5:30 p.m. starting at The Brickhouse Tavern, 209 Delburg St., Davidson. Tickets cost $45. Details: www.tourdefood.net.
• LIVE MUSIC: Scott and Woody performs live music 4-8 p.m. at The Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius. Details: 704-892-9195 or www.therustyrudder.net.
• CHURCH BANQUET: Young Life Lake Norman holds a banquet to explain how it shares the gospel with high school students 6-8 p.m. at Joe Gibbs Racing, 13415 Reese Blvd. W., Huntersville. To register for the event, email an invitation request by Oct. 10 to email@example.com.
• FAITH CONCERT: National Fingerstyle Champion Richard Smith performs the next installment of Saint Patrick’s Solas Leighis concert series at 7 p.m. at the church, 201 Fairview Road, Mooresville. The event includes a wine and cheese reception. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students at the door. Proceeds benefit community outreach. Details: www.saint-patricks.org, firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-663-5659.
• GOLF TOURNEY: Angels of 97 hosts its Tenth Annual Puttin’ for A Purpose Golf Tournament at 12:30 p.m. at Pine Island, 1701 Stoneyridge Drive, Charlotte. Teams of four will play in a Captain’s Choice Foursome. Registration costs $100. A banquet follows the tournament. Details: Cami Meador, email@example.com or 704-526-9301; Mark Greenhalgh, firstname.lastname@example.org or 704-965-8688; or www.angelsof97.com.
• VIDEO GAMES: Teenagers develop literacy, critical thinking and teamwork skills through Wii video games at 5 p.m. at the Cornelius Branch Library, 21105 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details: 704-416-3800 or www.cmlibrary.org.
• CULINARY EVENT: Chef Bryant Terry, author of the book “Vegan Soul Food,” talks about his lifetime interest in food justice and give cooking demonstrations at 6 p.m. in Davidson College’s Lilly Family Gallery.
• CULINARY EVENT: Chef Bryant Terry, author of the book “Vegan Soul Food,” hosts a luncheon 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. in Davidson College’s Vail Commons dining hall. The door price for the meal costs $10.25. Details: 704-894-2600.
• STUDY ZONE: Children, ages 8-18, study for tests, do homework or get free online tutoring in Homework Study Zone at 4 p.m. at the Cornelius Branch Library, 21105 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. Details: 704-416-3800 or www.cmlibrary.org.
• ART PANEL: Davidson College hosts a free panel discussion of “robot art” by practitioners Nick Bontrager, David Bowen, Matt Kenyon, Hye Yeon Nam and Fernando Orellana at 6 p.m. in the Semans Lecture Hall of the Belk Visual Arts Center. Details: 704-894-2519.
• HISTORY LECTURE: Ruth Feldstein presents a free history lecture, “How it Feels to be Free: Black Women Entertainers and the Civil Rights Movement,” at 7:30 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall of the Sloan Music Center. Details: 704-894-2878.
• CHURCH BARBECUE: Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church hosts its annual Mallard Creek Barbecue at 10 a.m. at the church, 11400 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte. Proceeds go to missions.
• THEATER LECTURE: Shakespeare scholar James Schiffer discusses “You Would Have Been Contracted to a Maid: Reflections on the History of Staging Gender, Sex, and Genre in Twelfth Night” at 11 a.m. in Lilly Family Gallery of Davidson College’s Chambers Building. Details: 704-894-2912.
• LITERATURE EVENT: Iraqi novelist Mahmoud Saeed discusses suffering torture in Iraq, fleeing to America and other aspects of his life that have inspired his literary career at 5 p.m. at Davidson College’s Multicultural House. Details: 323-578-9508.
• INTERACTIVE READING: Author Wiley Cash visits Davidson as part of the ReadDavidson series 7-9 p.m. at The Pines at Davidson, 400 Avinger Lane, Davidson. The town-wide reading initiative features events pertaining to Wiley Cash’s “A Land More Kind Than Home.”
• LITERARY READING: Author Bobbie Ann Mason presents a talk and reading at 7:30 p.m. in Davidson College’s Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room. Mason received the Ernest Hemingway Award for her book “Shiloh and Other Stories.” Details: 704-894-2472
• MUSIC LECTURE: Alice Echols discusses how disco’s rise to the mainstream affected political discourse of the 1970s at 8 p.m. in Tyler Tallman Hall of Davidson College’s Sloan Music Center. Details: 704-894-2591.
• ART OPENING: Davidson College invites the public to the opening reception for the exhibitions “Parodic Machines” and “Desiring Machine” at 6:30 p.m. at the atrium of the Belk Visual Arts Center. Artist Paula Gaetano Adi performs 7:45-8:30 p.m. The two exhibitions will be available for viewing 10 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays and noon-4 p.m. weekends through Dec. 3. Details: 704-894-2519.
• COSTUME SWAP: Children can drop off old Halloween costumes in the second annual Ben & Jerry’s Costume Swap through Oct. 21 at the Davidson scoop shop, 202 S. Main St., Davidson. Pick up new costumes noon-9 p.m. Oct. 22-24 and get free toppings with ice cream.
• BALLOON FESTIVAL: The 40th Carolina BalloonFest features balloon flights, rides and watching, as well as children's activities, 3-8:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 7 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Oct. 19, and 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 20 at Statesville Regional Airport, 260 Hangar Drive, Statesville. Individual tickets range $5-$10. Details: www.CarolinaBalloonFest.com.
• ART FESTIVAL: More than 80 fine artisans from across the nation will sell original artwork at the Greater Charlotte Fine Arts Festival 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 19 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 20 at Birkdale Village along Birkdale Commons Parkway in Huntersville. Admission and parking are free. Details: http://paragonartevents.com/charlotte/index.html.
• CORN MAZE: The 2013 Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze offers a cornucopia of ways to flex your problem-solving skills 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 3 at the historic site, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. The flashlight maze begins at 6 p.m. (tickets stop at 9 p.m.) Fridays and Saturdays. Day maze tickets cost $10 for ages 13 and older and $7 per person for ages 5-12. Flashlight maze tickets cost $15 for ages 13 and older and $10 per person for ages 5-12. Ages 4 and younger get in free. Details: www.ruralhill.net.
• SCARRIGAN FARMS: Brave guests will run, slide and crawl through the half-mile, multi-leveled haunted trail to escape forest ghouls and wilderness psychos at Scarrigan Farms at sunset Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 2, at the Carrigan Farms Rock Quarry on Oak Ridge Farm Hwy., Mooresville. Admission costs $20 per person. Hayrides cost $12. Pumpkin Patch Hayrides, which include a pumpkin, cost $10. Details: www.Scarriganfarms.com and www.Carriganfarms.com.
• THEATER: Davidson Community Players presents “An Evening with Tennessee Williams” at 8 p.m. Oct. 17, 18, 19 and 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at Armour Street Theatre, 307 Armour St. Davidson. Watch four of the playwright’s short plays, including “27 Wagons Full of Cotton.” Tickets cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and $12 for students. Buy them at 704-892-7953 or http://www.davidsoncommunityplayers.org.
• THEATER: The Warehouse Performing Arts Center hosts “The Amish Project” 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, as well as 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 17-Nov. 3, at 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. Tickets cost $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students. Details: http://www.warehousepac.com.
• RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL: The Carolina Renaissance Festival returns for its 20th anniversary 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 24 on a 325-acre site at N.C. 73 and Poplar Tent Road in Huntersville. The festival features 16th-century entertainment, marketplace, food and jousting. Details: www.renfestinfo.com.