• CHURCH BARBECUE: Mallard Creek Presbyterian Church hosts its annual barbecue at 10 a.m. at the church, 11400 Mallard Creek Road, Charlotte. The tradition dates back 84 years. 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. The talk is in conjunction with the theater department’s production of the play. Details: 704-894-2912.
• BUSINESS EXPO: More than 85 companies and nonprofits showcase their products and services in the Mooresville-South Iredell Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Community Expo 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. Details: www.mooresvillenc.org, 704-664-3898, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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.
• ART OPENING: The “Parodic Machines” exhibit opens with a reception at 6:30 p.m. at Davidson College’s Belk Visual Arts Center, 315 N. Main St., Davidson. The opening includes a 7:45 p.m. performance by curator Paula Gaetano-Adi. The exhibit remains on display until Dec. 13.
• 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. Echols is the director of the Center for Feminist Research at the University of Southern California. 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.
• HALLOWEEN MARCH: The Town of Davidson hosts its annual Halloween March, in which merchants and vendors give out candy to trick-or-treaters. The event includes games on the town green at 4 p.m., a march down Main Street at 5 p.m. beginning at Davidson Town Hall and a concert by Rough Draft at 6-8 p.m.
• BOOK SIGNING: Author Keith Larson signs copies of his book “That Season of Hope” 9 a.m.-noon at Barnes & Noble, 8725 Townley Road, Huntersville. Proceeds from the book will be split between Make-A-Wish and other foundations. Details: 877-727-0697 or email@example.com.
• HALLOWEEN FUN: Halloween Fun features arts and crafts, games, live music and vendors 2-6 p.m. at Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. Details: www.huntersville.org.
• TRUNK-OR-TREAT: Ramah Presbyterian offers trunk-or-treating 6:30-8 p.m. in the church parking lot, 14401 Ramah Church Road, Huntersville. The event includes pizza, drinks, a bouncy house and prizes. Details: Sonya Ashburn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• FESTIVAL: St. Mark Catholic Church hosts its 12th Annual Fall Festival 6:30-9 p.m. in the Parish Hall, 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. The festival features more than 50 games, crafts and concessions. Tickets for a family of four, including dinner and games, cost around $20. Proceeds benefit service projects.
• LIVE MUSIC: Gump Fiction performs live music at 10:30 p.m. at the Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius. Details: 704-892-9195 or www.therustyrudder.net.
• FALL HARVEST 10K: The Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatics Fall Harvest accepts registration for a 10K, 5K and Pumpkin Dash 6:45-7:45 a.m. The 10K starts at 8 a.m., followed by a 5K at 8:10 a.m., Pumpkin Dash at 9:30 a.m. and awards at 10 a.m. For registration fees and rules, go to www.hffa.com/fallharvest2013.html.
• FESTIVAL: Huntersville United Methodist Church holds its Fall Crafts Festival 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the church, 14005 Stumptown Road, Huntersville. The event includes craft vendors, birdfeeders, handmade greeting cards, ornaments, purses, kitchen tools and jewelry. It also features a children’s festival with a bounce house, obstacle course, face painting, pumpkin painting, bean bag toss, cotton candy and spin art. There will also be food for sale.
• HOOT HOWL: The Carolina Raptor Center’s Hoot and Howl festival features Halloween-themed activities, such as face painting, science experiments, games and jack-o-lantern contests 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. Admission costs $10 for adults, $8 for ages 65 and older and $6 for students. Ages 4 and younger get in free.
• CHILDREN’S MUSICAL: Activate Community Through Theatre presents “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” at 1 and 4 p.m. at Woodlawn School, 193 Presbyterian Road, Mooresville. The show involves audience participation in the roles of munchkins, talking trees and flying monkeys. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for children. Details: 704-707-6757 or www.activatecommunitythroughtheatre.com.
• LIVE MUSIC: Early Ray performs live music 10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Halloween Boo Bash at the Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius. The bar offers more than $1,000 in cash and prizes for the best costumes. Details: 704-892-9195 or www.therustyrudder.net.
• WORKSHOP: Middle School Makeover, a parenting workshop offered by Jewish Family Services, runs 9:30-11:15 a.m. at Temple Kol Tikvah Sanctuary, 605 South St., Davidson. The workshop teaches parents and adults working with adolescents about adolescent brain development and how to develop effective communication. The cost is $25 per family. RSVP: email@example.com.
• BRIDAL EVENT: The Premier Bridal Affair runs 1-4 p.m. at the Charles Mack Citizen Center, 215 N. Main St., Mooresville. Those who register in advance are eligible for a grand door prize valued up to $1,500. Details: 704-662-3334 or www.cmccmooresville.com/bridalshow.
• OPEN HOUSE: St. Mark Catholic School hosts an open house for potential kindergarten- eighth-grade students and their families 1:30-3:30 p.m. at the school, 14750 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.
• YOGA CLASS: Gotta Yoga Studio offers a donation-only class 4-5 p.m. at the studio, 19911 North Cove Road, Suite C, Cornelius. The studio asks at least $5 a participant. Proceeds benefit the HAMMERS program, which strives to improve the quality of housing owned by low-income residents.
• LIVE MUSIC: Scott and Woody perform live music 4-8 p.m. at the Rusty Rudder, 20210 Henderson Road, Cornelius. Details: 704-892-9195 or www.therustyrudder.net.
• GHOST TALES: The Cornelius Historic Preservation Commission conducts a guided walking tour, dubbed South of Catawba with Ghostly Tales, at 5 p.m. in front of Cornelius Town Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius. The 1.25-mile tour will last between 90 minutes and 2 hours.
• CHORAL CONCERT: The Choral Arts Society, Davidson Singers and the Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra perform several works in a concert, “Faith, Folk, and Fancy,” at 7:30 p.m. in Davidson College's Duke Family Performance Hall. Tickets cost $15 for general admission, $10 for faculty/staff, $10 for seniors and $5 children. Buy tickets at 704-894-2135 or www.davidson.edu/tickets. Details: 704-894-2848.
• OPEN HOUSE: St. Mark Catholic School hosts an open house for potential kindergarten to eighth-grade students and their families 9 a.m.-noon at the school, 14750 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.
• ETHICS LECTURE: David Perry, director of the Vann Center for Ethics, discusses the viability of using www.Turnitin.com to assess the originality of students’ writing at 11 a.m. in Davidson College’s Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room. Details: 704-894-2095.
• SCULPTURE DEDICATON: Davidson College dedicates the sculpture Spirit Waves Fountain by Jesus Moroles. at 4:30 p.m. on the northwest side of the Sloan Music Center. Details: 704-894-2519.
• LITERACY READING: Children’s author Pat Mora presents a free talk and reading at 7:30 p.m. in Davidson College’s Lilly Family Gallery of Chambers Building. Details: 704-894-2472.
• TRICK-OR-TREATING: Merchants hold trick-or-treating 3-5 p.m. in downtown Mooresville. Children may dress up and collect treats from downtown shops. Details: www.downtownmooresville.com.
• INTERNATIONAL STUDIES: Stephen Lewis, former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations, discusses international AIDS awareness at 7 p.m. in Davidson College’s Alvarez College Union Smith 900 Room. Details: 704-894-2170.
• HALLOWEEN: Discovery Place KIDS offers Halloween activities, such as trick-or-treating, face painting and science experiments, at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the museum, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville. Events are free with admission, which costs $8. The museum opens 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Details: 704-372-6261 or www.discoveryplacekids.org.
• HALLOWEEN HUNTING: Birkdale Village hosts a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt 5-7 p.m. Oct. 31 at Birkdale Commons Parkway and Sam Furr Road in Huntersville. Details: www.birkdalevillage.net.
• TRUNK FOR TREATS: Independence Hill Baptist hosts its Trunk for Treats gathering 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the church, 10200 Independence Hill Road, Huntersville. The event includes a hot dog dinner, games, popcorn, cotton candy, cake walk, door prizes and trunk-or-treating. Details: 704-596-2124 or www.independencehill.org.
• ONGOING: Zombie jousting
The Carolina Renaissance Festival hosts Halloween-themed activities, including trick-or-treating, a treasure hunt, costume contest and zombie jousting, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 27 at 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. Adult tickets cost $21 in advance and $22 at the gate. Children younger than 12 get in free.