We scouted the Sandbar/Beachin Island all weekend, and Saturday was by far the largest turnout of the weekend. Monday everyone seemed to slow down a bit and found some quiet groups in Cocktail cove relaxing after a long weekend. We'll still be hitting the Lake and we'll be down at Panthers Tailgates with our partner CLTfun.com - So Happy Labor Day weekend and we'll see you soon!... either around the lake or down in Charlotte - check out CLTfun.com - Just like LKNfun - the ONLY website for accurate Dining and Nightlife information for Uptown and Surrounding Charlotte. Photos by Nate.
MyFreedomSmokes.com - a leading national distributor of e-cig components and e-cig juice sponsored Have a HOOT at Birkdale Crossing shopping center for their Thursday night music series. The crowd had a great time and everyone who tried the disposable e-cigs we handed out all commented on the great flavor. Special thanks to ICE Martini, and MJ PromotionZ along with the MyFreedomSmokes Models - We all had a BLAST! Stay tuned to LKNfun for our next big promo - you don't want to miss it. Photos by Nate. Aerial shots by Kenny.
My Freedom Smokes came to help kick off Opening Night of Irish Cue's Pool league, a 14 week tournament held every Thursday night for the next 13 weeks. There were a LOT of "Vaper's" (Slang for people who smoke e-cigs) - Vaping is the act of smoking an e-cig - since it's not smoke - it's water vapor with flavoring and nicotine. We handed out many sample flavors and we consistently heard that the Flavor from MyFreedomSmokes tasted better than what they were currently using! If you've never "vaped" watch for our next promo - if you currently Vape - give my freedom smokes a try - we're sure you'll be amazed at the difference between our juice and the competitors. Photos by Nate.
The 2014 Lake Norman Fun run was a HUGE success with one of the highest participation levels we've seen in several years. For those who aren't familiar with Fun Runs - It's NOT a race, it's simply a group outing with a designated route and approximate times. Very similar to a poker run, but no cards, no prizes, no hassle - JUST FUN! These events are now run "underground" - so if you were wondering what all the noise was on Saturday - it was about 50 High Performance Boats driving safely around the lake and just having a good time with a LOT of horses pushing these beasts around the lake. Thanks to the organizers who will remain unnamed to keep the traditional media off their backs. Photos by Nate.
On The Roxx had a great crowd. Pretty much the only people who wanted their pics were dressed for the Theme... but one thing is for sure... everyone was having a great time! DJ Bob was decked out in his 70's attire and brought the 70's tunes to keep the crowd dancing Old School! Watch the LKNfun Calendar - Labor Day weekend is sure to be PACKED at on the Roxx! We'll see you there.
Whether you are looking for a fun night out with your children at one of our kids painting classes or need an adult night out with the ladies, Wine and Design has you covered. Worry you don’t have any experience painting? Don’t, because we cater to all ages and talents so whether you are a regular Picasso or have never picked up a paintbrush, we are sure you’ll be entertained at our studio. Our local artists teach all of our attendees step-by-step instructions how to get the masterpiece they desire. All you have to do is sign up, show up, sip up and paint. Photos provided by Wine and Design LKN.
Lucky Dog was packed with loyal patrons for their 2nd Anniversary Pawty! For those unfamiliar with Lucky Dog - they are a full service bar and dog park all under one roof-roof. They also offer grooming, training, and boarding for your pooch. Give us a call - we have some of the best prices in the area for boarding. Watch the LKNfun calendar for our daily specials and events. Photos by Courtney.
The Sandbar was PACKED on Saturday after weeks of bad weather kept the boaters to a minimum. This weekend is USUALLY one of the slowest as it is typically a school "transition" weekend. We had hoped to have time to swing by Cocktail cove, but the Sandbar was so busy it was 5pm by the time we'd driven the paddleboat through the multiple raft lines. Football season is just around the corner - don't forget about CLTfun.com - your source for "What's Happening" in Charlotte. We will also have some "Lake People" tailgate parties listed in the LKNfun calendar as well. Stay tuned through the Fall transistion - there is a lot of FUN coming our way! Photos by Nate.
Hickory Tavern in Huntersville located across from Birkdale continues to be one of our favorite venues for consistent laid back live outdoor entertainment. Vanilla Cornbread is a GREAT local band - so watch the LKNfun calendar for where they'll show up next. As we approach the Football season Hickory Tavern is known for being one of the best sports bars at the lake. They have it all - great food, great service, tons of TV's, and always a drink special! Watch for Hickory Tavern Mooresville information - coming soon to LKNfun! Photos by Nate.
ICE is the place to be on Friday nights! ...this past Friday was certainly NO exception. Local Socialite MJ Daya celebrated his 50th Birthday at ICE Martini Bar (MJ's favorite LKN Hangout! If you still haven't been to ICE - it's pretty obvious that the Locals are catching on to this GREAT venue. ICE Martini is designed for those that love to get dressed up and socialize in a classy and comfortable environment while still keeping it FUN! Dress to Impress and we'll see you at ICE. Photos by Nate.
On The Roxx continues to be the late night LKN destination for fun and dancing - no matter what night of the week, you're sure to find a fun group of people at On The Roxx. Wednesdays are - "Wasted Kickball Wednesdays", Thursdays are $3 Beers and Beer Pong with DJ Bob, and Friday $2 Bud Light with DJ Bob, and Saturdays $2 Miller lite with DJ Jaws. We'll see you at On The Roxx Cornelius! Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Next Friday and Saturday at the Rudder are going to be HUGE! Fri, Aug. 15 - Jay Mathey, Mr. Pink, and $2.50 Coronas - $5 Fireball Shots and $2.50 Corona/Corona Lights & Fish Fry Friday. Sat, Aug. 16 - White Chocolate Acoustic and Pushh - $5 Bloody Marys, $3 Mimosas, and $5 Fireball Shots! Music by White Chocolate Acoustic at Tiki bar and Pushh on main stage! Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Photos from the 11th Annual silent and live auction at for Ace and TJ's Grin Kids Charity 2014. This year we featured Casino Games! This free event with great items for sale and auction, including free Hors d'oeuvres and cocktails - all for an amazing cause! Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Every 2nd Friday, Cornelius Cultural Arts Group invites the community to experience downtown Cornelius in style! Hosted by Bella Love, this monthly art crawl features some of the area’s most talented and innovative artisans as well as live performances, food trucks, and special events at local businesses! Craft Beer for $3 Glasses of Wine for $5. Join us and show your love for EVERYTHING Local! Photos by Serge Skiba.
Once again the Weather Man/Forecast kept the crowds off the lake on what turned out to be one of the most beautiful August days we've had in years. The temperature was mid 80's and relatively low humidity compared to this time of year. Saturday rained off and on all day... and next weekend kicks off Pre-Season Football... WOW - we're already approaching football season! Watch the CLTfun.com Calendar for all your Pre-Game and tailgate festivities! Over the past 4 years, CLTfun has slowly taken significant market share from the legacy players... if you're looking for something to do in Charlotte - CLTfun.com is the most comprehensive source in Charlotte! Check it out! If you love how LKNfun provides useful information for the Lake Area... CLTfun is now the new online destination for happenings in the Charlotte Area. Photos by Nate.
Eddie's Seafood and Raw Bar, located on Williamson Rd. just off exit 33 celebrated their 1 year anniversary of serving Lake Norman the best Seafood, and Italian fusion specialties. Eddie's is waterfront with boat access, and if your boat is too large to make it under the Williamson Bridge, Eddie's now offers a shuttle, so you can anchor out, and they'll come pick you up from your boat! Just call 704-799-2090. If you haven't been to Eddie's, you're missing out on what we think is the best combination of Food and Waterfront dining at the Lake. Congrats Eddie! We're fans for sure!
THROWBACK! Some great memories from back in the day when we had lake house parties almost every weekend. I think this ended up being the first and last Lake House Luau... Photos are from Saturday July 8th 2006. Typically we try to reserve the "Lake Throwback" pics for winter, but since I was out of town (Jetfest at the coast) last weekend, and my boat crew bailed on me this past Saturday... so I figured... why not post some pics from some of the best parties we ever had on Lake Norman... and Sandwicks Luau made the cut. Photos by Nate (8 years ago)
The Rusty Rudder continues to be the "go to" spot for Saturday night festivities on the Lake. The Rudder has live entertainment under their tiki bar almost every day of the week during the summer, and on weekends they move the live entertainment inside right at 10pm... and the party gets bigger and bigger as the night goes on. Watch the LKNfun calendar for Rusty Rudders daily food and drink specials along with their entertainment line up. If you're visiting the Lake... and you haven't been to the Rudder... then you haven't really experienced the Lake Nightlife. There's nothing like the Rusty Rudder. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
East Lincoln Speedway - Saturday Night Racing - Every Week! A Lot of people forget that we have a Great Dirt Track less than a 20 minute drive from home. Stuck in the same old routine? Looking for a family fun event? Look no further than EL Speedway... Where the local racing community comes together for some of the most exciting action packed racing around. If you love to see 'old school' racing and wrecks, there's nothing like the excitement of a good old dirt track racing to get that heart thumping. Some of the race divisions are fairly loud, so make sure if you're bringing the kids to pack a set of ear plugs... if you forget... don't worry - they have ear plugs available to purchase at the Speedway. We'll see you here! Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Congratulations to ICE Martini Bar on their 1 Year Anniversary. For those that haven't been to ICE Martini Bar, it's located in the Hickory Tavern Center, across from Birkdale. ICE Martini bar breaks the mold at the lake, offering a haven for those Adults looking for a classy atmosphere, friendly patrons, great drinks, and an incredible outdoor patio for relaxing. Our Outdoor Patio is "Cigar Friendly" and many nights you'll find a crowd of professionals relaxing in an plush and upscale ambiance. Watch the LKNfun calendar for our nightly specials and entertainment. Congrats to Crit and Andrea for not only surviving - but thriving in their first year of providing a haven for professionals looking for a drink without the chaos that comes with many of the other local watering holes. We'll see you at ICE!
Photos from Jack's Corner Tap's 4th Anniversary of pleasing the locals with great food, great prices, consistent service - and the best place to watch your favorite sporting events. For our anniversary we're bringing in Early Ray to Entertain - Early Ray is a crowd favorite and is sure to keep the crowd in great spirits. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
The 6th Annual Barnstock BYOB Music Festival had one of the best entertainment line ups ever, but the rainy Saturday kept the crowds to a minimum... those that come regardless of the rain appeared to be having even more fun than they would have dry... so think about that the next time it's raining and you are debating an outdoor event! If you've never been to Barnstock, take a look at the pics (It's packed and it was raining... just imagine if it were a beautiful day/evening), and mark your calendar for next year - it's an event you don't want to miss. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
We're not sure where all the boats went this past Sunday, but there were only about 10 boats at the Sandbar so we cruised past Cocktail cove to check out the "quiet family" cove, and found many boats with their stereos low, and everyone behaving as they should in one of the most regulated coves on the lake. The very last picture in the album is of the Sandbar/Beachin Island... Did the World Cup REALLY impact the lake party? Never would have guessed...Photos by Nate.
Another GREAT evening on the Patio at Hickory Tavern Birkdale. They continue to have GREAT bands on and tonight was no exception. Simplified is one of the best local bands, and many times you'll only find them playing late night gigs - so watch the LKNfun calendar for Hickory Taverns music line up - it's a great way to hear some of the best local bands without fighting the crowds late night at the not so kid friendly live entertainment venues. Photos by Patrick Nicholson.
Every 2nd Friday, Cornelius Cultural Arts Group invites the community to experience downtown Cornelius in style! Hosted by Bella Love, this monthly art crawl features some of the area’s most talented and innovative artisans as well as live performances, food trucks, and special events at local businesses! Craft Beer for $3 Glasses of Wine for $5. Join us every "2nd Friday" at Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St 28031 for a unique evening of creative expression and community. Show us your love for all things local! Photos by Patrick Nicholson.