Signature Events


Old Town Cornelius is home to a jam-packed lineup of exciting community festivals and events all year long. From Music Festivals and Art Crawls to Food Truck Rallies, Beer Festivals and Holiday Celebrations, there's always a reason to enjoy OTC. Mark your calendars, sign up for our newsletter, or check out all of the event details on our Facebook page so you can stay in-the-know about events and happenings!
Tawba Walk

Tawba Walk Arts & Music Festival

April 6, Sept 28

The Tawba Walk is your all-access pass to discovering the area's premiere talent! Join us for the Lake's most action-packed, fun-filled community festival featuring two stages of live bands and performances, multiple food truck courts, local craft breweries, sidewalk shop specials, street art, an ultra-cool kid zone and over 100 local artists, craftsmen, and businesses! Festivities kick off at 2pm right here in the heart of Old Town Cornelius (Oak Street Mill, Town Hall, Catawba Ave.)

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2nd Friday

2nd Friday Street Festival

May 11, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 13, October 11

There's no better place to experience Old Town's unique culture than at the 2nd Friday Street Festival! This monthly celebration of local art, music, food and drink has all the fixin's to make for an awesome Friday night here in Lake Norman's Cultural Arts Destination! 2nd Friday is held every second Friday of the month (May-Oct) from 6-10 pm at Oak St Mill and features a rotating lineup of food trucks & brews, artists & craftsmen, street performances, sip 'n shop specials, and a full concert from of the area's top bands!

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Cornelius Food Truck Invitational

Cornelius Food Truck Invitational

September 7

Who's ready for a good 'ole fashion Food Fight?! Well... sort of... This annual throw-down of culinary creations has quickly become one of the area's most popular and well-attended food truck rallies. The Cornelius Food Truck Invitational features 15 of Charlotte's finest food trucks as they battle it out for YOUR vote in a variety of categories such as "Most Creative Menu", "Best Fried Food", "Most Nutritious", and the coveted "People's Choice" award! There's even a "Critic's Choice" round featuring a local "celebrity" guest panel of judges. Topped off with plenty of local craft brews, street vendors, and kids activities and this event is truly dining in style! Don't miss this year's edition on Saturday, Sept 7 from noon until 8:00 pm at Oak Street Mill.

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Halloween in OTC

October 26

This annual tradition is putting OTC on the map... literally! Families can enjoy a fun-filled scavenger hunt through the street of Old Town, collecting stickers from participating businesses along with tricks, treats and maybe even some buried treasure. But the festivities don't stop there... Halloween in OTC features a Block Party Extravaganza at Oak Street Mill from 2-6 pm including a costume contest, games, creepy crafts, live entertainment, food trucks, craft breweries and much more!


Roots, Rhythm & Brews

November 9

Introducing the debut of an exciting new event here in Old Town Cornelius! The Roots, Rhythm & Brews Festival will feature 25 of the area's tastiest breweries along with a jam-packed lineup of food trucks, live performances, artists, vendors and more! Through its performances and special guest speakers, the event will tell the story of Old Town's rich history and heritage with proceeds benefiting the Smithville Community Coalition.

Christmas In Cornelius

December 1

Ho Ho Ho! The holiday season wouldn't be the same without a community festival to bring all the Christmas cheer to the streets of Old Town! Live Christmas music, carols and choirs, holiday kids activities, and a visit from Santa himself are just the beginning of a festive afternoon in Lake Norman's Cultural Arts Destination. Our lineup of over 80 local artists & craftsmen will have everything you need to check off that shopping list, with one-of-a-kind gifts for all of your loved ones! Of course, what goes better with an afternoon of shopping than hot cider, craft beer, food trucks and general holiday merriment!? Well then.. gather the whole crew, your furry friends too, and let's meet in Old Town for a holiday experience that's sure to get to get you fully in the Christmas spirit!