There are times when it's crucial to venture outside of museums for art, and the Lake Norman Fine Art Festival is one of those times. It offers a decent selection of artwork - painting, photography, sculpture, ceramics, woodwork, glass, jewelry, and more - that's enjoyable whether you browse or buy. The festival, held along the green of Birkdale Village up in Huntersville, will spotlight emerging artists who are worthy of note.
Free admission. April 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun., April 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Birkdale Village, 8712 Lindolm Drive. www.birkdalevillage.net.