Conover Alive

If you're looking for a fun time out with great music from an exciting and entertaining band, you won’t want to miss Bad Romeo at this week’s Conover Alive concert series. Bad Romeo delivers a unique combination of styles and genres of music with an unequaled stage show. Food and beverages will be available, along with extended hours at the Splash Pad. For more information, email

  • When: Friday from 7-11 p.m.
  • Where: Conover City Park
  • Cost: Free admission

Barks & Bags Cornhole Tournament and Dog Social

Join the Humane Society of Catawba County for Barks & Bags, a new event in partnership with Olde Hickory Station. Whether you’re a casual cornhole player, or competitive, there’s something for everyone. Bring your pup and enjoy special cocktails and treats on the patio. Enter the cornhole tournament for a chance to win fabulous dog themed prizes. If your canine wants to strut their stuff enter them into our beauty contest. All dogs must be on leash and under the control of the dog owner at all times.

  • When: Saturday from 1-4 p.m.
  • Where: Olde Hickory Station in downtown Hickory
  • Cost: Free admission; Drinks and food available for purchase

Community Bike Day

Come celebrate all the great biking opportunities that Hickory has to offer. The event will feature a bike rodeo, safety and maintenance demonstrations, bike vendors and a bike ride with Mayor Hank Guess. The bike rodeo teaches new or younger riders how to properly and safely ride a bike and follow traffic rules in a safe environment. For more information, call 828-261-2259.

  • When: Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Where: Hickory City Park, 1581 12th Street Drive NW, Hickory
  • Cost: Free admission

Lavender Festival

Join the Downtown Hickory Farmers Market & Merchants for the Lavender Festival. Smokey Mountain Lavender Farms is hauling in fresh cut lavender bundles for this event. Bob Sinclair & The Big Deals will provide festive tunes, and vendors will bring in all sorts of lavender themed treats. For more information, call 828-308-6508 or visit

  • When: Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Where: 330 Main Avenue NW, Hickory
  • Cost: Free

Hickory Gun Show

Join C&E Gun Shows at this sold out show with over 450 tables to buy, sell and trade new and old handguns, shotguns, rifles, knives, holsters, ammunition, reloading supplies, antique weapons, coins and more. There are also items for the ladies such as jewelry, holsters, personal protection items, conceal carry purses and more. For more information, call 828-322-1335 or visit

  • When: Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Where: Hickory Metro Convention Center in Hickory
  • Cost: Adults $10, children under 12 with an adult get in for free
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