The Charlotte Transporter Show #9
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Hodges Family Farm, 3900 Rocky River Road. 704-373-2745. piedmonttransporterowners.org/home.html
Dust off your love beads and tie dye and check out these 1950-1979 buses. Hundreds from up and down the East Coast will be participating in this free, family-friendly event. While you’re there, enjoy the farm: Fly a kite, throw a Frisbee and pet the animals.
Art Museum Day
The Mint Museums, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture are participating in the Association of Art Museum Directors’ Art Museum Day by offering free admission Friday. Visit the museum websites for information about exhibits and hours.
Charlotte Clean and Green Festival
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Elizabeth Park on Little Sugar Creek Greenway, Kings Drive between Fourth Street and Elizabeth Avenue. festival.charlottecleanandgreen.com
The festival offers fun for kids, including a fly-fishing clinic, puppet show, seed planting, “upcycling,” CD decorating, stepping stone creation and more. Adults can take classes including green cleaning and pest control, bike basics and solar technology. Learn about composting, organic gardening and vermiculture, and shop for locally grown produce and other products. Check out electric cars and enjoy local brews in a beer garden.
Musical Petting Zoo
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday. ImaginOn, 300 East Seventh St. 704-416-4600. imaginon.org
Kids can get a close look at symphony instruments, listen to them and even try them out. The Musical Petting Zoo is presented by the Charlotte Symphony Guild.
Matheson Bridge Unveiling and NoDa Street Party
4-6 p.m. Saturday. Matheson Bridge in NoDa, at North Davidson and Matheson streets. 704-607-8766 mathesonbridge.com/events.html
If you’ve driven down North Davidson Street in the last year or so, you’ve probably noticed the mural being painted on the underside of Matheson Bridge. Painted by William Puckett, the mural commemorates the signing of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence on May 20, 1775. Fittingly, the mural will be officially unveiled on Meck Dec Weekend. Other festivities at the street party will include the May 20th Society’s re-enactors firing their cannons and muskets; live bluegrass music; and a limited edition Captain Jack Pilsner from Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, with a label featuring Captain Jack, the local historic hero depicted on the mural.