Cow Appreciation Day
Friday. Chick-fil-A restaurants. chick-fil-a.com.
Dust off your cow costume and visit any Chick-fil-A location to get free food. If you wear a cow accessory, like a hat, you’ll receive a free entrée. If you dress head to hoof as a cow you will receive a free meal. A “cow starter set” is available for download and printing on Chick-fil-A’s website.
Musical Petting Zoo
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday. ImaginOn, 300 East Seventh St. 704-416-4600. imaginon.org
Kids can get a close look at symphony instruments, listen to and even try them out. The Musical Petting Zoo is presented by the Charlotte Symphony Guild.
Blues Out Back
6:30 p.m. Friday. Gaston County Museum, 131 West Main St., Dallas. 704-922-7681. gastoncountymuseum.org
Bring a blanket, lawn chairs, a picnic and some friends to enjoy a free concert by Big Ron Hunter behind Gaston County Museum. Part of a series of free blues concerts on the second Friday of each month through September.
Ships Ahoy! Film Series
2 p.m. Saturday. ImaginOn, 300 East Seventh St. 704-416-4600. imaginon.org
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s nautical-themed film series continues with “The Crimson Pirate” (1952), a “pirate camp” movie featuring Burt Lancaster as Capt. Vallo.
Sunday Fun Day – Red, White and Blue
1 p.m. Sunday. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 South Tryon St. 704-337-2000. mintmuseum.org
Admission to The Mint Museum Uptown is free for those under age 18, and half price ($5) for adults. Try out craft projects and see artists’ demonstrations. Special activities include creating campaign buttons and tissue paper flags and listening to live bluegrass music.
Jody Mace runs CharlotteontheCheap.com and is a member of the Charlotte News Alliance, a network of hyperlocal websites.