Charlotte Shakespeare Festival
Various times, see schedule. McGlohon Theatre at Spirit Square, 345 College St. 704-625-1288. charlotteshakespeare.com
Charlotte Shakespeare Festival is back with “Merchant of Venice,” which will be performed indoors at Spirit Square from Aug. 15 through Aug. 26, Wednesdays through Sundays. See the festival’s website for the complete schedule. No reservations are required. Donations are appreciated.
Musical Petting Zoo
11 a.m. Friday. ImaginOn, 300 East 7th 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.
Charlotte Folk Society Monthly Gathering
7:30 p.m. Friday. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. 704-372-3655. folksociety.org
Charlotte Folk Society’s free monthly gathering features Wayne Henderson, a guitar virtuoso and storyteller. Doors open at 7 p.m. Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the concert.
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Cabarrus Family Medicine, 270 Copperfield Blvd., Concord. cabarrusfamily.com/home_events.cfm
This end-of-summer celebration includes a bike rodeo, live music from Too Much Sylvia, inflatable slip ’n’ slide, moonwalks and a performance by Hoop Magicians, as well as health and school information.
South End Cinema
Sunset on Saturday. Park Avenue, between Camden and South Tryon. southendneighborhood.com
“Transformers: Dark of the Moon” begins when it gets dark. Bring a blanket or chairs and either pack a picnic or purchase dinner from the food trucks, which will be on the scene starting around 6 p.m.