Time Warner Cable BBQ & Blues
5-11 p.m. Friday; noon-11 p.m. Saturday. NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. charlottebbqandblues.com.
Enjoy more than a dozen bands on two stages at this two-day festival. Admission is free but there’s a charge for on-site parking. Barbecue and other vittles will be available from Big Bob Gibson, Mac’s Speed Shop, Sauceman’s, Dan the Pig Man, Wild Bill’s Olde Fashioned Soda, Gus’ Greek Food, Fun-o-cakes and German Brats.
Charlotte Folk Society Monthly Gathering
7:30 p.m. Friday. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. 704-372-3655. folksociety.org.
Old-time master musicians Riley Baugus and Kirk Sutphin to perform. Doors open at 7 p.m. Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the concert.
Girls’ Hockey Day
12:30-1:50 p.m. Sunday. Extreme Ice Center, 4751 Indian Trail-Fairview Road in Indian Trail. 704-882-1830. xicenter.com.
Girls’ Hockey Day at Extreme Ice Center gives girls a chance to try ice hockey for free. They’ll learn skills with female coaches and current players. Register online.
Community Open House at Foundation For The Carolinas
1-4 p.m. Sunday. Foundation For The Carolinas, 220 North Tryon St. fftc.org.
Explore the art in the Sonia and Isaac Luski Gallery and throughout all five levels of the facility. Visit the rooftop sculpture garden and living wall, and learn about philanthropy and civic leadership in our region. Check out the new Carolina Theatre Park, adjacent to the headquarters facility.
Whitewater River Jam Fall Finale
Starts at 4 p.m. Saturday. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. usnwc.org.
The U.S. National Whitewater Center concludes its 2012 season of Whitewater River Jam with live music from Sons of Bill (4 p.m.), The David Mayfield Parade (6 p.m.) and Acoustic Syndicate (8 p.m.) There will be an oyster roast all afternoon and evening. The festival also includes The Dirty Dozen Trail Race (12K/12 Obstacles), Build Your Own Boat competition and Race and Trails for Tails (5K/1-mile Dog Walk.) The festival is free; parking is $5.