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Outdoor fun caps a week of free stuff in Charlotte

By Jody Mace
Jody Mace
Jody Mace is a freelance writer based in Charlotte, where she lives with her husband, two kids, and a dog, Shaggy.


Earth Day Celebration

10 a.m. Saturday. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, S.C.

Anne Springs Close Greenway is hosting its 19th annual Earth Day celebration. After an opening ceremony at the Dairy Barn, enjoy border collie demonstrations, cane pole fishing, canoeing, kayaking, face painting, geocaching, wagon rides and farm animals.


Charlotte Spring Plant Swap

2-4 p.m. Sunday. Park Road Park, 6220 Park Road.

Bring your unwanted or excess plants to Shelter No. 3 at Park Road Park for the Charlotte Spring Plant Swap, and then go home with a new plant. Bring as many as you want; it’s a one-for-one trade. Any kind of plant is welcome, but please label it. Bring a dish to share in the potluck afterward.


Charlotte World Parade and Festival

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane.

When this festival debuted last year, it drew 7,000 people. The parade will include participants representing 30 countries, all wearing traditional dress and carrying flags. It’s free to participate in the parade. Just fill out the online registration on the website. There will be storytelling in different languages, a children’s art contest, folklore, flavors of the world and a geography contest.


Tuck Fest

6:45-10 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. USNWC, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center is hosting Tuck Fest, a three-day festival that celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. Music will be provided by bluegrass and folk bands: Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, the SteelDrivers, Fruition, Humming House, David Wax Museum, the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the Infamous Stringdusters. It’s free to attend the festival, but there is a $35 charge for participating in all the competitions: trail running, kayaking, biking, climbing, stand-up paddleboarding and adventure racing.


Ukulele lessons

10:15 a.m. Saturday. Guitar Center locations.

There’s no need to be embarrassed anymore about your poor ukulele skills. Saturdays in April, all Guitar Center locations are offering free beginning ukulele lessons. Bring your own uke if you have one, or borrow one from the store. See website for locations and registration details.

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