National Train Day
Various times, Saturday. Various locations in region. nationaltrainday.com
Saturday is National Train Day, and train stations around the country are celebrating with free activities for families. You can visit the Amtrak stations in Charlotte (1914 North Tryon Street) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. to see a model train display and enjoy cake and refreshments. Or visit the Amtrak Station in Kannapolis (201 South Main Street, Kannapolis) or the Salisbury Amtrak Station (215 Depot Street) both from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for activities such as face-painting, stories, songs, a clown and more. The North Carolina Transportation Museum (411 S Salisbury Ave, Spencer) will also host free activities from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the National Train Day website for details on all these events and more.
Blues out Back
6:30 p.m. Friday. Gaston County Museum, 131 W. Main St. in Dallas. gastoncountymuseum.org
Gaston County Museum’s 15th Annual Blues Out Back concert series takes place the second Friday of the month from May to September. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and a picnic and enjoy live music behind the museum. This Friday’s artist is Abe Reid, who combines the harmonica with his finger-picking guitar style and vocals.
Bluegrass: Freeman and Williams
7:30 p.m. Friday. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. folksociety.org
Charlotte Folk Society’s monthly concert and gathering for May features the bluegrass group Freeman and Williams. Doors open at 7 p.m. but due to the interest in this concert, you should arrive early. Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the concert.
5 p.m. Friday, 8:30 a.m. Saturday. Downtown Kannapolis. bit.ly/11VhXyR
Musical acts will perform on two stages, and there will be kids’ activities on Saturday. Guests can taste-test BBQ chicken wings on Friday evening and BBQ pork on Saturday, and vote in the people’s choice awards.
Salsa on the Streets
7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday. Corner of Fifth and Tryon streets. on.fb.me/YHFMgM
Local dance company Baila Con Pasion presents Salsa on the Streets in front of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center. This free, family-friendly event is open to all, regardless of dancing ability. Try Salsa, Bachata and Merengue.
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