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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.


Buskapalooza III

5-9 p.m. Friday. Trade and Tryon streets.

In downtown Charlotte you may see sketch artists, jugglers, a brass band or singer-songwriters on any street corner. Writer and filmmaker April Denée has produced a film called “Busk!” about this busker (street performer) culture in Charlotte. It premieres at 4 p.m. Friday at McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square. Tickets are $5. In anticipation of the premiere, Denée has organized Buskapalooza, a free, outdoor busking festival that starts at Trade and Tryon. The event is free, but bring money for tips.


Charlotte Transporter Show

8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Hodges Family Farm, 3900 Rocky River Road.

The 10th Annual Charlotte Transporter Show will feature VW buses from 1955 to 1979. While you’re there, enjoy the farm – fly a kite, throw a Frisbee and pet the animals.


Queen City Brass Band concert

4 p.m. Sunday. Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road.

For its 21st Season Celebration Concert, the Queen City Brass Band will perform traditional British brass band style music.


Get Outdoors and Play Festival

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. Latta Plantation Nature Center, 6211 Sample Road, Huntersville.

Bring the kids and enjoy canoeing, hunting for bugs, building sand castles, making mud art and more.


Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence Celebration

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Monday. The Square, Trade and Tryon streets.

Charlotte prides itself on signing its own Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence more than a year before the big one was signed. At this year’s celebration, expect to see fife and drum, muskets and cannons, colorful costumes, speeches and a reading of the declaration. is a member of the Charlotte News Alliance, a network of hyperlocal websites.
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