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Enjoy old-fashioned -- and free -- fun this Memorial Day weekend

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.


Democracy Day

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St.

Kick off Memorial Day Weekend at this fun, educational event where you can enjoy performances, talks, sessions on military history, family crafts and airbrush tattoos. Levine will also have two war-related exhibits: “Fight for Democracy,” which explores civil rights through the eyes of seven people directly affected by World War II, and “Boots on the Ground: Charlotte Perspectives on the War in Iraq,” which focuses on the perspectives of five Charlotte residents.


Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival

1-5 p.m. Saturday. West Avenue in downtown Kannapolis.

The second Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival will bring together musicians, dancers, visual artists, street performers and jugglers. It’s free to attend and free to participate. The Kaleidoscope Festival will repeat monthly on the last Saturday of the month. If you’d like to display your artwork or perform at a future festival, visit the website and fill out the form.


Family Fun Day

11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday. Gaston County Museum, 131 W. Main St., Dallas.

Try your hand at historical games on the lawn of the Gaston County Museum. Games include rolling hoops, Jacob’s ladders, toss toys, croquet, graces and nine-pins. Also sample free ice cream and enjoy crafts.


MetLive Music on the Greenway

6:30-9:30 p.m. Thursday. Metropolitan, 1224 Metropolitan Ave.

This Thursday marks the last of this spring’s music series at the Metropolitan. The performer is Tony Barnes, who plays country and Southern rock. The Metropolitan is one of the most picturesque places in the city to enjoy music. It overlooks the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and spotlights a stunning skyline view.

Memorial Day

Waxhaw Memorial Day

Noon, Monday. Main St., downtown Waxhaw.

Observe Memorial Day at the Military Wall of Honor in downtown Waxhaw. Watch a military ceremony and listen to local veterans talk about their personal experiences. Light snacks will follow the ceremony. is a member of the Charlotte News Alliance, a network of hyperlocal websites.
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