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Plenty of free stuff to do outside this week 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.

Movie

Movies in the Park

Fri 8:45 p.m. Village Park, 700 West C St., Kannapolis. cityofkannapolis.com.

Kannapolis hosts a wide range of free entertainment events every summer, including free movies. This Friday, catch the PG-rated “The Lorax” under the stars.

Storyteller

Native America: Stories, Legends and History

Sat 2 p.m. Gaston Public Library, 1555 East Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-868-2164. gastonlibrary.org.

Cherokee storyteller Lloyd Arneach presents this free program for kids entering first through fifth grades and their families. Advance reservations are required for groups, but not for individuals.

Music

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra

Fri 8:15 p.m. EnergyExplorium, 13339 Hagers Ferry Road, Huntersville. duke-energy.com.

Enjoy an evening with the Charlotte Symphony at McGuire Nuclear Station’s EnergyExplorium. The concert will feature selections from “My Fair Lady” and an overture to “West Side Story.” Bring a blanket and pack a picnic. Boaters may anchor in the EnergyExplorium’s cove at the southern tip of Lake Norman.

Performance

Blumenthal Open Mic Night

Sun 6 p.m. Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. blumenthalarts.org.

Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is presenting a free open mic night. Performers might include instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians and more.

Music

Whitewater River Jam

Sat, Thur 7 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900 usnwc.org.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center hosts Whitewater River Jam, a free concert series, every Saturday through August and every Thursday through September. Bring a chair or a blanket and enjoy music with the whitewater river as a backdrop. This Saturday the band is Rosco Bandana and on Thursday, Hollis Brown performs.

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