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Hummingbirds, Shakespeare and new bands top list of free fun in Charlotte this week

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.

Nature

Hummingbird Festival

Sat 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-432-6460 . bit.ly/13WkahE.

Free activities at this popular festival include bird banding demos, birding and nature hikes, crafts, face painting, geocaching, a natural play area, “Predators of the Hummingbird” exhibit, storytelling and workshops. Food vendors will be on site, and there is free off-site parking with a shuttle. The event is held rain or shine. No dogs.

Music

12 Band Jam

Sun 1-8 p.m. The Saloon at N.C. Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. 704-716-2327. ncmusicfactory.com.

Presented by Karl Gunther Studios, this jam is a showcase of young, local and up-and-coming bands. Each one plays a half hour set. This is a great chance to hear some local talent.

Climbing

Inner Peaks Open House

Mon 5-10 p.m. Inner Peaks Climbing Center, 9535 Monroe Road. 704-844-6677. innerpeaks.com

All the activities will be free, including climbing, slip ’n’ slide and crate stacking. Enjoy music, games and even free pizza from Hungry Howie’s.

Theater

Charlotte Shakespeare Festival

Various times Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St. charlotteshakespeare.com.

Charlotte Shakespeare Festival continues with performances of Macbeth on Thursdays-Sundays through Aug. 25. The shows are free, but a $5 donation is suggested. Visit the website for the schedule.

Kids

Back 2 School Jam

Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday. Greenville Neighborhood Center, 1130 Spring St. back2schooljamz.com.

School supplies giveaway, as well as entertainment from Nia Holloway Music (Nala from “The Lion King” Broadway), Rokalot Dance Crew, Akilz, Austin Porter and TGB Boys.

WANT MORE FREE STUFF? Jody Mace runs CharlotteontheCheap.com and is a member of the Charlotte News Alliance, a network of hyperlocal websites.
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