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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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