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Festivals cap end-of-summer free fun 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.

Pride

Charlotte Pride Festival and Parade

Sat, Sun Noon-10 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Tryon Street between Stonewall and Third streets. charlottepride.org

Charlotte Pride Week, a celebration of LGBT diversity, culminates this weekend. The festival will feature bands and other entertainment. The parade sets off at 1 from Ninth and Tryon, making its way past the grandstand at Trade and Tryon and eventually making a left at Third. This is the first parade of its kind in Charlotte since 1994.

Music

Between 2 Rivers Music Festival

Sat 2-10 p.m. Glenway Street, Belmont. b2rmusicfest.com

In addition to music, the festival features a kids’ zone with inflatables and games, a beer garden, food vendors, a half and half raffle and a silent auction. Musical performers include Corey Hunt Band, Baylor Drive, On the Border (The Ultimate Eagles Tribute) and The Piedmont Boys. The festival benefits Levine Children’s Hospital.

Celebration

West Fest

Sat Noon-6 p.m. West Charlotte High School, 2219 Senior Dr., projectliftcharlotte.org/events/west-fest-is-back

Project L.I.F.T., along with UNCC’s Urban Education Collaborative and Radio One Charlotte, seeks to build community spirit on the west side with West Fest. This free community festival will feature games, inflatables, food vendors and artist performances.

Movie

Movies in the Park

Fri 8:30 p.m. North Mecklenburg Park, 16131 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. 704-464-2400 moviesintheparkhuntersville.com

Radiant Life Fellowship Church presents “Hotel Transylvania.” The movie starts at dusk, but the park opens at 6 with free pre-movie activities such as corn hole, Frisbee, football and “minute-to-win-it” games. Free popcorn and drinks. Bug spray and sun screen are even provided. Bring a chair or blanket.

Campfire

Family Campfire

Fri 7 p.m. McDowell Nature Center, 15222 York Road. 704-588-5224 charmeck.org

The last of McDowell Nature Center’s family campfires takes place this Friday. Enjoy stories, songs and s’mores. For $1/person, take a night hayride and try to spot coyote, bobcat, deer and owls. Spots fill up quickly for the hayride, so either get to the campfire early to sign up or call 704-588-5224 to pre-register.

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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