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Get a dose of free culture this weekend 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.


Cajun Festival

Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

Romare Bearden Park is hosting Charlotte’s newest event: the family-friendly Cajun Festival, featuring music, Cajun food, Cajun and Zydeco dance classes and activities for kids. Bands include Carolina Gator Gumbo, Jackomo Cajun Band, Zydeco YaYa and Lil’ Malcolm and the House Rockers.


Free Museum Day

Sat Various museums.

Museums participating in the annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day offer free admission when you print out a ticket for the museum of your choice. The ticket is good for you and a guest. Local participating museums are Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Art + Culture and the Carolina Raptor Center. Mint Museum’s PNC Community Day is also Saturday, and you can get in free to both locations. Register online at


MetLive Music on the Greenway

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

Metropolitan’s fall music series runs Thursday evenings through Oct. 10. The Metropolitan overlooks the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, and skyline views at sunset can be beautiful. The band this week is Who Rescued Who, a high-energy rock band.


Public Art Scavenger Hunt

Sat 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday. McColl Center for Visual Art, 721 N. Tryon St. 704-333-2272

Discover some of Charlotte’s public art through a scavenger hunt. Start at McColl Center for Visual Art, where you can pick up a scavenger hunt brochure between 9 and 11 a.m. Walk south on Tryon Street down the “Culture Mile” and use the clues to find the artwork. Take creative pictures and email them to or share them on the Arts & Science Council’s Facebook page or on Twitter. If you can’t make it on Saturday, just download the brochure from the Arts & Science Council’s website and do the scavenger hunt when you want.


Get a free cup of Joe

Sun Participating Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kreme, McDonalds.

Get a free small cup of coffee at participating Dunkin’ Donuts, Krispy Kremes and McDonald’s. To get your free coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts, you need to download the DD app onto your phone (iPhone or Android) and get the offer. For Krispy Kreme and McDonald’s, just stop by and pick up your java. To make sure your preferred location is participating, give them a call. McDonald’s will continue serving free small coffees through Oct. 6.

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