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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.


Hola Charlotte Festival

Sat Noon-7 p.m. Tryon Street, between Sixth and Eighth streets.

The second annual Hola Charlotte Festival celebrates Hispanic heritage and culture. In addition to activities on the street and performances on two stages, swing by Levine Museum of the New South, ImaginOn, 7th St. Public Market and Discovery Place. Enjoy salsa dancing and Zumba instruction, as well as authentic Latin food and drink.


Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival

Sat 1-5 p.m. West Avenue in downtown Kannapolis.

The Kaleidoscope Cultural Arts Festival brings together musicians, dancers, visual artists, street performers and jugglers. It’s free to attend and free to participate. If you’d like to display your artwork or perform at a future festival, visit the website and fill out the form.


Waxhaw First FrightDay

Fri 5-9 p.m. Downtown Waxhaw.

Families are invited to brave First FrightDay’s haunted obstacle course at Eight Legs Gallery, pumpkin bowling at Waxhaw Reading Room and trick-or-treating throughout the historic downtown. The first 100 kids get free pumpkins to decorate. Listen to spooky music and enjoy the decorated storefronts. Meet children’s author Libby Bagby and Miss Plotty the Plott Hound, North Carolina’s state dog.


Iron Bartender

Mon 7 p.m. UpStage NoDa, 3306 N. Davidson St.

Watch local bartenders battle it out. Admission is free. Those who wish to sample the concoctions may purchase drink tickets.


Jazz Concert

Sat 7:30 p.m. UNCC Center City, 320 E. Ninth St.

UNCC Center City is hosting a free concert by the Michael Hackett Jazz Quintet, led by Michael Hackett, assistant professor of trumpet. The group will perform selections from its CD, “New Point of View,” which was issued by Summit records in April and has consistently scored on the Jazz Week Charts.


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