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Literary Festival at UNCC’s Center City building offers free fun for kids and adults

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.

Creative arts

Center City Literary Festival

Sat Noon- 3:30 p.m. and 6:30-9:30 p.m. UNCC Center City, 320 E. Ninth St.

There will be a children’s session in the afternoon and adults’ session in the evening. In each, an author will be paired with an artist who will create a work of art in response to the author’s work. The artwork will be unveiled during the author’s reading. Kids will have fun with a giant Scrabble board and a 30-foot Blue Heron puppet, among other interactive activities. Visit the website to see a list of all participating authors and artists.


Woofn’ and Hoofn’ Fall Festival

Sun 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Latta Equestrian Center, 6201 Sample Road, Huntersville.

Sponsored by the U.S. Equine Rescue League, this event spotlights horses and dogs. Bring your own horse or dog to the show, or rent a horse to ride. Activities include a fun dog show and contests for cutest cowboy/cowgirl, horse and dog costume, charisma and trick horses. Also on tap: vaccinations and microchips, stick horse races, Chubby from the Checkers, and rescue animals available for adoption.


Charlotte Folk Society: Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers

Fri 7:30 p.m. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave.

Doors open at 7 p.m. for the Society’s October concert and gathering. Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the Si Kahn & The Looping Brothers concert.


Carolina Electronic Music Festival

Sat 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Park Road Park, 6220 Park Road.

This new festival will celebrate the diversity of electronic dance music styles in the Carolinas, including soulful house, deep house, tech house and more.


Gospel Shout!

Tue 7:30 p.m. United House of Prayer for All People, 2321 Beatties Ford Road.

The annual Gospel Shout! concert is a Charlotte tradition. Shout Bands are a United House of Prayer original, and they have their roots in this area. The music of these high-energy trombone-led bands is something you ought to experience. There will also be a capella singing. Come early, starting at 6 p.m., and get a soul food dinner at the church cafeteria for $10.

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