39th Annual Yiasou Greek Festival
11 a.m.-10 p.m. (also Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sunday). Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd. $3; younger than 12 free. www.yiasoufestival.org.
The 39th annual festival is one of Charlotte’s most popular cultural events. The family-friendly weekend features authentic Greek cuisine, homemade pastries, live traditional music and dancing as well as shopping and cultural exhibits. Yiasou, by the way, is the Greek word for “hello,” “goodbye” and “cheers.”
Charlotte Folk Society – Jonathan Byrd
7:30 p.m. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave. Free. www.folksociety.org.
Byrd is a seventh-generation North Carolinian whose journey has taken him across the country, around the world and back to Carolina. Reviews have said he’s sly, mischievous, melodious and “able to say more in two words than most other people can say in a novel.”
Sip and Stroll
6-9 p.m. (also 1-8 p.m. Saturday). Rooftop 210, EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. $29.99-$69.99. www.sipandstrollcharlotte.com.
The seventh annual art and wine festival kicks off with wine samples, art demonstrations and live music. On Saturday, local artists will sell their artworks and more than 40 vineyards will offer wine tastings and wine seminars throughout the EpiCentre.
Carolinas’ Largest Food Truck Festival
Noon-6 p.m. AvidXChange Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd. $25 VIP tickets; $10 general admission; 10 and younger free. www.eatfromatruck.com.
From fish n’ chips and BBQ to dumplings, lobster dogs, and Banh Mi, the Music Factory gathers over 100 four-wheel kitchens for this festival of food. There’ll also be live music, and bounce houses, obstacle courses and a climbing wall for kids. A portion of proceeds benefits Kids First of the Carolinas.
Mad About Modern Home Tour
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Eight locations in South Park. $30; day-of tickets can be purchased at Hans Krug, 4310 Sharon Road. www.charlottemuseum.org.
Fans of “Dwell” magazine and HBO’s “Mad Men” can get their modern fix with Charlotte’s only mid-century modern home tour. This one-day, self-guided tour includes eight privately owned homes designed and decorated in the mid-century modern style, popular from roughly 1935-1965.
Florida Georgia Line
7 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $30.25-$65. www.livenation.com.
As they proved three years ago by collaborating with rapper Nelly on a smash-hit remix of its single, “Cruise,” the pop-friendly country duo doesn’t play by any of Nashville’s old rules. Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley also put on a deliriously raucous live show that goes really well with $13 beers.
Mint Museum’s Potters Market Invitational
10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. $10; 12 and younger free. www.mintmuseum.org.
Join more than 50 North Carolina potters who will gather on the lawn of Mint Museum Randolph to sell their creations. There will be pottery demonstrations, food, live music and more. Your ticket is also valid for museum admission.
Southern Ideal Home Show
11 a.m.-5 p.m. (also 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday). The Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Road. $10. www.southernshows.com.
The marketplace features experts in building, remodeling, decorating and landscaping for projects like home improvement and enhancing outdoor living spaces. Also hear from celebrity guests Brett and Wayne from Animal Planet’s “TANKED,” buy food truck items or visit the beer garden, and explore three tiny homes.
Tiny House Rally
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road, Belmont. $12.95 adults; $11.95 seniors 60 and older; $6.95 ages 2-12. www.dsbg.org.
Ever dream of downsizing your life? Get a glimpse of what it’s like to live the “Tiny House” lifestyle as tiny home owners from the Carolinas and beyond bring their portable homes on-site for your viewing pleasure. The first 100 guests each day will receive a free giveaway from Lowe’s.
Rural Hill Amazing Maize Maze
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (also Saturday). Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. $8-$16. www.ruralhill.net.
Opening weekend for the seven-acre corn maze, which features more than two miles of interconnecting paths that challenges your directional skills. Look for mailboxes containing map clues as well as “kernels of knowledge” throughout the maze. It is designed to be navigated in 45 minutes to one hour.
Writers’ Workshop: Delicious Memories – Writing About Food
Mon 9.12 6 p.m. Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Plaza Midwood Branch, 1623 Central Ave. Free. www.cmlibrary.org.
Food can be a rich source for metaphor and memory. Join author and writing instructor Maureen Ryan Griffin and learn fun, easy-to-use tools that will benefit your writing in all genres, including memoirs, novels, poetry or even a family cookbook.
Devin Townsend Project/Between the Buried and Me
Monday 6:30 p.m. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St. $25-$30; $55 for VIP. www.amossouthend.com.
The one-time vocalist for Steve Vai-turned-founder of Canadian metal outfit Strapping Young Lad has dabbled in everything from industrial to prog to new age music with his signature wall-of-sound style production. He’s paired with NC prog-metal heroes BTBAM, last seen at Carolina Rebellion.
Celtic Thunder: Legacy
Tue 9.13 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $30 and up. www.blumenthalarts.org.
The singing group from Ireland performs both solo and ensemble numbers, accompanied by the Celtic Concert Orchestra under the direction of David Munro. Celtic Thunder consistently is one of the most popular musical shows for PBS stations throughout the United States.
‘Saturday Night Fever’
Tue 9.13 7:30 p.m. (and various performances through Sept. 20). Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. $13.50-$27. www.theatrecharlotte.org.
In Theatre Charlotte’s production of the Broadway musical, Tony Manero is a humble paint store clerk by day and stallion dance king by night who lives for Saturday night at the disco. He falls under the spell of the disco beat and forgets the reality of his life, dead-end job and deadbeat friends.
Zac Brown Band
Thu 9.15 7 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $34.50-$71.50. www.livenation.com.
The Atlanta-based country-music band makes its annual late-summer visit to the big outdoor stage, with songs like “Knee Deep” and “Chicken Fried” in tow. Opening the show: Drake White and the Big Fire.