Latin American Festival
Noon-7 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark mall. $3-$5, free for 7 and younger. www.mint museum.org.
It's a new location for the annual event, which features traditional and contemporary Latin music, dancing, food and craft-making for kids.
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10 a.m.-4 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 201 S. McDowell St. $3; free for kids 12 and younger. 704-424-3453; www .charlottecomicon.com.
The one-day show returns with thousands of comic books and related items for sale and trade, along with appearances by artists and writers.
6 p.m. (also Oct. 18 and 19). ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St. 704-973-2828; www.ctcharlotte.org.
Act quickly to get seats for the first of three added performances of the Children's Theatre production, which sold out 11 other shows.
3 p.m. (also Friday, Saturday, and various times through Oct. 26). Stage Door Theater, North College Street at Fifth Street. $29.50-$34.50. 704-372-1000.
This Off-Broadway hit – a mix of motherhood and comedy – is the opening production at the Blumenthal's new Stage Door Theater.
Organist Bradley Welch
4 p.m. Sardis Presbyterian Church, 6100 Sardis Road. Free-will offering. 704-366-1854; www.sardis.org.
The prize-winning young musician plays the inaugural concert for Sardis Presbyterian's new pipe organ.
Carolina Renaissance Festival
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (also Saturday and weekends through Nov. 16). 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. $17 (discounts for kids). 704-896-5544; www.royalfaires.com/carolina.
The 16th-century European-style theme park is again packed with cottages, castles, pubs, art, rides and games of skill.