Free ice at Rita’s Ice
Fri Noon-9 p.m. Rita’s Ice locations. ritasice.com
Celebrate the official beginning of spring with a free ice at Rita’s. This is a 23-year tradition for Rita’s Ice. Take a picture and post it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #RitasFirstDayofSpring for a chance to win free ice for a year.
Swing into Spring
Fri 7 p.m. The Violin Shoppe, 2112 East Seventh St. theviolinshoppe.net
The Violin Shoppe’s open house and art reception will feature vintage music from the Little Big String Band. New music-themed art will be on display and for sale. There will be complimentary refreshments and kids’ activities, as well as spring sale prices on instruments and accessories.
Sat Noon 7th Street Public Market, 224 East Seventh St. 7thstreetpublicmarket.com
Celebrate J.S. Bach’s 330th birthday. Coffee Cantata will feature a performance by Opera Carolina, as well as artisanal Italian food samplings from Zia Pia Imports. For the coffee part of the event, you can’t go wrong by purchasing from Not Just Coffee.
Sat 1-5 p.m. McEniry science building, UNCC’s main campus. facebook.com/events/693033464129325/
Hosted by the UNCC Meteorology Department, WeatherFest will feature presentations and displays from Charlotte Emergency Management, the NWS, NOAA, HurricaneTrack.com and many more organizations. Local TV meteorologists will also be on hand, and kids can launch a weather balloon.
Selma in Retrospect
Wed 6:30-8 p.m. Mint Museum Uptown, 500 South Tryon St. mintmuseum.org
Both Mint Museum locations are free every Wednesday after 5 p.m. This Wednesday, Mint Museum Uptown is hosting a special event around the 50th anniversary of the civil rights marches in Selma, Ala. Before the event, from 4:30-6:15 p.m., visitors can register to vote. The program includes the curator’s presentation of “Selma” by Barbara Penington, an oration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Alabama speech, Negro spirituals by a vocalist and choir and artists’ responses to the “Selma” painting.