Entertainment

Your guide to Saturday’s entertainment in Charlotte

Carowinds' new Fury 325 is the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster.
Carowinds' new Fury 325 is the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster. dtfoster@charlotteobserver.com

Family

Carowinds’ opening weekend

10 a.m.-8 p.m. (also Sunday). 300 Carowinds Blvd., Fort Mill. Single-day tickets from $29.99. www.carowinds.com.

Much of the attention will be on the new Fury 325 roller coaster – the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, which will take riders 20 feet higher than the Statue of Liberty. But also new is the extra-charge attraction SlingShot, as well as Harmony Hall Marketplace, featuring food and (frequently) live music.

Gold Mining

‘PanningPalooza’

9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Reed Gold Mine State Historic Site, Midland. Free to visit, $2 to pan. www.nchistoricsites.org.

The first place in America with a documented discovery of gold is free to visit, but you’ll pay $2 to pan – and through this opening day, nuggets will be given away that range in value from $10 to $50.

Dance theater (kinda)

Barefoot Studio Crawl

7:30 p.m. Yoga One and Open Door Studios, 1318 Central Ave. www.movingpoetscharlotte.org.

Handpan, classical guitar, mirror painting, hooping, foot portraits, food and visual artists are on tap at this fundraiser for Moving Poets Charlotte.

Theater

‘Interrupting Vanessa’

1 and 3 p.m. (also 2 and 4 p.m. Sunday and 1 p.m. April 4). ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St. $14. www.ctcharlotte.org.

Colleen Neumann’s play is about a 10-year-old who cocoons inside a world that helps her cope with the loss of her dad – until her mom invites an ostracized classmate over one afternoon.

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