Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | Sept. 7-13

Margaret Cho continues a run at The Comedy Zone this weekend.
Margaret Cho continues a run at The Comedy Zone this weekend.


▪ It wouldn’t be September in Charlotte without the Yiasou Greek Festival in Dilworth — now in its 40th year. The cultural celebration features traditional music, folk dancing, costumes, arts and crafts, historical reenactments, wine tastings, face painting, children’s activities, treats (including spanakopita, pastichio, honey-covered loukomades and ice cream-topped baklava) and more. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, noon-8 p.m. Sunday. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. $3, free for children 12 and under.

▪ Goodyear Arts closes out the summer with its July/August Residency Showcase, featuring new works from Hnin Nie, J. Stacy Utley and Liliya Zalevskaya. Works range from paintings and sculpture to silk-screened fabrics with mixed media and collage. Complimentary adult beverages are provided by Petty Thieves Brewing Co., Sierra Nevada and Triple C Brewing. Charlotte rock trio Hectorina will perform and Masa Casa will have vegan tamales for sale. 6-9 p.m. Camp North End. Free.

▪ Outspoken standup comic and activist Margaret Cho’s “Fresh Off the Bloat” tour continues its three-night run. Never one to shy away from tough topics, she’ll undoubtedly marvel at current politics, while sharing personal stories and those wicked impressions of her family. 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday, 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. The Comedy Zone. $25.


▪ The Charlotte Museum of History commemorates the city’s two and a half centuries with Backcountry Days, an annual look into Charlotte’s earliest days. Entertainment and activities includes live old-time and Celtic music, games, stories, cooking, instrument making, spinning and weaving demonstrations, tours of the oldest house in town (the 1774 “Rock House”), and more. Noon-4 p.m. Free.

▪ At the Arts & Science Council’s Fourth Annual Culture Feast, tables line the streets and a sophisticated Southern meal is served family-style as dancers, musicians and other artists perform right in the center of uptown — making for an unusual dinner date. Ages 21 and up. The pre-show begins at 6 p.m. South Tryon Street at Levine Center for the Arts between Stonewall and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. $50. Tickets are sold out online, but some will be available at the event.

▪ The No Man’s Land Film Festival, which holds its fourth annual flagship event at home in Colorado next weekend, brings its cinematic mission to showcase and support female outdoor adventurers to McGlohon Theater. The organization hopes to redefine femininity in adventure and sports through the female lens. 8 p.m. $12.


▪ Peruvian musician Alexandro Querevalu’s interpretations of songs from the film “The Last of the Mohicans” and of traditional Andean song “El Condor Pasa” have garnered millions of YouTube hits since going viral in 2015. Performing in ornate traditional costumes from North and South America, he showcases a mastery of wind instruments that’s taken him from his adopted home in Poland to concerts around the world. 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater. $29-$59.


▪ Some of the fastest cars on the road converge on Concord’s zMAX Dragway as Hot Rod Drag Week 2018 Race passes the halfway mark in its five-day, four-city competition to find the “Fastest Street Car in America.” It’s not just zipping down the strip at each stop, though — drivers must pilot their cars along the specified route, logging around 1,000 miles as they circle the Southeast. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. $20.

▪ Music industry tastemaker, The Roots’ drummer, and “Tonight Show” bandleader Questlove creates the ultimate love letter to Minneapolis’ royalty by curating 4U: A Symphonic Tribute to Prince. It’s the first tour of its kind approved by the late Prince Rogers Nelson’s Estate. The show promises new arrangements of classics and deep cuts, guest vocalists, and Estate-provided visuals. Charlotte is only the fifth date for the orchestral concert tour. 7:30 p.m. Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre. $25-$121.94.


▪ The 15th Annual GospelSHOUT! concert showcases a cappella choruses and the lively trombone shout bands unique to the United House of Prayer for All People on Beatties Ford Road. The concert follows a Gourmet Magazine-approved soul food dinner in the church cafeteria at 6 p.m. Music at 7:30 p.m. Free.