Carolina Panthers fans will roar at fan fest Friday

Carolina Panthers enjoy the festivities of Fan Fest and the team's first practice of training camp on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.
Carolina Panthers enjoy the festivities of Fan Fest and the team's first practice of training camp on Friday, July 25, 2014 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, NC.

Panthers Fan Fest

FRI 8.7 6:30 p.m. Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St. http://bit.ly/1LcrUAC.

Celebrate the upcoming NFL season at the Panthers’ home field. Fans will receive a team roster photo card with a 2015 schedule. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. with performances by the TopCats, Sir Purr, PurrCussion and Black & Blue Crew. The Fan Fest Sponsor Village, at the north gate, features tents with interactive games, inflatables and giveaways.

Practice begins at 7:30 p.m. and will include individual drills as well as seven-on-seven, special teams and team periods. The event caps around 9:30 p.m. with a fireworks and laser show.

Artists at work

SAT 8.8 Noon-4 p.m. McColl Center for Art + Innovation, 721 N. Tryon St. mccollcenter.org/events/open-studio-saturday/78.

Once a month, artists at McColl Center for Art + Innovation open their studios to the public. “Open Studio Saturday” is a chance to meet the artists-in-residence and talk with them about their work and creative process. Some may even have hands-on art experiences waiting for you. You’re also welcome to explore the three contemporary art galleries at the center. The current exhibition, “Prison Zoo,” by 2014 alumna artist-in-residence Alix Lambert, is in the first-floor Dickson Gallery.

The second- and third-floor galleries, where the artists-in-residence studios are located, are filled with current work.

Big screen, big sky

FRI 8.7 7 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road. www.simon.com/mall/southpark/news-and-events.

Fridays through Aug. 28, enjoy family-friendly films at “Movies Under the Stars” at Symphony Park at SouthPark. Pre-movie activities, including live music, start at 7 p.m.; movies begin at dusk. Bring lawn chairs and blankets. The Aug. 7 movie is “Big Hero 6”; pre-show music will be provided by Mr. Nigel.

Aug. 7 also has a Kidgits Club Summer Carnival starting at 7 p.m., with games and activities for the whole family. (Kids will need to be Kidgits Club members to participate. Membership is $5 for the year; you can register there. Membership is not required for “Movies Under the Stars.”)

Tunes, games at Whitewater Center fest

FRI 8.7 6:30 p.m. (also 11:30 a.m. Saturday). U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. usnwc.org/relax/festivals/river-slam.

The U.S. National Whitewater Center is taking River Jam – its twice-weekly summer concert series – up a notch or two with its new River Slam festival. Over two days, seven live bands will perform – Jon Stickley Trio, JJ Grey & Mofro, Koa, Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Yarn, Sol Driven Train and Delta Rae. In addition, guests can compete in the Amphibious Duathalon and a cornhole tournament. There are charges for the Duathalon and the cornhole tournament, as well as a $5 parking charge, but admission to the festival is free.

Jazz on a summer evening

SAT 8.8 6 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St. www.charmeck.org (type “Mint Julep” into the search window).

A series of Saturday evening concerts at Romare Bearden Park is bringing a wide variety of genres, including bluegrass, zydeco and salsa. This month the genre is jazz, with Mint Julep Jazz Band doing vintage swing from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s at the uptown park.