Science on the Rocks: Back to School
Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St.
Friday 5-9 p.m.: If you’re nostalgic all the typical back-to-school fun, adults are invited to remember it at Discovery Place with activities such as The Dirty Spelling Bee, Killer Chemistry, Field Day Activities, Picture Day with LifeTouch, and more. Also donate new school supplies for low-income students in Charlotte. Tickets $8/$10, www.discoveryplace.org or 704-372-6261, x300.
Carolina Panthers vs. Miami Dolphins
Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St.
Saturday, 7 p.m.: See the Panthers’ first preseason home game, and their first attempt at replacing receiver Kelvin Benjamin, who is out for the season with a torn ACL. Tickets $43 - $430, www.ticketmaster.com.
SlamCharlotte Poetry Slam
Booth Playhouse, 130 N. Tryon St.
Friday, 8 p.m.: This monthly poetry slam is hosted by SlamCharlotte, Charlotte’s two-time national championship team of spoken word poetry (2007 and 2008). Tickets $10, www.blumenthalarts.org or 704-372-1000.
Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
NoDa Brewing Company, 2229 N. Davidson St.
Saturday, 10 a.m.: Men and women walk a mile in high heels to raise awareness for gender violence and rape. Registration $25 for men, $10 for women. www.safeallianceevents.org.
Watermelon Wine: The Poetry of Americana Music
Holy Covenant United Church of Christ, 3501 West W.T. Harris Blvd.
Sunday, 3 p.m.: Award-winning Nashville songwriter teams with Alabama author and former Observer reporter Frye Gaillard, a unique program of reading and song. Event is free, but $10 donation suggested.