Charlotte Ballet Fall Works
Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St.
Friday, 7:30 p.m.: In the second of four performances that includes two more Saturday, the Charlotte Ballet tackles work from Jiri Kylian, associate artistic director Sasha Janes and artistic director Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux. Tickets $25-$85, blumenthalarts.org.
Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum
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Discovery Place, 301 N. Tryon St.
Friday, 5-9 p.m.: Don a costume and join science-based activities that include a CSI-style workshop on blood splatter analysis, cockroach racing, eyeball dissections and other spooky experiments. Tickets $8/$10, www.discoveryplace.org.
Charlotte Contemporary: The Art, Design and Fashion Event of the Year
Park Road Expo Center, 800 Briar Creek Road
Friday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.: This three-day art show features more than 100 of the country’s top contemporary artists with works in ceramics, glass, wood, metal, mixed-media and more. Also Saturday 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday noon-5 p.m. Admission $20, seniors $15. www.charlottecontemporary.com, 704-333-7709.
Fall Plant Sale
UNCC Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road
Saturday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.: A wide selection of hardy shrubs, perennials, wildflowers, ferns, cool weather annuals and native plants available in the annual fall sale. All proceeds support the operations of the gardens and greenhouse. gardens.uncc.edu
South End Wine Festival
308 W. Carson Blvd.
Saturday, 1-6 p.m.: Sample wines from 20 vineyards, enjoy live music and food trucks. Tickets $35, $10 for designated driver. www.southendwinefest.com