Sunset Jazz Festival
2:30-9:30 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark, 4400 Sharon Road. Free. www.charlottesunsetjazzfestival.com.
Enjoy a picnic and relax on a lawn chair or blanket while listening to a lineup featuring local and regional jazz musicians including Ron Brendle, Michael Porter, Sweet Dreams and the Fuzz Band.
9 a.m.-10 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 820 Hawfield Road. Free; parking is $5. 704-391-3900; www.usnwc.org.
The third annual event exposes visitors to all of the activities offered at the center, plus there'll be food, live music and a kids' zone.
‘Miles & Coltrane: Blue (.)'
8 p.m. Spirit Square, McGlohon Theatre, 345 N. College St. $20. 704-372-1000. www.carolina tix.org.
A celebration of Miles Davis and John Coltrane features jazz, visual art, poetry, and performances by members of N.C. Dance Theatre.
Tosco Music Party
7 p.m. Halton Theater at CPCC, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $8-$15. www.toscomusicparty.org.
Performers – from a 9-year-old singer to a musician who plays a 21-string Harp-lute – help the seasonal show celebrate its 20th year.
8 p.m. (also Friday, with shows through Oct. 4). Carolina Actors Studio Theatre, 1118 Clement Ave. $18-$22. 704-455-8542.
Musical about aging in America, as a woman refuses to sell her mountaintop home. Live music by members of the Charlotte Folk Society.
‘Simple Line, Complex Form'
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jerald Melberg Gallery, 625 S. Sharon Amity Road. Free. 704-365-3000; www.jeraldmelberg.com.
An exhibit of sculpture and drawing by noted 20th- century artist James Rosati runs until Nov. 1.