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Carolina Renaissance Festival

10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 16). 16445 Poplar Tent Road,

Huntersville. $17 (discounts for kids). 704-896-5544;


The 16th-century European-style theme park is once again packed with cottages, castles, kitchens, pubs, art, rides and games of skill. To enter our contest for a free family four-pack of tickets, turn to Page 2.


Barney's Sprouterrific

Mall Tour

11 a.m.-5 p.m. SouthPark mall, 4400 Sharon Road. Free. 704-295-0975; www.simon.com.

Kids can have their picture taken with Barney and meet Chica from the “Sunny Side Up Show,” which airs on PBS Kids' preschool network, Sprout.


The Marshall Tucker Band

8 p.m. Denver Days Fall Festival grounds, Triangle Circle (off N.C. 16). Free. www.denverdays.com.

The Southern rockers play a show (rescheduled from last weekend) that caps Denver Days, which opens mid-morning and offers food, crafts, and entertainment all day.


Phil Lesh/The Allman Brothers

6 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $22-$54. 704-549-5555;


A founding member of the Grateful Dead teams with the veteran Southern rock band. Your chance to enter to win tickets is on Page 2.


Christian Music Day

3 p.m. Carowinds Paladium, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. $37.99-$47.99. 704-522-6500;


Grammy Award-winning soft-rock Christian band Casting Crowns headlines, with support from Skillet, Leeland and Family Force 5.


Great Grapes

Wine, Art & Food Festival

11 a.m.-7 p.m. Symphony Park in SouthPark. $10-$20. 800-830-3976;


Bring your friends, family and picnic blankets for a tasting where you can choose from hundreds of your favorite North Carolina wines.