Guide to Saturday events in the Charlotte area


‘Carowinds In Bloom’

10 a.m.-10 p.m. (also 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday and Sunday). 300 Carowinds Blvd., Fort Mill, S.C. $46.99 online (discounts available). www.carowinds.com.

The new festival – which takes place in the Carolina Showplace area of the park – features a topiary tasting garden, Johnson & Wales cooking demonstrations, the West End String Band, a kids’ flower planting zone and more.


D.L. Hughley

7 and 9:30 p.m. (also 8 and 10:15 p.m. Friday). The Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd. $25-$27.50. 980-321-4702.

The former star of ABC/UPN’s “The Hughleys” and one of the “Original Kings of Comedy” returns to the club for the first time since his stint on “Dancing With the Stars” last year.


‘The Reluctant Dragon’

3 p.m. (also 7:30 p.m. Friday). McColl Family Theatre at ImaginOn, 300 E. 7th St. $18-$24. www.ctcharlotte.org.

A heartwarming comedy based on Kenneth Grahame’s classic book about a peace-loving, poetry-spouting dragon who would much prefer a cup of tea to a battle.


Chick Corea

8 p.m. Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. $19.50-$59.50. 704-372-1000.

From his early days playing forward-thinking Latin funk, to more recent Grammy-winning collaborations with Bela Fleck, to children’s music, the jazz piano legend has proved he can do it all.