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Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with this free fun

CAROWINDS

Festival

Mint Hill Madness

Fri-Sun 4-11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-6 p.m. Sunday. Veterans Park, 8850 Fairview Road, Mint Hill. minthillmadnessfestival.org.

This three-day festival is a Memorial Day Weekend tradition. It features live music, carnival rides (tickets required) arts and crafts. There will be a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday and fireworks that night at 9. Other entertainment includes a car show, Olympic weightlifting and much more. Kids can participate in the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick Competition but need to sign up in advance. Visit the website for the complete schedule and details.

Carowinds

Military Days

Sun, Mon Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. carowinds.com.

Carowinds will offer free admission to active, inactive or retired United States service men and women with a valid military ID. Special activities planned for International Street. Carowinds also holds Military Days July 3-5.

Golf

Symetra Classic Golf Tournament

Sat 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Raintree Country Club, 8600 Raintree Lane. symetratour.com.

More than 140 golfers are competing for a $110,000 purse, with a top prize of $16,500, at the Symetra Classic, part of the Symetra Tour. The final round takes place Saturday. Admission is $10, but there are three ways to get in free: Current and former military with a military ID; kids under 16; those who bring three nonperishables to donate to Second Harvest Food Bank.

Entertainment

Blumenthal Open Mic

Fri 7:30 p.m. Spirit Square, 345 N. College St. blumenthalarts.org.

This popular event returns with a new lineup of performers from our community. You might see instrumentalists, singers, dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers and magicians. Interested in performing at a future open mic? Visit the website to learn how to throw your name in the hat.

Ceremony

Huntersville Memorial Day Ceremony

Mon 7 p.m. Birkdale Village, 16805 Birkdale Commons Parkway, Huntersville. huntersville.org.

Music by Central Piedmont Community Chorus, flag-folding by JROTC cadets from North Mecklenburg High School, taps by buglers from Huntersville Presbyterian Church’s Troop 19 and the Presentation of Colors by Huntersville Police Department Honor Guard, led by bagpiper David Thornburg. The master of ceremonies will be Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain.

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