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TheHola Charlotte Hispanic Heritage Festival brings music, food and culture to Uptown Charlotte on Saturday.
TheHola Charlotte Hispanic Heritage Festival brings music, food and culture to Uptown Charlotte on Saturday.

Hola Charlotte Festival

Sat 10.3 Noon-7 p.m. North Tryon between Trade and Seventh streets.

Celebrate the cultures of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. There will be two stages, one featuring cultural performances and one featuring live Latin music. The Latin American Village will highlight art, clothing and cultural items from 15 Latin countries. Many Charlotte organizations, including Opera Carolina, The Mint Museum and Discovery Place, will be offering family-friendly activities at the Charlotte Community Partner Pavilion. Enjoy Latin music, dance, art, as well as children’s activities. You’ll even get a chance to learn Zumba.

1846 Mexican American War Militia Muster

Sat 10.3 10 a.m.-4 p.m. President James K. Polk Historic Site, 12031 Lancaster Highway, Pineville.

Learn about the 1846 Mexican American War through this living history event. Explore the life of a common citizen who was called into service. Living history re-enactors will demonstrate military drilling, as well as home life.

Kids in Nature Day

Sat 10.3 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Squirrel Lake Park, 1631 Pleasant Planes Road, Matthews.

Dress the kids in clothes and shoes that can get muddy for this back-to-nature event. Kids will fish, explore streams, hike, create nature crafts, plant and take part in scavenger hunts.

Modern Film Fest Screening

Sat 10.3 10 a.m. Gem Theatre, 111 W. First St., Kannapolis.

This may be the perfect activity if the weather doesn’t improve. Modern Film Fest, along with Kannapolis Arts, is presenting free independent films at Gem Theatre the first Saturday of every month through June. Oct. 3: “My Name Is Paul”; Nov. 7: “Beatles Stories”; Dec. 5: “The Red Machine”; Jan. 2: “A Big Love Story”; Feb. 6: “Sita Sings the Blues”; March 5: “Lloyd the Conqueror”; April 2: “Tearing Down the Tent”; May 7: “Mars”; June 4: Short Film Competition.

Concerts at Abbey Basilica

Mon 10.5 8 p.m. Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Road, Belmont.

Belmont Abbey College offers a full season of concerts at the beautiful Abbey Basilica. Each concert is free, but donations are accepted. The college is off Interstate 85, Exit 26, close to Charlotte in nearby Gaston County. Monday’s program, “Captivated by Love and Dancing,” features Carolina Pro Musica, assisted by John Pruett on baroque violin.