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Spring for all: Farmers markets, concert series and festivals

Farmers markets are a sign of spring.
Farmers markets are a sign of spring. SHAWN ROCCO - srocco@newsobserve

Fourth Annual Charlotte African-American Festival

Sat 4.2 Noon-5 p.m. The Carole Hoefener Center, 610 E. Seventh St.

This festival will feature musical performances, art, literature, food, dancers, drummers, speakers, vendors and more. Journey through the Underground Railroad with a Harriet Tubman interpreter and hear stories of other famous African-Americans on the Black History Walk of Fame. At 4 p.m. Sunday, there will be a gospel showcase.

Whitewater Film Series

Fri 4.1 7:45 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.

The Whitewater Center is kicking off its new film series, which will focus on outdoor adventure films. Watch a film every Friday through May 27, with start time around sunset. This Friday catch “The Search for Freedom,” a documentary with the pioneers and legends of surfing, snowboarding, skateboarding and mountain biking. Some language and adult themes. Parking is $5. Interested in more free film screenings? UNCC’s International Film Festival is still going strong, through April 9.

Shoppes at University Place Spring Concert Series

Thur 4.7 6-9 p.m. Shoppes at University Place, 8929 J.M. Keynes Drive.

This longstanding concert series returns to the bandstand near the lake. The concerts will take place every Thursday in April. The Coconut Groove Band is up first , playing classic songs from rock, funk, soul, Americana and rhythm and blues.

NoDa Farmers Market Spring Fest

Sat 4.2 8 a.m.-noon. Corner of Alexander and East 36th streets.

Maybe this is the official start of spring: the moving of the NoDa Farmers Market from Neighborhood Theatre to outside. Baby ducks, horse rides, samples from the vendors and more. There’s even talk of “field day” type games such as tug of war, tick-tack-toe and potato sack races.

Bank of America’s Museums on Us

Sat/Sun 4.2-3. Various museums.

The first weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers get into many museums nationwide for free. The following Charlotte museums are participating: Mint Museum Uptown, Mint Museum Randolph, Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Levine Museum of the New South and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Bring a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch credit or debit card for admission. Special exhibitions, fundraising events and ticketed shows are not included.