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Festivals abound this weekend

The North Carolina Science Festival begins this weekend.
The North Carolina Science Festival begins this weekend.


Fri-Sun 4.8-10. Various locations in Plaza Midwood.

BOOM is taking over Plaza Midwood with an artist-led showcase of experimental and contemporary visual art, music, dance and performance art. Most performances are ticketed (generally $10 or under) and take place at Petra’s, The Rabbit Hole, Okra, Snug Harbor and Open Door Studios and Yoga One. Catch free fun on the BOOM Intersection Stage, 1920 Commonwealth Ave., with dance performances and a Tosco Music Party. Check out the very full schedule on the website.


4.8-16 Multiple venues on CPCC campuses.

CPCC’s annual celebration of the arts will include film, culinary arts, history and culture, literature, music and visual and performing arts. Most of the events are free. Visit the website to see the full schedule.

North Carolina Science Festival

4.8-24 Many locations.

Ignite an interest in science in both kids and adults. Events take place at a number of venues in the Charlotte area, including Discovery Place, UNCC, CPCC, libraries, schools and ImaginOn. Highlights include star parties and open labs. Some events are ticketed, some are free after admission to the venue, and some are free. Make sure to visit the website, because some events require advance registration.

Charlotte Folk Society monthly concert and gathering

4.8 Fri 7:30 p.m. Great Aunt Stella Center, 926 Elizabeth Ave.

This month’s free gathering and concert hosted by Charlotte Folk Society features Beeswing, a talented trio that performs traditional Irish music. Doors open at 7 p.m. Refreshments, a song circle and jam sessions follow the concert. Donations will be accepted.

Carolina Country Music Festival Night

4.8 Fri 9:30 p.m. Whisky River, 210 E. Trade St.

Get a taste of summer right here in Charlotte. DeeJay Silver, Jason Aldean’s official tour DJ and host of the syndicated radio show “The Country Club,” will provide the tunes and fun. You’ll even have a chance to win two tickets to Carolina Country Music Festival in Myrtle Beach. Admission is free, but reserve your ticket ahead of time to make sure you get in.

Let’s Talk About It. The Sixties: A film history of America’s decade of crisis and change

4.9 Sat 2 p.m. Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St.

Explore the turbulent decade of the 1960s through a film and discussion series. At each installment of this six-part series, which will run through June 18, a documentary film will be shown, followed by a discussion led by a scholar. Saturday is the first part of the series with the film “The Politics of Reform, 1960-1964,” and the discussion will be led by Professor Bruce Dick from Appalachian State.