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Free Stuff: Enjoy your bike for some free fun this weekend



Sun 2-5 p.m. Thomas Avenue in Plaza Midwood.

BikeFEST, a bicycle and pedestrian-themed block party, is part of Bike! Charlotte's two weeks of events to educate, celebrate and encourage bike riders. BikeFEST starts with a kids’ bike and pet parade. (Participants should meet at Kilgo Church, 2101 Belvedere Ave., at 1:30 p.m. ) The festival will include scavenger hunts, bike rodeo, skating, cycling, crafts, music and food. There will be a bike wash and lube station and a tire-changing challenge. If you have a bike you’re not using, bring it to donate to Trips for Kids.


The Art of the Violin Shoppe

Thur 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Violin Shoppe, 2112 E. Seventh St. 704-373-0551.

The Violin Shoppe is opening a fine art gallery, The Art of the Violin Shoppe, featuring music-themed and musically inspired artwork by 10 regional and national artists. The artwork will include originals, sculptures, framed pieces and limited run prints available for purchase. The opening reception will feature vintage swing music.


‘The Seasons’

Wed 6 p.m. CPCC Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave.

Kinetic Works, a dance education organization, is presenting this free, family-friendly event. “The Seasons” is a ballet and audiovisual performance featuring professional ballet and youth dancers, as well as puppets by Drew Allison’s Grey Seal Puppets. Make reservations at the website. Donations accepted.


20th Annual Earth Day Celebration

Sat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Anne Springs Close Greenway, 288 Dairy Barn Lane, Fort Mill, S.C.

Celebrate Earth Day with border collie demonstrations, cane pole fishing, canoeing, kayaking, face painting, geocaching, wagon rides, lead-line horse rides and farm animals. Historic interpretation will take place at the Graham and Coltharp cabins.


Tuck Fest

Fri-Sun U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900.

The second annual Tuck Fest celebrates the outdoor lifestyle through competitions, exhibitions, demos and live music. The 17 bands include Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, G. Love and Special Sauce, The Lone Bellow, Roadkill Ghost Choir and Mandolin Orange. Visit the website for the complete music and competition schedule. Parking is $5.