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Coca-Cola Speed Street

Fri, Sat Noon-11 p.m. Uptown Charlotte.

Celebrate racing in advance of the Coca-Cola 600. This free festival features live music, a hot dog-eating contest, driver appearances and a Kids Zone. It takes place on Tryon Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, with the main stage at NASCAR Hall of Fame Plaza. The band .38 Special will perform at 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Visit website for full schedule, driver appearances.


Blumenthal Open Mic

Fri 7:30 p.m. Spirit Square, 345 North College St.

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


Party at the Park

Various days Noon. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

Catch free music amid the uptown towers. Several days a week at lunch, local talent performs at Romare Bearden Park. And on Wednesday, Lipstick on a Pig will perform at the 5:30 p.m. Party in the Park.


LPGA Symetra Classic

Sat 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Raintree Country Club, 8600 Raintree Lane.

Normally, admission for this final round of the Symetra Classic, LPGA’s developmental tour, is $10. But it’s free for any current or former military member with military ID, kids under 16, and anybody who brings three nonperishable food donations for Second Harvest Food Bank.


Made in 1984: Hollywood Movies from 30 Years Ago

Sat 2 p.m. ImaginOn’s Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. Seventh St. 704-416-4600.

This six-film series looks back on 1984 through a group of popular, diverse films from a variety of genres. The first film is “The Natural,” one of the greatest baseball movies of any decade, starring Robert Redford.