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History for free this weekend!


Backcountry Days

Sat 1-5 p.m. Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive. 704-568-1774.

Experience the lifestyle of the Colonial Piedmont backcountry. Enjoy demonstrations of pottery, blacksmithing, basket weaving and rifle and cartridge making. There will be children’s crafts, Colonial games and free tours of the Hezekiah Alexander home site and museum. Charlotte Folk Society will lead a music jam featuring old-time Celtic and bluegrass music and hold an ice cream social.


Common Ground Music Festival

Sat Noon-11 p.m. Commonwealth Avenue from Gordon Street to Thomas Avenue.

Plaza Midwood’s free music festival features Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Big Daddy Love, Leadville Social Club, Satarah, The Business People and Heart of a Ghost. The festival will also showcase artists, craftspeople, artisans and craft beers.


Free Tuesday

Tues 4-8 p.m. Schiele Musem of Natural History, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-866-6900.

The second Tuesday of every month, enjoy a free evening at The Schiele Museum, where all the exhibits and the nature trail will be available for exploration. Watch a special showing of Skyquest at 7 p.m. in the James H. Lynn Planetarium.


Concerts in the Courtyard

Fri 6:30 p.m. Northlake Mall, 6801 Northlake Mall Drive.

Catch a free concert in the courtyard outside the Northlake food court and H&M. You can bring chairs, blankets and picnics. Beer and wine will be sold. Performing this Friday is Darrell Harwood, a country artist. Future performers are Rough Draft (Sept. 12), Pushh (Sept. 19) and Simplified (Sept. 26).


Educator Days

Sat. Discovery Place museums. 704-372-6261.

All educators are invited to visit any Discovery Place museum for free on Saturdays in September. That includes Discovery Place, Charlotte Nature Museum, Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville and Discovery Place KIDS-Rockingham. Just register at the admissions desk with your school ID and you’ll be admitted with one guest.