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Get a free doughnut on Friday


Talk Like a Pirate Day

at Krispy Kreme

Fri Participating Krispy Kreme locations.

Any buccaneer who dares to enter a participating Krispy Kreme talking like a pirate gets a free original glazed doughnut. If you’re feeling really adventurous, wear full pirate attire and receive a bounty of a dozen free original glazed. Check out website for what qualifies as a proper pirate costume, and for qualifying locations.


Cajun Fest

Sat 2-8:30 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.

This free festival from Mecklenburg Park & Recreation features live music, Zydeco dance lessons, family activities and food vendors. Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos, Bayou Diesel and Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys will perform.


PARK(ing) Day

Fri 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tryon Street.

Tryon Street from the Mint Museum Uptown to Discovery Place will be transformed by six mini-parks for one day. PARK(ing) Day is an annual daylong global event when community members collaborate to turn on-street parking spaces into temporary public parks. Fifteen local organizations are working to create these “parklets,” which will even include a Little Free Library. After PARK(ing) Day, the libraries will be moved to permanent locations.


UNCC International Festival

Sat 10 a.m.-6 p.m. UNCC, Barnhardt Student Activity Center.

Get a taste of culture from more than 50 nations. Activities staffed by students will include music and dance, mimes and face painting. The International Game Zone will allow participants to learn about games from various cultures and take part in activities such as a soccer match or a life-size chess match.


Matrimony at River Jam

Sat 7-10 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway.

The Whitewater Center’s twice-weekly summer concert series continues Saturday with the spirited folk-pop band Matrimony. Don’t miss this chance to see a hometown band on the rise, for free. Parking is $5.