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Weekend races, festivals will bring out thousands

The Festival of India returns to uptown Sept. 12 and 13.
The Festival of India returns to uptown Sept. 12 and 13. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

It’s a big week for races and festivals in Charlotte, with thousands expected to pay a visit to Dilworth and uptown among other places.

Watch for heavier-than-usual traffic near these events:

▪ Diocese of Charlotte Eucharistic Congress Procession, 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Peter Church, 501 S. Tryon St. The procession continues north on Tryon to West Third, College and Stonewall streets before continuing to the Charlotte Convention Center.

▪ PurpleStride Charlotte 5K Run and Family-Friendly Walk, 8:30 a.m., Marshall Park, 800 E. Third St. PurpleStride Charlotte works to make strides against pancreatic cancer. The event route includes McDowell Street, Morehead, Fourth and Brevard streets and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

▪ Yiasou Greek Festival, through Sunday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Blvd. in Dilworth. Hours are 11 a.m. through 9 p.m. Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The festival will be open Sunday from noon to 8 p.m.

▪ Festival of India, noon-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., in uptown.

▪ Sip and Stroll Art and Wine Festival, 6 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., in uptown.

▪ Tawba Fest, 2-10 p.m. Saturday at Riverwalk, 1 Dunkins Ferry Road, Rock Hill. This event is a celebration on the shores of the Catawba River.

▪ Nicaraguan Festival, noon at The Chef Heaven’s Kitchen restaurant, 6023 Albemarle Road.

Driving school

Nearly 400 teens will learn defensive driving techniques and other tips during the Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience, this weekend at Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord.

The free, half-day Bridgestone Teens Drive Smart Driving Experience includes hands-on driving introduction. Teens learn driving maneuvers, the dangers of distracted driving and tips for keeping a vehicle running at its best.

Participants must be aged 15-21, have a valid driver's license or learner's permit and register in advance at www.teensdrivesmart.com/tour.

Closed for construction

Construction for the Lynx Blue Line Extension, has closed J.M. Keynes Drive at North Tryon Street through Saturday.

For a detour, take J.W. Clay Boulevard to J.M. Keynes Drive, suggests Charlotte Area Transit System.

Light rail service interruption

The Lynx Blue Line will operate only between the I-485/South Boulevard and Scaleybark stations on Saturday and Sunday.

Bus service on the Lynx Connector will be available to stations beyond Scaleybark, from New Bern to the Charlotte Transportation Center/Arena, according to CATS. The Connector will not be available to or from the Seventh Street Station.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms