It will be a busy weekend in and around Charlotte. Whether or not you’ll attend one of these events, watch for heavier traffic in these areas:
The Southern Sauce Bar-B-Que Festival – formerly Blues, Brews and BBQ – will be in uptown 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Romare Bearden Park.
Festivities will be on Mint Street between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Third Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard between Mint and Graham streets. Mint Street will reopen at 11 p.m. Saturday. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard will be closed from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. Saturday.
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The Arts & Science Council’s Culture Feast event will take place 6:30-11 p.m. in uptown, on South Tryon Street between Stonewall Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Levine Avenue of the Arts. The celebration will include a cultural street party and a Southern-style dinner at a community table. Music will be by A Sign of the Times. Get dinner tickets for $25 in advance at CarolinaTix.
Expect to see lots of cars on U.S. 321 and N.C. 150 near Lincolnton as visitors make their way to the Lincoln County Apple Festival. The event includes a 5K race that starts at 8 a.m. at Lincoln High School, 803 N. Aspen St. The race course goes through some of Lincolnton’s scenic neighborhoods and down Main Street to the courthouse.
About 13,000 people are expected to turn out for the Greater Charlotte Heart Walk, which begins at 7:30 a.m. at Fourth and Poplar streets in uptown. The route also uses West Fourth Street, Grandin Road, South Summit Avenue, South Cedar and South Mint streets.
The South End Shuffle 5K starts at 6 p.m. in Historic South End. Event organizers expect 600 people to attend. The route uses Camden Road, Mainline Boulevard (the Rail Trail), Remount Road, Dunavant Street, Hawkins Street, West Bland Street, South Mint Street and West Summit Avenue. The event supports development of the Rail Trail in South End and The Purple Promise Foundation to End Melanoma.
The Rock ‘N Read 5K begins at 8 a.m. at the Plaza Midwood Branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Event organizers expect 600 people. The route includes The Plaza, Mecklenburg Avenue, Winter Street, Kensington Drive, Tippah and Belvedere avenues.
The Indian Land Rotary Fall Festival will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Inspiration Ministries, 3000 World Reach Drive, Indian Land, S.C. The event features the S.C. State Chili Championship Cook Off, along with a 5K walk, car show and entertainment.
Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms