Thursday, October 9, 2014

Family Fun: October 11-12 Weekend What-To-Dos

Star Wars Reads Day
Spandex City Comics, at 2914-A Mt. Holly Huntersville Road, invites the public to participate in Star Wars Reads Day on Saturday, October 11th, 2014, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This is a free event for the whole family. There will be fun Star Wars activities, contests and prizes for fans of all ages, and Spandex City’s next door neighbor, X-tra Ball, is participating too. Star Wars Reads Day is a worldwide event that celebrates Star Wars and reading. Here’s the schedule:
11 am – 6 pm: Star Wars crafts and activities (Spandex City and X-tra Ball)
11 am – 2 pm: Star Wars Pinball contest at X-tra Ball (youth and adult divisions)

11:30 am – 12:30 pm: Jawa Storytime at Spandex City

4 pm – 6 pm: “Stump the Stormtrooper” Trivia at X-tra Ball

Ballantyne Fall Festival
Ballantyne District Park, behind Morrison Family YMCA at 9405 Bryant Farms Road, is the site for Ballantyne Fall Festival–Autumn in the Park, on Saturday, October 11th, 2014, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The festival is free and most activities are free. Some of the activities are hayrides, bounce house, face painting, field day activities, pumpkin painting and more. There’s a charge for the cornhole competition and chili cookoff. Entertainment will be provided by The New Familiars, Dead27s, Matt Stratford and Scoot Pittman.
Food and drinks will be available from a variety of vendors including Elwoods BBQ & Burger Bar, Crü Wine Shop, Carolina Fish Market, True Crafted Pizza and Bird Song Brewing Co. Also, this is the first year to enjoy Charlotte’s Best Oyster Roast, brought to you by Carolina Fish Market.
And for the kids, there will be a special showing of “How To Train Your Dragon 2″ at 7:00 p.m.

Autumn Treasures (Waxhaw)
Waxhaw’s largest festival, Autumn Treasures, takes place Saturday, October 11th, 2014, and Sunday, October 12th, in downtown Waxhaw. The festival takes place 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, and 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. On Saturday, taste championship BBQ during the Grill’n & Chill’n public tasting, take part in Boot Camp Waxhaw and earn your stripes, watch good old-fashioned pig races, witness live entertainment, shop for arts & crafts or stroll the community & business fair. Cap the evening off with a free concert to salute veterans featuring Ansel Brown. On Sunday, the Hometown Heroes Car and USO show is back. Assist in breaking a world record at 3:30pm!

Free Museum Day – Levine Museum of the New South
Levine Museum of the New South offers free admission every Sunday, as long as you’re not bringing a group of 10 people or more. Its hours on Sunday are 12pm to 5pm. If you like free parking too, and who doesn’t, park in 7th Street Station, right next door. Bring your parking ticket to the Levine Museum for validation. On weekdays you can validate parking for up to two hours, but on weekends, you can validate for all day, so you can enjoy other Uptown attractions as well.
The Levine is an interactive history museum that focus on the time period from 1865 until until current times. Its permanent exhibit, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers: Reinventing Charlotte and the Carolina Piedmont in the New South, invites guests to step inside a one-room tenant farmers house, run a hand through a pile of seed cotton, listen to the churning of the cotton mill, play checkers on the front porch of a mill house, hear personal accounts from local sit-in leaders, and more.

American Girl Store Opening
The American Girl Store officially opens Saturday in SouthPark Mall.  Parents, take your patience, reading material and full wallets. On average, a trip to an American Girl store lasts 90 minutes. *_*

Free Outdoor Movie
Afton Ridge, at 6230 Bayfield Parkway in Concord, is presenting a free outdoor movie, Monsters University, on Saturday, October 11th, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. They’ll also be giving away a $50 gift certificate to Party City to help you find a great Halloween costume of your own.

During Open Studio Saturdays artists work in their studios with the doors open. It is an opportunity for the public to meet the artists and learn about their art as well as view the current exhibition. Every Open Studio Saturday, free docent-led tours will begin at 11:30 AM. Open Studio Hours:
11 AM to 4 PM

24th Annual Latin American Festival
Charlotte’s signature cultural event, the 24th Annual Latin American Festival, returns Sunday, October 12, 2014 to Symphony Park. Mingle with more than 20,000 other lovers of culture and music this fall with internationally renowned musical performance from Colombian electro-tropical band Bomba Estéreo, Puerto Rican sensation and masters of contemporary bomba and plena, Plena Libre, The Latin Grammy award-winning Panamanian Ska-rock group, Los Rabanes and many more. The festival also features traditional and contemporary dance performances, some of the most diverse and delicious Latin food in Charlotte, marketplace with authentic handmade crafts and a Plaza de Artistas featuring some of North Carolina’s best Latino visual artists.

General admission is $5 and children 8 and under are free. 12pm - 8pm.

Friday, October 3, 2014

Family Fun: October 4-5 Weekend What-To-Dos

Take advantage of ‘festival season’ this weekend by partaking in one or several of the local happenings in Charlotte. 
Hola Festival
September 15 to October 15 is National Hispanic Heritage Month and on Saturday, October 4, the Hola Festival takes place from 12 pm – 7 pm in uptown Charlotte on Tryon St. between 5th and 8th streets. There will also be activities going on at Levine Museum of the New South, ImaginOn, 7th St. Public Market, and Discovery Place. This is a free event.
   2 stages that will have continuous entertainment! One featuring cultural performances, and one featuring live Latin music throughout the day
   The Latin American Cultural Village highlighting 10 Latin countries
   The Cultural Passport
   Salsa Dancing
   Authentic Latin Food and Beverage
   Cultural Dance Performances
   Zumba Demos and Instruction
   Live Latin Musical Performances and Singers
Ongoing cultural activities at Levine Museum of the New South, ImaginOn, 7th St. Public Market, and Discovery Place

Charlotte Book Fair
The 3rd Annual Charlotte Book Fair highlights the joy of reading, and features authors, storytellers, musicians, workshops and vendors. It takes place Saturday, October 4th, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Little Rock Cultural Center, 401 North Myers Street. It’s free, but donations are welcome.
There will be four main areas: the Main Floor, The Outdoor Pavilion, the Children’s Village and the Studio Theater. Authors will present on the Main floor, while the studio theater hosts a mini-film festival, On Q Productions and Oneaka Dance Company. Entertainment will be provided by On Q Productions, Oneaka Dance Company, The McCrorey African Drummers, Buffalo Soldier Henry Legendre, poets Voz ES, Afropunk rockers Harry Hunter, and more.

Charlotte Classic Jazz Festival

Blumenthal Performing Arts and Jazz Arts Initiative present CharlotteClassic Jazz Festival, a free jazz festival for the whole family on Saturday, October 4th, 2014. After the festival, there will be a jazz concert at Knight Theater at 7:00 p.m., and this is a ticketed event, costing $5. The festival, however, is free, and takes place in Knight Theater from 11:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Jazz 4 Tots: Intro to Jazz for the little ones
12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Kids’ Jazz Playhouse
12:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Loonis McGlohon Young Jazz Artist Competition
5:30 PM – 6:45 PM
Keynote Conversation: Jazz Legends in the Carolinas
6:15 PM – 6:45 PM
CLT Classic Jazz Fest Secondline Jazz Parade
(From Trade and Tryon to the Knight Theater)
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
MUSIC: World-class live jazz performances from the region’s top artists
Tickets are $5 for this concert in the Knight Theater.

Plaza Midwood Art Crawl

The Plaza Midwood Merchants are presenting the Plaza Midwood Art Crawl Saturday, October 4th, 2014, from 4pm to 9pm. Artists will be showcasing their talents through live performance from aerial silks performers to cartoonists and fairy sculptors, in venues ranging from a hair salon to a dog salon. Works of Art on display will include paintings, pottery, glass art, stained glass, quilting, handmade jewelry and mixed media, and much more. This will take place in the Plaza Midwood business district, mostly on and between Central Avenue and Commonwealth.

Punishment Parenting Dilemma

Parenting dilemma: Ok, so we are currently on punishment. There are 2 cultural events that I am itching to attend, one of which is the Hola Festival (He is in a Spanish immersion school). Do we go or no? Please sound off. Oh yeah, and these are the best kinds of events......FREE!!!