12TH ANNUAL CHARLOTTE OKTOBERFEST Sample from more than 350 of the craft brewed beers in the Southeast and from around the world. There will also be live entertainment, games (table tennis, foosball, corn hole and many others in the Creative Loafing Beerlympic Village), food and more. Proceeds go to The National Kidney Foundation of North Carolina and The Autism Society of North Carolina. For more information, visit www.charlotteoktoberfest.com. Sat., Sept. 25. $20-$50. Metrolina Expo Trade Center, 7100 Statesville Road.
2010 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL This festival celebrates cultures of all kinds with displays of information, dancing, music, vendors with arts and crafts, food and more. Don't miss the parade of nations, where you can see traditional attire from around the world. For more information, visit http://ifest.uncc.edu/. Sat., Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free admission. UNC-Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte.
2010 NPC MID-ATLANTIC CLASSIC National qualifying, bodybuilding, figure, fitness and bikini competition, featuring Mr. Olympia Jay Cutler. Presented by Main Stage Muscle. Sat., Oct. 9, 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. $10-$30. Halton Theater, CPCC, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte.
2010 SUNSET JAZZ FESTIVAL For more information, visit www.charlottesunsetjazzfestival.com. Sat., Sept. 25, 2 p.m. Free. Marshall Park, Charlotte.
20TH ANNUAL LATIN AMERICAN FESTIVAL Showcases the traditions of the Caribbean, Central and South America. Featuring activities for children, dance and music (including performances by Plena Libre, Locos por Juana, Elastic Bond, Orquesta Gardel, Rhythm +, Bakalao Stars and SoulBrasil). For more information, visit www.festivallatinoamericano.org. Sun., Oct. 10, 12-7 p.m. $3-$5; Free for children under 8 years old and Mint Museum members. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, Charlotte.
24-HOUR GRAND OPENING FOR THE MINT MUSEUM UPTOWN The grand opening festivities kick off with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m., followed by a variety of activities for all ages during the next 24 hours. Activities include First Look Friday, tours of the new facility, a dance party sponsored by Takeover Friday, films, sunrise yoga, hands-on art activities and artist demonstrations. For more information, visit www.mintmuseum.org/grand-opening.html. Oct. 1-2, 5:30 p.m. $10; Free for members on Friday; Free for general public on Saturday. The Mint Museum Uptown, 500 South Tryon St., Charlotte.
6TH ANNUAL POTTERS MARKET INVITATIONAL Featuring a variety of traditional utilitarian pots to studio ceramics, including jewelry by 40 N.C. potters. The pottery sale benefits The Mint Museum's decorative arts collection. Sat., Sept. 11, 10 a.m. $5 for children; $10 for adults. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Rd., Charlotte. 704-337-2009. www.mintmuseum.org.
7TH ANNUAL SCANFEST OF THE CAROLINAS The festival honors the cultures of Scandinavia (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) with music, dancing, cultural displays, food and more. For more information, visit www.scandinavianconnection.org. Sat., Nov. 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Atrium, Uptown, Two Wachovia Center, Tryon Street, Charlotte.
ALL ARTS MARKET Featuring affordable and original handmade art, including paintings, prints, sculptures, jewelry, pottery, stained glass, knits and more. For more information, visit www.nodarioty.org. Sept. 3, 6-10 p.m.; Sept. 4, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St., Charlotte. 704-358-9298.
AUTHOR/HISTORIAN RANDELL JONES Discusses Before They Were Heroes, the story behind the patriots' defeat of the British at the Revolutionary War's Battle of Kings Mountain. Book signing afterwards. Sat., Nov. 6, 2 p.m. Free. Gaston County Public Library, 1555 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia. 704-868-2167.
BIBLIOFEAST A gourmet feast for the mind and body, featuring a three course meal and conversation with Carolina based authors. Mon., Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m. $35. Sante, 165 N. Trade St., Matthews. 704-845-1899. www.santeofmatthews.com.
BLUES, BREWS & BBQ Approximately 60 teams compete for prizes for best barbecue. The festival features blues music, an array of beer samples and barbecue. Held in Uptown Charlotte. For more information, visit www.bluesbrewsandbbq.com. Sept. 10; Sept. 11.
CAN YOU DIG IT: CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY GARDEN TOUR Presented by The Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition, in partnership with Slow Food Charlotte. Featuring educational gardening demonstrations on composting, vermiculture, rainwater harvesting, seed saving and how to make tea with dried herbs. Lunch will be provided by Harvest Moon Grille and a garden gathering with light hors d'oeuvres and beverages will follow the tour. Tour from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and gathering from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. For more information, call 704-432-3468 or visit www.canyoudigitcharlotte.org. Sat., Sept. 25. $15; $8 for children 4-12 years old.
CAROLINAS THANKSGIVING DAY PARADE In its 63rd year, this parade features finely decorated floats, as well as a variety of entertainers and participants. For more information, visit www.carolinasthanksgivingparade.org. Thu., Nov. 25.
CELEBRITY CHEF TOUR BENEFITING THE JAMES BEARD FOUNDATION Some of the Nation's top chefs are coming to Charlotte to create a fantastic multiple course dinner paired with premium wines, beers and spirits. Wed., Sept. 22, 6:30-10:30 p.m. $130-150. Blue Restaurant, 5th & College, Charlotte. www.celebritycheftour.com.
CHARLOTTE FILM FESTIVAL The fifth annual celebration returns for a full week with screenings at various sites including Regal Park Terrace Cinemas and Epicentre Theaters. For more information, visit www.charlottefilmfestival.org. Sept. 20-26. Locations vary, Charlotte.