When they say “Free” they aren’t kidding. Charlotte’s Arts & Science Council (ASC) has teamed up with area non-profits, museums, galleries and other groups to offer Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents a month-long arts, culture and science extravaganza culminating in the grand opening of the Mint Museum’s new Uptown location.

Through September, ASC will partner with groups like the Mint Museum, Levine Museum of the New South, area city and town governments, local churches and more.

In addition to the community events, ASC has launched a free public art walking tour podcast. The 45-minute podcast, available on ArtsAndScience.org, takes participants to 14 public art sites throughout Uptown. The podcast provides history and meaning behind some of the city’s most recognizable public artworks.

Among the scheduled events in September:

BBQ & Festival: Time Warner Cable presents a competition and festival featuring blues music, beer sampling and our favorite Southern feast: barbeque! Sept. 10-11. Uptown Charlotte.

Faculty Dance: The faculty of the University of North Carolina-Charlotte’s Department of Dance take to the stage, featuring original choreography from the professional repertory of UNCC faculty members Gretchen Alterowitz, E.E. Balcos, and Kim Jones. Sept. 16. Ann R. Belk Theater, UNCC.

Baroque at its Best: Carolina Pro Musica presents a concert featuring music of the high Baroque, with performances of Buxtehude, Bach and Teleman. Sept. 18. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church.

Jazz, Poetry & Photography: The Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte hosts the Kevin Clark Quartet, playing the music of Thelonius Monk. Readings from Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself” by Jay Leach and photography by Mitchell Kearny. Sept. 20.

The Cultural Free for All will culminate on October 2 with the grand opening of the new Mint Museum located at the Levine Center for the Arts. The museum will be free and open to the public from 2 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 2 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 3. Takeover Friday will host a special dance party at the Mint during the grand opening activities. For more information, visit takeovercharlotte.com.

A full schedule of “Cultural Free for All” events is available on CharlotteCultureGuide.com. : :