Wells Fargo is getting ready to make its grand entrance into the Charlotte market. Though a past sponsor of Pride Charlotte, you didn’t see Wachovia’s name anywhere at the Aug. 27 event in Uptown. Wells Fargo, it seems, is here to stay. But, that isn’t a bad thing.

The new kid on the block is introducing itself in various ways. On Oct. 29, the bank will help to present the Wells Fargo Community Celebration, marking the conversion of Wachovia signs and banking locations to Wells Fargo in North Carolina, as well as the opening of the Wells Fargo History Museum in Charlotte. The event will transform Center City Charlotte into a free arts and cultural festival, as well as provide free Saturday admission, underwritten by Wells Fargo, to many of Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s arts, science and history institutions.

“We are excited about Wells Fargo taking the lead on this important celebration and being one of their partners,” said Arts & Science Council President Scott Provancher. “The Wells Fargo Community Celebration shows their commitment to the cultural sector and will provide amazing arts, science and history experiences that will entertain and educate thousands of individuals,” said Provancher. “Plus, with the opening of the Wells Fargo History Museum, Charlotte’s ‘cultural mile’ along Tryon Street has gained another attraction.”

The celebration’s major highlight will include free Saturday admission on Oct. 29 to Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Discovery Place, Levine Museum of the New South, The Mint Museum, McColl Center for Visual Art, The Light Factory and more. A free outdoor concert, live art demonstrations, LEGO sculptures, chalk art and more will also be available. In addition, be sure to catch free performances by the Actor’s Theatre of Charlotte, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Carolina Voices, Charlotte Chamber Music, Charlotte Children Choir, Charlotte Youth Ballet, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, Maha’s Dances of India, Many Voices, North Carolina Dance Theatre and more.

For more information about the Wells Fargo Community Celebration, visit CharlotteCultureGuide.com. : :