April 3

Charlotte Motor Speedway AutoFair

Billed as the world’s largest automotive extravaganza, the AutoFair boasts thousands of cars, as well as auctions, vendors and a children’s zone. Among the cars displayed is the last car driven by the late Elvis Presley – a 1973 Stutz Blackhawk. Tickets cost $10 for adults and free for ages 13 and younger. Weekend passes cost $30.

When: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. April 3-5 and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. April 6

Where: Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord

Details: www.charlottemotorspeedway.com


Spring Concert Series

The Shoppes at University Place kicks off its Spring Concert Series with a performance by Early Ray. Future performers include Skate Rink Jukebox (April 10), Hot Sauce (April 17) and Coconut Groove (April 24). The outdoor concerts don’t require admission.

When: 6-9 p.m. Thursdays in April

Where: Shoppes at University Place

Details: www.shoppesatuniversityplace.com


April 4

Movie in the Park

The Town of Mooresville’s recreation department screens the Disney film “Frozen,” which happens  to sum up the region’s unusually long winter season. Bring a chair or blanket.

When: Dusk

Where: Cornelius Road Park, 247 Cornelius Road, Mooresville

Details: www.ci.mooresville.nc.us


Explore the Spring Night Skies

World of Wonder, Woodland Discovery and Davidson Lands Conservancy sponsor a night of stargazing. The physics department from Davidson College and the Charlotte Astronomy Club are providing equipment and expertise for the event.

When: 8:30-10:30 p.m.

Where: Fisher Farm Park, 21215 Shearer Road, Davidson

Details: www.davidsonlands.org 


April 5

Repticon Charlotte

Repticon Charlotte boasts the area’s premier expo for reptiles and exotic animals. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12. Two-day tickets (April 5-6) cost $15 for adults and $5 for ages 5-12. Ages 4 and younger get in free.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 6

Where: Cabarrus Arena & Events Center, 4751 N.C. 49 N. Concord

Details: www.repitcon.com 


Cornelius Spring Festival

Volunteers engage in the annual spring clean-up in the Smithville and Meridan Street areas of Cornelius. After the clean-up, the Smithville Community Coalition hosts live music, barbecue, a children’s zone and free raffle.

When: Noon-4 p.m. (clean-up is 8 a.m.-noon)

Where: Smithville Park in Cornelius


Mac and Cheese Cook Off

What does macaroni and cheese have in common with fashion? They’re both interests kids just eat up. After several Mooresville companies vie for the Best Downtown Mac and Cheese Chef Award, students from Future Fashion Designers hit the runway, showing off designs they’ve created under the guidance of Hollywood costume designer Shawnelle Cherry. Tickets cost $20 for ages 14 and older and $10 for ages 13 and younger.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Mooresville Depot Visual Arts Center, 103 W. Center Ave., Mooresville

Details: www.futurefashiondesigners.com or 704-799-3553. 


April 6

The Brubeck Project

The Brubeck Project performs the last installment of the Alexander Community Concert Series of the season. The concert will serve as a musical tribute to jazz great Dave Brubeck. Tickets cost $15 for adults; $10 for seniors and students; and free for children younger than 12.

When: 3 p.m.

Where: The Episcopal Church of St. Peter By-the-Lake, 8433 Fairfield Forest Road, Denver

Details: Ben Benoit, 704-489-6249


April 7

Miley Cyrus concert

From Disney princess to drama queen, Miley Cyrus brings her Bangerz Tour to Charlotte. In previous concerts, she dances with animals, rides a giant hot dog and sings hits like “Can’t Be Tamed” and “23.”

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., Charlotte

Details: www.ticketmaster.com



For children


April 5

Indoor gardening

Children learn how to plant indoor gardens. Admission costs $8.

When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 5 and 2 p.m. April 6

Where: Discovery Place KIDS-Huntersville, 105 Gilead Road, Huntersville

Details: www.discoveryplacekids.org or 704-372-6261 ext. 300


April 8

Free Cone Day

Enjoy ice cream during Free Cone Day.

When: Noon-9 p.m.

Where: Ben and Jerry’s, 202 S. Main St., Davidson

Details: 704-892-0604



Bunny Photo Experience

Simon Property Group hosts its annual Easter celebration at Concord Mills, offering families the chance to participate in both traditional and unique seasonal events, including photos with the Easter Bunny.

When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-7 p.m. Sundays through April 19
Where: Neighborhood 2 near Books-A-Million at Concord Mills Mall, 8111 Concord Mills Blvd., Concord

Details: www.concordmills.com or 704-979-3000.