May 22-24

Coca-Cola Speed Street

The 20th anniversary of Coca-Cola Speed Street blends NASCAR with live music and entertainment. Thursday features tribute bands for Billy Joel, Backbeat and Michael Jackson. Friday features Zach Ludlam, Tim Dugger and Thompson Square. Saturday includes Julie Gribble, School of Rock and 38 Special.

When: 5:30 p.m. May 22, 5:30 p.m. May 23 and 4 p.m. May 24

Where: Downtown Charlotte



May 23

Celebrity appearance

“Breaking Bad” star R.J. Mitte visits Lake Norman High on May 23 for a pair of events to raise money for school’s theater department and the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. Mitte will perform with The Academy during its monthly improv show, Lake Norman Live! Afterward, he’ll sign autographs. Admission and autographs each cost $10. 

When: 7-8:30 p.m.

Where: Lake Norman High School, 186 Doolie Road, Mooresville

Details: or 704-799-8555


The Fiddler's Grove Ole Time Fiddler's and Bluegrass Festival

The Fiddler's Grove Ole Time Fiddler's and Bluegrass Festival features competition, performances by invited musicians, workshops and the renewal of years-long friendships. Tickets cost $25.

When: May 23-25

Where: Fiddler's Grove Campground, 1819 W. Memorial Hwy., Union Grove



May 23-24

‘Defying Gravity’

The Warehouse Performing Arts Center presents a reader’s theater production of “Defying Gravity” by Jane Anderson. Jim Esposito directs the play. Tickets cost $10, which includes a glass of wine or drink and a pastry from La Patisserie in Mooresville. Reservations are required.

When: 8 p.m. May 23 and 24

Where: Warehouse Performance Art Center, 9216 Westmoreland Road, Cornelius



May 24

LIVE! At Oak Street Mill

Bella Love’s monthly showcase of the area’s talented artists and musicians returns with performances by Autumn to May, The Stoney Creek Boys and Krista Griffith Westenhofer. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Cover costs $5.

When: 8-11 p.m. May 24

Where: Oak Street Mill, 19725 Oak St., Cornelius



May 25

The Memorial Day Festival

The U.S. National Whitewater Center hosts a daylong festival to celebrate Memorial Day, featuring musical performances by Earphunk, Robert Walter’s 20th Congress, George Porter Jr. and The Runnin’ Pardners. Fireworks start at dark. 

When: Races, 9 a.m.; concerts, 4 p.m.; fireworks, dark.

Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Pkwy., Charlotte



Coca-Cola 600

Watch the biggest stars from the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series duke it out in the 55th annual 600. The race is preceded by a country concert and military tribute. Ticket prices vary.

When: Concert, 4 p.m.; race, 6 p.m.



May 26

Memorial Day Program

American Legion Post 86 presents a program featuring color guards from Hopewell and Hough high schools. The program will pay homage to those who died during World War I, as the war approaches its 100th anniversary in August.

When: 11 a.m.

Where: Cornelius Veterans Memorial Monument at Rotary Hall, 21445 Catawba Ave., Cornelius



Huntersville Memorial Day Ceremony

Joseph Reale Sr., commander of American Legion Post 321, serves as the honored guest for the town’s patriotic ceremony. The Central Piedmont Community Chorus will provide music.

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Birkdale Village, 16805 Birkdale Commons Pkwy., Huntersville



For children

May 24

Community Service

Teenagers engage in community service projects. Register in advance.

When: 2 p.m.

Where: North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville.

Details: or 704-416-6000.


May 24-25

Sunshine Art

Chidren use bright art materials to create pictures. Admission costs $8.

When: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  May 24 and  2 p.m. May 25

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

Details: or 704-372-6261 ext. 300.


Bees Workshop

Homeschool students, ages 7-12, will learn about the world of honeybees through activities including visiting hives, making beeswax candles and playing games 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. Registration for the Everything Bees Workshop costs $15. Register in advance. Details: or 704-875-2312 ext. 301.