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
“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: actorLNHS@gmail.com 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
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
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
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
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.
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
Teenagers engage in community service projects. Register in advance.
When: 2 p.m.
Where: North County Regional Library, 16500 Holly Crest Lane, Huntersville.
Details: www.cmlibrary.org or 704-416-6000.
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: www.discoveryplacekids.org or 704-372-6261 ext. 300.
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: www.lattaplantation.org or 704-875-2312 ext. 301.