Charlotte Checkers home opener
3 p.m. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St. $21.15-$114.65. www.gocheckers.com.
The minor-league hockey team plays its first home game of 2012 season against the Chicago Wolves. First 2,500 fans inside get a Charlotte Checkers car flag.
7 p.m. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $20-$64.50. www.ncbpac.org.
Having honed their skills over years of training in marching band programs throughout the Southern U.S., these musicians and dancers color their brass sound with hip-hop, R&B and classic Motown tunes.
Amazing Maize Maze
10 a.m.-5 p.m.; night maze starts at 6 (also Friday and Saturday). Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. $10; $7 for ages 5-12; free for 4 and younger. 704-875-3113.
See how quickly and easily you can find your way out of the 7-acre corn maze, or add to the challenge by bringing your own flashlight and trying to solve the puzzle in the dark. Final weekend!