4:30 and 7:30 p.m. (also noon, 4 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 12:30, 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday). Freedom Mart parking lot, 3200 Freedom Drive. $15-$28.50.
The “global mix of circus artistry, music, dance and style” returns, with Shaolin Kung Fu acrobats from China, contortionists with hip-hop flair from Guinea, acrobatic comedy from South Africa and more.
Fall Dance Concert
7:30 p.m. (also 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday). Robinson Hall, UNC Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd. $14 general, $9 seniors. 704-687-1849.
The Balcony Scene from Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet” shares the program with works by UNCC teachers E.E. Balcos, Gretchen Alterowitz and Kim Jones.
Eat & Drink
Grand Opening of Whisky River’s kitchen
210 E. Trade St., Suite A-208. 704-749-1097.
Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s place adds a 175-seat dining area and a kitchen serving beef brisket, sandwiches, burgers, salads, wings, barbecue and more at dinner and lunch. Want to win one of two $25 Whisky River gift cards? E-mail CLT@charlotteobserver.com with your name, age, phone number, mailing address and 10 words or less on why you deserve the prize.
Publix Thunder Road Heath & Wellness Expo
10 a.m.-9 p.m. The Blake Hotel, 555 S. McDowell St. Free. www.runcharlotte.com.
Vendors will showcase the latest trends in running, fitness equipment, footwear, apparel and more, as runners check in for the Thunder Road marathon and half-marathon (scheduled for Saturday).