3-10:30 p.m. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. $51.64-$80.34. www.joyfest.org.
The gospel music celebration returns to the park’s outdoor stage with Kirk Franklin, Le’Andria Johnson, Isaac Carree, Bone Hampton, and others.
8 p.m. (also 7:30 and 11 p.m. Friday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, and performances May 29-June 2). Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. $25-$27. www.carolinatix.org.
Robert Lopez (“Book of Mormon”) and Jeff Marx wrote songs for the Tony-winning musical about puppets looking for love, sex, money and self-identity in New York.
‘Lights. Camera. NASCAR.’
9 a.m.-6 p.m. NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. $19.95; $17.95 for seniors and military; $12.95 for kids 5-12. www.nascarhall.com.
The exhibit examines NASCAR’s reach and appeal “as both a means for movie promotion and the starring focus of a film.” Artifacts on display include the Cole Trickle car from “Days of Thunder,” a replica of the Doc Hudson car from “Cars,” and the Wonder Bread car from “Talladega Nights.”
‘I Gave It To God’
4 p.m. CPCC’s Halton Theater, 1206 Elizabeth Ave. $15-$20. http://tix.cpcc.edu.
This gospel stage play – an inspirational drama about what happens when we try to play God – stars D’atra Hicks and Terrell Phillips, a veteran of Tyler Perry stage plays including “Madea’s Family Reunion” and “Meet the Browns.”
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