Carnival of Madness
5 p.m. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $17-$57.50. www.livenation.com.
If black and white and gray represent the varying shades of metal, this annual hard rock tour hits on its varied gradations – from the Southern rock of Shinedown, to the catchy hard rock of Papa Roach, to Christian alternative and industrial metal of Skillet and We As Human, to the melodic assault female fronted metal band In This Moment.
Romare Bearden Park grand opening
3:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (also various activities Saturday and Sunday). 300 S. Church St. Free. www.charmeck.org.
The 5.4-acre park – which features two large gardens, an event lawn, a section reminiscent of Parisian parks and a children’s plaza – welcomes its first visitors with live music, opening ceremonies, an art show, a dance performance and more.
‘The Lion King’
8 p.m. (also 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 1 and 6:30 p.m. Sunday). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $25-$110.
Final weekend for the national tour of the musical about struggles for dominance in an African lion clan, based on the 1994 Disney animated film of the same name.
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