Bank of America 500 pre-race
Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. $49 and up; $10 for kids 13 and younger. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Race fans can enjoy a concert by Goo Goo Dolls (preceded by Charlotte’s Paper Tongues) 5:40-6:40 p.m., then daredevil Nik Wallenda will perform a dual skywalk with his sister, Lijana, 140 feet above the frontstretch. Just before the start, an 11-plane flyover will illuminate the night sky. “NASCAR has the greatest fans,” Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik says.
Charlotte Symphony: Tchaikovsky’s ‘Pathetique’
8 p.m. (also Friday). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $19.50-$85.50. 704-372-1000.
The orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, and violinist Karen Gomyo joins it for Saint-Saens’ Third Concerto.
Carolina Renaissance Festival
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (also Sunday and weekends through Nov. 24). 16445 Poplar Tent Road, Huntersville. $22, $12 for kids 5-12. www.royalfaires.com.
The event again has transformed 22 acres into a 16th-century village complete with a crafts marketplace, rides, games, pubs and entertainment.
8 p.m. Theatre Charlotte, 501 Queens Road. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 704-301-1564.
The Charlotte improvisational theater group presents “The Happy Birthday To Us Six Comedy Improv Musical Variety Extravaganza Starring the Chuckleheads: Six Sells.”
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