Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | May 18-24

The team dragon boat races at the Asian Festival are growing in popularity, with more local participants than ever before in this year’s race.
The team dragon boat races at the Asian Festival are growing in popularity, with more local participants than ever before in this year’s race. Courtesy of the Asian Festival


▪ There’s a new con in town. Days of the Dead scares up a celebration of horror with celebrity guests Elvira Mistress of the Dark, Twisted Sister’s Dee Snider, “The Exorcist’s” Linda Blair and many others during its inaugural Charlotte convention. Horror fans can sit in on Q&A panels with the casts of “A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors” and “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives”; meet the Candyman, Captain Spaulding, multiple Jasons and scream queens Heather Langenkamp and Linnea Quigley; screen independent films; check out live performances; and enter tattoo, costume, FX make-up, and karaoke contests. 5-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Sheraton Charlotte. Weekend passes are $60-$75; single-day tickets are $25-$30 Friday and Sunday, and $30-$35 Saturday; kids younger than 10 and military get in free. Autographs and photos with celebrities are extra.

▪ Take two wheels in SouthEnd during Bike Happy Hour, happening on the last two Fridays of May at CLT Powerhouse Studio (the former Trolley museum) with live music, prizes from Queen City Bicycles, and beverages from Unknown Brewing. It’s part of the “Rock the Ride” initiative to encourage commuters to bike to work in uptown. 5-7 p.m. Free.

Bike Happy Hour takes place the last two Fridays of May. Austin Caine

▪ Come see where current WWE Cruiserweight champion and Charlotte native Cedric Alexander and Impact Wrestling stars Tessa Blanchard and Caleb Conley got their start locally, with two Pro-Wrestling Xperience shows. PWX presents Pure:Two is at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Hebron Hall in Charlotte with Ethan Case, ManScout Jake Manning, and masked luchador Serpentico. $10-$25. At 3 p.m. Sunday at Cabarrus Arena in Concord, Corey Hollis takes on John Skyler at PWX The Final Chapter in what’s sure to be a brutal “I Quit” match in a steel cage. $10-$22.

▪ Opera Carolina: I Dream pays tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through the music of composer Douglas Tappin, who weaves contemporary, classical, jazz and Broadway styles in a musical homage to the late civil-rights leader. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24 and Friday, May 25. Knight Theater.


▪ Thirty-seven years after his mother’s nuptials were watched by an estimated 750 million viewers worldwide, Prince Harry weds American actress Meghan Markle. AMC Concord Mills and Stonecrest at Piper Glen 22 will screen the Royal Wedding a few hours after the real thing, allowing audiences to spot celebrities and whisper fashion critiques in a theater setting. 10 a.m. $10.73.

▪ Immerse yourself in traditional Asian culture during the Charlotte Dragon Boat Race and Asian Festival in Cornelius. Highlights of the annual event include the popular dragon boat race, a culture program, an Asian music and dance fest, a cultural showcase, exhibits and traditional cuisine. 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Ramsey Creek Park. Parking available at Newell Rubbermaid. Free.

Ceramics by NC artist Andy Smith
Works like this ceramic piece by Andy Smith will be on display at the Lake Norman Festival of the Arts. Jason Dowdle

▪ The Lake Norman Festival of the Arts brings more tha a hundred national and local artists together for an outdoor juried art show and arts and crafts market featuring paintings, sculpture, jewelry, photography, collage, ceramics, glass, wood, and mixed media pieces, as well as apparel and home decor. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Birkdale Village in Huntersville. Free.


▪ The Charlotte Music Collector’s Show turns Spring Hill Suites in Ballantyne into the biggest music store in the Southeast with a huge selection of CDs, DVDs, vintage vinyl LPs and 45s, and other music memorabilia covering the gamut of genres — from classic rock to funk, R&B to country, oldies and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $2.


▪ Novelist Jenny Milchman will sign copies of her new psychological thriller, “Wicked River.” A USA Today bestselling author, Milchman won the Mary Higgins Clark Award for her first novel, “Cover of Snow.” Her latest follows a couple into the Adirondacks on an ill-fated honeymoon. 7-8:30 p.m. Park Road Books.


▪ The Circle K Speed Street Festival presented by Coca-Cola kicks off with Hugo the Hornet, driver signings, fan challenges, giveaways and contests, a Monster BMX show, and live music during the three-day fan fest leading up to Sunday’s race. Alt-rockers Judah and the Lion headline the ticketed concert ($25-$35) at Romare Bearden Park while veteran R&B/gospel vocalist Howard Hewett (of Shalamar) closes out Thursday’s free concert on the Mello Yello Stage near Levine Avenue of the Arts. Activities begin at noon.