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Your 5-minute guide to the best things to do in Charlotte | Sept. 28-Oct. 4

Maroon 5 comes to Charlotte’s Spectrum Center next week. The band is (from left to right): Matt Flynn, Sam Farrar, P.J. Morton, James Valentine, Adam Levine, Mickey Madden and Jesse Carmichael.
Maroon 5 comes to Charlotte’s Spectrum Center next week. The band is (from left to right): Matt Flynn, Sam Farrar, P.J. Morton, James Valentine, Adam Levine, Mickey Madden and Jesse Carmichael. Publicity photo

Friday

▪ Carowinds transforms for the season once again with opening weekend of SCarowinds, the bloody-good marriage of amusement-park attractions and Halloween- and horror-themed fun. 7 p.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. $37 and up.

▪ Charlotte Symphony Pops’ latest celebration of contemporary music takes on “The Music Elton John and More” with pianist/vocalist Michael Cavanaugh, who starred in Billy Joel’s “Movin’ Out” on Broadway. Here, he’ll re-create Joel’s old touring partner’s hits (“Crocodile Rock,” “Rocket Man” and others) for this orchestral-pop concert. 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Belk Theater. $19-$99.

▪ While there is plenty of comedy at the Queen City Comedy Experience downtown, Hickory’s favorite son Jon Reep returns to The Comedy Zone for a three-night stand that continues with shows at 7:30 and 9:45 p.m. Friday and 7 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday. $20-$25.

▪ Mickey, Minnie, Ariel, Elsa, Anna, Lightning McQueen, Woody and Buzz Lightyear take to the ice for Disney on Ice “Worlds of Enchantment. With characters and songs that every Disney fan knows, the show brings the world of Disney to life on the ice. 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m., 2:30 and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, and noon and 4 p.m. Sunday. Spectrum Center. $17-$157.

Saturday

▪ The Latin American Coalition presents its 28th Annual Latin American Festival with musical headliners (including Grammy winner Luis Enrique, Latin Billboard winner Toby Love, and renowned merengue artist Kinito Mendez) and a cultural feast of food, arts, crafts, music and dance in a street festival environment. Noon-8 p.m. Symphony Park. Free before 2 p.m.; $5 after 2 p.m.

Sunday

▪ Enjoy some of Charlotte’s best Bloody Marys at the Bloody Mary Festival as local bars and restaurants compete to be crowned the makers of the best tomato juice cocktail in the city. In addition to unlimited samples, admission includes live music and entertainment, food trucks and craft beer, and prizes. Noon-4:30 p.m. The Fillmore. $35 ($50 for VIP).

▪ All eyes are on Charlotte Motor Speedway this weekend for the Bank of America Roval 400, the first road course race in NASCAR’s playoffs. The debut of the 17-turn hybrid oval/road course — which combines the speedway’s existing oval track with twists and turns winding throughout the infield — promises to be an adrenaline rush. 2 p.m. $58-$150; $10 and up for kids 13 and younger.

Tuesday

▪ Bill Murray’s collaboration with German cellist Jan Vogler — dubbed Bill Murray, Jan Vogler and Friends – places the actor’s unique voice and personality against the classical strings and piano of songs by Gershwin, Bach, Mancini, Ravel, Bernstein and even Van Morrison. The unlikely quartet has topped the classical charts with the album, “New Worlds,” and gives audiences a chance to see Murray in a new light. 7:30 p.m. Belk Theater. $25-$114.50.

Wednesday

▪ NBC’s “The Voice” premiered its current season earlier this week with Adam Levine in a judge’s chair again, but he’s got another job to do next week: as frontman for long-running pop/rock/R&B act Maroon 5, which is winding down its Red Pill Blues Tour (it ends in mid-October) with a 7:30 p.m. return to Spectrum Center. Tickets are scarce at $225.

▪ If your tastes run older-school, the Queen City Music Fest features Doug E. Fresh, Silk, Dru Hill and RBRM — the latter of which features Ricky Bell, Bobby Brown, Ronnie Devoe and Michael Bivins. 8 p.m. Bojangles’ Coliseum. $51.50-$101.50.

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