Back-to-School Monster Truck Bash
Gates open at 4 p.m., opening ceremonies start at 6:45 p.m. The Dirk Track at Charlotte, 5555 Concord Parkway South. $32; $10 for kids 13 and younger. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Gigantic trucks – including BigFoot 4x4, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary in competition – do battle in a crazy freestyle competition, plus a series of one-on-one elimination races over a radical obstacle course.
Carowinds’ Dive-In Movie
8:30 p.m. Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd. $29.99 and up. www.carowinds.com.
Spend a day at the park and then a night at the movies, as Carowinds’ Boomerang Bay Water Park continues its summer movie series with Disney’s animated musical “The Princess and the Frog.”
7:30 p.m. (also Friday, Sunday and Aug. 14-16). UpStage, 3306-C N. Davidson St. $16 advance; $18 door. www.upstagenoda.com.
Three Bone Theatre does Amy Herzog’s Obie-winning play about a 21-year-old man, who suffers a major loss on a cross-country bike trip and seeks consolation from his 91-year-old grandmother.
‘Dido and Aeneas’
7 p.m. (also Friday). Myers Park United Methodist Church, 1501 Queens Road. $15. www.carolinatix.org.
Mosaic Arts presents Henry Purcell’s one-hour opera about the Trojan hero and queen of Carthage, at the culmination of Opera Carolina Academy’s two-week student workshop.