Latin Music Concert Series
Mint Museum, 500 S. Tryon St.
Thursday, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.: The first of a series of four concerts seeking to showcase different rhythms from Latin America. This quartet is made up of guitar, cello, harp and percussion. Tickets $15 Mint members, $20 non-members, register at www.mintmuseum.org.
Sunset at Metropolitan
Metropolitan, 1224 Metropolitan Ave.
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Watch the Dead 27s perform at this free music event.
NHRA Carolina Nationals
Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway, Concord
Friday, 7:30 a.m.: The NHRA’s best drivers begin their quest for supremacy in the first race of the six-race NHRA Mello Yello Series Countdown to the Championship at zMAX Dragway. Three full days of racing kick off Friday; tickets $24.90 - $40.95 for one-day pass, three-day passes $107-$148.73. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com
Saturday: Walk into a Krispy Kreme on International Talk Like A Pirate Day speak like a pirate (Ahoy, matey!), and you’ll earn a free glazed doughnut. If you dare to dress like a pirate, you’ll get a free dozen. Costume requirements at krispykreme.com/pirate.
Backcountry Days with the Charlotte Folk Society
Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Dr.
Saturday, 1-5 p.m.: Celebrate the Piedmont Backcountry with a variety of musical traditions that also includes storytelling, free ice cream and kids crafts. Demonstrations of 18th-century crafts such as basket-weaving, blacksmithing, pottery and cooking at this free event.