Rural Hill Sheepdog Trials and Dog Festival
10 a.m.-5 p.m. (also Sunday). Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville. $11; $7.50 for kids. www.ruralhill.net.
Check out sheep-herding competitions, kids’ activities, N.C. beer and wine, historic demonstrations, antique tractors and more. Other highlights include the Carolina DockDogs and pumpkin chunkin’. Bring your dogs!
Mahler’s Fifth Symphony
8 p.m. (also Friday). Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. $25.50-$89.50. www.charlottesymphony.org.
Christopher Warren-Green conducts Mahler’s 75-minute masterpiece on a one-work concert with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. The fourth movement (adagietto) became famous when Leonard Bernstein conducted it at Robert Kennedy’s funeral.
Bad Boy Buggies World of Outlaws World Finals
Gates open at 3 p.m. (also Friday). The Dirt Track at Charlotte, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. $49; $15 for kids 31 and younger. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com/dirt.
This is the only time during the season that all three of the nation’s premier dirt track series – World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series, World of Outlaws Late Model Series and the Big-Block Modifieds Super DIRTcar Series – come together and compete on the same night.
100 Words Film Festival
8 p.m. (also Friday). McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. $10. www.100wordsfilmfestival.com.
Over two nights, the Charlotte-only festival will feature 40 films that each contain exactly 100 words – no more, no less. (Also: At 3 p.m. Saturday, there’ll be a seminar with actors, directors and distributors. $10.)