8 a.m.-6 p.m. (also Saturday and 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday). Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway S., Concord. $10 per day for adults, free for 13 and younger. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
The automotive extravaganza features more than 7,000 vendors, nearly 50 car clubs, more than 25 exotic vehicles, a canine aquatics diving competition, Terracross UTV racing on Friday and Saturday, and a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the GTO.
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7 p.m. PNC Music Pavilion, 707 Pavilion Blvd. $38.91-$81.13. www.livenation.com.
Following the release of his latest album, “Moonshine in the Trunk,” the country guitar whiz – whose concert tours are big, show-stopping productions – returns with his Country Nation World Tour. Randy Houser, Dee Jay Silver, Leah Turner and Charlie Worsham open the show.
Queen City Barbecue and Music Festival
11 a.m.-11 p.m. (also Saturday and Sunday). Route 29 Pavilion, 5650 Sandusky Blvd., Concord. $7, $5 for seniors and students, $1 for kids, free for active military. www.queencitybbq.net.
Highlights include national barbecue teams, live music (including a performance by blues man John D. Holman), Lucha Libre wrestling, The Squidling Brothers circus sideshow, and the Shady Lady Saloon featuring can-can girls.