Charlotte Checkers 5K Run & Walk
8 a.m. Pearle Street Park, 1200 Baxter St. $35 if you register Friday, $40 on race day. charlottecheckers5k.racesonline.com.
The third annual event benefits the Charlotte Checkers Charitable Foundation, and all runners get a race T-shirt and a ticket to that night’s game at Time Warner Cable Arena. (Additional tickets are just $15 each for participants.)
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6 and 8 p.m. Warehouse Performing Arts Center, 9216-A Westmoreland Road, Cornelius. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. www.planetimprov.com.
The troupe celebrates Thanksgiving with “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”-style games and other comedy involving audience participation. The 6 p.m. show is family-friendly, while the later show could contain adult language.
Holidays at the Garden
Noon-9 p.m. (also Friday and Sunday). Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, 6500 S. New Hope Road. $12; $11 for seniors, $6 for ages 4-12. 704-825-4490.
The annual holiday display features carriage rides, a 16-foot-tall orchid tree, a half-million Christmas lights, family Christmas crafts, a model train display, holiday carols, fire pits for making s’mores and more.
Christmas at the Plantation
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (also Friday). Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville. $8; $6 for seniors and students; ages 5 and younger free. 704-875-2312.
Experience a Colonial Christmas as you walk through the cotton plantation, which is decked out with period Christmas decor. Kids will enjoy games, exploring the grounds, meeting Father Christmas, farm animals and more.