Eats, Beaks and Brews
Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Rd., Huntersville
Thursday, 5:30 - 8 p.m. Relax with the birds at Carolina Raptor Center’s Thursday night summer series. Activities for kids and adults. Food trucks, beer and wine tasting and live music. Tickets $10, or $8 in advance; free for anyone under 21. Continues weekly through Aug. 13.
River Jam, The Mantras
U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway
Thursday, 7 - 10 p.m. Greensboro band The Mantras describes itself as “a high-energy collaboration of funk-rock, Middle-Eastern, electronica and metal.”
Airport Sheraton, 3315 Scott Futrell Drive
Friday 10 a.m. - 1 a.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 a.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. A three-day Japanese culture, animation and video game event includes shopping, panels, a game room and more. Tickets $25 for pre-registration, $35 at door.
Dine-In Movies, Frozen
Carowinds, 14523 Carowinds Blvd.
Saturday, 8:30 p.m. Tired of zipping around on roller coasters? Try Carowinds’ new Dine-In Movies concept at Harmony Hall. Cost is daily admission to park. www.carowinds.com
Sam Smith concert
Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 East Trade St.
Saturday, 8 p.m. The Grammy Award-winning singer of “Stay With Me” brings his North American tour to Charlotte. Tickets $25 - $125.