Music & Nightlife

On tap in Charlotte: Birds, beer and Japanese culture

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. Cntinues weekly through Aug. 13.
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. Cntinues weekly through Aug. 13. jsimmons@charlotteobserver.com

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.”

Hoshicon

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.

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