BIKE NITE Featuring live music, contests, prizes and giveaways, food and drink, vendors and a variety of custom bikes and choppers. Wednesdays, 6 p.m. Continues through Oct. 27. Quaker Steak and Lube, Concord.
HIKE FOR YOUR HEALTH 2-3 mile hike through the nature preserve. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water. Ages 12 years old and up. For more information or to register, call 704-336-7600 or 704-598-8857. Tuesdays, 5:15 p.m.-6 p.m. Continues through May 31. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-598-8857.
WINDSTREAM POLE NIGHT Features NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers on the 1.5-mile superspeedway in single-car runs. Determines the lineup for the Coca-Cola 600. May 27. $12-$20; $1 for children ages 6-12 years old; free for children ages 6 years old and under. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
FOOD LION SPEED STREET FESTIVAL This annual festival features live entertainment, vendors and displays, food, activities for children, interactive exhibits, and special meet & greets and Q&A sessions with NASCAR drivers. For more information, visit www.600festival.com. May 27-29. Uptown Charlotte.
TECH-NET AUTO SERVICE 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series regulars will battle against various NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers in this 300-mile showdown. Sat., May 29, 2:30 p.m. $17 and up. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
CHARLOTTE HEMP FEST Festival features speakers, comedians, hemp samples, food and beer and live music by Scapegoat, One Big Love, Tropic Culture and more. For more information, visit http://charlottehempfest.org. Sun., May 30, 2 p.m.-2 a.m. $7-$10. 3746 N. Davidson St.
HONORING OUR HEROES PICNIC The Puerto Rican Cultural Society of Charlotte hosts this picnic, featuring the Battle of the "Arroz con Pollo" (rice and chicken) contest, music by DJ Stefan Soto, food, children's activities and more. Sun., May 30, 1 p.m. Park Road Park Shelter #1, 6220 Park Road Park.
MEMORIAL DAY PROGRAM Join the Cornelius Parks, Arts, Recreation and Culture (PARC) Department and The American Legion Post 86 to honor veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces. American Legion Post 86 Commander John Washam will lead a ceremony that will include a keynote speaker, a twenty-one gun salute and patriotic songs from members of the Mt. Zion Choir. Sat., May 29, 11 a.m. For more information, visit www.corneliuspr.org/memorialdayevent.html.
COCA-COLA 600 Prestigious NASCAR 600 mile race. Sun., May 30. Charlotte Motor Speedway, 5555 Concord Parkway South, Concord. www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
ODE TO ODONATA Hike will creep deep into the woodlands, along the small creeks and streams to document seldom seen species. All ages welcome. For more information or to register, call 704-336-7600 or 704-598-8857. Sun., May 30, 2 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Free. Reedy Creek Nature Center, 2900 Rocky River Road. 704-598-8857.
PIEDMONT HERB FESTIVAL For more information, visit www.piedmontherbfestival.com. June 4-5. Union County Agricultural Services Center, 3230 Presson Road, Monroe. 704-283-3822.
FIRST FRIDAY Live music by Chris Kollman. Benefits U.C.A.R.E. For more information, visit www.ucarenc.org/events. June 4. BlackFinn American Saloon, 210 E. Trade St. 704-971-4440.
CONCAROLINAS 2010 Charlotte's best convention for fans of sci-fi, fantasy, horror, gaming, anime, and more. Convention features a variety of comic book artists and other guests from films, as well as discussion panels, costume events, music performances, charity auctions, fan groups and more. June 4, 3 p.m.-12 a.m.; June 5, 9 a.m.-12 a.m.; June 6, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Hilton, University Place, 8629 JM Keynes Drive. For more information, visit www.concarolinas.org.
HEROES CONVENTION A comic book lover's dream. Meet some of your favorite authors, including Bob Almond, Franco Aureliani, Mike Choi, Frank Cho, Bernard Chang, Keron Grant, Sanford Greene, Marcus Hamilton, Dexter Vines and many more. For more information, call Heroes Aren't Hard To Find at 704-375-7462 or visit www.heroesonline.com. June 4-6. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.
GIRLS' DAY OUT Women's clinics to include mountain biking, provided by the Dirt Divas, whitewater and flatwater kayaking, yoga, and more. In addition the raft barn will feature food, wine/beer sampling, cooking demonstrations, healthy living booths and more. June 5, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. For more information, visit www.usnwc.org.
ANNUAL CATAWBA RIVER CANOE & KAYAK-A-THON Come paddle part of Mountain Island Lake to support conservation and win a new canoe. Paddlers are encouraged to sign up sponsors to raise money for the N.C. Wildlife Federation. All money raised is tax-deductible and will go to support N.C. Wildlife Federation's ongoing conservation efforts to protect and enhance the wildlife and habitat of this beautiful state. June 5. Mountain Island Lake, 175 Steam Plant Road, Mount Holly. For more information and to register, visit www.ncwf.org.
CAROLINAS KIDNEY WALK Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:30 a.m. For more information or to register, visit www.kidneywalk.org. June 5. Knights Stadium, Fort Mill. 803-548-8050.