Dec 12, 2014

Black and Blues

The Grammy-winning Black Keys perform their raw blues, with St. Vincent leading off. 8 pm; tickets from $35, plus tax. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., 800.745.3000.

Dec 06, 2014

ACC Championship Game

Will Florida State from the Atlantic side repeat, or will someone from the Coastal Division sneak in there? Find out, up-close, at the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game. 7:45 pm; tickets $25-$195. Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St.,

Nov 10, 2014

Stand Up With Dave

If you miss the raucous comedy of "Chappelle's Show," you can do it one better: See Dave Chappelle live. Expect much parody on the state of America today when he performs at Ovens Auditorium. Tickets from $53 plus tax, fees. 2700 East Independence Blvd., 704.372.3600

Nov 08, 2014

Back in the Chain Gang

Hear Chrissie Hynde perform Pretenders standards like "Brass in Pocket" plus selections from her critically acclaimed, 2014 solo debut album, "Stockholm," in a dance-worthy live show that combines disco, rock and pop. Tickets from $53 plus tax, fees. 8 pm, Ovens Auditorium, 2700 East Independence Blvd., 704.372.3600

Dec 31, 2014

First Night Charlotte

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at this family-friendly event. Magicians, dancers, food trucks and a Sol Fusion performance all help to ring in the new year. 1 pm-12:30 am. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church,

Dec 30, 2014

Belk Bowl

The No. 2 selection from the Southeastern Conference plays the No. 4 pick from the Atlantic Coast Conference at 6:30 pm. Tickets start at $50. Bank of America Stadium, 800 S. Mint St., 704.943.3550,

Dec 04-07, 2014

Magic of Christmas

Celebrate the holiday season with Charlotte’s 19th annual “Magic of Christmas” show presented by the Charlotte Symphony. Joining the symphony will be guest performer Melinda Doolittle and the Oratorio Singers, who perform everyone’s favorite holiday selections, including surprises and sing-alongs. Tickets $25-$79. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., 704.327.1000,

Nov 23, 2014

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas

Hearing producer/composer Chip Davis’ music is enough to put just about anyone in the holiday spirit—especially the ever-popular “Deck the Halls” rendition. Tickets start at $39.50. 8 pm. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., 704.372.1000,

Nov 18-23, 2014

UniverSoul Circus

The UniverSoul Circus combines the circus arts, theater and music, along with some audience participation, into one grand show under the Big Top. Tickets from $20. Tue-Sat 7:30 pm; also 10:30 am Thu-Fri, noon & 4 pm Sat & 12:30, 3:30 & 6:30 pm Sun. Freedom Shopping Mart Center, 3146 Freedom Drive.

Nov 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Parade

Charlotte will burst with the colors of autumn when the 2014 Novant Health Thanksgiving Parade rolls down Tyron Street, from 10th to Stonewall streets, at 9:30 am. First staged in 1947, the Thanksgiving parade has become a Charlotte tradition. What started as a simple parade has expanded into a showcase of giant floats, performances, celebrities and more. Uptown Charlotte, 704.332.2227.

(Photo: Courtesy Charlotte Center City Partners)