Jody Mace

I am a freelance writer in Charlotte, North Carolina who writes for magazines and websites. Find me at Google+

Sep 142014
 

cam newton september 14
Whenever the Carolina Panthers play they’re playing for you. Really. Because if they win or achieve another milestone, you have some rewards coming to you. The Panthers destroyed the Detroit Lions Sunday, September 14th, 24-7, so here’s what you get:

Doughnuts: The Monday after a Panthers victory, get a dozen original glazed doughnuts for $3.99 at Krispy Kreme stores in North and South Carolina.

Pizza: When the Panthers score 20 or more points, the next day, order Papa John’s Pizza online, use the code PANTHERS20, buy one large or extra large pizza and get one for free.

Burger: When the Panthers win, the Tuesday after the game, get a free tavern double burger and bottomless fries at Red Robin when you order an entrée and two beverages.

Read about these deals and other promotions.

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Sep 142014
 

Talk like a Pirate Day

This week, highlights in food deals are free doughnuts, queso and coffee. Also, take a look at Charlotte on the Cheap’s food and drink category to see some more ongoing and future deals. And whatever you do, don’t forget to subscribe to our daily emails so that you’ll never miss a deal.

Queso: Thursday, September 18th, Moe’s Southwest Grill is giving every customer free queso and chips.

Doughnuts: Friday, September 19th, is International Talk Like a Pirate Day. Talk like a pirate at Krispy Kreme and get a free doughnut. Dress like a pirate and get a dozen free doughnuts. Click here to read the rules.

Coffee: From September 16th through September 29th, get a free small coffee at McDonald’s during breakfast hours.

Carrabba’s: Save $5 on two lunch entrées or $10 on two dinner entrées through September. Coupon required.

Olive Garden: Through September 21st get a second take-home entrée for free when you purchase one to eat in the restaurant.

4 for $40: Through September 28th, feed four people for $40 at Buca di Beppo. Coupon required.Much more: Get 50% off dozens of restaurants through Groupon.

Looking for more free stuff around Charlotte? Here’s a list of over 80 free things to do this week.

 

 

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Sep 142014
 

UNCC International Fest

UNCC International Fest


Plan your week on the cheap with this list of free events, from  Monday, September 15th,  2014, to Sunday, September 21st.  Some highlights are Festival in the Park, Shakespeare Unplugged, Cajun Fest and UNCC International Festival. Also there are some fun food freebies, including doughnuts and queso. Make sure to follow each link to get the necessary details. If you’re not doing this already, you can subscribe to Charlotte on the Cheap’s daily emails (just one a day), and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Monday

5:30pm: Yoga Pilates class at Romare Bearden Park
6:00pm: Yoga class at Pizza Peel

Tuesday

Free coffee at McDonalds
6:00am: Bootcamp at Romare Bearden Park
12:00pm: Music Box Lunch at Romare Bearden Park: Roy Daye
4:00pm: Free entrée at East Coast Wings for teachers
5:30pm: Zumba at Romare Bearden Park
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
7:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Jon Linker
8:00pm: Trivia night at Petra’s

Wednesday

Free coffee at McDonalds
8:30am: Free child car seat checks
5:00pm: Free admission to Mint Museum
5:30pm: Yoga Pilates at Romare Bearden Park
5:30pm: Live music at Romare Bearden Park: Gal Friday
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:30pm: Brewery tour at Triple C Brewing Company
6:30pm: Brewery tour at Birdsong Company
7:00pm: Trivia and Karaoke at Tin Roof
7:00pm: Music Business 101 at Guitar Center
7:00pm: Beer tasting at Common Market Plaza Midwood
7:00pm: Singer/songwriter Open Mic at Sam Ash. Perform and get a $10 gift card
8:30pm: Crown Town Comedy Showdown
10:00pm: Artist residency at Snug Harbor: Ghost Trees

Thursday

Free coffee at McDonalds
6:00am: Bootcamp at Romare Bearden Park
11:00am: Free Queso Day at Moe’s Southwest Grill
5:30pm: Zumba at Romare Bearden Park
6:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing: Todd Johnson
6:00pm: Beer tasting at Common Market SouthEnd
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:30pm: Sunset at Metropolitan music series: Heywire
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jason Marcum
7:00pm: Whitewater River Jam: Sol Driven Train
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof EpiCentre: Francisco Vidal

Friday

Free coffee at McDonalds
Free Krispy Kreme doughnuts if you dress or talk like a pirate
10:00am: PARK(ing) Day: Temporary mini-parks along Tryon Street
4:00pm: Festival in the Park
5:00pm: Role-playing and board games at Your Local Game Shop in Matthews
6:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing Co.: Laura Thurston
6:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:30pm: Concerts in the Courtyard at Northlake Mall: Pushh
7:00pm: Shakespeare Unplugged: Twelfth Night
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Andrew McElmurry
7:00pm: Music on the Green at Promenade on Providence: Borderlyne Band
7:00pm: Stonecrest Summer Concert Series: Skate Rink Jukebox
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: DJ Chuck
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: The Armory (arrive before 10:00 p.m. for free admission)

Saturday

Free coffee at McDonalds
Educators visit Discovery Place museums for free
10:00am: UNCC International Festival
10:00am: Festival in the Park
10:00am: Workshop at Guitar Center: Recording Made Easy for Garage Band
10:15am: Group ukulele lesson at Guitar Center
11:00am: Julius Jr. Experience at Concord Mills (for Kidgit Club members–$5/year)
11:00am: Kids’ craft at Lakeshore Learning–Drum
2:00pm: Brewery Tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
2:30pm: Cajun Fest at Romare Bearden Park
4:00pm: Shakespeare Unplugged: Twelfth Night
5:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
5:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing Co: Nita B and Her Soiree
7:00pm: Shakespeare Unplugged: Twelfth Night
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jon Caneda
7:00pm: Whitewater River Jam: The Toneblazers
7:00pm: Music on the Green at Promenade on Providence: Carolina Music Machine
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Natty Boh
7:00pm: Stonecrest Summer Concert Series: Skate Rink Jukebox and Rayen Belechere
7:30pm: Comedy Open-Mic at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Brandon Stiles (arrive before 10:00 pm. for free admission)

Sunday

Free coffee at McDonalds
Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South for groups of fewer than 10 people
11:00am: Festival in the Park
2:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
2:00pm: Shakespeare Unplugged: Twelfth Night
3:00pm Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Karaoke at Snug Harbor
6:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jared Allan
6:00pm: Davidson’s Concerts on the Green: Davidson Symphony and Jazz Ensemble
 September 14, 2014  Posted by  Free Events 4 Responses »
Sep 142014
 

jefferybroussard
Celebrate all things Cajun at Romare Bearden Park, 300 South Church Street, on Saturday, September 20th, 2014, from 2:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Cajun Fest is a free festival presented by Mecklenburg Park & Recreation, and features live music, Zydeco dance lessons and family activities. Food vendors will be on site.

Schedule:

2:30 Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos
4:30 Bayou Diesel
6:30 Jeffery Broussard & The Creole Cowboys

4:00 & 6:00 FREE Zydeco Dance Lessons

Food from: Belly Backers, Dan The Pig Man, Chrome Toaster, Roots, Brixx Pizza & Thrasher Dawgs

Frozen Foods from: I Scream 4 Ice Cream & Junior Scoops Italian Ice

Adult Beverages for purchase to benefit Teal Diva.

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Sep 142014
 

Talk like a Pirate Day
Pirates, head to Krispy Kreme on Friday, Sept. 19 for Talk Like a Pirate Day. Any buccaneer who dares to enter a participating location talking like a pirate gets a FREE original glazed doughnut. If you’re feeling really adventurous, anyone wearing full pirate attire receives a bounty of a FREE dozen original glazed doughnuts. Qualifying pirate costumes, according to Krispy Kreme, must include three or more of the following items: eye patch, pirate hat, bandana, peg leg, parrot on shoulder, pirate shirt/loose white shirt, knickers, leather belt, silver/gold necklaces and/or earrings, pirate hook, pointy black boots or ragged brown sandals. (For safety reasons, no weapons — real or fake — are allowed.) If you didn’t know, Sept. 19 is International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Hence, the sweet promotion. For participating locations nationwide, click here.

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Sep 142014
 

moes free queso day
Moe’s Southwest Grill is offering customers a FREE order of queso and chips on Thursday, Sept. 18. No purchase necessary. The free six-ounce serving is limited to one per guest at participating locations. Moe’s, best known for its burritos packed with your choice of more than 20 fresh ingredients, also features kids’, vegetarian and low-calorie options. Plus, all Moe’s meals are served with free chips and salsa. For locations nationwide, click here.

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Sep 142014
 

free mcdonalds coffee
From September 16 to September 29, stop by any participating McDonald’s for a FREE small McCafé coffee — no purchase necessary. McCafé coffee is a freshly brewed, whole-bean roasted coffee with a bold, rich flavor, made from fully ripened 100% Arabica beans harvested by hand in Central America, South America and Indonesia. Limit one per customer, per visit. The freebie is available during breakfast hours only, drive-through or dine-in.

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Sep 132014
 

papa johnsPapa John’s Pizza is a sponsor of UNC, NC State and Duke athletics for the 2014-2015 season. They’re not playing favorites. (Although I have to ask, what about UNCC?) So this season after one of those teams hits a milestone in a game, you can get a free large or extra large pizza the next day when you order one at regular price. You must order online to get the deal.

Here’s how it works for Duke and NC State. I’m not sure of the rules for UNC yet.

  • If Duke wins, use the promo code BLUEDEVILS2.
  • If NC State scores two or more touchdowns, use the promo code WOLFPACK2.

Saturday, September 13th, 2014, both of those events occurred, so on Sunday, September 14th, you can use either one of those promo codes to get one large or extra large pizza when you pay full price for one. The email I saw is not clear on which locations are participating. My guess is that the deal will be honored at North Carolina locations. South Carolina friends…I’m not sure. But maybe they have deals for South Carolina college teams too. Let us know how it works!

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Sep 132014
 

tin roofTin Roof, at the EpiCentre, 210 East Trade Street, hosts live music several nights a week. The shows Sunday through Thursday have no cover. The shows on Friday and Saturday do have a cover. However, there’s no charge if you arrive before 10:00 p.m., when the shows typically start. You can arrive at 9:59 p.m. and watch the show for free. It’s not cheating! They told me to tell you that. There’s also trivia and karaoke Wednesday nights and an open mic on Mondays. Here’s the schedule:

 

Tuesday, September 16, 9:00 p.m.: Jon Linker
Wednesday, September 17, 7:00 p.m.: Trivia and Karaoke
Thursday, September 18, 10:00 p.m.: Francisco Vidal
Friday, September 19, 10:00 p.m.: The Armory (arrive before 10:00 p.m. for free admission)
Saturday, September 20, 10:00 p.m.: Brandon Stiles (arrive before 10:00 p.m. for free admission)

Tuesday, September 23, 9:30 p.m.: Johnnie Morgan Band
Wednesday, September 24, 7:00 p.m.: Trivia and Karaoke
Thursday, September 25, 10:00 p.m.: Heroes at Last
Friday, September 26, 10:00 p.m.: Frankly Speaking (arrive before 10:00 p.m. for free admission)
Saturday, September 27, 10:00 p.m.: Wes Cook Band (arrive before 10:00 p.m. for free admission)

Tuesday, September 30, 9:00 p.m.: Spencer Rush
Wednesday, October 1, 7:00 p.m.: Trivia and Karaoke
Thursday, October 2, 9:00 p.m.: Pluto for Planet
Friday, October 3, 10:00 p.m.: 76 and Sunny (arrive before 10:00 p.m. for free admission)
Saturday, October 4, 10:00 p.m.: Andrew Velez (arrive before 10:00 p.m. for free admission)

 September 13, 2014  Posted by  Free Events, Music, The City No Responses »
Sep 132014
 

parking day
Tryon Street, from the Mint Museum up to Discovery Place, is going to be transformed by eight mini-parks for just one day, PARK(ing) Day, Friday, September 19th, 2014. Read more about this event:

PARK(ing) Day is an annual daylong global event where citizens collaborate to temporarily transform on-street parking spaces into PARK(ing) spaces – temporary public parks. The project began in 2005 when Rebar (a design firm in San Francisco) converted a single metered parking space into a temporary public park in an area of San Francisco that is underserved by public open space.

This year is going to be Charlotte’s biggest participation. There will be 8 mini-parks, or parklets, on Tryon Street, sprinkled from the Mint Museum up to Discovery Place. The parks will be open from 10am – 6pm or later. The public will be able to vote on their favorite park through text voting. Teams will also be building Little Free Libraries to be donated to surrounding neighborhoods the next day. Each park will be designed by a different team.

Learn more at the international event’s website.

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