Jody Mace

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Oct 162014

halloween candy
Think your kids have really had enough sugar? When Halloween is over, perhaps you can interest them in a Halloween candy buy back. Many local dentists are participating. Kids bring their candy to the dentist’s office (generally you don’t have to be a patient of that dentist) and the dentist pays them a certain amount per pound of candy. The dentists then send the candy to overseas troops. Use the above link to find a participating dentist near you. Also, in past years, Earth Fare has offered to trade healthy treats for your kids’ candy after Halloween, so we’ll keep an eye open for that as well.


 October 16, 2014  Posted by  Halloween, Kids No Responses »
Oct 162014

trick or treat
Promenade on Providence, a shopping center at Providence Road and Ballantyne Commons Parkway, is holding a Halloween event for kids on Friday, October 24th. (Rain date: Sunday, October 26th.) From 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., kids can trick or treat with the merchants. At 7:00 p.m., see the movie “Monsters University.” Anytime from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., stop by Portrait Innovations and and get a FREE professional portrait of your kids in their Halloween costumes. Parents will receive three free high-resolution portraits on a CD of each child.

Find directions here.

 October 16, 2014  Posted by  Festivals, film, Free Events, Halloween, Kids No Responses »
Oct 162014

renfest ad
Carolina Renaissance Festival is in full swing, taking place on weekends through November 23th, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Back are the jousting tournaments, 11 stages of entertainment, rides and games, artisan demonstrations and really big turkey legs. Carolina Renaissance Festival is hugely popular and the highlight of many folks’ year. Just a really fun time. Don’t miss it. The festival grounds are located at 16445 Poplar Tent Road in Huntersville. Tickets are $22 for adults, $12 for kids age 5-12 and free for kids under 5. Seniors over age 60 and military personnel are $19.

Carolina Renaissance Festival free tickets

One Charlotte on the Cheap reader will win two adult tickets and two child tickets. To enter:

  • Be an email subscriber to Charlotte on the Cheap. You’ll receive one email every morning with links to all the new posts from the previous 24 hours. Register online now. It’s free. You must be an email subscriber to win.
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  • The winner will be randomly selected Wednesday, October 29th. I’ll email the winner, who will have 48 hours to respond with his or her mailing address for the tickets. If I don’t hear within 48 hours an alternate will be selected.

 October 16, 2014  Posted by  Cabarrus County, contest, Festivals 12 Responses »
Oct 162014

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Arts and Entertainment$21 for Zombie-Attack Haunted Hayride VIP Package at Paintball Central Charlotte ($69 Value)
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 October 16, 2014  Posted by  Affiliate, Shopping 3 Responses »
Oct 162014
UNCC Charlotte literary festival

2013 Center City Literary Festival

Plan your weekend on the cheap with this list of free events, from  Friday, October 17th,  2014, to Sunday, October 19th. Some highlights are the Center City Literary Festival, Pineville Fall Festival, Blakeney Boo Bash and Belmont Fall Festival. 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.


5:00pm: Role-playing and board games at Your Local Game Shop in Matthews
6:00pm: Pineville Fall Festival
6:00pm: Center City Literary Festival
6:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Rich Challen
6:30pm: Live music at NoDa Brewing: Nate Randall/Traveler
7:30pm: Chorale concert at Davidson College Presbyterian Church
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at Epicentre: Jackson Mohr (arrive before 10 for free admission)


9:00am: Blakeney Boo Bash
10:00am: Pineville Fall Festival
10:00am: Belmont Fall Festival
10:00am: Workshop at Guitar Center: Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
10:15am: Group bass lesson at Guitar Center
10:30am: Microsoft store grand opening at SouthPark–get free Kelly Clarkson tickets for Sunday’s concert
11:00am: Center City Literary Festival
11:00am: Kids’ craft at Lakeshore Learning–Bunny reading pointer
2:00pm: Brewery Tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
4:00pm: Laketoberfest Music & Beer Festival at Bailey Road Park
5:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at Epicentre: Somebody’s Darling
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Late Night Special
7:30pm: Comedy Open-Mic at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Kaleb Hensley (arrive before 10 for free admission)


Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South for groups of fewer than 10 people
2:00pm: Free Kelly Clarkston concert–must get tickets Saturday at Microsoft store grand opening
2:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
2:00pm: Basket weaving workshop at Reedy Creek Nature Center
3:00pm: History Program at Duke Mansion on “Our Vanishing Americana”
3:00pm: Play Pickleball for free in Matthews
3:00pm Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Karaoke at Snug Harbor
6:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jared Allan
 October 16, 2014  Posted by  Free Events 2 Responses »
Oct 162014

on the border jalapenos
National Boss Day is Thursday, October 16th, 2014. Did you know that there was a special day for bosses? At On the Border everyone’s a boss. Get a free appetizer or dessert October 16th when you purchase an entrée. Some choices for appetizers are Grande Fajita Nachos, Queso, Guacamole, Avocado Fries, Firecracker Stuffed Jalapeños, Fajita Quesadillas and other OTB favorites. Desserts include Sopapillas, Sizzling Apple Crisp, Border Brownie Sundae, Kahlua Ice Cream Pie or Flan. Border Sampler and Guacamole Live! ® are excluded from the promotion. Limit one per party. Participation may vary, so you might want to call your favorite On the Border location for details. There are several in the Charlotte area and you can find their addresses and phone numbers on On the Borders restaurant locator.

 October 16, 2014  Posted by  Food and Drink No Responses »
Oct 162014

Charlotte fall festival
It’s time for hayrides and pumpkins. And I’m not just talking about pumpkin spiced lattes. Here is a growing list of fall and Halloween festivals for 2014. Most of these are free. Some have a nominal charge and some charge for activities. Do you know of others? Let me know and I’ll get them on the list. This list will be updated, as many organizations haven’t published information yet. Also, make sure to check out the list of haunted hayrides, corn mazes, and pumpkin patches. And if you haven’t already done this (what are you waiting for?) you can subscribe for one daily email from Charlotte on the Cheap.  Make sure to click on each link for the necessary details. Want to get your event a prime spot at the top of this list? Ask me about sponsoring this post. Email [email protected]

Retro Horror Films
October 3 – November 6
Ayrsley Grand Cinemas, 9110 Kings Parade Boulevard
$5 tickets. Different retro movie each week.

Ballantyne Fall Festival–Autumn in the Park
October 11
Ballantyne District Park, behind Morrison Family YMCA at 9405 Bryant Farms Road
Hayrides, bounce house, face painting, field day activities, pumpkin painting, Charlotte’s Best Oyster Roast

Autumn Treasures Fall Festival
October 11, 12
Downtown Waxhaw
Boot camp, pig races, BBQ, entertainment

Waxhaw First Fright Day
October 11 (Rescheduled date)
Downtown Waxhaw
Live music in the streets, a haunted house obstacle course, spooky carriage rides, trick or treating, pumpkin decorating and pumpkin bowling.

Rocky Horror Picture Show
Cinebarre, at Arboretum
October 17, 24, 31

Spookfest at Sea-Life Aquarium
October 18, 19; October 25, 26; October 31, November 1, November 2
Concord Mills
Discounted admission; underwater pumpkin carving; trick-or-treat

Pineville Fall Festival
October 17, 18
Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville
Carnival rides, live music, juggling, more

All Hallows Eve celebration
October 18
Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville
Trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, historical Halloween characters.
$8 adults/$7 kids

Belmont Fall Festival
October 18
Stowe Park, 24 South Main Street, Belmont
Arts & crafts, entertainment, inflatables

Blakeney Boo Bash
October 18
Blakeney Shopping Center, at Rea Road and Ardrey Kell Road
Pumpkin painting, sand art, wax hands, slides, moon bounce, swing, train rides, live DJ and a dog costume contest

Fall Festival at Sugaw Creek Recreation Center
October 23
Sugaw Creek Recreation Center, 943 West Sugar Creek Road
Arts and crafts projects, pumpkin carving, carnival games

GUTS Pumpkin Carving Contest
October 24
NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard
Watch the pumpkins get carved, and then vote on your favorite

Trunk or Treat
October 24, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Indian Trail Trunk or Treat (and grand opening of Chestnut Parkway Park)
Matthews-Indian Trail Road and Chestnut Parkway
crafts, games, costume parade, treats

Davidson Halloween March
October 24
Main Street, Davidson
Costumed kids march down Main Street, collecting candy from business owners and vendors.

Free Halloween activities at Bass Pro Shops
October 24-31
Bass Pro Shops at Concord Mills
Free photos, crafts, scavenger hunt, trick-or-treating, and more.

Huntersville Halloween Festival
October 25
Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
Games, arts & crafts, moon bounce, pumpkin patch

1st Annual South End Fall Festival
October 25
Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, 1117 South Boulevard
Live music, hayrides, bounce houses, pumpkin carving contest

Small Hands, Big Art Fall Festival
October 25
Small Hands, Big Art, 8025 Ardrey Kell Road
Crafts, pumpkin decorating

Plaza Midwood Fall Crawl & Cankerworm Festival
October 25
Plaza Midwood neighborhood
Live music, kids’ activities, tree banding material sale

Spooktacular at Berewick
October 25
6625 Berewick Commons Parkway
Train rides, bouncy house, pony rides, face-painting, pumpkin decorating and balloon art, goodie bags, baby lion and kangaroo.

Halloween ComicFest
October 25
Various comic book stores. Follow above link for details.
Free comic books, other activities

Hunchback of Notre Dame
October 29
Christ Church, 1412 Providence Road
Lon Chaney silent film with live organ accompaniment

October 31
Northlake Mall
Interactive activities, entertainment, treats

October 31
Visulite Theatre, 1615 Elizabeth Avenue
Free night with several live bands

Day of the Dead Celebration
November 2
Levine Museum of the New South, 200 East 7th Street.
Explore the Mexican tradition of Dia de Los Muertos, with activities, food, storytelling and altars.

Enchanted Fall Festival
Piedmont Progressive Preschool, 9704 Mallard Creek Road
Storytelling, a nature walk, Faerie House competition, face painting, touch-a-truck, a cupcake walk, art and carnival games

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Oct 152014

Charlotte fall festival
The 1st Annual South End Fall Festival will take place at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church, 1117 South Boulevard, on Saturday, October 25th, 2014, for 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This family-friendly festival will include live music by Strange Brew, hayrides, carnival games, bounce houses, a pumpkin carving contest, food trucks, and costumes.

Oct 152014

Small Hands, Big Art, at 8025 Ardrey Kell Road, is offering a free fall festival on Saturday, October 25th, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kids age 4 and up can enjoy fall-themed arts and crafts. Pumpkin painting and bedazzling will be available for $1 while supplies last. While you’re there you can learn about the various classes and workshops that Small Hands, Big Art offers.

 October 15, 2014  Posted by  Art, Free Events, Kids, South Charlotte No Responses »