Jody Mace

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Aug 302015
 August 30, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, Music, NoDa, The City No Responses »

Birdsong-Brewing-CoBirdsong Brewing Co., at 1016 North Davidson Street, frequently hosts live music. There’s no cover. You can always verify their schedule on their website. They also host free brewery tours Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. and some other events. Birdsong Brewing was founded in 2011 and is part of Charlotte’s growing craft beer community. If you have questions about their events or beer, call them at 704-332-1810.



Music schedule at Birdsong

Thursday, September 3, 6 p.m.: That Guy Smitty
Friday, September 4, 6 p.m.: Greg Lilley
Saturday, September 5, 5 p.m.: Redleg Husky
Friday, September 11, 6 p.m.: Nick Shaw
Saturday, September 12, 5 p.m.: Jim Garrett
Friday, September 18, 6 p.m.: Rock and Blues Show
Saturday, September 19, 4 p.m.: Natty Boh Duo

Aug 302015
 August 30, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, Music, Rowan County No Responses »

buskers bash
Enjoy free musical performances by 50 artists on the streets of downtown Salisbury at the 3rd Annual Busker’s Bash on Friday, September 4th, 2015, form 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Vote for your favorites by dropping an official Busker’s Bash guitar pick into your favorite performer’s bucket. You can pick up your “pick pack,” as well as a walking map at the Visitor’s Center, 204 East Innes Street; Queen’s Gifts, 221 South Main Street; or Rowan Museum, 202 North Main Street. Downtown businesses will be offering specials during the event. Performances will be taking place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. At 9 p.m. head to Uncle Buck’s, at 127 South Main Street, for the finale, the announcement of the winners, and an Open Jam Session.

Aug 302015
 August 30, 2015  Posted by  Free Events, Music, Plaza Midwood, The City No Responses »

snug harbor
Snug Harbor, at 1228 Gordon Street, invites an act to be an “Artist in Residence” all the Wednesdays in a month. In September, 2015, the artist is Yarbs. The shows are free, at 10pm, and various bands open throughout the month. Age 18+. $5 surcharge for those under 21. Various artists will be joining Yarbs each Wednesday.


Aug 302015
 August 30, 2015  Posted by  Affiliate, Shopping 4 Responses »

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Aug 292015
 August 29, 2015  Posted by  Festivals, Halloween, holiday No Responses »

Charlotte fall festival
Fall is the best time for festivals in Charlotte. Here’s a big list of Charlotte area fall festivals, Halloween festivals, Halloween movies, trick-or-treat events and more. It’s time for hayrides and pumpkins. Here is a growing list of fall and Halloween festivals for 2015. 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, which will be updated soon. 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 highlighted, or even a prime spot at the top of this list? Ask me about sponsoring this post. Email

Yiasou Greek Festival
September 10 – 13
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 600 East Boulevard
Greek music, dancing, cultural displays, kids’ area, food
$3, free for ages 12 and under.

Festival of India
September 12
Belk Theater
Music dancing, Henna tattoos, more
$7, free for kids under 10

Southern Sauce Beer, Bar-b-que and Bands Festival
September 18 – 19
Romare Bearden Park
Music, kids’ activities, art, food (charge for food)

Festival in the Park
September 25 – 27
Freedom Park
Entertainment on 6 stages

Retro Horror Films
October 2 – November 5
Ayrsley Grand Cinemas, 9110 Kings Parade Boulevard
$5 tickets. Different retro movie each week.

Fall Festival
October 7, 3:30 p.m.
Mountain Island Library, 4420 Hoyt Galvin Way
Face-painting, storytelling, games, and special presentation by Chef Jill Dahan as all ages celebrate Fall Festival. Costumes welcome

Fall Festival for seniors
October 9, 10 a.m.
Bette Rae Thomas Recreation Center, 2921 Tuckaseegee Road
Music by DJ JoJo and games with prizes. Fish/chicken, hushpuppies, ice cones, popcorn, and dessert.
Age 55+

Ballantyne Fall Festival–Autumn in the Park
October 10
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

Latin American Festival
October 10 – 11
Symphony Park at SouthPark
Music, dance, food, crafts, art
$10 for one day; $15 for two days; Children 10 and under are free

Autumn Treasures Fall Festival
October 10-11
Downtown Waxhaw
BBQ Competition, live music, kids’ activities, car show, more

Pineville Fall Festival
October 16, 17
Pineville Lake Park, 1000 Johnston Drive, Pineville
Carnival rides, live music, juggling, more

October 17
Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius
Beer, bands, kids’ activities

CommunityHuntersville Fall Festival
October 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnette Elementary, 13659 Beatties Ford Rd, Huntersville
Arts & crafts, hayrides, inflatables, carnival games, more

UNCC International Festival
October 17
UNCC Main Campus
International booths, music, dance, games, food, fireworks

Toddler Fall Festival
October 30, 10 a.m.
Wallace Pruitt Recreation Center, 440 Tuckaseegee Road
Costumes and crafts. Age 2-5
$2. Register in advance using above link.

All Hallows Eve celebration
October 31
Historic Latta Plantation, 5225 Sample Road, Huntersville
Trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting, historical Halloween characters.
$8 adults/$7 kids

Belmont Boo Festival
October 24, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Stowe Park, 24 South Main Street, Belmont
Craft vendors, food, inflatables, games, prizes, candy, costume contest 6 p.m.

Blakeney Boo Bash
No info on this yet.

GUTS Pumpkin Carving Contest
October 30
NC Music Factory, 1000 NC Music Factory Boulevard
Watch the pumpkins get carved, and then vote on your favorite

Trunk or Treat
October 23
Chestnut Square Park, Indian Trail
Details not available yet

Davidson Halloween March
October 30
Main Street, Davidson
Costumed kids march down Main Street, collecting candy from business owners and vendors.

Huntersville Halloween Festival
October 24
Historic Rural Hill, 4431 Neck Road, Huntersville
Games, arts & crafts, moon bounce, pumpkin patch

Plaza Midwood Fall Crawl & Cankerworm Festival
Plaza Midwood neighborhood
Information not available yet

Halloween ComicFest
October 31
Various comic book stores. Follow above link for details.
Free comic books, other activities

Day of the Dead Celebration
November 1
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.

Aug 292015
 August 29, 2015  Posted by  Art, Free Events, The City No Responses »

across the bridge artworks 945
ArtWorks 945, Urban Ministry Center’s program, uses art as a vehicle to engage individuals who struggle with homelessness. The art show, Across the Bridge, will highlight the work of up to 50 artists. It’s free to attend and family-friendly. It will take place Saturday, September 12th, 2015, at the Urban Ministry Center, 945 North College Street, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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UNCC International Festival
UNCC’s International Festival, a popular, free festival that started in 1975, returns to the campus on Saturday, October 17th, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Taking place in and around the Barnhardt Student Activity Center, it features booths representing the culture of over 50 nations, staffed by students. Music and dance will be presented on indoor and outdoor stages throughout the day, and kids’ activities like  face-painting will be available as well. The International Game Zone will allow participants to learn about games in various cultures and take part in activities like a soccer match or a life-size chess match.

After the festival, at 6:00 p.m., there will be a procession to Irwin Belk Track & Soccer Fields where there will be a celebration of the 40th anniversary of this festival. The celebration will include music, performances and remarks, followed by a fireworks display. This campus map will help you find your way around UNCC.

Here are some highlights from the 2014 festival:

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 August 29, 2015  Posted by  Free Events 1 Response »
U.S. Whitewater Center

River Jam takes place at the U.S. Whitewater Center on Saturday

Plan your weekend on the cheap with this list of 53 and counting  free events around Charlotte, from Friday, August 28, 2015, to Sunday, August 30th. Some highlights this week are Plaza Midwood Library’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, free creative activities for kids at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery, several outdoor movies Friday night, a Back-to-School bash for teens at Northlake Mall and many more events. Also if you’re looking at this list early enough, make sure to look at Friday morning’s listings to see where to get a free Krispy Kreme doughnut or Chick-fil-A biscuit. 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.


Workout at Crossfit Mecklenburg
6:00am: Bootcamp class at Romare Bearden Park
7:30am: Free coffee or lemonade, Krispy Kreme doughnut or Chick-fil-A biscuit at Pritchard at South End
12:00pm: Lunchbox Music Series at Romare Bearden Park: Billy Mulligan
12:00pm: English language conversation hour at International House
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:00pm: Outdoor movie at Harrisburg Park. The LEGO Movie. Pre-movie activities first.
6:00pm: Outdoor movie at North Mecklenburg Park: Cinderella. Pre-movie activities first.
6:00pm: Campfire with marshmallows, games and stories at Latta Plantation Nature Center
6:30pm: Live music at NoDa Brewing: Greg Lilley
7:00pm: Friday Night Live concert series in Belmont: Hip Pocket
7:00pm: Live music at Promenade on Providence: The Loafers
7:00pm: Birkdale Village Mingling on the Green Summer Concert Series: The Glass Hammers
7:00pm: Stonecrest Concert Series: Red Car
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Natty Boh
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jon Caneda
7:30pm: Movies under the starts at SouthPark: Maleficent (music by Hot Sauce)
8:00pm: Outdoor Movie in South End: Despicable Me 2
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Brandon Stiles (arrive before 10 for free admission)



Workout at Crossfit Mecklenburg
8:00am: Free fitness class at Romare Bearden Park: Tabata
9:00am: Basketball: Open gym at Pritchard Memorial Baptist Church
9:00am: Free fitness class at Romare Bearden Park: Rise and Flow Yoga
10:00am: NoDa Eclectic Market
11:00am: Archery and more at Cabela’s Fall Great Outdoor Days
11:00am: Plaza Midwood Library’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. Live music by Mike Strauss Band
1:00pm: Back-to-school bash for teens at Northlake. iHeartRadio DJ, makeovers, more
1:00pm: Build toy boats from bark and sticks at Reedy Creek Nature Center
2:00pm: Six String Saturdays: live music outside Discovery Place–J.L. Davis Duo
2:00pm: Brewery Tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
5:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing: Amy Broome
5:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
7:00pm: Outdoor movie “Remember the Titans” in Historic West End
7:00pm: Birkdale Village Mingling on the Green concert series: Exit 54
7:00pm: River Jam at Whitewater Center: Tellico
7:00pm: Live music at Promenade on Providence: Borderlyne
7:00pm: Stonecrest Concert Series: Red Car and Jeff Brown
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Natty Boh
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Josh Wiard
7:30pm: Comedy Open-Mic at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse
9:00pm: Live music at Common Market at Commonwealth: Flint Zeigker
10:00pm: Live music from Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Wes Cook (arrive before 10 for free admission)


Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South for groups of fewer than 10 people
11:00am: Archery and more at Cabela’s Fall Great Outdoor Days
2:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
2:00pm: Q4KIDZ Creative Bash at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery
3:00pm Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
4:00pm: Piano concert at Steinway Piano Gallery: Agnes Wan
5:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault: Jared Allen
5:00pm: Play pickleball for free 
6:00pm: Karaoke at Snug Harbor
6:30pm: Open bluegrass jam at Tommy’s Pub
7:00pm: Organ summer recital series: John Apple and Karen Jacob at First United Methodist Church
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 August 28, 2015  Posted by  Art, Festivals, Free Events, Kids, Music, The City No Responses »

Festival in the Park 2013The 51st Annual Festival in the Park will take place at Freedom Park, 1900 East Boulevard, from Friday, September 25th, 2015, through Sunday, September 27th. Entertainment will be provided on five stages: the Main Stage, The Carolina Clowns Stage, Magician Stage, Juggling Stage, the Youth & Variety Stage and the Cirque Stage. You can see the entertainment schedule for the stages on Festival in the Park’s website. Some of the performers on the main stage are Gigi Dover & the Big Love, Mannish Boys, The Spongebones, Randy Franklin & the Sardines,  and Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra.

Hours of Festival:
Friday, September 25 – 4:00 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday, September 26 – 10:00 am–9:30 pm
Sunday, September 27- 11:00 am–6:00 pm

Parking is available Friday after 5pm and all day Saturday and Sunday at:
* CMC Myers Park (East Blvd at Kings Drive)
* Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School (Park Road and Princeton Avenue)
* Myers Park Traditional School (Radcliffe Avenue near Queens Road)
* Cost is $10 per car, proceeds benefit the respective schools.
* Free shuttle transportation with paid parking to Festival from Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School and Myers Park Traditional School.
* Handicapped individuals may park at Myers Park Traditional School and Holy Trinity Catholic Middle School. The parking attendant will notify the shuttle which will pick you up at your vehicle to take you to the Festival.

The Light Rail shuttle to Festival in the Park:
* Running from the East/West light rail stop on Camden at West Blvd.
* Shuttle will be running during Festival hours
* Cost is $2.00 per rider

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The Yiasou Greek Festival, one of Charlotte’s most popular and longest-running festivals, will be back, Thursday, September 10th, 2015, to Sunday, September 13th. It’s still a bargain at $3 (free for kids 12 and under) but bring some bucks for the delicious food, the highlight of the festival for many people. Other activities include tours of the church; music and dancing; Children’s Play Land with rides, face-painting and games; a Greek cultural exhibit; and lectures on classical Greek culture. Kids can even get their picture taken with a Spartan warrior.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral
600 East Boulevard

September 10th 11:00 AM – 09:00 PM
September 11th 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
September 12th 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
September 13th 12:00 PM – 08:00 PM