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Mar 062015

thistledown tinkers
Historic Latta Plantation is hosting the Latta Celtic Festival on Saturday, March 14th, 2015, and Sunday, March 15th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Enjoy authentic cuisine, brew, music, vendors, historical demonstrations and more. This family friendly event offers children’s activities including games and face painting.

Admission: $8 Adults, $7 Seniors/Students, Children five and under are free

Also, on Saturday, March 14th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Historic Latta Plantation will hold a Celtic Music Night Fundraiser. Support Historic Latta Plantation and enjoy live music from The Thistledown Tinkers, Sterling Bridge, Loch Norman Pipes among others.

Tickets are $10 per person. Children five and under are free.

If you want to attend both the Celtic Festival and the Celtic Music Night Fundraiser, you can buy a combination ticket for $15.

Latta Plantation is at 5225 Sample Road in Huntersville.

Mar 062015

Free tennis
Tennis Academy North Carolina is holding a free tennis day for kids at
Colonel Francis Beatty Park, 4330 Weddington Road, Matthews. It takes place Saturday, March 21st, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. It’s free to attend and racquets can be provided to kids who don’t have them. The event will include drills, games and matches and is intended for kids age 6-14 who are beginning or intermediate tennis players. Register in advance online.

Mar 062015
 March 6, 2015  Posted by  Affiliate, Shopping No Responses »

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Mar 062015
 March 6, 2015  Posted by  Free Events 4 Responses »

latte daily press
Plan your week on the cheap with this list of free events around Charlotte, from Friday, March 6th,  2015, to Sunday, March 8th. Some highlights are the Latte Art Throwdown at Daily Press CLT, Gigi Dover and the Big Love at Gaston County Museum, and the Grill-Off Challenge at 7th Street Public Market.  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.


12:00pm: English language conversation hour at International House
6:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
6:30pm: Live music at NoDa Brewing: Josh Daniel
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault
7:00pm: Concert at Gaston County Museum: Gigi Dover and the Big Love
9:00pm: Live music at Sydney’s Martini Bar: Shableek
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Wes Cook (arrive before 10 for free admission)


Free museum admission for Bank of America customers
9:30am: Freebies at IKEA for Bring-Your-Own-Friend Day
9:00am: Home Depot Kids’ Workshop: Bookends
10:00am: Grill Off Challenge at 7th Street Public Market
10:15am: Group guitar lesson at Guitar Center
11:00am: Interactive storytime at McColl Center
11:00am: Craft at Lakeshore Learning: bug clip
2:00pm: Brewery Tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
5:00pm: Live music at Birdsong Brewing: Life Size
5:00pm: Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
7:00pm: Latte Art Throwdown at Daily Press CLT
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault
7:30pm: Comedy Open-Mic at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse
9:00pm: Live music at Sydney’s Martini Bar: Derwin Friday and 5th & York


Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South for groups of fewer than 10 people
Free museum admission for Bank of America customers
2:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
3:00pm Brewery tour at NoDa Brewing Company
5:00pm: Pickleball in Matthews. Includes equipment and lesson
6:00pm: Karaoke at Snug Harbor
7:00pm: Providence Chamber Music Concert
Mar 052015

galway hooker

Galway Hooker Irish Pub, at 17044 Kenton Drive in Cornelius, is hosting a free two-day block party for St. Patrick’s Day. The festival will take place Saturday, March 14th, 2015, starting at 12 p.m. until late, and Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 starting at 8 a.m., until late.

On March 14th, enjoy live music all day, bagpipers and Irish dancers, food trucks, outdoor bars, drink specials, authentic Irish cuisine, raffles, games, merchandise and much more.

Band Lineup on March 14th:
12 p.m.: Kenny Floyd
2:30 p.m.: Heroes at Last
5 p.m.: Brynmor Celtic Irish
7:30 p.m.: Matt Stratford Band

Limited $40 VIP tickets are available, online only at, and include a VIP lounge, festival t-shirt, two beer tickets, 1 Irish cuisine meal ticket, private restroom facilities and reserved seating.

March 17th event:

On Tuesday, March 17th, 2015, Galway Hooker opens at 8 a.m. to kick off the St. Patrick’s Day party. There will be traditional kegs and eggs. Stay all day to enjoy drink specials and music in the pub.

A portion of proceeds will benefit Ace & TJ’s Grin Kids, a 501(c)3 established by radio morning show personalities Ace & TJ in efforts to enhance the lives of terminally ill and chronically handicapped children.

Mar 052015
 March 5, 2015  Posted by  Cabarrus County, Free Events, Kids No Responses »

BabyPalooza is a special event at Romp n’ Roll, 4200 Main Street in Harrisburg, that offers free classes for children 12 months and under. The classes feature stories, songs and activities, as well as a fun bonding time for parent and child.

Call (704) 455-2623 or visit to register for your free class!

Class times:
Monday, March 9 5:30pm
Tuesday, March 10 10:30 am
Friday, March 13 11:45 am
Saturday, March 14 11:00 am

Mar 052015
 March 5, 2015  Posted by  Entertainment, Free Events, Music No Responses »

Sydney's Martini and Wine BarSydney’s Martini and Wine Bar, an upscale cocktail lounge and tapas bar located at 401 North Tryon Street in the Fourth Ward of Uptown Charlotte, hosts live music several days a week. Call 704-503-9060 with any questions. Here’s the schedule for this weekend:

Thursday, March 5, 5:30 p.m.: Karenski
Friday, March 6, 9:00 p.m.: Shableek
Saturday, March 7, 9:00 p.m.: Derwin Friday and 5th & York

Mar 052015
 March 5, 2015  Posted by  Food and Drink No Responses »

growlers pourhouse march madness
Growlers Pourhouse, at 3120 North Davidson Street, is now open for lunch during the week, Tuesday through Friday, as well as on Saturday and Sunday. Every Tuesday in March, they’re offering a BOGO deal on lunch–up to a $12 value. Bring a buddy in for lunch, and one of you eats free. With their Charlotte Observer “Best Sandwich in the City” (Reuben), housemade sausages, and other types of “beer food”, it’s a great way to try one of Charlotte’s top gastropubs and enjoy a meal out in NoDa. The deal excludes oysters, alcohol and to-go orders.

Mar 042015

latte daily press
Daily Press CLT, the coffee shop in The Evening Muse, 3227 North Davidson Street, is hosting the weekend long #BrewTangJam: A Southeast Barista Jam on Saturday, March 7th, 2015, and Sunday, March 8th. These are ticketed classes intended for coffee professionals. However, as part of the larger event, on Saturday, March 7th, 2015, the public is invited to view the FREE Latte Art Throwdown. Arrive at 7:00 p.m. Baristas will begin pouring at 7:30 p.m. Beer and snacks will be available for purchase. Joe’s Doughs will be there selling gourmet, handmade doughnuts. They’ll sell out, so don’t be late.

joes doughs