Jody Mace

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May 292016
 
 May 29, 2016  Posted by  Free Events 6 Responses »


U.S. Whitewater Center river jam

Plan your week on the cheap with this list of 75+ free events around Charlotte, from Monday, May 30th, 2016, to Sunday, June 5th. Some highlights are U.S. Whitewater Center’s River Jam, National Donut Day, and a concert by LoneStar in Kannapolis, followed by fireworks. 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. Make sure to click on each link for details, because some events require pre-registration.

Monday

Free admission to Carowinds for Military personnel
9:00am: Presidential artifacts on display at Founders Hall
2:00pm: Funky Free Range Field Day at Free Range Brewing
6:30pm: Boot Camp fitness class with Randy Moss
6:30pm: Yoga at Hattie’s Tap and Tavern
7:30pm: Locals Live at Tin Roof: The Midnight Sun, Craig Veltri, Nathan Sisk, Trent Glisson
7:00pm: Trivia at The Peculiar Rabbit
7:00pm: Memorial Day ceremony at Birkdale in Huntersville
7:30pm: Charlotte Storytellers meeting
8:30pm: Open Mic at Puckett’s Farm Equipment

Tuesday

9:00am: Presidential artifacts on display at Founders Hall
12:00pm: Music Box Lunch at Romare Bearden Park
6:30pm: Wine & Wills: Learn about estate planning and enjoy a free wine tasting
7:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Craig Veltri
7:30pm: Tech Tuesday at Hackerspace Charlotte
8:00pm: Trivia night at Petra’s
9:00pm: Bingo at Hattie’s Tap and Tavern
9:30pm: Sayword Tuesdays Poetry Open Mic at The Tavern

Wednesday

9:00am: Presidential artifacts on display at Founders Hall
12:00pm: Music Box Lunch at First Ward Park
5:00pm: Free admission at both Mint Museum locations
6:00pm: Party in the Park at Romare Bearden Park: Too Much Sylvia
6:00pm: Ballantyne Rocks: Sol Fusion
6:30pm: Boot Camp fitness class with Randy Moss
6:30pm: Brewery tour at Triple C Brewing Company
7:00pm: Trivia and Karaoke at Tin Roof at EpiCentre
7:00pm: Open Mic at Sam Ash Music. Performers get $10 gift card.
8:00pm: Rooftop games at Rooftop 210 at EpiCentre
10:00pm: Residency at Snug Harbor: Dollar Signs

Thursday

9:00am: Presidential artifacts on display at Founders Hall
11:30am: Thursdays on Main in Kannapolis: Chris Marks Band
5:00pm: Alive After Five at EpiCentre: We Got the Beat
7:00pm: River Jam at U.S. National Whitewater Center: John Nemeth
7:30pm: An Evening of Charlotte Film at Charlotte Museum of History
9:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Chris Sanchez
10:00pm: Karaoke at Hattie’s Tap and Tavern

 

 Friday

National Donut Day–get free donuts!
9:00am: Presidential artifacts on display at Founders Hall
12:00pm: Music Box Lunch at Romare Bearden Park
12:00pm: Music Box Lunch at First Ward Park
5:00pm: Food Truck Friday in Matthews
5:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Ezra Root
6:00pm: Family Fun Night at SouthPark Mall
6:00pm: Harrisburg Movies in the Park. Activities start at 6 p.m., Minions will be shown at dusk
6:30pm: Sunset Series in Indian Trail. Activities start at 6:30 p.m., Minions will be shown at dusk
6:00pm: Friday Night Festival at Unknown Brewing Company–live music, and movie “Dirty Dancing”
7:00pm: Friday Night Live in Belmont: Ken Knox & Company
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault
7:00pm: Stonecrest Summer Concert Series: Randy Paul & The Revelry
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Tony Barnes Band
7:30pm: Blumenthal Performing Arts Open Mic
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Jerry Jacobs (arrive before 10 for free admission)

Saturday

 

Free museum admission for Bank of America customers
10:00am: Innovate 301 at Discovery Place: Build a rain barrel
1:00pm: Talk by master gardener at UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
2:00pm: Film and discussion at Main Library: “The War at Home”
4:00pm: Food truck festival with kids’ activities at Berewick
5:00pm: Live music at EpiCentre: Jon Linker
7:00pm: Mint Hill June Tunes Concert Series: Lindsey Nicole & Highway 74
7:00pm: Concert in the Park in Kannapolis: Country artist LoneStar, followed by fireworks
7:00pm: River Jam at U.S. National Whitewater Center: David Childers
7:00pm: Live music at The Wine Vault
7:00pm: Stonecrest Summer Concert Series: Randy Paul & The Revelry
7:00pm: Blakeney Summer Concert Series: Tony Barnes Band
7:00pm: Matthews Summer Good Concerts: Charlotte Symphony
7:30pm: Comedy Open-Mic at Smelly Cat Coffeehouse
9:00pm: Live music at Common Market Commonwealth: Greevace, Dark Sun Kult, Dear August
10:00pm: Live music at Tin Roof at EpiCentre: Matt Ferranti (arrive before 10 for free admission)

Sunday

Free museum admission for Bank of America customers
12:00pm: Free admission to Levine Museum of the New South
2:00pm: Carolina Jubilee Ticket Kickoff Party at Primal Brewery. Music by Sinners & Saints and The Business People. Locally sourced dinner for $10
2:00pm: Brewery tour at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (also at 3pm, 4pm)
5:00pm: Play Pickleball for free at Nano Center in Matthews
7:00pm: Summer Organ Recital Series at Myers Park Methodist Church: A concert of organ duets

May 292016
 
 May 29, 2016  Posted by  Free Events, Music, The City No Responses »

tin roof
Tin Roof at The EpiCentre, 210 East Trade Street, hosts live music several nights a week, with no cover. The trick, though, is that on Friday and Saturday night, get there before 10 p.m. Even if a show starts at 10 p.m. as long as you arrive before 10 p.m. there’s no cover. If there IS a cover for a show (before 10) it’s noted below.

A new event is Locals Live, on Mondays, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Local beers are on tap and there are drink specials. Three opening acts will each play a few acoustic songs, and then a headliner will perform for a couple of hours.

Here’s May’s schedule for all live music and other events:

5/29 Sunday Funday with DJ Arod
5/30 Locals Live with 103.7: The Midnight Sun, Craig Veltri, Nathan Sisk, Trent Glisson
5/31 Craig Veltri 7pm
6/2 Chris Sanchez 9pm
6/3 Ezra Root 5pm, Jerry Jacobs 10pm
6/4 Jon Linker 5pm, Matt Ferranti 10pm
6/6 Locals Live with 103.7: Taco Pony, Sam, Maya Atkins, Trent Glisson
6/7 Craig Veltri 7pm
6/9 Tim Ferguson Band 9pm
6/10 Trent Glisson 5pm, The Armory 10pm
6/11 Craig Veltri 5pm, Pluto 4 Planet 10pm
6/13 Locals Live with 103.7: Will Jackson Band, Dave Loebs, Will Jackson, Nathaniel Kruse
6/14 Jon Linker 7pm
6/16 Thirsty Horses 9pm
6/17 Pluto 4 Planet 10pm
6/18 Fran Vidal 10pm
6/20: Locals Live with 103.7: Temperance League, Slade Baird, Bruce Hazel, Glen Goodnight
6/21 Craig Veltri 7pm
6/23 Andy Hall 9pm
6/24 KALIE SHORR 5:30pm (Special Event)
Kalie’s single “Fight Like A Girl” is on the radio
Brandon Stiles 10pm
6/27: Locals Live with 103.7: The Goodnight Brothers, Dave Loebs, Glen Goodnight, Trent Glisson
6/25 Kaleb Hensley 10pm
6/28 Jon Linker
6/30 Villanova

May 292016
 
 May 29, 2016  Posted by  Food and Drink, Free Events No Responses »
Joe's Doughs National Donut Day Charlotte

Joe’s Doughs

Friday, June 3th, 2016, is National Donut Day. Here’s the scoop on what’s going on in the Charlotte area.

Duck Donuts: Claim this Facebook offer to get one sugar donut Friday, June 3rd. No purchase is required. You can find Duck Donuts at 1710 Kenilworth Avenue.

Krispy Kreme: Get a free doughnut of any flavor at participating Krispy Kreme locations. No purchase is required. Go to the Krispy Kreme website to find the closest location.

Dunkin’ Donuts: Buy a beverage and get a free donut. Any donut except Croissant Donuts and Squares.  Go to the Dunkin’ Donuts website to find the closest location.

Joe’s Doughs: Joe’s Doughs is going to be opening their brick-and-mortar shop very soon, but not quite yet. On Friday they’re popping up at Not Just Coffee at Atherton Mill, 2104 South Boulevard. No freebies here, but you owe it to yourself to try these gourmet handmade donuts.

May 282016
 

carolina jubilee kickoff party
Carolina Jubilee is a music festival happening this fall in nearby Harmony, NC. Its a fundraiser to help Carolina farmers. They’re having a ticket kickoff party on Sunday, June 5th, 2016, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Primal Brewery, 16432 Old Statesville Road, Huntersville. Admission is free. The party will feature music by Sinners & Saints and The Business People. You’ll have the opportunity to buy dinner for $10 a plate. Food will be provided from local farms: London Broil from Mary L Farm, a whole pig roast from Big Oak Farm, chicken from Rowland’s Row, as well as sides and produce all from local farms. Primal Brewery will be debuting their new Blueberry Wit, locally sourced from Millstone Creek Orchards in Ramseur.

You’ll also have the opportunity to buy tickets for the festival in the fall.

May 282016
 


The first weekend of every month, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch customers get into many museums nationwide for free. Saturday, June 4th, and Sunday, June 5th, 2016, take advantage of this opportunity. Also, call individual museums for their hours. As of this posting  the following Charlotte museums are included. If you are reading this post at a later time make sure to check the link yourself.

Mint Museum Uptown
Mint Museum Randolph
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art
Levine Museum of the New South
Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture

Bring a Bank of America/Merrill Lynch  credit or debit card for admission. Excludes special exhibitions, fundraising events and ticketed shows.

May 282016
 

snug harbor
Snug Harbor, at 1228 Gordon Street, invites an act to be an “Artist in Residence” all the Wednesdays in a month. In June, 2016,  the artist is Dollar Signs. The shows are free, at 10 p.m., and various bands open throughout the month. Age 18+. $5 surcharge for those under 21. Various artists will be joining Dollar Signs each Wednesday. Learn more about Dollar Signs here.

May 272016
 

charlotte museum of history
Charlotte Museum of History, 3500 Shamrock Drive, is hosting An Evening of Charlotte Film on Thursday, June 2nd, 2016, at 7:30 p.m. It’s a free event but donations are requested. Also, please pre-register.

The Charlotte Museum of History will host an evening of short films directed by local artists. Notable films from the 2014 and 2015 Charlotte 48 Hour Film Project will be screened and the films’ directors will be on hand for Q&A. The event will begin at 7:30 pm with beer, wine and hor d’oeuvres, followed by the screening of the films.

May 272016
 

free science things to do charlotte nc
Innovate 301 is a program at Discovery Place that gathers a new community of learners who collaborate, share ideas and learn new skills. The events are free or inexpensive and do not require museum admission. The program on June 4th, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. is free. The activity takes place at “Windows on Tryon” at Discovery Place, 301 North Tryon Street.

Learn how to conserve and harvest water using a rain barrel. Our friends from Catawba Riverkeeper and Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated will help you retrofit a Coca-Cola syrup drum into a catch basin for rain water. All materials will be provided.

This FREE water workshop will have educational activities for all ages. We’ll discover the importance of water conservation and explore ways to prevent water pollution through hands-on activities and story time.

Future Innovate 301 programs might involve soldering, photography or programming, and will explore new materials, tools and processes.

May 272016
 
 May 27, 2016  Posted by  holiday No Responses »

flags
Charlotte: Fire up those grills this weekend for Memorial Day 2016. Also check out some of these special Memorial Day events going on in the Charlotte area. All are free or really cheap. Read about even more free events on Charlotte on the Cheap’s Free Event List. If you haven’t signed up for daily emails from Charlotte on the Cheap, you can sign up now. Keep checking back. This list will be updated with more items as they’re announced.

Memorial Day Events

  • Live music at USNWC: Sunday, 9 a.m. until after dark. The U.S. National Whitewater Center’s Memorial Day Celebration kicks off with trail races at 9 a.m., and there is a charge for participating. However, live music is free and so are the fireworks that follow.
  • Circle K and Kangaroo Speed Street: Thursday, May 26th through Saturday, May 28th, in Uptown Charlotte. Live music, drivers’ appearances, kids activities, and much more. Note: The headlining concerts on Friday and Saturday night are not free this year. It’ll cost $15/night.
  • Mint Hill Madness: Friday through Sunday. This festival features a parade, carnival, live music and kids’ activities.
  • Carowinds Military Days: Sunday and Monday. Active, inactive or retired United States Service men and women with a valid military I.D. can get into Carowinds for free.
  • Memorial Day Ceremony at Birkdale Village: Birkdale Village in Huntersville will host a ceremony on Monday at 7 p.m.
  • Funky Free Range Field Day: Free Range Brewing is hosting a free Memorial Day Party Monday 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. featuring three live bands.

Memorial Day freebies and deals

  • Free meal: All Hickory Tavern locations are offering a free meal to veterans and active duty military members on Monday, from open to close.
  • Hooters: Veterans and active-duty military personnel can get a free entrée at Hooters when they present their military ID.
  • McCormick & Schmick’s: Monday, active members of U.S. military and National Guard, as well as veterans, get a free lunch or dinner entrée.
  • Free burger: Shoney’s is offering active duty military personnel, and veterans, a free All-American Burger and fries on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30th, 2016.