There is no shortage of things to do around Charlotte for Valentine’s Day, but let’s face it. They can be expensive. You can feel pressured to spend a lot of money to prove your love. But a famous person (or maybe four famous people) once said “Money can’t buy me love.” Also, Valentine’s Day can be a bummer for people without a romantic partner. So here’s a list of some outside-the-box things to do in Charlotte on Valentine’s Day Weekend 2016. All are fine to do with a partner, with friends, or on your own. These events all take place Friday, February 12th, through Sunday, February 14th. Follow the links for details, including addresses. Also, check out a huge list of free things to do around Charlotte this week. And if you haven’t subscribed to Charlotte on the Cheap’s email list, sign up now. There’s no better way to say “I love you.” (Unless you speak French.)
Brewery Tours: Olde Mecklenburg Brewery holds brewery tours on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. They’re free to attend and you don’t have to make reservations so you can play it by ear. Follow the link for details, as well as for information about tours at other local breweries.
Jazz: The second Sunday of every month Petra’s Bar hosts the Jazz Workshop with John Shaughnessy. Some of Charlotte’s best jazz musicians set up and invite guests to sit in. So maybe you should sing a song to your date. Or maybe you shouldn’t. I can’t say because I haven’t heard you sing. If you’ve written a song, bring the charts and the band might play it. Alternately, enjoy a drink and just listen. You know best. This is a free event. Sunday, February 14, 8 p.m.
BOGO Burritos: Some people’s love language is gifts. Some people’s love language is “words of affirmation.” But some people’s love language is burritos. If this is you or your loved one, head to Qdoba on Valentine’s Day. Buy one entrée, kiss someone and get another entrée for free. You do not even have to know the person whom you kiss, but you do have to get permission. Valentine’s Day and free burritos are no excuse for being a cad. Also, Qdoba says you can even kiss a picture of someone. Or yourself. No date required. Sunday, February 14.
Malcolm Holcombe: Charlotte Folk Society’s free monthly concert features acclaimed songwriter Malcolm Holcombe. His intense and impassioned musical style will make you want to hold someone’s hand. You’ll know what I mean if you go. Friday, February 12, 7:30 p.m.
Alpacas: Surprise your date with a visit to the Carolina Alpaca Celebration at Cabarrus Arena and Events Center. There you will see over 600 alpacas compete for top honors and you can shop for gifts made from alpaca fiber. If this doesn’t increase your date’s ardor for you, what will? If you don’t have a date, maybe you can meet someone at the Alpaca Celebration. Just plan your pickup line in advance because this is the kind of thing that can go wrong. This is a free event, but there’s a charge for parking. Saturday, February 13, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, February 14, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Great Love Songs, Mostly Jewish: Temple Israel is presenting a free concert of love songs, performed by Cantor Elias Roochvarg, along with guests Elisheva Dienstfrey and Raymond Goldstein. Sunday, February 14, 4 p.m.
Rose Growing Class: Pike Nurseries is holding a free class on growing roses. Take this class together or on your own. It’s an investment in the future. Just think of all the money you’ll save next year by growing your own roses. Saturday, February 13, 9 a.m.
Dairy free cake truffles: Just because dairy does bad thing to you doesn’t mean you should be deprived on Valentine’s Day. While supplies last, order 12 free limited-edition german chocolate cake truffles made with lactaid® milk from Milk Bar. Shipping is free too. Follow the above link to get yours while supplies last.
The Force: Charlotte Concert Band is presenting a free concert of movie music, including music from Star Wars. It’s a good bet that this music will create romantic feelings. If it worked for the power couple, Han Solo and Princess Leia, it’ll probably work for you too. Saturday, February 13, 7 p.m.
Free cake and champagne: If you propose to your intended at Mimi’s Café on Valentine’s Day you’ll get a free slice of cake (15 layers of French crêpes, vanilla cake and sweet cream) to share, as well as free champagne. An argument could be made that it’s not a good idea to make a lifetime commitment to someone in order to get a free slice of cake, but who am I to say?
Ballroom Dancing: Metropolitan Ballroom offers a $5 beginning class on Sunday, February 14, at 3 p.m.
Valentease Burlesque Show: Big Mama’s House of Burlesque presents its annual homage to love, lust and hedonism at Visulite Theatre on Saturday, February 13, at 9 p.m. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the door.
Love Stinks, Let’s Drink: BlackFinn AmeriPub’s Anti-Valentine Party invites you to show up with your friends and raise a glass to the single life. It’s free to attend, but there are VIP options. Friday, February 12, 9 p.m.
Target practice: Pay just $1 for an hour of range time as Blackstone Shooting celebrates its one year anniversary. There will also be live music and giveaways. Saturday, February 13.