Aug 292010

Cultural Free for All Day at Charlotte Museum of History

September 11, 2010: 10:00am-5:00pm

Museum general admission is free all day! Open-house tours of the historic Hezekiah Alexander Homesite will be available from 1:00-3:30pm, and can be purchased for $6 per adult, $3 per child.

3500 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215
Phone: 704.568.1774

 August 29, 2010  Posted by  Attractions & Museums, Cultural, Free Events Comments Off
Aug 212010

In September, you will see a lot of free cultural events around town, thanks to the Charlotte Arts & Science Council’s Cultural Free for All. An incredible array of cultural organizations are joining in by offering free performances, workshops, exhibits, and hand-on activities throughout the month. You can see the growing list of events on the Charlotte Culture Guide, and of course many will also be listed here on Charlotte on the Cheap.

 August 21, 2010  Posted by  Cultural, Free Events 1 Response »
Sep 162009

For one week only, you can try out up to two classes with NC Dance Theatre School of Dance for free. But you have to sign up, so you should do that right away if you’re interested. See the detailed schedule information, and sign up on the NC Dance Theatre website. The free classes are for adults and teens.

Monday, Setember 21: intermediate ballet
Tuesday, September 22: tap, beginning ballet, Afro-Caribbean
Wednesday, September 23: modern
Thursday, September 24: intermediate ballet
Friday, September 25: beginning jazz
Saturday, September 26: intermediate ballet

 September 16, 2009  Posted by  dance, Free Events Comments Off
Sep 162009

North Carolina Dance Theatre presents a free ballet on September 19th at 2PM. The show is “Once Upon a Time.”

You can’t order the tickets in advance. The Belk Theater Box Office opens at 12, and the first 500 people in line get tickets. The website doesn’t say if you can buy more than one ticket… If not, you’d have to have everyone in line with you who you plan to bring to the show.

The description of the ballet:

This family-friendly ballet begins with a grandfather reading his granddaughter beloved bedtime stories. As the grandfather dozes off, the little girl’s imagination runs wild and the stories come to life and become intermingled, creating a hilarious adventure!

The show is at:

Belk Theater
130 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC 28202

 September 16, 2009  Posted by  dance, Free Events 3 Responses »
Sep 142009

Free tickets are available to Q Productions’s Cell Phone Blues on September 30th, 7:30PM at the Booth Playhouse. Cell Phone Blues is a new play written by Robert Johnson, Jr. It follows the unraveling of a Charlotte African-American family during the the period of community canvassing for Obama’s presidential bid in May, 2008.

The play tackles the issue of how stable families can be undermined by jealousy and deception, and how the forces of gentrification, drugs and poverty can cause human vulnerability and fragility to escalate out of control.

The play runs from September 23th to October 4th. The free tickets are available only for the September 30th show, as part of the Arts and Science Council’s Cultural Free for All.

Call 704-372-1000 or visit to order tickets. There is a limit of 2 free tickets.

 September 14, 2009  Posted by  Free Events, Theater 2 Responses »
Sep 072009

This is my kind of history. The kind you can eat. Get in free to the Levine Museum of New South on September 12th for History With Flavor, and go on food-themed tours in the museum. Lots of family activities. This is part of ASC’s Cultural Free for All.

UPDATE: More information available now. The schedule:
11am: Storytime in Museum atrium
11:30am: Family Challenge – 3 legged race
12:30pm: Food Tour of Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers
1 pm: Storytime in Museum atrium
1:30pm: Family Challenge – Cornhole tournament
2:30pm: Food Tour of Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers
3:30pm: Family Challenge – Changing Places Trivia Contest

10AM to 5PM
200 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte, NC 28202

 September 7, 2009  Posted by  Attractions & Museums, Food and Drink, Free Events Comments Off
Aug 122009

UPDATE: I just heard from Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, and there are about 100 more free tickets available. Again….be quick!

Act quickly on this. Right now you can get free tickets to The Taradiddle Players’ performance of The Commedia King Arthur on September 19th. This is part of the Arts and Science Council’s Cultural Free for All. I can’t guarantee that the tickets will last long. In fact I can’t guarantee that they’ll be any left when I hit “publish.” (But there were some 2 minutes ago.) So click! Click!

But wait, I want to say one thing. It’s great to get things for free. (Don’t I know.) But if you have the means, support the Arts and Science Council and Children’s Theatre of Charlotte and other worthwhile causes. They need it, and we need them.

Saturday, September 19th, 1PM
Wachovia Playhouse at ImaginOn.

 August 12, 2009  Posted by  Free Events, Kids, Theater 8 Responses »