Things to Do

Free and Cheap Things to Do in Charlotte

Banish boredom with these Queen City activities, all priced under $10.

Tight budget? Never fear. Charlotte has plenty of activities that don't cost a dime. We've curated a list of free and cheap things to do in the city. Everything listed here is priced under $10, meaning you can focus on making memories, not money.

Year-Round

Anne Springs Close Greenway - Photography by Robert Kisiah

Anne Springs Close Greenway

Area: Fort Mill
Estimated Price: $6 Daily Use Fee (Youth Ages 5-12 are $4/Person)

It’s just 15 miles from Uptown, yet Fort Mill’s Anne Springs Close Greenway feels like a rural escape. Bring your mountain bike or your hiking shoes, and explore the beautiful 2,100 acres here. While some areas keep you in good company with visitors, it’s easy to find a trail offering quiet, uninterrupted time with nature.

Kate’s Skating Rink

Area: Indian Trail and Gastonia
Estimated Price: $4-8 Admission

Charlotte Motor Speedway isn’t the only place to experience fast left turns on wheels. The three locations of Kate’s—two in Gastonia and one in Indian Trail—offer retro, family-friendly fun, showing that no matter how quickly change comes to the world, there’s a place that has no need for improvement: an old-time skating rink.

Find Your Muse Open Mic

Neighborhood: NoDa
Estimated Price: $5 Admission

For a few bucks, you can enjoy a night of live music at The Evening Muse in NoDa. Each Monday evening at 7:30, the microphone at Find Your Muse is shared by host Erik Button, a special guest performer and fresh faces performing all genres of original music. Perhaps you’ll leave with a new favorite.

Beer Fitness

Area: Citywide
Estimated Price:
Free-$10

How does Charlotte have so many breweries yet so many fit people? The secret: beer fitness. Work For Your Beer’s weekly Brewsletter lists yoga classes, run clubs, cycling groups and boot camps associated with breweries. The group gives hope that you don’t have to trade having a six-pack when you have, well, a six-pack.

Charlotte Joy Rides - Photography by Kyo H Nam

Joy Rides

Area: Citywide
Estimated Price:
$5 for a Half-Hour Pass

Give your cardio some scenery and explore the area’s Carolina Thread Trail. There are over a dozen sections within 30-minutes from Uptown. You could also explore the beautiful Johnson C. Smith campus, meander through Uptown, stop along a few Rail Trail favorites or wind your way through Freedom Park.

Wine and Color Wednesdays

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Price:
$5

Science says so: Art therapy reduces stress and encourages creativity. At Coco and the Director, you can pair art therapy with wine-and-dessert therapy. On Wednesdays, the beautiful Uptown coffee shop offers adult coloring pages, as well as $5 glasses of select wines and half-priced pastries.

Good Karma Ranch Farm Tours

Area: North Charlotte
Estimated Price: $10, Children 5 and Under are Free

Mingle among the alpacas, meet the livestock guardian dog, and take selfies with the llamas at Good Karma Ranch. Farm Tours run 45 minutes to an hour, including time to peruse The Farm Store.

Volunteering

Area: Citywide
Estimated Price:
Free

Whether you want to tutor children, foster shelter dogs, visit senior citizens or write grants, you have plenty of opportunities to support your community. Volunteer organizations like HandsOn Charlotte and Share Charlotte offer hundreds of opportunities, searchable by interests, locations and skills, that connect you with causes that need a hand.

Biking trails at National Whitewater Center

U.S. National Whitewater Center

Area: West Charlotte
Estimated Price: $6 Parking

At the U.S. National Whitewater Center, get your cardio in with free trail access for hikers, bikers and runners, and then relax in a sunny spot by the rapids to enjoy watching the rafters maneuver (and occasionally flip). Thursdays through Saturdays during the warm-weather months, River Jam brings great bands for free shows, and summer festivals offer free yoga, music, and some of Charlotte’s best fireworks.

Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary

Area: Myers Park
Estimated Price:
$10 Admission, Children 10 and Under are Free

Walking into Wing Haven is like walking into a secret. From the road, you have little idea of what awaits you on the other side of the brick fence in Myers Park. Once inside, you’re treated to gardens full of lush flowers, bushes and trees, all planted to attract birds. Stones engraved with poetry and scripture add inspiration to beauty. This was the private garden of Elizabeth and Edwin Clarkson before opening to the public. Be sure to watch the video before touring to appreciate the history of this garden and its two animal-loving creators.

Charlotte Liberty Walk

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Price: Free

Dig deeper into Charlotte’s history and learn how residents influenced the American Revolution. The Charlotte Liberty Walk landmarks are along Tryon Street, Trade Street, Church Street, College Street and 5th Street in Uptown Charlotte.

Parades

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Price:
Free

Who doesn’t love a parade? Charlotte has many reasons to throw one, including Martin Luther King Jr. Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Come to Uptown (take light rail to avoid parking, if you can), line the streets and celebrate.

#CharlottesGotALot

Pins Mechanical Company

Neighborhood: South End
Estimated Price: Free Admission; Most activities are free or cheap

Pinball, foosball, bowling and bocce are all up for grabs at this bar-meets-arcade in South End. You don’t need to lay out a bunch of bills to have a good time here. Many activities (patio pong, giant Jenga, skee-ball and arcade games, to name a few) are always free. A bar menu and small plates are available if you work up a hunger. (Bonus: If you’re feeling it, try the Lemon Lime Slush Puppie with Ruby Red Vodka.)

Self-Guided Fourth Ward Walking Tour

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Price:
Free

Download the guide created by Friends of Fourth Ward and explore this quaint and historic neighborhood. The tour begins at the intersection of N. Poplar and W. 6th Street and takes you by the grand Victorian homes and contemporary condos and through some of Charlotte’s most beautiful urban parks.

Trivia Nights

Area: Citywide
Estimated Price:
Free Admission

Competitors are welcome. Google is not. Almost any weeknight, you can find a trivia night at a restaurant or brewery to flaunt your knowledge of miscellany and exercise your creative chops in team naming. Hit Lebowski’s for trivia on Tuesday nights, Heist on Wednesdays, and Ed’s Tavern on Thursdays, just to name a few.

Queen City Cinephiles

Area: Citywide
Estimated Price:
$5 Screenings

Attention indie movie lovers: You’ve found your tribe. Enjoy curated independent films with fellow cinephiles, then stick around for a discussion and Q&A. Screenings are held at breweries and bars, and each night has its own theme, like Creature Features and War Films.

Billy Graham Library - Photography by Kate Magee

The Billy Graham Library

Area: West Charlotte
Estimated Price: Free Admission

At the time of his death, dignitaries from around the world gathered at The Billy Graham Library to honor “America’s Pastor.”. Designed to reflect Billy Graham’s origins as a humble farm boy, the barn-shaped building is situated on 20 landscaped acres, just a few miles from where he grew up. Retrace Billy Graham’s dynamic journey through multimedia presentations, interactive kiosks, photos, and memorabilia.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Storytimes

Area: Citywide
Estimated Price: Free

The old days of libraries being quiet, stuffy places are no more. Bring your kids to storytimes at library branches—check their website for locations, dates and times—that has kiddos of all ages engaged with stories through songs and movement activities. The library even hosts bilingual storytimes, perfect for Spanish-speaking families as well as English-speaking families who want to introduce their children to a new language.

Center’s Art After Dark

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Price: Free Admission

Enjoy free admission to one of Charlotte’s most beautiful art galleries (and most striking buildings) during Art After Dark, hosted the first Friday of every other month at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture. Each celebration has its own theme, but count on live music, light appetizers, conversations with artists, and access to world-class exhibits in painting, photography, film and more.

South End Gallery Crawl

Neighborhood: South End
Estimated Price:
Free Admission

On the first Friday evening of each month, devote a night to admire art in South End, whether your preferred medium is paint, jewelry, pastels or mosaics. Enjoy free receptions at places such as the Dilworth Artisan Station, Lark & Key Gallery and the Elder Gallery of Contemporary Art.

#CharlottesGotALot

Stroke

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
Estimated Price: $10 Per Round

A whimsical blend of country club and speakeasy, Stroke tees up a unique miniature golf experience. Snacks and craft cocktails are available, and be sure to try the flavored Bugles (the first round is on the house).

The Light Factory

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
Estimated Price:
Free Admission

Admire photography and film from emerging and established artists at The Light Factory in Plaza Midwood. The pieces in the gallery continually change, introducing new works and rotating exhibits. Evening lectures and Artist Talks offer opportunities to learn about art from those who create it.

Reed Gold Mine

Area: East Charlotte
Estimated Price:
Free Admission, $3 to Pan for Gold

In 1799, the Reed family of Midland, North Carolina, found a pretty 17-pound yellow rock on their farm, which came in handy as a doorstop for a while. Turns out, it was the first gold discovery in the U.S., which sparked a Southern gold rush. Visit the Reed Gold Mine to learn the history, and—if you’re feeling lucky—to pan for gold yourself.

James K. Polk Historic Site

Neighborhood: Pineville
Estimated Price:
Free Admission

Before he became the country’s 11th president, James Polk grew up in Pineville. On the land the Polk family once owned, a tour guide in period attire takes you through buildings that resemble those that stood here in the early 1800s. The James K. Polk Historic Site also offers a visitors’ center with special exhibits and a film about Polk’s life.

Little Sugar Creek - Photography by Kyo H Nam

Greenways

Area: Regional
Estimated Price:
Free

Grab your bike, scooter or running shoes. Mecklenburg has 37 miles of greenways (so far), including the McAlpine Creek Greenway, where you might spot a river otter or a rare purple wildflower. Or give your cardio an educational slant on the Trail of History, which lines the urban stretch of Little Sugar Creek Greenway with bronze sculptures honoring Charlotte’s history. Use the CLT Trail Guide to navigate Charlotte’s outdoor recreation offerings.

ImaginOn

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Price:
Free Admission

ImaginOn is a children’s library that makes adults jealous. Activity spaces encourage kids of all ages to explore and to learn, whether they’re a budding scientist or an aspiring novelist. Kids even have studio access to create videos, music and costumes. Keep an eye on the event calendar for cool (and free!) events.

Charlotte Douglas International Airport Overlook

Area: West Charlotte
Estimated Price:
Free

The Charlotte Douglas International Airport Overlook is simple enough: a grassy area, a few benches. But it’s the view that brings people here: a front-row seat to watch airplanes take off and land on the Charlotte Douglas runways. It’s rare for an airport to offer public viewing areas, and this is a popular one for families, photographers and plane enthusiasts.

Food Truck Fridays

Area: Citywide
Estimated Price:
Free Admission

Remember when Charlotte had just one Food Truck Friday? No longer. With Food Truck Fridays held in South End (at Sycamore Brewing), in Matthews (at Stumptown Park), in Dilworth (at the corner of Scott Avenue and East Boulevard) and more, you have plenty of options for al fresco (and inexpensive) dining.

UNCC Botanical Gardens

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens

Neighborhood: University City
Estimated Cost:
Free

Here’s a secret: One of Charlotte’s prettiest gardens is free to tour. At the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens, you can explore 10 acres of outdoor gardens between Van Landingham Glen and the Susie Harwood Garden.

Charlotte Regional Farmers Market

Area: Southwest Charlotte
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission

So many veggies, fruits and flowers. The Charlotte Regional Farmers Market is a delight to the senses, offering all the ingredients of a delicious summer dinner. It’s more than produce, however; on Saturdays, butchers, bakers, cheesemakers and even vintners are here, many of whom offer free samples.

Levine Museum of the New South

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Cost:
$9 Adult Admission, Half Off on Sundays

Increase your Charlotte IQ with exhibits covering our city’s history (“Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers”), the role of social justice (“K(NO)W Justice K(NO)W Peace”) and civil rights (“Let Love Reign”). But the Levine Museum of the New South is more than words and images: Panels, tours, and even book clubs enable learning and foster understanding through conversation.

Brewery Tours

Area: Citywide
Estimated Cost:
Free-$10

Sure, you know an IPA from an amber. But how well do you know how beer is brewed? Many breweries in the Charlotte area offer free tours to give you the behind-the-scenes details. Try an Olde Mecklenburg Brewery tour on weekends at 2, 3 and 4 p.m., or learn about Legion Brewing Company’s operations on weekends at 2 p.m.

The view from Crowders Mountain - Photography by Cody Hughes

Hiking

Area: Regional
Estimated Cost:
Free

We’re spoiled for great hikes within a few hours. An hour and a half north of Charlotte, we have Stone Mountain, with its stunning 600-foot granite face; Craggy Gardens, which explodes in rhododendron blooms each June, is two and a half hours away. Then, of course, there's Crowder’s Mountain. Although Crowder’s can get, well, crowded, the views from the top are worth it. Gaze at vultures floating on air currents below and spot a tiny Charlotte skyline, 30 miles east.

Murals

Area: Citywide
Estimated Cost:
Free

More murals continue to appear around town, making art and poetry out of walls, underpasses and bike trails. To create your own mural crawl, go to NoDa and simply look up. A few murals of note: a mural under the Matheson Bridge and a 1,200-square foot mural on the wall of Jack Beagle’s, both by artist William Pucket, and a wall poem at 3204 N. Davidson St. by William Harmon.

Cocktails in the Courtyard

Neighborhood: Myers Park
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission

What's better than cocktails and a view? Weekday evenings, The Duke Mansion hosts this free happy hour event with a cash bar. The 4.5 acres surrounding this century-old Myers Park estate offer picturesque places to sip among the peonies, camellias and crepe myrtles.

Thomas Street Tavern - Photography by Kyo H Nam

Create-Your-Own Bar Crawl

Area: Citywide
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission

South End. NoDa. LoSo. Uptown. Just about every neighborhood offers its own opportunities for custom bar crawls, but we’ll offer two ideas. If you want to spend the night in Montford, start with bowling or bocce at 10 Park Lanes, then hit Moosehead Grill and Angry Ale’s for some beverages, and end the night belting out tunes at Jeff’s Bucket Shop. If you prefer Plaza Midwood, start at Workman’s Friend, then head to Thomas Street Tavern and Common Market. Round your night out with a late-night burger at The Diamond Restaurant.

Mint Museum

Neighborhood: Uptown & Cotswold
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission on Wednesday Evenings

There are two Mint Museums—one Uptown and one on Randolph Road. At the Uptown museum, visit the Romare Bearden Gallery to learn more about this Charlotte-born artist whose visual art was inspired by jazz. At the Randolph location, learn about Native American cultures through ceramics, textiles, baskets, and performance masks, spanning over the past two centuries.

Spring/Summer Reoccurring

Charlotte Knights - Photography by Cody Hughes

Charlotte Knights Game

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Cost:
$8 Advanced, $10 Day of Game

Truist Field’s cheap seats aren’t seats at all: a grassy hill by the first base line offers great views for less than 10 bucks. From April through September, enjoy Friday fireworks, let kids run the bases on Sundays, and watch the Knights transform into the Caballeros during Copa de la Diversion (Fun Cup) nights. Bring a picnic blanket, buy a hot dog and, of course, some peanuts and Cracker Jacks.

Music at the Met

Neighborhood: Midtown
Estimated Cost: Free

This live concert series at Metropolitan in Midtown features acoustic music on the patio along the Sugar Creek Greenway. Bring blankets or chairs Thursday evenings April-September and grab takeout from one of the nearby restaurants: Pisces Sushi, Zoes Kitchen and Pizzeria Omaggio, to name a few.

Spraygrounds

Area: Citywide
Estimated Cost:
Free

No matter how old someone is, the desire to run through spraygrounds never really goes away. During the summer, Mecklenburg Park and Rec offers free spraygrounds all around the county—Cordelia Park, First Ward Park, Latta Park and The Green, to name a few—for days when it’s too nice to be indoors but too hot to stay dry.

Summer Concert Series at Anne Springs Close Greenway

Area: Fort Mill, SC
Estimated Cost: Free to Members, Daily Admission Fee for Non-Members, $5 Parking Per Car

Pack a picnic and some chairs and enjoy live music at Anne Springs Close Greenway every Thursday evening May through July. Beer, wine, soda and water are available for purchase. Dogs and kids are welcome.

Camp North End - Photography by Leandra Creative

Camp North End

Neighborhood: North Charlotte
Estimated Cost: Free Admission

In the 1920s, these buildings produced Model T Fords. In the 1950s, guided missiles. Today, Camp North End is a 75-acre hub for cultural, entrepreneurial and educational groups. Free walking tours are offered every Thursday at noon to learn more about the complex and its history. Attend a free art reception at Goodyear Arts, grab a coffee and pastry during Saturday Morning Markets, visit the North End Farmers’ Market every Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m., from May through October, and enjoy live music and food trucks here on Fridays, from May through October. Look for one-off festivals and movie screenings to crop up, too.

Front Porch Sunday in South End

Neighborhood: South End
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission

A pop-up festival emerges the first Sunday of each month, April to November. Stroll past tables of local vendors, have your pick of food trucks, enjoy live music, and try to resist the adoptable dogs from the Greater Charlotte SPCA. What could be more South End than that?

Movie Screenings

Area: Regional
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission

Forget Netflix. True movie fans know the thrill of a big screen and an audience. Enjoy movies in the great outdoors at Craft Growler Shop and Tasting Room, the Outdoor Cinema Series in Cornelius, Movies in the Park in Huntersville, or Movies on the Green at Promenade on Providence.

Sounds on the Square

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission

Each Friday from May through August, Blumenthal Performing Arts brings free outdoor concerts to the Square at Spirit Square. Acts as diverse as Temperance League, Gina Robinson and Biscuit Miller will take turns taking the stage. Whether your jam is rockabilly, gospel or jazz, you’ll find music to enjoy beneath the lights of Uptown.

Romare Bearden Park - Photography by Kyo H Nam

Romare Bearden Park

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Cost:
Free

Romare Bearden Park offers an impressive lineup each summer, often bringing big names from Charlotte and beyond—like Amanda Shires and Sinners & Saints—to Live on the Green each Friday. Wednesday nights feature Party in the Park, showcasing all genres of music. Bring a blanket and picnic to the lawn beneath Uptown’s towering skyline.

Strawberry Picking at Carrigan Farms

Area: Mooresville
Estimated Cost: Starting at $5

Take a trip to Carrigan Farms for a pick-your-own strawberry experience. Peak picking times are typically April through May, but exact dates depend on the growing season so check before you go. Bring cash or check since cards are not accepted. Kids are welcome, but dogs are not allowed at the farm, so leave the four-legged friends at home.

Spring/Summer Annual

Charlotte Pride Parade 2018

Charlotte Pride

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission

Each August, Charlotte Pride brings well over 100,000 people to Uptown, with participants as diverse as small nonprofits, big banks, churches, gay bars and politicians, all supporting the LGBTQ community. Musicians, drag performers and comics entertain all day, and parties at bars extend the excitement into the early morning.

Circle K Speed Street

Area: Concord
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission

Each year, downtown Charlotte transforms into Speed Street ahead of the races at Charlotte Motor Speedway. While the big shows on the Coca-Cola main stage have an admission cost, the rest of the events are free. You can get autographs from your favorite drivers, listen to concerts on the Mello Yello Stage and tailgate with your favorite Charlotte sports mascots.

Charlotte Jazz Fest

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Cost:
Free

Each spring, you can find plenty of free entertainment during Charlotte Jazz Fest, whether you want to fill your Uptown lunch break with music or take your jazz al fresco at Romare Bearden Park. The fest also includes a second line—also free!—which invites attendees to join in the New Orleans-inspired celebration.

Bojangles Summer Shootout Series

Area: Concord
Estimated Cost: $8 for Adults, Free for Kids

The future stars of NASCAR put on a family-friendly show at Charlotte Motor Speedway, with everything from school bus races to drag races to a go-kart battle between local sports mascots. Ten rounds of the Bojangles Summer Shootout Series occur throughout June and July on the front stretch 1/4-mile oval.

#CharlottesGotALot

Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas

Neighborhood: Plaza Midwood
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission

The Juneteenth Festival commemorates the end of slavery and honors the spirit of freedom through a celebration of African American culture for three or four days every June. This Plaza Midwood festival showcases international drum circles, African dancing, art, fashion, food, storytelling and seminars about the cultural heritage of slaves.

Taste of Charlotte

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission, $10 for 7 coins

Every year for a week in June, the streets close to cars and open to food vendors and food lovers during the three-day Taste of Charlotte festival. Over 100 samples will compete for your attention and your coins—from biscuits to barbecue, pizza to pad thai—so we recommend making a loop before making your choices.

SkyShow Charlotte

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Cost:
Free without Game Admission

One of the best Fourth of July fireworks shows in the region happens at Truist Ballpark after the Knights play. You don’t need a ticket to enjoy a great view of the SkyShow Charlotte fireworks, though; any number of places near the ballpark offer great vantage points, especially from the lawn of Romare Bearden Park. (Tickets to the game start at $12 if you want the whole shebang, but they sell fast.)

#CharlottesGotALot

Matthews Alive

Area: Matthews
Estimated Price:
Free Admission

Celebrate the last weekend of summer with three days of food, fun and entertainment, all while raising money for local nonprofits. Kids enjoy carnival games and rides, adults shag dance to beach music, and everyone comes together for one of the Southeast’s largest Labor Day parades.

Festival of India

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Price:
$7 Admission, Free for Children 10 and Under

This Uptown festival celebrates the diversity of Indian culture through performances of traditional Indian and Bollywood dances, film screenings and an art gallery. Vendors offer Indian foods and souvenirs for sale, and a Kids Art Pavilion allows children to create India-inspired crafts under the guidance of a local artist.

Festival in the Park

Neighborhood: Myers Park
Estimated Price:
Free Admission

Artists fill Freedom Park with paintings, pottery, candles and more during this annual September festival. Wander through exhibit tents, talk with artists and maybe find something pretty to take home. Bands and food vendors inspire lovely picnicking on the hill, and the lights strung between tents reflect off the pond to give the festival a magical touch each evening.

Fall/Winter Annual

Yiasou Greek Festival 2019 - Photography by Cody Hughes

Yiasou Greek Festival

Neighborhood: Dilworth
Estimated Cost:
$3 Admission, Accompanied Children 12 and Under are Free

Opa! Yiasou Greek Festival is one of Charlotte’s great festivals, and it has been since 1978. Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Dilworth invites guests to clap along to live music, join folk dancing and learn about Greek history and culture through lectures and exhibits. Don’t leave without visiting the dessert tent, offering homemade pastries, most of which are just a couple dollars each.

Hola Festival

Neighborhood: Uptown
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission

Celebrate the heritage of Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America at the Hola Festival. Explore the Latin American Cultural Village, which brings the art, food and clothing of 15 countries to Uptown. Or you can dance along to musical performances from international performers on two event stages. Demonstrations will give your feet some pointers, whether you’re looking to improve your skills on the soccer field or the dance floor.

Christmas Town, USA

Area: McAdenville
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission

Move over, Clark Griswold. McAdenville attracts 600,000 visitors from around the country with its bright holiday lights. They string 375 trees with lights on Dec. 1, and they light them each night through Dec. 26. You can drive or walk through the light display for free, or come for the Yule Log Parade and enjoy free hot cocoa and kettle corn while you watch.

Kwanzaa Celebrations

Area: Regional
Estimated Cost:
Free Admission

Celebrate Kwanzaa and each of its principles—unity, self-determination, working together, supporting one another, purpose, creativity and faith—with festivals and events all over Charlotte. Kwanzaa Charlotte holds workshops to teach families about the holiday and hosts celebrations all week long to honor each of the principles.

Charlotte Checkers 1950s Night

Area: East Charlotte
Estimated Cost:
Admission Price Varies

Reminisce over the days—and prices—of yore. On 1950s Night in January, the Checkers restored mid-century pricing to celebrate Charlotte’s emergence as a hockey town in 1956. Get tickets for a Checkers game for a buck or two, dollar hot dogs, and 50-cent sodas and popcorn. And, of course, you get to dance with Chubby Checker… the Checkers’ mascot, that is.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebrations

Area: Citywide
Estimated Cost:
Free

Honor the legacy and continue the work of Martin Luther King Jr. through free commemorations and celebrations throughout Charlotte. HandsOn Charlotte invites the community to join a day of service, offering volunteer opportunities to support neighbors in need. Friendship Missionary Baptist Church offers free and inexpensive musical programs. And museums like the Levine Museum of the New South and Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture offer free lectures and music.

Originally written by Jen McGiveny | Updates made by Amanda Lea in May of 2021