Friday, February 16, 2007

Tip: 20 free things to do

Newcomers frequently ask about affordable activities in Charlotte. Here are 20 ideas for free things to do around town, courtesy of the Arts & Science Council. Know of others? Please post them here or e-mail me.

1. The Mint Museum of Art is FREE on Tuesdays from 5 pm-10pm.
2730 Randolph Road, 704-337-2000,
Hours: Tuesday 10:00am – 10:00pm, Wednesday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00pm, Sunday 12:00pm – 5:00pm, Closed Mondays and major holidays

2. The Mint Museum of Craft + Design is FREE on Tuesdays from 10 am-
2 pm and the third Thursday of the month from 5-8 pm.
220 North Tryon Street, 704-337-2000,
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm, Third Thursday 10:00am – 8:00pm, Sunday 12:00 – 5:00pm, Closed Mondays and major holidays

3. The McColl Center for Visual Art is always FREE.
721 North Tryon Street, 704-332-5535,
Contact for individual or group tours.
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 11:00am – 4:00pm. Closed Sunday – Monday.

4. The Afro-American Cultural Center is always FREE.
401 North Myers Street, 704-374-1565,
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm

5. The Light Factory galleries in Spirit Square are always FREE.
345 North College Street, 704-333-9755,
Hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am – 6:00pm, Saturday 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm

6. ImaginOn is always FREE.
300 East Seventh Street, 704-973-2780,
Hours: Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 9:00pm, Friday – Saturday 9:00am – 6:00pm Sunday 1:00pm – 6:00pm

7. Wing Haven Gardens & Bird Sanctuary is always FREE.
248 Ridgewood Avenue, 704-331-0664,
Hours: Sunday 2:00pm – 5:00pm, Tuesday 3:00pm – 5:00pm,
Wednesday 10:00am - noon

8. Chamber Music At St. Peters First Tuesday Concerts are FREE at
12:10pm and 5:30pm the first Tuesday of each month at St. Peter's
Episcopal Church in Uptown.
115 West Seventh Street, 704-335-0009,

9. Take a FREE Public Art Walking Tour around uptown Charlotte.
Contact: Jean Greer, Vice President of Public Art, Arts & Science Council, 704-333-2272

10.Enjoy FREE Family Day Sundays at The Charlotte Museum of History.
3500 Shamrock Drive, 704-568-1774,
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm

11.The Charlotte Symphony offers FREE Symphony 101 talks at the
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Libraries on the second Monday of each
Matthews Branch Library, 230 Matthews Station Street at 9:00am, 704-847-6691; Main Branch, 310 North Tryon Street at 12:15pm, 704-336-2725
Guests who attend the talks will receive a 10 percent off coupon for any upcoming Charlotte Symphony Friday Classics Concerts.

12.North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center offers FREE tours
the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from 11:00am – 2:00pm.
130 North Tryon Street, 704-379-1378,

13.NoDa Gallery Crawls are FREE and are held on the 1st and 3rd Fridays
of the month.

14.Historic South End Gallery Crawls are FREE and are held on the 1st
Friday of the month.

15.Concerts on the Green in Davidson are FREE on Sundays April -
Located at Downtown Davidson's Town Green from 6:00pm – 8:00pm

16.Summer Concerts with the Charlotte Symphony are FREE on Sundays in June at Symphony Park by SouthPark Mall.
Concerts begin at 8:15pm with preludes at 7:00pm

Enjoy FREE Holiday Festivals throughout Charlotte-Mecklenburg including:

17.Matthews Alive – Labor Day Festival

18.The International Festival at UNC-Charlotte

19.Select Charlotte Shout! Events

20.Festival in the Park


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting this. There were a lot of Free things to do around town that I was unaware of!

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Frisbee golf is FREE. Yeah, so are other "park" sports: Tennis, basketball, softball, etc. But frisbee golf is so fun and so accessible that you almost feel like you should be paying for it. So grab a frisbee and get out there. If you *really* get into it, you can buy "real" golf discs for 10ish bucks. Check out where you can get maps of local courses (because it's not always easy to find your way around the courses).

8:53 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Charlotte Folk Society has a free "roots music" concert the second Friday of the month at CPCC, August through June. See for details. There's also a free open acoustic jam at the Charlotte Museum of History on the second Sunday of the month -- which is also the day of the week when museum admission is free!

12:09 PM  

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