When it comes to having fun and experiencing new things, you don’t need to pay a hefty price tag. In fact, there are a lot of new experiences in Charlotte that won’t even cost you a penny. Try some of these fun activities and embrace the best of Charlotte … for free!
1. Randy Moss Fitness Boot Camp
Looking for a hardcore workout without paying the big bucks? Look no further because the NFL’s Randy Moss offers a free fitness boot camp every Monday and Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m at STAX. Bringing a friend is encouraged, as it makes working out even more fun. From building endurance to toning up and getting fit, this boot camp is a must!
2. Party in the Park at Romare Bearden
Trying to figure out something fun to do on a weeknight? Head over to Romare Bearden Park on Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. for their free concert series, Party in the Park. Enjoy rock, jazz, country and various other music genres in the beautiful park setting. The season concludes on September 14, 2016, so check out their website for the remaining lineup — and pack a picnic and a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy this family friendly (and free!) event.
3. Mint Museum Wednesdays
Art lovers, collectors and creators, the Mint Museum offers free admission to their permanent collections on Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. It’s a great opportunity to see some amazing work at no cost.
4. Billy Graham Library
As a Charlotte local and Christian evangelist, Billy Graham has opened up his former home and established a library and museum to the public for free tours, so that everyone can learn about his life’s work proclaiming the word of God. And yep, totally free.
5. U.S. National Whitewater Center River Jam
The U.S. National Whitewater Center has much more going on than just whitewater, including their River Jam, which runs from May through September. This concert series, which happens on Thursdays and Saturdays, has a variety of performers, varying weekly. Concerts start at 7 p.m. and end at 10 p.m.
6. Bechtler By Night
If you’re busy during the day and don’t have time to visit the Bechtler Museum of Art, Bechtler By Night is the perfect opportunity for you to check out a distinct yet expansive collection of art. All four floors of the museum are open for viewing — free of charge — from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Check their website for schedules of the upcoming dates.
7. UNC Charlotte’s Botanical Gardens
If you’re looking to get outside and see what lush surroundings Charlotte has to offer, spend an afternoon at UNCC’s Botanical Gardens, which are a part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Check out the blooms and bright hues for a relaxing experience. Outdoor gardens are open daily during sunlight hours, while the McMillan Greenhouse is open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m to 4 p.m.; Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
8. The Greenway
Forget the car and explore the city of Charlotte by WALKING! Yes, get those magical 10,000 steps, (or more!) on any part of the 37 miles of developed greenway. It’s free, a ton of fun and great exercise. It’s killing three birds with one stone! Who wouldn’t want that?!
9. South End Gallery Crawl
On the first Friday of every month, Charlotteans can meander through Historic South End’s creative district. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 10 local galleries open their doors for the self-guided tour. The crawl is free but if you see anything you like, the art is for sale.
Meeting new people in a big city can be tough, but #instabeerupCLT can help! Designed as a monthly meetup at a local brewery, the main idea is for people to connect in an authentic way instead of rubbing elbows and passing business cards. Each month, the event rotates to a different brewery and you’ll find people of all ages (well, people over 21) in attendance. Follow the #instabeerupCLT hashtag to find out where the next meeting will be.
Put away your wallet — and get out and explore Charlotte!
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