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Summer fun: cheap things to see and do
Cool ideas for family fun on a budget
Published Wednesday, May 29, 2013
by Amanda Raymond

Even with the economy down and money tight, you can still have a good time in Charlotte without breaking the bank. Here’s a list of things for the

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The Double Door Inn offers free live music on Saturdays.

entire family to see and do for some summer fun on the cheap:

Sunset serenades

Tremont Music Hall; 400 West Tremont Ave.

With most shows in the $10 to $12 range, music lovers can enjoy local bands from an assortment of genres, from hardcore to hip-hop. The Hall includes two rooms, the Casbah and Main Hall, that holds 400 and 950 people, respectively, and fans will never be more than 50 feet away from the performers. Upcoming events include Lucky Five playing on May 24 and “A Hunt for Gold” pro wrestling featuring Ring of Honor grapplers.

Double Door Inn1218 Charlottetown Ave.

See a live performance at the establishment that is recognized as the oldest live-music venue east of the Mississippi. The DDI features artists from the diverse genres of soul, jazz, funk, bluegrass and fusion. DJs spin on Thursdays and Fridays, and tickets range from $5 to $12. On Saturdays, it’s free live music on Saturdays.

Movies in the Park

Harrisburg Town Park191 Sims Parkway, Harrisburg

For those who enjoy family-friendly movies and the great outdoors, the curtains are drawn for free movie showings at the Harrisburg Town Park. Kids can enjoy face painting, temporary tattoos, sidewalk art and other pre-show activities put on by University City Fellowship. There is free popcorn and soft drinks available, along with $5 pizzas from CiCi’s Pizza. Bring blankets and/or chairs to view upcoming movies: “Brave” on May 31 and “The Lorax” on Aug. 23.

Regal Summer Movie Express6911 Phillips Place Ct.; 11240 N. Tryon St. and 4289 Park Rd.

Sit back and relax with $1 recent movies the whole family can enjoy. At 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, audiences can look forward to fun movies such as “The Three Stooges,” “Ice Age: Continental Drift” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days.”  Films start on June 11. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute, an organization that promotes and participates in cardio-pulmonary disease research, including asthma and tuberculosis.

Hang out at Common Market

The Common Market; 2007 Commonwealth Ave. and 1515 S. Tryon St.

Free beer tastings, live music, events and $5 wine tastings make The Common Market anything but common. Stop by on June 28 for a new event called Friday Fight Night.  Individuals can sign up and dress up like cats, dogs and chickens to wrestle while the audience places bets. Proceeds will go toward an animal shelter or local charity.

Get cultured at Mint Museum

Mint Museum; 2730 Randolph Rd.

See and be inspired by artwork from around the world, while getting information about health and wellness. On June 29, Mint Museum Randolph is hostinga free Community Wellness day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Attendees can enjoy classic lawn games and dancing in the park and preview the museum’s newest exhibition, “New Eyes on America: The Genius of Richard Caton Woodville,” along with other exhibitions, including “Arts of Africa.” Other activities include exploring Novant Health’s mobile Breast Center and Hemby Ambulance, artist demonstrations and scavenger hunts.

Get in touch with nature

Charlotte Nature Museum
1658 Sterling Road

Children and adults can enjoy live animal exhibits and interactive educational programs at the Charlotte Nature Museum. Leave the city behind for the museum’s Farm Day event on June 15 at 10 a.m. featuring live farm animals and a lesson on the importance and experiences of local farm life. Admission is $6 for non-members.

Take Me Out to Ball Game

Knights Stadium 
2280 Deerfield Drive, Fort Mill, S.C.

Baseball season is in full swing at Knights Stadium, where general admission is $8. Spectators pay $2 for beer and $1 for sodas on Thirsty Thursdays and $1 for hot dogs on Mondays.  Come check out the Charlotte Knights play during “Flashback Fridays,” on June 14, and watch Hall-of-Famer Gaylord Perry throw the ceremonial first pitch, meet fans and sign autographs. On July 26, former Atlanta Braves player Sid Bream, the 12-year Major League veteran famous for his slide into home plate that launched the Braves into the 1992 World Series, will meeting fans and signing autographs.

Sports, Brew and Trivia

CMC-NorthEast Stadium; 2888 Moose Rd.

Buy more than peanuts and crackerjacks at Kannapolis Intimidators’ baseball games this season. Deals on “Thirsty Thursdays” include $5 32-ounce draft beers and “Buy Your Cup” featuring a 24-ounce draft beer in a $5 souvenir cup with $2 refills all season.
On Fridays, enjoy post-game fireworks presented by Cabarrus Health Alliance, along with a $2 16-ounce Bud draft. Catch the Intimidators playing the Savannah Sand Gnats series starting May 30. General admission is $6 for adults and $5 for kids.


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