As the breweries and restaurants continue to pop up in and around Charlotte, the temptation of saying ‘no’ in order to save money can be extremely difficult. We battle FOMO (fear of missing out), but we also want to put that money in the bank. Luckily, there are tons of fun things to do in the Queen City that are budget-friendly and under $10.
Every Sunday at noon, you can grab a free lunch at NoDa Company Store (3221 Yadkin Ave.) Past meals have included burgers, tacos, chili and more. This would be a perfect activity before a Panthers’ game.
Located just behind NoDa Company Store is the NoDa Farmers Market (701 E. 36th St.), which is held every Saturday from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. The market offers locally grown, raised and produced foods. Vendors include Burton Farms, Orrman’s Cheese Shop, A Smart Cookie, Eli’s Lemonade Stand, Nasos’ Olive Oil and more. Prices vary.
After enjoying some fresh produce, make sure to check out the Davidson and 35th Streets mural by Osiris Rain and the Southern Tiger Collective mural by Alex D. Free
Grab an early dinner at Rhino Market (420 Church St.). Order a Chicken Torta Sandwich for $8.65 with tax.
Devour a meal at Green’s Lunch (309 W. 4th St.). Order two cheese dogs and one chili cheese fry for $8.40 with tax.
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Eat your meal at Romare Bearden Park. Make sure to take a few pictures for the ‘Gram. Free.
Ride a Lime scooter around for a few minutes. It only costs $1 to unlock the scooter and 5 cents/minute of the ride. Keep track of the cost on the app.
Head on over to Graham St. Pub & Patio (400 S. Graham St.) for free live music starting at 7 p.m. Upcoming acts include Jaxx & Jacks and the Parks Brothers.
Walk or run the Rail Trail. Soak up the cool weather, walk your pup and fill out your wishes on the ‘Before I Die…Chalkboard’. Free
Continue your workout at Max & Lola Bodega (1501 S. Mint St.) with a free yoga session on Saturdays starting at noon.
Use Uber, Lyft or the light rail to go to Olde Mecklenburg Brewery (4150 Yancey Rd.) or The Unknown Brewing Co. (1327 S. Mint St.) for a free brewery tour.
Eat your day’s worth of fried goodness at Price’s Chicken Coop (1614 Camden Rd.) by ordering a 1/4 Chicken Dinner with coleslaw, French fries, hushpuppies and a roll. Add an iced tea for a grand total of $9.30.
Head to the one and only Shell Gas Station (200 East Blvd.) to devour the fried chicken two piece breast and wing, plus a side and a drink for around $8.48.
This neighborhood was voted as the top neighborhood in all of Charlotte by CharlotteFive readers, so you know there’s plenty to do.
Sip on a $2 mimosa from Brazwells (1627 Montford Dr.) on Sundays. Then head over to The Turnhouse Grille (1600 E. Woodlawn Rd., Suite 100) for $1 oysters, shrimp and wings before 6 p.m.
End the night singing karaoke at Jeff’s Bucket Shop (1601 Montford Dr.). It’s only $1 to become a member but it’s free to sing all the karaoke songs you please. Crowd pleasers include ‘It’s Raining Men’ or any song by the Backstreet Boys.
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