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Free and cheap things to do this weekend in Charlotte

by wcnc

Posted on November 2, 2009 at 6:13 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 1 at 6:13 PM

Jody Mace

Cheap and Free Contributor

Looking for some fun stuff to do this weekend in Charlotte? Don't worry if you're short on cash. Just enjoy one of the many free or cheap offerings.

Saturday, May 30th, Piedmont Amateur Astronomers
invites you to star gaze in the parking lot of the swimming area at Lake Norman State Park. Starting at 2PM, you can look (safely) at the sun. When the sun goes down, the telescopes will be set up to allow viewing of the moon, Saturn, etc. They plan to be there until 11:30PM.

International House presents A Children's World of Play at ImaginOn, May 30th, from 1PM to 4PM. Kids will learn games and activities from around the world.

Interested in exploring alternative treatment for whatever ails you? Then attend the Healing Fair Day at the HOPI. Try out chiropractic medicine, vibrational & energetic healing, massage therapy, life coaching and psychic intuitive services. Also, fun kids' activities. Saturday, May 30th, 10AM to 1PM, Healing On Purpose Institute at 552 Williamson Road, Mooresville, NC.

Catawba Land Conservancy, a group dedicated to preserving natural areas, is hosting a Land Conservation Celebration on Saturday, May 30th from 11AM until 4PM, at Redlair Farm & Forest, 144 Redlair Lane, Gastonia, NC. It will feature live music, food vendors, artisans like beekeepers and blacksmiths, kids activities, bouncy castles, hay rides, face-painting, and guided hikes through the nature preserve.

See the Carolina Speed play arena football on Saturday against the South Carolina Force. Free tickets available!

The 2009 Charlotte Shakespeare Festival starts Thursday. Collaborative Arts is presenting Twelfth Night on the Green in Charlotte. If you saw one of their performances of Romeo and Juliet last summer you know what a good time this is. Even if you're not well-versed in Shakespeare, the actors make it understandable, and even, current. The outside setting provides just the right amount of unpredictability too.

The Humane Society's Pet Palooza takes place Saturday. There will be entertainment, dog fashion shows, and plenty to please both the 2-legged and 4-legged members of your family.

Not free, but a fantastic bargain: Charlotte FemmeFest 2009 is taking place on Saturday night. How cheap is this? See over 50 performers for just $15 if you buy your ticket in advance.

For over 20 more free or very cheap things to do, check out the Charlotte on the Cheap Calendar.

Jody Mace is a Cheap and Free contributor on To read more of Jody's blog posts, check out her web site Charlotte on the Cheap.