Going out in Charlotte doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, to prove that statement, we've compiled a list of cheap things to do in the Q.C. this weekend. These events may vary, but they're all entertaining and they won't break your bank (piggy banks excluded).
World Cup Game Watch at Vida Vida: The games continue with a viewing of Chile vs. Australia at 6 p.m. June 13. Vida Vida, 210 E. Trade St. charlotte.vidacantina.com.
Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas at Independence Park: Juneteenth Festival of the Carolinas celebrates the abolishment of slavery. It features African heritage displays, crafts, dance performances, drum circles and other activities. If you can't make it out on Friday, then try for Saturday or Sunday. June 13-15. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Lane. www.juneteenthofthecarolinas.com.
Con A De Arte - A is for Art at Mint Museum Uptown: Con A De Arte - A is for Art is an event that showcases Latin American arts and culture. There's an artists reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. and presentations by several visual, performing and literary artists from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The whole shebang is presented by Art Si, Mint Museum and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Stick around afterwards for Mint to Move, featuring DJ Pepito spinning salsa, mambo, cha-cha, merengue, and bachata. Free admission to Con A De Arte. June 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.; $5 for Mint members; $10 for non-members; $16 for couples for Mint to Move. June 13, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Dance lessons start at 8:30 p.m.) Mint Museum Uptown, 500 S. Tryon St. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Brew Stash Bash at U.S. National Whitewater Center: The event kicks off with a 5K and is followed by craft beer tastings and live music (The Whisky Gentry, John Stickley Trio, The Lower 48, and headliner Robert Earl Keen). Make it a full day by fitting in some rafting, biking or ziplining - that is, before you drinkers are too inebriated to do so. June 14. $5 for four beer sampling tickets and $5 for parking; various prices for activities, but free to lounge and take in sun. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900. www.usnwc.org.
Vintage Charlotte Summer Market at The Fillmore: Folks who like to shop for odd finds shouldn't miss Vintage Charlotte Summer Market. The event, held at The Fillmore, features more than 50 local vendors who are selling vintage, antique and handmade items. Those who aren't in the mood to buy can still have fun browsing. Free admission; $5 gets you in early at 10 a.m. June 14, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. The Fillmore, 1000 N.C. Music Factory Blvd. www.vintage-charlotte.com.
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