Going out in Charlotte doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, to prove that statement, we've compiled a list of cheap - $10 or less - 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).
Play Date at Tempo: Adults can socialize and play games, including chess, UNO, Monopoly, Taboo and more. For a fun night out among fellow adults, this one is worth the admission price. $10 and up. June 27, 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. Tempo, 4809 Wilkinson Blvd. 704-391-8909. www.tempocharlotte.com.
Top Secret at ImaginOn: The Main Library's Made in 1984: Hollywood Movies from 30 Years Ago series screens Top Secret. Free admission. June 28, 2 p.m. ImaginOn's Wells Fargo Playhouse, 300 E. 7th St.
Bearden Music Series: Americana at Romare Bearden Park: The park is great for relaxing, but today you can also enjoy this "Americana" themed event, featuring live music from SquareRoots (3:30 p.m.), Underhill Rose (5:30 p.m.), and Shenandoah (7:30 p.m.). Free admission. June 28, 3:30 p.m. Romare Bearden Park, 300 S. Church St.
Charlotte Caribbean Festival at The Carnival Village: Charlotte Caribbean Festival Association presents this festive event with traditional dance, music, costumes and food native to the Caribbean. Hosted by Mr. Dandalus with music by DJ Thunder. $10; free for kids under 13 years old. June 28, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Carnival Village, 4340 Rolling Hill Drive. http://charlottecaribbeanfestival.com.
Charlotte Symphony: Celebrate America at Bailey Road Park: Albert-George Schram conducts this America-themed show featuring spirited patriotic pieces performed by the Charlotte Symphony. (Side note: The same program will be performed at Belle Johnston Park in Pineville on July 1 and Village Park in Kannapolis on July 2 for free and at Symphony Park on July 3 for $15). Free admission. June 28, 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road, Cornelius. www.charlottesymphony.org.
Bearing Witness: Seeing Through the Lens of Charlotte Photographers at Mint Museum Randolph: Local photographers - including Jasiatic Anderson, De'Angelo Bethune, Daniel Coston, Stephen Graddick IV, Sandra Guynes, Cynthia Mitchell, Tonya Price, and Jon Strayhorn - influenced by the 1950s documentary photography featured in the Bearing Witness: Sonia Handelman Meyer and the New York Photo League exhibit, have created similar black and white and color images photographed in Charlotte. Free. June 29, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Mint Museum Randolph, 2730 Randolph Road. 704-337-2000. www.mintmuseum.org.
Charlotte Symphony Pops: That's Amore at Symphony Park: This is my favorite of the Charlotte Symphony's summer pops series. The concert features zippy and romantic Italian classics like Hector Berlioz's "Roman Carnival Overture," the theme song from Rocky, and Henry Mancini's "Pink Panther Theme." $10; Free for those who are 18 years old and under. June 29, 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Symphony Park at SouthPark Mall, 4400 Sharon Road. www.charlottesymphony.org.