Category Archives: Free events

Easy and Fun Staycation Ideas

So you desperately need a vacation this summer, but you don’t want to spend the money? Here are some ideas for a wonderful staycation!

1) Turn off your cell phone… Nothing says “out of town” like disconnecting from your network. Even if it’s just for a day, take a break from your cell phone, email, even the news!

2) Bring a destination to the dinner table… Stop by one of these neat Charlotte restaurants to bring the smells and tastes of vacation right to your kitchen: Island Paradise Jamaican Restaurant, Havana Carolina Cafe, Thai Taste, Zeitouni Grill, or Ru San’s.

3) Get your house cleaned… Vacation is appealing because it’s all play and no work. Find a local service to do a one-day deep clean, and you’ll feel like you are in the lap of luxury.

4) Have dinner delivered a couple nights in a row… Running home from work to cook for the family can become quite a chore. Pretend you are on vacation and let someone else do all the work for you.

5) Organize a babysitting trade-off with a few other families… Each night the kids will go to a different home for fun and games. This leaves you with several nights free for some quality alone (and quiet) time and only one night on duty!

6) Get your vacation soundtrack going… Sometimes all you need is good music to feel like you’ve run off to paradise!

7) Read a book… A very popular vacation activity, and the best way to escape at home! If you needs a few suggestions, check out Goodreads.

8) Go outside… Summer is a time to take a dip in the neighborhood pool, stroll around the park with your dog, or just sit on the back deck sipping wine with friends. Vitamin D can really work wonders on your body, mind, and soul.

9) Enjoy local festivals… Charlotte is big enough that there is always something fun to do, especially in the summer. From the Taste of Charlotte to Movies in the Park there is something for everyone. See a list from the Charlotte Observer.

10) Have an at home spa day… Turn your home into a relaxing resort spa: light some candles, soak in the tub, give yourself a foot rub, hire a massage therapist for a house call, gift yourself with a new robe, or splurge on high thread count sheets.



50 Things Every Charlottean Should Do!

Absolutely LOVED this article from Charlotte Magazine! As a resident of our fabulous Queen City, I can check off at least half of the items on this list. However, there are still a few I want to do! What a fun way to make a little bucket list for 2016!


Super Saturday- January 9th!

Super Saturday – January 9th- at ImaginOn!!!! This month Charlotte Mecklenburg Library + Childrens Theatre of Charlotte team up to celebrate the connections we build through STORYTELLING! You’ll get to attend creative drama classes, experience stories from many cultures, hear readings by Young Playwrights for Change, and even share your own stories!

300 East Seventh St., Charlotte, NC 28202, (704) 416-4600

Property of Logan Cyrus


Morrison at SouthPark is holding its annual Halloween celebration on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015, from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This FREE event includes pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, face-painting, a caricaturist, a magician, and a balloon artist!!! Also, kids eat free at Earth Faire (up to 6 kids with one adult meal purchase) from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Come join the fun!

Morrison- 721 Governor Morrison Street, at the intersection of Sharon and Colony Roads.


International Festival- This Weekend!!!

UNC Charlotte is hosting the International Festival this weekend!!!! This FREE event started in 1975, and returns to the campus on Saturday, October 17th, 2015, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Taking place in and around the Barnhardt Student Activity Center, it features booths representing the culture of over 50 nations, staffed by students. Music and dance will be presented on indoor and outdoor stages throughout the day, and kids’ activities like  face-painting will be available as well. The International Game Zone will allow participants to learn about games in various cultures and take part in activities like a soccer match or a life-size chess match. Come on out and join the fun!

International Festival

National Coffee Day!

Krispy Kreme celebrates National Coffee Day, Tuesday, September 29th!!!! Stop by any participating Krispy Kreme and get a free 12-ounce house, decaf or dark roast brewed coffee, plus a free Original Glazed Doughnut. If you want to take it up a notch, you can pay  $1 for a mocha, latte or iced coffee (including a Pumpkin Spice Latte). You don’t need a coupon and you don’t need to make a purchase! Find your local Krispy Kreme HERE!

Coffee Day

Festival in the Park- This Weekend!

The 51st Annual Festival in the Park will take place at Freedom Park, 1900 East Boulevard, this weekend. Entertainment will be provided on FIVE stages, plus there will be food, face painting, and exhibits from local and regional artists. The festival is FREE and family-friendly, so come on out and enjoy the fun!!!

Festival Hours:
Friday, September 25 – 4:00 pm-9:30 pm
Saturday, September 26 – 10:00 am–9:30 pm
Sunday, September 27- 11:00 am–6:00 pm

festival in the park