15 free and cheap things to do in Charlotte: Food trucks, St. Patrick’s Day events + more (2024)

This list is curated by Charlotte on the Cheap, where you’ll find even more free and cheap things to do every day, and detailed by Denise Casalez.

Friday, March 15

UCITY Food Truck Friday

Location: Armored Cow Brewing Co., 8821 JW Clay Blvd #1, Charlotte, NC 28262

Time: 5-9 p.m.

Cost: Free entry

Join University City every Friday for UCITY Food Truck Friday. Taste flavors from some of the top food trucks around the area while enjoying live music. This week, you can expect food trucks like Hot Tamale, Tiny Biscuit and others, plus a live performance from Kris Hitchco*ck.


Location: Town Brewing Co., 800 Grandin Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208

Time: 6:30-9:30 p.m.

Cost: Free entry

This weekend, listen to live music at Town Brewing Co., as Jam By The Van features artists from all genres. Grab a seasonal beverage and jam the night away.

Snack at a Lake Norman charcuterie shop

Location: Table & Board, 416 S Main St, Davidson, NC 28036

Time: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Under $20

If you’re looking for a nice snack or to cater a crowd, check out Table & Board. The charcuterie and wine shop in downtown Davidson offers Ciabatta lunch boxes with seasonal fruit, or customizable snack boxes including salami, artisan cheeses and crackers.

Saturday, March 16

Charlotte St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival

Location: Uptown Charlotte

Time: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Cost: Free admission

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in uptown Charlotte with Irish dancers, live music and food and drinks. The festival runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and the parade lasts from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

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Green River Revival

Location: U.S National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Pkwy, Charlotte, NC 28214

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cost: Free entry, parking for $12

Kick off the spring season early at the Whitewater Center, which will turn the river green for St. Patrick’s Day. It’s also lined up a bunch of festivities, such as the Color Me Green 5K Trail Run, yoga and live music.

Shamrocks & Shenanigans in Mooresville

Location: Downtown Mooresville, 215 N Main St, Mooresville, NC 28115

Time: 3-8 p.m.

Cost: Free festival entry, $30 for bar crawl

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Shamrocks & Shenanigans in downtown Mooresville. The festival includes Irish dancers, pipe bands, food trucks, beverages and more. Tickets to join the bar crawl is $30, but the festival itself is free.

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Sunday, March 17

St. Patrick’s Weekend Block Party

Location: Lake Norman Social District, 21234 Catawba Ave, Cornelius, NC 28031

Time: 12-10 p.m.

Cost: Free entry

Join Thigs co*cktail Bar and Old Town Public House for its 3rd Annual St. Paddy’s Day weekend celebration from 3 p.m.-midnight Saturday and again on Sunday from noon-10 p.m. Guests can expect food, drinks, games and live bands.

Bells and Chimes Market

Location: Super Abari Game Bar, 1015 Seigle Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205

Time: 12-5 p.m.

Cost: Free entry

Celebrate Women’s History Month at Super Abari Game Bar’s first Bells and Chimes Market. This market not only showcases women-owned businesses, but you can also play pinball and enjoy music.

Monday, March 18

Mystery Movie Monday

Location: Regal Cinemas

Time: 7 p.m.

Cost: $5

If you’re a movie fanatic or want to unwind with a film, check out Regal Cinemas Mystery Movie Monday. For only $5, you’ll get to see a brand new movie before its official release — you’ll just have to guess which one.

Tuesday, March 19

Dairy Queen Free Cone Day

Location: Participating Charlotte locations

Time: All-day

Cost: Free

Get a free small vanilla cone at Dairy Queen for its Free Cone Day celebration. The offer is not valid for delivery or mobile orders, and it’s limited to one cone per person.

Arts at the Abbey: Allen Ware, clarinet

Location: Belmont Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont Mt Holly Rd, Belmont, NC 28012

Time: 7 p.m.

Cost: Free

Listen to North Carolina native Allan Ware, who will perform a variety of classical music from the early days of the 1780s clarinet to present day arrangements. Ware, who now lives in Germany, will feature works by Mozart and Anton Stadler, as well as 20th century pieces.

Wednesday, March 20

Flying Biscuit Cafe’s anniversary party

Location: 110 Matthews Station St, Matthews, NC 28105

Time: 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

Cost: $5 breakfast, free slice of cake

Celebrate Flying Biscuit Cafe Matthews’s birthday with discounts. You can get its classic Flying Biscuit Breakfast of two eggs and two chicken sausage patties with gravy and a biscuit for only $5, along with a free slice of cake.

Creek Week Tours and Activities

Location: Stevens Creek Nature Center, 15700 Thompson Rd, Mint Hill, NC 28227

Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Cost: Free

Drop by Stevens Creek Nature Center this week for special Creek Week activities such as hiking the Steven Creeks trail, learning how to keep your drinking water clean and interact with a topographical map, and more.

Thursday, March 21

ArtBreak at Mint Museum Uptown

Location: 500 S Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202

Time: 12-12:30 p.m.

Cost: Free

If you’re looking to do something fun during your lunch break, you’re in luck. You can take a break to hear from a museum docent about the work of arts in the Mint’s collection — and it won’t cost you a thing.

HITS After Six in Indian Trail

Location: Chestnut Square Park, Indian Trail, NC 28079

Time: 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Free entry

Check out HITS After 6 in Indian Trail’s Chestnut Square Park, where there will be live music from Chris Taylor & The Rumor, which will showcase rock, pop, soul and more. There will also be a food truck, drinks and kids’ activities.

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