You can frequently get a discount to see a performance. Joining an affinity club also gives you price breaks. Check the group's Web site.
Ask Charlotte Symphony, Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, N.C. Dance Theatre and Opera Carolina if they offer discounts for seniors, children, students, AAA, ASC members and other groups. Check the Web site.
Students and young adults (under 25): Tickets for symphony classics concerts are $12. Student rush: An hour before performances at NCDT and Opera Carolina, tickets are $10. PAC also has $15 student rush tickets two hours before shows and in advance. Charlotte Concerts provides free tickets for K-12 students; college students pay $10.
Some theaters have pay-what-you-can performances on certain weeknights.
Mint Museum of Art is free 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays; Mint Museum of Craft + Design is free 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and 5-8 p.m. the third Thursday. The McColl Center for Visual Art is free; The Mint and Bechtler art museums offer various discounts.
Get on the mailing list of your favorite group and you could receive offers for a variety of discounts.