Yes, a no-spend week in the Queen City is an option. Wallets, you can rest easy. Here’s a list of free things to do on a budget in Charlotte, Monday through Sunday.
Mondays at 6:30 p.m. at Heist Brewery, 2909 N Davidson St., #200
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Select a 1-, 3-, or 5-mile route in NoDa. (Option to: Become a Heist Run Club member for $25 a year to enjoy 10 percent off all food items, a 20-oz. beer each time you visit, and more.)
Second Tuesday of each month in 2018, from 4-8 p.m. at Schiele Museum, 1500 E. Garrison Blvd., Gastonia
Indulge in free general admission on these days and explore science, nature and history at the museum. (Option to: Access planetarium programs for $5 at 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Free Tuesdays.)
The first Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at different breweries
Thursdays at 6 p.m. at Unknown, 1327 S Mint St.Get a free class coached by Matt S. and Sydney K. from Charlotte Fit Fam. It gets intense. (Option to: order a brew and snag a seat on the brewery’s new rooftop after class)
Technically any day of the week, but we pick Fridays. UNCC Botanical Gardens, 9090 Craver Road
Stroll the outdoor gardens every day during daylight hours, and take in the McMillan Greenhouse Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m.-4 pm. and Sunday 1-4 p.m. The Greenhouse carries desert succulents, carnivorous and bog plants, a dinosaur garden and more. The outdoor gardens feature a winter trail, Asian garden and more.
Technically Tuesday through Saturday, So we’ll pick Saturdays. McGill Rose Garden, 940 N Davidson St.
Slow down with a few minutes in the rose garden, which offers free admission and free parking Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mid-May tends to be peak time for visitors, but blooming season stretches from late April through early November. It’s not too late to see it!
Every Sunday through Oct. 28, 1 – 2 p.m. Independence Park, 300 Hawthorne Ln.
Whether you’re a total beginner or you’ve been practicing yoga for years, you’ll love this all-levels class held weekly at the southeast end of Independence Park in front of King’s College, led by Rebekah Coggins of Okra Charlotte. Bring a mat or a towel, some water to stay hydrated and a friend to join in on the fun. Find out more here.