Jul 14, 2017 - News

These are 10 of the best free dates in town

There’s nothing better than date night, except for when it’s free.

Here are the top 10 free date ideas in our city.

Bike through Plaza Midwood


Every Tuesday night at 8 p.m., a group of riders leaves Common Market for a casual 10-15 mile ride through the neighborhood. Details.

Explore the art scenes in different neighborhoods

The NoDa Gallery Crawl happens every first and third Friday of the month from 6 to 9 p.m. with stops at spots like McGill Rose Garden, Area 15 and Sunshine Daydreams. Details.


South End also offers a free gallery crawl on the first Friday of every month with stops including Charlotte Art League Gallery & Studios and Lark & Key Gallery. Details.

Go hiking

There are 22 trails within 90 minutes of Charlotte, which means you have no reason to keep those sneakers in the closet. See them here.

Hang out at the lake

Here’s every free public access point, mapped.

Listen to live music

There are 11 free music series happening this summer, including River Jam and Bearden Music Series. See them here.

Picnic in the parks

Freedom Park Charlotte

Freedom Park, Romare Bearden and the Green are your best bets, but you can see a full list of your choices here.

Play bar trivia


We’ve done your research for you – here are the city’s 25 best bar trivia spots, sorted by day.

See how the behind-the-scenes works of your favorite brewery

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Chances are, your favorite brewery offers a free tour. Details:

Birdsong Brewing: Tours available upon request. Fill out this form.
D9 Brewing: 6 to 8 p.m. every Friday. Go.
Legion Brewing: Go2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. .
Lenny Boy Brewing Co.: 6 p.m. every Thursday. Go.
NoDa Brewing:: 6 p.m. every Thursday and Friday, 4 p.m. every Saturday and 3 p.m. every Sunday. Go.
Olde Mecklenburg Brewery: 
2, 3 and 4 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Go.
Unknown Brewing: 6:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Friday. Go.

Take the dogs to the park

There are 6 off-leash dog parks in the area – see pictures, a map and the Agenda’s insight into the pros and cons of each here.

Watch planes take off

It’s kid-heavy during the day, but it’s open until 10:30 p.m. seven days a week. Find it at 6499 Old Dowd Road.


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