34 things under $10 to do in Charlotte before summer is over

34 things under $10 to do in Charlotte before summer is over
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Although summer weather tends to linger in Charlotte well into October, the official last day of the season is just over a month away — September 22.

If you’re not quite ready to let go, here are 34 things to do with your last 34 days of summer — all priced at $10 or less.

Many of these are seasonal offerings ending in a few short weeks so get out there while you still can.

Do yoga at USNWC

Where: USNWC, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte NC 28214
When:
Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. through October 30
Cost: Free ($5 to park) | Details

Visit the county’s only public beach

Where: Ramsey Creek Beach, 18441 Nantz Road, Cornelius NC 28078
When: Daily 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. through September 4
Cost: $5 per vehicle for county residents, $8 for non-residents | Details

Padddle boat at University Place

Where: Dave’s Paddle Boats, 8933 J M Keynes Drive, Charlotte NC 28262
When: Summer hours weekdays 6 – 9 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. through September 30; Winter hours are weekends only Oct – March
Cost: $10 per boat for 30 minutes | Details

Cool off at a sprayground

Where: See our Guide to Free Public Spraygrounds
When: Daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day
Cost: Free | Details

Catch a free outdoor movie

Where: Craft Tasting Room & Growler Shop, 1320 S. Church Street, Charlotte NC 28203
When: Fridays at sundown (around 8:30 p.m.) through October 27
Cost: Free | Details

Sample all the frosé around town

Where: See our Guide to Charlotte Frosé
When: Generally offered seasonally
Cost: varies

Sip a poolside sangria

Where: Craft City Social Club, 555 S. McDowell Street, Charlotte NC 28204
When: The Sheraton pool is open to the public Thursday – Sunday; see hours
Cost: $8/glass

Cheer on the Charlotte Knights

Where: BB&T Ballpark, 324 South Mint Street, Charlotte NC 28202
When: Final home game is September 4; see full schedule
Cost: Standing-room-only tickets are $8

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Enjoy a free rapidside concert at River Jam

Where: USNWC, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte NC 28214
When: Thursdays 7 – 10 p.m. through September 30
Cost: Free ($5 to park) | Details

Pack a picnic for Party in the Park

Where: Romare Bearden Park, 300 South Church Street, Charlotte NC 28202
When: Wednesdays 6 – 9 p.m. through August 30
Cost: Free | Details

Catch a double feature at a retro drive-in

Where: Badin Road Drive-In, 2411 Badin Road, Albemarle NC 28001
When: Friday – Sunday; gates open at 6:30 p.m. and first film starts at sundown
Cost: $7 adults, $5 kids | Details

Get a treat at a historic walk-up Dairy Queen

Where: Dairy Queen on Central, 1431 Central Avenue, Charlotte NC 28205 | Dairy Queen on Wilkinson, 2732 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte NC 28208
When: Central 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon-Sat, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sun | Wilkinson 10:30 a.m. – 10 p.m. Mon-Sat, 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. Sun
Cost: varies | Historic details here and here

Toast your Tuesday with a half-price prosecco pop

Where: Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins Street, Charlotte NC 28203
When: Half off all wine, including prosecco pops, every Tuesday
Cost: $7 | Details

Get a house mint julep at Haberdish

Where: Haberdish, 3106 North Davidson Street, Charlotte NC 28205
When: available year round but the shaved ice is so summer
Cost: $8 | Details

Stop by the shave ice hut at Park Road Shopping Center

Where: Tropical Snow, 4205 Park Road, Charlotte NC 28209
When: Mon-Fri 4-8 p.m., Sat-Sun 1-8 p.m.
Cost: $3 – $6 | Details

Do rooftop yoga at the Epicentre

Where: Rooftop 210, 210 East Trade Street, Charlotte NC 28202
When: Mondays at 6:30 p.m. through September 25
Cost: $5 (includes class + 1 drink ticket) | Details

Get an ice cream flight at Golden Cow Creamery

Where: Golden Cow Creamery, 170 West Summit Avenue, Charlotte NC 28203
When: Sun-Wed 1 – 9 p.m., Thu-Sat 1 – 10 p.m.
Cost: 4 scoops for $5.25 | Details

Donate school supplies to Classroom Central

Where: 2116 Wilkinson Boulevard, Charlotte NC 28208
When: Donations accepted Mon-Thu 8 a.m. – noon | Details

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Visit a local farmers market

Where: See our Guide to Charlotte-Area Farmers Markets
When: Many area farmers markets are open year round but some are seasonal only; check our guide

Drink a classic cocktail on an Uptown rooftop

Where: The Imperial, 300 North College Street, Charlotte NC 28202
When: Tue-Sat 5 p.m. – 2 a.m. (live jazz Fridays and Saturdays)
Cost: $10 for Imperial’s basic cocktails — Tom Collins, Manhattan, Moscow Mule, Mint Julep, Cosmopolitan | Details

Get a chocolate-dipped popsicle

Where: King of Pops, 2500 Dunavant Street, Charlotte NC 28203
When: Mon-Sat noon – 9 p.m., Sun noon – 8 p.m. (only available at the Pop Shop, not at the stands)
Cost: $4 | Details

Play sand volleyball at VBGB

Where: VBGB, 920 Hamilton Street, Charlotte NC 28206
When: see court schedule
Cost: court rentals start at $10/hour | Details

Get a Summer Samurai at HEX Coffee

Where: HEX Coffee, 125 Remount Road, Charlotte NC 28203
When: available seasonally

Play an 18-hole waterfall mini golf course

Where: Leatherman Golf, 5845 South Tryon Street, Charlotte NC 28217
When: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. – 9:30 pm., Sun 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Cost: $6 ages 5-15, $8 ages 16-64, $6 ages 65+ | Details

Watch a movie under the stars

Where: Symphony Park, 4400 Sharon Road, Charlotte NC 28211
When: 7 p.m. Fridays in August
Cost: Free | Details

Watch free outdoor Broadway and jazz performances

Where: Spirit Square, 345 North College Street, Charlotte NC 28202
When: 7 p.m. Fridays through August 25
Cost: Free | Details

Sip a lakeside cocktail

Where: See our guide to the 5 best places for waterside cocktails

Celebrate happy hour at the Duke Mansion

Where: Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road, Charlotte NC 28207
When: Cocktails in the Coutyard every Monday – Thursday 5 – 8:30 p.m. through the end of August
Cost: Free to enter, cash bar | Details

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Mix up your happy hour routine with Tiki Tuesdays at Haberdish

Where: Haberdish, 3106 North Davidson Street, Charlotte NC 28205
When: Special tiki drinks featured Tuesdays through September 5
Cost: El Luchador is $10 | Details

Hit a bucket of balls 2 miles from Uptown

Where: Dr. Charles L. Sifford Golf Course, 1225 Remount Road, Charlotte NC 28208
When: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily
Cost: Buckets of balls range from $4 (25) to $9 (80) | Details

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Bike the rail trail

Where: 4.5-mile urban trail along the light rail trails | map
Cost: Free (or rent a B-cycle) | Details

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Get an over-the-top ice cream at Ninety’s

Where: Ninety’s Ice Cream & Sandwiches, 9009 J M Keynes Drive #4, Charlotte NC 28262
Cost: <$10 | Details

Join the Plaza Midwood Tuesday Night Ride

Where: Common Market, 2007 Commonwealth Avenue, Charlotte NC 28205
When: Tuesdays at 7:45 p.m. year round
Cost: Free | Details

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Eat your way through the Agenda Guide to Charlotte Ice Cream

Where: See our Guide to Charlotte Ice Cream

Header photo is yoga at USNWC via Instagram

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