Going out in Charlotte doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, to prove that statement, we've compiled a list of cheap things to do in the Q.C. this weekend. These events may vary, but they're all entertaining and they won't break your bank (piggy banks excluded).
Open Mic at McGlohon Theater: This open mic, presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts, features everything from instrumentalists and singer/songwriters to dancers, storytellers, poets, jugglers, magicians and more. Get there early for a good seat. Free. March 14, 7:30 p.m. McGlohon Theater, 345 N. College St. 704-372-1000. www.blumenthalarts.org.
18th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade & Charlotte Goes Green Festival: This year's parade features floats, pipe and drum bands, Irish dancers, musical groups, marching bands and more. Includes performances from Loch Norman Pipe Band, Federal Clan Kings, Lissakeole, Rince Na' Eireann Dance School, Rince Na' Eireann Dance School and more. The parade will step off at 11 a.m. at Tryon Street and 9th Street. It will march south on Tryon Street to 3rd Street and then march on to Caldwell Street. Free admission. March 15, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.charlottestpatsday.com.
Green Party w/ NoNoNo at EpiCentre: If there's no big Irish act to perform at EpiCentre's annual Green Party, the next best thing is for there to be a band that has a worthy anthem. Hence, the appearance of Swedish act NoNoNo. Gaining popularity across airwaves in both Europe and America with the single "Pumpin' Blood," this cute little synth-pop trio takes the idea of heartbreak and kicks it right on out the door. The music is pleasant enough to dissaude anyone from the tear-jerking, riot-raging emotional sprees often found in Irish rock, and you just can't help whistling along. DJ Rowshay spins, too. Free admission. March 15, 6 p.m. Pavilion at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St. www.pavilionatepicentre.com.
Green River Revival at U.S. National Whitewater Center: The celebration will kick off with the Color Me Green 5K, a trail race similar to the Color Run. Following the race, the whitewater rapids will turn a bright green in honor of St. Patrick's Day. There will then be live music (Love Cannon and The Mike Strauss Band), food and drinks and a corn hole tournament. The river will remain open to those who want to raft or kayak. For full details, visit www.usnwc.org/green-river-revival-2/. Free admission ($5 for parking). March 15. U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway. 704-391-3900.
More on CL's Big List of St. Patrick's Day shenanigans.