Going out in Charlotte doesn't have to be expensive. In fact, to prove that statement, we've compiled a list of cheap - $10 or less - 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).
Fresh Tide: Art + Music + Stuff at Neighborhood Theatre: This month's Fresh Tide features photography by Katherine Kirchner, Alexis Smith and Graham Morrison. It's a good time with an artist's reception at 7 p.m., music from Joshua Cotterino at 8 p.m. and Dylan Gilbert of Hectorina at 9 p.m. There will also be a costume party, drink specials and more. Free admission from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.; $3 cover after 8 p.m. Oct. 30. Neighborhood Theatre, 511 E. 36th St. 704-942-7997. www.neighborhoodtheatre.com.
Awesome Adventures Halloween Bar Crawl: Awesome Random Adventures: Charlotte's 20s & 30s Social Club (a 2014 winner of CL's Best of Charlotte for "Best Meetup to Get You Out of the House") presents this Halloween-themed bar crawl. $10 gets you into participating stops on the crawl for free, in addition to appetizers at Phil's Tavern, a free drink (and a cheapo-friendly $1 drink to follow). Each stop will also be offering specials of their own. $10 (cash only). Oct. 31, 6:30 p.m. Phil's Tavern, 105 E. 5th St. www.meetup.com/awesome-adventures-charlottes-best-20s-and-30s-social-club.
Glitterati Ball at Chop Shop: $10 (in advance) gets you into this Halloween shindig that's well worth getting dress up for. But it's the people-watching that really gets us excited for this event. This year's "Freak Show" theme is sure to feature some very interesting costumes. Oh, and there's a costume contest with $1,500 up for grabs. Oct. 31. Chop Shop, 399 E. 35th St. 704-765-2467. www.chopshopnoda.com.
Grand Opening at Sycamore Brewing: What better way to celebrate Charlotte's ever-growing brewery scene than with a nice, cold craft beer from the newbie on the block, Sycamore Brewing. The grand opening will feature plenty brews, live music (Time Sawyer, Of Good Nature, Little District, and Dust & Ashes) and food (Yummi Banh Mi, Papa Libretto's Street Pizza, Hot Box Next Level Street Food). Free admission. Nov. 1, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sycamore Brewing, 2161 Hawkins St. www.sycamorebrew.com.
Hoot and Howl: Day of the Dead at Carolina Raptor Center: This a different kind of way to celebrate the Mexican holiday of Día de los Muertos. The center will be remembering extinct species with poems and epitaphs, sugar skull decorating, face painting and more. There will also be Halloween games, a costume contest, and other activities that include meeting raptors, owls and the center’s resident “death eaters,” aka vultures. Nov. 1, 11 a.m.to 3 p.m. Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville. 704-875-6521. www.carolinaraptorcenter.org.
Pulled Pork for Prostates at Elwoods Barbecue & Burger Bar: Forget about pints and think smoky, savory barbecue instead. The event features plenty of barbecue, live music and activities. A percentage of sales from the entire day to will be donated to Movember, an event that raises awareness of prostate and testicular cancer. Nov. 1. Elwoods Barbecue & Burger Bar, 16139 Lancaster Highway. 980-819-7711. www.elwoodsbbq.com.
Day of the Dead: Festival of Souls at Levine Museum of the New South: Levine Museum of the New South partners with the Latin American Coalition for this annual celebration with authentic food, alters that honor the dead, storytelling, dancing and sugar skull decorating. Free admission. Nov. 2. Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887. www.museumofthenewsouth.org.