With the arrival of spring, college students everywhere are emerging from their hibernation. Here’s a list of activities for students wanting to catch some vitamin D without shelling out all their dough.
1. Music Box Lunch Series
Taking place at Romare Bearden Park (the new park Uptown near BB&T Stadium), the Music Box Lunch Series is entering its second year. It is a recurring concert series involving local artists from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.Taking place at Romare Bearden Park (the new park Uptown near BB&T Stadium), the Music Box Lunch Series is entering its second year. It is a recurring concert series involving local artists from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Dates: Began Tuesday, April 7, occurs every Tuesday and Friday from noon to 1:30 p.m.
2. Kings Drive Art Walk
The Fifth Annual Kings Drive Art Walk will occur Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26. This will be a great way to spend some time outside and have the opportunity to view local art at the same time. The gallery will be located on the Little Sugar Creek Greenway, 600 S. Kings Drive (where it intersects with E Morehead St.).
Dates: Saturday, April 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, April 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3. McGill Rose Garden
Enjoy some of the finer things in life? Or maybe you want to stop to smell the roses? McGill Rose Garden sounds like a place for you to visit. Located just outside the northeastern corner of Uptown and approximately 10 minutes from Queens, McGill Rose Garden hosts over 1,000 plant species and many different pieces of art as one of only four All-America Rose Selections in N.C.
Dates: Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
4. Tuck Fest
Tuck Fest is not only about watching action and adventure events. It is also putting on a total of 10 concerts, with performances by Assembly of Dust, Bronze Radio Return, Hiss Golden Messenger, Jason Isbell, JJ Grey & Mofro, Mipso, Strand of Oaks, Sugar & the Hi Lows, Tea Leaf Green and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue.
Cost: $5 per day for parking
Dates: April 17 (first band at 7 p.m.) to April 19 (final band at 5 p.m.)
5. Food Truck Friday
Every Friday at the corner of Camden Road and Park Avenue (approximately 10 minutes from Queens) from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., many of the best food trucks in Charlotte gather to form the top outdoor cafeteria in town. For those worried about the quality of food served from vehicles, give it a try. You may never eat dinner on campus again.
Dates: Every Friday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Well, what are you waiting for? Get outside, confident you can have fun without spending all your money.
This article is part two of a three-article series on cheap, fun activities for college students.