Even during difficult financial times most everyone needs to get away from the regular routine and take some time to enjoy a cultural activity or event. There are such events that are totally free and can be found locally or in a nearby city. Walking downtown past art galleries and craft shops may only be glanced at while on the way to the post office or bank, but on weekends, shops like these are best appreciated by yourself or your family. There are quite a few different places you can go to enjoy the aesthetics of life. Below are some suggestions of what you can do when you are on a tight budget and want to take advantage of local arts:
Local art galleries do not have admission charges like most museums do. These galleries provide local artists the opportunity to display their work so others can enjoy them and ultimately purchase a painting or art print. Of course, purchasing is not an obligation when you visit a gallery, but keep in mind that many artists rely upon word of mouth when it comes to making sales. If you see a painting or sculpture you know one of your friends would love to have, tell them about what you saw. Chances are the right piece of art will look fabulous in your friend’s living room or bedroom.
Book Readings and Lectures
Both large chain and smaller independent bookstores offer book readings and lectures by authors. These events are perfect for book lovers. Borders regularly has a calendar of events posted on their website, so check out who is appearing at your local store. Independent bookstores usually advertise these events in the local newspaper. Invite a friend to attend an interesting book reading on any subject that appeals to you.
Music on the Town Green
Many towns and cities have performers on the town green on weekend afternoons where people can meet and enjoy live music. Jazz, blues, ethnic and independent music performed by local musicians give people a chance to appreciate the local talents of those struggling to get a major record contract. Take some time out to spend an hour at an event like this so you can tell others how great a particular musician is.
Art and Craft Festivals
Most art and craft festivals do not charge admission and allow people to browse different works of art made from a wide variety of media. As with the galleries, you do not have to purchase anything, but it is worth admiring beautiful handcrafted art made by local artisans.