Sometimes we assume that we can only enjoy art if we have a lot of extra money lying around.
It’s an easy assumption to make: after all, concert tickets for two can cost well over $100, season passes to the theatre or the orchestra cost a pretty penny, and collecting art for your home can certainly add up, costing hundreds of dollars even for prints sometimes.
So it can be understandable if you throw your hands up in the air and decide culture is a pursuit only for the wealthy.
But I’m here to tell you there are tons of FREE or CHEAP ways to enjoy the arts, and summer is a perfect time to take advantage of them. After all, summer is often when the red carpet is rolled out for free arts events!
Below, I’ve detailed a few local (to me) events in the Twin Cities.
If you don’t live in the Twin Cities, do a quick Google search for “free arts events” in your town. There are always music groups, theatre troups, or small galleries wishing for more audience members. There is inspiration out there, you just have to go out there and find it!
It’s easy to assume you can’t afford to enjoy art.
But it’s just as easy to take 15 minutes to do a little online research about events in your town.
You CAN have fun for free! Make that your mission this week!
When: Tuesday nights in July-August
6:30-7: Dance instruction provided by Tapestry Folk Dance Center
7-8:30: Live music and dancing
Every Tuesday night in July and August, the Minnesota History Center throws a free concert on their lawn. You guys, it’s like a delightful summer party! This year, the acts range from “ultimate party rock”, to WWI standards and ragtime, to New Orleans R&B.
Bonus: Admission to the History Center exhibits is FREE these evenings from 3-8
Tomorrow, Brandon, Little Monster and I are hoping to check out Bluegrass courtesy of The High 48s. Hopefully we will see you there!
When: Saturday July 29- 10 AM- 6 PM, Sunday July 30 10 AM- 5 PM
Loring Park is an oasis perched on the edge of Downtown Minneapolis. Boasting formal gardens and lovely ponds, and a hop, skip, and a jump from the Walker Art Center, this is the perfect location to spend a summer day soaking up culture.
This event features original work by over 140 artists, plus the added fun of strolling musicians, scheduled performances, and children’s activities.
Whether you go to purchase something new for your home collection, or just to look at lovely things and sample something yummy, this is a great option for a July afternoon.
Walker Art Center: Sculpture Garden and Free Events
Even if you’ve never visited Minneapolis before, chances are, if you’ve seen any images of our city, the giant spoon-with-a-cherry-on-top was there.
That sculpture is called Spoonbridge and Cherry and is a famous fixture of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden at Walker Art Center. This sculpture garden is newly redesigned and reconstructed, and reopened this summer. Strolling through the sculpture garden is free. The garden is open from 6 AM to Midnight every day.
When: Every Thursday night, 5-9
So this was a fun surprise to me, even as I’m writing this!
It used to be that Walker Art Center was open for free the FIRST Thursday of every month…
Well, now Target Free First Thursdays have changed simply to Target Free Thursday Nights!
That means EVERY Thursday night, from 5-9, admission to the Walker Art Center is completely FREE. There are often performances, tours, or other events to add further inspiration!
When: First Saturday of every month
Or, if day time is really more your thing, or you have little ones you’d like to share in the inspiration, hop on over for Free First Saturdays.
On the first Saturday on every month, not only is admission free, but there are performances, art-making, and even kid’s films shown from 10-3.
Guess what? There’s a first Saturday coming up soon in just two weekends! If it’s a really hot day, maybe you wanna beat the heat in the cool galleries of the Walker Art Center?
So do you still think you must be “monied” to enjoy the arts?
Take a few minutes to find a free event in your area, then make a point this week to either GO or MAKE PLANS. Don’t just think about it. Call a friend, put it in the planner. Having an inspirational afternoon or evening to look forward to will put a spring in your step!
This week I would love to know:
Do you have any go-to sources of inspiration that are cheap or free? Do tell! And if you have plans to visit any of these places, or have an idea of your own, please share!