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Best Ways to Enjoy Arts and Culture in Your City on a Budget

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Cities are the best place to experience arts and culture because they have the budget and the population to really invest in them, from free events to giving out grants so that small-time artists can bring their visions to life. Art and culture are what make life worth living, and getting out and seeing what is available in your hometown is an absolute must.

What often holds people back, however, is their budget. There is this notion that arts and culture are only for the elite when this is the furthest thing from the truth. You can see live music, go to plays, and see art all on a budget and in many cases for free. Here are some of the best ways you can enjoy the arts on a budget. 

Book Tickets in Advance

Some tickets are going to be costly no matter what you do, which is why it is a good idea to take advantage of a ticket sale, deals, or early-bird bookings. All you need to take advantage of these deals is to subscribe to the relevant sites. From government-run sites that help showcase what is happening in that neighborhood to niche blogs that can help you stay up to date with things like pop up art events, there are so many ways to stay up to date and take advantage of early booking deals.

Take Advantage of Sale Deals

Some industries have additional sale offers that you need to be able to jump in to take advantage of. Rush tickets are first-come, first-serve for great deals on the standard ticket, whereas lottery puts your name in with others to win discounted tickets on the night. Always check if there are discount codes or other offers you can take advantage of when booking tickets.

Stay Plugged into What’s Free Near You

Tickets are not always paid for, either. Sometimes your city might host a free event that is ticketed simply to control the crowd. In order to get your name on that VIP list, however, you need to be one of the first people to subscribe.


A good way to keep up to date with free events is to check back often and to follow galleries, townships, companies and museums on social media. By interacting with these types of posts and accounts, you will actually encourage the algorithm on the platform you use to show you more, both on the explore pages and through sponsored posts.

Find Businesses That Bring Art to You

Take note of who has organized events you enjoyed in the past and follow them or find ways to get involved. There are entire companies that help artists bring an exhibit to life. They might be an event company, or they might operate in the location used to host exhibitions. Just as it is important to follow the artists, following those that help bring these events to life can help you keep up to date with great events that are either free or discounted for early-bird buyers.

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