Free to See: 10 U.S. Arts and Culture Events

Looking to add a dash of culture to your life? We’ve rounded up a great list of 10 free arts and culture events across the U.S. Get a sneak peek of the list below, then find all 10 online. Plus, we want to hear from you. Tell us about another free arts and culture event in the comments section below.

Chicago Cultural Center Chicago, Illinois

This former central library, with its two stained-glass domes, is a magnificent building well matched to the full calendar of outstanding free events taking place inside. Free music and films, dance and theater performances, art exhibitions, and lectures are all here.

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts San Francisco, California

This San Francisco hub for contemporary art and popular culture hosts galleries with an eclectic and ever changing roster of adventurous exhibitions. On the first Tuesday of every month the galleries are free. Or enjoy YBCA by buying a ticket to a film, theater, dance, or other event and get free same-day access to the galleries.

Viernes Culturales Miami, Florida

This monthly festival celebrates the unique arts and culture of Miami’s Little Havana. Watch street performers, join in a domino competition, explore art fairs and galleries, or try salsa dancing. Free tours of Little Havana are also available, but mojitos and cigars afterward will cost extra.

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  1. Jessica Tumposky
    Silver City, NM
    April 2, 2013, 8:23 pm

    AUGUST 2-4, 2013: 2013 Silver City CLAY Festival
    A three day festival in historic and friendly Silver City, NM, showcasing tile, pottery, adobe and natural building processes through workshops, demonstrations, sales, and exhibitions of clay art of all kinds; child-friendly activities, lectures, tours, and films; receptions, dances, and an opening night gala. There will be a week of pre-festival events July 27th through August 1st which will include an adobe labyrinth build workshop, a CLAY Poker Tournament Fundraiser and more.