On a budget? Looking to save funds for your next adventure? Or simply just don’t want to spend your hard-earned cash on yet another social outing? We get it, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for another weekend of Netflix and chill at home. Check out our top picks for free weekend activities to keep your social life thriving on the cheap.
1. Trivia Night! At Crescent Ballroom
Ward of your Sunday Scaries from 6 to 8 p.m. every week at Crescent Ballroom for the chance to win all kinds of great prizes — from bacon to concert tickets — with no buy-in necessary. Plus, if you want to make a night of it, you’ll enjoy food and drink specials at rock bottom prices, like $4 house wines, $1 chips and salsa or $3 bean burritos.
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We are ready for First Friday- are you? Every First Friday from 6-10pm, admission to the Museum is Pay-What-You-Wish voluntary donation. Find some bliss at #PhxArt. #Repost @johnnyrocketttt 💫 Artwork: Glenn Ligon, Palindrome #1 (detail), 2007. Collection of Phoenix Art Museum.
2. Get Cultured at the Phoenix Art Museum
While regular adult tickets for the Phoenix Art Museum go up to $23, you can save yourself a buck (or 23. . .) by being strategic about your visit. Enjoy pay what you can admission on First Fridays (the first Friday of each month) or during Discount Tire Free Family Sundays on the second Sunday of each month. Just make sure to throw a couple bucks into the donation box to earn yourself some good karma.
3. Enjoy Arizona’s natural beauty at Papago Park
At Papago Park you can enjoy the desert landscape in the center of the city — with dog-friendly hiking trails, fishing lakes and picnic areas you can make a day out of exploring this expansive park. While you’re there, make sure to check out the iconic Hole in the Rock formation at sunset.
4. Catch a free concert at Tempe Marketplace
Enjoy cooler temperatures this fall with a handful of free, full-length concerts by nationally recognized acts at Tempe Marketplace. Upcoming shows include singer-songwriter Barns Courtney in September and rock duo Missio in December.
5. Brush up on your Arizona History
Stop by the Arizona Capitol Monday through Saturday and take a tour through Arizona’s history for free. Exhibits include artifacts from The USS Arizona that was destroyed during the Pearl Harbor attack, the now-retired Governor’s office and a 7-foot Lego flag — to name a few.
6. Take a hike
Hiking is one of the top things to do in Arizona (especially when the weather dips under a hundred degrees and you don’t have to start your hike when it’s dark out. . .) and fortunately there’s no shortage of trails — from Tom’s Thumb in North Scottsdale to Camelback in Arcadia to Hidden Valley at South Mountain.
What’s your favorite local spot? Let us know in the comments or tag us on socials using #DCFray and #FrayLife
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