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Free and Inexpensive Concerts, Movies, and Art in Philadelphia

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In a big city like Philadelphia there’s plenty of fun things to do to keep your free time occupied. But fortunately not all of these things come with a hefty price tag, and many of them are free of charge. Here’s a list of some of these offerings that stand out.

Movie Monday at the Trocadero – Every Monday the Trocadero screens a repertory film on it’s big screen. A lot of times they’ll show a movie that was recently released in theaters right before it comes out on DVD. But other times they’ll show an old school favorite and have a special theme to go along with it (Picture Rocky Horror with a sing along, or The Big Lebowski with bowling and White Russian drink specials.). Not only does $3 get you in, but it also gives you a token that’s worth $3 towards a drink or food, so in essence it’s free. and if you arrive before 7pm you get free popcorn and a PBR! 21+ only. The Trocadero website

XPN Free at Noon – When your a radio station that’s connected to a concert hall you have the potential to use that space effectively. And that’s exactly what WXPN does with their Free at Noon concert series. Every week you have the opportunity to register to attend the concert as they record it live every Friday at 12 PM. It has been going on for the past five years and has featured well known acts such as Peter, Bjorn & John, The Meat Puppets, and They Might Be Giants. XPN Free At Noon

The Rotunda – Since it’s a community gathering place that features things like concerts, poetry reading, classes, art shows, dance parties, puppet shows, and so much more, you would expect The Rotunda to charge a fortune. But the amazing reality is the fact that the majority of these events only cost the suggested donation of $5 that really does go to the cost of these events continuing. But a lot of them won’t cost you a thing! The Rotunda

First Friday Arts Crawl – during every single First Friday a vast majority of the Philadelphia Art Galleries are open to the public for a free viewing. It began in 1991 by the Old City Arts Association as a collaborative open house, and Old City is still the central hub of activity. But it literally goes on everywhere in the city, and even has a small following in suburban areas like The Main Line. Many galleries even base the debut of their newest exhibit around it and give out free food, wine, and other things. First Friday First Friday Philebrity Listings

Philadelphia Museum Of Art – Seriously? If it has housed the artwork of Salvdor Dali, Henri Matisse, Paul Cezanne and so many others it couldn’t possibly do anything that’s inexpensive. But The Philadelphia Museum of Art proves that it isn’t the case by offering “pay what you will” admission every single Sunday. And on most Fridays they have their special Art after 5 event where they showcase the music of a different emerging jazz artist from 5:00–8:45 p.m. and it’s covered in the admission cost. Philadelphia Museum Of Art