There are many things to love about the Berkshires, but one of the best assets that the Berkshires can claim is its culture. We have everything from great museums, to extraordinary musical venues, to historical spots. And true to the generous spirit that can be found throughout the county, many of these cultural events and places are free of charge. Some are free year round, like the bounty of statuary that dots our landscape, or the seasonal fairs and musical events, and some offer certain days throughout the year, opening their establishments free of charge for the whole community to enjoy. Often times, there are fun events planned to coincide with these free cultural happenings
Many of the area museums offer free days at several points throughout the year, enabling visitors a chance to spend some quality time with family and friends, while taking in some of the best art in the entire country. Recently, MASS MoCA had a free day, with all of their galleries open for viewing, along with musical groups, fun activities, and specials on their tasty food selections. They make it especially enjoyable for children, providing activities throughout the museum. The exhibits at MASS MoCA are also always fun for the kids, as modern art can tend to be especially impressionable for young minds. The current exhibits are especially fun, for kids and adults, and many of them are interactive. My children and I, along with my best friend, spent the day browsing the giant galleries, taking part in several of the activities( we came home with an armload of new pieces of artwork, created by the kids), and relaxed over a delicious lunch with live music in the museum’s café
Just today, I visited the Norman Rockwell Museum, where they were holding an opening for the 29th Annual Berkshire County High School Art show, which the museum hosts. This event (on display until March 8) was free, though the rest of the museum was regular admission price. Though the art show was reason enough to go to the museum, with all of the inspiring art pieces done by local art students, I did visit some of the other galleries in the museum. Just viewing the grounds of the museum are a treat in itself, so I head to this museum whenever there is the slightest reason to do so.
There are several festivals and street fairs, art openings at galleries, music in the parks, and even the local stores get in on the action, like Guido’s Fresh Marketplace does, with their ‘Thank You Thursdays’. On these days, the store offers great deals, samples of different foods, and a chance to win one of their giveaways. Locals and visitors alike, could stay quite busy by just going to all of the free events, but if that’s not enough, the local libraries also have a limited number of free passes to local parks and museums, so that you can visit even on one of their regular days for free.
The next free event that I know of is next weekend, the Winter Farmers Market, in Great Barrington. Though this is not a typical free event that would be listed, it’s one of my favorites. Local vendors take over one of the schools, and sell their wares throughout the day, often offering samples. I never walk away empty handed, and usually find a new product to love. Do you know of any other free events coming up? Feel free to give it a shout out, or post a link to the event. Other great sites to look for upcoming events are Berkshire Family Focus, Berkshire Visitors Bureau and iberkshires.
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