Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Frugal Family Fun: Summer Concert Series

A great cheap (perhaps even FREE) family activity may very well be located in your town. That activity would be a summer concert series. In San Marcos, TX, where I went to college, they had "Summer in the Park" every Wednesday night. It was so relaxing to take a blanket and picnic dinner, sit out on the park lawn, and enjoy different bands play each week. The bands were always different--blue grass, jazz, country, and so forth. It was always kid-friendly, loads of fun, relaxing, and best of all free.

Shortly after moving here to North Carolina, I found out that our local town also has a summer concert series that occurs every other Thursday. These events are also free and include, not only live music, but food & cold beverages. Concerts are family-friendly, but instead of occurring in a park, they are in a large parking lot in the downtown district. However, I'm embarrassed to say that we have never taken advantage of these free concerts! The first concert was this evening and runs through August. I have a schedule, so I will need to make sure and put at least one concert onto our acitivities list for the Summer. Hmmm, which is better, Fatback & the Cadillacs or Legends of Beach? (Beach music is very popular in North Carolina, or at least this part, and anyone dancing to beach music is actually shagging, which I guess is a lot like swing dancing.)

What about your family? What free activities in your town do you like to participate in? Share your ideas here! :)

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