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Travel Tip: Free Events at Art Festivals

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It’s festival season again and that means art lovers are fighting for tickets. But what you want to do is look for all the freebies that come along with these summer art festivals.

In late May, Charleston, South Carolina comes alive for the Spoleto Festival, a 17-day performing arts festival that’s among the biggest in the country.

Most events are ticketed, but there’s no cost for the opening ceremonies, a visual art exhibit at the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, and one-on-one interviews with festival artists.┬á So you can get a taste of the festival without having to spend a dime.

Coming up in July is Artscape, one of the largest free arts festivals in the country. That’s right, the entire festival is free.

It takes place in Baltimore, and we’re talking more than 150 artists where you can view outdoor sculptures, photography, performing arts, and concerts.

Art Basel in Switzerland is just around the corner, but we’ll have to wait until December for the big event in Miami. Most exhibition and events aren’t exactly cheap, but pay attention because every year the festival features public programming that’s entirely free.

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