Cities are always bustling with fun, exciting things to do. While every city has its own unique charm and style, there are a few types of local events that you can be sure to find in many cities. These types of events are a great way to truly experience the uniqueness of the city you’re in and get to appreciate its culture and people in an entertaining, rich way.
Here are eight great local events that you can find in many cities during most seasons. They’re fun to check out whether you’re a local or just visiting the city for a short time.
If you’re a sports fan, then you’ll be able to enjoy a local sporting event in most cities, depending on the season. Some cities have big, well-known teams like New York’s Yankees. But, don’t forget that other cities have smaller, lesser-known teams that still bring a great show and an exciting event, like the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL ice hockey team. Check StubHub or Ticketmaster with Rakuten to find the best prices on the best seats and get Cash Back.
While most cities have a First Friday event, there are often many other art-centered events that happen in a city throughout the months, especially in the summertime. If you’re visiting a city on the first Friday of the month, then look for where the First Friday art events are happening. Otherwise, check with local art associations or individual galleries that may appeal to you to see if there’s anything special going on. You can experience some local artists while having some wine and relaxing with some locals and fellow art-loving tourists.
One of the best ways to learn about a city is through your stomach. A lot of cities are famous for different types of foods, like Philadelphia is for its world-famous cheesesteaks. Food festivals offer a unique opportunity to try options from a number of local restaurants in one convenient location. These events usually have local brews, craft vendors, and live music as well.
These festivals are similar to food festivals, but they showcase local craft beers, wineries, and distilleries. You’ll almost always also find some food vendors at these events or a taste of the bar menu from the bars participating in the festival.
Live Music Events
If you’re a lover of live music, then you’ll likely have no trouble finding at least one live music option in many cities, any night of the week. Whether you’re looking for a concert at a dedicated music venue, a dive bar with a local band playing some tunes, or an open mic night for local musicians, you should be able to find something that’s music to your ears.
Outdoor Theater Productions
In the summertime, many cities have theater groups that do outdoor productions and live shows. These can be independent theater group events, local high school or college events, or city-sponsored cultural events.
You might be surprised to know that most, if not all, cities will have at least one dedicated comedy club venue. In addition to that, a lot of bars have open mic nights for comedians where you’ll oftentimes find local semi-pro comedians trying out new material and getting some extra exposure. If you’re looking to take in some local flavor of comedy, then find a local comedy club or smaller, third-party type of venue that puts on comedy nights.
Open Mic Night
This category of events covers everything from comedy and music, as noted above, to poetry and other artistic expressions. Whether you’re visiting a new city and into this sort of event or looking for locals in your own city who share your passions and interests, open mic nights are great local events that you can find in many cities. You’ll be able to hear interesting material from aspiring and established creatives and can share some of your own work if you’re ready to take that leap.
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