Everyone seems to be feeling the financial pinch lately. With inflation at its highest level in about 40 years, people are paying more for everything from gas to food to rent.
Experts recommend finding ways to cut your expenses as a way to beat inflation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun.
Check out these (really) free and inexpensive entertainment options in Utah — proof that having fun doesn’t have to come at the expense of your wallet.
Summer isn’t over yet, which means you can still watch a free movie under the stars:
The Kenley Amphitheater in Layton Commons Park
There’s no bad seating at the Kenley Amphitheater, which will screen “Where the Wild Things Are” on Aug. 19 and “Jurassic World” on Aug. 26 — both at 7 p.m. The amphitheater is located in the middle of Layton Park Commons at 437 N. Wasatch Drive.
Watch the stars rise from the mountains at a screening of the classic film “Ghostbusters” on August 25 at Solitude (12000 Big Cottonwood Canyon Road). Bring a blanket or low chair to Solitude Village and ride to the Apex Express chairlift to see the movie which starts at 8pm
On August 26 at Liberty Park, the Utah Film Center presents ‘The Biggest Little Farm’ – about a couple who decide to ditch city life and start a farm. The film will screen on the east side of the park (600 East & 900 South), just north of the Chase Home Museum, and will begin at dusk.
Lindon Town Center Park
Get spooky season off to an early start with a screening of “Hocus Pocus” on Sept. 30 at Lindon’s downtown park (200 N. State St.). The movie starts at dusk and free pumpkins and treats will be provided.
Free tickets to the Utah Museum of Natural History
The Utah Museum of Natural History is offering free tickets as a thank you to taxpayers for their support of the Zoo Arts and Parks (ZAP) program, so families can view archeological treasures, gems and more for free Again.
Each booking is for six people and tickets must be used by September 2. Register online here.
Through the Natural History Museum of Utah’s participation in the Museums for All program, anyone with an EBT or WIC card can also receive up to six tickets to the museum for $2 each.
University of Utah students, faculty, and staff with an active U card can visit the museum at any time for free. All veterans get free admission on Veterans Day, Nov. 11.
Free tickets for the Leonardo
Anyone with a Visa America First card can use it for free admission to the Leonardo Museum of Art, Science and Technology—Salt Lake City.
Simply show your card at the box office on the first Wednesday of the month to get up to 10 free tickets.
Free admission to Thanksgiving Point
Thanksgiving Point is another participant in the Museums for All program, meaning anyone with an EBT card can present the card at any of the five Lehi attraction locations and gain free admission for dependent children (aged from 3 to 12 years old) and a $3 admission for each adult. .
Sites include Ashton Gardens, the Butterfly Biosphere, the Museum of Ancient Life and more; adults must pay the reduced admission fee of $3 per room.
Park Jam 2022
Hip-hop fans won’t want to sleep on Park Jam 2022, a free all-ages event on August 21 that gives rappers a chance to show off their skills in the arts of deejaying, rapping, painting, and performing. dance.
Park Jam will be held at Jordan Skate Park (1032 S. 900 West in Glendale) from noon until dusk – bring your own skateboard or scooter and practice your tricks between performances.
International folk festival
As part of its Free-for-All summer series, the Sandy Amphitheater (1300 E. 9400 South) hosts the 11th Annual International Folk Festival.
The August 25 event will feature dance and musical performances from Ireland, Mexico, India, Russia, Hungary and Japan.
American Arts and Music Festival
Experience quintessential American summer fun on August 26 and 27 at the Americana Arts & Music Festival, featuring live music, local art, food trucks, art demonstrations and creative activities for kids.
Taking place at shady Robinson Park (100 E. Main St.) in American Fork, this free festival will include performances from Waterside Road and Joshua Creek, as well as a screening of “The Greatest Showman.”
Free Bee Tickets
Baseball fans can get free tickets to Salt Lake Bees games at Smith’s Ballpark (77 W. 1300 South) just by picking up their groceries for the week.
If you spend between $75 and $149.99 at Smith’s, you can redeem your receipt for a voucher good for two tickets. And if you spend more than $150, you can get a voucher for four tickets.
Vouchers are valid for matches from Tuesday to Thursday throughout the 2022 season; the last qualifying home game of the season is September 22.
Free Mars Exhibit at the Clark Planetarium
Mars is 98.694 million kilometers away, but you can still get a close look at robots exploring its surface, Perseverance and Ingenuity, for the low price of free.
Through Nov. 6, the Clark Planetarium is celebrating the Red Planet with an exhibit that includes life-size models of both rovers and a screening of a new film, “Destination Mars,” in the dome theater.