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How to Save Money Travelling with Free Festivals

Updated on September 25, 2014

Let's be honest - planning an affordable family vacation can make any sane women trade in her cup of tea for a glass of wine. Thankfully, there is one trip planning secret that is often overlooked but can really add to the enjoyment of any trip: your ability to save money travelling with free festivals.

Depending on your travel destination, you are likely to find multiple events and attractions that are created to share cultural pastimes and traditions while educating people about things outside of their own back yard. The beauty of attending free festivals while travelling extends far past the chance it gives you to save money on entertainment. The truly infallible feature is that even with the diversity of each festival's theme, each one is generally built on a foundation of good food, music, friendship and laughter - the ideal ingredients for a perfect day spent making memories!

Lessen the Cost of Entertainment While Travelling

A family trip is a time to bond, be adventurous, spend quality time together, learn new things and create memories that will be treasured forever. It's unfortunate that sometimes the expense of the trip itself gets in the way from some of the fun that we would like to have.

A lot of times the joy of travelling becomes a bit clouded by the cost of entertainment and sightseeing. However, by incorporating some free festivals into your family vacation plans, you can create memorable family moments without breaking the bank.

Renaissance Festival
Renaissance Festival | Source

Popular Types of Free Festivals

  • Music Festivals
  • Art Fairs
  • Cultural Celebrations
  • Community Events
  • Seasonal / Holiday Festivals
  • Renaissance Fairs
  • Film Festivals
  • Craft Fairs
  • Pet Shows
  • Food Festivals

Hot air balloon festival.
Hot air balloon festival. | Source

Check the Community Calendar of Your Destination

From art festivals to music venues, historical re-enactments to pet shows, it is not uncommon to find a destination offering you the ability to save money while travelling with free festivals readily available. During the summer months many locales host festivals of some sort every weekend, if not all week long. Before deciding on a definite vacation week, check the community calendar of your destination to see what events are up and coming.

When you are making travel plans, it will also serve you well to remember that festivals are celebrated everywhere. So don't limit yourself to only exploring your specific destination. Check festivals and events being held in nearby areas. With your family's interests in mind, consider locations in the surrounding area that are easy to get to by car, and see what events are being held that could maximize your fun exposure while on vacation.

Free festivals offer so much more than just a chance to save money travelling; they are a golden opportunity to experience something new and exciting while building a lifetime of memorable moments with your family.

Carnival in Uruguay
Carnival in Uruguay | Source

There are so many festival types; you are bound to find one that everyone in the family will enjoy. But don't be afraid to try something new. The ability to save money travelling with free festivals is a great way to expand your mind, and encourage your kids to appreciate the joy of the unknown. Worst comes to worst and it's not your cup of tea, no worries - it was free! So don't think twice about hitting the road and moving on to the next adventure.

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      Shopping in PJs 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi JamaGenee,

      Timing can definitely be an issue for finding free festivals! Some times of year there are so many to choose from in some areas, and other times of years it's very limited. The King Biscuit Blues Festival looks like quite the event - I'm sure you must have enjoyed that!

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      Joanna McKenna 

      4 years ago from Central Oklahoma

      Alas, when I used to travel a lot, my vacation time never seemed to coincide with festivals, fairs, etc., so my kids and I had to be content with non-free activities. But weeks before departure, I'd collect discount coupons for admission to zoos and such, and 2-for-1 coupons for restaurants and such, which softened the impact on my wallet considerably. However, after the kids left home, a friend and I did make a trip out of the annual blues festival in Helena, Arkansas - most of which was free.

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