One of the most enjoyable benefits when you retire is the amount of free time you have available. Instead of spending the majority of your week commuting back and forth to an office or attending meetings, you are now free to pursue more leisure activities. The downside is that you may need to spend less to not jeopardize your retirement income security. Fortunately, there are plenty of inexpensive or free retirement activities for seniors. There are great opportunities beyond traditional senior activities.
Open Mic Evenings
If you’re trying to find inexpensive senior activities, many local pubs, comedy clubs and coffee houses sponsor open mic nights. You can actually try those one-liners you have been compiling over the years on an eager audience at a nearby comedy club or recite poetry at your neighborhood coffee house. You can share your talent and meet new people at these free events.
If you enjoy art, another option is to attend local gallery openings. Many art galleries welcome new visitors and hold special evenings when they first open to the public. You may be able to browse exciting art collections while sipping free wine and enjoying delicious appetizers.
Don’t forget to check your local newspaper or TV station for a listing of free concerts in your area. You may be surprised at how many artists perform for free, especially during the summer months. You can spend a relaxing afternoon or evening enjoying some local musical talent.
Volunteer At a Local Theatre or Sports Arena
If you are an active senior who enjoys live theatre and is looking for fun activities, you should consider volunteering at your local theatre. You may be able to work as an usher or cashier for a few hours a week and enjoy some amazing live plays in return. Another alternative is to be a senior volunteer at your local sports arena so you can gain free admission to some of the sporting events.
Think about the activities, hobbies and interests you enjoy. If you enjoy photography, most likely a photography group meets monthly. The same applies to gardening, flowers arranging, woodworking, etc. Many become senior organizations. It becomes a great place to make new senior friends, as well as inexpensive activity.
Free Community Events
Last but not least, be sure to find a local newspaper, magazine or online website that provides a current listing of free community events. Many cities offer special publications with free or low-cost events and activities geared specifically for seniors or retired. You can look for anything from free lectures held at your local library, no-cost nature walks at a local park or very inexpensive crafts or sports lessons at your local community recreation center. Search out your seniors community for other activities. If you spend a little time researching, you may be pleasantly surprised at how many inexpensive or free senior and retirement activities are available to seniors in your area.