Saving up for that summer vacation? You're not alone. Fortunately there's plenty of free events that make it easy to save away for your getaway. From bookstore comedy shows to rooftop pool parties to mingling with culture contemporaries at summer exhibitions, here are Jackalope Ranch's top three picks of no-cost community events.
Kick off summer with the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art as it hosts its annual Summer Opening Celebration. This free event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, May 23, and feature the summer exhibitions "Bill Owens: Suburbia" and "Linear Thinking: Selections from the Permanent Collection" as well as a the continued installation of "Beauty" from the spring exhibition "The Five Senses." For details, visit smoca.org or check out the event on Facebook.
Stop by the Lustre Rooftop Garden on Thursday, May 22, from 6 to 9 p.m. for Pop Culture Travel's free launch party. The local startup travel agency will be throwing its introductory bash inside the Fresco room. This no-cover event features free appetizers, drink specials, and raffle prizes including a free staycation at the Hotel Palomar. To register, visit the event on Facebook.
If you're looking for laughs, look no further than the Off the Cuff Comedy Show at Changing Hands Bookstore. This free all-ages event at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 20, is an improv show in the vein of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. For details, visit www.changinghands.com.