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Nine events that are free this weekend

Last weekend I embarked on something called the i75 Yarn Crawl, which is a four-state, self-guided tour of yarn shops and fiber studios. I drove up to Michigan (windows down, music up) and was financially irresponsible (knitters will understand). So now I’m broke. But that’s cool because our arts organizations rock and there are tons of free things to do this weekend.

Once again ProMusica Chamber Orchestra is gifting the community with three free magical summer evenings listening to classical music in the beautiful Franklin Park Conservatory on Thursday, Saturday & Sunday (Aug. 8, 10 & 11).

Of course you’ll have difficult choice to make in the magical free concert category: This Thursday’s Heritage Music Festival performance is The Solutions Band.

And, The Cultural Arts Center’s Conversations & Coffee series features Jeff Stahler is also Thursday.

Friday, Aug. 9 offers up a fun evening with Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati and Eric Zoueh, the artists behind Columbus’ latest major mural project. The talk will be at Serendipity Labs and led by Columbus College of Art & Design President Melanie Corn. The event is free, but space is limited so you need to pre register.

On Saturday Festival Latino kicks off at Genoa Park and runs through Sunday.

On Sunday, Aug. 11, Urban Jazz Coalition is doing a tribute to Sly & the Family Stone as part of the free music series in Worthington’s village green. In other free Sunday concerts news … Parker Louis is at Goodale Park, the Sweet Adelines are at Whetstone Park of Roses, Jesse Henry is at 934 Gallery.

If I weren’t completely depleted of funds, here are a few things that I would love to check out.

Columbus Children’s Theatre production of Bring it On: The Musical opens Thursday at the Garden Theater. Also opening Thursday is CATCO’s production of My Way: A Musical Tribute to Frank Sinatra.

On Friday Colin Gawel and Joe Oestreich of Watershed fame will be at Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza doing an evening of acoustic music and stories—and with 20 plus years in the music biz, it’s fair to say these men have stories.

Of course there’s even more when you search events on ColumbusMakesArt.com. You can also find a list of regularly scheduled free programs. And as usual you can share your arts experience photos with #artmakescbus.

Lacey Luce is a digital strategist for the Greater Columbus Arts Council who has a serious addiction to expensive high-end yarn made by independent hand dyers. Follow her knitting adventures on Instagram @laceyluce.

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