So our country’s in a bit of a financial bind, but for this recent college grad, it’s just more of the same. Being poor sucks, especially in a city like Charleston. You know that whole tourist-in-your-own-town money-saving idea? Not even an option for me. Who can pay $30 to go to a museum? Or even $7? I’d rather buy food. So you’ll understand my excitement about all of the free admission events coming up in town.

This weekend is The Smithsonian’s Free Museum Day. You just have to go online and print out a little pass, and you can get in free to Drayton Hall (normally $14) and/or the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon ($7).

On Wed. Oct. 1, get your tix for the Free Night(s) of Theatre Oct. 16, 17 — tickets are sure to go fast.  Take your pick of PURE Theatre’s Horse Tranqs & Carriage People, Frankenstein at Charleston Stage, and War of the Worlds at the Village Playhouse.

[image-1]The French Quarter Gallery Association‘s 20th anniversary Art Walk is on Fri. Oct. 3. The galleries are always free of course, but when else can you accumulate enough yummy hors d’oeuvres and wine that you won’t have to worry about dinner ($5-$15)?

On Sat. Oct. 4, the Junior League of Charleston will host a free community day at the Gibbes Museum of Art ($9).

Also, we recently learned that if you show up at Middleton Place after 5 p.m., you can stroll the grounds for free! ($25 value —Score!)

Update: This weekend (Sept. 27-28) Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island will waive their $3 entry fee.