5 Awesome Budget Friendly Activities to Do in Cleveland

Tired of spending excessive amounts of money trying to entertain yourself in Cleveland? Well, there’s plenty of awesome activities in the Cleveland area that cost little to no money! Whether you want to see world famous artwork, munch on some great food, or enjoy local entertainment; you’ll be sure to find something that sparks your interest from this list.

Cleveland Museum of Art

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The Cleveland Museum of Art is home to pieces of art done by many iconic artists such as Renoir, Picasso, Monet, and Dali. The museum is a major part of the University Circle district and entry to the museum is completely free! The museum recently underwent $350 million worth of renovations that expanded the already enormous building that holds some of the world’s most famous artwork. Walking around the museum can cause you to work up an appetite, so go check out the museum’s restaurant, Provenance! The food is sure to fill you up, but it is the only attraction in the museum that requires you to spend money.

Westside Market

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Built in 1912, the Westside Market holds some of the richest culture in the Cleveland area. The market is Cleveland’s oldest marketplace and now holds over 100 food booths that range from colorful candy stores to meat shops that sell full pig heads! A very large majority of the vendors are Cleveland locals and depend on their fellow Clevelanders to keep their business up and running. A trip to the market will ensure an amazing cultural experience due to the variety of diverse and inexpensive foods and the beautiful architecture of the market.

Wade Oval Wednesdays

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Wade Oval, located in University Circle, is home to Wade Oval Wednesdays. Every Wednesday night during the summer, Wade Oval turns into an electric environment with free music and awesome beer and wine gardens. These concerts are perfect to pack a picnic and take the family to enjoy the music, or take a date for a glass of wine! The only expense you’ll have is your beverages from the beer gardens and any meal you decide to indulge in from the many restaurants surrounding the area.

Rockefeller Park Greenhouse

The Rockefeller Park Greenhouse is an amazingly beautiful four-seasons 1-acre greenhouse that was initially created to supply Cleveland’s parks and gardens with landscaping. Now, the greenhouse is open for the public to come view all of the diverse types of flora. This experience is completely free and is sure to bring some color into your life!

Third Fridays at West 78th Street Studios

The former American Greetings Creative Studios building, built in 1905, is now home to a plethora of artists that work in many styles of art and media. The building holds about 40 tenants that have an array of paintings, sculptures, music studios, auctioneers, and a clothing line. You can go and check out everything West 78th Street Studios has to offer for free every third Friday of the Month. During these free events, the gallery also has live entertainment, many foods options, and a marketplace.


You don’t have to worry about what to do during the week – or even the weekend – with Cleveland’s vast budget-friendly choices. All of these activities are a good way to rally your friends and enjoy an experience all together.


About the author – Sam Wolf:

Sam is a photographer, graphic designer, and writer who is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in visual communications with a minor in media arts at the University of South Carolina. He is from the west side of Cleveland, and has come back here every summer between school semesters.

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