Ever feel as if you’re living in the Land Where Everything Costs a Lot? Along with those nagging daily expenses (food, shelter, extravagant cat treats), along comes back-to-school shopping. Another given: at the very moment when you’re feeling stretched too thin, gas prices rise seemingly overnight to the highest point in the history of the automobile. Fear not! Visit the land of Some Things are Free, with help of ArtsPage HQ.
1 Free 'Romeo & Juliet' outdoors
7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday, Olympic Sculpture Park, Seattle, www.seattleartmuseum.org/getout
One classic meets another: Seattle Shakespeare Company actors will present the timeless romance on the grassy lawn surrounding Alexander Calder’s “Eagle” in these performances.
2 Free 'Comedy of Errors' indoors
7 p.m. Friday, 7 p.m. Saturday 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. Sunday, Seattle Public Theater at the Bathhouse, www.seattlepublictheater.org
Seattle Public Theater’s youth program actors put on a family-friendly “Comedy,” transplanting the story about two sets of twins separated at birth from ancient Greece to rural America.
3 Free Big Day of Play outdoors
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Magnuson Park, Seattle, www.seattle.gov/parks
Experts recommend 30-60 minutes a day of activity for good health. Seattle Parks has hours of fun lined up on Saturday to inspire families to get moving: kayaking, standup paddle-boarding, canoeing, an NFL Play 60 obstacle course, yoga, Kwik Golf and soccer. Plus music by Recess Monkey and School of Rock, food trucks and a dog agility course.
4 Free chamber music outdoors
3 p.m. Sunday, Luther Burbank Park, Mercer Island, russianchambermusic.org
The Russian Chamber Music Foundation hosts “Russian Music in the Park,” a program of Borodin, Glinka, Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky, via the foundation’s new piano quartet in residence: violinist Brittany Boulding, violist Mara Gearman, cellist Kevin Krentz and pianist Natalya Ageyeva. You read that right — there will be a real, live piano at the park.
5 Free art exhibitions indoors
Frye Museum is open 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Sundays, until 7 Thursdays, 704 Terry Ave., Seattle, fryemuseum.org
Lots of mind-expanding stuff here: “Horizon,” which “explores
philosophical, political, and psychological notions of the horizon through the juxtaposition of historical paintings” and a contemporary video work, is at the Frye for just two more weekends. “Buster Simpson // Surveyor,” a survey of the public-art provocateur, and “The Hudson Flows West” are up until Oct. 13.