Arts presentations abound in the Triangle, but experiencing them can deplete the pocketbook, especially if you are buying tickets for a family. Luckily, there are many free events to choose from this season. Heres just a sampling:
Carrboro Music Festival (Sept. 29, various locations around town; carrboromusicfestival.com). This daylong festival features more than 180 performing acts in 25 indoor and outdoor venues downtown. Visitors can listen to bluegrass, folk, jazz, rock and roll, country and classical music played by Triangle-area performers.
Smedes Parlor Concert - Einstein: Speaking of Mozart (Oct. 1, St. Marys School, Raleigh; sms.edu/arts). The kickoff of the schools season of free concerts explores the relationship Albert Einstein felt with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The program includes quotes from both mens writings and compositions that Einstein loved, performed by members of the Ciompi Quartet and other area professionals.
ARTStober (Oct. 26, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh; dukeenergycenterraleigh.com). This annual event features a family-friendly day of performances and activities from the centers resident companies, offering highlights of ballet, symphony, opera, theater and traditional music. The events take place in and around the lobbies of the centers four performance venues.