The recession may have taken its toll on your wallet, but that doesn’t mean you’re forced to stay indoors. We’ve compiled a list of budget friendly activities for family and friends throughout Philadelphia.

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The Events at Penn’s Landing

Various Locations
Penn’s Landing

Whether it’s the summer concert series or ice skating at the river rink, the events at Penn’s Landing are a guaranteed way to get the most bang for your buck. Rentals at this family favorite ice skating rink are cheap, and most of the summer series concerts are free to the public and suitable for all ages.

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Free Library of Philadelphia

1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

If you’re on a budget, it doesn’t get any cheaper than free. When you’re passing through the city’s museum district, why not check out the Central Library of the Free Library of Philadelphia? In addition to being a great resource for the little ones, the library is constantly hosting informative and interesting author events and writing classes.

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Philadelphia First Friday

Various Locations (Olde City)

The first Friday evening of every month, art galleries throughout the city open their doors to the art-loving public. Visitors are encouraged to browse or buy art at the opening receptions and continuing shows. Feel free to wander among the crowd through the neighborhood’s 40-plus galleries, which generally stay open from 5 until 9 p.m.

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Schuylkill Banks Movie Nights

Walnut Street Bridge
Philadelphia, Pa

Enjoy a night of excitement and laughs on the banks of the Schuylkill River. This free movie series lasts throughout the summer, bringing friends and families together every other Thursday night for a film under the stars.

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Concerts In The Park

18th & Walnut Streets
Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, Pa

How can you go wrong with a free concert in Center City, Philadelphia? Answer: You can’t! For three Wednesday evenings in August, Rittenhouse Square plays host to the annual “Concerts in the Park” series. Make sure you arrive early enough to secure a spot, then enjoy the variety of jazz to rock and country to R&B.