You’ve seen all your DVDs. You’ve read all your books. You want to get out of the house. What are some good entertainment options in weekend entertainment? Try something different. Is there a Renaissance Faire in your area? A Renaissance Faire is a way to time travel without a Tardis, and they can be found throughout the country. Eat a turkey leg, watch the jousters, listen to the minstrels, and shout huzzah! Dressing historically is optional, but adds to the fun.
When’s the last time you went to the zoo? Walking around the zoo is a good way to get exercise. Watch the prairie dogs play. Listen to the lions roar. See the snakes slither. Get in touch with your wild side.
Ethnic festivals, whether it’s your ethnic group or not, are a lot of fun. They’re usually not too expensive; some have free admission. Watch dancers do a strathspey, a hora, or a polka. Eat bratwurst, haggis, frybread, or shawarrna. Listen to Japanese koto, Scottish bagpipes, Ukrainian bandura, Native American flute, or a Mexican mariachi band. Examine the arts and crafts available for sale. Buy a few souvenirs. Expand your universe.
Are you close to a state or national park? There are 58 national parks. From Mammoth Cave in Kentucky to Death Valley in California and Nevada, from Haleakala in Hawaii to Gates of the Arctic in Alaska, no two are alike. There are 6,624 state parks in the United States, as wildly diverse as Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park in Tennessee with its ancient Native American ceremonial mounds, the Anza-Borrego Desert in California, home to bighorn sheep, coyotes, and chuckwallas, and Niagara Falls in New York, with its awe-inspiring waterfalls. Go for a picnic.
Go for a hike. Check for special events. Pinson Mounds hosts Archaeofest every fall, a celebration of Native American culture and history. Meeman-Shelby Forest has guided pontoon boat tours on Poplar Tree Lake, an annual kids’ fishing rodeo, and frequent historical re-enactment activities. Volo Bog State Natural Area has a variety of guided tours: bog tours, prairie walks, astronomy nights, insect safaris.
Listening to a CD is nice, but nothing compares with live music. How about going to a concert or attending a music festival? Are there coffee shops or bars that host local bands? Try a genre of music you’ve never heard before: reggae, filk, jazz, big bands, zydeco, calypso, bluegrass, classical, gospel. You may not like it You may find a new favorite.