By Michelle Ventress

Sacramento has a flourishing art scene and you don’t have to dip into your savings account to enjoy it. There are many art exhibits and performances in the area that can be enjoyed without spending a dime. You just have to know where to find them. We’ve compiled a list of our top five favorite free art experiences.

(credit: Crocker Art Museum)

Crocker Art Museum
216 O St.
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 808-1182
Hours: Tues-Wed 10am-7pm, Thurs 10am-9pm, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm
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This diverse art museum features something for everyone. Collections include California and American art, Early Meissen Porcelain, European art, Asian art, and Oceanic and African art. Enjoy free admission on the third Sunday of every month (donations are happily accepted) and on holiday Mondays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, New Years). Active duty military personnel plus one guest receive free admission until September 11, 2011.

Exhibit to See: The Impressionist Exhibit will run through September 25, 2011.

(credit: Consumnes River College)

Cosumnes River College
8401 Center Parkway
Sacramento, CA 95823
(916) 691-7344

Check out the local community college music experience. Cosumnes River College, located off of Cosumnes River Blvd in South Sacramento offers musical performances for the public. Performance to See: The CRC Jazz Band is pretty impressive and the Spring Concert Series is always a hit.

(credit: Skinner Howard Art)

Pamela Skinner/Gwenna Howard/Contemporary Art
723 S St. (In the back)
Sacramento, CA 95811
(916) 446-1786
Hours: Wed-Sat 12pm-5pm and by appointment
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The gallery showcases contemporary art in an impressive warehouse. Most artists are local to Northern California and embrace the edgy style known for Skinner Howard Art.

What to See: Stop by during Second Saturday to check out the current exhibit.

(credit: Fletcher Oakes/SF Mime Troupe)

2012-The Musical
Southside Park
2115 6th St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
Community Park
1405 F Street
Davis, CA 95616
(415) 285-1717

The San Francisco Mime Troup will be bringing their production of 2012- The Musical to two Sacramento area parks. The first performance will be at Community Park in Davis on Saturday, September 10 at 7:00 p.m. The second performance will be held at Southside Park in Sacramento at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 11, 2011. Both satirical miming (to mimic, not pantomime) shows are free to the public. Remember to bring a comfy seat or blanket to sit on in the park.


Second Saturday Art Walk
Midtown Sacramento
(916) 808-2344

Art enthusiasts will appreciate the many forms of art on display at Sacramento’s Second Saturday Art Walk. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the second Saturday of every month, art galleries open their doors to celebrate the art and artists in our area. In addition to art, there is food, drinks, music and much more.

Helpful Hint: Many bars and restaurants in the area also have specials going at this time, so come

Michelle Ventress lives in Sacramento with her husband and two dogs. When she’s not writing or traveling she enjoys spending time working in her garden and volunteering.