Free Offerings in the Berkshires

Berkshire Residents Free Admission

Berkshire County residents are invited to visit Pleasant Valley Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is open dawn to dusk. The office and gift shop will be open from 9:00am to 4:00pm. Explore seven miles of beautiful trails and learn about our education programs for all ages.

Starts Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Expires Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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BSO 101

Free music appreciation series with BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra offers insight into music being performed at Tanglewood. Bring or buy a lunch, and arrive ready to hear about great works from the BSO repertoire,and to hear them in new and exciting ways! In the Tent Club. 12:45pm – 2pm.

Starts Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

Expires Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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Kids Free Lawn Tickets

Free lawn tickets for children and young people up to 17! Tanglewood is pleased to offer free lawn tickets for children and young people age 17 and younger. Up to four free children’s tickets are available per parent/legal guardian per concert at the Tanglewood Box Office on the day of the concert.

Starts Friday, July 7th, 2017

Expires Sunday, August 27th, 2017

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Free Admission All Year Long

WCMA sparks new ways of thinking about the visual world through its innovative exhibitions, programs, publications and initiatives. Always free admission!

Starts Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Expires Sunday, December 31st, 2017

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Free Admission

Exhibits on papermaking through more than two centuries of the oldest paper company in America. Free Admission. June – Oct, M-F; Nov – May, Tue – Thur; 1 – 5pm.

Starts Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Expires Sunday, December 31st, 2017

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BSO 101

Free music appreciation series with BSO Director of Program Publications Marc Mandel and members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra offers insight into music being performed at Tanglewood. Bring or buy a lunch, and arrive ready to hear about great works from the BSO repertoire,and to hear them in new and exciting ways! In the Tent Club. 12:45pm – 2pm.

Starts Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Expires Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

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Free Lecture: Wilderness Urbanisms

Clark Fellow Tamara Sears presents “Wilderness Urbanisms: Architecture, Landscape, and Travel in Southern Asia.” This lecture examines the close relationship between human mobility and architecture, and it reflects on the inherent mutability of both built and natural environments. 5:30pm -6:30pm.

Starts Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Expires Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

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First Sunday Free: Any Way, Shape, or Form

Explore the Clark’s sculpture and decorative arts collections during First Sunday Free. Learn more about your favorite three-dimensional pieces with gallery talks at 1:30 pm and 3 pm, then make your own armature and sculpture in our Open Studio from 1-4 pm

Starts Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Expires Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

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Spring Birding at Pleasant Valley

Join Pleasant Valley’s caretaker on a weekly bird walk past beaver wetlands and through woodlands as we look for warblers, tanagers, orioles, and more during the peak of the spring migration and nesting season. Bring binoculars or call ahead to reserve a pair; beginners welcome.

Starts Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

Expires Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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Spring Birding at Canoe Meadows

Spring is the best season to look for migrants of all kinds, especially the beautiful wood warblers, orioles, thrushes, and more. Walk past wetlands and through meadows and woodlands observing changes in bird species each week. Bring binoculars; beginners welcome. 8am – 10am. Canoe Meadows is located on Holmes Road, Pittsfield.

Starts Friday, April 21st, 2017

Expires Friday, April 21st, 2017

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Free Admission

Exhibitions by Berkshire artists, A Chapel for Humanity, Iceberg & robotic installations in two historic churches. Summer Wed-Sun, 12-5pm; Fall Sat-Sun, 12-5pm. Free admission!

Starts Saturday, October 1st, 2016

Expires Sunday, December 31st, 2017

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Music After Hours

Join us on the Terrace every weekend in July and August from 5pm to 8pm for lively evenings of free music played by the region’s most talented musicians. Enjoy delicious food from the Terrace Café and Lucia’s Latin Kitchen, available for purchase.

Starts Saturday, July 1st, 2017

Expires Saturday, August 26th, 2017

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Tanglewood Walking Tours

Free walking tours of the Tanglewood campus last approximately one hour and include visits to the Koussevitzky Music Shed, Ozawa Hall, other music facilities, the Visitor Center history rooms, and more. Experienced volunteer guides discuss the historical background of Tanglewood, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Tanglewood Music Center. Tours are offered Tuesday, 1:30pm; Wednesday, 10:30am; Saturday, 1:30pm, and Sunday; 12:30pm (Sunday tours open to ticket-holders only).

Starts Monday, July 3rd, 2017

Expires Sunday, August 27th, 2017

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Pleasant Valley Volunteer Day

Help us care for our beautiful native gardens, trails/boardwalks, and education spaces. Volunteers are needed for a wide variety of projects throughout the sanctuary. Tools, gloves, and refreshments will be provided. Register online at www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors.

Starts Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

Expires Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

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Join us for Game Night!

Join us for Game Night every Thursday! There will be plenty of games to choose from, and at least one featured game of the night, as well as people on hand to teach them. You can also bring your own games to play with new friends! 6pm – 10pm.

Starts Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

Expires Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

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Looking Anew at European Prints and Drawings

In this lecture, curator Lara Yeager-Crasselt introduces the exhibition Looking North and South: European Prints and Drawings, 1500–1650. Highlighting Dutch, Flemish, German, and Italian prints and drawings from the Clark’s permanent collection, Yeager-Crasselt explores the importance of artistic exchange across Europe in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and the ways in which it contributed to changes and dialogues in artistic practice, tradition, and collaboration. 3pm – 4:30pm.

Starts Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Expires Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

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Free Lecture: Natural Media:Light, Water, and Wind

Cissé’s un-commonsense proposition about “new” mediums is that they are both reducible to natural media and arbitrarily connected to language. This relieves his films from the burden of primitivism, as they begin with the notion that nothing is natural, least of all representations of Africa. 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

Starts Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Expires Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

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Lecture: An Orientalist Gesamtkunstwerk?

In this lecture Robert Sterling Clark Professor Mary Roberts reconsiders the role of Islamic art in this semi-public interior, assessing how diverse sources from around the Mediterranean (including the Arab-inspired twelfth-century Norman palace of La Zisa in Palermo and historic tomb interiors in the former Ottoman capital Bursa) came to inspire this modern interior. Free. 5:30pm – 6:30pm.

Starts Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Expires Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

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Wharton on Wednesdays

Enjoy Wednesday summer afternoons on The Mount’s view-rich Terrace while listening to Wharton’s short stories read by professional actors. Gardens are open for strolling. Wine and other light refreshments are available for purchase. Free! 5pm – 6pm.

Starts Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Expires Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

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Winter Fun at Hollow Fields, Richmond

Join us for winter fun at Hollow Fields. We will sled in the middle field and build snowmen/snow sculptures in the lower field. Hot chocolate and donuts will be provided. Please bring a lunch/snack, water, warm layers and appropriate footwear. If there isn’t enough snow, we’ll walk to the upper fields for great views of Yokun Ridge. 11am – 1:30pm.

Starts Saturday, March 4th, 2017

Expires Saturday, March 4th, 2017

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Les Enfants de l’Yser of World War I

Belgian best-selling author Anne Provoost will share the story of WWI refugee children, their families, and the kind strangers who rescued them. Provoost’s research uncovered a link to her own grandmother, who came into the care of The Children of Flanders Rescue Committee, the charity initiative of Edith Wharton. 3pm – 4pm.

Starts Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Expires Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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