A dear friend recently introduced me to a fun (free!) activity that I'm excited to pass along.
Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood is a fantastic place to spend a Friday night, and one of my absolute favorite places to go in Capitol Hill is a little vegan/vegetarian restaurant called Jai Thai. I'm sure the food is great, though I have never tried it. No, what draws me in each weekend is the free comedy show. Fabulously talented comics + a happy hour that starts at 10PM - what else could I ask for?
While you do have to pay for your drinks - obviously - the whole experience is extremely affordable and outrageously fun. The whole cherry on top is that I get to support local artists and businesses. True, I do not spend a ton of money here - usually less than $10 for the entire night's drinks. However, there is another valuable currency in circulation at this particular venue: laughter. And I have plenty of that!
A quick Google search is sure to direct you to a similar institution in your own town - try your luck!