When visiting any place, one of the best ways to experience its life and culture, is by going to local events and concerts. When you attend any of these, you get immersed in their way of life and get a deeper sense of their character.
For example, if you’re in Umbria, Italy during the summer months, make sure to check out the Umbria Jazz Festival. Go to the festival’s website, or simply get yourself to the center of Perugia’s town where you’ll find information in every corner. You’ll be able to drink good beer and listen some wonderful live, outdoor concerts by artists from all over the world. Or if you’re in Puerto Rico in mid-January, you may want to check out the Fiestas de la Calle San Sebastián, the country’s biggest festival, full of artists, crafts, traditional food and many wonderful performances. Nothing’s more “local” than that!
Now, there are a few ways to get to enjoy local concerts and events when you’re visiting any particular place. First of all, you may want to go to the official tourism page, where these are usually announced. You may also de some research through a search page like Google or Bing, like: Los Angeles Festival September 2013. There’s also social media.
Some other great tools are the many websites dedicated to offering discounted tickets -and sometimes even free tickets- for that specific place. Here in Los Angeles, there are a few like the Play 411, dedicated to offering half-priced tickets for plays in the LA area. You may also use websites like Goldstar which offers great prices for a great vatriety of local events; you may get a $15 ticket to see the LA Philharmonic or to see a professional production of a musical or play. This website also features deals for markets and festivals.
But even better than all of these might be the old-school flyer. Some of the best local activities you could do, you may find in a random bulletin board in the center of town. Always check these out because, just by reading a flyer, you may discover a little gem of a place in the corner of a small street, with local musicians and dancers putting on a show and get some good wine included in the $8 fee, instead of the tourist trap that may cost $50.
Again, there are many ways to find out about local events and concerts and, there are as many ways to get discounted prices for these; but, if look for them you’ll discover wonderful, real performances and activities full of the local energy and flavor. Happy Travels!