In many cities, Seattle included, the first Thursday of each month means free admission to various museums that normally charge an admission fee.
So, here in Seattle, there are several major art museums, the natural history museum, the Museum of Flight, a museum dedicated to railways, the Museum of History and Industry, and a maritime museum -- that are free today.
On top of free museum admission, many cities have an art gallery walk on First Thursdays, in the evenings, sometimes offering free parking. For example, in Seattle's downtown Pioneer Square area, from 6 to 8 pm, tonight, almost 3 dozen art venues open their doors to visitors. It's a walking tour of the various galleries, museums, shops and small restaurants, with free parking in a few select parking garages in Pioneer Square.
Some cities choose a different day for free museum admission, sometimes the first Friday or first Tuesday of the month. In some cities, it's referred to as "residents free day". It's worth a google, to see what's available in your area, if museums interest you.
Anyways, these free days make for great outings for me, and the opportunity to take in some of my area's wonderful cultural exhibits, without breaking the budget.
Does your community offer any First Thursday art walks, events or freebie admission?