Free is my favorite price, and there is lots of free entertainment in Venice. Every second and fourth Friday night at 7 p.m., Centennial Park, located downtown between Tampa and Venice avenues, is the site of a free concert. Melanie Massel takes the Gazebo stage on Sept. 12, while Lady Katt and the Howlin’ Dogs perform Sept. 26. The concerts are a gift to us from Venice MainStreet. Come over the bridge around 5 p.m. to have a leisurely dinner at any number of wonderful restaurants in downtown Venice. Then stroll the avenues for some window shopping on the way to the concert. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair. Set it up before you go to dinner and it will be waiting for you when you return. I mean, this is Venice.

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