There are a variety of ways for budget-conscious tourists to enjoy themselves in Ashland. Try these insider tips from locals:




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162; This year, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival is offering C section seats for just $20 for all performances in any of its three theaters, subject to availability. One hour before the start of performances, OSF also offers "rush" tickets for remaining seats at half price, excluding the already discounted C section seats. High school and college students can visit /plays/studentrushclub.aspx for information on how to buy $12 tickets. Call the Box Office for information on these specials as well as other offers at 482-4331 or 800-219-8161.




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162; OSF presents a variety of free performances with its Green Show in the OSF courtyard. Performances take place all summer before evening theatre performances, every night of the week but Monday. Start times are 7:15 p.m. through Aug. 10, and 6:45 p.m. Aug. 12 through Oct. 12. For more information, visit /greenshow. OSF also offers free talks in the Bill Patton Garden. For the schedule and more information, visit /browse/production.aspx?prod=113.




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162; Go off-Bardway to find less expensive theater. Oregon Stage Works at 191 A Street offers regular tickets for $19 to see such plays as "A Trip to Bountiful" through Aug. 11 and "Tales of Fannie Keenan, Better Known as Dora Hand" through Sept. 29. For information, visit or call 482-2334. Oregon Cabaret Theatre at the corner of First and Hargadine Streets specializes in musicals and comedies, with tickets ranging from $19 to $32. Visit for information.




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162; While it's hard to beat the immediacy of live drama, the Varsity Theatre at 166 E. Main St. downtown screens a variety of movies, including mainstream American, independent and foreign films. Adult tickets are $6 for movies before 5 p.m. and $7.50 after that. Tickets for children and senior citizens are always $5.50. For more information, call 482-3321.




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162; Enjoy the free First Friday Art Walk on the first Friday of each month when Ashland galleries keep their doors open into the evening and showcase new exhibits. Gallery maps are available at most galleries.




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162; Visit Lithia Park near downtown for free access to tennis courts, picnic areas, scenic trails, playground equipment, duck ponds, Ashland Creek and a Japanese garden. The Ashland City Band performs free hour-long concerts at the Lithia Park bandshell beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 14. There is also entertainment before the concerts starting at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 245-9494. Watch free ballet performances at 7:30 p.m. on Mondays during July at the bandshell.




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162; Eat a less expensive lunch so you have money for dinner and entertainment. For suggestions around town, see an Ashland Daily Tidings article on cheap lunches at /2006/0725/072506n2.php.




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162; Consider visiting Ashland during the off-season in spring, fall and winter when room and ticket prices are lower. The town offers events during every month of the off-season, including the "Food and Wine Classic" in November, "Festival of Light" downtown holiday light display and Mt. Ashland Ski Area skiing and snowboarding in winter, the Oregon Chocolate Festival in March and the Ashland Independent Film Festival and "A Taste of Ashland" gallery and food tour in April. For information on events for every month, visit /Files/Ashland%20Events%20for%20web.pdf or call the Ashland Chamber of Commerce at 482-3486.




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162; For free Internet access, visit the Ashland Public Library on the southeast end of downtown.