Free and Cheap Things to Do in Cardiff: 4-10 October

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Welcome back to the Sprout’s Cheap and Free things to do in Cardiff. We got some flak last week for missing one event.

People were like, “How did you miss Kylie?” and “I literally can’t even believe you didn’t have Kylie Minogue in your events listings!” and “This is really bothering me- can’t get the Sprout events listings out of my head!” To them we say begone- tickets for that concert were way too expensive for this list. That’s just not how we do the locomotion round here.

Drawn Together

2-31 Oct 10am-5pm – National Museum Cardiff – Free

Drawn Together is a special drawing event throughout the month at the Museum. This week there are special classes being held by local artists. For example on Saturday at 2pm, artist Maria Hayes will be guiding visitors round the museum to draw the exhibits. Read more and book tickets for the workshops on the site.

Repair Cafe Wales- Cathays

Sat 6 Oct 10am-1pm – Salvation Army Hall, Cathays – Free

Get your stuff patched up for free at Repair Cafe.

“Typical repairs include; basic bicycle maintenance, electrical appliance repair, computing assistance, sewing, ornament repair, and woodworking; though we will have a look at most things (except Microwaves as they are too dangerous).”

HUSH Silent Disco

Sat 6 Oct 8 til Late – National Museum Cardiff – £11

Alright, so maybe it’s not that cheap, but this sounds awesome. You pay a bit over a tenner plus £5 deposit on a pair of two-channel headphones, and you go in to find your tribe… everything’s quiet but once your headphones are on, can you tell who’s bopping to track one and who’s vibing on track two? And did we mention they’re going to be “pushing the statues aside and locking the fossils away” so the dancing all happens under the roof of that prestigious institution- The National Museum!? More info here. Friday night is sold out (though you might be able to get in on the door after 9) but Saturday’s tickets are still on sale here.

Cardiff Half Marathon

Sun 7 Oct 9am – Cardiff Castle, Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff Bay, Roath Park

Get up early on a Sunday to see and be seen at the biggest event this week. It’s probably a bit late to decide to run the 13-miler now, but if you want to cheer your braver and better prepared friends on make sure you show up. Details here.

Lunchtime concert

Sun 7 Oct 1pm – National Museum – Free

A free concert at lunchtime from the students of the nearby Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. Why not? Slightly more info here.

Anim18: BAME British Shorts and discussion

Sun 7 Oct 5pm – Chapter Arts – £5.10 concession

A collection of short films by Black and Minority Ethnic creators will be shown at Chapter in this night which is not to be missed. More info and tickets here.

Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Fest 2018

9-14 Oct – Cineworld Cardiff – Various prices

The 12th Iris festival is upon us. Celebrate identity and sexuality at this festival of movies from all over the world. There’s talks and parties too. Check out the site for tickets. Sprouter Ed is hitting up the festival and has written a preview.

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