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Exploring Downtown Mansfield: Free and Fun Activities for Everyone!

Downtown Mansfield is a fantastic spot for a fun-filled day with the family this summer, and the best part is that you can find many activities that are completely free! Attend a concert or festival, take an art class, and so much more. You can also check out the area and enjoy cool shops, awesome public art, and amazing architecture. Afterward, be sure to go and treat yourself to some tasty food at one of the excellent restaurants nearby! With a mix of free events, art installations, and more, downtown is an ideal destination for a wallet-friendly family outing. Keep reading to find out more!


The Back Lot Series

The Back Lot Series is turning up the volume in the back parking lot of 3RD CUP TEA, Two Cousins' Pizza Co., and Relax, It's Just Coffee every first Friday of the month all summer long! Bring your friends, grab some delicious food and drinks, and enjoy the best local talent Mansfield has to offer! The next installment of the series is Friday, July 5 from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM. Come out and enjoy performances by Karyn Wade, Ramjet, and Ryan Kessler.

Richland Source's Newsroom After Hours is a monthly summer concert series held at Idea Works at 40 West Fourth Street. The monthly concert series promises a fun evening out with a talented lineup of performers and additional activities to enjoy. With free food from Doc's Deli and free beer from The Phoenix Brewing Company (for those 21+, of course!), it's the perfect excuse to gather with friends or make new one! The event runs from 6:30-10 PM.

2024 Final Friday Concert Series Lineup at The Brickyard

Enjoy an evening of free music and fun at the Final Friday Concert Series at The Brickyard! On the last Friday of every month until September, head to the Brickyard Stage for a free event that's fun for all ages. Enjoy live performances by talented musicians and indulge in a variety of delicious eats from local food trucks like Bytchn Kitchen, Deja Food, Fry Guys, Panchos Tacos, The Food Tour, and The Looney Lemon. To make it even easier to get to the event, Richland County Transit is offering fare-free, on demand rides to and from The Brickyard! The concert runs from 5:30 to 10:30 PM.


EOA's Art Happens

Relax and unleash your creativity at Element of Art Studio/ Galley's mid -week open studio hours every first Tuesday from 3-5 PM during their Art Happens: Summer Sessions! This free event is open to all ages, abilities, and skill levels, and features art supplies and refreshments. Their art coordinator will be on hand to guide you through projects, so come ready to unwind and let art happen!

Join Element of Art Studio / Gallery's Blackout Poetry Workshop every 3rd Thursday from 6-7:30 PM for a unique and creative experience! Use markers, paint, and discard books donated by the Friends of the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library to create one-of-a-kind poems. Bring your inner poet to life and give new meaning to old classics - all for free!

Calling all artists! Join Element of Art's Studio Saturdays every last Saturday of the month from 11 AM to 2 PM for a free and open creative space. Bring your current project in or start something new and collaborate with others! Light beverages and some art supplies will be provided to fuel your creativity!


Every Wednesday, Richland Carrousel hosts Wacky Wednesday from 11 AM - 1 PM, featuring a variety of free activities for the little ones to enjoy. From story time and yoga to coloring, Simons says, crafts, and free carousel rides, there something for everyone to enjoy.

Mansfield Richland County Public Library

At the Mansfield Richland County Public Library, children can enjoy a range of complimentary activities such as music, crafts, story time, and outdoor adventures. In addition, kids have the chance to receive their very own library card, enabling them to borrow books for home reading and fostering their love for books!

Renaissance Theatre's Pictures on the Plaza

Join Renaissance Theatre for Pictures on the Plaza, a free outdoor film screening each month. Starting at 7:30 PM, enjoy a night of fun and entertainment with your loved ones. Before the movies, participate in pre-show activities, featuring games, craft, and more for all ages. Bring a blanket, some snacks, and get cozy as you watch a classic film together!


There is so much to see, do, and experience this summer in downtown Mansfield! Whether you are a local resident or a visitor, there is something for everyone to enjoy without worrying about breaking the bank. The excitement doesn't end there! Stay up to date with the latest events and activities happening in the area by visiting our website,, and connecting with the community on our Facebook page. Be in the know about upcoming festivals, live music performances, art exhibitions, and more, ensuring that you never miss out on the fun in downtown Mansfield!

So, come hang out with us in downtown Mansfield this summer for a fun time full of cool discoveries, excitement, and community vibes. We can't wait to see you downtown!


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