The Daily Lobo wants to you to focus on your education and not have to worry so much about saving money, so we found a few fun things you can do without forking over any cash. If you know of a free event, please send the information to


Join Mark Vonnegut, MD, as he discusses his life with bipolar disorder and how art helped him deal with his diagnosis. The College of Education hosts the lecture, “Art as a Way Out of a Bad Place.”

Vonnegut, son of Kurt Vonnegut, is the author of two memoirs about his life that detail his childhood and the eventual discovery of his disorder. As part of his lecture, Vonnegut will show slides of his artistic creations. The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Continuing Education Auditorium (1634 University Boulevard NE)


If you have never been to the Local Food Festival and Field Day, then this is your chance to finally go! It’s free to get in and there will probably be some yummy samples.

The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Along with lots of local food in little cups, the event hosts lectures, workshops and chef demonstrations. All the questions you ever had about food are just waiting to be answered. The venue is the Hubbell House Alliance, an old house and farm in Albuquerque at 6029 Isleta Boulevard SW.


This week we’ve got a couple of goodies: Someone posted a free silver bike, all you have to do is go pick it up on the northeast side of Albuquerque; another gem is a pillowtop mattress, free to a good home. The ad claims there are no stains or bed bugs, but also no box spring. This could just be a sign that you are a true college student and sleep with your mattress on the floor.


The Denny’s located across the street from UNM on Central Avenue and Columbia Drive wants you to get creative and eat some cheese. To get this deal, you need to find a computer and make your way over to

You pick a card and write a message, 160 characters or less, to someone who you think needs a little extra free cheese in their life. Next, click on a link that takes you to a printable coupon for your own free cheese quesadilla. Now you’ve got one cheesy date to get ready for.


If you can’t afford parking at the balloon fiesta you can head to Old Town for musicals and performance numbers from New Mexico groups such as Mariachi Nuevo Mexico, Los Primos and the National Institute of Flamenco. The event runs until Sunday, Oct. 9. Tuesday and Sunday festivities commence at noon, Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Thursday through Saturday at 11 a.m. The event is at the Old Town Gazebo at 604 San Felipe Street NW.