A lot of generous authors, artists, and educators are stepping up to fill our entertainment needs with free books, performances, and education.
Who are these angels, what’s offer, and where can we find it?
Check out these links below! Also, if I’m missing any, or if you’d like to add your own book to the list, let me know in the comments!
But for now, on to the goodies!
(NB: some of these may be free for a limited time only)
Join Tor.com’s Ebook of the month club and get a free copy of Redshirts by John Scalzi.
Author and podcaster R.B. Wood has lots of freebies on their website.
KJ Charles has put up the first book in her wonderful Magpie Lord series for free here. Full disclosure: this is the series that made her an autobuy for me.
Download over 300,000 books from the New York Public Library.
James Scott Bell, I See Things Deeply, a short story collection.
Jordan L. Hawk, Widdershins – the first book in a much-loved Lovecraftian m/m series. This was the book that introduced me to Jordan’s work, and it’s wonderful.
Marie Sexton, Release – Dystopian m/m
Brad Shreve, A Body in a Bathhouse – a gay murder mystery. This one is fun, also.
Love ballet and opera? The Paris Opera is streaming both for free.
Want to visit some lovely gardens without leaving your living room? Check these out.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore is livestreaming fishies on its website.
Do you love documentaries? Take a trip to Documentary Heaven!
Like Broadway shows? Try a free seven day trial of Broadway HD.
How about some free fantasy-based video games?
Disney and the Kennedy Space Center are teaming up to present a cool selection of online activities for kids.
Fan of the Unexplained? The Winchester Mystery House is offering free virtual tours.
Want to go for a Safari? Do it virtually with the Cincinnati Zoo.
Are you in Scotland? The National Trust for Scotland has also scrapped entrance fees for visitors.
The U.S. National Parks have waived admissions fees to all national parks during the crisis.
How about some free online art classes from major universities?
Try some free streaming baking tutorials from London bakery Bread Ahead.
Bestselling children’s author Mo Willems is teaching drawing for kids.
Give it a Listen
Do you like Audiobooks? Audible has made hundreds of them free, including a large number of beloved childrens’ stories.
The New York Metropolitan Opera will livestream shows nightly at 7:30 PM on their website. You can also access 700 operas on demand using their app. (This costs money, but there is a free trial period.)
Download John McLaughlin’s album Is that So? Right here.
Feed Your Mind
Interested in marine biology? Oceans Initiative is hosting a virtual marine biology camp.
Another wonderful roundup of all sorts of free entertainment and learning.
Did you know you can visit 12 of the world’s great museums online, right now?
A roundup of all sorts of free stuff right here.
Michelin-starred chef Massimo Bottura is offering a free virtual cooking class on Instagram.
Ivy league schools are giving 450 free courses right here.
Learn just about anything, at any level, for free at Khan Academy.