A list of free online entertainment from concerts to coloring pages Last updated April 23, 2020
Free Live Events
- Fridays at 9am – Pink Floyd will add a live gig from their archive to YouTube every Friday starting with 1995’s Pulse. This isn’t live streaming so you’ve got a while to watch them – maybe a week, maybe indefinitely.
- Fridays 11am to Sunday 11am – An Andrew Lloyd Webber musical will stream for free for 48hrs. First up is Phantom of the Opera and it will change every week.
Henry Rollins radio show on KCRW – You can stream all 576+ shows online and the new show goes up every Sunday.
D&D Free downloads – Every day, the official Dungeons & Dragons site is adding new downloads for people to enjoy during quarantine. Some of them will only be up for a limited time, so download the ones you like when they come up.
4pm: Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cuties is live streaming a solo show from his home everyday at 4 PM PST for the next couple of weeks.
4:30pm: Opera at the Met – Each opera is up 4:30pm PST to 3:30pm PST the following day. A different opera is shown each day.
The Globe (The one in England) has a free section of plays and excerpts. There is also paid content for even more Shakespearean entertainment
Henry Rollins Paints Shirtless with The Shirtless Painter…I don’t know what category this should go in, but it had to go somewhere.
All episodes of Star Trek: Picard are now free. You’ll still have to sign up for the CBS streaming service to watch the show, BUT there’s a coupon code that unlocks Picard: “GIFT.” With the code, you get a one month free trial that includes all shows on CBS. **Don’t forget to turn it OFF after a month so you don’t get charged.
GI Joe – The entire cartoon series from the 1980s is on YouTube now. Officially released by Hasbro
Pluto TV – This is a free online streaming service. It has commercials, but it also has loads of TV and Movies
Paris Opera – The Paris National Opera has concerts and ballets they are updating regularly. Their schedule is…puzzling, but there’s a lot there and new things are queued up through June for online viewing for free.
NEW HareBrained Coloring Book Download- These are really funny and …so very random. Just go look
Nine Inch Nails just dropped 2 new albums for free
Brian May is doing guitar tutorials on Instagram
Play the Oregon Trail Game online anytime – in its original basic computer form. You’ll feel like you just loaded it off of a floppy disk
The Worlds Museums
British History Online (BHO) is a digital sources for the history of Britain and Ireland – particularly the period 1300 to 1800. From March 30 – July 31 2020, all transcribed content on BHO is free to access.
Versailles has a virtual tour of the grounds
Paris Museum puts thousands of images online for public use. Go change your desktop to some art for the day!
Virtual Museum Portals – The giant portal to all the digital museums. Here are shortcuts to a few of my favorites:
- National Gallery, London: Here is a virtual tour you can control. You can ‘stroll’ around the museum and spend as much or as little time on each piece as you’d like.
- The British Museum and The National Gallery in Rome do it all: Virtual tour and online exhibits. To stroll around the museum, click the little orange Google guy on the lower right of the museum picture. To look at the exhibits, scroll down on the main page and click an image you want to know more about.
- Creative Commons lets you search for…everything really and tells you how it can be legally used. Try doing a search for ‘Lalique’ or ‘Scythian’ if you want to start down a rabbit hole.
- Neil Gaiman has a section of his website called “Cool Stuff“. And it is. Essays, stories, etc.
- Roddy McDowall & H.P. Lovecraft: 42 minutes of Roddy McDowall reading Lovecraft stories
- Betty White reads Harry the Dirty Dog
- Josh Gad reads kids a bedtime story each night on Twitter
- Julia Child – Every episode of the French Chef is free online
- Astronauts IN SPACE reading bed time stories. I don’t care how old you are, you need this in your life
- Morgan Freeman reads Go the Fuck to Sleep
- Levar Burton Reads – Short Fictions stories by Neil Gaiman, Haruki Murakami, Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury and more
- The Winchester Mystery House – this is a virtual tour of the house with the history.
Multnomah County Library is AMAZING
- You can still check out E books, watch streaming movies and read digital magazines for free through our library. If you haven’t done it before, don’t worry, they have a ‘get started with this service’ link for each one that shows you how to set it up.
- Parents, there are online resources specifically for kids including educational games and narrated e-books.
- Want to listen to music from local artists and hear them before they were famous? The library has that online too.
Not Free but unusual enough to list
- Online Throat Singing Lessons from Enrique Ugalde
- Universal is going to release their movies online the same day they would have hit the theatres. $20 for 24 hour ‘rentals’
- Broadway Shows online: This is a list of broadway shows you can access online. Most of these require a service like Amazon prime or ITunes.
- Curiosity Stream – Literally thousands of documentaries. It’s $20/year so it’s not expensive for the amount of content you’ll be able to access