5 things to do if you're on a budget this week


First Friday

Art shows featuring local artists will be open Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in Pittsfield's Upstreet Cultural District, including at Hotel on North, The Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, The Marketplace Cafe and more. Don't miss out on free guided tour at the Intermodal Center at BRTA, 1 Columbus Ave., Pittsfield, 5 p.m. p.m. FIRSTFRIDAYSARTSWALK.COM


10th Annual Arts Festival

Head to Otis Saturday for their annual arts festival, featuring artists, crafts vendors, and music by Sandy & Sandy, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Farmington River Elementary School, Route 8 North, Otis. TOWNOFOTISMA.COM/CULTURALCOUNCIL.


Annual festival

The 12th Annual Festival of Books features a two-day book sale and readings and signings by Wesley Brown, Rebecca Morgan Frank, Sulome Anderson, Greg Mitchell and more. Festival opens Friday with a Preview Party, $25, 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 to 5 p.m., after 10 a.m. free; Sunday, free, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 790 NY-203, Spencertown, N.Y. SPENCERTOWNACADEMY. ORG


Film series begins

Don't miss the opening of the First Saturday Free Films Series at Mason Library Saturday at 7 p.m. The event begins with a beer, wine and cheese social, followed by a screening of Nora Ephron's documentary "Everything is Copy" and discussion, presented by Friends of the Great Barrington Libraries. 231 Main St., Great Barrington. GBLIBRARIES.ORG


Fall film series begins

Stockbridge Library opens their Fall Films at Five series, this year featuring five films by Steven Spielberg, Tuesday at 5 p.m. This week's screening is the classic "Close Encounters of the Third Kind." 46 Main St., Stockbridge. STOCKBRIDGELIBRARY.ORG.


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