I have to agree. I no longer go to shows I have to pay to enter with exception of BTT50's.
I go to military events and various shut in events.
I make a few passes at the larger events and enjoy the trip to and from them. We have several groups that gather for an evening in the parking lot of popular restraunts or an early morning breakfast and cruise on the back roads.
Mostly I just jump in the car and go somewhere, friends garage, race car shop, club social events and to the ballpark where I play senior baseball.