wHave you ever been sitting at home pondering what you should do with your boring, pathetic life? Yeah, we probably all have. Well, in case you were unaware of how to Google things to do in your area, fear not! I have the solution to your sadness.
Open gaming days are exactly what they sound like (I'm noticing that trait being common - board games really aren't that hard to understand, huh?) Local game shops which specialize in board games (ergo, not Barnes and Noble, comic shops, or other stores which happen to stock a few board games on the back shelf) will typically have one or two days/nights during the week that people can come in and just, you guessed it, play! I know, you're thinking, "It's too good to be true!" Well, it's true. And here is why it's freakin' awesome.
For one thing, it's free! ("No way!") Yes way. I have yet to see a store charge anyone for coming in and just trying out some games. So this can be a great way to try out some games that look/sound interesting to you before you actually buy them. Of course, the stores are not going to have every game known to man in their library of trials, but you should still be able to find plenty of new things beyond Monopoly and Sorry! worth trying out.