Category Archives: Free Stuff

Boston Book Festival

BBFThe Boston Book Festival takes place next weekend October 23 – 25 in Copley Square and through out much of the Back Bay. I believe this marks the 6th annual book festival which has grown significantly and last year attracted more than 25,000 people.

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Herbie Hancock, Norman FosterThe weekend event combines a street festival with an array of authors and other literary presenters from here and around the world. Daytime events at the Boston Book Festival are free and there are some lectures and other evening events that are offered for a modest fee.   If you’ve never attended this free, public event in Boston, I’d encourage you to check it out.  More information about this year’s Boston Book Festival may be found on their website, www.bostonbookfest.org.

Community Goya mural in Copley Square

Santander Bank Goya Public Mural

SANTANDER BANK HOSTS “PAINT-BY-GOYA” EVENT IN COPLEY SQUARE

Oct. 18th and Oct 19th   from 11am – 3pm in Copley Square

Attention art lovers.  James Weinberg, a local artist, has been commissioned to replicate Goya’s painting “The Parasol” on a gigantic 8′ x 12′ canvas and you are invited to help contribute to this signature piece by following a numerical color key and adding corresponding colors to this piece of community art.

The community “Paint-By-Goya” mural is inspired by the 170 paintings, prints, and drawings of Goya’s work that are included in the exhibition “Goya: Order and Disorder” on view at the MFA now through January 19, 2015.

MFA Boston free on Columbus Day

Museum of Fine Arts BostonMonday, October 13th The Museum of Fine Arts Boston will be open and free to the public.

The  MFA would like to invite you to spend Columbus Day visiting their exhibit “Goya: Order and Disorder” or checking out their eye popping, “Hollywood Glamour” exhibit that includes glittering gems and gowns.  More information about the MFA Free Fall Open House, here.

Illuminus D in Boston

Illuminus BostonIlluminus D is a three day event that is free to the public, taking place October 9th – 11th at The Lawn on D.  This experimental event will bring together different communities, audiences and area residents for innovative programming and events in Boston’s  Innovation District and South Boston neighborhood.

In conjunction with Boston’s first annual Illuminus festival which will take place on Oct. 25th, Illuminus D will be a public celebration featuring large-scale projections and light installations alongside immersive sound, performance, and multimedia experiences that re-imagine the city at night.  Each night is intended to offer unique opportunities to interact with technology and the visionaries who make them happen.

Thursday, October 9 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM – Play:  Learn from the best with interactive workshops and tutorials on 3D projection mapping, sound and motion-responsive technology

Friday, October 10 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM – Experiment: Digital artists are invited to make use of powerful projectors to animate buildings and structures around the Boston Convention Center.

Saturday, October 11 from 4:00 – 10:00 PM – Dance: Select the link to see the line up of artists who will be on hand to perform.

First Friday at South End studios

Photographer: Ali Horeanopoulos

Photographer: Ali Horeanopoulos

Looking for something different to do?  Tomorrow, Friday, October 3rd is the SoWa Artist Guild First Friday celebration.  Visit 450 Harrison Ave in the South End to meet the local artists, walk through their art studios and check out their work.  More than 60 artists routinely open their studios for the “First Friday” of every month.

For more details check out the SoWa First Friday Facebook Page.

November Project – Stair workout Wednesday morning

Soldiers Field StadiumI’ve talked about the November Project a number of times over the past few years and thought I’d remind everyone that gym memberships are not necessary in Boston thanks to this group.

Every Wednesday morning the November Project host their free  morning workout at Harvard Stadium.  Click here for details.

Where: Harvard Stadium – 65 N Harvard St (Allston, MA)
When: Wednesday, October 1
Time: 6:30AM – 7:30PM
Admission: Free

Johnny Diaz at South End Library Tuesday, 9/30

looking for providence johnny diazMiami native and one time Boston resident and Boston Globe reporter, Johnny Diaz, returns to the South End branch of the Boston Public Library to read from his new book, Looking for Providence.   I wrote about Johnny’s book in my July post, Summer reading list.

No plans on Tuesday, September 30th? Head over to the South End annex of the BPL at 685 Tremont Street from 6:30 – 8:00 PM and meet Johnny.

More event information about this free event here.