Category Archives: Free Stuff

Shakespeare on the Common starts Wednesday

Commonwealth Shakespeare CompanyThe Commonwealth Shakespeare Company returns to the Boston Common for their 19th season, bringing free performances of William Shakespeare to the public.

This year the CSC presents Twelfth Night, one of Shakespeare’s most popular plays.  The play has a romantic bent and centers on twins, Viola and Sebastian, separated by a shipwreck.

Performance Schedule for 2014:  July 23 – August 10, 2014 by the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common; Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM / Sunday at 7 PM with a matinee show at 3PM on Saturday July 26th.  Details here.

The Welcoming Committee:  TWC is encouraging the LGBT community to join them on Thursday, July 24th.  While the event is free, they are asking anyone planning to join and watch with them to RSVP here so they know how much space to save.

Free Fun Fridays

Free Fun Friday

Source: Rose Lincoln /Harvard University Staff Photographer

Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation summer program, Free Fun Fridays,  seven different museums and cultural venues will be free and open to the public on Friday, July 25th. This program features a wide variety of free admissions this week including places like Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum and Battleship Cove.

All these venues are FREE this Friday, July 25

Thank you Highland Foundation for your continued, generous support of these institutions. I hope readers take advantage of these weekly treats and visit one or more of these venues this summer.

National Sand Sculpting Festival Revere Beach this weekend

Sand Castle Revere BeachThis weekend more than 350,000 people are expected to come down to Revere Beach to see the National Sand Sculpting Festival that will take place Friday thru Sunday 10:00 am – 10:00 pm.

A few years ago Sergio and I went down to check it out and I have to admit the sculptures were really impressive. More information about this free event can be found here.

Donna Summer roller disco tribute Friday

Donna Summer TributeIn honor of Donna Summer, who was born and raised in Boston, the city in collaboration with Together Boston will host a Donna Summer Roller Disco Tribute on Friday, July 18 from 6 to 10 p.m in City Hall Plaza.

Adding to the Donna Summer celebration will be two of Boston’s loved drag queens, Frieda Fries and Nicholle Pride of Perestroika who will model the late disco queen’s iconic styles.

Rollerskates and blades can be rented on Friday free of charge at the event, and if you don’t want to skate, you can just come and dance to the classic disco tunes played by Dorchester DJ Kon and friends.

Free Friday Flicks: Goonies

Free Friday Flicks BostonThis Friday, Free Friday Flicks, will be showing the 1985 film, Goonies, in HD at the DCR Hatch Shell.  Show time starts at 6PM this Friday so don’t dally otherwise you’ll miss this adventure film that takes seven young friends on the adventure of a lifetime as they seek the secrets behind the treasure of the notorious pirate, One-Eyed Willie.

WHEN: Friday, July 18,  6:00 pm

Free Fun Friday

Free Fun Fridays Highland FoundationThanks to the Highland Street Foundation, Free fun Fridays has returned to Boston this summer. This Friday, July 18th, seven different museums and cultural venues will be free and open to the public; including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston.

These venues are FREE this Friday, July 18

Thank you very much Highland Foundation.  I love your Free Fun Fridays.  To see all the venues that are free this Friday, visit the Highland Foundation page here.

Free fitness options check out Boston’s Emerald Necklace

Emerald Necklace bike and running pathsInspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I wanted to write a week long series about the many opportunities to work out for FREE in the city.

Since today’s suggestion is intended as an activity for tomorrow (Saturday), I’m going to suggest an option that can be done at your leisure – when it is most convenient for you.  Tomorrow consider taking a bike ride, walk or run along Boston’s beautiful emerald necklace; a string of six parks that includes: Back Bay Fens, The Riverway, Olmsted Park, Jamaica Pond, Arnold Arboretum and Franklin Park.

Depending on where you live you can pick the most convenient portion of this string of parks to run, walk or bike.  You may download a map of the Emerald Necklace, here.

Bootcamp Friday mornings in Christopher Columbus Park

Christopher Columbus ParkInspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I wanted to write a week long series about the many opportunities to work out for FREE in the city. Thus far, I’ve talked about a variety of workout options around the city.  But I’ve yet to talk about the many options in Boston’s North End.

For example, did you know that every Friday there is a free Boot Camp in Christopher Columbus Park? The class runs from 6:30 – 7:30 AM so set your alarm clock a bit earlier than usual and head over to the park. You can read more about free work out classes hosted this summer at Boston parks here.

Free yoga classes each Thursday at Frog Pond

Yoga ClassesInspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I wanted to write a week long series about the many opportunities to work out for FREE in the city. Thus far, I’ve talked about a variety of workout opportunities in Allston, the Financial District and along the Esplanade. If those locations are not convenient for you – perhaps you’d find this weekly class (every Thursday) at Frog Pond in Cambridge more to your liking. Every Thursday from 6:00 – 7:15 PM free yoga classes are hosted.

More classes are offered each day if this is a convenient location in Boston for you.  To check out the full calendar of activities peruse The Boston Parks Fitness Series here.

Boston Harbor Hotel presents Wizard of Oz this Friday

Rowes Wharf Free MoviesThe Rowes Wharf Sea Grille at Boston Harbor Hotel will show The Wizard of Oz on a large outdoor screen set up to the side of the large gazebo by the waterfront.  Similar to the Free Friday Flicks hosted at the Hatch Shell – these movies are open to the public, but unlike the shows at the Hatch Shell this attracts fewer children.

The Wizard of Oz
Starring:  Judy Garland
Movie time: Sunset at 8:22PM (July 11)

For the full calendar of free movies at Rowes Wharf link here.

Free work out suggestion along the Esplanade

Charles River Jogging PathInspired by an article last week in The Boston Globe that shared some of the many great outdoor fitness classes offered around Boston, I thought I’d include a week worth of suggested free fitness classes you might want to try.  If the November Project morning workout on Monday wasn’t of interest or if you weren’t able to get to the Tuesday morning or evening classes in Post Office Square, perhaps you need an option that you can choose at a time that is convenient for you.

Consider throwing on a pair of walking / running shoes to go for a walk or run – or perhaps even a bike ride along Boston’s Esplanade. First established in the early 1900s, this popular park now includes bike / running paths along the Charles River for you to enjoy.

Years ago a popular Charles River bridge map was created to let individuals map out their workouts; a full loop from the Museum of Science to Mount Auburn Street is just over 17 miles.  So grab your running / walking shoes or a bike and head out tomorrow to take advantage of the beautiful park while the weather is so nice.

Realm health and fitness tips from Kyle

BootcampInspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I started a week of “free fitness posts” yesterday and I asked Kyle to use his weekly post today to focus on one of the great FREE fitness programs in the city of Boston.  If you happened to miss the November Project morning work out this morning that I suggested in my post yesterday (you can read about it here) then maybe you’ll be tempted to try one of these free workouts in Boston’s Post Office Square tomorrow (Tuesday).

While a variety of classes are offered each weekday in Post Office Square, on Tuesdays, in the morning you can join Nicole for a Pilates class that starts at 7:15 AM sharp or if you are not a morning person, you can always join the free boot camp run by Erin that starts at 5:30 PM.

You can get more information about these and other classes in Boston’s Post Office Square this month by linking here.

Kyle at Realm FitnessKyle is a nationally certified personal trainer, certified nutritionist, and lifestyle motivator out of Los Angeles, CA. He has been training for 5 years and has experience working with top-tier celebrity and executive clientele. When he’s not in the gym, Kyle is reading philosophy or writing poetry.

Free Friday Flicks: Despicable Me 2

Free Friday Flicks Hatch ShellBoston’s summer tradition of hosting free movies at the Hatch Shell – otherwise known as, Free Friday Flicks, will be showing Despicable Me 2, in HD down at the DCR Hatch Shell starting at 6PM this Friday.

WHEN: Friday, July 11th 6:00 pm

Deck of Cards workout every Monday

Free work out, health, fitness, Boston fitness

Source: November Project

Inspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I wanted to write (again) about the many opportunities to work out for FREE in the city. Starting tomorrow, the ever so cool – November Project – hosts their Monday morning Deck of Cards Workout. The way it works is they flip through a deck of cards doing situps when they turn over a red card and pushups when it is a black card; the value of the card is how many you have to do.

The workout starts at 6:30 AM in Boston.  Details about the workout can be found on their website, here.

Free Fun Friday

Free Fun Friday Highland Street Foundation

Image from Wikipedia

Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation, Free fun Fridays has returned to Boston this summer.  This Friday, July 11th, several museums and cultural venues will be free and open to the public.   Venues I suggest visiting are, JFK Presidential Library & Museum in Boston and the Peabody Essex Museum (a.k.a. P.E.M.) in Salem, MA.

These venues are FREE this Friday, July 11

Thank you very much Highland Foundation.  I love your Free Fun Fridays.  To see all the venues that are free this Friday, visit the Highland Foundation page here.