Category Archives: Free Stuff

Boston Athenaeum open house Nov. 2nd

Boston AthenaeumOn Sunday, November 2nd the Boston Athenaeum will host an open house that allows the public to come in and visit all twelve stories of this beautiful building; including the fifth floor reading room – only accessible to members.

No plans Sunday, November 2nd?  Head over to Beacon Hill when the Boston Athenaeum will be flinging open their leather -bound doors to the public.

Boston Athenaeum Open House Noon – 4pm at 10 1/2 Beacon Street

 

Final SoWa Open Market today from 10am – 4pm

SoWa Open MarketThe final SoWa Open Market of the 2014 season is today. So come down to Harrison Avenue and enjoy the Halloween themed event before everyone packs up at 4PM and the season comes to a close.  More details here.

IlluminusBoston Festival

BostonIlluminusBoston Festival tonight in the South End is a free and really cool. Filled with interactive and eye-catching displays that are really pretty awesome.

Food trucks are on hand for you to grab a bite or drink if you like so come down to 540 Harrison Avenue in SoWa and check out this one night only festival.

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Boston Book Festival kicks off tonight

Boston Book FestivalTonight Herbie Hancock kicks off the 2014 Boston Book Festival with his Memoir Keynote and on Friday evening Susan Minot gives the Fiction Keynote.  On Saturday the 2014 BBF starts in earnest with programs through out the weekend.

Peruse the full calendar of events for Saturday and Sunday which are mostly free and open to the public:  2014 BBF Calendar of Events.

Illuminus in South End Saturday, Oct 25

SoWa, South End, Boston Looking for something different to do this Saturday?  Check out Illuminus, an artistic event happening on October 25th in the SoWa neighborhood, across Harrison Avenue in the Power Station (by the BSC South End) and surrounding parking lots.

This is a free nighttime festival of creative innovation, featuring large-scale light projections and installations that include immersive sound, performance, and multimedia experiences that are created to help you reimagine the Boston at night. The free event will be held from 6:00 PM – midnight and will include light projections, music, performances and food trucks.

More information is available on their FB event page.

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.