Category Archives: Free Stuff

Marathon weekend

Boston MarathonIts marathon weekend in Boston and because of last year’s bombings it seems like the rest of the world will turn their eyes to Boston come Monday.  It feels strange not to be in the city this weekend which I would imagine is quickly filling to capacity.   Typically the Boston Marathon draws more than half a million spectators and more than 25,000 runners, but this year is anything but typical. This year the Boston Marathon has an estimated 36,000 runners, and I would assume even more spectators.

If you are in town this weekend be certain to check out the Boston Marathon Sports & Fitness Expo at the Hynes Auditorium (Friday 12-7 pm; Saturday 9am – 7pm; and Sunday 9am – 6pm. Nearly every athletic, fitness and nutrition firm you can imagine sets up booths to educate and sell their products. Vendors have special sales for the expo and there are usually some pretty cool freebies.

Star gazing at Boston University

BU ObservatoryDid you know that every Wednesday in April the Department of Astronomy at Boston University offers the public a chance to view the night sky through telescopes in their observatory.

Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m., Coit Observatory, 725 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-353-2630, bu.edu/astronomy.

IMAX films at MoS free on Fridays in March

museum of scienceThanks to MathWorks, all IMAX films at the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science each Friday will be free in the month of March. You may collect your tickets at the Museum box office on the day of the show but beware it is first come, first served.  Tomorrow’s IMAX films at the Mugar Omni Theater are:

Greece Secrets of the past at 11:00
Jerusalem at 10:00 4:00 and 5:00 
Journey to the South Pacific at 2:00, 3:00, 8:00 and 9:00
Rocky Mountain Express at 12:00, 1:00, 6:00 and 7:00

If you already have plans tomorrow, check back later this month.

Institute of Contemporary Art free tonight

ICA Boston Now that the holidays are over, the inevitable ‘holiday hangover’ may have settled in and if you are like many others your wallet is only just now realizing the full impact of all those presents, holiday party gifts and impulse buys from last month.

However, that doesn’t mean you can’t go out tonight. The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Boston) is a fantastic local museum that is open to the public and free each Thursday evening from 5 – 9pm.

MBTA free after 8PM on NYE

MBTAIf you are planning to head out and have not already heard, the MBTA will be offering free rides after 8 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and extending their service until 2 am.  The T’s Silver Line, buses, trackless trolleys, express bus routes and boats will run on regular weekday schedules on New Year’s Eve.  The T’s Green, Red, Orange, and Blue lines will operate on modified weekday schedules. To see a detailed list of extra commuter rail service and delayed departure times, click here.

Photography tips from Essdras M. Suarez

essdras suarezLove photography?  Would you like to get tips from an expert?  Learn more about photography by attending this FREE lecture with Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Essdras Suarez. 

Essdras M Suarez has traveled to over 30 countries as a Globe photographer. Gain valuable insights as Essdras critiques anonymous photos submitted by the audience and stay for even more advice during a question and answer session. Details about how and where to send photographs are included on the registration page.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM 
At the Boston Globe 135 Morrissey Blvd.
 

You must register to attend and seats are limited.  If you are interested, register for Picture Perfect Insider Photography Tips from Essdras M Suarez.

Post-DOMA financial summit

Boston-Spirit-Post-DOMA-Financial-SummitTwo weeks from today Boston Spirit Magazine will be hosting a Post-DOMA financial summit to review and discuss tax implications, family and estate questions, and offer important investment advice.

This free summit has proven to be so popular that it is completely full, but they are looking to add a second night.  If you would be interested in attending this free program, you are encouraged to add your name to the registration page and Boston Spirit Magazine will follow up to provide you meeting details and logistics for their second summit.

Interested in learning more? Link here to add your name.

Free stuff to do this weekend

Boston MapTake advantage of the fact that there are several free events happening in Boston this weekend and use it as an excuse to get up off your couch and get outside for a bit.

The Boston Book Festival, which started yesterday and runs through Saturday in Back Bay’s Copley Square is a great event to check out.  The Boston Book Festival runs from October 17th-19th.

The world’s largest regatta – The Head of The Charles – is a two day event that draws more than 300,000 spectators and 9,000+ athletes over two days.  Hop the Red Line to come down to Harvard Square or walk / ride over to The Charles and pick a spot to spread out, watch and cheer on these athletes.  The regatta runs from October 19th – 20th.

Each Sunday the SoWa Open market draws thousands who come to peruse the artisan stalls, purchase fresh food from the farmer’s market and eat from the many food trucks that park just down the street.  The 2013 season for the market concludes at the end of this month so come down for one last visit before the season ends. SoWa Open market is open Sunday 10-4pm.

Lighting art installation

Boston University Talking TowersStarting at dusk tonight and running through October 13th each night until 2 AM a public art installation will be visible as a bright-red beam of light will slice the Boston skyline, stretching between two Boston University towers more than a half mile apart. 

The afterhours show is part of a temporary public art installation by Florian Dombois. The display is intended to serve as a “metaphorical centerpiece” for TransCultural Exchange’s 2013 conference happening at Boston UniversityEngaging Minds: International Opportunities in the Arts.

Thanks to BostonInno for the tip.

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival is today

Boston Music FestivalThis is the 13th year that Berklee School of Music has hosted the BeanTown Jazz Festival. The Festival is  a giant (FREE) block party that attracts 70,000+ people.

The fun starts at Noon and runs through 6 PM on Columbus Avenue between Mass Ave and Burke Street in the South End.

For more information visit www.beantownjazz.org.

Boston Ballet Night of Stars on Boston Common tonight

NIGHT OF STARSI would like to encourage you to come down to the Boston Common tonight to show your support for the Boston Ballet and to enjoy their free performance starting at 7:00 pm.

Perhaps you’ve never been to the ballet or maybe you haven’t been in years.  Challenge your notions of what the ballet is all about and bring a friend.  Better yet, bring that friend who is always complaining that they want to “do something different”.

Night of Stars on Boston Common

NIGHT OF STARSMark your calendars and come to The Boston Common the evening of Saturday, September 21st to enjoy a free performance by the Boston Ballet.

The evening will feature a selection of Boston Ballet’s diverse repertoire, including classical, neo-classical, and contemporary favorites.  Supporting the local arts scene could not be made any easier thanks to the generosity of The Boston Ballet and their program sponsors.  Even if you don’t think you’d enjoy ballet, challenge your assumptions and come down to the Boston Common for a couple of hours. You may be surprised by how much you enjoy yourself.

Night of Stars on Boston Common

Boston BalletThis Saturday The Boston Ballet will host a free performance open to the public on the Boston Common to celebrate their 50th season.  The evening will include a night of amazing performances, featuring the Boston Ballet dancers and live music from the Boston Ballet orchestra.

Saturday, September 21st at 7 PM

In case of rain Boston Ballet’s Night of Stars on Boston Common will be held on Sunday, September 22 at 7:00 pm.

Free MixFest concert today at Hatch Shell

MixFest 2013 BostonBoston’s pop radio music station, Mix 104.1, is hosting their annual free birthday bash down at the Hatch Shell today.  No plans? Head on down.

Schedule of Performances:

4:15PM                MIX’s 15 Seconds of Fame Winner

4:25PM                Gavin DeGraw

5:45PM                Backstreet Boys

6:45PM                Of Monsters and Men

More information about Saturday’s free concert is available here.

South End Open Studios next weekend

South End Open Studios 2013Mark your calendar because next weekend is the South End Open Studios, September 21-22 from 11-6 PM.

The two-day free event showcases the works of more than 200 established and emerging artists creating art in a wide variety of media. This is a great event to check out if you’ve not visited before or if has been a while since visiting this event that is expected to attract huge crowds.

For more information, visit, useaboston.com.