Category Archives: Free Stuff

Free stuff in Boston later this week

Every week there are free activities that are great for dates or just going out on your own.  Break your routine and take advantage of what Boston has to offer.  Here are a few fun activities that will fit any budget and offer you an opportunity to get out and see something new.

MFA Art of the Americas wing opensEvery Wednesday, starting at 4PM Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is free.  BoA card holders also have free admission the first full weekend of every month.

Institute of Contemporary Art BostonEvery Thursday, Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is free to the public after 5:00 PM.

The first Friday of each month is the South End First Fridays.  More than 60 participating artists open their studios for this monthly event at 450 Harrison Avenue.  Also check out one of my favorite galleries, Boston Sculptors Gallery, at 486 Harrison Avenue.


Saint Anthony’s Feast this weekend

The annual Saint Anthony’s Feast and festival in Boston’s  North End neighborhood is this weekend (August 29 – 31).Source:

The festival includes nearly 100 push cart vendors and amusements on Endicott Street.  The Feast honors Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Lucia, patron saint of the blind.

On Sunday at 12 PM the grand parade to honor Saint Anthony takes place.  You can check out the full schedule of events here.

Boston Harbor Hotel presents West Side Story

west-side-storyThe Rowes Wharf Sea Grille at Boston Harbor Hotel has been showing  movies for free all summer on a large outdoor screen set up to the side of the large gazebo by the waterfront.  This Friday – the last movie of the summer – they will be showing, West Side Story. 

West Side Story
Starring:  Natalie Wood, Richard Beymar & Rita Moreno
Movie time: Sunset at 7:23PM

Good Will Hunting on Friday in Fort Point Channel

Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Robin WilliamsGood Will Hunting, the 1997 breakout film for writers and actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck that also stars the late Robin Williams (who won an Oscar for his role as the caring Sean Maguire) will be showing for free outdoors Wormwood Park at A Street Park, Channel Center, not Wormwood Park as I initially mentioned in Boston’s Fort Point Channel neighborhood tomorrow (Friday, August 22nd) at 8PM. Should weather be an issue a rain date has been set for Tuesday, Aug 26th.

Free showing of Good Will Hunting, Friday, Aug-22 at 8PM

With summer wrapping up take advantage of these free outdoor movies. In a few months you’ll be missing summer something fierce and wishing you could enjoy an evening outside.  For more information follow @fortpointstage on Twitter or visit their website here.


Roman Holiday in Cambridge Wed., August 20

EF Education, River and a MovieEF Education has brought back their River & A Movie series this year with free movies, lawn games and free kayak rides courtesy of Community Boating from 6:00 – 7:30 PM each Wednesday in August.

For adults, specials at Lingo Bar and Restaurant are available from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.  Limited parking is also available on a first come, first serve basis at One Education Street, Cambridge, MA.

Movie time is at 8:00 PM at DCR’s North Point Park.  More details on the Facebook page here.

Free Friday Flicks: Frozen

This Friday, Free Friday Flicks, will be showing the final movie of the 2014 summer series, Frozen.  Show time starts at 6PM so don’t dally.

WHEN: Friday, August 1,  6:00 pm

Free Fun Fridays

Institute of Contemporary ArtThanks to the Highland Street Foundation summer program, Free Fun Fridays, several different museums and cultural venues are  free and open to the public each Friday.  Tomorrow, August 15th, seven more institutions will be open and free, including the Institute of Contemporary Art of Boston (I.C.A.).

All these venues are FREE this Friday, August 15

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.