If you are not one of the tens of thousands moving out of your apartment on August 31st, you may want to head down to Boston’s waterfront. Earlier this week Mayor Menino announced the return of summertime public fireworks on the waterfront.
Saturday, August 31st at 9:00 pm
The fireworks will be a highlight of the city-sponsored Boston Arts Festival which runs from Saturday, August 31 to Sunday, September 1 from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Christopher Columbus Park.
Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation, Free fun Friday’s program returned to Boston. The program which started in late June makes six museums and cultural venues free each Friday.
Tomorrow, August 16th, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston will be free. To see the full list of museums and cultural institutions that are also free link here.
Thank you Highland Street Foundation.
The month of August EF Education is hosting River And A Movie by their headquarters along the Charles River in North Point Park in Cambridge.
Free Movies 8 PM each Wednesday in August
The series which started last Wednesday will continue through the month, hosting a different travel-related film for free in the North Point Park (near the Green Line Lechmere MBTA Station). Lingo Bar & Restaurant will have specials so you may grab some dinner and drinks from 6-8 pm.
This week’s show: Eat, Pray, Love
© Romina Amato/Red Bull Cliff Diving
This past winter I first wrote that the Red Bull Cliff Diving contest would return to Boston this summer for the third year in a row in this post.
One month from today on August 25th that competition will return to Boston. I’ll be out of town and miss the fun, but I wanted to encourage anyone in the Boston area to mark this on their calendar to come down and enjoy this free, fun event along Boston’s waterfront. I’ve included below a quick video from the first diving contest in Boston from 2011.
Red Bull Cliff Diving – Sunday, Aug 25th
Boston Waterfront by the ICA Boston
Boston’s Music Festival – Outside the Box - has been hosting dozens of shows each day since the festival started last week. Later tonight the Adam Ezra Group will take the main stage in City Hall Plaza at 7:30 pm. If you get there earlier, you can also see award-winning recording artist and native Bostonian Adam Jensen who comes on stage at 6pm.
Here’s a song I’m fairly certain the Adam Ezra Group will perform tonight for everyone. Note it’s not exactly work safe.
Gym memberships can be costly, but during the summer months Boston has so many free classes throughout the city you needn’t spend any money to get into shape. Yoga, Zumba, Crossfit, Boot Camp, Pilates and Running Clubs all offer affordable ways to get / stay in shape and meet people.
Free Fitness Classes At The Esplanade
Monday: Marathon Sports Running Club run at the Esplanade
Tuesday: Healthworks Zumba at the Hatch Shell
Wednesday: Yoga at Fiedler Field
Thursday: Reebok Crossfit class at Fiedler Field
Friday: Pilates at Fiedler Field
FREE FITNESS CLASSES at post office sq
Monday: Morning Yoga and Evening Zumba
Tuesday: Morning Pilates and Evening Boot Camp
Wednesday: Morning Boot Camp and Evening Yoga
Thursday: Morning Pilaties
Friday: Morning Yin Yoga
Free classes are also being hosted around the city including along The Greenway, City Hall Plaza and in East Boston. For additional details about free, outdoor fitness classes (most run through the end of August) link to BostonMovesForHealth.org calendar.
Tomorrow evening the Department of Conservation and Recreation will be playing Despicable Me at the Hatch Shell along the Charles River in Boston.
Despicable Me at sundown
DCR hosts free movies each Friday. Want to plan to attend another movie night? Check out the schedule for the rest of the summer by linking here.
Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation, Free fun Friday’s has returned to Boston. Each week six museums and cultural venues will be free every Friday.
Tomorrow, July 12th, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston will be free. To see the full list of museums and cultural institutions free tomorrow link here.
Thank you Highland Street Foundation.
Mighty Mighty Bosstones perform Sat, July 20th on The Boston Common
Mark your calendars and make plans to check out Boston’s first annual performing arts festival, Outside the Box. This free festival starting later this weekend on Saturday, July 13th will run for one week through Sunday, July 21st and turn the Boston Common and City Hall Plaza into performance spaces, with over 200 events showcasing the best of Boston and Massachusetts.
OUTSIDE THE BOX FESTIVAL – JULY 13TH – 21st
Outside the Box Festival includes a line up of 200 artists. To see the full line up of artists link here, and to see the schedule of this 9-day festival link here. In addition to attracting some amazingly gifted artists, from July 18th – 21st a festival within a festival featuring some of the city’s best local restaurants and celebrity chefs will take place in Boston’s City Hall Plaza. For more information about the Boston FoodFest link here.
The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) free production of William Shakespeare’s play, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, started this past weekend and runs through July 28th.
Free performances run from July 6 – 28
For details about performances: www.commshakes.org/performances
About The Two Gentlemen of Verona: Believed to have been written in 1590 or 1591, this comedy is considered by some to be William Shakespeare’s first play. The play deals with the themes of friendship and infidelity, the conflict between friendship and love, and the foolish behavior of people in love. More about the play may be read here.
Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation, Free fun Friday’s has returned to Boston. The program started this past Friday and runs through the end of August.
Each week six museums and cultural venues will be free and open to the public. Starting tomorrow, July 5th, the Peabody Essex Museum (P.E.M.) in Salem, is free thanks to the Highland Foundation Free Fun Fridays.
To see the full list of museums and cultural institutions free this week link here.
Blink! A Light and Sound Extravaganza returns to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a special summer edition. You may recall that this light show that covers nearly every part of the marketplace, was first presented this past December. It has been recreated with a summer edition featuring the song Dirty Water by The Standells and will have nightly shows through Labor Day.
More information is available soon on bostonblinks.com. Thanks to Adam at Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog for the tip.
The Boston Harbor Hotel’s 15th Summer in the City Entertainment Series is in full swing. The 2013 season offers music and movies starting at sunset 5 nights a week, but each night has a different theme:
- Rat Pack Mondays
- Summer Soul Tuesdays
- Country Pop Wednesdays
- Blues Barge Thursdays
- Music & Movies Fridays
Mondays – Thursdays: Live band performances run from 6:00 – 10:00pm and on Fridays music begins at 4:30pm and movies start at dusk. You can download the full calendar of events including performing artists and movie calendar here.
Later this week the Boston Pops and the City of Boston will host one of the country’s largest 4th of July celebrations in the United States. This will also be the first time the national spotlight will be on the city of Boston since the bombings in April so expect tighter than normal security.
Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Event Schedule
If you are planning to enjoy the celebrations down along the Charles River have a great time. I will be hightailing it out of the city of Boston and heading to Provincetown.
What will you be doing to celebrate Independence Day?
Teenagers will rejoice as they head to City Hall Plaza this Sunday to celebrate Boston radio station AMP 103.3 free Birthday Bash. Performances begin at 2PM by Selena Gomez, Ariana Grande, Jason Derulo, Sammy Adams, and many others. More details about the birthday bash can be found here.
Thanks to Adam over at Boston Hospitality and Tourism Industry Blog for the heads up.