Category Archives: Free Stuff

ICA Boston free on Thursday 5-9 pm

Institute of Contemporary Art BostonHas it been a long work week for you? Want to get out and do something different?

I’ve said this before (and I’m sure I’ll say again), but the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA Boston) is a fantastic museum open to the public and free each Thursday from 5 – 9pm.

Call some friends and suggest meeting there after work then grab a bite or drink nearby. I suggest Row 34 for dinner and Drink for a great bar option.

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Berklee Jazz Music festival in BostonThe Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival – Boston’s biggest block party – takes place in the South End  Saturday, September 27, from 12 – 6 on Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street.

The outdoor performances are open to the public and free of charge.  This is one of my favorite neighborhood events because the music is always great and the crowd is very friendly.

Prince fans from the 1980s might be happy to know that one of his proteges, Sheila E, is among the many performers playing on the Natixis Stage.  You can catch her set at 5PM.

Never been? Mark it in your calendar and check it out.  The price is right and the entertainment is great.

South End open studios this weekend

South End Open StudiosI’ll miss this semi annual South End tradition, but I wanted to write about the fall South End Open Studios that will take place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21 from 11-6pm.

This marks the 28th anniversary of the South End Open Studios.  Over the years this event has grown and now it includes 12 major buildings and the works of more than 200 established and emerging artists who focus on a variety of mediums including multimedia, painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics and more.

If you don’t have plans this weekend, consider coming into the South End to walk through and see some of these working artists in their studios. You can get more information about this free event that is open to the public by linking here.


5th annual Boston local food festival today

Boston Local Food FestivalToday the Sustainable Business Network of Mass has transformed the Greenway into the nation’s largest local & sustainable food market.  This annual free festival showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness. The festival also features lively chef & DIY demos, and a seafood throwdown competition.

This year’s theme is “Healthy Local Food for All” and will showcase the abundance of fresh, nutritious (and delicious) local food choices available to you so come down and check out this festival that runs from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Check out their event map here.  More event information is available here.

American Field pop-up exhibition this weekend

American Field Boston Pop Up 2014The American Field pop-up exhibition and market which celebrates the best of U.S. made clothing, accessories, goods and furniture, and the people who made them is today and tomorrow. In addition to the many vendors the event will have speakers, live music, live demos, food and drinks.

The event is free and open to the public from 12:30 – 8:30 pm Saturday and Sunday in Boston’s Innovation and Design Building in the Seaport District at 21-25 Drydock Avenue. Get your directions here (a free shuttle will be running from South Station as well).

More information about the event can be found on their website,


Boston Freedom Rally this weekend

marijuanaThe 25th Anniversary Boston Freedom Rally is this Saturday and Sunday September 13th & 14th on the Boston Common starting at “High” Noon each day and concluding at 8PM.

Sergio and I have checked out this event in years past which is intended to raise awareness about cannabis.   This is actually one of the largest rallies / festivals hosted in all of the United States.

Here is a photo of the Boston Freedom Rally from a few years ago.  For more information about the event, including performance schedules for the two stages, visit their website, here.

Boston Freedom Rally

Artweek Boston 2014

ArtWeek Boston 2014Boston’s Fall Artweek (September 26 – October 5) updated their website last week.  This week encourages people to explore art through out Boston and rediscover your artsy side.

Artweek includes more than 70 free, unique and affordable events as varied as the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on September 27, The Art of the Cocktail: The Labor of Liquor on October 1 and a Writing workshop with GrubStreet on October 4.

You can view the full listing of events open to you on the Artweek Boston website, here.