Category Archives: Free Stuff

Boston’s South End by Russ Lopez

South End by Russ LopezMy friend and neighbor, Russ Lopez has a new book some of you may be interested in reading, Boston’s South End: The Clash of Ideas in a Historic Neighborhood.

This is the first book written about the history of the South End in more than 100 years and it covers the neighborhood from the time of the retreat of the glaciers and the coming of the first people to the region to the explosion of development since 2000.

To celebrate, he is hosting a party on Monday, November 9th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Cathedral Station.  There will be a reading, light refreshments, and the book will be available for purchase.

South End Book Signing & Reading Party
Monday, Nov. 9 from 6:00-8:00 PM
At Cathedral Station in the South End

You can pre-order Russ’ book online at South End Bookstore. Alternatively, the book will be available for purchase at the launch party on Monday, November 9, 2015.  For more information on other book readings visit,

Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade in Harvard Square Oct 11

Honk Festival in Harvard Square

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More than 200,000 people are expected to show up for Harvard Square’s 37th annual Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade on Sunday, October 11th. Bands from around the country will march from Davis to Harvard Square (arriving around 1PM). Following the parade, enjoy Harvard Square’s annual Oktoberfest party, which has six stages for live music and five beer gardens.

For more information about the festivities and to see what times bands will be performing, check out their event page here.

Illuminus Boston October 10, 2015

Illuminus Boston October 2015Illuminus Boston returns for a second year this weekend. Although originally scheduled for October 3-4, Mother Nature had other ideas so the event was moved to this Saturday for one night.  The free nighttime festival brings together artists, designers, performers, and creative technologists to showcase their most thoughtful, innovative, and imaginative works.

Last year’s event took place in the South End but this year the event moves to the Fenway on Lansdowne Street. For more information visit

Saturday, October 10th from 6:30 PM – 12:30 AM
Lansdowne Street, Boston – FREE

Boston Freedom Rally is Sept 26-27

Hempfest Boston

2012 Freedom Rally to legalize marijuana at Boston Common

$125 Million: Colorado marijuana tax revenue is on pace to double bringing in an expected $125 million dollars to the state.

Did you know that Boston hosts one of the largest rallies in the US to educate people on the benefits of marijuana and celebrate its many uses every September? This year marks the 26th anniversary of The Boston Freedom Rally. Come to the Boston Common to check out the two day celebration. The rally will be used to also collect signatures for Bay State Repeal initiative to legalize cannabis; they are hoping to collect more than 65,000 signatures this weekend.

Freedom Rally website
Freedom Rally FB event page

Both the sitting Governor of MA and Mayor of Boston have done everything they can to thwart medical marijuana dispensaries from opening, despite overwhelming support in the polls back in 2012 when it was passed. If you are in favor of the legalization of marijuana come to show your support.  Aside from money, nothing gets a politician’s attention like large rallies.

Did you know? ~750,000 people were arrested for marijuana violations in 2012; what an unnecessary burden on law enforcement and our judicial system.

FREE MixFest concert is Saturday, Sept. 19

MixFest 104.1 FM Boston Rob ThomasMix 104.1 FM hosts their annual free fall concert this weekend, MixFest 2015.

The MixFest 2015 line up this year includes: Rob Thomas (frontman of Matchbox Twenty); he is almost certain to also play his solo hit from Santana’s Supernatural album, “Smooth”; Third Eye Blind probably best known for their hit “Semi-Charmed Life”; Mass-native, Rachel Platten; Vance Joy; and Andy Grammer.

MixFest 2015 will take place rain or shine, at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Gates will open at noon, and the music will start at about 2 p.m.

Prime time football poolside at Ink Block, Sept. 10

football, sportsPresented by CapitalOne 360: you are invited for pre-game festivities from 5:30-8:00 PM at CapitalOne 360, followed by the New England vs. Pittsburg game screening at 8:30 PM at Ink Block’s rooftop pool.

If you are interested, please note you need to RSVP (no cost) here.

Assembly Row summer movie series concludes with Maleficent

Assembly row moviesThe Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation have been hosting free movie nights along the Mystic River at Assembly Row every Saturday at dusk.

This week’s last free movie for the summer on August 29th is Maleficent.  For more information check out their web page, Assembly Row Summer Movie Series.