Category Archives: Free Stuff

MixFest 2013 Saturday, September 14th

MixFest 2013Pop music radio station, MIX 104.1, has announced their line up for this year’s free concert which takes place this Saturday at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell along the Esplanade.

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.

Boston music festivals in September

With the start of the academic year, the city of Boston has come back to life with an influx of tens of thousands of college and graduate students. In the weeks that follow a series of free music concerts / festivals will take place.  Here are a few you may want to check out.
Boston CallingFollowing the success of the first Boston Calling Music Festival in May, a second show, featuring 18 artists / bands over two days returns to City Hall Plaza on Saturday, September 7th and 8th.

More information about the artists / bands can be found on their website, www.bostoncalling.com.

Boston Pot FestivalAlthough The Boston Freedom Rally on The Boston Common is all about legalizing marijuana, there is more than just a haze of pot to take in at this two day festival on September 14th and 15th.

Venture down to The Boston Common and check out the more than a dozen bands that will perform.

Details about the two day rally and music acts can be found on the organizer’s website, masscann.org.

Boston Music FestivalThe Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival celebrates its 13th season.

Head down to the South End on Saturday, September 28th along Columbus Avenue between Mass Ave and Burke Street in the South End from noon to 6 PM  to check out this festival.

Outdoor performances are open to the public and free of charge.  More information about the artists / bands can be found on their website, http://www.beantownjazz.org.

Street Pianos Boston: Play Me I’m Yours

Celebrity Series How cool is this?  Starting on Friday, September 27th 75 pianos will be installed in public locations across Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville and made available for anyone to play.  The “Street Pianos Boston: Play Me I’m Yours” public piano installation by British artist Luke Jerram will commemorate the 75th season of the Celebrity Series of Boston.  The pianos will be hosted from Friday, Sept. 27 through Monday, Oct. 14, and local artists and community-based organizations will decorate the pianos.

More about the Street Pianos Boston: Play Me I’m Yours public art installation program can be read here.

European Vacation Free tonight

EF River and a MovieThe final free movie sponsored by EF Education this summer is tonight by the EF HQ in North Point Park.  In case you didn’t know, North Point Park is just a few minutes walk from the Green Line Lechmere MBTA Station. Tonight’s free movie is European Vacation. 

FYI: Lingo Bar & Restaurant will have specials so you may grab some dinner and drinks from 6-8 pm.

Gardner Museum free tomorrow

Highland Street FoundationThanks to the Highland Street Foundation, Free fun Friday’s has been making different museums and cultural venues in and around Boston free to the public this summer. Each Friday, Free Fun Fridays identifies six different museums and cultural venues the public may enjoy for no cost.

Tomorrow, August 23rd, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum will be free. To see the full list of museums and cultural institutions that will be free of charge, link here.

Thank you Highland Street Foundation.

Fireworks over Boston harbor August 31st

Fireworks-on-Boston-HarborIf 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.

Fun free Fridays continue

Highland Street FoundationThanks 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.

Free showing of Eat, Pray, Love

EF River and a MovieThe 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  

Red Bull Cliff Diving returns to Boston

© Romina Amato/Red Bull Cliff Diving

© 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

Adam Ezra Group at City Hall Plaza tonight

Adam Ezra GroupBoston’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.

Free fitness classes in Boston

Hitting the gymGym 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
DETAILS HERE
 

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
DETAILS HERE
 

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.

Despicable Me tomorrow night at Hatch Shell

Despicable MeTomorrow 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.

Museum of Fine Arts free Friday

Highland Street FoundationThanks 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.

Boston Festival: Outside the Box

Boston Outside the Box Festival

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.

Free Shakespeare on The Common

BostonThe 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.