Category Archives: Free Stuff

MFA Boston free on Columbus Day

Museum of Fine Arts BostonMonday, October 13th The Museum of Fine Arts Boston will be open and free to the public.

The  MFA would like to invite you to spend Columbus Day visiting their exhibit “Goya: Order and Disorder” or checking out their eye popping, “Hollywood Glamour” exhibit that includes glittering gems and gowns.  More information about the MFA Free Fall Open House, here.

Illuminus D in Boston

Illuminus BostonIlluminus D is a three day event that is free to the public, taking place October 9th – 11th at The Lawn on D.  This experimental event will bring together different communities, audiences and area residents for innovative programming and events in Boston’s  Innovation District and South Boston neighborhood.

In conjunction with Boston’s first annual Illuminus festival which will take place on Oct. 25th, Illuminus D will be a public celebration featuring large-scale projections and light installations alongside immersive sound, performance, and multimedia experiences that re-imagine the city at night.  Each night is intended to offer unique opportunities to interact with technology and the visionaries who make them happen.

Thursday, October 9 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM – Play:  Learn from the best with interactive workshops and tutorials on 3D projection mapping, sound and motion-responsive technology

Friday, October 10 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM – Experiment: Digital artists are invited to make use of powerful projectors to animate buildings and structures around the Boston Convention Center.

Saturday, October 11 from 4:00 – 10:00 PM – Dance: Select the link to see the line up of artists who will be on hand to perform.

First Friday at South End studios

Photographer: Ali Horeanopoulos

Photographer: Ali Horeanopoulos

Looking for something different to do?  Tomorrow, Friday, October 3rd is the SoWa Artist Guild First Friday celebration.  Visit 450 Harrison Ave in the South End to meet the local artists, walk through their art studios and check out their work.  More than 60 artists routinely open their studios for the “First Friday” of every month.

For more details check out the SoWa First Friday Facebook Page.

November Project – Stair workout Wednesday morning

Soldiers Field StadiumI’ve talked about the November Project a number of times over the past few years and thought I’d remind everyone that gym memberships are not necessary in Boston thanks to this group.

Every Wednesday morning the November Project host their free  morning workout at Harvard Stadium.  Click here for details.

Where: Harvard Stadium – 65 N Harvard St (Allston, MA)
When: Wednesday, October 1
Time: 6:30AM – 7:30PM
Admission: Free

Johnny Diaz at South End Library Tuesday, 9/30

looking for providence johnny diazMiami native and one time Boston resident and Boston Globe reporter, Johnny Diaz, returns to the South End branch of the Boston Public Library to read from his new book, Looking for Providence.   I wrote about Johnny’s book in my July post, Summer reading list.

No plans on Tuesday, September 30th? Head over to the South End annex of the BPL at 685 Tremont Street from 6:30 – 8:00 PM and meet Johnny.

More event information about this free event here.

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.