Category Archives: Free Stuff

Deck of Cards workout every Monday

Free work out, health, fitness, Boston fitness

Source: November Project

Inspired by a recent article in The Boston Globe, I wanted to write (again) about the many opportunities to work out for FREE in the city. Starting tomorrow, the ever so cool – November Project – hosts their Monday morning Deck of Cards Workout. The way it works is they flip through a deck of cards doing situps when they turn over a red card and pushups when it is a black card; the value of the card is how many you have to do.

The workout starts at 6:30 AM in Boston.  Details about the workout can be found on their website, here.

Free Fun Friday

Free Fun Friday Highland Street Foundation

Image from Wikipedia

Thanks to the Highland Street Foundation, Free fun Fridays has returned to Boston this summer.  This Friday, July 11th, several museums and cultural venues will be free and open to the public.   Venues I suggest visiting are, JFK Presidential Library & Museum in Boston and the Peabody Essex Museum (a.k.a. P.E.M.) in Salem, MA.

These venues are FREE this Friday, July 11

Thank you very much Highland Foundation.  I love your Free Fun Fridays.  To see all the venues that are free this Friday, visit the Highland Foundation page here.



Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. presents Twelfth Night

Commonwealth Shakespeare CompanyThe Commonwealth Shakespeare Co. (CSC) will host their19th season of Free Shakespeare on the Boston Common, starting later this month on July 23rd. This year CSC will perform one of Shakespeare’s more popular comedies, Twelfth Night. The comedy follows the journey of Viola and Sebastian, twins separated by a shipwreck, as they encounter loss and love in their new homeland – the mythical and magical land of Illyria.

The CSC will host free performances by the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common July 23 – August 10.  Performances run from Tuesday – Saturday at 8PM and Sundays at 7PM with a matinee performance at 3PM on July 26th.

World Naked Bike Ride in Boston this Saturday

Boston Bike Ride NakedThis Saturday, June 28th (for the fifth year in a row) Boston is one of 70 cities from around the world to partake in the World Naked Bike Ride, where hundreds are expected to shed their clothing and mount their bikes to ride through several neighborhoods.

To participate or for more information link here.

According to event details, riders will meet at the bandstand on Boston Common at 9 p.m. before they strip down to their skivvies and set out on the trip down Newbury St., Mass. Ave., and over the bridge into Cambridge. Participants are welcome to attend an after party (clothing required) where cyclists can mingle. The exact location for the meet-and-greet has not been announced, but details will be posted on their Facebook page, here.

Movies by Moonlight Fridays at Boston Harbor Hotel

Rowes Wharf Music and a MovieThe Rowes Wharf Sea Grille at Boston Harbor Hotel hosts a summer movie series called Music & Movie Fridays (in past years called “Movies by Moonlight”).  An outdoor screen is set up on the side of the large gazebo so restaurant patrons and pedestrians can watch a classic movie along Boston’s waterfront.  Similar to the Free Friday Flicks hosted at the Hatch Shell – these movies are open to the public, but unlike the shows at the Hatch Shell this attracts fewer children.

The Postman Always Rings Twice
Starring:  John Garfield & Lana Turner
Movie time: Sunset at 8:24PM

For the full calendar of free movies at Rowes Wharf link here.

Free Fun Fridays start this week

Free Fun Fridays Highland Street FoundationThanks to the Highland Street Foundation, Free fun Friday’s has returned to Boston this summer, starting this Friday.

Each week several museums and cultural venues will be free and open to the public.  This Friday the Franklin Park Zoo, MIT Museum, The Sports Museum, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Worcester Art Museum, Mass MOCA and Tanglewood are all FREE.  Thank you very much Highland Foundation. I love your Free Fun Fridays and look forward to them every summer.

You can see the full list of Free Friday programs this summer here.

Free Friday Flicks: Monsters University

Free Friday Flicks BostonBoston’s summer tradition of hosting free movies at the Hatch Shell – otherwise known as, Free Friday Flicks starts again this Friday.

Free Friday Flicks show HD family-friendly films.  The 2014 summer season starts on Friday with Disney’s Monsters University.

If you want to check out this free event I suggest you arrive early to claim a patch of grass since these free films down by the Esplanade are popular.

WHEN: Friday, June 20 6:00 pm


Wambura Mitaru performs in Back Bay tomorrow

Wambura Berklee
Wednesday, June 11 at 6:00 p.m.
Boston Public Library
700 Boylston Street, Boston  (view map)

Do you like soul, R&B and jazz?  You might want to check out Wambura Mitaru, a young and passionate singer and song writer from Nairobi, Kenya who attends Berklee College of Music. She has a beautiful voice and will be performing for free Wednesday evening.  Stop by and check out this brilliant singer / song writer then go grab a drink with friends in the Back Bay.

Boston Pride retrospective tonight at Back Bay Harry’s

Stephen Baumbach, Boston PrideCome and join me tonight at a pop-up photography exhibit I’ve helped to organize with Boston Pride and local photographer, Stephen Baumbach, whom I met during the South End Open Studios in May.

After work tonight come over to Back Bay Harry’s grab a drink (or two) and peruse the collection that will be on display in the backroom.  Stephen has entitled this collection Pride Retrospective “Find Your Moment” and no doubt many of you will recognize yourself and friends at Boston Pride through the years.

Boston Pride Retrospective – Tuesday, June 10th 5-9PM

Back Bay Harry’s  142 Berkeley Street, Boston

First Friday tonight

First Friday from 5-9 PM

Come to 450 Harrison Ave. to meet local artists and view their work from 5-9PM tonight. The First Friday of each month more than 60 artists open their studios in the 450 Harrison building.

Local galleries also support First Fridays by remaining open like, Boston Sculptor’s Gallery at 486 Harrison Avenue.  So take advantage of the beautiful weather; come out to see and support our local art scene.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series starts tomorrow

Boston Parks Summer Fitness SeriesBoston Parks is launching their summer fitness series tomorrow in Post Office Square with classes Monday thru Thursday starting at 7:15 AM and in the evening at either 5:30 or 5:45 PM depending on the class.  This year, bootcamp, yoga, Zumba, Pilates, and yoga barre will all be available.  For more details check the Norma B Leventhal Park page, HERE.

Starting tomorrow evening free Bootcamp and Zumba classes in Christopher Columbus Park will be hosted 5:30 – 7:00 PM. Additional free fitness classes are available at places like Sterling’s Patio near Faneuil Hall, City Hall and The Rose Kennedy Greenway.

You can look into these and other free fitness classes around Boston by visiting the Boston Moves for Health Calendar as well as Boston Parks Summer Fitness page.

Institute of Contemporary Art free after 5pm

Institute of Contemporary ArtPeriodically I like to remind people that Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) is open and free to the public each Thursday from 5 – 9 pm.  If you don’t have plans this evening perhaps you should check out this fantastic local museum.

Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston

Located in the Seaport district, you can easily head out to a restaurant or bar if you’d like to extend your evening.  Let me know if you need any recommendations.

Marathon weekend

Boston MarathonIts marathon weekend in Boston and because of last year’s bombings it seems like the rest of the world will turn their eyes to Boston come Monday.  It feels strange not to be in the city this weekend which I would imagine is quickly filling to capacity.   Typically the Boston Marathon draws more than half a million spectators and more than 25,000 runners, but this year is anything but typical. This year the Boston Marathon has an estimated 36,000 runners, and I would assume even more spectators.

If you are in town this weekend be certain to check out the Boston Marathon Sports & Fitness Expo at the Hynes Auditorium (Friday 12-7 pm; Saturday 9am – 7pm; and Sunday 9am – 6pm. Nearly every athletic, fitness and nutrition firm you can imagine sets up booths to educate and sell their products. Vendors have special sales for the expo and there are usually some pretty cool freebies.

Star gazing at Boston University

BU ObservatoryDid you know that every Wednesday in April the Department of Astronomy at Boston University offers the public a chance to view the night sky through telescopes in their observatory.

Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m., Coit Observatory, 725 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, 617-353-2630,

IMAX films at MoS free on Fridays in March

museum of scienceThanks to MathWorks, all IMAX films at the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science each Friday will be free in the month of March. You may collect your tickets at the Museum box office on the day of the show but beware it is first come, first served.  Tomorrow’s IMAX films at the Mugar Omni Theater are:

Greece Secrets of the past at 11:00
Jerusalem at 10:00 4:00 and 5:00 
Journey to the South Pacific at 2:00, 3:00, 8:00 and 9:00
Rocky Mountain Express at 12:00, 1:00, 6:00 and 7:00

If you already have plans tomorrow, check back later this month.