Category Archives: Free Stuff

29th Boston Freedom Rally this weekend

legalize marijuana, boston marijuana festivalThe 29th Boston Freedom Rally is the largest annual gathering of pro-marijuana supporters on the East Coast and the second largest festival of it’s kind in the world, surpassed only by Seattle’s Hempfest. So if you find yourself near the Boston Common this weekend that hazy cloud hanging over the Common isn’t a weather pattern and is likely to make your head spin if you walk through the park. The rally officially kicks off this afternoon but is typically attended by most over the weekend from 12-8PM on Saturday and Sunday.

The rally is organized by the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCANN), the state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) also known as MassCann/NORML.

Patrick Horrigan reads from his novel Pennsylvania Station

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Later this month this month  The History Project will be hosting a reading of  Patrick Horrigan’s novel, Pennsylvania Station, that is free and open to the public but does require registering to ensure space will be available. You can reserve your space through Eventbrite.

Thursday, September 27th
Doors open at 6:00PM
Book reading begins at 6:30PM

Horrigan will also share how he weaves together the history of New York’s old Penn Station, the historic preservation movement, and the pre-Stonewall gay rights movement. Horrigan’s book is available for sale everywhere but help support Boston’s local and independent bookstores by placing an online order for his novel at these locations:

Brookline Booksmith 279 Harvard Street by Coolidge Corner
Harvard Bookstore  1256 Mass Ave in Harvard Square
Porter Square Bookstore 25 White Street in Porter Square
Trident Bookseller’s & Cafe 338 Newbury Street in Back Bay

Boston’s World Naked Bike Ride is Saturday

WNBRThis The annual World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is this Saturday. If you would like to participate or want to learn more about the event visit their website, wnbrboston.com. If you’re unfamiliar with this annual ride, the WNBR is a clothing optional global protest to call for more bike-friendly streets that appeals to bike-lovers, exhibitionists, naturalists and curious onlookers.

For more details about the ride visit their website, wnbrboston.com, and let me know if you plan on participating. I’d love to hear more about the ride.

Shakespeare on the Common opens with Richard III

bosarts, boston theater, shakespeareIt is opening night for The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) annual production of a William Shakespeare play on the Boston Common. This year the CSC will present Richard III with performances running through Sunday, August 5th. Performances take place Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm; with a 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 5th.

Richard III
July 18 – August 5, 2018
FREE and open to the public

csc, commonwealth shakespeare company, boston theater, bosartsThe image above shows the location of the theater production on the Boston Common. I suggest arriving early to ensure you can be within sight of the stage. When I attend, I like to make a quick stop at the Roche Bros in Downtown Crossing to stock up on snacks and drinks – food is available on the Common but options are somewhat limited.

Need a quick overview of this Machiavellian monarch Shakespeare dedicates an entire play to? Here is a quick recap of Richard III (as told by Shakespeare).

Shakespeare takes over the Boston Common

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Photo from OffWestEnd.com

One week from today The Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (CSC) will once again host their annual production of a William Shakespeare play on the Boston Common. Opening night will be Wednesday, July 18th and performances will run through Sunday, August 5th. Performances take place Tuesday through Saturday at 8pm; Sundays at 7pm; with a 3pm matinee performance on Saturday, August 5th.

Richard III
Directed by Steven Maler
July 18 – August 5, 2018
FREE and open to the public

csc, commonwealth shakespeare company, boston theater, bosartsThe image above shows the location of the theater production on the Boston Common. I suggest arriving early to ensure you can be within sight of the stage. When I attend, I like to make a quick stop at the Roche Bros in Downtown Crossing to stock up on snacks and drinks – food is available on the Common but options are somewhat limited.

Need a quick overview of this Machiavellian monarch Shakespeare dedicates an entire play to? Here is a quick recap of Richard III (as told by Shakespeare).

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular tonight

Source: Boston.com Calendar

Boston hosts a very large 4th of July celebration that is free and open to the public.  The Spectacular is held at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, and the gates have already opened – with tens of thousands squatting small spaces along the thin line of grass that hugs the Charles River. However there is still plenty of time to get down there if interested because the actual concert doesn’t start until 8 p.m., and the fireworks show begins at 10:30 p.m.

Where to watch the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
This year the program will be broadcast live on both Bloomberg TV and WHDH-TV, beginning at 8:00 PM. The entire concert and fireworks display will also be available to live stream at Bloomberg.com, Boston.com, and the local gay bar, Cathedral Station, will be showing the event live from their bar if you want to watch with friends but not have to deal with the crowds.

This year’s line up
Massachusetts-native Rachel Platten will headline the show this year. She will be joined by the Indigo Girls, as will Broadway star and EGOT-winner Rita Moreno and Broadway star Natlie Cortez, who will be starring in the world premiere of Moulin Rouge The Musical which will start its pre-Broadway run at the Emerson Colonial starting July 10th. The Boston Pops will also pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein, a Lawrence native, Harvard alumnus, and former music director of the New York Philharmonic.

More information
The Boston Globe has a list of items you cannot bring past security check points. To read that full list link here (and scroll down). And for any other details you might want to know, check out the event’s official webpage,  bostonpopsjuly4th.org.

Free outdoor summer movies in Boston

movies, kittySummer in Boston = free outdoor movies are playing nearly every night. Most movies start around dusk but for details about times and  locations check the links included for each showing. Outdoor summer movies can make for fun evenings with friends or a nice date night.

Thursday, July 5           Hocus Pocus in Revere at Kelly’s Roast Beef
Thursday, July 5            Artificial Intelligence at the Lawn on D
Friday, July 6                 Field of Dreams at Rowes Wharf
Saturday, July 7            The Lion King at the Prudential Center
Thursday, July 12         Faces Places (Visages Villages) at the MFA
Thursday, July 12         The Lion King in Revere at Reinstein Bandstand
Friday, July 13               The Lion King at Rowes Wharf
Friday, July 13               The Emoji Movie at Rowes Wharf
Saturday, July 14          SING! at the Prudential Center
Thursday, July 19         Back to the Future in Revere at Kelly’s Roast Beef
Friday, July 20              Splash at Rowes Wharf
Friday, July 20              Elf at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, July 21          Coco at the Prudential Center
Thursday, July 26        Coco in Revere at Reinstein Bandstand
Thursday, July 26        Lincoln at the Lawn on D
Friday, July 27              Wizard of Oz at Rowes Wharf
Friday July 27               Cars 3 at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, July 28         Wonder at the Prudential Center

Thursday, August 2    Moana in Revere at Kelly’s Roast Beef
Thursday, August 2    The Nut Job II at Town Field – Dorchester
Friday, July August 3 Breakfast at Tiffany’s at Rowes Wharf
Friday, August 3          Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, August 4     The Incredibles at the Prudential Center
Monday August 6        Leap! at Fallon Playground – Rozzie
Wednesday, August 8The Lego Ninja Movie at Ronan Park Dorchester
Thursday, August 9    Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind at the MFA
Thursday, August 9   Thor: Ragnarok in Revere at Reinstein Bandstand
Thursday, August 9    Paddington 2 at Doherty Playground, Charlestown
Friday, August 10       The Karate Kid at Rowes Wharf
Friday, August 10       Coco at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, August 11   Mulan at the Prudential Center
Monday, August 13     Peter Rabbit at Medal of Honor Park, Southie
Thursday, August 16  Sing! at Ramsay Park in Roxbury
Friday, August 17       Hook at Rowes Wharf
Friday, August 17       Beauty and the Beast at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, August 18  Tarzan at the Prudential Center
Monday, August 20   Despicable Me 3 at Hardiman Field Allston/Brighton
Tuesday, August 21   Cars 3 at Walker Playground in Mattapan
Tuesday, August 21   The Incredible Shrinking Man on the Greenway 
Tuesday, August 21   Revenge of the Creature on the Greenway
Thursday, August 23 Coco at Hynes Playground in W. Roxbury
Friday, August 24      Dr. No at Rowes Wharf
Friday, August 24      Thor: Ragnock at the Hatch Shell
Saturday, August 25  A Wrinkle in Time at the Prudential Center
Monday, August 27   Beauty and the Beast at Brophy Park – East Boston
Thursday, August 30 The Emoji Movie at Iacono Playground, Hyde Park
Friday, August 31       Out of Africa at Rowes Wharf

Friday, Sept. 7              Black Panther at the Frog Pond, Boston Common
Thursday, Sept. 13      The Wicker Man at the MFA
Friday, Sept. 21           Karate Kid at the Frog Pond, Boston Common