Category Archives: Free Stuff

South End Open Studios is this weekend

south-end-open-studios-bostonIn 1986 a group of artists at the Boston Center for the Arts invited friends and neighbors into their studios to view their art. As more artists became interested in the event, the United South End Artists was formed, and the South End Open Studios weekend came into being.

Today the South End Open Studios includes a dozen studio buildings and more than 250 artists, encompassing all of Boston’s South End neighborhood. This year will mark their 30th anniversary so come over to the South End.

Watch Star Wars The Force Awakens on the Boston Common

Star Wars on Boston Common Frog Pond

Enjoy watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens tomorrow night under the stars, thanks to the City of Boston and Boston Parks & Recreation Department. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs, sit back and relax. Free popcorn will be provided.
The movie will begin at sundown. Specific timing is tentative.

There is a bit more information on the events page, here.

Note: All Movie Nights are weather permitting and free/open to the public.

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

berklee-beantown-jazz-festival-2016I don’t know how I missed this in my weekly post, “What’s Happening This Week” so I wanted to give the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival a shout out.

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is free on Saturday, Sept. 24th

Billed as Boston’s biggest block party, this annual event is a free, outdoor concert that is worth checking out. The festival features jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and groove performances. The festival offers world-class music on three stages, phenomenal food and drink, arts, crafts, and unique gifts.

This year’s entertainment includes Al Jarreau, Marcus Santos Brazilian Drum Group and Dan Moretti. For more information on all the musicians who will be playing check out the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival performance schedule.

berklee.edu/beantownjazz

Ferris Bueller comes to the Boston Common

Ferris Buellers Day Off on Boston Common Frog Pond

Enjoy watching Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  tomorrow night under the stars, thanks to the City of Boston and Boston Parks & Recreation Department. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs, sit back and relax. Free popcorn will be provided.
The movie will begin at sundown. Specific timing is tentative.

There is a bit more information on the events page, here.

Note: All Movie Nights are weather permitting and free/open to the public.

Kiki Beach: Last gasp of summer 2016

Kiki Beach on M Street BostonThe final Kiki Beach of 2016 is Saturday, September 10th. Sergio and I have enjoyed making several visits to Southie on Saturdays this summer to partake in Kiki Beach on M and want to give a special shout of thanks to our friends for making this a reality. Check out this cute video montage of Kiki Beach 2016 posted on Facebook.

Kiki Beach: Last Gasp of Summer 2016

Minions on the Boston Common

Minions on Boston Common Frog PondEnjoy watching the Minions movie tomorrow night under the stars, thanks to the City of Boston and Boston Parks & Recreation Department. Bring your blankets or lawn chairs, sit back and relax. Free popcorn will be provided.
The movie will begin at sundown. Specific timing is tentative.

There is a bit more information on the Facebook events page, here.

Note: All Movie Nights are weather permitting and free/open to the public.

Fireworks over Boston Harbor tonight at 8:30PM

Fireworks-on-Boston-HarborTo celebrate Labor Day weekend Boston Harbor Now and the Boston Harbor Hotel will be hosting a fireworks display over Boston Harbor tonight, starting at 8:30PM. The fireworks will take place at two locations to provide multiple viewing options. According to the press release, the best places to watch will be from Pier’s Park in East Boston, Fan Pier in the Seaport, or Christopher Columbus Park in the North End.

The fireworks will be synced to music via music streaming app Atlas Pyrovision, and you can download the free app during the show to simultaneously listen to the soundtrack. NECN will also be airing the display in real-time for folks who would like to watch from the comfort of their homes.

Free Fun Fridays for August 26

Free Fun Fridays Highland FoundationThe Highland Street Foundation sponsored Free Fun Fridays again this year and tomorrow is the last for the 2016 summer season. This week enjoy the following free venues thanks to the Highland Street Foundation: Franklin Park Zoo, Museum of African American History, Norman Rockwell Museum and more.

For more details visit here: Free Fun Fridays – August 26.

First Light: A decade of collecting at the ICA Boston

Paul Chan, 1st Light, 2005. Photograph by Jean Vong. © 2016 Paul Chan

Paul Chan, 1st Light, 2005. Photograph by Jean Vong. © 2016 Paul Chan

The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its collection and signature waterfront building in the Seaport with the largest and most ambitious presentation of its collection to date.  

First Light: A Decade of Collecting at the ICA
August 17, 2016 to January 16, 2017

This exhibition is organized by the ICA’s curatorial department under the leadership of Eva Respini, Barbara Lee Chief Curator. First Light: A Decade of Collecting at the ICA is on view from August 17, 2016 to January 16, 2017. During the first week of October, midway through the presentation, there will be a rotation of some of the sections (or “chapters”) enabling more of the collection to be showcased and new works and juxtapositions to be explored. 

Don’t forget that every Thursday from 5PM – 9PM admission to the ICA Boston is free to the public so if money is tight, you can still come by on a Thursday evening to see this special exhibit. 

 

Free Fun Fridays for August 19

Institute of Contemporary Art Boston

Institute of Contemporary Art Boston

The Highland Street Foundation is sponsoring Free Fun Fridays again. The program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for the public to enjoy throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. This week enjoy the following free venues thanks to the Highland Street Foundation: ICA Boston, New England Historic Genealogical Museum and more.

For more details visit here: Free Fun Fridays – August 19.

Free Fun Fridays for August 12

Free Fun Fridays, Highland Street Foundation

Emily Dickinson Museum

The Highland Street Foundation is sponsoring Free Fun Fridays again. The program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for the public to enjoy throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. This week enjoy the following free venues thanks to the Highland Street Foundation: MIT Museum, Emily Dickinson Museum and more.

For more details visit here: Free Fun Fridays – August 12.

Free Fun Fridays for August 5

Free Fun Fridays, The Highland  Street Foundation

The Old State House

The Highland Street Foundation is sponsoring Free Fun Fridays again. The program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for the public to enjoy throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. This week enjoy the following free venues thanks to the Highland Street Foundation: Harvard Museum of Natural History, The Old State House and more.

For more details visit here: Free Fun Fridays – August 5

Free Fun Fridays for July 29

Free Fun Friday Highland Street Foundation

JFK Presidential Library

The Highland Street Foundation is sponsoring Free Fun Fridays again. The program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for the public to enjoy throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. This week enjoy the following free venues thanks to the Highland Street Foundation: JFK Library, Battleship Cove and more.

For more details visit here: Free Fun Fridays – July 29.

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

Revere BeachNo plans today? Hop on the Blue Line and head over to Revere Beach for the annual Sand Sculpting Festival that brings artists from all over the world to compete in solo and duo master sculpting competitions. The festival started on Friday and these massive sand sculptures are now on display for you to enjoy.

For more information visit their website reverebeachpartnership.com.

Free Fun Fridays for July 22

Free Fun Fridays, Highland Street Foundation

Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in JP

The Highland Street Foundation is sponsoring Free Fun Fridays again. The program was created to increase access and enrichment opportunities for the public to enjoy throughout Massachusetts during the summer months. This week enjoy the following free venues thanks to the Highland Street Foundation: Boston Harbor Islands Nat’l and State Park, The Arnold Arboretum and more.

For more details visit here: Free Fun Fridays – July 22.