Free Outdoor Movie Series in Boston for Summer 2018

Free Movies Outdoors in Boston
There are so many movies outdoors on the big screen in Boston this summer for free. Grab some blankets, lawn chairs, and some popcorn for some free and fun summer nights!

Most movies start at dusk, and a few have rain dates if the weather does not cooperate. All movies are free and open to the public!

Here are the FREE Outdoor Movie Series for Summer 2018 in the Greater Boston area:

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Movies by the Moonlight

Boston Harbor Hotel has a free movies series every Friday night in the hotel’s courtyard from June 15, 2018 to August 31, 2018 this summer starting at dusk.

  • June 15: When Harry Met Sally
  • June 22: It Happened One Night
  • June 29: Grease
  • July 6: Field of Dreams
  • July 13: The Lion King
  • July 20: Splash
  • July 27: Wizard of Oz
  • August 3: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • August 10: The Karate Kid
  • August 17: Hook
  • August 24: Dr. No
  • August 31: Out of Africa

To view the complete schedule or for more information, please head here.

Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell

WBZ NewsRadio 1030 and the Department of Conservation and Recreation host this annual outdoor movie series. Free Friday Flicks are Fridays this summer at the DCR Hatch Shell starting June 22, 2018 to August 24, 2018. Movies start at dusk but the fun kicks off at 6PM.

  • June 22: Despicable Me 3
  • July 13: Emoji Movie
  • July 20: Elf
  • July 27: Cars 3
  • August 3: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • August 10: Coco
  • August 17: Beauty and the Beast
  • August 24: Thor: Ragnarok

For more information about Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell, please head here.

Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival at the Prudential Center

Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival takes place every Saturday night from July 7, 2018 to August 25, 2018 at the Prudential Center’s South Garden. Free outdoor movies start at dusk, but entertainment, children activities, and more start at 6PM. The rain date for all films are the following Tuesday if needed.

  • July 7: The Lion King
  • July 14: SING!
  • July 21: Coco
  • July 28: Wonder
  • August 4: The Incredibles
  • August 11: Mulan
  • August 18: Tarzan
  • August 25: A Wrinkle in Time

For more information about the free Family Film Festival, please head here.

Movies in the Park at Assembly Row

Enjoy a free movie under the stars at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park in Somerville on Saturdays from July 7, 2018 to August 25, 2018 starting at dusk.

  • July 7: Despicable Me 3
  • July 14: Emoji Movie
  • July 21: Elf
  • July 28: Cars 3
  • August 4: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • August 11: Coco
  • August 18: Beauty and the Beast
  • August 25: Thor: Ragnarok

For more information about free movie nights at Assembly Row in Somerville, please head here.

Sunday Night Movie Night at Christopher Columbus Park

Enjoy a free movie night on the lawn at Christopher Columbus Park every Sunday night from July 22, 2018 to August 26, 2018 starting at dusk.

  • July 22: Butch Cassidy & Sundance Kid
  • July 29: Roman Holiday
  • August 6: Chariots of Fire
  • August 12: Mary Poppins
  • August 19: Apollo 13
  • August 26: Short Film: Henry & the Elephant & Finding Dory
For more information about Sunday Night Movie night, please head here.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights

Mayor Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Northeastern University are bringing free movies to Boston neighborhoods on select dates this August. All movies start at dusk.

  • August 2: The Nut Job Two, Town Field in Dorchester
  • August 6: Leap!, Dusk Fallon Playground in Roslindale
  • August 8: The Lego Ninjago, Ronan Park in Dorchester
  • August 9: Paddington 2, Doherty Playground in Charlestown
  • August 13: Peter Rabbit, Medal of Honor Park in South Boston
  • August 16: Sing, Ramsay Park in Roxbury
  • August 20: Despicable Me 3, Hardiman Field in Allston-Brighton
  • August 21: Cars 3, Walker Playground in Mattapan
  • August 23: Coco, Hynes Playground in West Roxbury
  • August 27: Beauty and the Beast, Brophy Park in East Boston
  • August 30: The Emoji Movie, Iacono Playground in Hyde Park

For more information about Mayor Walsh’s free movie nights, please head here.

Films by the Gate

Celebrate Asians and Asian Americans in film by watching classic kung fu films and other Asian films this summer at the Gate in Chinatown. This free film festival is August 24-26, 2018 at the gate in Chinatown.

Film schedule is TBD. For more up-to-date information about free Films by the Gate, please head here.

Classics on the Common

Head to Boston Common near Frog Pond in September for two free movie nights on Fridays at dusk.

  • September 7: Black Panther
  • September 21: Karate Kid

For more information about Classics on the Common, please head here.

Jaws on D

Narragansett presents a free movie screening of Jaws on The Lawn on D in South Boston from 8-10PM.

  • June 29: Jaws

For  more information about Jaws on D, please head here.

Revere Beach Movie Nights

Free Theatre Thursdays with a free outdoor movie screening on the beach at dusk (with activities from 6-8PM) at either Kelly’s Roast Beef or William G. Reinstein Bandstand in Revere. All Thursday night movies will have a rain date of Friday night. There are also two free Saturday Date Night movies that start at dusk as well.

  • July 1: Jaws (Saturday Date Night Movie)
  • July 5: Hocus Pocus at Kelly’s Roast Beef
  • July 12: The Lion King at William G. Reinstein Bandstand
  • July 14: Top Gun (Saturday Date Night Movie)
  • July 19: Back to the Future at Kelly’s Roast Beef
  • July 26: Coco at William G. Reinstein Bandstand
  • August 2: Moana at Kelly’s Roast Beef
  • August 9: Thor: Ragnarok at William G. Reinstein Bandstand

For more information about free movie nights at Revere Beach on Thursday nights, please head here and head here for more information about Saturday Date Night movies.

Movies by the Lake

Wakefield Community Access TV is sponsoring free movies by the Lake this summer in Wakefield, MA. Free outdoor movies will take place at Lake Quannapowitt by the Bandstand at nightfall.

  • June 28: Men in Black
  • July 12: Moana
  • July 26: Jaws
  • August 9: E.T.
  • August 23: Wonder Woman

For more information about Free Movies by the Lake in Wakefield, please head here.

Patriot Place Summer Flicks

Free outdoor movies at NRG Plaza (right outside Patriots ProShop) at Patriot Place in Foxboro, MA on select dates this summer sponsored by Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt. Free summer flicks start at dusk but pre-entertainment begins at 6PM.

  • July 1: Justice League
  • July 11: Despicable Me 3
  • August 1: Cars 3
  • August 8: Toy Story
  • August 15: Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
  • August 31: Wonder

For more information about Free Sumer Flicks at Patriot Place, please head here.

Please leave a comment below if there are any more great and free movie series happening this summer in Boston or if there’s any errors mentioned above.

Please do your due-diligence to ensure that all information provided above is correct before you head out to a free outdoor movie showing, especially if there’s bad weather!

What is your favorite movie or outdoor movie series in Boston and beyond?

Free Music Series This Summer in Boston

Free Live Music in BostonThere are so many free music series this summer in Boston– you’ll probably come across a few of these without even trying!

Below is a roundup of free live music and free concert series in Boston for Summer 2018:

Boston Calling Block Parties

Free Boston Calling Block Party every Thursday evening from 5-8pm at Dewey Square. Thursday nights from May until August 30, 2018. Free, but 21+. 

Landmarks Orchestra Classical Concerts

Free Landmarks Orchestra Classical Concert at the Hatch Shell on Wednesday nights from 7-9pm this summer. Wednesday evenings from July 18, 2018 to August 22, 2018.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City program offers free music on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings from June 7, 2018 to August 28, 2018 from 6-10pm in the courtyard at Boston Harbor Hotel.

Berklee’s Summer in the City

Berklee’s Summer in the City Series offers over 200 free music performances all over the city. Runs now through the end of September. (Some of the Free Berklee music series are mentioned throughout the post at different popular venues throughout the city, but there are many more as well!)

Harborwalk Sounds

Free Harborwalk Sounds at the ICA happens on Thursday nights at 6PM this summer with free music. (Reminder: ICA admission is also free on Thursday nights). Thursday nights from July 5, 2018 to August 30, 2018.

Concerts in the Courtyard

Boston Public Library’s Concerts in the Courtyard has free music every Wednesday night at 6pm and Friday afternoon at 12:30pm in the courtyard at the Boston Public Library from June 1, 2018 to August 31, 2018. Concerts are moved to Rabb Hall if weather is a concern.

Summer Midday Music

Free Midday Music at Post Office Square with music on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-2pm at Norman B. Leventhal Park. June 7, 2018 to end of August. 

Concerts at the Charlestown Navy Yard

Free concerts at the Charlestown Navy Yard at 6pm on Thursdays from June 28, 2018 to August 2, 2018.

Tito Puente Latin Music Series

Tito Puente Latin Music Series is every Thursday night at 7PM at various parks and playground in Boston neighborhoods. July 5, 2018 to August 9, 2018.

ParkARTS Neighborhood Concerts

Free concerts around the city with ParkARTS Neighborhood Concerts from July 10, 2018 to August 5, 2018. At various neighborhood parks and dates vary.

Dorothy Curran Concert Series

The Dorothy Curran Concert Series has four shows all on City Hall Plaza this summer and is the longest running outdoor concert series in Boston. July 25, August 1, August 15, and August 22, 2018. 

Berklee at the Prudential Center

Free music at the Prudential Center in the courtyard with Summer Tunes from Berklee College of Music every Thursday from 5-7PM. June 14, 2018 to July 26, 2018.

Summer Concerts at Brewer Plaza

Berklee’s Summer in the City series has free live music at lunchtime at Brewer Plaza in Boston Common at noon, quite often

Berklee after 5

Free Berklee after 5 concert series every Thursday at 5pm at Kendall Center. June 7, 2018 to August 23, 2018.

Summer Concerts at Kendall Square

Free Summer Concerts at Kendall Square on Thursdays at lunchtime. Every Thursday at noon from now until August 30, 2018, no concert on July 5, 2018. 

Summertime at the Street

Free Live Music on Thursdays on the Green at the Street in Chestnut Hill from 5-7PM.

Waterfront Plaza Lunch Sessions

Enjoy free music at Waterfront Plaza on Thursdays at 12pm in June and July from Berklee School of Music. 

Did I miss any fun and free music series in the Greater Boston area this summer? What is your favorite free music series?

Whale Watching Discounts in Boston

Whale Watch Discounts Boston MA

Are you looking to go on a whale watch tour this summer in Massachusetts but don’t want to pay full-price?

There are so many ways to save on tickets for Whale Watching in Boston and Massachusetts!

Keep in mind there’s only one whale watch tour directly out of Boston and that is the New England Aquarium Whale Watch from Boston Harbor Cruises. However, there are a lot of different options from North Shore and South Shore towns in Massachusetts as well!

Here are discounts and deals for Whale Watching tours in Massachusetts to help save money:

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New England Aquarium Whale Watch, Boston:

Capt. Bill and Sons Whale Watching, Gloucester:

  • Discount tickets available via LivingSocial daily deal, terms and conditions may apply
  • Discount tickets available via Groupon daily deal, terms and conditions may apply
  • Children under 3 are free
  • Save $5 off adult admission with printable coupon
  • Discount available with military, AAA, CAA, AARP, or a room key

7 Seas Whale Watch, Gloucester:

  • Discount tickets available via Groupon Daily Deal, terms and conditions may apply (for a limited time)
  • Discount tickets available via LivingSocial daily deal, terms and conditions may apply
  • Children under 3 are free
  • $5 discount for students, military, and AAA members
  • Lowest price guarantee: will match any competitors ticket pricing (with the exception of a paid Groupon)

Cape Ann Whale Watch, Gloucester:

  • Discount tickets available for a limited time with this Groupon Daily Deal, terms and conditions may apply
  • Discount tickets available for a limited time with this LivingSocial Daily Deal, terms and conditions may apply
  • Children 3 and under are free
  • $5 discount for members of AAA, CAA, AARP
  • $5 discount for military members and college students

Newburyport Whale Watch, Newburyport:

  • Discount tickets available for a limited time with this Groupon Daily Deal, terms and conditions may apply
  • Discount tickets available for a limited time with this LivingSocial Daily Deal, terms and condition may apply
  • Children under 3 are free
  • Family special: 2 adults and 2 children is $125
  • $3 off admission with AAA discount, MTA card, or with military discount

Captain John Boats, Plymouth:

  • Discount tickets available for a limited time with this Groupon Daily Deal, terms and conditions may apply currently listed on Groupon & you can buy tickets through them but no deal since it’s for full price tickets at $53!
  • Children 3 and under are free
  • Active military are free with ID 

Did I miss any of your favorite whale watching tour discounts in Massachusetts? Will you be going on a whale watch soon?

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Free Summer in the City Series

Boston Harbor Hotel Free Music and Movie Series

The Boston Harbor Hotel’s popular Summer in the City series is back for summer 2018 with free live music and outdoor movies in their courtyard.

Summer in the City kicks off June 7, 2018 and ends on Friday, August 28, 2018 with free events happening every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this summer open to everyone! Free music is from 6-10pm and the free movies start at dusk.

Below is the 2018 Free Summer in the City schedule at the Boston Harbor Hotel for Summer 2018:

Pop-Soul Tuesdays

6/12: Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies
6/19: Young Love and the Thrills
6/26: World Premier Band
7/3: Sweetbeats Band
7/10: Soul City
7/17: Ray Greene
7/24: Pulse of Boston
7/31: Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies
8/7: Mystique
8/14: Young Love & the Thrills
8/21: World Premier Band
8/28: Ray Greene

Rat Pack Wednesdays

6/13: Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band
6/20: Rich Dimare
6/27: Alex MacDougall
7/4: Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band
7/11: Rich DiMare
7/18: Steve Memmolo
7/25: Justin Beech
8/1: Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra
8/8: Steve Memmolo
8/15: Alex MacDougall
8/22: Justin Beech
8/29: Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band

Blues Barge Thursdays

6/7: Bruce Marshall Band
6/14: Jeff Pitchell Band
6/21: Racky Thomas Band
6/28: Fat City Band
7/5: Jeff Pitchell  Band
7/12: Bruce Marshall Band
7/19: Fat City Band
7/26: Racky Thomas Band
8/2: Fat City Band
8/9: Bruce Marshall Band
8/16: Racky Thomas Band
8/23: Jeff Pitchell Band
8/30: Bruce Marshall Band

Movie by Moonlight Fridays

6/8: No Movie
6/15: When Harry Met Sally
6/22: It Happened One Night
6/29: Grease
7/6: Field of Dreams
7/13: The Lion King
7/20: Splash
7/27: Wizard of Oz
8/3: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
8/10: The Karate Kid
8/17: Hook
8/24: Dr. No
8/31: Out of Africa

For more information or for a printable schedule about this fun and free event series at the Boston Harbor Hotel, please head here.

Concerts in the Courtyard Returns to the Boston Public Library This Summer

Boston Public Library Free Concerts

Boston Public Library’s Free Concert in the Courtyard music series is back!

Boston Public Library hosts Concerts in the Courtyard every summer with free one hour concerts in the courtyard starting Friday, June 1, 2018 in one of Boston’s most beautiful spots!

The free concert series takes place in the courtyard of Boston Public Library in Copley Square every Wednesday at 6pm and every Friday at 12:30pm for one hour with a variety of free music from jazz, folk, classical, and more.

Concerts are moved from the Courtyard to Rabb Hall in the event of inclement weather.

For more information or to view the Concerts in the Courtyard schedule, please head here.

Have you been to Concerts in the Courtyard at the BPL before? Will you be going this year?

Kids Bowl Free This Summer


This free program for kids this summer is underway and perfect for rainy days!

Kids can bowl free this summer at many bowling alleys across Massachusetts and the U.S.! There are over 20 bowling alleys in Massachusetts, including Boston Bowl that participate in this free program.

Registered children can bowl two free games each day over the summer. This program does not include the cost of shoe rentals.

There are also some program terms, but you can read them and find more info here.

Will your kids be participating this year?

Ways to Save at Story Land in New Hampshire

Storyland NH Discount Tickets
Story Land is located in Glen, New Hampshire, approximately 3 hours North of Boston and is a great day trip or weekend getaway when you have young children.

My kids will be 1 and 3 this summer, and Story Land is on our summer bucket list and I’ve been keeping an eye out for deals since ticket prices can add up quickly for a family.

A full-price day ticket to Story Land is $34.99 at the gate for ages 3+. Children under 3 are free. Parking is free. You can save $4 on admission tickets if you buy online in advance for $30.99 (+ service fee) and the ticket is good for any day of the 2018 operating season.

If you buy your full admission Story Land ticket during the last 3 hours of any day, you will receive a free pass to come back the next day or another day in the current season. The park closes at 6PM in July & August and 5PM on all other operating days.

There are also a few Smart Day tickets available directly through Story Land for $26.99 and for online purchase only. The 2018 Story Land Smart Days are July 4th, August 5th, August 29th, September 16th and September 30th.

If you are visiting for multiple days, you could buy a two day flex ticket for $54.99 which is valid for any two days during the 2018 season. A basic season pass is $69.99 per person and a premium season pass is $89.99 if you are looking for longer or multiple visits.

In late Fall last year, Story Land offered a free preschool play pass for ages 3-5 to sign up for, which I forgot to do, as well as discount tickets for season passes, which I also didn’t do. If you are looking for future deals beyond the 2018 operating season, late Fall seems to be a sweet spot for Story Land deals for future visits. Just keep in mind that the free preschool pass goes fast and the season pass deal is just for Black Friday weekend typically, so you’ll have to plan ahead and be quick.

Luckily, there are a few discounts and deals for Story Land currently available through various companies.

*Please note that this post does contain some affiliate links and I receive a small commission to help maintain this site if you take advantage of any of these deals. I am not affiliated with Story Land to write this post– just a future visitor who wants to save some money and help fellow parents with my research. Thank you!

Goldstar currently has discount tickets to Story Land. I rarely see discounts for Story Land in general and this is the first time I’ve seen Story Land discounts on Goldstar so I’m not sure if they will be available to purchase all summer long or for a limited time only, so you may want to buy them soon if you are interested.

The discount tickets to Story Land are $26.99 + service fee through Goldstar and they can be used any operational day from May 26, 2018 to October 8, 2018.

One thing to note is there is a $4 service fee per ticket through Goldstar, which makes it $30.99 per ticket, and the same amount as the online offer directly through Story Land. I was super sad when I did the math at first BUT Story Land also charges a processing fee so Goldstar does appear to be the cheaper option after fees are accounted for. It looks like Story Land charges a processing fee of $3 per ticket with a max processing fee of $9.99.

Groupon also has discount tickets to Story Land available for $32.99 per ticket, and you can buy up to ten tickets. This isn’t really a good deal (in my opinion) unless the Goldstar option isn’t an option and you are buying 4 or less tickets. It ends up being more expensive than the online offer directly through Story Land if you are buying tickets for more than four people. Promo codes do not appear to work with the Groupon offer.

If you have an AAA membership, the Storyland AAA discount is $1 off at the gate. MTA members can also save on Story Land’s Final Three, Next Day Free program and is valid online only.

Breathe NH also has a coupon book that includes a free pass to Story Land when you buy one adult admission. Keep in mind that the book is $35 which is the same price as a full-price admission pass, but the pass would pass for itself with just Story Land if you plan on using some of other discounts in the book this year. For more information or to see all the discounts in the book, please head here.

There are a few other discounts available directly through Story Land on particular days this summer, and you can find the full schedule for discounts here.

If you are planning to stay for the weekend, some hotels may offer some discounts and coupons to Story Land, so make sure to look to see if nearby hotels offer anything comparable or better than the deals listed above.

For visit the Story Land’s website or to purchase tickets directly through them, please head here. If you are looking to buy discount tickets through Goldstar, please head here.

Do you know of any promo codes, coupons, or discounts to Story Land in New Hampshire that I may have missed? Have you been to Story Land before? Any tips to share to a first timer like me?


Canobie Lake Park Discounts

Canobie Lake Park DiscountsCanobie Lake Park opens for the season on May 5, 2018 and is a fun day trip from Boston with so many fun amusement rides, entertainment, and more!

Canobie Lake Park is located in Salem, New Hampshire and there are many different ways to save on admission tickets.

Regular price admission to Canobie Lake is $39 at the gate for adults and $29 for seniors and children under 48″. Admission is $26 for everybody after 5pm. Children 3 and under are free.

For the Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, May 5, 2018, Canobie Lake Park is hosting a one day ticket sale with regular price tickets for only $30. You can purchase these tickets at Canobie Lake Park or online with promo code ONEDAY at checkout. (There is a small transaction fee with online orders.)

The $30 ticket can be used any day for one person during the 2018 operating calendar. If you are planning to go to Canobie Lake Park this season, this is a great time to buy your tickets to use for later!

There’s also a few different ways to save on admission at Canobie Lake Park in New Hampshire that you can take advantage in the future:

  • Visit early in the season (May 5, 6, 12, 13, 19 & 20) and pay $30 for adults and $26 for kids and seniors
  • Free admission for Mom and Dad on Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, respectively
  • Military members can receive $10 admission with proof of service + $10 admission for children 12 and under when accompanied by military parent on Memorial Day weekend
  • First Responders (Police, Fire, EMTs, etc.) with valid ID can receive free admission on any Friday from July 6 to August 31, 2018.
  • Save $5 on full-price weekday admission with coupon found at retailers like McD’s, Market Basket, 7-Eleven and more at the cash registers (YMMV- Your Mileage May Vary)
  • Get $6 off admission when you buy in advance at an AAA branch for AAA members

Also, in the past Costco members could get discount tickets for $29.99 for general admission, as you can see in the picture above. I haven’t seen the discount tickets at my local Costco yet, but it’s still early.

Also, make sure to check with your employer or special organizations to see if they offer any discount tickets, you may be pleasantly surprised to find some deals!

Don’t forget to check Canobie’s specials page for even more discounts to see if you qualify for any special offers.

What is your favorite way to save at Canobie Lake Park?