Free Outdoor Movie Series in Boston

Free Outdoor Movie Screenings in Boston 2017

There are so many free outdoor movie screenings this summer in and around Boston to take advantage of! This is a great way to catch a great movie outside for free! Don’t forget to bring a lawn chair or blanket for some extra comfort!

Here are the FREE Outdoor Movie Series for Summer 2017 in the Greater Boston area:

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Movies by the Moonlight

Boston Harbor Hotel has a free movies series every Friday night from June 9, 2017 to September 8, 2017 this summer outside starting at dusk.

  • June 9: On Golden Pond
  • June 16: No Movie – Live Music!
  • June 23: Moonstruck
  • June 30: Notting Hill
  • July 7: Captain America
  • July 14: The Notebook
  • July 21: Cheaper by the Dozen
  • July 28: The Little Mermaid
  • August 4: Tootsie
  • August 11: Casablanca
  • August 18: The Jungle Book 2016
  • August 25: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • September 1: Fever Pitch
  • September 8: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017. Movies start at dusk but the fun kicks off at 6PM.

  • June 23: The Secret Life of Pets
  • July 14: Sing
  • July 21: The Jungle Book (Live)
  • July 28: Finding Dory
  • August 4: Moana
  • August 11: The Lego Batman Movie
  • August 18: Dr. Strange
  • August 25: Star Wars: Rouge One

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 1, 2017 to August 26, 2017 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 1: Annie (1982)
  • July 8: The Jungle Book (Live Action)
  • July 15: The BFG
  • July 22: Pete’s Dragon (Live Action)
  • July 29: Finding Dory
  • August 5: Moana
  • August 12: The Little Mermaid
  • August 19: Beauty and the Beast (Live Action)
  • August 26: The Secret Life of Pets

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

Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series

Enjoy a free movie under the stars at Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park in Somerville on Saturdays from July 8, 2017 to August 26, 2017 starting at dusk.

  • July 8: Secret Life of Pets
  • July 15: Sing
  • July 22: The Jungle Book (Live)
  • July 29: Finding Dory
  • August 5: Moana
  • August 12: The Lego Batman Movie
  • August 19: Dr. Strange
  • August 26: Star Wars: Rouge One

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 16, 2017 to August 27, 2017. The free outdoor event occurs from 6:30-9:30PM with the movie starting at dusk.

  • July 16: Moonstruck
  • July 23: Despicable Me 2
  • July 30: Women in Gold
  • August 6: Florence Foster Jenkins
  • August 13: ET
  • August 20: Hoosiers
  • August 27: Hair Spray

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 7: Wall-E, Hunt/Almont Park in Mattapan
  • August 9: Sing, Fallon Field in Roslindale
  • August 10: Shaun the Sheep, Town Field in Dorchester
  • August 14: Storks, Doherty Playground in Charlestown
  • August 17: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Savin Hill Park in Dorchester
  • August 21: Zootopia, East Boston Stadium in East Boston
  • August 24: Finding Dory, Hynes Playground in West Roxbury
  • August 28: Pets, Ringer Playground in Allston
  • August 29: Moana, Ramsay Park in Roxbury
  • August 31: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Iacono Park 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 25-27, 2017 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 8: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
  • September 15: Top Gun

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 from 8:30PM to 10PM with activities starting at 5PM.

  • June 30*: Jaws

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

*NOTE: I noticed that Narragansett is promoting the movie for June 24th but in the Lawn on D calendar it says Friday, June 30, 2017 and other publications, so I’m not sure if the movie got moved to next week or not, so use caution with this one before you head out.

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.

  • June 29: Nine Lives at Kelly’s Roast Beef
  • July 8: Jaws (Saturday Date Night Movie)
  • July 13: Secret Life of Pets at Kelly’s Roast Beef
  • July 20: Finding Dory at William G. Reinstein Bandstand
  • July 27: The Jungle Book at Kelly’s Roast Beef
  • August 3: Wreck-It Ralph at Kelly’s Roast Beef
  • August 10: Little Giants at William G. Reinstein Bandstand
  • August 19: Grease (Saturday Date Night Movie)

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 29: Ghostbusters (1984 version)
  • July 13: The Sandlot
  • July 27: Jurassic Park
  • August 10: Monsters, Inc
  • August 24: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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

Free Family Movie Nights

Free outdoor family movies at French’s Common (across from Braintree Town Hall) in Braintree, MA at 8PM on select dates this summer.

  • June 29: Secret Life of Pets
  • July 12: Star Wars: Rogue One
  • July 26: Sing

For more information about Braintree’s Free Family Movie Nights, 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.

  • June 21: Secret Life of Pets
  • July 1: The Lego Batman Movie
  • July 19: Finding Dory
  • August 12: Moana
  • August 16: The Little Mermaid
  • September 1: The Angry Birds Movie

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 Music in Boston for Summer 2017

There 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 2017:

Boston Calling Block Parties

Free Boston Calling Block Party every Thursday evening from 5-8pm at Dewey Square. Thursday nights from May until September 14, 2017.

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 19, 2017 to August 23, 2017.

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 8, 2017 to September 8, 2017 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 6, 2017 to August 31, 2017.

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 now until August. 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 8, 2017 to August 31, 2017.

Concerts at the Charlestown Navy Yard

Free concerts at the Charlestown Navy Yard at 6pm on Thursdays for the month of July.

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 6, 2017 to August 10, 2017.

ParkARTS Neighborhood Concerts

Free concerts around the city with ParkARTS Neighborhood Concerts from July 10, 2017 to August 8, 2017. 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 12, August 16, August 23, and August 30, 2017.

Berklee Greenway Concert Series

Free Summer Concerts on the Greenway with free music  at 5pm on Friday nights at the Greenway’s North End Park. July 7, 2017 to September 8, 2017.

Lunch Break On D

Free music on Fridays with Lunch Break on D from 12-2PM on The Lawn on D for most Friday lunch breaks in June and July.

Live @ Aloft

Free weekly music series at the W XYZ Bar at Aloft Boston Seaport from 8-11PM on Thursday nights. Ongoing.

Berklee at the Prudential Center

Free music at the Prudential Center in the courtyard with Berklee Lunch Sessions every Tuesday from 12-1:30pm. Every Tuesday during lunch in June and July (with rain dates in August).

Berklee after 5

Free Berklee after 5 concert series every Thursday at 5pm at Kendall Center. June 8, 2017 to August 24, 2017.

Summer Concerts at Kendall Square

Free Summer Concerts at Kendall Square on Thursdays at Lunchtime. Every Thursday at lunchtime in June.

Summertime at the Street

Free Acoustic Evenings on Thursdays at 6pm and free street performance series at 12pm on Sundays with Summertime at the Street. Runs from June 3, 2017 to October 1, 2017.

Waterfront Plaza Lunch Sessions

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

Assembly Row Summer Music Series

Free Live Music Thursdays at Assembly Row in Somerville on Thursday evenings from 6-8PM from May to September.

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

 

$1 Beach Rides this Summer in Boston

Boston Beaches Cape Cod

Looking to head to the beach this summer? If you don’t have a car or would rather not drive (or pay $$$ for parking) you may want to check out local startup Skedaddle.

Skedaddle is a Boston-based startup which has $1 rides available to Boston-area beaches every Saturday this summer until Labor Day!

Ten people need to join for the route to go live, but there are many already available as well as many are close to going live as well!

To view all $1 fares to the beach, please head here. To download the Skeddaddle app on iOS or Android, please head here.

Note: There is a promo code line available on the app and you can enter my referral code d1aafd if you’d like to enter something in. I’m not sure if either of us getting anything but it doesn’t hurt to try if you were going to leave the line empty anyway. Thanks!

 

Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for June 10-11, 2017!

Free Events in Boston This Weekend

There’s so many fun and cheap things to do in Boston this weekend! As always, please let me know in the comments below if I missed your favorite free event!

Boston Pride Parade: Saturday, June 10, 2017 from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza. The annual Boston Pride parade begins at Copley Square at 12pm and ends at City Hall Plaza.

Bunker Hill Day Parade: Sunday, June 11, 2017. Enjoy this Charlestown tradition with a parade starting at 12:3opm!

Boston Dragon Boat Festival: June 10-11, 2017 on the Charles River. Enjoy this annual festival with boat races and cultural performances.

The Village Fair: Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 12-4pm. Celebrate Brookline Village on Sunday with music, games, food and more throughout the village.

11th Annual Family Music Festival: Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 12-3pm at the Lowell School Park in Cambridge. Enjoy a day of free family fun with musical fun and activities for the whole family!

Brookline Porchfest: Saturday, June 10, 2017. Head to the porches of local musicians in Brookline for some free music and fun!

DWC Festival Day: Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Cambridge. Dance for World Community Festival is a day of dance with free performances from over 90 dance troupes!

FITROW Health and Wellness Day: Saturday, June 10, 2017 at Assembly Row in Somerville from 11-4pm. Enjoy a day of free fitness at Assembly Row!

Complimentary Wellness Activities at Mandarin Oriental: Saturday, June 10, 2017. The spa at Mandarin Oriental is celebrating Global Wellness Day with a 2 mile run walk at 9AM, followed by a meditation class at 10:30AM. Reservations required.

SoWa Open Market: Saturdays and Sundays through October from 10-4pm. Enjoy the largest celebration of local artists, farmers, chefs, musicians, and more in Boston!

Greenway Open Market: Every Saturday (and 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month) from 11-6pm until October. Enjoy handmade local arts and crafts, food trucks, and more!

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Hope you have a great weekend!

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Sail Boston 2017 with Tall Ships Coming June 17, 2017!

Sail Boston 2017 is coming Saturday, June 17, 2017 to Thursday, June 22, 2017. Boston is an official port of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta, the only U.S. port, with the tall ships visiting six countries and traveling over 7,000 miles.

Tall Ships visit often in the summer but Boston is hosting the Parade of Sail for the first time since 2000.

Below is the Sail Boston 2017 Schedule with events open to the public:

Grand Parade of Sail, Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10-3PM
Event at Boston Harbor

Enjoy this amazing parade of where the vessels will parade in flotillas from Broad Sound into Boston Harbor. Public viewing areas of the Parade include: Castle Island, the Seaport District, the Downtown Waterfront, the North End, Charlestown and East Boston.

Public Boarding of Ships, June 17-21, 2017 from 10-10PM,*3PM start on Saturday
Event at Fish Pier, World Trade Center, Fan Pier, Charlestown Pier 1 and Pier 4

Following the Parade on Saturday, the Tall Ships will be docked at various piers for the public to view and board at the discretion of the ship’s captain. Note: Fish Pier is tentative.

Sail Boston Festival, June 17-June 21, 2017 from 10-10PM, *3PM start on Saturday
Event at Fish Pier, World Trade Center, Fan Pier, Charlestown Pier 1 and Pier 4

Music, food, and entertainment will be available at each of these festival sites that are adjacent to berthing areas.

Downtown Crossing Crew Parade, Monday, June 19, 2017 from 12-1PM
Event at Seaport Boulevard to Downtown Crossing

Marching bands and cadets from the visiting ships will parade along Seaport Boulevard to Downtown Crossing as the city to welcome guests from around the world.

Crew and Cadet Soccer Tournament, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 from 8-2PM
Event at Moakley Park

Crews and cadets of the Tall Ships will participate in a friendly soccer tournament and the public is welcome to watch.

Sunset Salute, Tuesday, June 20, 2017 and Wednesday, June 21, 2017 from 7-9PM
Event at Charlestown Navy Yard on Tuesday and Fan Pier on Wednesday

Maritime pageant featuring fife and drum, bagpipes, and nautical regalia.

Tall Ships Depart, Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 8-11AM
Event at Various Venues

The Tall Ships will depart Boston Harbor on Thursday morning for their next visit to Canada.

Many of Boston Sail 2017 events are free; however, there are some events that are not. There are private companies offering cruises and whatnot on the harbor for a chance to see the tall ships from the water.

Goldstar Boston (affiliate link) is a great website that offers discount tickets to a lot of events and attractions in Boston, including some Tall Ships Cruises! Some Tall Ship Cruise tickets start at $6 through Goldstar. Daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial may have a few offers too, but many will direct you back to Goldstar anyway.

For more information about Sail Boston 2017, please head here.

Boston Harbor Hotel’s Free Summer in the City Series Returns with Free Music and Movies

Boston Harbor Hotel Summer 2017 Events

The Boston Harbor Hotel’s popular Summer in the City series is back for summer 2017. From June 8, 2017 to September 8, 2017, Boston Harbor Hotel will have free music and free movies outside on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays this summer.

Summer in the City is free and open to the public. Free music is from 6-10pm and the free movies start at dusk.

Here is the 2017 Free Outdoor Summer in the City programming schedule:

Pop-Soul Tuesdays

June 13: Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies
June 20: Sweetbeats Band
June 27: Soul City
July 4: Pulse of Boston
July 11: World Premier Band
July 18: Good Will & Them Apples
July 25: The Marsels
August 1: Sweet Tooth & The Sugar Babies
August 8: Pulse of Boston
August 15: Soul City
August 22: World Premier Band
August 29: Sweetbeats Band
September 5: Good Will & Them Apples

Rat Pack Wednesdays

June 14: Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band
June 21: Steve Memmolo
June 28: Alex MacDougall
July 5: Rich DiMare
July 12: Justin Beech Band
July 19: Steve Memmolo
July 26: Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band
August 2: Rich DiMare
August 9: Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band
August 16: Rich DiMare
August 23: Steve Memmolo
August 30: Mike Dutra Strictly Sinatra Band
September 6: Alex MacDougall

Blues Barge Thursdays

June 8: Jeff Pitchell Band
June 15: Racky Thomas Band
June 22: Bruce Marshall Band
June 29: Fat City Band
July 6: Bruce Marshall Band
July 13: Jeff Pitchell Band
July 20: Fat City Band
July 27: Racky Thomas Band
August 3: Jeff Pitchell Band
August 10: Fat City Band
August 17: Bruce Marshall Band
August 24: Racky Thomas Band
August 31: Jeff Pitchell Band
September 7: Bruce Marshall Band

Movies by the Moonlight Fridays

June 9: On Golden Pond
June 16: No Movie – Live Music!
June 23: Moonstruck
June 30: Notting Hill
July 7: Captain America
July 14: The Notebook
July 21: Cheaper by the Dozen
July 28: The Little Mermaid
August 4: Tootsie
August 11: Casablanca
August 18: The Jungle Book 2016
August 25: My Big Fat Greek Wedding
September 1: Fever Pitch
September 8: Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

For more information or to grab a printable schedule, please head here.

Summertime at the Street Returns with Free Fitness, Free Music, and More this Summer!

Free Events at the Street this Summer in Boston

Summertime at the Street returns to Chestnut Hill starting Saturday, June 3, 2017 with over 100 free outdoor events from free fitness to free kid activities to free music and more!

Here is the 2017 Summertime at the Street Schedule for Summer 2017:

  • Kid-Friendly Fun: Tuesdays at 3PM
  • Kick It by Eliza: Tuesdays at 7PM
  • Summer Body Blast with Healthworks: Wednesdays & Saturdays at 10AM
  • Barre w/Barre3 Brookline: Wednesdays & Saturdays at 10AM
  • Acoustic Evenings: Thursdays at 6PM
  • Yoga on The Green: Sundays at 9:30AM
  • Street Performance Series: Sundays at 12PM

All events are free, open to the public and occur outside on the green at the Street. Registration is recommended but not required.

For more information about Summertime at the Street, please head here.

Will you be heading to Chestnut Hill for Summertime at the Street for free their free outdoor events this summer?

Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for June 3-4, 2017!

Cheap Weekend Fun 2016

There’s so many fun and cheap things to do in Boston this weekend! As always, please let me know in the comments below if I missed your favorite free event!

Cambridge Arts River Festival: Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 11-6pm at East Cambridge Waterfront. Enjoy this annual festival with music, dance, workshops and more for people of all ages!

Common Boston: June 3-4, 2017 at sites all over Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and more. More than 50 sites around Boston are opening their doors for free this weekend.

Historic New England Open House: Saturday, June 3, 2017 at participating Historic New England properties. Most Historic New England properties are free this weekend for their annual Open House, including the Otis House in Boston.

Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall: Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 10-5pm. Head to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for free family-friendly entertainment featuring local artists, youth acts, drag performances, and more.

Dorchester Day Parade: Sunday, June 4, 2017 in Dorchester. Enjoy this annual Dorchester Day parade that kicks off at 1pm in the streets of Dorchester.

Coolidge Corner Arts Festival: Saturday, June 3, 2017 from 11-7pm in Coolidge Corner. Shop the work of over 100 makers, enjoy food trucks, and live music this Saturday!

Free Fishing Weekend: June 3-4, 2017 across Massachusetts. No license is required to fish in Massachusetts this weekend so fish for free this weekend!

Arlington Greek Festival: June 1-4, 2017 at 4 Appleton Street in Arlington. Head to Arlington this weekend for this annual Greek Festival with games, rides, food, fun activities, and more! Free admission and free parking.

Arlington Porchfest: June 3, 2017. Head to the porches of local musicians in Arlington for a day of free music.

New Philharmonia Orchestra Pops Concert: Saturday, June 3, 2017 at The Street Chestnut Hill. Kick off Summertime at the Street with Newton’s 50 Piece New Philharmonia Orchestra. The free show will start promptly at noon.

Bank of America’s Museum on Us: Saturday and Sunday, June 3-4, 2017. Bank of America & Merrill Lynch cardholders can get into select museums the first weekend of every month for free by showing their bank card (per cardholder, not family). Museum of Fine Arts, MIT Museum and other museums across the state participate.

SoWa Open Market: Saturdays and Sundays through October from 10-4pm. Enjoy the largest celebration of local artists, farmers, chefs, musicians, and more in Boston!

Greenway Open Market: Every Saturday (and 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month) from 11-6pm until October. Enjoy handmade local arts and crafts, food trucks, and more!

Harvard Art Museums: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Saturday morning from 10am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Massachusetts residents are admitted free every Sunday morning from 9am to Noon year-round with proof of residency

Hope you have a great weekend!

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