Weekend Happenings Oct 6-8, 2012 in Boston & Beyond

Since it is an extra-long weekend, I’ve included Monday in the weekend mix for free and cheap weekend ideas in the Boston area this week! Happy Columbus Day weekend everyone!

A Cappella Competition: Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 11-4pm at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Come enjoy an A Cappella competition at Faneuil Hall and cheer on your favorite group! Free. For more information, please click here.

Boston Local Food Festival: Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 11-5pm at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Enjoy local music, chef demonstrations and competitions, arts and crafts, and of course a lot of local food! Free (except what you buy and eat!) For more information, please click here.

Boston Fish Pier Seafood Festival: Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 11am-6pm at the Bank of America Pavilion. Come celebrate the fishing industry in this very delicious festival that includes chef demonstrations, an oyster shucking contest, arts and crafts, and of couse seafood! Tickets are $10 per person & $8 for students. For more information, please click here.

Cranberry Harvest Celebration (Wareham, MA): October 6 & 7, 2012 from 10-4pm in Wareham, MA. Come enjoy this traditional New England festival with musical performances, free children rides, cooking demonstrations, crafters, and much more! Tickets are $5, senior citizens are $3 and children under 7 are free! More information here.

Haunted Movie Series Featuring Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Saturday, October 6, 2012 starting at 6:30pm on Salem Common in Salem, MA. What better place is there to watch a free Halloween movie than in Salem! Free. More information here.

34th Annual Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade: Sunday, October 7, 2012 from noon to 6 p.m. (and rain date is scheduled for Monday) at Harvard Square in Cambridge. Enjoy a parade of 34 different and energetic marching bands, 8 stages of live entertainment, various crafts and food vendors, and much more! Free. For more information, please click here.

Columbus Day Parade: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1pm in East Boston. Come enjoy the 64th Annual Columbus Day Parade which will have over 20 marching bands participating! For more information, please click here.

Free Museum Weekend: October 6 & 7, 2012. If you are a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch customer, you may be able to get into your favorite museum for free with your bank card! For more information or to find a participating museum, please click here.

Museum of Fine Art: Monday, October 8, 2012. The MFA is free this weekend for BOA cardholders, but anyone can visit for FREE this Monday! For more information, please click here.

Opening our Doors Festival: Monday, October 8, 2012 with an opening ceremony and performances starting at 10am with events until 4pm in the Fenway. Diverse yourself with free cultural activities, music and performances. More information and the schedule of events, please click here.

Are you staying in Boston for the long weekend or coming to visit? What events are you most looking forward to this weekend?


Free Thai Cashew Chicken Today at Panda Express!

Today, Wednesday, October 3, 2012 Panda Express is offering FREE Thai Cashew Chicken with printable coupon here. This is a single serving and one coupon per person on 10/3/12 only.

They did a similar promotion over the summer (I obviously went) and it came in a small take-out box. It would be a good light lunch or snack, so don’t save this for dinner unless you make rice or something else to help fill you up.

There’s a few locations in Boston and the suburbs. To find your nearest location, please click here.

Cheap Tacos this Tuesday in the Boston Area!

Did you know that Thursday, October 4th is National Taco Day?! In honor of the very exciting holiday, I decided to round up the best Taco Tuesday deals that you can grab TODAY! Why wait until Thursday… right?

And of course you can celebrate cheap tacos daily at the Cactus Club where you can grab 2 Tacos for $5 every day from 10pm to midnight!

I haven’t seen too many great promotions yet in the Boston area for National Taco Day on Thursday. The only decent one I’ve noticed so far is that Margaritas is doing a Macho Taco for $9 on Thursday, so I will keep you posted if I see anything worth sharing!

Free Haircuts to Breast Cancer Survivors all October at J.C. Penney!

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, J.C. Penney will be offering free haircut and style to all Breast Cancer survivors during the month of October. No coupon or purchase is necessary, but please mention the promotion when you call to schedule your appointment in October.

To find a location near you, please click here.


Weekend Happenings on a Budget in Boston 9/29-9/30

Hello! As you probably know, there are so many fun and cheap (and often free!) things to do in Boston and the surrounding communities on the weekends. I compiled all the inexpensive things to do in and around the city this Saturday & Sunday, 9/29/12-9/30/12! The best news is the most expensive thing on this list is $5!!


Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival: Saturday, September 29th starting at noon, Columbus Ave in the South End. Enjoy jazz, latin, blues, and groove acts on three different stages stretching six blocks in the South End with music, face painting, inflatables, photos, instrument petting zoo, street vendors, and more. Free. For more information, please click here.

Free Museum Day: Saturday, September 29th. The Smithsonian Magazine is offering free admission to over 1,400 museums across the country with a museum day live ticket (2 per household). To find a participating museum and/or to claim your free ticket, please click here.

What is Fluff? Festival: Saturday, September 29th from 3-7pm, Union Square in Somerville: A tribute to the great invention known as Fluff. Free. More information, please click here.

Barnstable County Harvest Festival: Saturday & Sunday, September 29th & 30th from 12pm to 4pm at the Barnstable County Fairgrounds. The harvest festival includes live entertainment from local bands, pony rides and hayrides, local crafters and farmers, and much more. $5 per ticket and children 8 and younger are free. For more information, please click here.

Belle Isle Marsh: Sunday, September 30th from 1-3pm in Belle Isle Park in East Boston. Enjoy live music, horse drawn hayrides, pumpkin decorating, live animals, touch tank of creatures, children’s art table, and more. Free. For more information, please click here.

College Day at Fenway Park: Saturday, September 29th from 11-5pm at Fenway Park (Gate B). There will be music, giveaways, and fun in fenway for college students. Free with valid college ID. For more information, please click here.

Microsoft O.A.R. And The Young Giant Concert: Saturday, September 29th in Salem, New Hampshire. Microsoft is kicking off their Salem, NH store opening with a free concert on Saturday. The first 1,500 people to enter the Microsoft Salem store on Saturday will receive two free tickets to O.A.R. And The Young Giant Concert that night. For more information, click visit their facebook page here.

Topsfield Fair (Girl Scout Day): Saturday, September 29th at the Topsfield Fairgrounds in Topsfield, MA. All girls scouts that enter the fairgrounds in uniform (and one parent too) will receive free entry to the fair! (However, you do have to pay $10 for parking and whatever you ride and consume). For more information, please visit their website here.

Ducklings 25th Birthday: Saturday, September 29th from 10-1pm in the Public Garden. The ducklings have cheered on many different events and boston sport teams throughout their 25 years, but now it’s time to celebrate the cutest ducklings in the park as they celebrate 25 years! There will be music, magic, juggling, and more including a birthday card for Mrs. Mallard and her family! Free. For more information, please click here.

There are a lot of fun and cheap things to do in the city this weekend! Don’t worry if you try and tackle too much on Saturday, luckily you can stop by a coffee shop to celebrate National Coffee Day with a free hot coffee!

What are you looking forward to the most this weekend?!


Free Museum Day on Saturday, September 29th!

On Saturday, September 29, 2012 the Smithsonian Magazine is sponsoring Free Museum Day where you and a guest can choose from over 1,400 museums to receive free admission! You must have a free museum live pass to gain free admission, and you can fill out the form ahead of time here. There is a limit to two people per household so if you plan to bring your family, you will need to pay for additional tickets (at least that is my impression).

There are a few dozen museums participating in Massachusetts alone, so please click here to find your favorite museum to visit for free this Saturday and let us know which one you decide to visit!