Cheap Weekend Fun for August 10-11, 2013 in the Greater Boston Area!

Happy (almost) weekend! Here are some ideas of free/cheap things to do this weekend in Boston & Beyond! Also, don’t forget that this weekend is Tax-Free Weekend in Massachusetts and most retail items less than $2,500 in value are tax-free! If your looking for something this weekend beyond shopping, here’s a few ideas:

Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival: Saturday, August 10, 2013 at Prudential Center South Garden at sunset. Enjoy a free showing of Mirror Mirror on the South Garden at the Prudential Center at sunset.

Sunday Night Movie at Christopher Columbus Park: Sunday, August 11, 2013 at sunset on the lawn of Christopher Columbus Park. Enjoy a free outdoor screening of Seabisbuit at Christopher Columbus Park

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Boston Urban Music Festival Presents Roller Party: Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 5-9pm at Pier 10 Park. Enjoy performances by Gilbere Forte and Bridget Kelly with local artists, food trucks, free roller skating and more! Free.

Belkin Family Lookout Farm Open House (Natick): Saturday, August 10, 2013 starting at 10am in Natick. Enjoy free face painting, magic show, hay rides, farm animals and more at this free open house. Belkin Farm will also be shooting a video, so if you attend the open house, you are giving permission to be in the video. Free.

Chinatown August Moon Festival: Sunday, August 11, 2013 from 10-5pm on Main Street, Chinatown. Enjoy Chinese folk dance, martial arts, singing, and more. Free.

93rd Annual Grand Religious Feast in honor of Madonna Della Cava: August 9, 10 & 11, 2013 on Hanover and Battery Streets. Celebrate the 93rd Annual Grand Religious feast in honor of Madonna Della Cava with a procession, special entertainment, and more.

Ice Cream Social Boston 2013

Ice Cream Social with Ocean Ave Pops: Saturday, August 10, 2013 from 1-3pm at West Elm Fenway (160 Brookline Ave, Boston). Stop by West Elm Fenway on Saturday afternoon to grab a sweet treat from Ocean Ave Pops!

Boston by Bike Midnight Ride: Saturday, August 10, 2013 meeting at 11:15pm at Trinity Church in Copley Square. Bring a bike and enjoy around 30 miles of biking through the city at night and maybe even discover some new sights. Free.

Hope you have a great weekend in whatever you decide to do!

 

 

Cheap Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for July 27-28, 2013

Happy Weekend! There’s a lot happening this weekend in and around Boston for free or almost free with a large variety of events and activities! Here you go:

106.7 Family Film Festival

Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival: Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Prudential Center South Garden at sunset. Enjoy a free showing of Brave on the South Garden at the Prudential Center at sunset.

Free Outdoor Summer Movie at Atlantic Wharf: Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Atlantic Wharf at sunet. Enjoy a free movie screening of Despicable Me at Atlantic Wharf

Sunday Night Movie at Christopher Columbus Park: Sunday, July 28, 2013 at sunset on the lawn of Christopher Columbus Park. Enjoy a free outdoor screening of Romancing the Stone at Christopher Columbus Park

Shakespeare on the Common: Performances through Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Boston Common. Enjoy a free performance of Shakespeare’s The Two Gentlemen of Verona for the last weekend this summer! Don’t miss out!

Institute of Contemporary Art Boston: Saturday, July 27, 2013. The ICA Boston is free the last Saturday of every month, which is this Saturday!

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Boston Summer Arts Weekend: July 26-28, 2013 at Copley Square. Enjoy a large variety of local and national performers including bluegrass/country singer Alison Krauss. Free and open to the public.

Ultimate Bootcamp at Summer Arts Festival: Saturday, July 27th from 10-11am. Join Ultimate Bootcamp for a free and energizing workout at the Boston Harbor Association’s Summer Arts Festival. Free.

FIGMENT Boston: July 27-28, 2013 at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Inspire your creativity this weekend with art projects, dance performances, music, and more. Free.

Futures at Fenway: Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Fenway Park. Gates open at 11 a.m. Cheer on the Red Sox AAA team, the Portland Seadogs as they play at Fenway Park on Saturday. Tickets start at $5 a person, and for the first time dogs can cheer on the home team too! (Also, Groupon available for Loge Box seats for $10 a person for the game)

2013 Patriots Training Camp

Patriots Training Camp: July 26-28, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro with practice from 9am-11:30am. The Patriots start training camp at Gillette Stadium with practice free and open to the public.

88th Annual Saint Joseph’s Feast: July 26-28, 2013. Enjoy this annual festival in the North End featuring parades, strolling singers, marching bands, live entertainment, and much more. Free.

Chill Out Saturdays at Taza Chocolates: Saturday, July 27, 2013 from 12-3pm at Taza Chocolate in Somerville. Stop by Taza Chocolates to grab a free frozen treat from a local vendor on Saturdays in July. This Saturday is free sccops from FoMu!

If I missed anything really awesome and inexpensive, please leave ‘em in the comments! Thanks! Hope you have a great weekend!

 

Cheap Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for June 15-16, 2013

As previously mentioned, I am on vacation(!!) and not in the New England area this weekend. This weekend round-up will be a little quicker than usual, and don’t forget to do your due diligence and check with the event organizer to ensure the event is still happening. If I missed a great and cheap event, please feel free to leave ‘em in the comments. Thanks!

Battle of Bunker Hill Parade: Sunday, June 16, 2013 starting at 12:30pm. Celebrate the 238th Annual Bunker Hill Parade which commemorates the battle that was fought on Breed’s Hill on June 17, 1775.

80′s Themed City Sports Dash: Saturday, June 15, 2013 at 9:00am. Grab your spandex and leg warmers and join this 80′s theme fun run. Free to join.

Cultural Survival Bazaar: Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 10am-6pm at Copley Square. Enjoy a festival of native arts and culture with music, cultural demonstrations, crafts, and more. Free.

Waltham Riverfest: Friday & Saturday, June 14-15, 2013 in Waltham. Enjoy 4 stages of live music, pet parade, dancing, and more.

Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Sunday, June 16, 2013. Mass residents can visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology for free on Sundays from 9am-12pm with proof of residency.

And don’t forget to check out where Dad is free this weekend in the Greater Boston area! Happy Father’s Day weekend!

Cheap Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for June 8-9, 2013

Happy second weekend in June! Here are the best things to do in the city for not spending (much of) anything:

Boston Pride Day Parade and Festival: Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 12pm to 6pm; starts at Copley and ends at City Hall Plaza. Join this annual parade and festival with Mayor Menino as the Pride Parade Grand Marshal and pop-duo Karmin as the festival headliner. Free.

Coolidge Corner Arts Festival: Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 10am-6pm. More than 70 artists will be showcasing their work at this 35th Annual Festival with free admission. Also, the Brookline Food Festival will be nearby from 12-3pm with tasting tickets for $2 each, which benefits the Brookline Food Pantry.

Boston Dragon Boat Festival

34th Annual Boston Dragon Boat Festival: Saturday & Sunday, June 8-9, 2013 starting at 8am at the banks of the Charles River. Cheer on the oldest Dragon Boat race in North America where 30-40 teams compete in 500-meter course in Hong-Kong Style dragon boats. Food, performances, arts & crafts and more will be present as well. Free admission.

National Get Outdoors Day: Saturday, June 8, 2013. Saturday is National Get Outdoors Day, and luckily it doesn’t cost anything to get outdoors and celebrate. If you’re looking for a free park or location, please click here.

Salem Arts Festival: Friday- Sunday, June 7, 8, & 9 in Salem, Massachusetts. Enjoy this family-friendly 3-day arts festival with a variety of artists, performers, musicians, and more. Free.

Fifth Annual Dance for World Community Festival: Saturday & Sunday, June 8-9, 2013 in Harvard Square. Enjoy this celebration showcasing dance positively in the community and world. Free and open to the public.

Food Truck Festival

Cambridge Food Truck Festival: Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 11am-5pm in Kendall Square. Enjoy this first ever mouthwatering food festival in Cambridge. Grab tickets ahead of time for $7 per person ($10 at the door) and includes entry, music, and special food truck discounts. $1 of the admission will support the American Red Cross.

Boston Cycling and Health Expo: Friday, June 7, 2013 & Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Westin Waterfront. Enjoy this first annual Boston cycling and health expo and learn about new products and events in New England. Free admission.

Natick Mall: Microsoft Grand Opening (with Free Weezer Tickets): Saturday, June 8, 2013. Stop by the Natick Mall on Saturday morning to score free tickets to see Weezer in concert that night.

Hope you have a great weekend and stick to your budget!

 

Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for June 1-2, 2013!

Happy weekend and happy first weekend in June! I hope you can get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather! Below are a list of cheap/free and fun things to do in and around the city this beautiful June weekend:

34th Annual Cambridge River Festival: Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 12-6pm. Enjoy this annual festival at the banks of the Charles River for jazz, folk, roots, and world music, dance performances, art demos, family activities, and over 100 food purveyors and artisans! Free.

Pride Day at Faneuil Hall: Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 10-5pm. Celebrate Pride Day at Faneuil Hall with a lot of live music, performances, and fun. Saturday is also the second day of Pride Week, for more information about the entire week, please visit here.

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dParty: Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 6-11pm at Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina in East Boston. Enjoy a fun night of dancing, conversation, music, and more with beautiful skyline views! Admission is free with a donation of new art supplies (valued at $10 or more) for the Boston Boys and Girls Club or $10 cash donation at the door.

Free Movies at Simons Imax at the NE Aquarium: Sunday, June 2, 2013 (*the correct date–sorry about the confusion!). The Simons Imax at the New England Aquarium is opening up their doors on Saturday for four free showings of the popular The Last Reef 3D and Penguins 3D at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm.

Free Sailing Open House: Saturday, June 1, 2013 from 1-4pm. The Boston Sailing Center is offering free sails on Boston Harbor with an experienced sailor on Saturday.

Free Fishing Statewide: Saturday, June 1, 2013 to Sunday, June 2, 2013 at your favorite fishing spot statewide. No fishing license needed this weekend! Enjoy some free fishing on a beautiful day!

Carnaval at SomerStreets: Sunday, June 2, 2013 from 12-4pm on the streets of Somerville. Enjoy a motion parade with the mayor, music on two stages, a farmer’s market, scavenger hunt, family activities, and more. Free.

Kid Price Saturday at Franklin Zoo: Saturday, June 1, 2013. Pay and feel like a kid the first Saturday of every month at Franklin Park Zoo between 10 a.m. & noon for just $11. Head to Stoneham, MA to the Stone Zoo between 10am-12pm and pay $10 for admission.

Bank of America’s Museum on Us Weekend: Saturday, June 1, 2013 & Sunday, June 2, 2013. 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 person, not family). Museum of Fine Arts, MIT Museum and other museums across the state participate.

Enjoy!

 

Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for May 25-27, 2013

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! Here are the events happening in the Greater Boston Area that are free or inexpensive for this extra special long weekend:

Museum of Fine Arts Community Weekend: Saturday, May 25, 2013 to Monday, May 27, 2013. Celebrate “Boston, I Love” this Memorial Day weekend with free admission.

USS Constitution: Saturday, May 26, 2013 to Monday, May 28, 2013. It is Memorial Day Family Weekend at the USS Constitution with demonstrations, activities, and more. Free, suggested donation.

The Greenway Open Market: Starts Saturday, May 26, 2013 from 11-5pm at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The Greenway Open Market kicks off the season with local arts, crafts, and more.

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#OneRun: Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 10am in the Back Bay. Cheer on the runners of the last mile and help support local businesses in the Back Bay.

Institute of Contemporary Art: Saturday, May 25, 2013. The ICA in Boston is free the last Saturday of every month, which is this weekend!

Harvard Art Museum: Saturday, May 25, 2013. From 10am-12pm on Saturdays, Massachusetts residents can explore the museum for free with proper Mass ID.

Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Sunday, May 27, 2013. Mass residents can visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology for free on Sundays from 9am-12pm with proof of residency.

MIT Museum: Sunday, May 26, 2013. The MIT Museum is free every Sunday from 10-12pm to enjoy.

Local Memorial Day Parades: Boston Central has a great round-up of local Memorial Day Parades to find the perfect fit to celebrate Memorial Day.

Also, this is the last weekend Side Car Boston is offering free rides, as this promotion ends on Monday. Have a great weekend!

Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for May 18-19, 2013

Here’s the weekly round-up of fun and budget-friendly events and activities happening this lovely spring weekend!

EarthFest 2013 Hatch Shell

Radio 92.9′s EarthFest: Saturday, May 18, 2013; gates will open at 10am at the Hatch Shell. Enjoy Radio 92.9′s Annual EarthFest concert on the Hatch Shell with musical guests Vertical Horizon, Fastball, Cracker, Gentlemen Hall, Camper Van Beethoven, and Kids Planet musicians too. Free.

PorchFest in Somerville: Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 12-6pm. Musicans and bands will be performing on their front porches in Somerville to serenade and entertain you. Free.

Japan Festival Boston: Sunday, May 19, 2013 from 10am-6pm at City Hall Plaza. Enjoy food, activities, and music at this traditional Japanese-style festival! Free admission.

East Boston Open Studios: Saturday & Sunday, May 18-19, 2013. Enjoy artwork directly from East Boston residents through their homes and workshops.

ASSEMBLED: Saturday, May 18, 2013 from 11am-4pm at Assembly Row in Somerville. Enjoy handmade arts and crafts from local artists with live music and food trucks. Admission is free with free parking.

SoWa Plant Swap: Sunday, May 19th at 500 Harrison Avenue, Boston. The SoWa Open Market is open for the season and on Sunday their will be a plant swap as well. Bring whatever you have to swap with others. Free.

Jennifer Phelan Bootcamp: Saturday, May 18, 2013 at 9:15am at Faneuil Hall Upper Rotunda. Join bootcamp instructor Jennifer Phelan for the last free Saturday morning workout of the season. Please bring your own mat.

Harvard Art Museums: Saturday, May 18, 2013. Celebrate Art Museum day with free admission for all visitors.

Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Sunday, May 19, 2013. Mass residents can visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology for free on Sundays from 9am-12pm with proof of residency.

Cape Cod Restaurant Week: Ending Sunday, May 19, 2013. If you are looking for an excuse to head to Cape Cod this weekend, check out Cape Cod’s Restaurant Week. Three and four-course menus are $25, $30, and $35 per person.

Although it will be beautiful walking weather this weekend, if you need to catch a ride Side Car is still free through this weekend and Uber is offering free/discounted rides to and from the Back Bay!

Hope you all have a great weekend! And Congratulations if you are graduating this weekend!

 

Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for May 11-12, 2013

Happy Weekend and Happy Mother’s Day Weekend to all the Moms out there! Here’s the round-up of all things fun and affordable this second weekend in May:

Fort Point Spring Open Studios Art Walk: May 10-12, 2013 in the Fort Point Neighborhood. Explore over 10 buildings of art and creative design. Free and free parking.

Cambridge Open Studios: Saturday & Sunday, May 11-12, 2013 in North/West Cambridge. Artists in Cambridge are opening their door and art to share this weekend and next.

Harvard Art Museum: Saturday, May 11, 2013. From 10am-12pm on Saturdays, Massachusetts residents can explore the museum for free with proper Mass ID.

Harvard Museum of Natural History and Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology: Sunday, May 12, 2013. Mass residents can visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology for free on Sundays from 9am-12pm with proof of residency.

Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum: Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 10-4pm. Celebrate the Lilac all day at the Arnold Arboretum with music, family activities, food vendors, and more. Free.

MAJE Jazz Showcase at the Hatch Shell: Sunday, May 12, 2013 from 12-4pm at the Hatch Shell. Enjoy a day of jazz from various local jazz ensembles.

Enjoy a Movie (First Responders): First Responders (and one guest) can enjoy a movie free on May 11-12, 2013 at Showcase Cinemas in Dedham, Revere, and Woburn.

There are also casting calls this weekend for the Biggest Loser at the Planet Fitness in Revere (must need to lose 80 pounds or more) and Best Ink is looking for talented tattoo artists on Saturday for the Oxygen Reality Show.

And don’t forget Sunday is Mother’s Day!! Go here to discover where Mom can eat, visit, and explore for free this Sunday! Have a great weekend everyone!