Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for March 16-17, 2013

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day Weekend! There are a lot of fun and inexpensive things happening this weekend, some festive and some not for the third week of March.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade: Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 1pm in South Boston. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the second largest parade in the United States. Free. (Or find another Massachusetts St. Patrick’s Day parade this weekend here).

“Shamrock” Your Body: Sunday, March 17, 2013 from 9-11am at BSC Wellesley and BSC Wellington. Enjoy a free workout with Irish music.

Free Guitar Lessons at Guitar Center: Saturday, March 16, 2013 at 10:15am at your local Guitar Center. Every Saturday during the month of March, receive a free Guitar lesson at your nearest Guitar Center.

Harvard Art Museum: Saturday, March 16, 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, March 17, 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.

City Sports 30th Grand Opening: Saturday, March 16, 2013 starting at 10am at City Sports Chestnut Hill. City Sports is celebrating their 30th Anniversary at the Grand Opening of their newest location at Chestnut Hill with  former Patriot Matt Light, free Pinkberry Treats, giveaways, and more! Be one of the first 100 through the door for a bag filled of goodies and a City Sports Tee.

Also, Sunday is the start of Boston Restaurant Week! More information can be found here.

If you are heading out and looking for some cheaper eats than Restaurant week, check out my cheap eats page here. Also, apparently dbar will have green beer for $3 on St. Paddy’s day starting at 11am ’til they are out if you are interested.

Hope you all have a good weekend!

 

Weekend Fun for February 2-3, 2013 in Boston and Beyond

Below are the best deals this weekend for the first weekend in February in Boston and Beyond. Enjoy!

Pics in the Park Series: Sunday, February 3, 2013 from 11 AM to noon. Every Sunday in February, the Boston Parks and Recreation department is offering free photography sessions to all ages and photographers. Free.

Some Like It Hot Chili Cook-Off: Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 1pm to 2:30pm in Harvard Square. Enjoy the Annual Chili cookout with many local restaurants participating. Free to taste some delicious chili.

And another Chili cook-off on Sunday for free in Somerville, if you’d rather.

Can’t Keep ‘em Apart: A Beer & Chocolate Love Story 2013: Saturday, February 2, 2013 from 2-6pm at Taza Chocolate in Somerville. What could be better than a beer and chocolate pairing? $5 donation for the Greater Boston Food Bank.

Bank of America’s Museum on Us Weekend: Saturday, February 2, 2013 & Sunday, February 3, 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 six other museums across the state participate in the free museum program.

Harvard Art Museum: Saturday, February 2, 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, February 3, 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 Massachusetts residency.

Kid Price Saturday at Franklin Zoo: Saturday, February 2, 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.

Pilates Bootcamp with Jennifer Phelan: Saturday, February 2, 2013. Join Pilates instructor Jennifer Phelan for a 45-minutes Pilates class for free at the Quincy Market Upper Rotunda from 9:15am to 10am. Bring your own mat.

And there are a lot of great ski deals for Superbowl Sunday on 2/3/13, you can find the best deals here.

Happy Weekend. Go niners?!?

 

Weekend Fun in Boston for January 26-27, 2013

I hope you all are staying warm this week! I tried to stick to the warm and cheap events this weekend as best of possible for January 26-27, 2013 in Boston & beyond. Here’s some ideas of cheap and fun things to do:

Institute of Contemporary Art: Saturday, January 26, 2013. The last Saturday of every month, the ICA is free for families (up to two adults accompanied by children 12 and under).

1369 Coffee House 20th Anniversary Celebration: Saturday, 26, 2013 from 8-5pm. In honor of their 20th Anniversary, 1369 Coffee House will be giving free food all day with music and fun at both locations. Donations to charity are appreciated. For more information, please visit here.

Red Sox Kids Nation Winterfest: Saturday 26, 2013 from 10-4pm at Fenway Park. Join a video game tournament, meet Wally the green monster, play carnival games, and even audition to sing the national anthem or be the next announcer at Fenway Park. Free.

Harvard Art Museum: Saturday, January 26, 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, January 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.

Happy Weekend and Stay Warm!

 

Cheap Weekend Fun for January 5-6, 2013 in Boston & Beyond!

I am so thrown off this week due to the holidays, but happy the weekend is (almost) here! Here’s the best deals and events happening in the Boston area for the first weekend of 2013! A lot of free Museums and zoos this weekend… Stay warm!

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Bank of America’s Museum on Us Weekend: Saturday, January 5, 2013 & Sunday, January 6, 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. Museum of Fine Arts, MIT Museum and six other museums across the state participate in the free museum program.

Harvard Art Museum: Saturday, January 5, 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, January 6, 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.

Kid Price Saturday at Franklin Zoo: Saturday, January 5, 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.

Roger Williams Zoo in Providence, RI: Saturday, January 5, 2013 (and all January & February too). Venture down to Providence, RI in January or February to grab half-off admission tickets. $7.50 for adult tickets and $4.95 for children ages 3-12, and residents of Providence can grab free admission the first Saturday of each month.

Pilates Bootcamp with Jennifer Phelan: Sunday, January 6, 2013. Join Pilates instructor Jennifer Phelan for a 45-minutes Pilates class for free at the Quincy Market Upper Rotunda from 9:15am to 10am. Bring your own mat.

Cooking Class at Williams Sonoma: Saturday, January 5, 2013 & Sunday, January 6, 2013. Start off the new year with a free cooking class and technique classes from Williams Sonoma. (The Copley Place location is offering a free Eat Well in the winter class on Sunday at noon and a juice demo on Saturday). Call your local Williams Sonoma for more information and class times.

What are you most looking forward to this weekend? I can’t wait to see who the Patriots will play next Sunday? Who do you want to play in the playoffs and who do you think it will be?! Happy Weekend Everyone!

 

Weekend Happenings in Boston & Beyond for December 29, 2012 to Tuesday, January 1, 2013!

Hope everyone had a great holiday! As the year is winding down, so is the organized cheap weekend events and festivals in the city. Although there are not as many organized special events, there are still so many fun and cheap things to do this weekend in Boston and beyond. I decided to make this post a little less formal than other weekend happening posts in honor of less formal event ideas listed.

When I was younger, my family took this week to venture into the city from the ‘burbs. We were able to see the Christmas lights, holiday displays and the prepartions and ice sculptures for First Night. We had a lot of fun, and it was a great post-holiday treat. We wandered around Boson Common and took in the Holiday air and sights each year.

Here are a few suggestions of holiday events that are concluding soon, and other fun events and ideas to do this weekend and for New Year’s as well.

Check out Blink, a light and sound extravaganza, which runs nightly starting at 4:30pm through NYE at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

Enjoy SparkleFest in Harvard Square, which is wrapping up on New Year’s Eve.

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See those ZooLights at Stone Zoo in Stoneham now until December 31, 2012 for $7, and only $4 for members on Monday.

New Year’s Eve on Monday is First Night Boston with lots of fun events all day long topped off with Fireworks at the end of the night. Buttons are $18 per person, but J.P. Licks are giving away free first night buttons if you like them on Facebook before 4pm on Friday, December 28, 2012. You need to check back on their FB page later to see if you won.

Go Ice Skating in Boston. There is currently a Groupon for Ice Skating at Frog Pond, which isn’t a bad deal for a couple (or family) that needs ice skates on top of admission. However, if you own skates, adult admission is only $5, and if you are a college student, you can skate for $2 at Frog Pond on Tuesday nights with your college ID.

Head west to Sturbridge, Massachusetts where kids 17 and under can grab Free Admission to Old Sturbridge Village during December vacation week and all of January too, with at least one adult paid ticket.

On Goldstar, there are free tickets to the 10th Annual Global Gala New Year’s Eve Bash for Monday night, just pay $9 in service fees per ticket.

And on New Year’s Day, if you want go outside; take a hike at Blue Hills in Milton at 1pm for some exercise and some free soup.

If you have any other cheap fun suggestions that I may have missed, feel free to leave them in the comments! Happy Friday and Happy Weekend!

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Boston Weekend Events for 12/15/12-12/16 on a Budget

Okay, I seriously slacked with the weekend round-up for the last two weekends (sorry!) but I’m back and ready to roll out the best weekend events again to help you stay on budget!

Bazaar Bizarre Boston: Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 12-6pm at Boston Center of the Arts Cyclorama. Find unique and local handmade gifts to give this holiday season! $1 admission, or free between 5-6pm.

2nd Annual Cookie Swap: Sunday. December 16, 2012 from 2-5pm at 281 Summer Street, Boston, MA. Come together with other home bakers to swap cookies and help raise money for a good cause. Free if you bake 4 dozen cookies or more.

239th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Annual Reenactment: Sunday, December 16, 2012 starting at 5pm at Old South Meeting House and New Boston Tea Party & Museum. Reenact the Famous Boston Tea party just like 1773, which sparked the American Revolution. Some events are free and open to the public, and some are ticketed.

Holiday on Ice: Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 11am-9pm at the Kendall Square Community Ice Skating Rank. Free admission to the ice skating rink starts at 11am, with an ice skating show at 2pm by Frozen Frog Productions, LLC. Free.

Charles Hotel Ice Skating Rink Opening: Sunday, December 16, 2012 from noon to 6pm at the Charles Hotel in Cambridge. Enjoy complimentary ice skating and rentals, a visit from Globe Santa, a kids activities room, performances from the Harvard Figuring Skating Club, Hot Cocoa from the Charles Hotel, and more. Free.

The Nutcracker by Northeastern Ballet Theatre: Saturday, December 15, 2012 starting at 1pm at Quincy Marketplace Upper Rotunda. Enjoy a performance of the classic “The Nutcracker” by New Hampshire’s premier ballet company. Free.

Panera Bread Christmas Tree Cookie Decorating for Kids: Saturday, December 15, 2012 & Sunday, December 16, 2012 (exact date and times vary by store). 10 cents of every Christmas Tree cookie sold will be donated to Boston Children’s Hospital. Free, and whatever you buy.

Holiday Dollar Day Boston: Saturday, December 15, 2012 from 10-6pm at More Than Words Warehouse Bookstore. All books, CD’s, DVD’s are just a buck with Holiday movies on for the kiddos, and more. $1 to enter and $1 for purchases.

Hope you all have a great weekend! If I missed a great and cheap event happening this weekend, feel free to mention it in the comments!

Weekend Happenings November 23rd, 24th & 25th in the Boston Area!

Happy (Black) Friday! Hope you have the day off and had a lovely Thanksgiving! Here are the best weekend events in and around Boston for November 24th & 25th, 2012. I included a Friday night event too, just in case you had the day off & were looking for some cheap fun today too!

Keith Lockhart and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus: Saturday, November 24, 2012 at 4:15 PM at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Enjoy the 300 plus volunteer chorus led by Boston Pops conductor, Keith Lockhart who will then hit the switch to turn on the nightly Blink! light show. Free.

Story Time with the Grinch: Saturday, November 24, 2012 from 10-11 AM at Quincy Market Upper Rotunda. Join the Citi Performing Arts Center for an interactive reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas! Recommended for ages 3-10, but family friendly. Free.

27th Annual Tuba Christmas Concert: Saturday, November 24, 2012 starting at 2 PM at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Come get into the holiday spirit and enjoy over 150 tuba players play your favorite Christmas songs. Free.

Twinkle at Twilight: Friday, November 23, 2012 starting at 5 PM at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge. Come enjoy this second annual Tree Lighting with free hot cocoa, spiced cider and maybe even a visit from someone special from the North Pole. Free.

60th Annual Quincy Parade: Sunday, November 25, 2012 starting at 12:30pm in Quincy Center. Come enjoy this annual 3-mile parade with bands, entertainment, fun and more. Free.

Also, if you are nearby Quincy on Saturday, November 24, 2012 you may want to consider stopping by Pageant Field around 12:30pm to see Santa and his elves parachute from the North Pole! Fun!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and that you stay on budget with Christmas Shopping and scored some great deals if you went out!

 

Weekend Happenings for November 17-18, 2012 in Boston & Beyond

Okay, here are the weekend events happening in Boston & more this Saturday & Sunday, November 17-18th. The good news is all weekend events listed are wicked cheap or free!

Blink! at Faneuil Hall: Saturday, November 17, 2012 and events start at 9:15am at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace. A lot of holidays happenings this Saturday at Faneuil Hall including music from the holiday pops, a light and sound extravaganza, annual tree lighting and more. Free.

Pilates Bootcamp with Jennifer Phelan: Saturday, November 17, 2012 from 9:15-10am at Faneuil Hall. Join pilates instructor Jennifer Phelan for a 45-minutes pilates class. Free.

Ultimate Bootcamp & Breakfast: Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 10-11am at City Sports in Cambridge. Start your Sunday morning with free bootcamp in Porter Square and then enjoy breakfast afterwards! Pre-registration recommended. Free.

A Cappella Brunch at the Lansdowne Pub: Sunday, November 18, 2012 at the Lansdowne Pub from 12-3pm. Enjoy the Nor’easters and Jabberwocks for this first annual A Cappella Brunch! Free entry.

Boston Food Swap: Sunday, November 18, 2012 from 2-5pm at 281 Summer Street, Boston. Swap your favorite foods for different food items, Thanksgiving style. Free. 

9th Annual Beacon Hill Fine Art & Craft Sale: Saturday & Sunday, November 17-18th, 2012 at the Hill House at 127 Vernon Street, Boston from 10am-5pm. Shop local for upcoming holiday gifts with a variety of crafts and fine art to choose from. Free entry.

If we missed a cheap or free event happening this weekend or have a tip for the future, please feel free to let us know in the comments or contact us here.

Hope you all have a great weekend! :)