Free Admission to the Gardner Museum for Neighborhood Nights!


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Boston
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is opening their doors for FREE on Thursday, June 28, July 12, and August 9, 2018 from 5-9PM for Neighborhood Nights this summer in Boston!

Everyone is invited for Neighborhood Nights at the Gardner Museum especially neighbors from Fenway, Mission Hill, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, and Dorchester. This is a great chance to check out amazing art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for free.

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is such a unique art museum and one of my favorites in Boston! The architecture of the Museum is just as great as the art!

I went to a Neighborhood Night a few years ago and it wasn’t too busy at the time and it was very easy to get in the door for free!

For more information about Neighborhood Nights and more, please head here.

Have you been to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum before? Will you be attending Neighborhood Nights?

Top Free Things to Do in Boston for Summer 2018


Free Boston Events Summer 2018

There are so many FREE things to do in Boston, especially during the summer!

Here are a few things to add to your summer bucket list that are completely FREE:

1. Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays with free admission to 10 attractions across Massachusetts every Friday for 10 Fridays this summer! Fridays from June 29, 2018 to August 31, 2018.

2. Free Outdoor Movies in Boston with Free Friday Flicks at the DCR Hatch Shell on the Esplanade on Friday nights this summer starting at dusk. Fridays from June 22, 2018 to August 24, 2018, no movie July 6. 

3. Magic Family Film Festival at the Prudential Center Courtyard on Saturday nights at dusk this summer. Saturday nights from July 7, 2018 to August 25, 2018. 

4. Free Movie Nights at Christopher Columbus Park on Sunday nights this summer. Sunday nights from July 22, 2018 to August 26, 2018. 

5. Head to Assembly Row in Somerville for Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series on Saturdays at dusk this summer. July 7, 2018 to August 25, 2018.

6. Mayor Walsh’s Free Movie Nights in various Boston Neighborhoods on various nights. August 2, 2018 to August 30, 2018.

7. Boston Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Series with free music on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday nights this summer and free moonlight movies on Friday nights this summer. June 7, 2018 to August 28, 2018.

8. Free Boston Calling Block Party every Thursday evening from 5-8pm at Dewey Square. Every Thursday night until August 28, 2018.

9. Berklee’s Summer in the City Series with over 200 free music performances all over the city. Now through end of September, 2018.

10. Boston Public Library’s Free Concerts in the Courtyard with free music every Wednesday night at 6pm and Friday afternoon at 12:30pm. Rain location: Rabb Hall if needed. Now through August 31, 2018 

11. Midday Music at Post Office Square with free music on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-2pm. Now through the end of August.

12. Free Summer Concert Series Harborwalk Sounds at the ICA on Thursday nights from 6-8:30pm. (Reminder: ICA admission is also free on Thursday nights). Thursday nights from July 5-August 30, 2018.

13. Free Landmarks Orchestra Classical Concert at the Hatch Shell on Wednesday nights from 7-9pm. Wednesday evenings from July 18, 2017 to August 22, 2018.

14. Free Summer Concerts at Brewer Plaza in Boston Common almost every weekday during lunchtime during the month of July and more dates too!

15. Free Concert Series sponsored by the city of Boston throughout the summer + many more free concert series this summer! Ongoing.

16. So many Free Fitness Classes and Events in the Greater Boston Area this summer. Dates vary.

17. Free fitness classes, live music, children activities and more at Summertime at the Street in Chestnut Hill. Now until August 30, 2018. 

18. Celebrate with one the largest Patriotic celebration in the nation with Boston Harborfest! June 28-July 4, 2018.

19. Cheer on the Patriots at Gillette Stadium for Patriots Training Camp for free for select dates this summer. Starting July 26, 2018.

20. Head to Boston Common for Shakespeare on the Common with Richard III by William Shakespeare. July 18-August 5, 2018!

21. Free fitness, outdoor movies, music, and open lawn time available at The Lawn on D. All summer long.

22. Check out a North End Feast this summer. Dates vary, but most weekends in August and more.

23. Frog Pond Spray Pool Opening Day with food, games, and more! June 29, 2018.

24. Active Military can receive free museum entry until Labor Day from Blue Star Museums from many attractions across Massachusetts and more. Through Labor Day.

25. Free Museums and discount attractions with your Boston Library Card with advanced reservation.

26. Free Admission at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for Neighborhood Nights. Thursdays nights from 5-9pm on June 28, July 12 and August 9, 2018.

27. Kids Bowl Free all summer long at over 20 participating bowling alleys across Massachusetts!

Please let me know if I missed any of your favorite free summer events in Boston! 

What is your favorite free event in Boston this summer? Is your favorite Boston activity on the list?

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Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for June 23-24, 2018!


Free Things to Do this Weekend in Boston

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

Fete de la Musique: June 23, 2018 from 3-6pm in the South End. Celebrate the Summer Solstice with an outdoor music festival. Free.

PorchFest Quincy: Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 3-9pm. Head to the porches of local musicians in Quincy for a fun day of free music!

6th Annual JerkFest: June 22-23, 2018. Celebrate all things spicy this Saturday with food demos, music, and more. Tickets are $15 but you can find discount and free tickets through Goldstar Boston (aff link).

Family Fun Day: Saturday, June 23, 2018 from 12-4PM in Somerville. Head to Trum Field in Somerville for a fun day with a free bbq, sports, interactive activities, and more!

SoWa Open Market: Every Sunday May to October from 10-4pm. Enjoy this award-winning open market with local artisans, farmers, musicians, food trucks, and more!

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!

MIT Museum: Enjoy free admission at the MIT Museum on the last Sunday of every month from September to June!

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!

Free Frozen Lemonade Sample at Dunkin’ Donuts

Dunkin' Donuts Free Frozen Lemonade Sample

Head to Dunkin’ Donuts on Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 10-2PM to celebrate the first day of summer with a FREE 3.5-oz sample of their new frozen lemonade!

The free frozen lemonade sample is available in two flavors, original and strawberry and is available at Dunkin’ Donuts locations nationwide on Thursday.

For more information about Dunkin’ Donuts free frozen lemonade sample, please head here.

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.

The Coolidge at the Greenway

The Coolidge is partnering with the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy for a free outdoor screening at the Greenway’s Wharf District Park at sunset.

  • June 19: Rear Window
  • July 24: Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • August 21: Double Feature: The Incredible Shrinking Man & Revenge of the Creature

For more information about The Coolidge at the Greenway free movie series, 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.

MFA Sunset Cinema

Enjoy this free monthly film series on the Museum of Fine Art’s Huntington Avenue Lawn. There will be music, art making, and lawn games 90 minutes prior to the free movie.

  • June 20: Black Panther at 7PM
  • July 12: Faces Places at 7PM
  • August 9: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind at 6:30PM
  • September 13: The Wicker Man at 6PM

For more information about Sunset Cinema at the MFA, 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.

The Davis Summer Film Series

Enjoy musicals outdoors on the Davis Plaza at Wellesley College with free movies and ice cream. Movies start at dusk.

  • July 12: The Muppets
  • July 26: Mary Poppins
  • August 9: Beauty and the Beast

For more information about the 2018 Summer Film series, 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?

Cheap Weekend Fun in Boston for June 16-17, 2018!


Free Things to Do this Weekend in Boston

There’s so many fun and cheap things to do this weekend in Boston and beyond for Father’s Day weekend!

Father’s Day is this Sunday and if you plan on celebrating Dad (or yourself) there’s a few places in the Greater Boston area where Dad gets in free!

11th Annual Make Music Harvard Square: Saturday, June 16, 2018 in Harvard Square from 2-10PM. Celebrate the summer solstice with this annual street-music festival! Free.

Fenway Porchfest: Saturday, June 16, 2018. Enjoy this free music festival from 12-4pm on Saturday with over 70 musicians performing in East and West Fenway on porches and more.

Lawn of Champions: Saturday, June 16, 2018 at The Lawn on D. Check out the championship trophies of your favorite Boston sport team, meet mascots, play games, and more!

67th Annual Quincy Flag Day Parade, Ceremonies, and Fireworks: Enjoy this annual Flag Day event in Quincy with a parade, ceremony, and end the night with free fireworks!

Red Sox Showcase: Saturday, June 16, 2018 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. The Red Sox are bringing baseball to Faneuil Hall on Saturday with a batting cage, pitching station, a virtual reality experience, and more!

10th Annual Waltham Riverfest: June 15-16, 2018. Enjoy a fun festival along the river in Waltham for music and fun!

SoWa Open Market: Every Sunday May to October from 10-4pm. Enjoy this award-winning open market with local artisans, farmers, musicians, food trucks, and more!

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!

Where Dad Gets in Free on Father’s Day 2018


Father's Day Freebies in Boston

Father’s Day is this Sunday, June 17, 2018 and a few places in Massachusetts are offering Dads free or discount admission to some fun activities for the whole family!

Here are a few places in the Greater Boston area where Dad gets in FREE on Sunday:

Franklin Park Zoo: Free admission for Dads on Father’s Day at the ticket booth only

Stone Zoo (Stoneham, MA): Free admission for Dads on Father’s Day at the ticket booth only

Southwick’s Zoo (Mendon, MA): Dads get half-priced admission this weekend, can’t be combined with other offers

Buttonwood Park Zoo (New Bedford, MA): Dads get free admission with a paying child on Sunday

TreeTop Adventures (Canton, MA): Dads climb free with a purchase of a full-price ticket on Father’s Day. Use promo code DAD2018 if purchasing tickets online.

Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge, MA): Free admission for Dads on Father’s Day

Heritage Museums and Gardens (Sandwich, MA): Free admission for Dads on Sunday

Canobie Lake Park (Salem, NH): Dad gets in free (with free lunch too) on Sunday with a paid child’s admission

Davis Farmland (Sterling, MA): Dads get in free on Father’s Day (and a free massage too)!

Also, Dads with kids eat free at The Asgard and The Kinsale for brunch or dinner on Sunday when purchase another entrée!

Please let me know in the comments below if I missed any freebies or discounts this year in the Boston area.

Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads out there!