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

Happy, Happy Weekend. There are a lot of events happening this weekend in Boston, and a lot of fun budget-friendly events too. There was a lot of information and events floating around this week, and I tried my best to capture and compile everything, but I’m sure I missed a few gems.

A few events from last weekend were rescheduled for this weekend, and there are also a lot of fabulous Marathon Relief Fundraisers happening this weekend and beyond. Eventbrite has a great list of them all here and Eater Boston has a few delicious suggestions for Marathon Relief through Restaurant support.

Speaking of Restaurant support, please consider supporting restaurant staff a little extra in the upcoming weeks, especially Boylston Street establishments. Even a 26.2% tip helps, and hopefully won’t hurt your budget too much.

If you do head to the Back Bay this weekend, please remember that meter parking in the Back Bay is free through Sunday.

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Jennifer Phelan Bootcamp Fundraiser : Saturday, April 27, 2013 at 9:15am at Faneuil Hall West End Promenade (note: location is different than usual). Join Bootcamp instructor Jennifer Phelan for a free Saturday morning workout to raise funds for One Fund Boston. Free, but donations of any size for One Fund Boston. Please bring your own mat.

Ultimate Spring Workout: Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10am-1pm. Get in shape with free fitness classes all morning long with 45-minute sessions happening every 15 minutes! Even better, $2 will be donated to the One Fund Boston per attendee thanks to Ultimate Bootcamp and popchips. To RSVP, please click here.

Park Serve Day: Rescheduled to Saturday, April 27, 2013. Show your appreciation for local parks and beaches by volunteering to plant flowers, clean coastlines, clear trails, and more. Free. To find your local park serve project or to RSVP, please go here.

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

Harvard Arts First Festival: April 25-April 28, 2013 at Harvard University. Enjoy one of the largest University Art Festival with over 225 presentations with over 100+ free events.

Harvard Art Museum: Saturday, April 27, 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, April 28, 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.

Free Grilled Cheese Day at Cheeseboy: Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 1-6pm. Celebrate Free Grilled Cheese Day at Cheeseboy with… you guessed it… Free Grilled Cheese at Cheeseboy.

Hope you enjoy the beautiful weekend ahead!

Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for March 30-31, 2013

Here is the weekend fun round-up of inexpensive things to do in the Greater Boston area for the last weekend in March! Finally some warmer weather!

Institute of Contemporary Art: Saturday, March 30, 2013. The ICA in Boston is free the last Saturday of every month, which is this weekend!

Free Guitar Lessons at Guitar Center: Saturday, March 30, 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 30, 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 31, 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.

Free Pilates with Hanneke: Sunday, March 31, 2013 from 9:30am-10:30am at the Lululemon Store, Prudential Center. Join Pilates Instructor Hanneke on Sunday morning for a free pilates class at the Lululemon store inside the Prudential center.

Participate in an Easter Egg Hunt: Boston.com has a great list of all the Easter Egg Hunts in the Greater Boston area for this weekend, mostly on Saturday.

Hope you all have a great weekend! And Happy Easter if you are celebrating this weekend!

 

Weekend Fun in Greater Boston for March 23-24, 2013

Happy First Weekend of SPRING! Here are a few weekend ideas of fun things to do on a budget this weekend:

Free Guitar Lessons at Guitar Center: Saturday, March 23, 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 23, 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 24, 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.

Pilates Bootcamp with Jennifer Phelan: Saturday, March 23, 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

Participate in an Egg Hunt: Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the DCR Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester: Join the DCR and Phillips Candy House in the 21st annual Easter Egg Hunt. Free. (For more Easter Egg Hunts, please go here).

New England Home Show (Foxborough): March 22-24, 2013 at Gillette Stadium. Enjoy one of the longest and largest home show in the area. Tickets are $9 at the door, but buy online in advance to save $2.00. Children 17 and under are free.

Also, it is the second and final week of Restaurant Week… don’t forget to make a reservation if you haven’t already!

Hope you have a great weekend, and if I missed any great and inexpensive events, please let me know in the comment section!

 

Weekend Fun in Boston for March 2-3, 2013

Happy Friday! Here’s the best and most affordable events and things to do in Boston (and beyond) on a budget for the first week of March.

Bank of America’s Museum on Us Weekend: Saturday, March 2, 2013 & Sunday, March 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 other museums across the state participate.

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

AAA Travel Marketplace: March 1-3, 2013 at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. Receive $2 off Admission with this printable coupon and gain ideas and discounts for your next travel adventure.

7th Annual Chinese New Year in Harvard Square: Sunday, March 3, 2013 in Havard Square from 1-3pm. Celebrate the year of the snake with a lion dance, parade, and more. Free.

243rd Anniversary of the Boston Massacre: Saturday, March 2, 2013 starting at 11am. Love History? Witness and experience the Boston Massacre and the events leading up to it. Free.

Berklee High School Jazz FestivalSaturday, March 2, 2013 at the Hynes Convention Center. Join the largest annual festival of its kind and enjoy jazz performances from students and faculty alike. Free.

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

Weekend Fun for Presidents Day Weekend (February 16, 17, & 18, 2013)

Here are the weekend events in Boston and beyond for this Presidents day extra long weekend for February 16-18th, 2013 that are free or almost free!

Presidents’ Family Festival Day: Monday, February 18, 2013. Stop by the JFK Library to celebrate Presidents Day with presidential storytelling, museum tours, demonstrations, and many activities and crafts throughout the day. The family festival is free with paid admission to the JFK Museum. ($12 for Adults but $10 with this printable coupon, and free for Children 17 and under on Festival day)

AAAS Family Science Days: Saturday & Sunday, February 16-17, 2013 from 11am to 5pm. Meet scientists, browse interactive exhibits, tour the universe and much more. Free.

Chinese New Year Celebration: Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 3-5pm at Villa Victoria Center for the Arts (South End). Celebrate Chinese arts and culture with traditional dance, music and Chinese appetizers to celebrate Chinese New Year. Free.

Harvard Art Museum: Saturday, February 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, February 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.

Lincoln at AMC Theatres: Sunday & Monday, February 17-18, 2013. See the movie Lincoln at AMC Theatres for $5 in honor of Presidents day with this printable coupon.

Also, since next week is February Vacation week, I will not be posting a round-up of the best ski and snowboard deals on Sunday for the week. Most ski promotions are not valid during school vacation week. However, you can still save a little money with Liftopia (affiliate) so check them out if you are heading to the slopes in the near future.

What are you doing this weekend? Do you have a three-day weekend to enjoy?

 

A few things to know about Nemo and this Weekend in Boston & Beyond (Feb 9-10, 2013)

On Fridays I typically post the fun and cheap things to do for the upcoming weekend. However, due to the snow storm Nemo coming this weekend the weekend fun post will be a little different. Many of the weekend events and activities are also cancelled or rescheduled so please research your planned activity to ensure it is still happening. Also, as of right now The Boston Travel Show this weekend has adjusted hours, which you can find here.

In addition, please think about staying off the roads tomorrow and Saturday if possible. Also, the MBTA will be shutting down at 3:30pm on Friday, February 8, 2013. Flights from Logan on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning are also cancelled.

If you lose power or need to contact your local utility company, here is a great and quick resource of different utility contact information.

You can also find City of Boston snow updates here.

I hope you all get a chance to stay in, relax, and enjoy the snow while staying safe this weekend 🙂

 

Weekend Happenings for November 3rd & 4th, 2012 in & around Boston!

Hello! Here are the best (and budget-friendly) events happening in and around the city this week:

Boston Christmas Festival: Friday, November 2, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012 at the Seaport World Trade Center. Yep, you’ve read it right: Christmas Festival. Come enjoy over 300 different craft vendors and get into the Holiday spirit! Tickets are $12 for adults and free for kids, but you can save $2 with a printable coupon here. For more information, please visit their website here.

2nd Annual Oyster Fest: Sunday, November 4, 2012 from 12pm-4pm at the Lansdowne Pub. Stop by the Lansdowne Pub to grab $1 oysters and enjoy live music from Three Day Threshold. No cover, but 21+. For more information, please visit their facebook page here.  

Day of the Dead Family Event: Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Peabody Museum from 12-4pm. Celebrate and learn about Dia de los Muertos with crafts, festive music, and more. Event is free with paid admission, which is $12 for adults. For more information, please visit here.

Beardfest: Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 3-7pm at the Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville. Show off that bearded facial hair to compete against other bearded men… and women. $5.00 to enter. For more information and/or to get bearded ideas, please visit here.

Pilates Bootcamp with Jennifer Phelan: Saturday, November 3, 2012 from 9:15-10am at Faneuil Hall Marketplace Upper Rotunda. Join Pilates instructor Jennifer Phelan for a free Pilates bootcamp. Free, but please  bring your own mat. For more information, please visit here.

Free Museum Weekend: Saturday & Sunday, November 3 & 4, 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.

Hope you have a great weekend in whatever you decide to do! I will definitely be enjoying one of my favorite holidays this weekend—Daylight Saving Time! Don’t forget to change those clocks for an extra hour of sleep 🙂