things to do in boston this weekend

Boston on Budget here with your weekend guide of cheap, fun things to do this weekend. Know of any other great things going on this weekend in Boston? Leave a comment and let us know!

Some of the top things to do in Boston this weekend include: Paddle Boston Boat Rentals, Support Black-Owned RestaurantsICA First Fridays, Make Learning at Home Fun with ABCMouse, Take a Boston Harbor Sailing Cruise, and The Tanglewood 2020 Online Music Festival.


Stream Boston Red Sox Games with fuboTV

Tired of paying so much for cable TV but don’t want to miss your Red Sox games? fuboTV lets you stream over 100 channels with no contract and no hidden fees for a fraction of the price of cable. You’ll get NESN, ESPN, FOX Sports, and tons of other channels, making it easy to watch Red Sox games without cable. Just like with Netflix, you can stream fuboTV on your TV (Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, etc.), phone, tablet, or computer. And you can try it free for 7 days!


Make Learning at Home Fun with ABCMouse

Keep the kids learning this summer while letting them play games and have fun! ABCMouse is an app that helps kids as young as 2 years old learn through games, songs, videos, and interactive lessons on tablet, smartphone, or computer devices. They have thousands of lessons available, and the best part is kids never feel bored or like they’re being forced to go to school because it’s all so much fun! Right now, you can try ABCMouse free for 30 days.



ICA First Fridays

What: Strike a pose! Virtual First Fridays continue to make a splash on screen—featuring fashion, dance, tutorials, DJ set, and more. Teaming up again this year, ICA First Fridays: Caribbean Couture is presented in partnership with Boston Caribbean Fashion Week.

Where: Join us (from your home) for an evening celebrating local artists, designers, and performers.

When: Friday, August 7 at 8PM EST

How Much: Free, however, please consider a $5 donation to support the event


Take a Boston Harbor Sailing Cruise

What: Come aboard for a day sail in Boston on one of our classic schooners with plenty of deck space for social distancing as well as lots of fresh air and sunshine! The 2-hour sail aboard the Liberty Clipper is a great, family-friendly way to see Boston from a new viewpoint. Get away from the hustle and bustle of city streets and enjoy some quality time with your loved ones.

Where: 67 Long Wharf, Boston, MA

When: Daily, 12PM and 3PM

How Much: $38 for adults



Visit Night Shift Brewing’s Owl’s Nest

What: The Owl’s Nest is Night Shift’s seasonal, pop-up beer gardens. The outdoor gardens are opening up this weekend.

Where: Beer garden locations on the Esplanade & in Allston

When: Owl’s Nest is open on Saturday from 2 PM – 10 PM EST, and Sundays from 12 PM – 8 PM. After this weekend, it’ll expand to the opening on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 PM – 10 PM.

How Much: Free to enter, prices of beers vary


Support Black-Owned Restaurants 

What: The Boston Black Hospitality Coalition has launched the Boston Black Restaurant Month initiative for the month of August. Our recent article rounds up a list of restaurants you can support.

Where: Locations all across the city, Roxbury, Dorchester, South End, etc.

When: Any time, but the month of August is the awareness campaign

How Much: Price is dependent on restaurant



Paddle Boston Boat Rentals

What: Rent a Kayak in Cambridge and Paddle in the heart of the city from our location in Kendall Square! Take in the great views of the Boston skyline and the Esplanade, as well as other nearby landmarks like the Zakim Bridge, M.I.T., the Museum of Science, and Boston University. This nine-mile stretch of river has no current, allowing for easy round trips.

Where: 15 Broad Canal Way Cambridge, MA

When: Recurring daily, August 2 – October 31, 2020

How Much: $38 for 3 hours, $2o for evening rate for a single adult kayaker


The Tanglewood 2020 Online Music Festival

What: Although we cannot gather in person this summer, Tanglewood is pleased to be able to keep the spirit of Tanglewood alive through the Tanglewood 2020 Online Festival, a series of digital offerings for all to enjoy. The festival will include both free-of-charge archival offerings as well as newly created content available for purchase.

Where: Streaming Online

When: Video and audio streams begin on July 1, with the ability to purchase starting on June 15.

How Much: $12 per video and $100 for the whole season; however, archival events are free


Any other things to do in Boston this weekend? Share them by commenting below.