National Cheesecake Festival

Our picks for fun things to do on a budget in Boston this weekend (July 30th – August 1) include: National Cheesecake Festival at 7ate9 Bakery, Boston Harbor Sailing, ICA Kids July Playdate, Legacy Littles Pop-up Playspace, Woods Hole Film Festival, Sunday Morning Outdoor Yoga on Memorial Drive, Jazz on the Porch, and more!

Things To Do This Weekend in Boston


Boston Harbor Sailing 

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Set sail for an adventure in the Boston Harbor! See the city from a new view, and enjoy snacks and beverages, all of which can be purchased on board.
Where: 1 Central Wharf, Boston
When: Friday, July 30th from 12 PM – 2 PM
How Much: $39 for adults, $26 children ages 2-12


ICA Kids July Playdate

You and the little ones will love this playdate at the Institute of Contemporary Art, with art activities and readings from beloved children’s books. 
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston
When: Friday, July 30th
How Much: Free

Legacy Littles Pop-up Playspace

Join Hopscotch Labs for activities like art, sensory tables, Montessori-inspired manipulatives, games, and more at the first-ever pop-up at Legacy Place.
Where: Legacy Place, Dedham
When: Friday, July 30th
How Much: $20

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Boston Lights: A Lantern Experience

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Photo Credit: The Franklin Park Zoo

See more than 60 displays of beautiful lanterns at the Franklin Park Zoo. You won’t miss the 87-foot long Tyrannosaurus Rex tunnel.
Where: 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston
When: Begins Friday, July 23rd
How Much: Non-member: $21.95; member: $19.95. Children under 2 are free

Greenway Artisan Market

Run by Somerville Flea, the Greenway Artisan Market showcases talented area artists, crafters, and independent designers.
Where: Rings Fountain, Milk Street, Boston
When: Saturday, July 31st from 12 PM – 5 PM
How Much: Free

Woods Hole Film Festival

Take a trip to the Cape this weekend for the 30th annual Woods Hole Film Festival. The festival includes first-time and veteran filmmakers with a focus on films and filmmakers with ties to New England.
Where: Redfield Auditorium, 45 Water Street, Woods Hole
When: Saturday, July 31st at 9 AM – Sunday, August 7th
How Much: Passes begin at $35

National Cheesecake Day Festival

National Cheesecake Festival

Image courtesy of 7ate9 Bakery FB page

Cheesecake lovers, rejoice! 7ate9 is bringing back their National Cheesecake Day Festival, filled with delicious eats, activities, and decorating competitions.
Where: 7ate9 Bakery, 199C Highland Ave, Somerville
When: Saturday, July 31st
How Much: Free

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Colonial Fun: Quill Pens & Pomanders

History-lovers and their families will enjoy the Colonial Fun Day at Martin House Farm. You can test your penmanship with quill pens, and make pomanders to gift. 
Where: Martin House Farm, 22 Stoney Hill Road, Swansea
When: Sunday, August 1st from 1 PM – 4 PM
How Much: $5, free for children under 12

Jazz on the Porch 

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Take a ferry over to Spectacle Island and enjoy free performances of talented up-and-coming bands from Berklee College of Music.
Where: Spectacle Island, Boston
When: Sunday, August 1st
How Much: Music is free, ferry ticket to Spectacle Island is $24.95 for adults, $17.95 for children, and $22.95 for seniors

Want to feel zen Sunday morning? Seasonal outdoor yoga is taking place on Memorial Drive in Cambridge. The class is 45 minutes and welcomes all levels.
Where: Memorial Drive on the Cambridge side, near the outdoor gym equipment
When: Sunday, August 1st at 9:45 AM
How Much: $15

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Know of any other fun things to do in Boston this weekend? Tell us about them by commenting below.

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