We love Boston and we know there are plenty of ways to get out of the house and have an awesome time without spending the big bucks. That’s why we put together this guide to the best free and cheap things to do in Boston this weekend.

Free and cheap events in Boston this weekend include Ales & Tails: Beer-Tasting at the Zoo, Sunset Cruise on Boston Harbor, The Who! Moving On, Peppa Pig Live!, Caribbean Rum & Food Festival, Little Shop of Horrors, live music, a food festival, and more.

Here’s our weekend edition of Free and Cheap Things to Do in Boston:

 

TOP PICK

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Ales & Tails: Beer-Tasting at the Zoo
What: This annual event at Stoneham’s Stone Zoo is your chance to sample beers while getting a huge dose of wildlife! See otters, cougars, and more! Admission is $55 per person but we have your tickets for just $45 each, about 20% off!
When: September 14, 5 pm
Where: 149 Pond St, Stoneham MA 02180
How much: $45 (nearly 20% off!)

 

DAILY FUN

Here are a few cheap things to do in Boston any day of the week!

Boch Center Tours

Get a behind-the-scenes tour of this landmark theater, plus an exclusive look at the Music Hall. The historical theater opened in 1925 and its cathedral-like architecture inspires to this day. The one-hour tour is running only through the end of August. Admission is $20 per person but we have tickets as low as $10 {that’s 50% off!}.

Water Country Water Park

Summertime is for splashing! Swim, tube, splash, and cool off at an awesome water park for an awesome price! There are multiple attractions and activities for families and kids of all ages, and it’s just about an hour drive from Boston. You could easily spend all day exploring each ride- or you may want to come back over and over again. That’s much easier when you’re getting in for $14 off! For this summer, you can get admission for just $30.99 per person {regularly $44.99 each}.

Boston’s Dreamland Wax Museum

What do U.S. Presidents, sports stars, and celebrities have in common? They’ve been made into wax figures at the Spring Celebrities Selfies exhibition at the Dreamland Wax Museum. Take thousands of selfies, learn how wax figures are made, and take pics in the Oval Office. Tickets to the museum are $25 per person but we have them for $10 off! Just $15 gets you into all of the exhibits!

History Comes Alive at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Climb aboard a replica of the ship where the Boston Tea Party began! One of only two of the original tea chests still in existence is on site but you can toss a replica of it overboard. You’ll also witness live acting, an award-winning multi-sensory film, holographic exhibits, and more. Entrance to the museum and ship is regularly $29.95 but for a limited time, you can get in for $10 off- that’s just $19.95!

AMC Yellow eTickets

AMC is now offering e-tickets at an awesome discount! You can purchase these discounted tickets in advance and use them at your convenience. The tickets are good for any participating theater and any date or showing! Movie tickets at AMC are regularly $13.50 but purchase them online for just $9 each!

FRIDAY

2nd Annual San Gennaro Festival 
What: Celebrate San Gennaro and support Autism Awareness at the same time! There will be a walk, mass, and procession on Sunday but the party starts on Friday! Admission is free, just bring cash and card for food and drinks.
When: September 13, 12 noon – 11 pm
Where: 319 Hanover St, Boston MA 02113
How much: COMPLIMENTARY

Sunset Cruise on Boston Harbor
What: End your work week with amazing skyline views from the Boston Harbor. This sunset cruise will take you past several historic landmarks as you sip on drinks from the cash bar. Snacks will also be available for purchase. Boarding begins at $20 but we have tickets cheaper than that! Some tickets are totally free! Just pay processing fees and your admission is complimentary.
When: September 13, 5:30 pm
Where: 60 Rowes Wharf, Boston MA 02110
How much: COMPLIMENTARY

The Who! Moving On
What: The Rock Hall of Famers are releasing their first album in 13 years and they’re on tour! Not ones for nostalgia, this all-new show will feature hits new and old with some familiar faces. Admission begins at $95 but we have a special deal to get you in at just $60, nearly 40% off!
When: September 13, 6:30 pm
Where: 4 Yawkey Way, Boston MA 02215
How much: $60 – $85 (nearly 40% off regular prices!)

 

SATURDAY

Free Warrior Fitness Social
What: Get social while getting fit! This event at City Hall Plaza is meant to introduce you to Warrior Fitness for a 45-minute kick-boxing class. Admission is free.
When: September 14, 10 am
Where: 1 City Hall Square, Boston MA 02203
How much: Free

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Peppa Pig Live!
What: This all-new show is action-packed with lunch boxes and all! Hop aboard with Peppa and her crew. See what shenanigans play out on stage at The Hanover Theatre of Performing Arts! Admission begins at $45.50 but we have your tickets for just $14.75 – $30. There are two shows this Saturday- 12 noon and 3:30 pm!
When: September 14, 12 noon
Where: 2 Southbridge St, Worcester MA 01608
How much: $14.75 – $30 (over 50% off!)

Caribbean Rum & Food Festival 
What: Enjoy a virtual journey through the Caribbean with rum tastings, live entertainment, culinary craft, and more. Admission to this event begins at $30 but we have some tickets for as low as $15!
When: September 14, 12 noon – 8 pm
Where: 1350 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing MA 02120
How much: $15 – $50

 

SUNDAY

Open Newbury Street
What: The streets are open so you can shop, sip, and dine without that pesky traffic! Feel nostalgic and experience beautiful Newbury the way it was intended. There will be outdoor games, live music, and more.
When: September 15, 10 am
Where: 10 Newbury St, Boston MA 02116
How much: Free

Little Shop of Horrors 
What: This award-winning sci-fi classic follows the work of a florist who gets an extraordinary opportunity. Admission runs $53 – $73 per person but we have tickets for half price! For a limited time, you can get in the door for just $26.50 – $36.50!
When: September 15, 3 pm
Where: 140 Clarendon, Boston MA 02116
How much:  $26.50 – $36.50

Boston Local Food Festival 
What: Head to the Greenway for free admission to this awesome food festival. Enjoy and sample local cuisine, see live chefs, play in the family fun zone, and more. Admission is free, just bring cash and card for your food, drinks, and shopping.
When: September 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Rose Kennedy Greenway, Atlantic Ave, Boston MA 02210
How much: Free

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