things to do in boston this week

Looking for something fun to do this week that won’t leave your wallet empty? There’s a ton of free and cheap things to do in Boston this week, and we’ve put together a guide to the events you don’t want to miss.

Free and cheap activities in Boston this week include free and cheap museum times, curling at The Liberty Hotel, Blue Man Group, Dead of Winter Tour, Golden Gloves Boxing, Somerville Winter Market, and more.

Here is our weekly catalog of the best things to do in Boston:



Museum of Science Boston

What: The Museum of Science is home to 700+ interactive exhibits covering science, tech, engineering, and math. There’s a revolving schedule of exhibits, IMAX films, Planetarium shows, and more. Get tickets for a low price when you buy online through Goldstar.
When: January 27, 9 am – 5 pm
Where: 1 Museum Of Science Driveway, Boston, MA 02114
How much: Get tickets for a low price when you buy online through Goldstar

Silent Book Club
What:Trident Booksellers & Cafe not only has awesome books, they have great events going on every week! This Monday, check out their Silent Book Club, which gives you a chance to meet new people, enjoy some snacks and drinks, get new book recommendations, and do a little reading on your own of your choosing.
When: January 27, 5 pm
Where: 338 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115
How much: Free

Music Bingo at Lansdowne Pub
What: Enjoy a different twist on bingo! Players are given a bingo card where traditional bingo numbers have been replaced with song names, artist names, and various other twists! Your host DJ plays clips of music and you mark off spots on your bingo card.
When: January 27, 7 pm
Where: 9 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215
How much: Free

Pat Dowling at Lucky’s Lounge
What: Pat Dowling will be playing live at Lucky’s Lounge! Get dinner and a show- no cover, just pay for your orders and tip the servers!
When: January 27, 8 pm
Where: 355 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
How much: Free Entry



Stories, Stories, Stories at Codman Square
What: The Boston Public Library hosts free classes and events at branches throughout the city. This Friday, bring your toddlers and preschoolers for a morning of stories, crafts, songs, and more. Admission is free, no ticket required.
When: January 28, 11 am
Where: 690 Washington St, Dorcester, MA 02124
How much: Free

Live Music at City Winery
What: City Winery on the Greenway is back at it again with live music several days a week. This Tuesday, see Denny Laine and the Moody Wing Band. Admission is regularly $22 but we have your tickets for just $11.
When: January 28, 8 pm
Where: 80 Beverly St, Boston, MA 02114
How much: $11

Quiz Meisters Trivia at Bill’s Bar
What: Put your knowledge to the test in this epic trivia showdown! Questions cover everything from pop culture to general knowledge. Admission is free and the winners will receive a great prize!
When: January 28, 7 pm
Where: 5 Lansdowne St, Boston, MA 02215
How much: Free Admission



Preschool Films at Copley Square
What: Central Library at Copley Square is hosting a weekly movie series on Wednesdays for preschool-aged kids! Each week, enjoy 30 minutes of short films based on popular book characters for preschool-aged children aged 2-5.
When: January 29, 11 am
Where: 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
How much: Free

Free Admission at Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
What:Massachusetts residents can enjoy free admission every Wednesday from 3 to 5 pm this season.
When: January 29, 3-5 pm
Where: 11 Divinity Ave, Cambridge, MA 02138
How much: Free

Curling at The Liberty Hotel
What: Curling is back for the winter season at The Liberty. Enjoy a round on the ice every Monday and Wednesday from 4-8 pm for just $25 with a “winter warmer” cocktail included. Each game lasts about 30 minutes, giving you a great chance to enjoy outdoor fun while sipping a delicious drink.
When: January 29, 4-8 pm
Where: 215 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114
How much: $25

Boston U Public Open Night
What: Boston University offers a free evening in the observatory, open to the public! Enjoy stargazing with the professionals. The entrance is free but you need to RSVP and spots fill up fast.
When: January 29, 7:30 pm
Where: 725 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215
How much: Free

Drinking & Drawing with Josh Cornillon
What: Happening at Zone 3, this event is perfect for anyone who wants to let loose! Stop by for a drink and a doodle! There will be pizza and art supplies, bring your own snacks! The event is free when you RSVP, 21+ only.
When: January 29, 5:30-8:30 pm
Where: 267 Western Ave, Boston, MA 02134
How much: Free



Golden Gloves Boxing
What: The 74th Annual Golden Gloves features amateur athletes. The competition runs Thursday nights through the beginning of March. Admission is regularly $16 – $22 but we’re getting you in for as little as $8!
When: January 30, 7:30 pm
Where: 50 East Merrimack St, Lowell, MA 01825
How much: $8+

Free Admission at The Institute of Contemporary Art
What: Enjoy an excellent collection of contemporary art free every Thursday evening at this great Boston museum. The ICA has contemporary art in all media, including visual art, music, video, and performance.
When: January 30, 5-9 pm
Where: 100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210
How much: Free

The Rink at 401 Park
What: Get in the winter spirit with outdoor ice skating all season long at The Rink at 401 Park. From skating lessons to themed nights, there’s always something fun to do at The Rink for the whole family.
When: January 30, 3-9 pm
Where: 401 Park Drive, Boston, MA 02215
How much: $10 for adults, $6 for college students, kids under 12, and seniors

Blue Man Group
What: See the famous bald and blue magicians of entertainment at the Charles Playhouse. This musical group are masters of paint and drums! Admission to the show is $105 per person but we have tickets for just $55 each!
When: January 30, 7:30 pm
Where: 74 Warrenton St, Boston, MA 02116
How much: $55 (regularly $100+)



Hideout Comedy
What:The White Bull Tavern, in the heart of historic downtown Boston, is hosting some of the best comics in the world. Admission is regularly $10 but we have some comp tickets and others for just $5.
When: January 31, 7:30 pm
Where: 1 Union St, Boston MA 02108
How much: Comp-$5 (50% off)

$1 Friday Nights at Boston Children’s Museum
What: Friday nights are the perfect time to take the kids to the Boston Children’s Museum. Every Friday from 5-9 pm, admission is only $1 per person! The museum is a great place for kids to learn and explore with exhibits that include the Art Lab, Arthur and Friends, Buubles, Construction Zone, Explore-a-Saurus, and more.
When: January 31, 5-9 pm
Where: 308 Congress St, Boston, MA 02210
How much: $1 per person

Friday Night Flights at Grand Ten Distilling
What: Head to GrandTen Distilling for an evening of great drinks and fun with a tour of the facility, tastings of a full line of products, and more.
When: January 31, 6:30-8 pm
Where: 383 Dorchester Ave, South Boston, MA 02127
How much: $20



Ice Skating at Canal District Kendall
What: Celebrate winter with outdoor ice skating. Skaters of all skill levels are welcomed at this professionally-maintained outdoor ice rink in Cambridge. There’s a snack bar on-site serving hot chocolate, other drinks, and snacks. Get nearly 40% off admission with this Groupon deal.
When: February 1, 11 am – 9 pm
Where: 300 Athenaeum St, Cambridge, MA, 02142
How much: Save nearly 40% with Groupon

Lunar New Year Celebration at Museum of Fine Arts Boston
What: Ring in the Lunar New Year with free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. You’ll have the chance to explore Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese traditions and enjoy various activities and performances throughout the day.
When: February 1, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
How much: Free

Somerville Winter Market
What: Every Saturday at the Armory, you can fetch a selection of specialty vegetables, meats, cheeses, baked goods, and more. Admission is free, be sure to bring your re-useable bags.
When: February 1, 9:30 am – 2 pm
Where: 191 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
How much: Free Admission

History Comes Alive at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
What: 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 $8 off- that’s just $21.25!
When: February 1, 10 am – 4 pm
Where: 306 Congress St, Boston, MA, 02210
How much: $21.25 with this offer



Dead of Winter Tour
What: Salem is one of the most significant historical locations in the entire country. This 90-minute tour explores political leaders, supernatural superstitions, TV shows shot in the city, and more. Admission is $15 per person but we’re getting you in half-price. Just $7.50 per person!
When: February 2, 12 noon
Where: 8 Central St, Salem, MA 01970
How much: $7.50

lululemon Run Club
What: Cap off your weekend with a great workout. Each Sunday, the lululemon Run Club meets at the Newbury store location for a run and hangout session. There are always two options — both a 5 mile and 10 mile run to choose from.
When: February 2, 10 am – 12 pm
Where:208 Newbury Street Boston, MA 02116
How much: Free

Free Admission at The Harvard Museum of Natural History
What: Massachusetts residents can enjoy free admission every Sunday morning from 9 am to noon at this excellent museum with current exhibits that include Cosmic Origins, Fruits in Decay, and Glass Flowers. Proof of MA residency required for free admission.
When: February 2, 9 am – 12 pm
Where: 26 Oxford St, Cambridge, MA
How much: Free


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