Events in Boston can start to weigh a little heavy on the wallet sometimes. But not everything in this glorious city is going to cost you… We’ve done some research and turns out, there are some unique ongoing events in and around the city Summer 2015! So get your friends together and check out some of these fun free event series!


Boston Harbor Hotel - WeekendPick

Outdoor Music and Movies at The Boston Harbor Hotel 

About: The Summer in the City Series offers guests, visitors and local residents the opportunity to enjoy complimentary concerts, movies and live entertainment from the hotel’s unrivaled waterfront location. Each night sports a different theme from Summer Soul Tuesdays and Blues Barge Thursdays to Movies by Moonlight Fridays and more.

When: June 11 – September 10, 2015 | Tuesdays – Thursdays: 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Where: Boston Harbor Hotel | (617) 439-7000 |  70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

Event Schedule: CLICK HERE 

Free Thursdays at The ICA - WeekendPick

Free Thursdays at The ICA

About: Want to peruse the city’s latest modern art exhibitions but afraid that your wallet can’t handle a steep admission fee? Each Thursday from 5 to 9 p.m., the Institute of Contemporary Art offers free admission. So turn off the television, get off the couch, and head over to the ICA.

When: Thursdays from 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: Institute of Contemporary Art | (617) 478-3100 | 100 Northern Ave, Boston, MA 02210

Lawn on D - WeekendPick

Lawn on D

About: The Seaport District’s funky/friendly urban refuge, Lawn on D, is all about free-ness with a packed docket of gratis events and a generous supply of game gear. But there’s nothing more chillax than hard-to-find bocce.

When:Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Where: Lawn on D | (617) 954-2000 | 420 D Street, Boston, MA 02210

Concerts in The BPL Courtyard - WeekendPick

Concerts in The BPL Courtyard

About: Throughout the summer, bring your favorite giant sandwich and be serenaded by local jazz, folk, and classical musicians in the grand palazzo-inspired courtyard.

When: June 3 – August 28, 2015 | Wednesdays at 6:00 PM, Fridays at 12:30 PM

Where: Boston Public Library | (617) 536-5400 | 700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Coit Observatory - WeekendPick

Stargazing at the Coit Observatory

About: Pick out your favorite constellation at the Coit Observatory at Boston University, which offers free stargazing Wednesdays after 8:30 p.m. throughout the spring and summer, pending clear skies.

When: Wednesdays 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Where: Coit Observatory | (617) 353-2625 | 725 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215


Hatch Shell Boston - WeekendPick

Hatch Shell Summer Event Series 

About: The Hatch Shell is Boston’s largest outdoor performance center that offers free events all summer long. From classical, pop, jazz, and rock concerts to outdoor flicks, the Hatch Shell is the place to be to enjoy the warm summer breeze while lounging on the Esplanade.

When: July 3 – Oct 4 

Where: Hatch Shell | 47 David G Mugar Way | Boston, MA 02108

Full Event Calendar: CLICK HERE

 Flight Night at Sam Adams - WeekendPick

Flight Night at Sam Adams

About: Indulge with some friends without breaking the bank at Sam Adams’ Flight Night, where visitors can choose a Sam Adams brew to create their own beer flight. RSVPs are not required, just show up! Must be 21+ to attend.

When: Wednesdays 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: Samuel Adams Brewery | (617) 368-5080 | 30 Germania St, Boston, MA 02130

Boston Calling Block Party Series - WeekendPick

Boston Calling Block Party Series

About: The Boston Calling Block Party Series returns this season to downtown Boston! The free series will kick off on Thursday, May 7 and will run through September 17, with block parties being held every Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. in Dewey Square. Once a month, the Block Parties will also take place at Summer Street Plaza in Downtown Crossing. All parties will feature free live music outdoors with local artists like Tigerman Woah, Almighty Buck and Dirty Bangs.

When: May 7 – September 17, 2015 | Thursdays 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Dewey Square in the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Events Schedule: CLICK HERE

SoWa Open Market - WeekendPick

SoWa Open Market

About: If the sun is out, so are the vendors at SoWa. Featuring 130 indie designers and artists, 17 food trucks, and 65 specialty food and farm vendors, this is sure to entertain. Running along three blocks on Harrison Avenue and Thayer Street in the South End, SoWa is the place to be for handmade designs, locally grown produce, vintage finds, and gourmet specialty foods.

When: Sundays 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: SoWa Open Market460 Harrison Ave., Boston MA 02118

Free Wednesdays at the MFA - WeekendPick

Free Wednesdays at the MFA

About: The Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) Boston is the main art museum for Boston.  It is one of the largest museums in the United States with over 450,000 works of art in its collection. Every wednesday they offer guests free admission starting at 4:00 PM. Side note if you happen to have a Bank of America card, you can enjoy free admission to the MFA and the Harvard Museum of Natural History, the first full weekend of every month. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum also offers free birthday admission.

When: Wednesdays 4:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Where: Museum of Fine Arts | (617) 267-9300 | 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115


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