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Travel / Free Things to Do in Boston in Summer 2015
Friday, July 10
Boston is a goldmine for free summer events! Whether you want music, theatre, museums, movies, or a mix of it all, Boston has it from June through August.
Even though we're halfway (!!!) through summer and I'm very late on this post, I feel it's worth publishing anyway. There are still so many amazing free things coming up, some of which I definitely plan on doing.
D Street ArtLAB // First of all, I adore the Lawn on D. They have epic, glowing swings that hopefully will become an annual thing! But they also offer a rotating cast of art and events. Not all of them (like the concerts) are free, but the art on the lawn certainly is. Many of the art pieces are there through fall, but some are short affairs, such as "Intrude" from July 9-12.
Outside the Box Festival // First, a disclaimer: a friend is the volunteer coordinator for this event, and it's funded by an alum of my college. But, all biases aside, last year was great and I'm sure their second time around will be even better! Each of the days features a different mix of dances, performances, music, and things to do. Best of all, they really cater to any age, so bring your entire family for one day--or all six!
Free Fun Fridays with Highland Street Foundation // You know all of those amazing museums that don't have any free days and you just can't justify paying for a ticket if you don't know if you'll enjoy it? Now's your chance to try them out! There are seven more Fridays, each with seven museums or "cultural venues" to explore for free. And they aren't all in Boston: upcoming days include the Emily Dickinson Museum (Amherst), Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge), and Plimoth Plantation (Plymoth).
Shakespeare on the Common // Each year, the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company choose a play by the Bard and puts it on, for free, in the Boston Common. I'm pleased to say this will be my fifth summer attending Shakespeare on the Common! This year is King Lear, a favorite of mine, and I can't wait to see their adaptation.
Boston Common; July 22-August 9; Tue-Sat. at 8PM, Sun. at 7 pm
Boston Calling Block Party // The twice-yearly Boston Calling festivals have quickly become city favorites, and the organizers make sure no one forgets who they are in between the big concerts. It's impossible to find a lineup for these "block parties," but I trust it's quality music given their great history (this upcoming big festival features Alabama Shakes and Of Monsters and Men). Bear in mind that these are 21+ (and unfortunately, drinks aren't free).
Dewey Square; Thursdays from 5-8PM, 21+
Friday Flicks at the DCR Hatch Shell // I don't know about anyone else, but I love movies! Grab a blanket, friends, and snacks, and head to the Charles River for family-friendly movies. It's like a drive-in, but in a city, and without the hassle of needing your radio to hear. Plus, there are usually freebies, like chips and ice cream, and sometimes contests for silly things like frisbees and T-shirts. (There are a plethora of other free movie screenings in Boston this summer, but the ones at the Hatch Shell are my personal favorite.)
Concerts in the Courtyard at the BPL // Although the only performers I know in the schedule are the Handel and Haydn Society, what could be better than free music in the beautiful courtyard of the Boston Public Library?
On my definite to do list are the D Street ArtLAB ("Intrude," two-story tall inflatable rabbits, is this weekend!), Outside the Box, and Shakespeare on the Common. I think I may try to go to a BPL Friday concert as well! Which of these events appeals most to you? Does your city offer free events in the summer?
P.S. Don't forget you can attend the Museum of Fine Arts for free on Wednesdays after 4PM and the Institute of Contemporary Arts for free on Thursdays from 5-9PM. And if your first name is "Isabella" you can sign up for lifetime free access to the Isabella Stewart Gardner museum (strongly considering naming all of my children Isabella...)!
P.P.S. If you're at all like me, you enjoy coloring and pretending you're still a child. Adult coloring books are very on trend at the moment (all of Johanna Basford's books are on my wish list), and it's also good for you. But if you don't want to spend too much money on your coloring habit, check out this list of free coloring sources from The Mad House blog!