Free Things To Do in Boston

The Boston area offers an abundance of free and fun activities for everyone. See what's happening in Boston below!

Puerto Rican Festival Cultural Pageant Jun 22
  • Florian Hall

Join us at our annual Puerto Rican Festival Cultural Pageant at Florian Hall where we'll crown this year's Miss Puerto Rico! The Pageant serves as the cornerstone event of the Festival Puertorriqueño, aimed at empowering girls and young women of Puerto Rican heritage to become…

SoWa Sundays Jun 23

Spend a Sunday afternoon at 450 Harrison Ave, and meet the artists directly. Family friendly and free event. Plenty of parking is available. SoWa Artists Guild Facebook/SoWa Artists Guild Instagram/SoWa Artists Guild

Lavanda Camp Fest Jun 28
  • Boston Common

Join us in celebrating all things Camp! Lavanda Camp Fest is a Boston based LGBT+ Music and Arts Festival that highlights queer artists and sellers. The festival features live performances, multiple vendors, fun activities, including free themed coloring pages and materials…

BAMS Festival Jun 29
  • Franklin Park
  • Recurring daily

BAMS Festival is BACK – and it’s Bigger and Bolder Than Ever! Experience two days of Black joy, including some of the biggest names in music, live DJ sets, food trucks, dance performances, and so much more at the 6th annual BAMS Festival! Join 10,000 friends at Franklin…

Macy's Great American Fashion Show Jul 01
  • Macy's Downtown Boston

The Macy's Fashion Show in Boston, MA is a highly anticipated annual event that showcases the latest trends and styles from renowned fashion designers. Held at the prestigious Macy's store, this glamorous affair attracts fashion enthusiasts, industry professionals, and curious…

Boston Harborfest Fireworks Jul 02
  • Long Wharf – Boston Inner Habor

Visible from several vantage points along the Inner Harbor, the Harborfest Fireworks return to provide a spectacular display for all to enjoy. The fireworks will be launched from a barge at Boston’s Long Wharf. Best vantage points include: Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park Fan…

USS Constitution: 21-gun Salute Jul 03
  • Castle Island, South Boston

On July 3, cheer on USS Constitution’s Independence Day underway and celebrate our Military Community at the free Huzzah! Salute to Service Block Party! Constitution will depart Charlestown Navy Yard, cruise through Boston Harbor, and pass Fort Independence in South Boston at…

Reading of the Declaration of Independence Jul 04
  • Old State House

The Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Boston, MA is a cherished tradition that brings history to life. Held annually, this event gathers crowds in historic locations such as Faneuil Hall or the Old State House to witness the powerful words of the founding document…

My Caribbean One World Expo Jul 06
  • Rowes Wharf Plaza, Rose Kennedy Greenway

MY CARIBBEAN, ONE WORLD EXPO” to be held Saturday, July 6, 2024 at the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, Rowes Wharf Plaza, Boston, Massachusetts. The theme for the 2024 Expo is “Our Folklore Culture”, highlighting the rich Caribbean community culture, arts and craft…

Charles River Jazz Festival Jul 14
  • Herter Park Amphitheatre, Allston

The Charles River Jazz Festival is back for our 4th Annual entertainment extravaganza! Join us on July 14, 2024 at Herter Park Amphitheater (1175 Soldiers Field Rd) from 12pm ET - 9pm ET, for this FREE, family-friendly event featuring local art & food vendors, ice cold…

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival Jul 19
  • Revere Beach Boulevard

The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival is a renowned annual event that transforms the shores of Revere Beach into an awe-inspiring boardwalk and open-air festival. Celebrating its 20th year in 2024, this festival gathers world-class sand sculptors who showcase…

Festival Betances Jul 20
  • Plaza Betances

New England’s longest-running Latino cultural festival is BACK on Saturday, July 20, 2024 from 12 PM to 8 PM at Plaza Betances. Festival Betances has become a staple in New England's Latino community. Every year, the in-person event has drawn a 3,000-person multicultural…

Boston Puerto Rican Festival Jul 27
  • Franklin Park

The annual Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts will be held July 27 and 28 at Franklin Park! Come immerse yourself in our rich Puerto Rican culture and enjoy music performances, delicious Puerto Rican food from several vendors, carnival rides, local arts & crafts, and…

Boston Puerto Rican Parade Jul 28

The annual Boston Puerto Rican Parade returns on Sunday, July 28, 2024! The parade route will start at Cedar Street in Roxbury, MA and end at Franklin Park. The Boston Puerto Rican Festival will then kickoff at Franklin Park at 12:00pm. Come and experience the essence of Puerto…

110th Annual St. Agrippina's Feast Aug 01
  • Hanover & Battery Streets, North End
  • Recurring daily

Kick-off feast season in the North End with the return of St. Agrippina's 110th Annual Feast from August 1 to 4, 2024. Gather your friends and family and head to Hanover and Battery Streets to witness the Procession of Saint Agrippina, enjoy a full lineup of free concerts, and…

Saint Rocco's Feast Aug 09
  • The North End

Join us from August 9 to August 11, to celebrate the 94th annual grand religious feast in honor of Saint Rocco! St. Rocco's Feast offers a unique line-up of live entertainment each night, a beer and wine garden, fun activities and games, as well as a variety of vendors. There is…

114th Annual Fisherman’s Feast Aug 15
  • The North End
  • Recurring daily

Boston's Oldest Continuous Italian Festival The Fisherman's Feast is an annual event that began in Boston in 1910 and is based on a tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca Sicily. The Feast is based on the devotion of the fishermen from Sciacca to the Madonna del…

Sun Block Party Aug 20
  • Canal Street

Join us before the Connecticut Sun vs LA Sparks game on Canal Street for the ultimate Sun Block Party on August 20, 2024 at 3pm! This event features live music, food and drink specials from local restaurants, fan giveaways, and family activities!

Saint Anthony's Feast Aug 22
  • The North End
  • Recurring daily

Each year the people of the North End invite you to celebrate with them as they honor their patrons Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy with colorful parades, religious services, strolling singers, live entertainment and of course an abundance of great Italian and American food. Begun…

Museums & Exhibitions

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Boston Fire Museum Jun 22
  • 344 Congress St
  • Recurring weekly on Saturday

The Boston Fire Museum houses some of the oldest devices used to fight fires in Boston. In addition to buckets, trumpets, and fire grenades, you will also see some of the earliest examples of fire engines – some dating back to 1793. Tour Availability: Saturday Saturday…

Boston University Art Galleries Jun 22
  • 855 Commonwealth Ave
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

The BU Art Galleries host a variety of ongoing exhibitions in three locations on the University campus focused on national and regional artistic endeavors. Tours Availability: Tuesday – Sunday (closed on holidays recognized by the school) Gallery Hours: 11 pm - 5 pm

Bunker Hill Museum Jun 22
  • 43 Monument Ave
  • Recurring daily

The Bunker Hill Museum’s exhibits and dioramas tell the stories of the Battle of Bunker Hill, the construction of the Monument, and the history of the Charlestown Neighborhood. The museum is housed in the old Charlestown branch of the Boston Public Library. Guests can request…

Commonwealth Museum Jun 22

The Commonwealth Museum brings history alive through exhibits and educational programs. Changing exhibits interpret artifacts and documents that illuminate Massachusetts history. The exhibits featured are typically focused on the work and words of men like John Hancock, Samuel…

Future Minded: New Works in the Collection Jun 22

Examine the museums’ recent acquisitions, spanning centuries and media. Future Minded highlights a selection of works acquired in recent years that exemplify the Harvard Art Museums’ collecting vision and strategies. Nearly all are on display for the first time. The museums are…

Imagine Me and You: Dutch and Flemish Encounters with the Islamic World, 1450–1750 Jun 22

Discover a story of cross-cultural artistic connection over 300 years between the Dutch, the Flemish, and the Islamic world. Imagine Me and You unveils the vibrancy of multicultural exchange between the Low Countries (roughly modern-day Belgium and the Netherlands), then part of…

McMullen Museum of Art - Boston College Jun 22
  • McMullen Museum of Art
  • Recurring daily

If you’re in the mood for a different kind of art, this museum houses collections loaned from institutions and art collectors all over the globe. Due to their reliance on loans, their exhibitions change quite frequently. In the span of a year, you could see pieces from China…

MIT List Visual Arts Center Jun 22
  • MIT List Visual Arts Center
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

The MIT List Visual Arts Center offers visitors a dynamic program of temporary exhibitions in the galleries, as well as renowned permanent and public art collections located across the Institute making it an excellent location to discover unique artistic visions. Availability…

Museum of Bad Art Jun 22
  • Dorchester Brewing Co.
  • Recurring daily

MOBA is the world's only museum dedicated to the collection, exhibition, and celebration of bad art in all forms. This year's theme is 99% Inspiration, 1% Persperation, a twist on Thomas Edison's famous definition of genius. Located in the basement of Somerville Theater…

The ICA Watershed Jun 22

In summer 2018, the ICA opened the ICA Watershed in East Boston. Located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina, the ICA Watershed transformed a 15,000-square-foot, formerly condemned space into a vast and welcoming space to see and experience large-scale art. The 2024 season…

USS Constitution Ship Jun 22

Old Ironsides is one of the most famous ships in the history of the United States. Learn about the legacy of the USS Constitution ship, the world's oldest commissioned warship, at the USS Constitution Museum. The museum of this historic vessel is open to the public for free…

Waterworks Museum Jun 22
  • Waterworks Museum
  • Recurring daily

The Waterworks Museum interprets unique stories of the country's first metropolitan water system through exhibitions and educational programs on engineering, architecture, social history, and public health. Located along the Chestnut Hill reservoir, the Waterworks Museum…

Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company Jun 26
  • 1 Faneuil Hall Sq Ste 4
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

Located on the top floor of the historic Faneuil Hall, the Military Museum and Armory displays uniforms, medals, and weaponry from The Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts, among other, more modern military artifacts. Learn about the soldiers of the Ancient…

Coit Observatory Jun 26
  • 685 Commonwealth Ave
  • Recurring weekly on Wednesday

This astronomical observatory owned and operated by Boston University. It's located on the roof of the College of Arts & Sciences and offers free public hours on Wednesday nights. • Although it won’t cost you a dime, you do need to obtain tickets ahead of time because there…

Harvard Art Museums at Night Jun 27

Join us for an evening of art, fun, food, and more! This event is free and open to everyone. Gather with friends and mingle inside our Italian-inspired courtyard while taking in the smooth sounds from DJ C-Zone. Browse the museum shop and chat over a snack or drink for purchase…

ICA Free Thursday Night Jun 27

The ICA is free for all visitors every Thursday from 5 to 9 PM. Tickets for Free Thursday Nights will be available at icaboston.org/tickets at 10 AM on that Thursday morning. Beginning May 29, in line with the latest guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and…

Family Friendly

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Watch Wednesdays Jun 26

Our Anchor team is excited to announce the return of one of our favorite programs - Watch Wednesdays for this summer season. The Anchor’s open-air courtyard is the best place to lay back and enjoy your favorite flicks all summer long. Join us for our weekly movie night starting @…

Revere Beach Theatre Thursdays Jun 27
  • Revere Beach

Sink your toes in the sand while enjoying a film at Revere Beach Theatre Thursdays this season! Enjoy free entertainment from 6 to 8 pm before the movie begins at dusk. The screenings will take place across the street from Kelly’s Roast Beef or the William G. Reinstein Bandstand…

Movie Nights at MIT Jun 28
  • Kendall/MIT Open Space

Join us for a movie night under the stars. Free popcorn will be provided, while supplies last! SCHEDULE: June 28 at 7:00 pm: Hidden Figures July 12 at 6:00 pm: Shrek July 19 at 7:00 pm: Back to the Future August 2 at 6:00 pm: My Neighbor Totoro August 8 at 7:00 pm: The Imitation…

Summer Flicks at Patriot Place Jul 10
  • 28 Patriot Place

Patriot Place invites you to Summer Flicks – a free outdoor movie series. Located outside Renaissance Boston Patriot Place Hotel and Saga Hibachi Sushi & Bar on select Wednesday nights throughout the summer. Join us for pre-show entertainment beginning at 6:30 PM. The…

The Coolidge at The Speedway Jul 10
  • Charles River Speedway

The Coolidge is excited to present a program of free, outdoor screenings hosted at the Charles River Speedway this summer! All screenings will take place at sunset. No ticket purchase or reservations needed. SCHEDULE: July 10 - Charles River Speedway at 8:00 pm: The Rock August 7…

Movie Nights at The Lot Jul 18
  • The Lot on The Dot

Join us for Movie Nights on The LOT! Admission is free, but drinks and snacks are available for purchase. Come early to enjoy games before the movie showing. Remember to bring your own chairs and blankets for extra comfort. Limited seats will be available! This evening of…

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival Jul 19
  • Revere Beach Boulevard

The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival is a renowned annual event that transforms the shores of Revere Beach into an awe-inspiring boardwalk and open-air festival. Celebrating its 20th year in 2024, this festival gathers world-class sand sculptors who showcase…

110th Annual St. Agrippina's Feast Aug 01
  • Hanover & Battery Streets, North End
  • Recurring daily

Kick-off feast season in the North End with the return of St. Agrippina's 110th Annual Feast from August 1 to 4, 2024. Gather your friends and family and head to Hanover and Battery Streets to witness the Procession of Saint Agrippina, enjoy a full lineup of free concerts, and…

Parks Movie Nights Aug 06
  • Boston

In parks citywide, Bostonians can enjoy recent films under the night skies with this popular series. The Park's Movie Nights are part of the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s ParkARTS program. Held in August, the shows begin at dusk. The series is hosted by the Boston…

Sun Block Party Aug 20
  • Canal Street

Join us before the Connecticut Sun vs LA Sparks game on Canal Street for the ultimate Sun Block Party on August 20, 2024 at 3pm! This event features live music, food and drink specials from local restaurants, fan giveaways, and family activities!

Saint Anthony's Feast Aug 22
  • The North End
  • Recurring daily

Each year the people of the North End invite you to celebrate with them as they honor their patrons Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy with colorful parades, religious services, strolling singers, live entertainment and of course an abundance of great Italian and American food. Begun…

Performing Arts

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DCR Hatch Shell Concerts Jun 22
  • Hatch Memorial Shell

Enjoy free summer concerts at the Hatch Shell Memorial! Wednesday, June 5, 2024 | 6pm-8pm: Keep Ryzin Entertainment Presents the Love Conquers All Collective: Performances of musical genres RnB, Afrobeats, Rock, Soul, and Neo Soul. June 22, 2024 | 6:30pm: New England Film…

BAMS Festival Jun 29
  • Franklin Park
  • Recurring daily

BAMS Festival is BACK – and it’s Bigger and Bolder Than Ever! Experience two days of Black joy, including some of the biggest names in music, live DJ sets, food trucks, dance performances, and so much more at the 6th annual BAMS Festival! Join 10,000 friends at Franklin…

Charles River Jazz Festival Jul 14
  • Herter Park Amphitheatre, Allston

The Charles River Jazz Festival is back for our 4th Annual entertainment extravaganza! Join us on July 14, 2024 at Herter Park Amphitheater (1175 Soldiers Field Rd) from 12pm ET - 9pm ET, for this FREE, family-friendly event featuring local art & food vendors, ice cold…

Landmarks Orchestra: Gershwin & Williams Jul 24
  • DCR Hatch Memorial Shell

Join us on Wednesday, July 24, 2024 at the Hatch Shell for a free concert performed by the Landmarks Orchestra! Boston Landmarks Orchestra 2024 Esplanade season begins with a spotlight on two of America’s most beloved composers: George Gershwin and John Williams. From the timely…

Landmarks Orchestra: Brahms & Dvořák Aug 03
  • DCR Hatch Memorial Shell

Enjoy a free Landmarks Orchestra concert on Saturday, August 3, 2024 at the Hatch Memorial Shell! The orchestra “sings” in two melodious staples of the symphonic repertoire: Brahms’s Academic Festival Overture and Dvořák’s popular Symphony No. 8. Joel Hoffman’s moving…

Landmarks Orchestra: Mozart & More Aug 14
  • DCR Hatch Memorial Shell

Join us on Wednesday, August 14, 2024 at the Hatch Shell for an evening of Mozart and More, performed by the Landmarks Orchestra! Mozart’s energetic Symphony No. 29 and Gershwin’s tropical Cuban Overture set the upbeat tone for this year’s Mozart & More program at the Hatch…

Classes / Lectures

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Tours & Trails

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African American Women in Cambridge Walking Tour Jun 22
  • Cambridge
  • Recurring daily

This tour provides an opportunity to visit and interact with the spaces that influential Black women in Cambridge inhabited during the 19th century. These historical figures include Harriet Jacobs, Charlotte Hawkins Brown, Alberta V. Scott, Pauline Hopkins, Maria Baldwin, Mary…

Boston Women's Memorial: Talking Statues Project Jun 22
  • 256 Commonwealth ave.
  • Recurring daily

In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the Boston Women’s Memorial, special recordings have been created for the statues of prominent women's rights advocates, enabling the statues to speak! This memorial, which is also one of the stops on the Boston Women's Heritage Trail…

Roxbury Memory Trail Jun 22
  • Recurring daily

Take a self-guided tour of Grove Hall and Nubian Square. Download the mobile app by visiting the Google Play or Apple app store · Download the 'Distrix' app · Make sure location is on · Select Roxbury Memory Trail · Have fun!

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