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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!

Black History Month Film Festival Feb 28

The Boston Globe is proud to host its 4th annual Black History Month Film Festival. This event series aims to celebrate the lives, culture, and creativity of Black Americans through a mix of classic and new films, which will be available for viewing throughout the month. Each…

SoWa Sundays Mar 03

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

Irish Festival Mar 16

Patriot Place will once again celebrate the joys of Irish culture with the 13th annual Irish Festival, taking place Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The daylong celebration will feature live performances by Irish musicians and step dancers, as well as a full slate of…

2024 South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade Mar 17

The annual South Boston St. Patrick's Day/ Evacuation Day Parade returns on Sunday, March 17, 2024 at 1:00pm! The parade begins at the Broadway 'T' Station, South Boston and ends at Andrew Square. We suggest grabbing a spot anywhere along Broadway to watch the parade! Parade…

Boston Design Week Apr 23
  • Recurring daily

The 11th Boston Design Week will take place April 23-May 5, 2024, featuring dozens of in-person, virtual and outdoor events citywide, including the annual Design Week Awards, Thursday, May 2nd. This 12-day design festival offers renowned guest speakers, panel discussions…

Museums & Exhibitions

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Ancient & Honorable Artillery Company Feb 28
  • 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…

Boston University Art Galleries Feb 28
  • 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 Feb 28
  • 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…

Coit Observatory Feb 28
  • 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…

Commonwealth Museum Feb 28

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…

Gallery Talk: Wolf Vostell’s Treblinka Feb 28

Join curatorial fellow Peter Murphy for a closer look at Wolf Vostell’s Treblinka (1967), a screenprint on paper that examines the circulation of photographs from Nazi death camps in film, television, and books. By adding vibrant colors to a historical image of women and children…

McMullen Museum of Art - Boston College Feb 28
  • 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 Feb 28
  • 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 Feb 28
  • 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…

Picasso: War, Combat, and Revolution Feb 28

Pablo Picasso’s painting Guernica was commissioned by the Spanish government for the 1937 Paris World’s Fair. It was exhibited in Josep Lluís Sert’s Spanish Pavilion, alongside Joan Miró’s The Reaper and other works. Completed in early summer 1937, the massive 11 × 25 foot…

USS Constitution Ship Feb 28

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 Feb 28
  • 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…

Wolf Vostell: Dé-coll/age Is Your Life Feb 28

See how Wolf Vostell created art, as well as an expansive aesthetic philosophy, that challenged human complacency toward war, genocide, and other catastrophic world events. “Art shall remind us that we must remember.” —Wolf Vostell A witness to the brutality of World War II and…

Harvard Art Museums at Night Feb 29

Join us for an evening of art, fun, food, and more! This event is free and open to everyone. This month’s installment is extra special because we’ll be celebrating the opening of the exhibition LaToya M. Hobbs: It’s Time . Gather with friends and mingle inside our…

ICA Free Thursday Night Feb 29

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…

Future Minded: New Works in the Collection Mar 01

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…

Boston Fire Museum Mar 02
  • 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…

Family Friendly

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Gund Kwok Lion Dance Performance Mar 02

Join us for a special performance at the Fields Corner Library Branch in celebration of the Lunar New Year and Women's History Month! The performance will include an interactive story of the origins and significance of the lion dance, two lion dance performances, and a costume…

Irish Festival Mar 16

Patriot Place will once again celebrate the joys of Irish culture with the 13th annual Irish Festival, taking place Saturday, March 16 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The daylong celebration will feature live performances by Irish musicians and step dancers, as well as a full slate of…

Voices of Black Madonna Mar 16

Voices of Black Madonna celebrates the lives and artistry of three legendary singers who raised their voices as part of the liberation movements of the 20th century: Marian Anderson, Leontyne Price, & Mahalia Jackson. Geared towards families and young audiences (ages 12 and…

Bizzy Spring Market: Greater Boston's Women-owned Businesses Mar 23

Join us at the Springhill Suites Marriott, Revere for a Spring Market celebrating Greater Boston's Women-owned Businesses on Saturday, March 23, 2024. The Marketplace: Come and explore a diverse array of products + services from 30 incredible women-owned businesses from the…

Performing Arts

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Free Community Chamber Concert at Fenway Center Mar 01

Join us at Fenway Center for a free Community Chamber Concert! Musicians featured: Takumi Taguchi and Lisa Kim, violins Daniel Getz, viola Christine Lee, cello MENDELSSOHN String Quartet No. 6 in F minor, Op. 80 Tania LEÓN Cuarteto No. 2

Zahili Zamora's Jazz Ensemble Mar 09

Born in Manzanillo, Cuba, Cuban pianist Zahili Gonzalez Zamora started playing piano at the age of six, and graduated from the National School of Music with a performance degree. Her passion for music has taken her to Canada, to South East Asia and, the United States. Her rich…

KMRU at City Hall Boston Mar 19

Join us for a free performance of electronic music by the Kenyan-born, Berlin-based artist Joseph Kamaru (KMRU) inside Boston’s cavernous City Hall. KMRU, is Nairobi-born, Berlin-based sound artist Joseph Kamaru. For him, sound is a sensorial medium through which social, material…

Leo Blanco and The Sugar Road Ensemble Apr 13

Don’t miss an unforgettable musical performance that illustrates how traditions treasured by Africans enslaved on sugar plantations shaped musical styles across Latin America. Hear how African influences have endured and evolved across the centuries in today’s Latin music and…

Classes / Lectures

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Black History Month Film Festival Feb 28

The Boston Globe is proud to host its 4th annual Black History Month Film Festival. This event series aims to celebrate the lives, culture, and creativity of Black Americans through a mix of classic and new films, which will be available for viewing throughout the month. Each…

Gallery Talk: Wolf Vostell’s Treblinka Feb 28

Join curatorial fellow Peter Murphy for a closer look at Wolf Vostell’s Treblinka (1967), a screenprint on paper that examines the circulation of photographs from Nazi death camps in film, television, and books. By adding vibrant colors to a historical image of women and children…

Tours & Trails

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African American Women in Cambridge Walking Tour Feb 28
  • 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 Feb 28
  • 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 Feb 28
  • 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!

Tour The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Boston  Mar 01
  • Recurring weekly on Sunday, Friday, Saturday

Join us for free tours of the original Romanesque church (The Mother Church Original, 1894) and the Byzantine-Renaissance extension (The Mother Church Extension, 1906), which houses one of the world’s largest pipe organs. ​Friday: 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Saturday: 11:00 a.m. and…

Bird Watching Exploration on the Belle Isle Marsh Mar 24

Join The Trustees and our guide on this stunning DCR property of Belle Isle Marsh for our FREE monthly birdwatching walk at Belle Isle Marsh, Boston's last remaining salt marsh. Watch the wave of migratory birds call this place home throughout the seasons and learn about climate…

Parks in Boston

Relax on the Boston Common and Public Garden, discover the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens, escape to the Boston Harbor Islands, or stand in awe at Mount Auburn Cemetery - uncover Greater Boston's top parks.

Guide to Winter in Boston

Immerse yourself in our arts scene, skate on the iconic frog pond, catch a Celtics or Bruins game at TD Garden, or book an unforgettable hotel package for two - here's your guide to winter.

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