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Free Things To Do

The Boston area offers an abundance of free activities for everyone.

Festivals

Boston Together Again Kids & Pets Festival

The Boston Together Again Kids and Pets Festival is fun for your whole family ... even the furry members. We'll be out on Boston Common, right by the carousel, every Wednesday with doggie treats and obstacle courses, toddler play areas, lawn games, face painting, and more. Boston...

Lantern Stories 2022

The Greenway Conservancy is thrilled to announce the re-installation of Lantern Stories by Boston-based interdisciplinary artist Yu-Wen Wu, a public artwork comprising thirty one lanterns that celebrate the past, present, and future of Boston’s vibrant Chinatown community. First...

Boston Together Again Movie Night

Boston Together Again Movie Night is Hollywood magic meets Copley Square! Thanks to our friends at the Coolidge Corner Theater, we'll be screening some of your all-time favorites on a giant LED screen in the heart of downtown Boston. Showtime is at 7pm, but swing by earlier to...

RoboBoston – Annual Robot Block Party

More than 40 companies and universities will gather to showcase cutting-edge robotics and technology around Seaport Common. Expanding upon popular Robot Block Party activities from past years, this year’s 5th Annual Robot Block Party, free and open to the public on Saturday,...

Boston Together Again Cultural Night

Boston Together Again Cultural Nights let our bustling, diverse city shine! Every Tuesday join us on City Hall Plaza for music, dancing, food, local merchants, and more. Boston Together Again brings people together in public spaced in Downtown Boston, and is brought to you by the...

SoWa First Friday

On the First Friday of every month, the artists, galleries, shops and showroomsof the SoWa Art + Design District open their doors to the public for an evening of art, culture and inspiration. Meet the artists in their element, view the latest gallery exhibitions, shop small, and...

Boston Book Festival

Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire, the Boston Book Festival presents year-round events culminating in an annual festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of our city.

2022 Annual Trellis Lighting

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park with support from the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department illuminates the trellis with blue lights every winter. The illuminated trellis has been named one of the "Ten Most Romantic Places in Boston" and year 'round it is the...

Copley Square Tree Lighting

The City of Boston, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting starting at 5 p.m. This free event will feature appearances by Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the...

First Night Boston 2023

Since 1975, Boston’s First Night has been a New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the wonders of the season and the beginning of a new year. In keeping with this fantastic Boston tradition, the First Night celebration in 2023 will continue to be free and open to...

Family Activities

ICA Free Thursday Night

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...

Seasonal Activities

Boston Together Again Kids & Pets Festival

The Boston Together Again Kids and Pets Festival is fun for your whole family ... even the furry members. We'll be out on Boston Common, right by the carousel, every Wednesday with doggie treats and obstacle courses, toddler play areas, lawn games, face painting, and more. Boston...

Boston Together Again Cultural Night

Boston Together Again Cultural Nights let our bustling, diverse city shine! Every Tuesday join us on City Hall Plaza for music, dancing, food, local merchants, and more. Boston Together Again brings people together in public spaced in Downtown Boston, and is brought to you by the...

Boston Together Again Wellness Night

Boston Together Again Wellness Night brings you the best yoga, spin, and boot camp instructors in Boston - in Copley Square, for free! Sweat it out with us every Tuesday. Classes change weekly. Check www.bostogetheragain.com for details. And be sure to register to secure your...

The Head Of The Charles Regatta

Since 1965, rowers have come from near and far to take part in the world’s largest Regatta. But the fun isn’t limited to competitors. There are many ways for spectators to get involved in the weekend’s festivities. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, the Regatta...

The Salem Witches' Magic Circle

Join Christian Day and Brian Cain, with drumming by the Dragon Ritual Drummers as Witches from around the globe gather for the sacred and magical ritual of Halloween! This event is free and open to all who wish to attend with an open heart and a love for their dead. There is also...

2022 Annual Trellis Lighting

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park with support from the City of Boston Parks and Recreation Department illuminates the trellis with blue lights every winter. The illuminated trellis has been named one of the "Ten Most Romantic Places in Boston" and year 'round it is the...

Copley Square Tree Lighting

The City of Boston, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting starting at 5 p.m. This free event will feature appearances by Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the...

First Night Boston 2023

Since 1975, Boston’s First Night has been a New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the wonders of the season and the beginning of a new year. In keeping with this fantastic Boston tradition, the First Night celebration in 2023 will continue to be free and open to...

Concerts

Back in the Saddle Again

Please join Tongue in Cheek, a group of fun-loving cabaret women, in their first show back: “Back in the Saddle Again.” Enjoy a little pop, a little folk, a little gospel, a little Broadway, some blues, jazz, rock and roll and comedy. Food and drink will be available for...

"The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Band Performance

For the first time in five years, “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band returns to the Northeast on tour, performing a free concert on Tuesday, October 18 at Symphony Hall in Boston. The Marine Band is America’s oldest continuously active professional musical...

Tours & Trails

Walking Tour of Jamaica Pond

Travel around the Pond with the Jamaica Plain Historical Society. Once a district that only included the houses of Boston’s elite, the Pond later was put to industrial use as tons of ice were harvested there each winter. Learn about the movers and shakers such as Francis...

JP Women Who Made History Walking Tour

Back by popular demand (since it was last given in 1991!) this tour will highlight the many women who made history in Jamaica Plain and beyond. Educational reformers, musicologists, scientists, doctors and suffragists — the contributions of these women are enormous and their...

Explore Boston Neighborhoods

Each Boston neighborhood tells its own story, a tale of community, culture, and eclectic commercial areas.

Parks

A breath of fresh air: explore Boston's many open spaces

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Downtown/Financial District

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Explore the Outdoors in Boston

Enjoy beautiful waterways, elaborate bike paths & networks of urban green space.

 

 

Virtual Activities

#PEMfromHome

Looking for creative projects for the kids or to spend your afternoon diving into collections from around the world? The Peabody Essex Museum is sharing exhibits, educational podcasts, and e-newsletters through their website and social media channels.

At Home Activities & Virtual Journey of Boston National Park

Climb Bunker Hill Monument with a National Park Service Ranger on a virtual tour and journey up the Monument’s 294 steps to the top viewing platform to see breathtaking views of Boston and beyond, while learning about the creation of the Monument and the battles it commemorates....

Commonwealth Museum Online Exhibits

Experience the Commonwealth Museum from the comfort of your own home! The Commonwealth Museum provides online exhibits for you to view from anywhere.

Explore the Gardner's Stolen Art

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum brings all of the greatest museums to you virtually. You can now access to thirteen works of stolen art via Google Arts & Culture. Escape the ordinary by visiting the famed Museum virtually through their social channels. Thirteen Works: Explore...

Freedom Trail Foundation Resources

This Day in History videos provide mini-history lessons for each day of the year by typing in the month and day into the search bar on the Foundation's YouTube page (Please Note: The videos describe American history and may need to be monitored before viewing with families)....

From Boston Ballet with Love & Fan Favorites

We’re bringing you more fan favorites as we gear up for Triple Bill, an exuberant program showcasing the innovative style of world-renowned choreographer William Forsythe. Take a look back at some of Forsythe’s recent hits, and get excited for this high-octane season opener in...

Historian at Home: Online game, A Sailor's Life For Me

The USS Constitution Museum presents a weekly video series with Public Historian Carl Herzog. Carl uses the Museum's collections, archives, and online content to explore the lesser known corners of “Old Ironsides'” history for a virtual audience. A Sailor's Life For Me Online...

Imagining the Age of Phillis

Revolutionary Spaces commissioned a short film series called Imagining the Age of Phillis to bring a selection of the poems from Jeffers's book to life. Directed by John Oluwole ADEkoje and produced by Patrick Gabridge of Plays in Place, the series was filmed on location in...

Nature as Artist: A Harvard Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour

We are happy to announce a new self-guided, virtual tour along the theme of "Nature as Artist." http://bit.ly/NatureAsArtistVirtualTour Nature has long inspired we humans to imagine and create art. Dancers, designers, musicians, painters, and sculptors – they are all found...

The JFK Library: #JFKLfromhome

Learn more about the life and legacy of president John F. Kennedy virtually through a variety of interactive experiences created by the John F. Kennedy Library.

The Shot Heard Round the World

This microsite will transport you back in time through eye-witness artifacts, including one of the two Lanterns that signaled Paul Revere to begin his ride, and multi-media animations that bring this pivotal moment in our nation’s history to life. Be sure to visit the April 19,...

Turning Back The Clock: The Raphael Room Textiles

Appreciate a behind-the-scenes look at Isabella Stewart Gardner's original vision for the Raphael Room at your home! Check our instagram and website to see amazing work done by Gardner Museum textile conservators to recapture the gallery's original splendor. Every Tuesday...

Virtual Visit to the New England Aquarium

Dive into the lives of fascinating aquatic creatures with the New England Aquarium's #VirtualVisits! Join us for a virtual visit on Facebook or Youtube every day at 11am during our temporary closure. Each day the Aquarium's educators will be posting live videos on their social...

Boston Ballet Brings Live Music To Your Living Room

End your week on a high note with the musicians of Boston Ballet! We're bringing live music to your living room every Friday night at 5pm. Tune in this week to hear ballet-inspired jazz improvisations performed by Alex Foaksman, Principal Solo Pianist of Boston Ballet Company....

Center for Astrophysics Observatory Night: Observing Pollution from Space

Join experts from the Center for Astrophysics | Harvard & Smithsonian and NASA for an evening learning about the TEMPO instrument. Slated to launch in early 2023 onboard a SpaceX rocket, TEMPO will be the first-ever instrument to monitor air pollutants hourly in North America...

Research Projects at the MHS Sponsored by the Society of Colonial Wars in Massachusetts

Speakers: Aabid Allibhai, Harvard University Daniel Bottino, Rutgers University Rev. Dr. Christian Cuthbert Camden Elliot, Harvard University Can Mert Kökerer, University of Chicago This is a hybrid event. The in-person reception will begin after the program. The Society of...

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