Free Festivals

All year long, Boston features many free celebrations and cross cultural festivals. We're constantly updating this list of free events, so check back often.

Pictured above:  ArtWeek, an annual creative festival featuring hundreds of creative experiences that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to the creative process. ArtWeek is held annually starting in late April.


A Taste of Greece Festival
Sep 21 - 23
A Taste of Greece Festival comes to Saint Nicholas Church in Lexington September...
25th Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Sep 22
Lexington Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the 25th Annual Autumn Fine Arts &...
CollegeFest at Fenway Park
Sep 22
We’re taking over Fenway Park with activations by over 70 brands. Head out to...
Boston's Annual Ukranian Food Fest
Sep 23
Please join us for St. Andrew's Annual Fall Parish Picnic, an enjoyable afternoon of...
Let's Talk About Food
Sep 23
The sixth Let’s Talk About Food Festival returns to Copley Square on Saturday,...
Dominoes at Dusk
Sep 25
Learn the game, pick up a few pointers, or engage in friendly play with the Boston...
Artists for Humanity Open Studio
Sep 26
Every month, the AFH celebrate the hard work of their talented teens with the...
Blitz Chess Tournament
Sep 26
Quick and friendly high-speed chess tournaments. Compete for glory (and prizes!).
Family Movie Night “Love, Simon”
Sep 29
Boston Pride presents a new event, Family Movie Night at Faneuil Hall Marketplace —...
Minuteman Bikeway Anniversary
Sep 29
Come celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway on Saturday,...
BSO & Boston Pop's Free Concert
Sep 30
On Sunday, September 30, at 3 p.m., the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston...
HONK! Festival
Oct 5 - 7
Throughout the country and across the globe, a new type of street band movement is...
Boston Occupied: The Redcoats are Coming...Again!
Oct 6 - 7
In October of 1768 the British government sent troops to Boston to help Governor...
Third Annual Boston Mini Maker Faire
Oct 6 - 7
Boston Children’s Museum will host the third annual Boston Mini Maker Faire in...
Free Ferry Day
Oct 7
Celebrate the end of the season with a free trip to Spectacle or Georges Island!
Oct 8 - 14
Every year, innovators from all around the world and from every industry flock to...
Opening Our Doors at the Christian Science Plaza
Oct 8
About: Join the Christian Science Plaza, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, and the...
Apple Pie Contest
Oct 13
10th Annual Great New England Apple Pie Contest Join this amateur-only, two division...
Boston Book Festival
Oct 13
Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire,...
Wright Tavern History Festival
Oct 13
Celebrate the Museum’s partnership with the historic Wright Tavern (2 Lexington...
Hero's Night- A night to celebrate our First Responders
Oct 18
Hero's Night- A night to Celebrate our first responders! Are you a first responder?...
22nd Annual A Cappella Competition
Oct 20 - 21
Faneuil Hall Marketplace will host the 22nd Annual A Cappella Competition on...
Bear Tea
Oct 21, 2018 - Feb 17, 2019
Club Café welcomes the Bear and Otter community on the 3rd Sunday every month with...
Halloween Pet Parade
Oct 27
Join us on Saturday, October 27 in the West End for our annual Halloween Pet Parade...
Veterans Day Cruise
Nov 10
Honor veterans and active military with a special cruise highlighting the military...
Cultural Survival Bazaar
Dec 15 - 16
This free admission, family-friendly festival features art and crafts created by...
Taste Of Chocolate Festival In Harvard Square
Jan 26, 2019
Harvard Square establishments pull out all the stops to celebrate all things...
11th Annual Some Like It Hot Chili Cook Off
Feb 3, 2019
The illustrious 11th Annual “Some Like it Hot” Chili Cook-off returns to Harvard...