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November Events in Massachusetts

‘Tis the season! The holidays are coming and there are many great, family-friendly events around the Bay State to get you in the spirit! From delicious dinners to festivals, November in Massachusetts is sure to be fun for the whole family.

Flavors of Fall – November 17, 2014 – Cambridge, MA

Some of the Greater Boston area’s most talented chefs will come together for one delicious night to benefit Youth on Fire at the Royal Sonesta. Flavors of Fall  features a menu filled with seasonal New England foods, as well as wine, beer and cocktail tastings – and all for a good cause! Proceeds from the event will go to Youth on Fire, which provides services and resources to homeless and unstably housed young adults in the Cambridge area.

Castleberry Holiday Arts & Craft Festival – November 21-23, 2014 – Worcester, MA

Shopping local this holiday season is made easy with the Castleberry Holiday Arts & Craft Festival! Just head on over to the DCU Convention Center in Worcester to browse hundreds of American made gifts, from pottery to scarves to jewelry. Tickets are $8 for adults, children under 14 are free. Come hungry, there will be a “food sampling extravaganza,” with delicious foods like homemade fudge, gourmet popcorn and jams, and carolers will be roving around to get shoppers into the holiday spirit.

Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantation – November 27, 2014 – Plymouth, MA

Celebrate Thanksgiving where it all began! Share your Thanksgiving dinner with the pilgrims at Plimoth Plantation, but get your tickets quick! The America’s Thanksgiving Dinner has already sold out, but there are still seatings at the Thanksgiving Buffet available. Featuring a full Thanksgiving menu of fresh ingredients, Thanksgiving at Plimoth Plantations is sure to be an unforgettable experience. The Plantation will be open on Thanksgiving Day, with regularly scheduled events throughout the day so you can learn more about life in the 1600s after your meal.

Moonlight Magic – November 28, 2014, 4:30PM – Shelburne Falls, MA

Moonlight Magic is an event the whole family will enjoy! During this magical night, Shelburne Falls becomes aglow thanks to 1,800 luminary candles and gets into the spirit of the season with a town parade, food vendors and extended hours at local shops. You may even run into some familiar faces – Santa, the Grinch, the Snow Princess and others will be out and about! There will be music, movies and even a Santa’s Workshop – something fun for everyone in your family!

City of Lights – November 29, 2014 – Lowell, MA

Celebrate the season with this parade through beautiful downtown Lowell, while enjoying local shopping and dining! The parade features floats and costumed characters, and ends with the Lighting of City Hall and the community tree. There is even a hot chocolate competition! The City of Lights parade is a great way to get into the holiday spirit for the whole family.

Free Events This May!

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Who doesn’t love getting something for free?  Well good news, because all of these events are free this month!  If you’re looking for something to do but are a little short on funds or are trying to save up while still having a social life, we’ve found a few events taking place for free.  Celebrate the start of spring at any (or all) of these fun activities!

Franklin Park Kite And Bike Festival – Franklin Park is the largest greenspace in Boston, and on Saturday, May 18th you can head over for a free festival from 11 AM – 4 PM!  Bring your own kite or buy one at the park and show off your skills, free bike “rentals” are also available for those that do not have their own bike.  Spend a day of fun in the sun, there will be food trucks for lunch or pack your own picnic!  There will also be many vendors and activities for children such as face painting.  This is a perfect event to bring the whole family to, so get ready for a beautiful spring day of kites, bikes, and fun in the sun!

Furnace Brook Winery – Located at Hilltop Orchards in Richmond, Furnace Brook Winery offers free tastings of any one of their award winning wines!  Open daily from 9 AM – 5 PM, this winery has many options to choose from, and once you try one, you can try five more samples for only $5!  After your tasting session head into their general store for some cider donuts, scones, fruit pies, and much more.  If you’re still not tired, head for a stroll through the orchards or a hike along one of the many trails on the property!

Free Oyster Shucking Lesson – The North End Fish Market in Boston’s historic North End is a hidden gem if you are looking for a fun and affordable night on the town!  Every Saturday from 1 PM – 3 PM they offer free oyster shucking lessons, no reservations required!  The lesson itself is free but you do have to pay for what you shuck and eat.  This is the perfect activity to try right before summer, so take your lesson and then head for a stroll along the waterfront and take in the sea breeze!  Seafood and the ocean are the only two ingredients you need for a fun spring evening,  don’t wait to try this unique experience!

Dinosaur Footprints – Imagine walking through the wilderness among the dinosaurs?  While we can’t give you that, you can walk through Dinosaur Footprints in Holyoke, a reservation that has naturally preserved actual dinosaur footprints along the Connecticut River!  What better way to spend a sunny day this spring?  Stroll along the paths and observe over 130 tracks left behind by dinosaurs over 190 million years ago!  Researchers believe that these specific tracks were left behind by small groups of two-legged, carnivorous dinosaurs that were likely ancestors of the Tyrannosaurus Rex and you can see these historic wonders right here in Massachusetts!  Open daily from sunrise  to sunset, admission is free for all but it is recommended that you allow at least a half hour to walk the trail.

Which of these events will you be attending?  Since they’re free, there’s no reason you can’t try them all!

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Free Events This April

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We’re back with one of our favorite posts, free events this month!  Who doesn’t love getting something for free?  Take advantage of these events this month and listen to a concert, attend a seminar, watch the Boston Marathon, or learn to cook, all for FREE.  How can you say no to that?  Check out this list of upcoming festivities and choose which one(s) you’ll be attending!

Berklee Contemporary Symphony Orchestra Free Concert –  Head over to Jordan Hall in Boston on Wednesday, April 3rd for Berklee’s free spring concert!  There will be various musical selections performed by the Symphony Orchestra, and during the second half of the concert, acclaimed guest musicians will also perform with the orchestra including pianist Danilo Perez who serves as a UNESCO Artist for Peace, Artistic Director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, and Artistic Director of the Panama Jazz Festival.  Many talented musicians will be performing at this event so don’t miss your chance to see these highly trained and talented artists perform for free!

First Time Home Buyer’s Seminar – First time home buyer?  Prudential Unlimited Realty is hosting this free seminar where there will be many tips, strategies, and statistics from professionals.  The seminar is in Jamaica Plain from 10 AM to 12 PM and there will be a home inspector, mortgage consultant, real estate attorney, financial planner, and buyer’s agent all on hand for discussions.  This course is an extremely valuable resource for first time home buyers and when it comes to understanding the process, while you’re at it, give us a call at MassDrive for a homeowner’s insurance quote!

Cooking Demo and Discussion with the author of ‘Homemade Summer – Take a stroll along Newbury St this April before heading to Trident Booksellers and Cafe in Boston on Tuesday, April 16th at 7 PM for this unique event.  Yvette van Boven, author of the cookbook ‘Homemade Summer‘ has previously found success when it comes to writing cook books, and now she’s back to share her knowledge with participants at this event.  She will be presenting her favorite recipes for spring and summer and of course there will be samples for all attendees.  For the demo she will be preparing Mint Lemmo cocktails, arugula cake with pine nuts, and feta & olive cake.  You’d have to be crazy to turn down this party, so enjoy the beautiful scenery in Boston during the spring and then head over to Trident Booksellers, you won’t be sorry!

Boston Marathon – This event is a Boston legend, and you can watch it live!  This race begins in Hopkinton, and the course runs through Ashland, Framingham, Natick, Wellesley, Newton, and finally Boston where tired runners cross the finish line right in Copley Square.  Unlike most sporting events, spectators don’t need tickets!  Find a spot on the route where you would want to watch from and get there early.  Fans can watch the race live on TV or along the route itself.  You can view a map of the course here.  Race day is Monday, April 15th and the first participants leave the finish line at 9 AM.

Whether you’re going out on the town with friends, family, little ones, or your significant other, there’s a free event for you to enjoy this month!

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Free Events In March!

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We recently posted about events in Boston this March and charity events to attend, but now we’re bringing you a list of FREE events going on in Boston!  If you’re saving up for Spring Break, a new car, or just trying to be frugal, these events are perfect.  There are free fitness, music, and film events going on this month and trust us, you don’t want to miss out!

Free Music Lecture – Take a trip to Bristol Studios on Mass Ave this Wednesday, March 6th for a free seminar called The Understanding of Music with Duncan Lorien.  This seminar will help you understand such subjects as naming notes on the keyboard and guitar, playing scales and chords from memory, the basics of improvisation, reading and playing music notation, singing, and songwriting through a hands-on approach.  This is a great opportunity for any aspiring musician!  Duncan is a famous recording artist, composer, and educator who travels the globe teaching these seminars to thousands of students each year.  Don’t miss your chance to learn some tips and tricks from this world-famous artist!

Free Icelandic Film Festival – Calling all film fans!  Get over to Theatre 1 in the Revere Hotel for this free Icelandic Film Festival on Sunday, March 10th at 3 PM.  This event is part of the third annual “A Taste of Iceland” cultural celebration that is here in Boston from March 8th-12th.  The festival will show three hit films; the first film, Either Way, begins at 3 PM and is 85 minutes long.  It will be followed by a short documentary called Herd in Iceland, and the event will end with the film Grandma Lo-Fi.  This is a great event to attend if you’re a film fan or if you’re looking for a taste of something new and exotic.  There will also be a free Icelandic art exhibit in the hotel from March 8th-12th, be sure to check that out too!

Free Tai Chi Class – Did you know that the Castle Square Community Center in Boston offers free Tai Chi classes every Sunday? Tai Chi is a martial art that is practiced for defense and to reduce stress, among many other reasons.  Stop by on Sunday from  1-2 PM and learn from master-level teacher Zhou Xuan Yun.  All ages and skill levels are welcome, so whether you’re a beginner or a pro you’ll fit right in.

“ShamROCK Your Body” Free Fitness Class – Burn off those brews this St. Patty’s day at this free Boston Sports Club fitness class!  Head over to the Boston Sports Club in Wellesley or at Wellington Circle in Medford on Sunday, March 17th from 9-11 AM and get into gear!  This Celtic-themed circuit workout lasts 30 minutes in the new turf UXF zones and is free to both members and nonmembers.  Why not get your workout in early?  You’ll be ready for the day and can drink as many green beers as you want without feeling guilty!

So many things to do, so little time!  Get your fitness on, enjoy a film festival, or take a music lesson this month, all for free!

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Free Events In February!

I don’t know about you guys, but personally, I’m always looking out for a good deal.  If you’re on a budget or just enjoy a good bargain, I’ve found a bunch of events going on this month in the Bay State that are all FREE!  There’s definitely something for everyone so take advantage of these upcoming events and get out and about this month!

13th Annual Lowell WinterFest – This festival is back and better than ever!  There is no admission to this event and the majority of activities are free!  Don’t miss the human dogsled competition, horsedrawn carriage rides, trivia, live firedance performances by Hydra, Lowla’s kids’ party, the live ice sculpture demonstration, or the live dog-mushing demonstration with husky dog meet and greet!  There are so many events going on that this Festival lasts two days!  It begins this Friday, February 8th with the elementary and middle school snowman competition from 10AM – 12 PM, and the opening ceremonies that officially kick off WinterFest begins at 6:30 PM.  The party continues on Saturday, February 9th and closes out with a light and laser show at 5:40 PM, although the Polar Party at Club Celsius ( 21 + after 6 PM and $5 cover) continues on until midnight.  If you do have a few dollars to spare definitely check out the All You Can Eat Chocolate Festival ($5)  or the hot roasted marshmallows ($3 per stick)!  This event won’t disappoint and there is something for every member of the family!

Mini Manis and Mimosas! – Alright ladies, grab your friends and head into Boston for a girl’s day!  Sikara & Co is a modern jewelry store at 250 Newbury St and they are partnering with MiniLuxe to host this Mini Manis and Mimosas event to assist in some Valentine’s Day prep.  Stop by on Sunday, February 10th from 11 AM – 1 PM and shop for your valentine (they have a lot of cufflinks), get your nails done, and enjoy a drink, all for free!  How can you beat that?  They will also be offering styling tips for your V-Day look and you’ll have the chance to win gift cards to Sikara and MiniLuxe!  RSVP to Boston@sikarajewelry.com to reserve your spot, you definitely won’t want to miss this event!

Tax Help – Who doesn’t have a few questions about their taxes?  Filing your taxes can definitely be confusing and frustrating to deal with which is why the Newton Free Library is offering up free assistance!  Beginning on February 16th, they will have trained volunteers from the AARP Tax-Aide Foundation on hand from 9:30 AM- 12 noon.  Volunteers will be on hand every Saturday until the Saturday in February that precedes the date taxes are due.  You’ll be in great hands as all of the volunteers are IRS certified and will be able to assist with regular (non business) taxes.  There will be general assistance for anyone needing it, however, volunteers will only prepare tax returns for people with moderate or low income (less than $40,000 if single and less than $60,000 if filing a joint return).  Patrons are asked to register at the table off of the parking lot entrance and will be helped on a first come-first serve basis.  If you’re not a tax whiz this is a great way to get your taxes filed for free!

Pilates Bootcamp – Get your butt into gear and head to the Upper Rotunda of the Quincy Market building in Faneuil Hall on Saturday, February 23rd for a free pilates bootcamp with Jennifer Phelan!  Jennifer is an award-winning and nationally certified pilates instructor that teaches classes at Equinox, North End Yoga and in private homes in Boston.  This free 45 minute class from 9:15 AM – 10 AM will kick start your day and give you the opportunity to work out with Boston’s #1 rated pilates instructor!  This event is open to all levels and ages, just be sure to bring your own mat!

Get out and get in gear this month with these fun free events!  There’s no excuse not to head out to one of these events, not only are they easy on your wallet but they are a great reason to get friends together, go on a date, and just have fun with your loved ones!

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Free Events Just In Time For The Holidays!

Who isn’t trying to save their pennies around the holidays?  Traveling, presents, parties, and other yule-tide events may take away from your budget but don’t worry, we’ve got your back!  These events are totally free, fun and will help keep your funds in line for the holiday season!

8th Annual Holidays On The Green –  This family friendly event takes place at The Pinehills in Plymouth Saturday, December 1st and has something for everyone! Children will love the petting zoo and getting their picture with Santa, followed by decorating some holiday sugar cookies! Bring your furry friends as well!  Guests can walk in or watch the “Reindog” parade where there will be tons of costumes and prizes!  Victorian carolers will be strolling the streets singing classic holiday tunes, sculptors will be whittling masterpieces out of ice, and there are a bunch of tiny shops to stop by and do some Christmas shopping.  Close out the day by watching the tree lighting on the green, it’s the perfect way to celebrate the holiday season!

North End Walking Tour – The North End is one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods and now’s your chance to take a tour of this historic gem.  Stroll the streets where Paul Revere and Cotton Mather once walked, stop by Mike’s Pastry for a cannoli, or even sample some of the local Italian cuisine that has made the neighborhood so popular with tourists.  Hosted by Free Tours By Foot, the free tours are every Saturday at 2 PM and last about 2 hours.  Although the tour is free, reservations are required and donations are welcome!  Take advantage of these free historic tours before the weather gets too nasty, the North End is especially beautiful during the holiday season, and this tour is the perfect way to burn some calories before enjoying some Italian food!

Constructing Holiday Tradition – The USS Constitution, or Old Ironsides as it is affectionately known, is hosting a holiday event perfect for families!  Stop by the USS Constitution Museum any day from now until December 24th to make your very own holiday ornament!  This daily event runs from 10 AM – 5 PM and is completely free.  Stop by with your little one(s) and they can make their very own ornament that will decorate the Christmas tree on board Old Ironsides herself.    Ornaments made before December 2nd will be placed on the tree in time for the annual lighting ceremony that night!  If ornaments are made after the tree is lit, children can climb aboard the ship and put the ornament on the tree themselves!  Want to make your own ornament to bring home?  The USS Constitution museum will have two different types for sale, the classic wooden “anchors aweigh” ornament for $2, or a new, limited edition copper ornament for $5.  Proceeds benefit the museums educational programs so you would be supporting a wonderful cause!

La Salette Christmas Festival of Lights – This National Shrine in Attleboro, MA is famous for their annual Christmas Festival of Lights!  Beginning in 1953, this festival has grown into a massive celebration with over 300,000 lights, concerts, displays, and much more.  Stop by the shrine and see their outdoor Creche, listen to some festive music, and visit with Clopper the Christmas donkey!  The lights span over 10 acres and illuminations are from 5 PM – 9 PM daily, until January 6, 2013.  This event is free to the public but donations are always accepted and appreciated!

Get into the holiday spirit this month with these festive and free events!  They are perfect for families and there is something for everyone!

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Free Events This November!

The holidays are on their way and will be here before we know it!  If you’re trying to save your pennies for Christmas shopping and presents, check out some of these events this month.  All of them are going on in Boston and are totally FREE!  Now you can enjoy a girls night, soak in some Christmas cheer, get a great workout, and get some tips on healthy choices for you and your family all while saving up for the holiday season.  Does it get much better than that?

Alex and Ani Girl’s Night OutAlex and Ani bracelets are becoming more and more popular every day.  Their eco-friendly and and positive energy products feature unique designs and sayings that have become well-known across the country.  Now’s your chance to stop by their Newbury St. store for a private shopping event for you and your girlfriends!  All you have to do is RSVP online and you can head over to their store on Tuesday, November 13th from 6-8 PM and you can enjoy some free cocktails and sweets while shopping the night away, what more can you ask for in a girl’s night?

Healthy Choices For A Healthy Family: Nutrition and Weight Management – Nutrition and fitness are becoming more and more important to focus on than ever!  With obesity related health issues on the rise, it is vital to maintain and promote a healthy lifestyle for yourself and your family.  Stop by this free workshop at the Whittier Street Health Center in Boston in Tuesday, November 13th from 6-7:30 PM for the latest info on nutrition and resources throughout the community that are meant to help keep families healthy.  Brigham and Women’s Hospital nutritionist Kathy McManus, MS, RD will be on hand to lead the discussion and healthy refreshments from Perry’s Catering will also be served.  Guests can also enter a raffle for $50 holiday gift certificates.  To RSVP please contact Charlotte Vieira at (617) 264-8750 or cchhe@partners.org.

Pilates Boot Camp With Jennifer Phelan – Now’s you chance to get a world class work out with Boston’s #1 rated Pilates instructor right in the middle of Faneuil Hall!  Jennifer Phelan is a nationally certified and award winning Pilates instructor who is offering a free 45 minute workshop on Saturday, November 17th from 9:15-10 AM.  Stop by the upper rotunda of the Quincy Market building and get your workout on!  Pilates helps to improve flexibility, muscle strength, endurance, and focuses on developing a strong core, steady breathing, and improved balance.  This is the perfect opportunity to test the waters and see if Pilates is right for you!  This event is free for people of all ages, although participants are expected to bring their own mat.

Story Time With The Grinch! – Join the Citi Performing Arts Center for an interactive reading of Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! This classic Christmas story will be led by Citi Center’s Artist Fellow, Toni Bee and will last for about an hour.  There will also be an original poetry workshop and costume contest so be sure to dress up as your favorite Whoville character to spread the holiday cheer!  Costume contest participants will also be entered into a drawing to receive tickets to How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical which will be playing at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre, from November 23rd until December 9th.  This event begins on Saturday, November 17th at 3PM but be sure to get there early and get a good spot!  Afterwards, take a walk outside and stop by the Blink! Launch Event which we mentioned last week in our blog on events this November.  This is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and what’s even better is that both events are totally free!  Story Time With The Grinch also takes place on November 24th at 10 AM, December 1st at 10 AM, and December 8th at 10 AM so there will be plenty of opportunities to stop by if  you can’t make it on the 17th!

All of these events sound like a great time, especially since they are free!  Now you can enjoy an exclusive shopping experience, world class workout, health workshop, and day of Christmas cheer all on a budget!  These events are perfect for college students, friends, families, couples, and anyone looking to have a good time this month so get out there and enjoy!

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Free Events This October!

We already posted about events going on this October in Massachusetts, but in case you’re trying to stay budget friendly and save up for the holidays, here are some free event listings going on this month.  What’s better than walking around Boston, taking in some art, trying some new food, or watching a famous sporting event?  Not much, especially when these events are all free!

Boston Local Food Festival – Taking place this Sunday, October 7th from 11AM – 5 PM the Boston Local Food Festival is hosting their 3rd Annual Event which promotes the joys and health benefits of eating local food.  Presented by Teddie Peanut Butter, this free food festival will feature demos and samples from local farmers and some of the best restaurants in New England.  There will also be live music, a Fishstock and Seafood showdown, and a family fun zone for those with youngsters.  For a program with the complete schedule activities at the festival, click here.  Head over to the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Boston this weekend (right near the aquarium and State St) and support some great local businesses and enjoy some fresh fruit!

Opening Our Doors 2012Opening Our Doors is an annual event in the Fenway that celebrates some of Boston’s best cultural and academic institutions, community organizations and business partners.  Families, students, and friends are encouraged to celebrate this event on Monday, October 8th (Columbus Day) which begins at 10 AM with their opening ceremony and performance and ends that day at 4 PM.  Throughout the day, participants will be able to take part in a variety of free, culturally diverse activities.  Events range from historical tours, music and dance performances, lectures, walking tours of Fenway, indoor kite flying, glass blowing demonstrations, and much more.  For a complete list of the day’s events, click here.

Head of the Charles Regatta – This is the world’s second largest two-day rowing event and you can watch it all happen for free October 20-21st at Boston’s Hatch Shell.  This event is expected to have over 9,000 rowers competing in over 56 races, and over 300,000 spectators there watching, so get there early if you want a good seat!  Participants vary in age and skill level, competitors will range from collegiate athletes to club members to Olympic athletes so competition will be fierce.  The route is 3.2 miles and has many sharp turns that are difficult to naviagate along the way.  Winners from each race are given the title “Head of the Charles” which is taken from English tradition.  This event benefits multiple local charities so is a great cause to support and there will be food trucks as well as free give aways from sponsors.  Stop by this world-famous event this month, it will be a memory you definitely won’t forget!

1st Annual Faneuil Hall Marketplace Street Theater Festival – This exciting event celebrates some of the world’s most talented street performers.  Saturday, October 20th and Sunday, October 21st take a stroll around Faneuil Hall and watch some of these amazing shows.  There will be acrobats, contortionists, jugglers, magicians, musicians, and even more.  The event begins at 11 AM each day and ends at 7 PM each night.  Acts will be taking place throughout the day, so use these exciting, culturally enhancing shows as an excuse to get out, do some window shopping, or grab a bite in Quincy Market, you definitely won’t be bored!

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Whatever you’re interested in, there are budget friendly events going on all month.  For those of you into art, music, sports, or food then we’ve got you covered this month!  Head out with family, friends, or yourself and soak up some local culture while enjoying the city, there’s no reason not to especially since all of these events are free!

Free Events This August!

Now that we are about to enter August, the summer will be winding down.  We are approaching the end of the summer months and soon we will be missing this beautiful warm weather!  Take advantage of this month and get out and about before there is a chill in the air! Whether you are going out with your whole family, friends, a date, or even just yourself, make the most of these sunny days and check out one of these great events!

Boston GreenFest – From August 16-19 Boston’s City Hall Plaza will host the region’s largest multicultural environmental festival, Boston GreenFest.  The event aims at celebrating the many ways we can create a better world by going green in our lives and communities.  There will be concerts, exhibitors, eco-friendly fashion, eco-art on exhibit and for sale, speakers and presentations, film festivals, food, and so much more! Kids will especially love the performances by Disney stars Olivia Holt and Dylan Riley Snyder from Kickin’ It on Saturday, August 18 from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.

Saint Anthony’s Feast – Who doesn’t love to feast?  This month stop by Saint Anthony’s Feast in Boston’s historic North End, the streets will be lined with push cart vendors offering everything from authentic Italian food to games.  There is also a stage set up with continuous live music so even when you are roaming the streets you will be entertained.  Chefs from local restaurants will set up shop at the culinary pavillion where they will be showing off their skills to the crowd and a piazza will be set up so that guests can enjoy pasta, pizza, and beer imported from Italy.  The feast is in honor of St. Anthony of Padua and Saint Lucia, patron saint of the blind.  One of the main events takes place on Sunday and features a parade through the streets where the main focus is a statue of St. Anthony being carried down Endicott, Thacher, and North Margin Street.  This event begins Friday, August 24 and ends Monday, August 27.

Free Fun Fridays – Free Fun Fridays is an amazing program sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation which supports local non-profit institutions.  Every Friday from June-August there is FREE admission to many museums, landmarks, theaters, and local attractions.  Coming up this Friday anyone can get into the Museum of Fine Arts, Norman Rockwell Museum, Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Fuller Craft Museum, and the Arnold Arboretum totally free.  There are no restrictions on age or location unless otherwise specified by the vendor.  This is an amazing value and the perfect reason to get out of the house whether ou are on a budget or not!  Upcoming museums that will be offering free entry this month include the Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Fruitlands Museum, Concord Museum, USS Constitution Museum, Old Sturbridge Village, the Basketball Hall of Fame, JFK Library and Museum, and the Discovery Museums.  Check out their website for more information on FAQ’s and a complete listing of events.

Rick Springfield at the Hatch Shell Everyone knows the classic hit Jessie’s Girl, now here’s your chance to see Rick Springfield perform it live for free! We can’t guarantee he’ll be singing that song, but it’s a pretty safe bet if we had to guess.  Rick Springfield is one of the many acts performing this summer in the Hatch Shell’s Summer Concert Series.  He will be taking the stage this Saturday, August 4.  The concert begins at 7 PM with an opening act and comes to an end at 9:30 PM.  This event is sure to draw a crowd, and should be especially popular with classic rock and General Hospital fans so be sure to get there early!

Family Film Festival – The Family Film Festival being sponsored by Magic 106.7 will be closing out the summer with three more family friendly movies showing on the South Garden at the Prudential Center.  This coming Saturday, August 4 The Muppets will be playing, followed by Cars 2 the following Saturday, August 11, and will close out with a showing of Happy Feet 2 Saturday, August 18.  This event is perfect for families and kids will love watching a movie under the stars.  It also benefits a great cause, at each movie the nonprofit organization Cradles to Crayons will be collecting new and gently-used children’s clothing as well as new arts and crafts supplies.  Entertainment will begin before the movie at 6 PM and the film will begin at sunset.

So step out and enjoy some of these FREE events before the summer ends!  All events are family friendly and have something for guests of every age.

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Bored and on a Budget? These events in Massachusetts are all Free this Month!

As the days of winter continue to get colder, many of us are searching for activities to get us up and out of the house in hopes of avoiding a case of cabin fever.  The lack of snow makes it difficult to enjoy typical winter activities such as sledding, building snowmen, or having snowball fights.  Luckily, we have come up with a list of some of the best events and things to do in Massachusetts in the month of February, and the best part is that they are all FREE!

  • If you’re looking for a great event for young children, The Discovery Museums in Acton, MA invite guests to join them for free on the first Friday of every month.  This Friday, February 3rd they are hosting a special program called “Reaction Station: Adventures for Young Chemists!” Children will be able to test mystery liquids, powders, and more at reaction stations. The event runs from 4:30-8:30 PM.   http://www.discoverymuseums.org/programs-events/february-programs
  • Want to showcase your poetry skills, voice, or performance skills? More Than Words is a nonprofit organization that empowers children  who are homeless, in foster care, or the court system to improve their own lives by giving them real world experience controlling a business.  The organization is hosting an open mic night this Friday February 3rd in Boston.   The event is from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM and guests are encouraged to sign up and participate in the performances. This event will take place on the first Friday of every month.  http://www.yelp.com/events/boston-first-friday-open-mic-night
  • Celebrating other cultures can be an entertaining and educational experience for the whole family! The Villa Victoria Center for the Arts invites the public to come celebrate the Year of the Dragon with them this Saturday, February 4th at 3:00 PM.  Acrobatics, art, drumming, and dancing are a variety of the displays and activities being put on by these talented artists.  http://www.villavictoriaarts.org/performances_020412.html
  • If you’re looking for a winter themed event for the whole family, the Franklin Park Golf Course in Dorhester is hosting a free event this Saturday, February 4th from 12:00 PM-3:00 PM.  Guests are invited to come sled, snowshoe, build snowmen, track animal prints in the snow, enjoy some hot chocolate and play board games. Sleds will be available for those that don’t have their own. For more information or to RSVP visit:  http://www.yelp.com/events/dorchester-franklin-park-snow-festival
  • Boston College is hosting a Composer’s Concert featuring the works of composers Thomas Oboe Lee, Ralf Yusuf Gawlick and Christopher Willcock S.J., all of whom work at Boston College.  The event is being held Thursday, February 9, at 8PM at Boston College Gasson Hall, Room 100.  http://www.artsboston.org/event/detail/441519473/Boston_College_Composers_Concert
  • Valentine’s Day is not the only holiday taking place this month, Mardi Gras is Tuesday, February 21st! From 10:00 AM-6:00 PM Artbeat in Arlington, MA is providing visitors with a free mask making project!  Masks are a Mardi Gras tradition that allow people to disguise their true identities which allows role reversal and outrageous behavior.  This event is open to all ages.  http://www.artsboston.org/event/detail/441515727/Mardi_Gras_Special_Treat
  • MassArt Family Day is an event put on twice a year by the Massachusetts College of Art and Design.  It is open to visitors of all ages and guests are able to enjoy art-making projects (all materials are provided), guided conversations, interactive activities, and refreshments.  Gallery Education Staff as well as MassArt Students facilitate the tours, discussions, and activity tables where guests are able to discuss and gain a better understanding of the arts.  This event is on Saturday February 25 and runs from 11:00 AM-4:00 PM.http://www.massart.edu/Galleries/Programs_and_Events/Family_Day.html
  • If you have an interest in radio or television, WGBH is offering ongoing free studio tours every Wednesday at 2PM and the first and third Saturday of the month at 2PM.  It is a 45 minute tour recommended for ages 16 and up, and you never know who you might run into in the studio!  Photographs are also permitted.  The tour welcomes walk-ins of groups of 5 people or less, groups of 6 or more must schedule a group tour.  http://www.wgbh.org/studiotours
  • Boston is known as one of the most historic cities in the country, so why not spend a few hours exploring one of the most famous antiques in the city? The USS Constitution docked in the Charlestown Navy Yard offers free tours to guests every Thursday through Sunday this winter from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM.  Tours are approximately 30 minutes and are recommended for ages 6 and up.    http://www.bostoncentral.com/events/tour/p1635.php

Remember, all work and no play makes for a dull winter! Instead of another trip to the movies, try taking family or friends to one of these educational and exciting events! Even if you’re on a budget, these free activities are the perfect excuse to get up and out!

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