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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!

Photo By: Robert Goodwin

 

 

Free Events This September!

September is the perfect month to venture out for some entertainment, it’s not too hot, not too cold, and the chill in the air is a nice break from the humidity of summer.  Since the weather is so beautiful, it’s no surprise that there’s no shortage of events taking place across the state.  As always, we love sharing the best events across the state with our readers and these events are all FREE!

Boston Arts Festival – The Boston Arts Festival is holding their 10th annual celebration in Christopher Columbus Park beginning Friday, September 7th until Sunday, September 9th.  The event begins on Friday from 6 PM – 9 PM and lasts from noon – 6:30 PM on Saturday and Sunday.  There are over 60 local artists being featured at the festival and two stages for live performances.  Featured artists will be selling their pieces each day and items include ceramics, glass, clothing, jewelry, and so much more.The park is right on Boston’s waterfront and steps from the North End so the are endless options for food and sightseeing.  What more could you ask for in a free event?  Come take a stroll along the water and soak up some local culture while you’re at it, the live entertainment will be non stop so there is never a dull moment!

Laser Light Show – This Sunday, September 2nd stop by Frog Pond on the Boston Common for a free laser light show!  The show begins at 9 PM and will feature laser graphics and a 3D aerial beam show synchronized to music so you’ll feel like you’re at an actual concert.  Radio BDC, the new station streaming live from boston.com will provide a unique music track for the event itself.  Come stop by with some friends to get pumped up before a night out or just to enjoy the bright lights flashing across the Boston skyline, either way this event is one that you don’t want to miss!

Feast of the Three Saints – This Italian festival is held on Common St in Lawrence, MA and is a great event if you missed out on the Feast of St. Anthony!  Beginning Friday, August 31 until Sunday, September 2 it will feature endless entertainment including parades, vendors, Italian food, children’s carnival rides, fireworks, games, music, and so much more.  The feast honors Saints Alfio, Filadelfo, and Cirino and this year marks their 89th feast!  Popular with both families and a younger crowd, it is one of the biggest Italian festivals in the northeast and it’s no wonder that it has been so successful.  Take a drive to Lawrence this weekend for some free family fun and definitely stop by Tripoli’s for a slice of pizza!

King Fido’s Faire – Calling all animal lovers!  Want to take your furry friend out for a day of fun and support a good cause?  Stop by the Medway Dog Park in Medway, MA for King Fido’s Faire, a fundraiser that supports and maintains the Medway Dog Park Saturday, September 8th from 10AM – 3PM.  Entry is free and all neutered and spayed dogs over the age of 4 months are welcome to stop by!  There will be games, contests, vendors, and raffles for those attending and there will be plenty of time for your best bud to socialize with new friends at the park.  A dog tag is required for this event and the park is off-leash so your pet will be free to roam around for the day in a safe setting.  What better way for your four-legged friend to spend the day?  Not only are you supporting a great cause for animals but you also get to spoil them rotten at the vendor booths or try your luck and see if you are one of the lucky winners in the raffle!

These events all sound like a great time and what’s even better is that they are appealing to guests of all ages!  All of these events will be held outdoors which gives you the perfect opportunity to enjoy the beautiful weather we have during September!  There’s no excuse not to head out to at least one of these events this month, especially since they are free!  If you happen to stop by one of these events, leave a comment and let us know, we love getting feedback from our readers!

Photo By: BalaSub

 

 

 

Free Events in Boston This Month!

Boston Skyline

Now that February is coming to a close and March is about to begin, spring is in the air and it’s that time when everyone is ready to get out and about after a chilly winter.  Although Boston is an expensive city, there are plenty of opportunities to go out on the town without breaking your budget.  We’ve compiled a list of free events going on in March and there is definitely something for everyone!

Who doesn’t love to travel?  On Saturday March 3, 2012 the Kendall Square Community Ice Skating Rink is partnering with Icelandair for their second annual Last Bostonian Skating.  It takes place from 11AM-8PM and during the hours of 12PM-3PM guests will have the chance to win a trip to Iceland!  There will be additional prizes available and the event is to benefit Icelandair’s own Special Children Travel Fund and The Children’s Hospital Boston so donations are encouraged!

http://www.icelandair.us/lastbostonianskating/?utm_source=bostoncom&utm_medium=link&utm_campaign=lbs

Many people have heard of the intriguing art of acupuncture but how much do we really know about it?  It is a holistic healing method typically used to fight chronic pain such as arthritis and has been found to be an alternative to traditional pain medication.  Want to learn more?  Pathways to Wellness is a nonprofit organization that aims to provide affordable access to holistic healing and they are hosting a free “Arthritis and Acupuncture” workshop that will explore acupuncture as a viable treatment for arthritis.  Even if you don’t have arthritis or know anyone who is suffering from it, this is a great opportunity to learn about something new from another culture, you may also want to inquire about their yoga programs!
http://calendar.boston.com/boston-ma/events/show/242415124-free-acupuncture-workshop

Jazz fans should definitely stop by Lesley University on March 6 and see talented young musician Grace Kelly perform live.  At age 19 Grace has already played in over 500 concerts worldwide and graduated from Berklee College of Music.  She is a rising star in the jazz world and is a talented singer, songwriter and saxophonist who has played with legends such as Wynton Marsalis. The concert goes from 4PM-6:30 PM and is open to the public.
http://www.artsboston.org/wap/event/detail/441566189

Everyone knows that St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal in Boston, that’s why we have the nation’s second biggest parade taking place Sunday March 18, 2012 in Boston’s historically Irish South Boston!  This parade has been known to attract crowds of 600,000 and is also broadcast over live TV.  The parade features multiple Irish bands playing the bagpipes of course, as well as politicians, military units, clowns, and cartoon characters for the kids.  You don’t want to miss one of Boston’s biggest events especially since it’s free!  http://www.southbostonparade.org/

New York City may be famous for their bagels but Boston is dishing out some competition.  Finagle a Bagel is a popular local chain and their factory is in Newton which is just a short ride from Boston.  Every Monday through Thursday from 10AM-3PM guests are welcome to enjoy a self guided tour of their factory and learn the history of the bagel as well as Finagle a Bagel.  This is a great activity for kids who will enjoy seeing the bagel dough being mixed, baked, and come out on a conveyor belt. http://www.bostoncentral.com/events/tour/p17298.php

Boston has no shortage of museums and one of our most popular is the Museum of Fine Arts, conveniently located right next to the T.  Typically their admission is $22 but on Wednesdays after 4PM admission is free although a donation is suggested.  This is a great deal to be taken advantage of since the MFA has multiple exhibits from across the globe that are educational, interesting, and beautiful. This is a great event for families, couples, or groups of friends and the best part is that it takes place every week! http://www.examiner.com/luxury-travel-in-boston/mfa-free-admission-wednesdays-after-4pm

There is always something to do in Boston and luckily for those of us on a budget there are free events taking place every month as well!  If you’re on a budget it’s also the perfect excuse to try something new that you typically wouldn’t give a chance!

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