I’m changing things up a bit today and making this more of a local post. After a very long winter and a barely there spring, we are officially in summer here in Boston! The city really comes alive this time of year and being outside is just fabulous. Whether you prefer outdoor concerts, patio drinking, Esplanade running or just strolling through the Boston Commons, this list covers it all. I’ve put together a HUGE roundup of free summer things that you can enjoy here in Boston. If you live in the city, be sure to take advantage of all Boston has to offer! And if you’re not from here, I’d recommend adding our beautiful city to your travel list and spend a weekend here!
Without further ado…
From spin to boot camps to yoga, the Greenway Fitness Program Presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts annually offers FREE fitness classes in the Greenway. See the schedule here.
The Esplanade is one of my favorite places to work out. You get the killer river views and the cool breeze that comes with it. With Zumba, running, sunset yoga & boot camps (I’ve done them, they’re great!), the opportunities are endless. Read details here.
A few other free fitness classes that I learned about via Secret Boston are:
Mondays: Salsa dancing at the South End’s Blackstone Square (6 p.m.)
Tuesdays: Yoga at the South End’s Franklin Square (6 p.m.)
Wednesdays: HIIT in Brighton Square (6:30 p.m.)
Thursdays: Yoga at the Boston Common’s Frog Pond (6 p.m.)
Fridays: Bootcamp at Christopher Columbus Park (6:30 a.m.)
The Urban Grape (303 Columbus Ave in South End) is offering free sine tastings on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 5-8pm. View their offerings here.
Wine Bottega (341 Hanover St in North End) has free wine tasting every Friday from 5:00-8:00. This is the perfect thing to do before grabbing a fresh oysters & raw bar at one of my favorite restaurants, Mare.
BRIX (1284 Washington St in South End) also has free wine tastings on Fridays and Saturdays from 6pm-8pm. You can get more details here.
The Boston Public Library has their annual Concerts in the Courtyard, which are free on Wednesdays and Fridays. Concerts are held at the Central Library on Boylston Street which is too cute – grab lunch and head here for some mid-week relaxation.
With too many to list, The Berklee Summer in the City Concert Series presents more than 400 free performances throughout Greater Boston from May through September.
There are seven concerts by Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Grab a friend (or date), a picnic basket & a blanket. Perfect evening!
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Shakespeare on the Common is a free show by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company at Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. The 2017 show is Romeo & Juliet. I’ve done this in the past and can’t wait to do it again. Such a fun weeknight event!
Head to the beach and check out some giant sand art at the Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival, which includes live music, food trucks, and Saturday fireworks.
For a totally different kind of Friday evening, head to the Museum of Science and check out their free Astronomy After Hours program, where you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena.
Boston Harbor Hotel screens free movies every Friday night. Schedule here.
The MFA is offering a more adult-friendly outdoor movie screenings, with wine & beer available for purchase. View their movie list here.
For the 32nd year in a row (amazing, right?!) the Hatch Shell is offering free Friday night movies. I heard it gets really crowded, so get there early. Schedule here.
EVENTS, MARKETS & FESTIVALS
One of my favorite summer activities is the SoWa market in South End! The SoWa Open Market is open every Saturday and Sunday, April 29-October 29, from 10am-4pm.
While you’re there, check out the SoWa vintage market which is open every Saturday between April 29-October 29, from 11am-4pm, rain or shine. Read more here.
Greenway Open Market: Held on Saturdays and every 1st and 3rd Sunday, May through October along the Wharf District Parks of the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Details here.
As you can see, Boston has SO much to offer. I need to start checking these off my list!
Whats your favorite free summer activity!?