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Happy Mother's Day! 5 Free Boston Areas Events This Week

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on May 4, 2015 11:39:00 AM

LilacSunday2015The National Retail Federation recently reported that Americans plan to spend an average of $172.63 on Mom this year for Mother’s Day. But if your wallet just isn’t having any of that, we have some ideas.

This week, you can thank Mom with an evening concert, two miles of flowers, a boat ride through the harbor, a parade and some stargazing — and it won’t cost you. She is going to be so proud of you when she finds out how well you save money! But, more than that, you both are going to have a great time at any of these 5 free area events. 

  1. Berklee Symphonic Winds Presents the Festival of the Winds. Tuesday, May 5, 2015. 8 p.m. Berklee Performance Center, Boston. This is the annual spring festival of contemporary music for winds, brass and percussion. The concert features the Music Education Department Big Band and the Berklee Symphonic Winds. The program will include music of Boston-based composer David Shaffer and the music of Charles Ives. Admission is free.
  2. 27th Annual Return of the Swans Celebration. Thursday, May 7, 2015. 11 a.m. Boston Public Garden. It’s the annual rite of spring when the swans return. Mayor Martin Walsh will release Romeo and Juliet (two swans who wintered at Franklin Park Zoo) back into the lagoon. The ceremony will be followed by a parade. Other attractions include a brass band, face painters, a reading of Make Way for Ducklings, and children’s activities. Free admission.
  3. Astronomy After Hours. Friday, May 8, 2015. 8:30 to 10 p.m. Gilliland Observatory, Museum of Science, Boston. If the weather cooperates, the observatory will be open to the public for an evening of stargazing. On a cloudy night, tour the inside of the observatory (located on the roof of the museum’s parking garage). This program runs Fridays from March to mid-November. It does not run when the weather is inclement. Free admission.
  4. Free Ferry Rides to Georges Island. Saturday, May 9, 2015. Boston Harbor. To celebrate opening day of the 2015 season, Boston Harbor Island Alliance in partnership with the National Park Service and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation will offer free ferry tickets for visitors of Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. Have a picnic, take a tour, and explore the beach. Visit the website for more information.
  5. 107th Annual Lilac Sunday. May 10, 2015. 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, Boston. The two-mile-long walking trail is home to one of the world’s most significant collections of lilacs, and it includes over 380 plants representing more than 170 different kinds of lilacs. For Lilac Sunday, activities are planned for all ages and picnicking will be permitted on the grounds. Open to the public.

Happy Mother’s Day!


Topics: Personal Finance

MaryJo_KurtzMaryJo Kurtz is Director of Communications for Hanscom Federal Credit Union. She is an award-winning journalist and blogger with a passion for sharing money-saving ideas. You can reach her at

PHOTO CREDIT: Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University

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