Life on a Budget: 10 Free Boston Area Events This Week

Each week, we bring you our Life on a Budget blog, highlighting free activities and events taking place in the Boston area. Our goal is to remind you how easy it is to live a good life and save money!

This week, I have several free outdoor movies to tell you about. There is also news of a very cool sand sculpture festival, concerts, theater and some historical destinations. If you know of other free events, please add them to the comments section below.

As I write this, forecasters are calling for stunning summer weather, so be sure to pack the sunscreen — and enjoy!



10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

State House Tours

24 Beacon Street, Boston

Volunteers conduct tours of the historic Massachusetts State House, sharing tales of the history and architectural background of the landmark. Tours last about 30 to 45 minutes and include a visit to the House and Senate Chambers. Advance reservations are requested at 617-727-3676.



9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The Bunker Hill Monument

Monument Square, Charlestown

There is no charge for climbing the 294 steps to the top of the Bunker Hill Monument. The view from the top is worth the workout. The monument stands 221 feet tall at Breed’s Hill, the location of the first major battle of the American Revolution. Water bottles are optional but recommended, as there is no elevator.


Wednesday, July 22

6:30 to 7:30 a.m.

Stair Workout

Harvard Stadium

65 North Harvard Street, Allston

Oh, sure, you can pay for a gym membership — or you can challenge yourself to a tough stair workout in a classic stadium at no charge! Organized by the November Project, participants are invited to try running a variety of stair courses.


July 22 through August 9

Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8 p.m.

Sundays at 7 p.m.

Shakespeare on the Common 2015

Boston Common near the Parkman Bandstand

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents King Lear for this popular, annual Boston event.


Thursday, July 23

8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Movies at the Mansion

Lyman Estate

185 Lyman Street, Waltham

Pull up a blanked and enjoy this week’s featured presentation, the musical Hairspray. Presented by Historic New England and Pizzi Farm, the movie takes place in the estate garden. Prior to the movie, entertainment will be provided by members of the Waltham High School show band. In the event of rain, the movie will be moved indoors. For more information, call 617-994-5912.


Friday, July 24


Free Friday Flicks

Hatch Shell on Boston Esplanade

Part of the free movie summer series, the feature presentation for this week is ET. In the event of questionable weather, call 617-787-7200 for cancellation information.


Friday through Sunday, July 24 to 26

10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday

10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival

Over 700,000 people are expected to visit this annual attraction. Master sand sculptors from around the world will compete for top honors. In addition to some of the coolest sand sculptures this side of the ocean, visitors will also enjoy entertainment, exhibits and children’s activities. Look for the Fireworks Extravaganza on Saturday around 9 p.m.


Friday through Sunday, July 24 to 26

Lowell Folk Festival

This is the 29th year of the popular Lowell Folk Festival. This year, five stages will host traditional music. Visitors will also enjoy crafts, foods, art and children’s activities. The event takes place in the heart of the city and more information can be found on the website.


Saturday, July 25

11 a.m.

Karen K and the Jitterbugs

Copley Square, Boston

As part of the Boston Summer Arts Weekend, Karen K and the Jitterbugs will buzz up some family fun on the main stage. This is just one of the many acts to perform throughout the weekend. Look for classical, jazz, blues and folk artists to perform as well.


Sunday, July 26

Free Sunday Night Movies

Christopher Columbus Park


The summer series includes six movies, including Shrek 2 as this week’s feature. The movie begins at the start of darkness and is presented by the Boston Push Cart Association.


Be sure to let us know of other free events taking place in the area this week. And for that money that you saved by going to free events this week? Consider these worksheets and tips for building a budget to help you reach your financial goals.

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