Life on a Budget: 10 Free End-of-Summer Boston Events This Week

While scrambling the stores for last minute school supplies, it’s good to know there are some free area events that are keeping summer alive. Sneak in your last outdoor family movie before the leaves fall or stroll the Harbor with your honey to catch one more summer sunset — just a couple of ideas in this week’s Life on a Budget column.

Do you know of other free area events this week? Please share in the comments below!

Daily throughout the summer
9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
North Point Splash Park
6 Museum Way, Cambridge

Get in some last minute splashing before school begins. North Point Park offers a huge spray deck, play structures for kids, and outdoor fields and paths. Pack a picnic lunch or supper and plan to spend the day.

Wednesday, August 26
6 p.m.
Concert in the Courtyard
Boston Public Library in Copley Square

The stunning courtyard of the Central Library showcases the talents of Italian violinist and composer Ludovica Burtone in this one-hour performance. 

Wednesday, August 26
7 p.m.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Hatch Shell, Boston Esplanade

Performed by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place under the stars. In the event of questionable weather, call 617-987-2000 for possible changes to this schedule. 

Thursday, August 27
5 to 9 p.m.
Harborwalk Sounds and ICA Boston
Fan Pier, South Boston Waterfront

Each Thursday evening between 5 and 9 p.m., the Institute of Contemporary Art is open to the public at no charge. Beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursdays throughout August, the free exploration spills out onto the Harborwalk with outdoor concerts and a memorable city view. This is an inexpensive way to impress your date. 

Friday, August 28
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Plymouth Plantation
137 Warren Avenue, Plymouth

As part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program, Plimoth Plantation will open its doors at no cost to the public. As a treat for guests, the Plantation will be celebrating the corn harvest with the Green Corn Festival in the Wampanoag Homesite. 

Friday to Sunday
August 28 to 30
St. Anthony’s Feast
North End, Boston

This is one of the largest Italian religious festivals in New England, beginning Friday evening at 7 p.m. with opening ceremonies and a parade. Walk Endicott, Thatcher and North Margin Streets to watch the crowds, take in some street entertainers and enjoy the processions. 

Friday, August 28
Free Friday Flicks
Hatch Shell, Boston Esplanade

Pack the picnic and a blanket and enjoy a movie with friends. This week’s feature is Maleficent, the 2014 dark fantasy film. In the event of questionable weather, call 617-787-7200 for updates about the scheduled program. 

Saturday, August 29
6 p.m.
Family Film Festival
Prudential Center South Garden, Boston

The evening is set up to begin with activities and giveaways for all ages. At sundown, the movie will begin. This week’s feature is Despicable Me. The rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, September 2. 

Sunday, August 30
9 a.m. to noon
Harvard Museum of Natural History
24 Oxford Street, Cambridge

Massachusetts residents are treated to free admission every Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to noon. Visit the Museum of Comparative Zoology, the Harvard University Herbaria, and the Mineralogical & Geological Museum. The collections are designed to showcase the natural world and to spark curiosity. 

Sunday, August 30
1 p.m.
Arnold Arboretum Tour
Hunnewell Building
125 Arbor Way, Boston

This 90-minute guided tour is designed for adults and will cover the highlights and history of the arboretum collections. The Arnold Arboretum is a National Historic Landmark and includes 281 acres of trees, shrubs and woody vines. It serves as a research center for Harvard faculty and students as well as scientists from around the world. 

We also know of something else that is free and helps ease the end-of-summer blues. It’s our Build-a-Budget workbook, filled with tips and worksheets to help you tweak your plan to reach your financial goals. Download your copy here

These are just a few of the ways that living on a budget can be rewarding. 

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MaryJo Kurtz
MaryJo Kurtz

MaryJo Kurtz is the assistant vice president of marketing and communications at Hanscom FCU.

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