Life on a Budget: 10 Free Events This Week in and Around Boston

Free outdoor movies top the list this week, as many venues are taking advantage of fresh air to create memorable summer cinema. In addition to movies, there are also puppet shows and concerts on our list — proving once again that you don’t have to bend your budget for family or date night. Call a friend and enjoy an affordable outing this week!

This is just a brief list of free events in the Greater Boston area. Do you know of others? Please share your information in the comments below.

Wednesday, July 8
5 to 7 p.m.
Berklee Summer in the City Concerts
Rose Kennedy Greenway
Oliver and Pearl Streets, Boston

Berklee music students share their talents each Wednesday evening on the Greenway. This week’s performance is by El Feeling, a band that describes itself as “the craziest Latin band you’ve probably ever seen.” The group gets its inspiration from the rhythms of Colombia. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, July 8
Cinema Somerville Outdoor Summer Movie Series
Somerville Community Growing Center
22 Vinal Ave., Somerville

This weekly outdoor movie series today features Boy in the Plastic Bubble starring John Travolta. You are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs, as seating is limited. If the weather does not cooperate, the movie will be held in The Union, 11 Sanborn Court. For more information, visit

Thursday, July 9
10 a.m.
Etnia Fusion
Riverside Press Park
393 River St. at Memorial Drive, Cambridge

Presented by Cambridge Arts, the show features an eclectic fusion of Japanese Odori Dance and martial arts. All ages will enjoy the colorful props and traditional costumes. In the event of rain, the show will take place at MLK Jr. Community School, 359 Broadway. 

Thursday, July 9
6 to 10 p.m.
Revere Beach Movie Night
Revere Beach Boulevard

Theatre Thursdays begin with Jim the DJ and Revere Recreation from 6 to 8 p.m. At dusk, it’s time to pull up a blanket and take in a summer flick. Tonight’s feature is Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. In the event of rain, the movie will show the following night.

Friday, July 10
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Children’s Museum at Holyoke
444 Dwight St., Holyoke

As part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program, the Children’s Museum at Holyoke is open to the public all day. This museum is a town favorite, especially because of its proximity to the historical Holyoke Merry-Go-Round — which will also host guests today at no charge. Learn more here.

Friday, July 10
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
International Volleyball Hall of Fame
444 Dwight St., Holyoke

Also open free as part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays, the International Volleyball Hall of Fame is a fun place to burn off some energy. A youth volleyball net will be set up for play, and the Hall staff will be hosting sack races, bean bag toss, music and arts and crafts both indoors and out.

Friday, July 10
Free Friday Flicks
Hatch Shell, Boston

While the movie is not expected to begin until about 8:15 p.m., plan to arrive early with a picnic supper and enjoy time along the river. The evening’s feature is Paddington. In the event of questionable weather, call the Free Friday Flicks Hotline at 617-787-7200 for possible changes to the planned movie.

Saturday, July 11
10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Rosalita’s Puppets
Faneuil Hall Marketplace
4 South Market St., Boston

This is one for all ages. This free puppet show takes place near Wagamama. Rosalita’s Puppets, featuring professional actor-puppeteer Charlotte Anne Dore, will spark imagination with tales of kings and princesses. To learn more about this event, visit the Faneuil Hall Marketplace website.

Saturday, July 11
Noon to 6 p.m.
Jamaica Plain Porchfest
Various locations

In true community spirit, Jamaica Plain will erupt with activity for the day. An interactive map on the website shows the dozens of porches hosting entertainment. At last count, there were 67 porches open to music, dance, theater, storytelling, circus acts and bike tours. This is sure to make for an exciting afternoon walk.

Saturday, July 11
6 p.m.
Family Film Festival
South Garden, Prudential Center

As part of a family film festival that runs weekly through August 29, tonight features The Boxtrolls. The fun starts with entertainment, children’s activities and giveaways at 6 p.m. Snuggle up on your blanket for the feature presentation to begin at sundown. The rain date for this event is Wednesday, July 15.

As you can see from this short list of free area events, living on a budget can be fun! Even more fun is living with a budget. To create your plan, download our Build-A-Budget eGuide.

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