Life on a Budget: 7 Free Events in Boston This Week

While June didn’t exactly kick off with a summer feel (seriously, evening temps in the 40s?!), there are plenty of hot events scheduled for summer. Art, music and festivals are topping the list of fun — and many of these events are free to attend!

So if you are putting your budget on ice, there is no need to cool off your social life. Here are just a few fun ideas for this week.

Tuesday, June 2

Noon to 1 p.m.

Free Summer Concert

Kendall Center (near Kendall Square Station), Cambridge

Passim presents the first in its summer Kendall Square Concert Series. The concerts will take place each Tuesday at noon through September 1, and they are presented in partnership with Boston Properties. Take a break from work, bring your lunch, and enjoy the energetic rock/folk/pop sound of Chelsea Berry. For more information, visit

Tuesday, June 2

Noon to 1;30 p.m.

Berklee Lunch Sessions

South Garden, Prudential Center

800 Boylston Street

Aspiring musicians from Berklee School of Music are featured every Tuesday through July 28. The June 2 concert features Birchfire, a 4-piece ensemble performing melodic, soulful music from the last century. Relax during your lunch hour with these talented Boston musicians. To learn more about the band, click here. For more on the concert series, visit

Wednesday, June 3

6 p.m.

Concerts in the Courtyard

Boston Public Library, Copley Square

The Central Library courtyard is one of the most beautiful places to enjoy a concert. Treat yourself to this hour-long performance featuring the Aliya Cycon Project. The group features Arabic-inspired music and traditions. Concerts in the Courtyard take place on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Fridays at 12:30 p.m. If the weather doesn’t cooperate, the concerts will be moved indoors to the Commonwealth Salon. For more on this summer’s lineup of talent, visit

Thursday, Jun 4 through Sunday, June 7

2015 Arlington Greek Festival

4 Appleton Street, Arlington

This celebration of the Greek culture is presented by the St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church. It is open to the public and will take place rain or shine. The highlight of this annual event is the live music and dancing. In addition to free admission, there is free parking. Learn more at

Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7

2015 Salem Arts Festival

Downtown Salem

This year marks the seventh year for this family-friendly event. Thousands gather to enjoy art galleries, live music, a street fair and crafts. Artisans include painters, photographers, sculptors, dancers, writers and more. The event stretches over Old Town Hall, Derby Square, Front Street, and Artists’ Row. Details can be found at

Saturday, June 6

Noon to 6 p.m.

2015 Cambridge River Festival

Central Square Cultural District

This annual celebration attracts over 200,000 people. Taking place rain or shine, the festival features live music, dance, arts and crafts, and theater. The family-friendly attraction is the perfect setting for a Saturday stroll to enjoy the arts and culture of Boston. Save on parking by taking the MBTA Red Line to Central Square.

Sunday, June 7

Noon to 6 p.m.

Beacon Hill Art Walk

This unique event showcases one of Boston’s most beautiful neighborhoods while also putting the spotlight on area artists. About 100 artisans will display their work in the private spaces of Beacon Hill. The public is invited to walk through Beacon Hill’s North Slope and stop at the private gardens and courtyards of the residents. It’s a cool find for a Sunday afternoon. Learn more at 

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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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