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 clubpassim.org.
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 prudentialcenter.com.
Wednesday, June 3
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 bpl.org.
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 arlingtonfestival.com.
Friday, June 5 through Sunday, June 7
2015 Salem Arts Festival
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 salemartsfestival.com.
Saturday, June 6
Noon to 6 p.m.
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 beaconhillartwalk.org.