I recently asked a friend how he was spending the weekend, and he told me his weekend plans were “unfortunately, low key. My budget is forcing me to stay home and eat bologna sandwiches.”
This got me thinking on the many free admission events taking place around the Commonwealth. With a little planning, he can pack that bologna sandwich in a nice basket and enjoy his meal at an outdoor concert, stargazing with the pros, and reveling in the sights at a dragon boat festival.
Nothing to do because you’re on a budget? That’s a bunch of bologna — er, I mean, baloney!
Coca-Cola Family Field Day
Wednesday, June 10
4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
340 Neponset Ave., Boston
Appropriate for all ages, this community event includes new and nostalgic games, dancing and music, and a street hockey clinic at the newly opened rink. Boston Parks and Recreations Department recently completed renovations to the park.
Lecture: The Court-Martial of Paul Revere
Wednesday, June 10
5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
USS Constitution Museum
88 Constitution Road, Charlestown
Michael M. Greenburg, author of The Court-Martial of Paul Revere: A Son of Liberty and America’s Forgotten Military Disaster, will discuss Paul Revere and his lesser-known trial by court-martial following the doomed Penobscot Expedition. A wine and cheese reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the lecture at 6:30 p.m. The evening will end with a book-signing. For more information, call 617-426-1812.
Blues on the Barge
Thursday, June 11
6 to 10 p.m.
Boston Harbor Hotel
70 Rowes Wharf, Boston
Jeff Pitchell performs this Thursday, kicking off The Blues Barge Summer Series that runs every Thursday evening through September 10. For more information, visit www.bhh.com.
Star Gazing Party
Friday, June 12
8:30 to 10 p.m.
Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary
293 Moose Hill Parkway, Sharon
Presented by the Massachusetts Audubon Society, this astronomy program is open to the public. Join local astronomers for a look at the night sky through big telescopes. Park in the Visitor Center parking lot and follow the trail marked by glow bands that guide you to the viewing field. Note: The program will be cancelled if the sky conditions are cloudy. Call 781-784-5691, x8103 after 7 p.m. for a recorded message concerning the status of the program.
TouchTomorrow Science Event
Saturday, June 13
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road, Worcester
WPI invites all ages to enjoy a hands-on technology festival filled with activities and exhibits. TouchTomorrow at WPI features the NASA Sample Return Robot Centennial Challenge and annual attracts over 7,000 people. The event takes place rain or shine. Learn more at http://wp.wpi.edu/touchtomorrow/.
Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 13 and 14
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cambridge side of Charles River
Boston’s annual Dragon Boat Festival is said to be the largest of its kind in North America. Take the red line to Harvard Square and enjoy a stroll over the river to watch over 50 competing teams. The races take place on Saturday. Arts and crafts, martial arts displays, and dance performances will highlight the festival on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Details can be found at www.bostondragonboat.org/.
Fire Apparatus Parade
Saturday, June 13
Lynnfield High School, 275 Essex Street
Kids of all ages will enjoy watching fire trucks in a parade and show. This is the 38th anniversary of this event, presented by the Massachusetts Antique Fire Apparatus Association. In addition to the parade, a muster and flea market will take place on Audubon Road in Wakefield. For more information, visit http://mcvfa.org/.
9th Annual Family Music Festival
Sunday, June 14
Noon to 3 p.m.
Lowell School Park
25 Lowell Street, Cambridge
Presented by the New School of Music, this family-friendly event takes place in the park and includes music, games, arts and crafts, and an instrument “petting zoo.” Learn more at www.cambridgeusa.org.
Do you know of other events with free admission this weekend? Tell us in the comments below!