Life on a Budget: Free Events in Boston This Week

Our Life on a Budget weekly series this week shows, yet again, that you can live the good life in Boston without paying for admission. Swing dancing, movies, music, lectures, museums and more are open to the public. Give your wallet a well-deserved vacation this summer!

These are just a few fun finds, but we know there are more. If your organization is hosting a free event this week in the Boston area, share it with our readers! Post your info in the comments below.

Wednesday, July 15
7 to 9 p.m.
Landmarks Orchestra Classical Concert
The Hatch Shell
Charles River Esplanade, Boston

As part of the 2015 Concerts and Events at Boston’s Hatch Shell, the Landmarks Orchestra Classical Concert takes place under the evening sky. Visit the website for more information on this and many other events taking place at the Hatch Shell this summer.

Wednesday, July 15
7:30 to 11:30 p.m.
MIT Social Swing Dance and Lesson
MIT Campus
77 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

Every Wednesday, beginners and experienced dancers are invited to groove with the MIT Lindy Hop Society. The group moves to all types of music, from traditional swing to blues to hip-hop. Beginners will be introduced to a beginner dance lesson from 7:30 to 9 p.m. A full social dance takes place from 9 to 11:30 p.m. You don’t need a partner, just a love for dance! For more information, visit

Thursday, July 16
Noon to 1 p.m.
Literary Lunch Break
The Lounge at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
South Market Street, Boston

Each Thursday through August 27, the Boston Literary District hosts local authors. This is an opportunity to hear readings and discuss their latest books. The featured speaker this week is Alicia Abbott, author of Fairyland.

Thursday, July 16
Noon to 2 p.m.
Berklee Summer in the City Concert at Kendall Square
Kendall Square
300 Anthenaeum St., Cambridge

As part of the summer farmer’s market in Kendall Square, Berklee musicians perform each Thursday at noon. This week features Ripe, a seven-piece pop/funk group.

Friday, July 17
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays
Larz Anderson Auto Museum
15 Newton St., Brookline

The public is invited to take advantage of this free open house. In addition to the popular motorcycle and antique car exhibits, there will be a tented area outside with family activities, including crafts and a scavenger hunt.

Friday, July 17
10 a.m. to 9:45 p.m.
Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Fridays
Museum of Fine Arts
465 Huntington Avenue, Boston

As part of the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays program, Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts will be open all day at no charge. There will be special activities for children and families, tours, scavenger hunts and demonstrations. For more information, visit

Saturday, July 18
7 to 8 a.m.
Sunrise Yoga
The Charles River Bistro
47 David Mugar Way, Boston

Overlook the beautiful Charles River on Fiedler Field, next to the Arthur Fiedler Memorial at Boston’s Esplanade Park. This free yoga session is conducted by Vinyasa instructor Mike Massey.

Saturday, July 18
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Family Film Festival Presents “Frozen”
Prudential Center South Garden
800 Boylston St., Boston

Prior to the movie, there will be children’s entertainment and activities. The blockbuster “Frozen” will be shown at sundown. In the event of rain, the movie will be shown the following Wednesday.

Sunday, July 19
3:30 to 6 p.m.
Sunday Parkland Games
Near the Charles River by the Weeks Footbridge

The Charles River Conservancy presents the 7th Annual Sunday Parkland Games. Taking place on Sundays through August 30, the event includes athletic games from 3:30 to 6 p.m., with a yoga session from 5 to 6 p.m. The event is designed for all ages. Families welcome.

Sunday, July 19
Sunday Night Movies features “Toy Story”
Christopher Columbus Park
Waterfront, Boston

Throughout the summer, the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park present Sunday Night Movies in the Park. The movies begin at dusk and are expected to end around 10 p.m. For more information, visit

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

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