Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Days and Nights of Summer

And many more fun, free and affordable things to do in Boston this summer!! 

It is August and summer is almost behind us! Those of us who live in the bean, and those who love to visit, know that Boston summers are bursting with fun things to do! Fortunately for us, there are also lots of FREE and affordable fun things to do! To help you plan your final weeks of summer full of fun and budget- friendly activities, I have compiled a list of a few local happenings going on throughout the month. 


1. Johnny D’s of Davis Square in Somerville has an especially fun Monday night. Hot Dogs are only $1.50 from 6-10 PM, and trivia starts at 8:30, so grab your friends and head on down for a night of inexpensive eats and fun times!

2. If you are a student and are looking to go out to eat, look no further than Fire and Ice in the Back Bay. The all you can eat, self-serve “improvisational grill” is just $9.95 per person! Just make sure you have your student ID.

3. Students get all the good discounts, don’t they? Well never fear, because there are good deals for those of you in the work force too! Monday nights means FREE bowling and billiards at Kings in the Back Bay. It is “Industry Night”, so just bring a business card, or a stub from your hotel to play for free! They have other fun events going on all week, so make sure to check out the whole list.



1. Looking to get a Tuesday Tex-Mex fix? Look no further than Tremont 647, where they offer a $2 Taco Menu every week! In addition to Taco Tuesdays, they offer other events throughout the week, so check out their other events as well.


1. Beginning in July, the Landmarks Orchestra offers FREE concerts at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade beginning at 7:00PM. So pack up a picnic, a blanket, feel the breeze off the Charles River and enjoy the sounds of Tchaikovsky and Brahms. All you have you pay… is your attention.  

2. When the music is ending, the stars will be coming out. To get a better look, head over to Boston University to check out the Coit Observatory. They offer FREE stargazing after 8:30PM on Wednesdays throughout the spring and summer, as long as the skies are clear.

3. Didn’t make it to trivia on Monday? Well McGreevy’s Sports Bar on Boylston Street is there for you, just so long as the Red Sox are out of town. On away nights, McGreevy’s offers FREE trivia from 7:00PM – 9:00pm, and $3 drafts for participants, as well as the chance to win lots of great prizes and giveaways.


1. Normally entrance into the Institute of Contemporary Art runs a person $15 for general admission. Not on Thursday nights! Between 5:00PM and 9:00PM general admission is absolutely free!


1. The end of the work week has arrived! This is the moment to treat yourself to something entertaining, and the movie theatre is a classic location. But there is a reason that American Cinema is a billion dollar industry – movie tickets are expensive! This summer, check out recently released movies for FREE outdoors at the Hatch Shell with Boston’s 28th Annual Free Friday Flicks. There are also giveaways, food samples, and more.

2. The last tip for Friday is not free, but it is a good deal. Havana Club in Central Square offers a $12 deal which includes cover charge, coat check and a salsa lesson! Not bad for a Friday night!

Then of course there are wonderful things to do around Boston that are FREE EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK!

1. Have a picnic in any of our beautiful parks. If you’ve already spent plenty of time in the most famous ones, the Boston Common and the Public Garden, check out some of the other lesser known spots, like the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, which is the park between Haymarket and The North End, or the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain. 

2. Head over to the USS Constitution – a floating museum and a retired US Navy Ship. It’s FREE to the public every day during the summer!

3. Instead of paying to get into a museum, check out the Boston Public library, or go into any of the many art galleries along Newbury Street. 

4. Tour of the Sam Adams brew house. FREE or by donation entrance, and free beer samples with a glass to keep!

These are just a few of the wonderful things to do around Boston, and I would love to hear what free things you do on your summer nights! I look forward to hearing from you! Please comment and share your own tips here!