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10 Summer Events to Experience in Boston

Ilya Jacob Rasner

Meet Ilya, a real estate agent who has been serving clients in the Greater Boston area for over 17 years...

Meet Ilya, a real estate agent who has been serving clients in the Greater Boston area for over 17 years...

Jul 20 7 minutes read

Summer in Boston offers an array of exciting events that won't cost you a dime. From enchanting outdoor theater performances to vibrant open markets and art exhibitions, the city has something for everyone. In this blog article, we'll explore ten free summer events around Boston that you shouldn't miss. Whether you're a theater enthusiast, art lover, or just looking for family-friendly activities, Boston has it all.

1. Shakespeare on the Common 2023: Macbeth

When: Wednesday, Jul 19, 2023 - Sunday, Aug 06, 2023

Time: 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Where: The Boston Common Stage, Parkman Bandstand, Boston, MA

Experience the magic of Shakespeare's tragedy, Macbeth, under the stars at the Boston Common Stage. Directed by Steven Maler, Founding Artistic Director of Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, this timeless tale of ambition and loyalty will be performed by talented actors, including Faran Tahir. Running from July 19th to August 6th, this free outdoor theater production is an unmissable summer experience.

2. Venture Café Cambridge: Thursday Gathering

When: Thursday, Jul 20, 2023

Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM

Repeats: Weekly

Where: CIC Cambridge, 1 Broadway, Cambridge, MA

Every Thursday, head to CIC Cambridge for the Venture Café, a networking event that connects creators, entrepreneurs, investors, and visionaries. With a mission to build inclusive innovation ecosystems, this event sparks meaningful ideas and collaborations. Whether you're a budding entrepreneur or just curious about the innovative spirit in Boston, the Thursday Gathering is a great place to explore new opportunities.

3. Summer in the City 2023: Free Live Music on the Harborwalk

When: Thursday, Jun 08, 2023 - Friday, Aug 25, 2023

Time: 6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Where: Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA 02110

Enjoy the best of a New England summer at the Boston Harbor Hotel's Summer in the City series. From June 8th to August 25th, immerse yourself in the relaxing atmosphere of live waterfront entertainment. Different bands perform every Tuesday through Friday, ranging from Jazz and R&B to DJ sets. Revel in the cool ocean breeze, breathtaking sunsets, and award-winning cuisine by Chef David Daniels.

4. Harvard Art Museums

When: Tuesday to Sunday

Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Where: Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Step into a world of artistic brilliance at the Harvard Art Museums, home to an impressive collection of over a quarter of a million works. From paintings by renowned artists like Vincent van Gogh and Georgia O'Keeffe to contemporary pieces and ancient artifacts, this art museum caters to all tastes. Whether you're an art connoisseur or just looking to admire masterpieces, entry is free every day.

5. Black Owned Bos. Market

When: Sunday, Jul 23, 2023

Time: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Where: Seaport Common, 85 Northern Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02210

Celebrate and support Black entrepreneurship at the Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market. Taking place on select Sundays at Seaport Common, this vibrant market showcases Black-owned businesses in the Greater Boston area. From gifts and apparel to packaged foods and beauty products, explore an eclectic range of offerings while promoting diversity and inclusivity.

6. Revere Theatre Thursdays

When: Thursday, Jul 20, 2023

Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Repeats: Weekly

Where: Revere Beach, 350 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA 02151

Spend your Thursday evenings this summer enjoying free movies on Revere Beach. From 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, revel in entertainment, popcorn, and cotton candy before the movie starts at dusk. With movies like 'Jumanji,' 'Back to the Future,' 'Willy Wonka,' and 'The Lion King,' you're in for an unforgettable cinematic experience by the beach.

7. SoWa Open Market 2023

When: Sunday, Jul 23, 2023

Time: 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Repeats: Weekly

Where: SoWa Open Market, 500 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA

Experience one of Boston's largest open-air markets, the SoWa Open Market. Running every Sunday from May to October, this vibrant farmer and artist market offers a variety of regional and local vendors. Explore food trucks, artist studios, galleries, and retail shops, all while enjoying the pedestrian-only Thayer Street in the lively SoWa community.

8. Free Soccer and Cheer Camp

When: Monday, Jul 17, 2023 - Thursday, Jul 20, 2023

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Where: McLaughlin Park, 239 Parker Hill Ave., Boston, MA 02120

For families seeking outdoor fun, McLaughlin Park in Mission Hill hosts a free Soccer and Cheer Camp from July 17th to July 20th. This camp welcomes kids aged 3 to 18 years and provides a great opportunity to learn new skills, make friends, and enjoy sports in a supportive environment.

9. Yoga by the Charles

When: Sunday, Jul 23, 2023

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Repeats: Weekly

Where: Riverbend Park, Across the street from 11 Riverview, Cambridge, MA 02138

Embrace tranquility with free yoga sessions by the Charles River. Every Sunday at 10 AM, join fellow yogis at Riverbend Park for an invigorating session amidst the scenic beauty of the river. Whether you're a seasoned practitioner or a beginner, this family-friendly event promises relaxation and rejuvenation.

10. Cafe du Cheap Artiste: SUMMER CAMP

When: Saturday, Jul 22, 2023

Time: 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Where: Middlesex, 315 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139

Immerse yourself in a quirky and eclectic performance open mic/cabaret at Middlesex. Presented by 13 Pratt Theatre Cooperative, Cafe du Cheap Artiste features an assortment of performances related to a loose theme. If you're feeling creative and daring, take the stage and showcase your talent in any art form - just remember to keep it under two minutes!

Summer in Boston is full of free events that cater to diverse interests. From captivating theater performances and live music by the waterfront to vibrant open markets and family-friendly activities, the city offers an unforgettable summer experience without breaking the bank. So, grab your calendar and make the most of these free events to create cherished memories in the heart of Boston.

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