Free Events in July in Massachusetts


1 Friday
 

Free Fun Fridays, various locations. The Highland Street Foundation opens museums and cultural venues to the public for free. Today: Boston Children’s Museum, The Sports Museum, Heritage Museums & Gardens, Falmouth Museums on the Green, Cape Cod Maritime Museum, Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival and the Wenham Museum. FREE. 617-969-8900; highlandstreet.org.

 

 

2 Saturday
 

Family Film Festival, 6pm, The Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. Catch an outdoor viewing of Minions at sundown. Family-friendly entertainment and activities start at 6pm. FREE. prudentialcenter.com.

 

 

3 Sunday
 

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular Preview Concert, 8:30pm, Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston. Get a preview of the Fourth of July show with a full concert, minus the fireworks. FREE. july4th.org.

 

 

4 Monday
 

Independence Day

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, 8pm, Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston. Demi Lovato and Nick Jonas feature in the annual concert and fireworks show. FREE. july4th.org.

 

NORTH

Salem’s July Fourth Fireworks Extravaganza, 4pm, Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 160 Derby St., Salem. Children’s activities start at 4pm, followed by live entertainment and an orchestra-accompanied fireworks display. FREE. salem.org.

Salisbury Fourth of July Celebration, 7pm, Salisbury Beach, Salisbury. Live music from the B Street Bombers, followed by fireworks over the ocean. FREE. beachfests.org.

 

SOUTH

July Fourth in Plymouth, Plymouth Waterfront, Plymouth. A parade kicks off festivities at 9:30am at Mayflower Business Park. Fireworks begin at 9pm on the waterfront. FREE. july4plymouth.com.

 

WEST

July Fourth Celebration in Newton, various locations, Newton. Kids celebrate from 10am to noon at Newton Centre Playground with parades, games and ice cream, the fun continues all afternoon at Albermarle Field, ending with fireworks. FREE. newtoncommunitypride.org.

 

 

6 Wednesday
 

ParkARTS Rosalita’s Marionette Puppets, 11am, Gertrude Howes Playground, Roxbury. A whimsical puppet show that will delight the child in everyone. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

 

NORTH

Lowell Summer Music Series, 10am, Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell. Make and take art and snacks at 10am, followed by a show. Today: Curious Creatures (animals). FREE. 978-970-5200; lowellsummermusic.org.

 

 

7 Thursday

 

NORTH

Lowell Summer Music Series, 10am, Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell. Make and take art and snacks at 10am, followed by a show. Today: Peter Panic (juggling). FREE. 978-970-5200; lowellsummermusic.org.

 

 

8 Friday

Free Fun Fridays, various locations. The Highland Street Foundation opens museums and cultural venues to the public for free. Today: Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Plimoth Plantation, Peabody Essex Museum, Cape Ann Museum, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Children’s Museum in Easton, The Hall at Patriot Place and the Provincetown Art Association and Museum. FREE. 617-969-8900; highlandstreet.org.

Splash Dance Party, noon to 1pm, Mozart Street Playground, Jamaica Plain. Cool off in the spray features, dance and try some tasty treats. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

 

 

9 Saturday
 

Family Film Festival, 6pm, The Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. Catch an outdoor viewing of The Wizard of Oz at sundown. Entertainment and activities start at 6pm. FREE. prudentialcenter.com.

 

SOUTH
Free Family Concert,
4-6pm, Governor Oliver Ames Estate, 35 Oliver St., North Easton. Bring a blanket and enjoy outdoor music. Refreshments available. FREE. 781-784-0567; ttor.org.

 

 

10 Sunday
 

Summer on the Emerald Necklace, 5pm, Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Plain. Bring a picnic and enjoy Boston Landmarks Orchestra Ensemble. Knucklebones offers a kids play space pre-concert. FREE. emeraldnecklace.org.

 

WEST

Sunday Concerts on the Green, 6:30pm, Newton Center Green, Newton. Newpoli will perform music from the south of Italy. FREE. 617-796-1540; newtoncommunitypride.org.

 

 

12 Tuesday
 

One World, 10am to noon, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. A series of free arts and cultural events, each week exploring a different corner of the globe. Today: Egypt. FREE. 617-450-7000; marybakereddylibrary.org.

Playhouse in the Park, Elma Lewis Playhouse in Franklin Park, Boston. Stop by at 11am for a children’s show and 6pm for entertainment and performances. FREE. 617-442-4141; franklinparkcoalition.org.

 

WEST

Free Children’s Performances, 1pm, Newton Center Green, Newton. A series of concerts. Today: Alastair Moock. FREE. 617-796-1540; newtoncommunitypride.org.

 
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13 Wednesday
 

Outside the Box Festival, noon to 8pm, Boston Common, 139 Tremont St., Boston. Five days of performances, including music, theatre, dance, spectacle arts, magic and arts education. Through July 17. FREE. otbboston.com.

BLO’s Free Summer Concerts, 7pm, Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston. Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents Rhapsody in Green (nature themed tunes). FREE. 617-987-2000; landmarksorchestra.org.

Wednesday Night Concert Series, 7pm, City Hall Plaza, Boston. Boston’s longest-running outdoor concert series. Tonight: Beatlejuice: a Tribute to the Beatles. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

 

NORTH

Lowell Summer Music Series, 10am, Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell. Make and take art and snacks at 10am, followed by a show. Today: Vanessa Trien & the Jumping Monkeys. FREE. 978-970-5200; lowellsummermusic.org.

 

 

14 Thursday


ParkARTS Rosalita’s Marionette Puppets, 11am, Healy Playground, Roslindale. A whimsical puppet show that will delight the child in everyone. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

 

NORTH

Lowell Summer Music Series, 10am, Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell. Make and take art and snacks at 10am, followed by a show. Today: Magic with George Saterial. FREE. 978-970-5200; lowellsummermusic.org.

 

 

15 Friday


Free Fun Fridays, various locations. The Highland Street Foundation opens museums and cultural venues to the public for free. Today: Edward M. Kennedy Institute, Boston Athenaeum, Larz Anderson Museum, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Edward Gorey House, Danforth Art Museum/School, Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History and the Fitchburg Art Museum. FREE. 617-969-8900; highlandstreet.org.

Splash Dance Party, noon to 1pm, Memorial Park, East Boston. Cool off in the spray features, play games, dance and try some tasty treats. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

 

WEST

Celebrate the Olympics with Postage Stamps, 9am – 5pm, Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History, 241 Wellesley St., Weston. Learn all about the Olympics (and maybe even meet an Olympian!) through stamp based activities. FREE. 617-784-5838; spellman.org.

 

 

16 Saturday


Outdoor Nature Playscape Building, 10 & 11:30am, BSA Space, 290 Congress St., Boston. Use natural materials to build unique playscapes. FREE. designmuseumboston.org.

Family Walk, 11am, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston. A guided walk for families highlighting different plants and natural phenomena in the gardens. FREE. 617-524-1718; arboretum.harvard.edu.

Family Film Festival, 6pm, The Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. Catch an outdoor viewing of The Good Dinosaur at sundown. Family-friendly entertainment and activities start at 6pm. FREE. prudentialcenter.com.

 

NORTH

Family Hour in the Open, 11am, Maudslay State Park, Newburyport. Bring the kids, the dog and the picnic blanket for storytelling, song, dance, fairytale theater and a fun group activity. FREE. 978-465-2572; theaterintheopen.org.

 

 

17 Sunday


Fairy Houses, 10am, Minton Stable Community Garden, 110 Williams St., Jamaica Plain. Use natural materials found around the garden to make magical abodes for fairy friends. FREE. 617-542-7696; ttor.org.

Summer on the Emerald Necklace, 5pm, Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Plain. Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy the Toth Brothers Jazz Trio. Knucklebones offers a kids play space pre-concert. FREE. emeraldnecklace.org.

 

WEST

Sunday Concerts on the Green, 6:30pm, Newton Center Green, Newton. Studio Two will play early Beatles music. FREE. 617-796-1540; newtoncommunitypride.org.

 

 

19 Tuesday


Playhouse in the Park, Elma Lewis Playhouse in Franklin Park, Boston. See July 12 listing.

One World, 10am to noon, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. A series of free arts and cultural events, each week exploring a different corner of the globe. Today: Cabo Verde. FREE. 617-450-7000; marybakereddylibrary.org.

 

SOUTH

Peek a Blue Hike, 11am, Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside St., Milton. Join the Friends of the Blue Hills for their bi-weekly baby and toddler hiking series. Snacks and drinks provided. FREE. 781-828-1805; friendsofthebluehills.org/peekablue.

 

WEST

Free Children’s Performances, 1pm, Newton Center Green, Newton. A weekly series of kid’s concerts. Today: Judy Pancoast. FREE. 617-796-1540; newtoncommunitypride.org.

 

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20 Wednesday


ParkARTS Rosalita’s Marionette Puppets, 11am, Sweeney Playground, South Boston. A whimsical puppet show that will delight the child in everyone. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

BLO’s Free Summer Concerts, 7pm, Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston. Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents Pictures at an Exhibition (honoring Isabella Stewart Gardner). FREE. 617-987-2000; landmarksorchestra.org.

 

NORTH

Lowell Summer Music Series, 10am, Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell. Make and take art and snacks at 10am, followed by a show. Today: Irish dancers. FREE. 978-970-5200; lowellsummermusic.org.

 

 

21 Thursday


Splash Dance Party, noon to 1pm, Doherty Playground, Charlestown. Cool off in the spray features, play games, dance and try some tasty treats. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

 

NORTH

Lowell Summer Music Series, 10am, Boarding House Park, 40 French St., Lowell. Make and take art and snacks at 10am, followed by a show. Today: Dinoman! FREE. 978-970-5200; lowellsummermusic.org.

North Shore Concert Band, 7pm, Salem Willows Park, 167 Fort Ave., Salem. This 25-piece ensemble plays a Teddy Bear Picnic youth concert as part of their summer series. FREE. salem.org.

 

 

22 Friday


Free Fun Fridays, various locations. The Highland Street Foundation opens museums and cultural venues to the public for free. Today: Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park, Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, New Bedford Whaling Museum, Cape Cod Museum of Art, Pilgrim Hall Museum, The Eric Carle Museum, Fruitlands Museum and the Museum of Russian Icons. FREE. 617-969-8900; highlandstreet.org.

 

NORTH

Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival, Revere Beach, Revere. View the awesome creations at one of the country’s largest sand sculpting festivals, then stay for music, rides and fireworks. Through July 24. FREE. reverebeachpartnership.com.

 

 

23 Saturday


Family Film Festival, 6pm, The Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. Catch an outdoor viewing of Tangled at sundown. Family-friendly entertainment and activities start at 6pm. FREE. prudentialcenter.com.

 

SOUTH

Cultural Survival Bazaar, 10am – 5pm, Pilgrim Memorial State Park, 79 Water St., Plymouth. Browse arts, crafts and cultural products created by native artists from around the world. Through July 24. FREE. 617-441-5400; bazaar.culturalsurvival.org.

 

 

24 Sunday


Summer on the Emerald Necklace, 5pm, Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Plain. Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy the Metropolitan Wind Symphony. Knucklebones offers a kids play space pre-concert. FREE. emeraldnecklace.org.

 

NORTH

Bugs and Butterflies Free-for- All, 10am – 3pm, Joppa Flats, 1 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport. Watch the butterfly life cycle in action, take a guided walk and learn about the nature in your yard. FREE. 978-462-9998; massaudubon.org.

 

WEST

Sunday Concerts on the Green, 6:30pm, Newton Center Green, Newton. Grupo Fantasia will perform Latin music. FREE. 617-796-1540; newtoncommunitypride.org.

 

 

26 Tuesday


Playhouse in the Park, Elma Lewis Playhouse in Franklin Park, Boston. See July 12 listing.

One World, 10am to noon, The Mary Baker Eddy Library, 200 Massachusetts Ave., Boston. A series of free arts and cultural events, each week exploring a different corner of the globe. Today: China. FREE. 617-450-7000; marybakereddylibrary.org.

 

WEST

Free Children’s Performances, 1pm, Newton Center Green, Newton. A weekly series of kid’s concerts. Today: Vanessa Trien & The Jumping Monkeys. FREE. 617-796-1540; newtoncommunitypride.org.

 

 

27 Wednesday


Tots @ 10, 10am, Baxter Park at Assembly Row, 300 Grand Union Blvd., Somerville. A monthly program to get your child moving, thinking and creating. Today: Rock-A-Baby Concert. FREE. 617-684-1511; assemblyrow.com.

BLO’s Free Summer Concerts, 7pm, Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston. Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents Verdi & Valkyries (with dramatic singing). FREE. 617-987-2000; landmarksorchestra.org.

 

 

29 Friday


Splash Dance Party, noon to 1pm, Hynes Playground, West Roxbury. Cool off in the spray features, play games, dance and try some tasty treats. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

 

SOUTH

Star Gazing Nights, 9pm, Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill St., Sharon. Join local astronomers for a look at the stars and other night objects through big telescopes. FREE. 781-784-5691; massaudubon.org.

 

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30 Saturday


FIGMENT Boston, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Boston. An annual celebration of participatory art and culture. Expect art and activities in every medium available. Through July 31. FREE. boston.figmentproject.org.

Play Date: Family Imagination Fest, 10am – 4pm, ICA, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. Bring the whole family for art viewing and creating, as well as a participatory dance performance (2pm). FREE. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org.

Family Film Festival, 6pm, The Shops at Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston. Catch an outdoor viewing of Inside Out at sundown. Family-friendly entertainment and activities start at 6pm. FREE. prudentialcenter.com.

 

SOUTH

Houghton’s Pond Fish Festival, 10am – 1pm, Houghton’s Pond, 695 Hillside St., Milton. Take lessons in casting, knot-tying and fish identification, then cast a line into the pond. FREE. 617-698-1802; friendsofthebluehills.org.

 

 

31 Sunday


Summer on the Emerald Necklace, 5pm, Pinebank Promontory, Jamaica Plain. Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy Sterling Rhyne. Knucklebones offers a kids play space pre-concert. FREE. emeraldnecklace.org.

 

WEST

Sunday Concerts on the Green, 6:30pm, Newton Center Green, Newton. New Black Eagle Jazz Band will perform New Orleans-style jazz. FREE. 617-796-1540; newtoncommunitypride.org.

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24 Jun 2016


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