Free Family Events in August in Massachusetts


1 Monday

 

NORTH

Yankee Homecoming, various locations, Old Newburyport. Nine days of summer fun capped off by fireworks and a parade. Through Aug. 7. FREE. yankeehomecoming.com.

Salem Heritage Days, various locations, Salem. Highlights of this annual festival include the Essex Street Fair, Tour-A-Truck, Ice Cream Bowl and car show. Through Aug. 10. FREE. salem.com.

 

 

2 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: Armenia. FREE. 617-450-7000; marybakereddylibrary.org.

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.

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

Free Family Flicks, 7pm, Martini Shell Park, 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park. Bring along a blanket and some snacks and enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens under the stars. FREE. 617-698-1802; mass.gov/dcr.

 

 

3 Wednesday


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

Wednesday Night Concert Series, 7pm, City Hall Plaza, Boston. Boston’s longest-running outdoor concert series. Tonight: Disco Party featuring Tavares. 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: Wright Brothers Two (humor). FREE. 978-970-5200; lowellsummermusic.org.

 

 

4 Thursday


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

Costume Parade and Contest, noon, Faneuil Hall, Boston. Dress up as your favorite superhero or comic book character for a chance to win passes to the upcoming Boston Comic Con. FREE. faneuilhallmarketplace.com.

Free Family Flicks, 7pm, Pope John Paul Park, Dorchester. Bring along a blanket and some snacks and enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens under the stars. FREE. 617-698-1802; mass.gov/dcr.

 

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: Aladdin (theater). FREE. 978-970-5200; lowellsummermusic.org.

 

SOUTH

Feast of the Blessed Sacrament, Madeira Field, 50 Madeira Ave., New Bedford. The largest Portuguese Feast in the world features food, live entertainment, midway, carnival rides and a parade. FREE. Through Aug. 7. 508-992-6911; portuguesefeast.com.

 

 

5 Friday


Free Fun Fridays,
various locations. The Highland Street Foundation opens museums and cultural venues to the public for free. Today: Harvard Museum of Natural History, The Old State House, The Greenway Carousel, Springfield Museums, Historic Deerfield, Hancock Shaker Village, The Old Manse and Worcester Historical Museum. FREE. 617-969-8900; highlandstreet.org.

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

Free Friday Flicks, 6pm, Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston. Come early for free food samples, games and giveaways, then watch The Good Dinosaur. FREE. 617-787-7200; boston.cbslocal.com/flicks.

 

 

6 Saturday


Cultural Survival Bazaar,
10am – 5pm, Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., Jamaica Plain. A fair of artist demos, indigenous cuisine and ethically made crafts and cultural products. FREE. 617-441-5400; bazaar.culturalsurvival.org.

Vintage Baseball, 11am – 3pm, Georges Island, Boston. Take the ferry out and step back in time to watch a Civil War-era base ball game with original rules and uniforms. FREE. bostonharborislands.org.

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

Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series, Assembly Row, 300 Grand Union Blvd., Somerville. Pack up a blanket and picnic for a showing of The Good Dinosaur at sundown. FREE. 617-684-1511; assemblyrow.com.

 

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8 Monday


Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights,
7pm, Hunt/Almont Park, Mattapan. Catch an outdoor viewing of The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water. FREE. boston.gov/parks.

 

 

9 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: The Wampanoag Nation. 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 or 6pm for Midnight Crew All Star Revue. FREE. 617-442-4141; franklinparkcoalition.org.

Free Family Flicks, 7pm, Martini Shell Park, 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park. Bring along a blanket and some snacks and enjoy The Good Dinosaur under the stars. FREE. 617-698-1802; mass.gov/dcr.

 

 

10 Wednesday


Drumlin Farm presents Birds,
11am & noon, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St., Watertown. Meet birds of prey that live here in New England. FREE. 617-926-4968; watertown-mall.com.

BLO’s Free Summer Concerts, 7pm, Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston. Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents Landmarks Lollapalooza. FREE. 617-987-2000; landmarksorchestra.org.

Wednesday Night Concert Series, 7pm, City Hall Plaza, Boston. Boston’s longest-running outdoor concert series. Tonight: Disco Night featuring Stardust. 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: Ben Rudnick & Friends. FREE. 978-970-5200; lowellsummermusic.org.

 

SOUTH
Patriot Place Outdoor Movie Series,
6pm, Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. Catch the pre-show entertainment on the plaza, followed by Aladdin at sunset. FREE. 508-203-2100; patriot-place.com.

 

 

11 Thursday


ParkARTS Rosalita’s Marionette Puppets,
11am, Christopher Columbus Park, North End. A whimsical puppet show that will delight the child in everyone. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

Free Family Flicks, 7pm, Pope John Paul Park, Dorchester. Bring along a blanket and some snacks and enjoy The Good Dinosaur under the stars. FREE. 617-698-1802; mass.gov/dcr.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights, 7pm, L Street Beach, South Boston. Catch an outdoor viewing of Minions. FREE. 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: The Red Trouser Show (acrobatics). FREE. 978-970-5200; lowellsummermusic.org.

 

SOUTH
Star Gazing Nights,
8:30pm, 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.

 

 

12 Friday


Free Fun Fridays,
various locations. The Highland Street Foundation opens museums and cultural venues to the public for free. Today: MIT Museum, The Museum of the NCAAA, Concord Museum, Garden in the Woods, Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center, Naumkeag, Emily Dickinson Museum and the Waterworks Museum. FREE. 617-969-8900; highlandstreet.org.

Free Friday Flicks, 6pm, Hatch Shell, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston. Come early for free food samples, games and giveaways, then watch Jurassic World. FREE. 617-787-7200; boston.cbslocal.com/flicks.


13 Saturday

 

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

Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series, Assembly Row, 300 Grand Union Blvd., Somerville. Pack up a blanket and picnic for a showing of Jurassic World at sundown. FREE. 617-684-1511; assemblyrow.com.

 

 

14 Sunday


August Moon Festival,
10am – 5pm, Chinatown, Boston. Watch Asian folk dance, lion dance and Chinese opera, and browse food and gift vendors throughout Chinatown. FREE. ccbaboston.org.

India Day, 4-8pm, Hatch Shell, 1 David G Mugar Way, Boston. A showcase of the unique ethnic and cultural diversity of India with food, booths and performances. FREE. iagb.org.

 

 

15 Monday


Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights,
7pm, Ringer Playground, Allston. Catch an outdoor viewing of Shaun The Sheep. FREE. boston.gov/parks.

 

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16 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: Brazil. 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 or 6pm for AJ Smooth Motown. FREE. 617-442-4141; franklinparkcoalition.org.

Free Family Flicks, 7pm, Martini Shell Park, 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park. Bring along a blanket and some snacks and enjoy Jurassic World under the stars. FREE. 617-698-1802; mass.gov/dcr.

 

 

17 Wednesday


BLO’s Free Summer Concerts,
7pm, Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston. Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents Footloose and Fancy Free. FREE. 617-987-2000; landmarksorchestra.org.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights, 7pm, Eden Street, Charlestown. Catch an outdoor viewing of The Good Dinosaur. FREE. boston.gov/parks.

 

 

18 Thursday


Free Family Flicks,
7pm, Pope John Paul Park, Dorchester. Bring along a blanket and some snacks and enjoy Jurassic World under the stars. FREE. 617-698-1802; mass.gov/dcr.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights, 7pm, Fallon Field, Roslindale. Catch an outdoor viewing of Big Hero 6. FREE. boston.gov/parks.

 

 

19 Friday


Free Fun Fridays,
various locations. The Highland Street Foundation opens museums and cultural venues to the public for free. Today: The Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, USS Constitution Museum, The Discovery Museums, EcoTarium, The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, New England Historic Genealogical Society, Fuller Craft Museum and Griffin Photography Museum. FREE. 617-969-8900; highlandstreet.org.

The Kitchen’s First Birthday!, 10am – 7pm, The Kitchen at Boston Public Market, 6 Congress St., Boston. Stop by for fun activities, including free cake, cooking demos and a scavenger hunt around the Market & Greenway. FREE. 978-578-5867; ttor.org.

GreenFest, noon to 10pm, City Hall Plaza, Boston. This environmental festival offers everything from recycled art to eco-fashion shows. Stop by the EcoKids Center for games, robots, pony rides and activities. Through Aug. 21. FREE. 617-477-4840; bostongreenfest.org.

Free Friday Flicks, 6pm, Hatch Shell, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston. Come early for free food samples, games and giveaways, then watch Up. FREE. 617-787-7200; boston.cbslocal.com/flicks.

 

 

20 Saturday


West End Children’s Festival,
noon to 3pm, Thoreau Path, Boston. An afternoon of games, food, entertainment and more. FREE. 617-670-1900; westendchildrensfestival.org.

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

Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series, Assembly Row, 300 Grand Union Blvd., Somerville. Pack up a blanket and picnic for a showing of Up at sundown. FREE. 617-684-1511; assemblyrow.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.

 

 

21 Sunday

 

SOUTH

August Moon Festival, 11am, North Quincy MBTA Parking Lot, Quincy. Festivities begin at 11am with a lion dance and continue with food, vendors, games and children’s activities. FREE. quincyasianresources.org.

 

 

22 Monday


Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights,
7pm, East Boston Stadium, East Boston. Catch an outdoor viewing of Up. FREE. boston.gov/parks.

 

 

23 Tuesday


Children’s Summer Festival,
10am – 1pm, Franklin Park, Dorchester. Boston Parks & Rec’s summer festival offers performing arts, science activities, art projects, face painting, a visit from Franklin Park Zoo and more. FREE. boston.gov/parks.

ParkARTS Citywide Neighborhood Concerts, 6pm, Christopher Columbus Park, 110 Atlantic Ave., Boston. The U.S. Air Force Heritage of America Band Jazz Ensemble plays a summer concert. FREE. 617-635-4505; cityofboston.gov/parks.

Free Family Flicks, 7pm, Martini Shell Park, 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park. Bring along a blanket and some snacks and enjoy Up under the stars. FREE. 617-698-1802; mass.gov/dcr.

 

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24 Wednesday


The Museum of Science presents “Science Magic,"
11am, Watertown Mall, 550 Arsenal St., Watertown. Find out the science behind classic magic tricks. FREE. 617-926-4968; watertown-mall.com.

BLO’s Free Summer Concerts, 7pm, Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston. Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents the Longwood Symphony. FREE. 617-987-2000; landmarksorchestra.org.

Wednesday Night Concert Series, 7pm, City Hall Plaza, Boston. Boston’s longest-running outdoor concert series. Tonight: Harold Melvins’ Blue Notes. FREE. 617-635-4505; boston.gov/parks.

 

SOUTH

Patriot Place Outdoor Movie Series, 6pm, Patriot Place, 2 Patriot Place, Foxboro. Catch the pre-show entertainment on the plaza, followed by Zootopia at sunset. FREE. 508-203-2100; patriot-place.com.

 

 

25 Thursday


Fee Free Day,
National Parks, Forests and Wildlife Refuges Nationwide. Celebrate the National Park Service’s birthday with free admission through Aug. 28. FREE. nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Free Family Flicks, 7pm, Pope John Paul Park, Dorchester. Bring along a blanket and some snacks and enjoy Up under the stars. FREE. 617-698-1802; mass.gov/dcr.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights, 7pm, Ramsay Park, Roxbury. Catch an outdoor viewing of Zootopia. FREE. boston.gov/parks.

 

 

26 Friday


Free Fun Fridays,
various locations. The Highland Street Foundation opens museums and cultural venues to the public for free. Today: Franklin Park Zoo, Old Sturbridge Village, Freedom Trail Foundation, Museum of African American History, Norman Rockwell Museum, Berkshire Museum, Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum and the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History. FREE. 617-969-8900; highlandstreet.org.

Rosies Invade the Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston. Celebrate the role of women workers at the Navy Yard with music, swing dancing, special tours and talks and more. FREE. nps.gov/bost/planyourvisit/rosies2016.htm.

Free Friday Flicks, 6pm, Hatch Shell, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston. Come early for free food samples, games and giveaways, then watch Ant-Man. FREE. 617-787-7200; boston.cbslocal.com/flicks.

 

 

27 Saturday


Play Date: Seaside Adventures,
10am – 4pm, ICA, 100 Northern Ave., Boston. Spend the day on the harborside designing an artist’s book, sculpting or sketching. FREE. 617-478-3100; icaboston.org.

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

Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series, Assembly Row, 300 Grand Union Blvd., Somerville. Pack up a blanket and picnic for a showing of Ant-Man at sundown. FREE. 617-684-1511; assemblyrow.com.

 

SOUTH

Downtown Plymouth Waterfront Festival, 10:30am – 7pm, Plymouth Waterfront, Plymouth. Enjoy artisan and craft booths, food vendors, a rubber duck race, two stages of live entertainment and more. FREE. 508-830-1620; plymouthwaterfrontfestival.com.

 

 

28 Sunday


Red Sox Mobile Showcase,
10am, Faneuil Hall, Boston. The Green Monster-inspired mobile truck stops at Faneuil Hall for fun, games and photo opportunities. FREE. boston.redsox.mlb.com.

 

 

29 Monday


Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights,
7pm, Harambee Park, Dorchester. Catch an outdoor viewing of Monsters University. FREE. boston.gov/parks.

 

 

30 Tuesday


Free Family Flicks,
7pm, Martini Shell Park, 1015 Truman Parkway, Hyde Park. Bring along a blanket and some snacks and enjoy Ant-Man under the stars. FREE. 617-698-1802; mass.gov/dcr.

 

 

31 Wednesday


BLO’s Free Summer Concerts,
7pm, Hatch Shell, 47 David G. Mugar Way, Boston. Boston Landmarks Orchestra presents The Boys from Syracuse in collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company. FREE. 617-987-2000; landmarksorchestra.org.

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26 Jul 2016


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