Free Events in Boston and Massachusetts in June
Beyond the Telescope: Surprises in the Outer Solar System, 7pm, Museum of Science, 1 Science Park, Boston. Learn how new discoveries are made in our solar system and beyond. Registration required. FREE. 617-723-2500; mos.org.
Salem Arts Festival, Downtown Salem. A family-friendly festival celebrating all the arts: painting, photography, sculpture, dance, music, film, theatre, poetry, culinary and more. Through June 5. FREE. 978-744-0004; salemartsfestival.com.
Hubbub: Creative Commotion for Kids, 9am – 4pm, Copley Square, Boston. The Boston Book Festival’s annual family event, with authors, costumed characters, live music, food trucks and much more. FREE. 617-764-3099; hubbubfest.org.
Cambridge Arts River Festival, 11am – 6pm, East Cambridge waterfront. A vibrant celebration of the arts, with six stages of music, theater and dance, storytelling, roving performances, food, crafts and more. FREE. 617-349-4380; cambridgema.gov/arts.
Brookline Porchfest, noon to 6pm, various locations, Brookline. Stroll around Brookline, watching live music on porches and lawns. FREE. artsbrookline.org.
National Learn to Row Day, 9am to noon, Bellegarde Boathouse, 500 Pawtucket Blvd., Lowell. Tour the boathouse, row on the barge, try out an erg and learn about summer programs. FREE. 978-746-7023; lowellcommunityrowing.org.
World Oceans Day, 11am – 3pm, New England Aquarium, Central Wharf, Boston. A family friendly festival on Central Wharf focusing on environmental programs and ocean animals. FREE, does not include Aquarium admission. 617-973-5200; neaq.org.
Green Up the Blue Hills, 1-3:30pm, Ponkapoag AMC Cabins, 1060 Randolph St., Canton. Volunteers will enjoy music, face painting, crafts and a scavenger hunt while pulling invasive weeds. Bring gloves. FREE. 617-696-8248; friendsofthebluehills.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.
Exhibit Opening: Extraordinary Playscapes, BSA Space, 290 Congress St., Boston. An exhibition featuring more than 40 pioneering playscapes from around the world, including playable installations, videos and scale models. Through Sept. 5. FREE. designmuseumboston.org.
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.
Boston Dragon Boat Festival, 7am – 2pm, MIT Boathouse, Cambridge. Watch the colorful 39-foot-Hong Kong-style dragon boats as they complete time trials for Sunday’s race. FREE. bostondragonboat.org.
Dance for World Community Festival, noon to 8pm, Harvard Square, Cambridge. Dance performances, exhibitors, food trucks and free dance classes throughout the Square. FREE. 617-354-7467; danceforworldcommunity.org.
Topsfield Strawberry Festival, 10am – 4pm, Topsfield Common, Topsfield. Bowls and bowls of fresh strawberries, whipped cream and piles of shortcakes await, alongside artisans, games and live music. FREE. topsfieldhistory.org.
Flag Day Parade & Celebration, 7pm, Pageant Field, Quincy. Pay tribute to Old Glory with a parade, flag raising and dazzling fireworks display. FREE. 617-376-1000; quincyma.gov.
Boston Dragon Boat Festival, 7am – 5pm, Banks of the Charles River, Cambridge. Watch the dragon boat races, then enjoy Asian food, performances and arts and crafts. FREE. bostondragonboat.org.
Inuksuit, 3pm, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston. An outdoor musical piece, played by more than 50 percussionists spread out among the conifer collection. FREE. 617-384-5277; kadencearts.org.
Nantucket Book Festival, various locations, Nantucket. A multi-day cultural event celebrating Nantucket’s rich literary history. Children’s storytimes are a highlight. Through June 19. Many events free. 508-919-6230; nantucketbookfestival.org.
Waltham Riverfest, various locations, Waltham. Bands, vendors, canoeing, kayaking and a pet parade on Saturday. Through June 18. FREE. 781-856-7165; walthamriverfest.com.
Make Music Harvard Square/Fete de la Musique, Harvard Square, Cambridge. The streets become a free, live music festival featuring more than 70 musicians. FREE. 617-491-3434; harvardsquare.com.
Ten Trees Kids Love, Family Walk, 10am, Arnold Arboretum, 125 Arborway, Boston. A fun, educational walk, highlighting trees consistently on kids’ favorite lists. Ages 4-12. Registration requested. FREE. 617-524-1718; arboretum.harvard.edu.
Arts Fest Beverly, 10am – 4pm, Downtown Beverly. More than 100 juried fine artists and crafters, music and entertainment, kids’ activities, art-on-the-spot creations and local food trucks fill downtown. FREE. 978-922-8558; beverlymainstreets.org.
Strawberry Festival, 10am – 5pm, Marini Farm, 259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich. Strawberry picking, shortcake, bounce houses and more. FREE. 978-356-0430; marinifarm.com.
PorchFest Quincy, 1-5pm, Safford Park, Beale Street, Quincy. Local musicians of many different genres will play on porches and yards in the Wollaston neighborhood. FREE. wollastonhill.com/porchfest-quincy.
Ice Cream Festival, 3-7pm, Francis William Bird Park, Polley Lane, East Walpole. Grab an ice cream, play some games, listen to the music, get your face painted and enjoy a great summer day in the park. FREE. 781-784-0567; ttor.org.
Celebration Saturday, 10am – 5pm, Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard. It’s Fruitlands’ birthday; celebrate with guided walks, live music, art making and more. FREE. 978-456-3924; fruitlands.org.
Opening Day: Storrowton Village Museum, 11am – 3pm, Storrowton Village Museum, 1305 Memorial Ave., West Springfield. Explore a 19th century village full of costumed interpreters teaching about daily life. FREE. 413-205-5051; thebige.com/sv.
Day of Portugal Parade, 2pm, Cambridge and Somerville. A highlight of the Boston Portuguese Festival, the parade includes colorful floats, bands and Portuguese marching groups, as well as stands selling Portuguese delicacies. FREE. bostonportuguesefestival.org.
Father’s Day Walk on the Emerson-Thoreau Amble, 1pm, Concord Museum, 200 Lexington Road, Concord. Follow the footsteps of writers Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau on a walk through the woods. Registration required. FREE. 978-369-9763; concordmuseum.org.
Summer Solstice: Night at the Museums, 5-9pm, Harvard Museums, Cambridge. Enjoy hands-on activities, dance performances, live music and free evening admission to the Harvard Semitic Museum, Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and Harvard Museum of Natural History. FREE. 617-495-3045; hmnh.harvard.edu.
Peek a Blue Hike, 11am, Houghton’s Pond, 840 Hillside St., Milton. See June 7 listing.
Tots @ 10, 10am, Assembly Row, 300 Grand Union Blvd., Somerville. A free monthly program featuring different activities to get kids moving, thinking and creating. June: Kid’s Yoga with itsyFITsy. FREE. 617-684-1511; assemblyrow.com.
Free Fun Fridays, various locations. The Highland Street Foundation opens museums and cultural venues to the public for free. Today: Tanglewood, Lyric Stage Company of Boston, Clark Art Institute, MASS MoCA, Worcester Art Museum, Children’s Museum at Holyoke, International Volleyball Hall of Fame and The Mount: Edith Wharton’s Home. FREE. 617-969-8900; highlandstreet.org.
Frog Pond Opening, 11am – 6pm, Boston Common Frog Pond, Boston. Kick off summer under the 30-foot spray flume with giveaways, food, science experiments, face painting, magicians and more. FREE. 617-635-2120; bostonfrogpond.com.
Tanglewood Family Fun Fest, 1-5pm, Tanglewood, 297 West St., Lenox. Experience Tanglewood’s magic through scavenger hunts, an instrument playground, crafts and live music. Registration recommended. FREE. 413-637-5393; bso.org.
Family Fun Day, noon to 4pm, Trum Field, 1 Franey Road, Somerville. The annual celebration includes a BBQ, children’s activities, face painting, bouncy houses, pony rides and much more. FREE. somervilleartscouncil.org/family.
Milton Music Fest, 3-11pm, Governor Hutchinson’s Field, Adams Street, Milton. A day of music, kids’ activities and fireworks. FREE. wearemilton.org.
Strawberry Festival, 11am – 3pm, Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord. Pick-your-own strawberries and enjoy music, entertainment and pony rides. Enter the strawberry dessert contest. FREE. 978-369-4494; verrillfarm.com.
Pegan Hill Expansion Celebration, noon to 3pm, Pegan Hill, Natick and Dover. Celebrate the expansion of conservation land with music, food, kite-making and flying and more. Park at Lookout Farm. FREE. 508-785-0339; ttor.org.
Legacy Festival, noon to 6pm, Governor Oliver Ames Estate, 35 Oliver St., North Easton. A juried art competition, music, kids crafts, food, drink, canoes and more. FREE. 781-784-0567; ttor.org.