Experience the Best Boston Has to Offer for Free!
Everyone loves a good night out on the town, but a good time doesn’t automatically have to be an expensive time. If you want to experience the best that downtown Boston has to offer without blowing your entertainment budget there are plenty of free events and activities for you to enjoy.
Wine Tasting in the North End
The North End is just a few blocks from the Devonshire, and while a multi-course Italian meal can get a little pricey (albeit utterly delicious!), on Fridays from 5 to 8 p.m. The Wine Bottega offers “Free Friday Tastings
” for guests. Sample 6 or so wines and maybe even take your favorite bottle home for your next night-in.
Sample Sam Adams for Free
In April 1985, when Samuel Adams Boston Lager®
made its debut in about 25 bars and restaurants in Boston, the company had no office, no computers, and no distributors. It was mostly a one-man show, as founder Jim Koch had walked from bar to bar with beer samples in his briefcase, convincing Boston bars and restaurants to take a gamble on his beer. Only three years later the first Boston-based brewery for the company opened. If you are a beer lover (or even just a big fan of local history) the Sam Adams Brewery
in Jamaica Plain offers tours 6 days a week for free (although there is a suggested donation of $2.)
Learn to Love Art
On Wednesday nights, the Museum of Fine Arts
offers free admission after 4 p.m. The Museum is free to all visitors on multiple Open House days throughout the year including; Monday, January 20, 2014 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day); Saturday, February 8, 2014 (Lunar New Year); Monday, May 26, 2014 (Memorial Day); and Monday, October 13, 2014 (Fall Open House). And if you (or someone in your family) is a student, the University Membership Program allows students free access to the Museum when they present their valid student ID at any MFA ticket desk.
And if you are more into modern art, check out the ICA
for free every Thursday night from 5 to 9 p.m.
Test Your Trivia
Dozens, if not hundreds, of bars across the city host Trivia Nights. Call up your friends and put together a team of trivia experts and see how you measure up against the competition! One of the biggest governing organizations for trivia nights in Boston is Geeks Who Drink
. They are at dozens of pubs and bars 7 nights a week!
Expand Your Horizons with a History Lesson
The Harvard Museum of Natural History
offers free admission to Massachusetts residents every Sunday morning from 9 a.m. to noon (year round) and on Wednesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. September through May. The Harvard Museum of Natural History is adjacent to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology
, and admission to one museum admits you to both during regular hours, so BOGO museum exhibits!
Get a Museum Pass from the BPL
Members of the BPL (free to get a card!) are able to borrow passes to museums and other local attractions for single-day use. Some of these passes give you major discounts to the most popular museums in Boston, but you can also get free access to the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium (up to 4 people), and the Larz Anderson Auto Museum in Brookline.
These are just a few of the free things to do in Boston. There are plenty of fairs, parades, events, and other happenings going on in Boston all-year-round that are free (or close enough to it!) that you never have to break the bank to have a good time.