The Urbanite’s Guide to Summer Events

What are you doing in the city this summer? Well, we've got a few ideas.

Cape Cod FOMO, no more. Everything great happening this summer is taking place right here in the city—from free movies, to cooking demonstrations, to concerts, parties, outdoor events, and more. And did we say a huge portion of everything is free?

Below, see what’s happening at highlighted institutions and venues around Boston, a huge round-up of concerts to meet every music enthusiasts’ needs, and some miscellaneous things to do—from fitness to weekend plans. Plus, if you really need to get to the Cape at some point, we still have you covered.



Boston Public Library
Check out free concerts in the McKim Courtyard.


Cooking demonstrations, this way.


Assembly Row
Farmers markets, fun runs, and fireworks.


Courses, music, lectures, and films.


Boston Harbor Hotel
Their annual free entertainment series is back.


Lawn on D
Outdoor events, all summer long.



Where to See Free Outdoor Movies

Browse through the schedules of several different free film series happening around town all summer long.

Free Fun Fridays

Here’s the lineup and schedule for Highland Street’s annual summer-long series, including free admission to museums and cultural spots.

Free Things to Do in June

Plan your first month of the season accordingly with events like World Oceans Day at the New England Aquarium and the Dragon Boat Festival on the Charles.

Fitness Free-for-All

From Zumba on the Esplanade to yoga overlooking Jamaica Pond, these local parks offer plenty of (gratis!) ways to enjoy your daily workout en plein air.


Cape & Islands Guide 2015

From surfing to off-roading, we uncovered secret ways to explore the Cape, Nantucket, and Martha’s Vineyard.