From branded games of corn hole to elaborate photo booths, corporate America is out in full force at Boston Calling, catering to the Instagram generation with every last giveaway.
And I want it all.
So, like a moth to a freebie flame, I flitted around the vast expanse of Harvard’s Athletic Complex with just one goal in mind: a treasure trove of random stuff that I did not pay for. I traversed the grounds like a true wilderness explorer, hiking over a mild hill near the Blue Stage in pursuit of the flashy complimentary swag I was sure decorated the IKEA tent. I waited, sweaty and tired, for several minutes so I could call a Sam Adams beer koozie mine. I sampled four flavors of Diet Coke with the hope that I would win a pair of free sunglasses. I did not win the sunglasses. But in my adventure, I surely won much more.
There’s so much free stuff to be had at the festival, and I feel confident I now possess the vast majority of it. Here’s all the (mostly branded) stuff I picked up around Boston Calling, without pulling out my wallet once:
And on top of all the very awesome and very free items, I also snagged some sunscreen AND complimentary WiFi. So keep dreaming big, for you, too, could some day own branded ear plugs.
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