Free Things to Do in Boston This Weekend

All the best free things to do, events, and more around Boston this weekend.

A beer garden in Boston Landing, outside the Warrior Ice Arena. / Photo courtesy of NB Development


Raphaël Jaimes-Branger: Monumental, An Homage to Louis Daguerre

After discovering dusty daguerreotypes in the attic of his childhood home, artist Raphaël Jaimes-Branger developed a fascination with this early form of photography. He later invented his own process absent the poisonous chemical mercury, instead utilizing xylol to transfer images onto an acrylic sheet. Opening at the Childs Gallery this week, Jaimes-Branger’s exhibit Monumental, An Homage to Louis Daguerre is a study in enjoying beauty, particularly in the form of public art, monuments and sentimental photography.

11 a.m.-5 p.m., Childs Gallery, 169 Newbury St., Boston.


Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival

At this annual festival hosted by the Franklin Park Coalition and Hot 96.9, kite-flyers of all ages can take part in outdoor activities including live musical performances, kite-making workshops, face-painting, and recreational games guided by Playworks and Appalachian Mountain Club’s OutdoorsRX. If this popular festival goes anything like the years before, expect crowds of over a thousand and a bright sky filled with colorful kites.

11 a.m.-4 p.m., Franklin Park Playstead, Pierpont Rd., Boston.

Lincoln Freeing the Slaves, 2019. Raphaël Jaimes-Branger. Xylotype, silver leaf on acrylic sheet, hand embossed velvet mounted to two wood panels joined by a hinge, 32 x 40 inches. / Photo courtesy of Childs Gallery

Walking Tour of Sumner Hill

Founded in 1987 to celebrate the neighborhood’s rich history, the Jamaica Plain Historical Society is run by an all-volunteer staff, who bring yet another guided walking tour to the agenda this weekend. Follow along with your tour guide as you stroll through The National Historic District of Sumner Hill, which boasts a collection of Victorian abodes—including the ancestral home of the Dole Pineapple Company founder, as well as a few prominent abolitionists and suffragists.

11 a.m.-12 p.m., Loring-Greenough House, 12 South St., Jamaica Plain.

Boston Landing Block Party

Like other neighborhood focal points, Brighton’s Boston Landing development is taking advantage of the beautiful spring weather with an outdoor festival featuring the area’s best food and retail vendors. Activities on deck for this community block party include cookie decorating at KoHi Coffee, tours of Lantera Boston, Mainely Burger tastings and a beer garden from Barrel House Z.

12 p.m.-5 p.m., Boston Landing.

America Transformed Opening Celebration

In 2004, philanthropist Norman B. Leventhal partnered with the Boston Public Library to create the Map & Education Center in his name, with the goal of displaying a massive collection of maps and atlases for community educational purposes. The center’s newest exhibit explores changes and developments in America during the 1800s through the lens of land, population, transportation and the economy. This free, opening celebration features refreshments from the Newsfeed Cafe, a ribbon-cutting ceremony, themed tours and an exhibit introduction by curator Ron Grim.

1 p.m.-4 p.m., Norman B. Leventhal Map & Education Center, 700 Boylston St.

Photo courtesy of New England Open Markets


2nd ANNUAL Baked Festival

New England Open Markets will take on baked goods for a second time with the follow-up iteration of this popular sweet treats festival. Though the word “baked” might conjure up a different meaning for some, this festival is strictly dedicated to the “baker’s confectionary” and features samples from 40 of the region’s top pastry chefs, independent bakers, food trucks and bakeries.

11 a.m.-5 p.m., 95 Prospect St., Cambridge.

24 Hours in Cambridge Screening

Using clips fielded from community members, Cambridge Community Television is celebrating the start of spring with a compilation video documenting 24 hours in the city. With footage filmed in notable corners of Cambridge like Harvard Yard, the screening looks to truly embody the documentary title: The Art of the Everyday. In the spirit of CCTV’s publicly-involved media initiative, the community-crafted video will play on a loop all afternoon for those interested to drop in and view.

3 p.m.-6 p.m., Cambridge Community Television, 438 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.

Game of Thrones Finale Screening

The final episode of Game of Thrones’ eighth season, directed by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, will conclude a 10-year cultural phenomenon that has enthralled the world. If it weren’t worth watching, Trident Cafe wouldn’t host a community screening. Make sure to get to the second floor early to grab a seat for this Hollywood history-making moment.

9 p.m., Trident Booksellers & Cafe, 338 Newbury St., Boston.