After spending all week in the office, the car or at the coffee shop cranking out work, there’s nothing quite as liberating as spending some time outdoors. As the weather starts to pick up here in the Northeast, we’ve put together a list of outdoor events you can look forward to this spring and summer. Bonus: Most of them are free!
Summer in the City at Boston Harbor Hotel
Every year from June through August you can watch movies, listen to music and enjoy performances outdoors and oceanside at the Boston Harbor Hotel. Each evening is themed differently (movies on Friday, soul music on Tuesday, etc.), and there’s no entrance fee. So grab a class of chilled rose and enjoy “Casablanca” on the harbor.
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company on Boston Common
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company stages its annual, free, outdoor Shakespeare production in Boston Common during July and August (exact dates not posted as of press time). Bring your own blanket and a picnic dinner and enjoy this year’s selection, “Cymbeline,” a tale of a king and his three children who find themselves in a mythical world where nothing is as it seems.
Harborwalk Sounds at the ICA Boston
Head to the Institute of Contemporary Art on Thursday evenings, starting in July, for free waterfront concerts from a diverse range of musicians. Grab a drink and take in the scenic view of the harbor while jamming out to the latest in indie, hip-hop, jazz and soul. You can cap the night off by paying admission to see the latest exhibits inside the museum; it’s open late on Thursdays, until 9 p.m.
Boston Calling Block Parties in Dewey Square
Blow off steam after work with the Boston Calling Block Parties in Dewey Square every Thursday night from May 9 through August 29. Bands that play at Boston Calling Music Festival in late May perform sets, while partygoers drink local craft beer and play lively games of cornhole. Relax in a lawn chair and admire the public artwork on the Greenway around you, or shake off a week of cares on the dance floor.
Boston Tango in the Park
Spice up your Saturday nights in July and August with free tango performances on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. You’ll be transported to an Argentine nightclub in the middle of bustling Boston for the night. Watch the professionals shake their way across the dance floor and then learn a few basic steps to give it a try yourself.