This summer provides plenty of opportunity for free entertainment in Boston. Whether you are looking to enjoy a concert, catch a movie or cool down in spray pool, there are plenty of free things to do this summer in Boston!
Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival
The Prudential Center will once again host the Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival on the South Garden. The free, family-friendly movies are shown under the night sky. This year’s movies will include:
- July 11: The Boxtrolls
- July 18: Frozen
- July 25: Big Hero 6
- August 1: Up
- August 8: Paddington
- August 15: Ratatouille
- August 22: Toy Story
- August 29: Despicable Me
In addition to showing free movies, the event will also offer entertainment, children’s activities and giveaways, all of which will start at 6:00 pm. All movies are shown on a Saturday with the show starting at sundown. Rain dates will be offered on the following Wednesday. Picnic blankets and beach chairs are permitted. The Prudential Center is located at 800 Boylston Street. Discounted parking in the Prudential Center Garage is available with a $10 purchase.
Boston Landmarks Orchestra at the Hatch Shell
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra will provide free concerts at the Hatch Shell. The concerts, which start at 7:00 pm and last for two hours, provide a mix of classical, contemporary, modern and traditional music. This year’s performances include:
- July 15: Rhapsody in Green
- July 22: Fiesta Sinfonica
- August 5: Italian Night
- August 12: Sheherazade Meets Clarice Assad
- August 19: Drums Along the Charles
- August 27: Classical Concert
The Longwood Symphony Orchestra will also be performing this summer. Entitled “A Night at the Ballet,” the performance will take place on July 29th from 7:00-9:00 pm. The Hatch Shell is located at 47 David G Mugar Way along the Charles River. Be sure to check out the Hatch Shell website for free summer movies, which are typically offered once per week throughout the summer at the location.
Boston Common Spray Pool and Yoga
The Boston Common Spray Pool is scheduled to open on July 1st. For two months, Frog Pond will transform from a public skating rink to a spray pond for those ages 12 and under. The spray pond will remain open until Labor Day, with daily hours being from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. On the grand opening day of July 1st, there will also be a gala ceremony including family-friendly entertainment, art and music. Throughout the summer, the pond will boast a 30-foot spray in the center and lifeguards will be on duty during open hours.
While the little ones play in the pond, free yoga will be available to adults. The program will meet every Thursday from June 4th through August 27th from 6:00-7:00 pm behind the carousel. Instruction will be provided by multiple instructors with years of training and experience in yoga.
Frog Pond is located in The Boston Common just off of Charles Street. Frog Pond Café, which offers drinks, snacks and meals, is located next to the pond and is open daily from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm from mid-May through mid-October.