25 Free Summer Programs In + Around Boston

One of the (many!) awesome things about living in and around Boston is the access to free programming. There's so much great stuff going on -- enjoy this roundup of 25 free options, organized alphabetically by city/town. And please share with your friends! 

25 Free Summer Programs In + Around Boston

1. Payson Park Music Festival: The park hosts evening musical programs and daytime children’s concerts. (Belmont)

2. Highland Street Free Fun Fridays: Enjoy free entry all over the Bay State this summer.

3. Lawn on D: Take in weekly live music and art installations downtown. (Boston)

4. Summer in the City: Themed concerts and movies are shown at the Boston Harbor Hotel. (Boston)

5. Free Friday Flicks: The Hatch Shell is the location for this free movie series, featuring free food samples, games, and giveaways. (Boston)

6. Faneuil Hall Summer Events: A variety of activities like art classes, story telling, puppet shows,

7. Landmarks Orchestra: An incredible variety of live musical performances takes place at the Hatch Shell. (Boston)

8. Visit the Museum of Science on Friday nights for their Astronomy After Hours program (Boston)

9. Prudential Center movie series: Saturday night movies are shown under the stars. (Boston)

10. Movies with free popcorn, gallery nights, drinks with your furry friends, and an interactive fashion show -- there's a lot to love at the Liberty Hotel. (Boston)

11. The Boston Public Library pairs with the Museum of Science and the New England Aquarium to offer educational programs all summer long (Boston)

12. The Titus Sparrow Park Summer Concert Series brings live music for adults and children alike (Boston)

13. The Brookline Summer Concert Series features outdoor concerts by a playground and splashpad (Brookline)

14. Sunday Parkland Games: Take part in recreational and play activities at the park. (Cambridge)

15. Music, dance, storytelling, theatre, puppetry, movies and more are featured in Cambridge Arts Summer in the City lineup. (Cambridge)

16. Annual Summer Music Series: This weekly music series presents kid-friendly performances by day, acoustic music in the evening. (Chestnut Hill)

17. The HarborWalk Summer Cinema Series comes to Gloucester, with blockbuster hits when the sun has set (Gloucester)

18. There is a wide variety of performers at the Lexington Summer Concert Series (Lexington)

19. With live animals, performances, activities, snacks and trolley rides, the Free Fun For Kids component of the Lowell Summer Music Series is sure to please (Lowell)

20. In July and August, the Medford Summer Concert Series brings music, dancing, movement, art activities, free books and more to Wright's Pond or the Condon Shell on Tuesday nights (Medford)

21. Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park Movie Series: Enjoy a movie night by the Mystic River. (Somerville)

22. Enjoy free outdoor movies on the grounds of the Lyman Estate during their Movies at the Mansion series (Waltham)

23. The Wright-Locke Farm hosts a Family Farm Night music series, Lettuce Turnip the Beet (Winchester)

24. Berklee students play at venues all over the area all summer long as part of their Summer in the City program (various)

25. Keep kids reading all summer when they discover they receive free movie tickets after completing a brief book report as part in Showcase Cinemas Bookworm Wednesday program (various)