Things To Do This Week In Boston (& Beyond)

Hello friends, I hope you’re having a great weekend! If you’re looking for something to do this week in Boston and beyond, check out this curated roundup of ideas for Monday through Friday!


Through August 25: Don’t miss the Marshfield Fair (Marshfield)

Monday, August 19

Boston Carnival celebrates in style with parades, steel band music, dance, and performances, along with Caribbean cuisine (Boston)

Watch Dumbo under the stars (Boston)

Head to this Mommy and Me/Mommy to Be Bootcamp for a great workout that benefits Horizons for Homeless Children (Boston)

Work up a sweat during a free Healthworks fitness session (Chestnut Hill)

The annual Gloucester Waterfront Festival features live music, performance art, antique cars, and more (Gloucester)

Summer Farm Babies offers up farm-themed stories, movement, and songs, plus a chance for parents and kids to connect and play (Newton)

Tuesday, August 20

The Boston Children’s Festival offers up performing arts, hands-on science experiments using household ingredients, face painting, Franklin Park Zoo visitors, and more (Boston)

Black Panther comes to Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights under the stars (Boston)

Listen to an Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park free children’s music concert (Boston)

Take in a free Big Joe the Storyteller performance (Boston)

Have some free, Kid-Friendly Fun with Little Beats (Chestnut Hill)

Learn to kickbox for free at The Street (Chestnut Hill)

Food Truck Tuesday delivers tasty eats, live music, and fun activities and games (Hanover)

Check out this sweet Pop-Up Playground (Lynnfield)

Wednesday, August 21

Create collaborative art (Boston)

Eva Davenport performs as part of the Titus Sparrow Park Summer Concert Series (Boston)

Watch Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse outdoors on a big screen (Boston)

Meet Birds of Prey up close (Boston)

Take a free yoga class under the stars (Chestnut Hill)

Catch an outdoor screening of Mary Poppins Returns (Foxborough)

Head outdoors for a Parent and Tots Nature Walk (Norwell)

Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys perform free (Peabody)

Thursday, August 22

Bliss out with this free evening power vinyasa flow by the Frog Pond (Boston)

Catch a free screening of Bohemian Rhapsody (Boston)

Create traditional monoprints using acrylic plexiglass plates and a variety of mark making materials at this free workshop (Boston)

Take part in a Greenway Play Session in Chin Park with brand new play equipment for all to enjoy (Boston)

Puppet Showplace Theater stages Three Billy Goats Gruff (Brookline)

Meet the crew at the USS Constitution Museum when they share their skills and stories from serving in the US Navy (Charlestown)

Head to one of the last Thursdays on the Lawn at the Loring-Greenough House for live music, kids’ activities, food trucks, and more (Jamaica Plain)

Friday, AUGUST 23

Free Fun Friday at the Emily Dickinson Museum means a scavenger hunt, craft tent, self-guided tours, and special poetry readings from author Krystyna Poray Goddu (Amherst)

Head to the Museum of African American History for free (Boston, Nantucket)

The Asian Community Development Corporation brings Kung Fu movies to the Greenway for another year of Films at the Gate in Chinatown Park (Boston)

View the night sky at Astronomy After Hours (Boston)

The ICA is free all day with loads of special activities for families to enjoy (Boston)

Explore the Boston Athenaeum for free, and partake in quiet reading spaces, programs that highlight the Athenæum's history and collections, as well as stories and crafts (Boston)

Check out Free Fun Friday at The Mary Baker Eddy Library & Mapparium with offerings like music and dance performances, multicultural art-making, storytelling throughout the day, and more (Boston)

Watch Dumbo under the stars at the Hatch Shell, plus participate in free games and giveaways before the movie begins (Boston)

Take in a screening of Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse (Boston)

Go on a free, fun “Walk into History” tour of 11 official Freedom Trail sites from the Boston Common through Faneuil Hall, led by 18th Century Freedom Trail Players (Boston)

Participate in free, fun family activities like pyramid building, clay tablet inscription, and hieroglyphic decoding during Summer Sundays at Harvard Semitic Museum (Cambridge)

It’s Free Fun Friday at the Fort Devens Museum (Devens)

Muppet Treasure Island comes to the big screen at Wright’s Pond (Medford)

The Buttonwood Museum Park Zoo is free (New Bedford)

Enjoy free admission at the Berkshire Museum all day (Pittsfield)

The Heritage Museums & Gardens host Free Fun Friday (Sandwich)