Who’s ready for the weekend?! We’ve got all the best, funkiest, most delicious (and free) events around Boston, so get ready to get busy!
National Donut Day!
Friday is National Donut Day (which, in our opinion, should be a federal holiday)! Swing by Kane’s Handcrafted Donuts on the Waterfront for discounts on gourmet pastries all day long. Buy a dozen donuts and they’ll throw in three extra for free! If you’d rather stick around campus, Dunkin’ Donuts is giving away a ~free~ donut with every drink!
Boston Public Library Concert – 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Every Friday afternoon, the BPL opens up its gorgeous courtyard for informal concerts. This week it’s the Cocek! Brass Band playing an array of both traditional and ~funky~ jazz music. Grab some takeout around Copley Square and then claim a spot on the lawn! You should also check out our #NUBucketList explaining exactly why you should hang out at the BPL more often.
SoWa First Fridays: 5 – 9 pm
Take a stroll down Harrison Ave as local boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants open their doors all evening for pop-up shops, shows, and samples!
Pride Day at Faneuil Hall: 10 am – 5 pm
The Boston Pride Parade might be a week away, but start celebrating now at Faneuil Hall’s annual Pride Day! Mr. and Miss Boston Pride will emcee the event, which includes a massive zumba class, tons of live performances, and a drag show.
Coolidge Corner Arts Festival: 10:30 am – 6 pm
Stop by Coolidge Corner for the annual Arts Festival, featuring artwork by dozens of local Brookline creators. Sample signature dishes from Boston’s favorite food trucks and enjoy music from DJ Magic Mark and the Brookline Porchfest jazz groups.
Brookline Porchfest: 12 – 6
For the first time ever, the community of Brookline is hosting a “Porchfest,” an awesome event that invites neighbors and strangers alike onto open-air porches to enjoy local music. Dozens and dozens of bands will perform all afternoon on residents’ porches across the area, playing everything from electronic to folk jazz to chamber music. Check out the performance map to catch your favorite bands!
Every Sunday during the summer the South End opens up to hundreds of Bostonians on the hunt for fresh produce, funky art, and a bargain. Just a couple blocks and a five minute walk apart, both markets host tons of local stalls selling farm fresh goods, handmade jewelry and clothing, and plenty of other curiosities. Both are visited by some of Boston’s best food trucks, so you can snack while you shop!
Fort Point Festival: 12 – 4
Check out the Fort Point neighborhood’s first annual street festival! This up-and-coming area has tons of high-end restaurants that will be offering samples and giveaways all afternoon, accompanied by local bands, a gallery crawl, and fairground games.