things to do in boston this week

Spring is festival season and events in Boston are already heating up. Don’t let those high ticket prices keep you from living your best life. We bring you the best round-up of free and cheap tickets, deals, and activities going on every week. Free and cheap events in Boston this week include Blue Man Group, Big Apple Circus, Huzzah! Tavern Nights, James & the Giant Peach, The Secret Garden , PhilHarmonix, Bollywood & Bhangra Beats, Four Handed Illusions at Hampshire House, Boston Polish Fest, free boot camps, walking tours, and much more.

Read more below for the best free and cheap things to do in Boston this week:

 

TOP PICK

Big Apple Circus

Big Apple Circus
What: The one-ring wonders are back with the best circus acts spanning the globe. See their astonishing flights, high flying acts, trapeze artists, and more. They have shows going on now through May 12 but shows are selling out fast! Tickets are normally $43- $88, but we can get you in now for just $10- $55 with this special deal.
When: Multiple showtimes throughout the week
Where: 210 Andover St, Peabody MA 01960
How much: $10- $55

Blue Man Group Tickets

Blue Man Group (50% Off Tickets!)
What: This worldwide hit musical act is coming to Boston and you don’t want to miss it. The Charles Playhouse is hosting and tickets are half-off. Regularly $72- $100, you can get them now for just $36.50- $55. Shows are going on through the end of April but some shows are already sold out!
When: Showtimes all week long
Where: 74 Warrenton St, Boston MA 02116
How much: $36.50- $55

 

DAILY FUN

Here are a few cheap things to do in Boston any day of the week!

History Comes Alive at Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Climb aboard a replica of the ship where the Boston Tea Party began! One of only two of the original tea chests still in existence is on site but you can toss a replica of it overboard. You’ll also witness live acting, an award-winning multi-sensory film, holographic exhibits, and more. Entrance to the museum and ship is regularly $29.95 but for a limited time, you can get in for $10 off- that’s just $19.95!

AMC Yellow eTickets

AMC is now offering e-tickets at an awesome discount! You can purchase these discounted tickets in advance and use them at your convenience. The tickets are good for any participating theater and any date or showing! Movie tickets at AMC are regularly $13.50 but purchase them online now for just $9 each!

Norman Rockwell & Highlights of American Illustration

The National Museum of American Illustration is one of the best museums in the country. They are currently hosting a special exhibit including kaleidoscopes with a visual history of America. You can also take a self-guided tour of the second-largest collection of Normal Rockwell paintings. Admission to the exhibit is regularly $20- $55 but you can get in now for $13- $35! Tickets are good for any Friday through May 17.

MONDAY

‘Froca Dance Class
What: This high-energy dance class at DCR Memorial Hatch Shell is free and open to the public. Enjoy one hour of upbeat music, choreographed moves, and heart-pumping energy. Bring a towel and a bottle of water.
When: April 29, 6- 7 pm
Where: 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston MA 02108
How much: Free

Let There be Light
What: Enjoy a free meditation class courtesy of Beacon House. There is no fee for the class but donations are appreciated.
When: April 29, 12:30- 1 pm
Where: 19 Myrtle St, Boston MA 02114
How much: Free

Peh Lo Tah Welcome to Boston
What: The cast party for Peh Lo Tah is happening this Monday night. Welcome the actors and rub elbows with the crew at the Tobin Community Center. Be sure to RSVP.
When: April 29, 7 pm
Where: 1481 Tremont St, Roxbury Crossing MA 02120
How much: Free

TUESDAY

Tuesday Evening 10K Music Bootcamp
What: Night runners, unite! This weekly bootcamp is held starting at 7 pm at Scholars Bar. Spaces are limited but the 10K {6 miles} is free of charge.
When: April 30, 7 pm
Where:25 School St, Boston MA 02108
How much: Free

Chinatown’s Murals: A Walking Tour
What: This tour explores the many murals of Boston’s Chinatown, as well as the history and personal stories of each of them. Non members are $20. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water!
When: April 30, 6 pm
Where:2 Boylston St, Boston MA 02116
How much: $20

Boston Talks: Frontiers & Cities
What: Are Today’s Frontiers Inside Cities? is the topic of conversation this Tuesday at Boston University. Attend this free event just by RSVPing.
When: April 30, 4 pm
Where: 610 Beacon St, Boston MA 02215
How much: Free

WEDNESDAY

Dance in the Galleries: The Davis Sisters
What: Head to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts for a free show in the gallery. The choreographers in residence will perform their world premiere of Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris. The event is free and open to the public. The museum is free every Wednesday starting at 4 pm.
When: May 1, 7 pm
Where: 465 Huntington Ave, Boston MA 02115
How much: Free

Harvard Stair Workout
What: The November Project is not just for November. They hold free workouts all year long. Join them for high intensity interval training each Wednesday morning before sun-up. There is one class at 5:30 and one at 6:30. Wear your running shoes, bring a towel, and plenty of water.
When: May 1, 5:30 am & 6:30 am
Where: 1960 Beacon St, Boston MA 02135
How much: Free

Yoga at the Hyatt
What: Each Wednesday, the Hyatt Regency hosts a free class for all fitness levels. Enjoy one free hour of relaxation, stretching, and concentration. Bring your own yoga mat, a towel, and plenty of water. The event is free but be sure to RSVP.
When: May 1, 5:45 pm
Where:1 Avenue de Lafayette, Boston MA 02111
How much: Free

THURSDAY

Blue Man Group (50% Off Tickets!)
What: 
This worldwide hit musical act is coming to Boston and you don’t want to miss it. The Charles Playhouse is hosting and tickets are half-off. Regularly $72- $100, you can get them now for just $36.50- $55. Shows are going on through the end of April but some shows are already sold out!
When: 
May 2, 7:30 pm
Where: 
74 Warrenton St, Boston MA 02116
How much: $36.50- $55

Big Apple Circus
What: The one-ring wonders are back with the best circus acts spanning the globe. See their astonishing flights, high flying acts, trapeze artists, and more. They have shows going on now through May 12 but shows are selling out fast! Tickets are $43- $88 but we can get you in now for just $10- $55!
When: May 2, 7 pm
Where: 210 Andover St, Peabody MA 01960
How much: $10- $55

The Artist’s Voice: Huma Bhabha
What: The opening reception for these sculptures at the ICA is this weekend. See how Huma Bhabha is driven to create works that reflect not only personal interests but also reflect the issues going on in the world. Tickets are limited but totally free!
When: May 2, 7 pm
Where:25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston MA 02210
How much: Free

FRIDAY

Huzzah! Tavern Nights
What: Ready for a party, colonial style? This dinner and dance event will have you raising your stout high. You’ll watch a variety of dancers in traditional clothing, learning rhymes, games, and more. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served with the show. Tickets start at $55 but we have them on special for just $41.25!
When: May 3, 8 pm
Where: 306 Congress St, Boston MA 02210
How much: $41.25

James & the Giant Peach
What: This weekend, Saturday and Sunday, you can enjoy a live showing of this fan- favorite musical about a magical potion and a clever boy. The show is being put on by the Wheelock Family Theatre. Tickets are regularly $20 each but you can get them now for just $10! Shows are going on weekends in April but tickets will sell out soon!
When: May 3, 7:30 pm
Where: 200 The Riverway, Boston MA 02215
How much: $10 (regularly $20!)

The Secret Garden 
What: Join the Concord Players for the story of Mary Lennox who restores her aunt’s garden and brings solace to her uncle’s grieving heart. Tickets to this play are regularly $28 but you can get them now for 50% off! That’s just $14 per person for this children’s classic.
When: May 3, 8 pm
Where: 51 Walden St, Concord MA 01742
How much: $14

PhilHarmonix
What: This ensemble features three members of the Vienna Philharmonic, two from the Berlin Philharmonic, two Austrian pianists, and more. Their music ranges from classical jazz to Latin and pop hits. Tickets to their events regularly begin at $75 but we’re bringing them to you now for just $52.20!
When: May 3, 8 pm
Where: 30 Gainsborough St, Boston MA 02115
How much: $52.20

SATURDAY

Bollywood & Bhangra Beats
What: This weekly dance party, thrown by Candibar and Desi Events, is one of the best places to get your moves on in Boston! Admission is regularly $20 per person but now, you can get in for just $10 each!
When: May 4, 10:30 pm
Where: 275 Tremont St, Boston MA 02116
How much: $10

3rd Annual Derby de Mayo
What: The first 50 tickets to this event is free! Your ticket will include chips and salsa, tequila specials, a live DJ, a margarita bar, and much more. There will also be live music, a dance floor, and other fun activities. Tickets at regular price are just $10!
When: May 4, 12 noon
Where:222 Friend St., Boston MA 02114
How much: $10

5th Annual Open House at Boston Athenæum
What: Enter the members-only area of the Athenæum, including the fifth-floor reading room. See the King’s Chapel Collection, works by Polly Thayer Starr, N.C. Wyeth, and more. The open house is free and open to the public.
When: May 4, 9 am- 4 pm
Where:10½ Beacon Street, Boston MA 02108
How much: Free

SUNDAY

Four Handed Illusions at Hampshire House
What: Joel Acevedo and Steve Kradolfer are going to shake things up this weekend and tickle your funny bone! Be ready for sleight of hand, magic, and off the cuff, intelligent comedy. There will be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres 30 minutes before the show in this elegant setting. Be sure to dress to impress! Tickets to the two showings this weekend are regularly $75 but you can get them now for just $65! Get your tickets now because some shows are already sold out!
When: May 5, 3:30 pm & 7 pm
Where: 84 Beacon St, Boston MA 02108
How much: $65

Polish Festival 
What: The Boston Polish Fest is back with their live entertainment, dancing, delicious traditional foods, rich culture, and more. There will be vendors and artists on site as well as activities for kids. The event is free, just bring cash and card for your food and drinks.
When: May 5, 12 noon- 6 pm
Where:82 Boston St, Dorchester MA 02125
How much: Free

SoWa Open Market
What: This farmer and artisan market is free and open to the public. Enjoy a beer garden, live music, food trucks, and of course, dozens of vendors.
When: May 5, 10 am- 4 pm
Where:450 Harrison Ave, Boston MA 02118
How much: Free

 

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