Performance: The Little Red Wagon, “Strega Nona”
Monday, July 18 10am
Dana Park, 74 Magazine Street, Cambridge
Pre-K through Grade 4
This Summer in the City event will feature a musical theatre performance featuring storytelling and puppetry, based on the award-winning book by Tomie DePaola. In case of rain, the show will take place at the Morse School, 40 Granite Street.
4th Annual BOOMTOWN Festival
Monday, July 18- Thursday, July 21
Multicultural Arts Center, 41 Second St., East Cambridge 02141
The annual BOOMTOWN Festival is a community celebration of the arts featuring live music, dance performances, visual arts and activities for kids. The second part of the festival will span from July 18th through July 21st and will include many scheduled activities for both adults and children, including outdoor concerts, walking tours, dance workshops and more. All events are free and open to the public. The second half of the festival will occur from July 18-21. See Full Schedule
Free Puppet Show in the North End
Tuesday, July 19th 11am
Christopher Columbus Park, Atlantic Ave.,North End, Boston
Rosalita’s Puppets will be at the Christopher Columbus Park in the North End of Boston to present The Sea Story, a marionette show, as part of the ParkARTS marionette puppet show series.
Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park
Tuesday, July 19 11am & 6pm
Franklin Park, Playstead, “Valley Gates” section of park
The Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park Summer Series program features free concerts at 6pm every Tuesday night and special entertainment for kids earlier in the day at 11am. The July 19th evening performance will feature We Jazz Up with Frank Wilkins, Tim Ingles & friends. The kid-friendly performance earlier in the day will feature Marcus Santos’ Grooversity drummers. See Full Summer Schedule
Free Movie: Toy Story 3
Wednesday, July 20 7pm
Glacken Field, 691 Huron Ave., Cambridge
The July 20thScreen on the Green event will feature Toy Story 3 on a large outdoor screen, with live music, jugglers, clowns and more family friendly entertainment to precede the movie. In case of rain, this event will take place at the Russell Youth Center.
Garden Themed Book Reception and Scavenger Hunt
Wednesday, July 20 6:30pm
Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Ave., Somerville 02143
The Somerville Community Growing Center presents a reception to celebrate their new book Our Garden Nature Guide- Nuestra gua de la naturaleza del jardn, which features artwork by children in the Arts in the Garden program and text by the Children in Nature Initiative. The reception will include a reading in both English and Spanish and will be followed by a walk to the Growing Center garden for a scavenger hunt.
Columbian Flag Raising Ceremony
Wednesday, July 20 12pm
City Hall Plaza, Boston
The City of Boston presents a Columbian Flag Raising Ceremony to take place at City Hall Plaza at Noon on July 20th. For more details, call 617-635-3911.
Swingin’ in Mother’s Rest: Free Concert
Wednesday, July 20 6pm
Back Bay Fens, Boston
The Berklee College of Music and the Fenway Civic Association present a free jazz concert in the Back Bay Fens with the music group Women of the World.
Oldies Night: Concert in Oak Square
Thursday, July 21 7pm
Oak Square, Brighton
Brighton Main Streets and Boston Parks and Recreation Department present a free concert in Brighton’s Oak Square, featuring Dynamic Sound, cover band, singing classic oldies tunes.
Thursday, July 21 5:15pm
Centanni Court, 2nd St. & Centanni Way, Cambridge
Summer in the City presents the Boomtown Festival, a community celebration of the arts featuring live music, dance, visual arts and activities for kids. At 5:15pm will be Monkeyhouse: Jump In, an audience-interactive dance performance and at 6pm, the Duppy Conquerors will sing the reggae music of Bob Marley. The event is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the festival will take place at the Multicultural Arts Festival at 41 2nd Street.
Free Movie: Despicable Me
Friday, July 22 6pm
DCR Memorial Hatch Shell, Charles River Esplanade
WBZ NewsRadio 1030 and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) will present a free screening of Despicable Me at the Hatch Shell, as part of the 26th Annual Free Friday Flicks Summer Movie Series. Family friendly activities such as games, prize giveaways and free food samples will precede film.
Free Fun Friday @ Franklin Park Zoo
Friday, July 22 10am-5pm
Franklin Park Zoo, 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston 02121
Franklin Park Zoo will be free and open to the public all day on July 22nd as part of the Free Fun Fridays program by the Highland Street Foundation.
Free Admission to The Sports Museum
Friday, July 22
TD Garden 100 Legends Way, Boston 02114
The Sports Museum at TD Garden in Boston will be free and open to the public on July 22nd as part of the Free Fun Fridays program by Highland Street Foundation.
Puerto Rican Festival
Friday, July 23- Sunday, July 25
Franklin Park, Playstead, Dorchester
The Franklin Park Puerto Rican Festival will take place from July 23rd through July 25th at the Playstead in the park. Last year’s event featured carnival rides, live music and a parade. Check here for updates and info on the 2011 festival.
Shrekfest: Free Movie Night
Saturday, July 23 @ 8pm
Nira Rock, 18 Nira Ave., Jamaica Plain
Friends of Nira Rock presents Shrekfest, a free movie night featuring back to back screenings of Shrek 3 and Shrek 4 and complimentary ice cream from JP Licks. In case of rain, the event will be rescheduled for July 24th.
Free Concert: Eddie Money
Saturday, July 23 7m
Hatch Shell, Charles River Esplanade, Boston
Eddie Money will perform live in concert at the DCR Memorial Hatch Shell, as part of the 103.3 WODS Free Summer Concert Series. Marty Balin, founding member of Jefferson Airplane, will join Eddie Money on stage.
Picnic in the Park with the Red Sox
Sunday, July 24 1 hour after the game
Fenway Park, Boston
The Picnic in the Park special event fundraiser will take place one hour after the 1:35pm Mariners vs. Red Sox game and will feature a 40-minute autograph session with players, BBQ dinner on Fenway’s outfield, entertainment, goodie bags and a live auction of player-donated items. More Info and Tickets
Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig: Book Reading and Dance Performance
Sunday, July 24 2pm
Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Brookline, 02446
Brookline Booksmith presents a reading of children’s book, Gwendolyn the Graceful Pig, by David Rottenberg, accompanied by a performance and ‘movement lesson’ by the Peanut Butter and Jelly Dance Company.