Slow day for cheap-and-free stuff in Boston. Plus my brain isn’t quite back from vacation mode so I figured I’d hit ya with some resources.
The scenario: You want to woo a lovely lady or handsome gentleman. You want to plan a date that will knock their socks or sandals off (because lets hope they’re not wearing both. Tip for the fellas out there: don’t) Saving money would be fantastic, but true love sometimes comes at a price. So where do you look for events going on in the city?
Right here. Duh. I try to find the most interesting free (or under $10) events and post them here with a day or so heads up. I also post about it on twitter when I remember. So you’ve made an excellent start. But maybe you want a broader selection. Understandable. Here’s some resources to aid you in your courtship (or just general fun-having).
The Boston Calendar is, in my opinion, the best source for finding a simple list of events happening in the Boston area every weekend.
The Somerville Beat may be technically outside of Boston, but it is packed with events and reviews of everything worthwhile in Somerville, MA.
Boston Events Insider and their corresponding twitter. Updated weekly, this list of events in the greater Boston area covers everything from theater productions to “The Secret Lives of Bats” (at the Audubon Center in Bristol, RI this week if you’re interested…)
Cheap Thrills Boston. If you’re looking to discover new music, then Cheap Thrills Boston a great resource. It’s updated often with upcoming concerts, shows and more “indie” events, all under $10.
Beantown Bloggery posts about upcoming events, nightlife, and movies being shot around town and other.
The Boston DayBook focuses on events that cater to arts and inspiration.
The Boston Attitude features nightlife, lifestyle, events, and great oyster deals in the city.
Weekend Pick is kinda like Thrillist, but for Boston only.
Going.com is one of my favorites. A lot of the focus is on nightlife (not my thing) but if you search around you can find some really interesting things to do, including free open house events at places like Diablo Glass School and Boston Sailing Center (both of which you should attend).
Boston.com’s “Things To Do” section also has a calendar of upcoming events. Look under “popular searches” to the left to find a listing of free events. Also check out the corresponding Twitter accounts:@CitysearchBOS and @BostonCalendar
BostonGuide may also be of some use to you.
Twitters (Tweeters? Twitterers?):
@BostonTweet – when not tweeting about Anna’s Taqueria or JP Licks, BostonTweet provides a lot of good up to the minute info about events and deals.
Free Papers and Magazines:
Those newspapers that are plastered to the floor of the train can be useful! They’re packed with upcoming events, shows, concerts, and sometimes even coupons. Along with the paper editions, they also have websites, twitter accounts, and often email lists.
Also check out Thrillist Boston which offers a daily email of events.
This should get you well on your way. Have any other tips for finding events in Boston? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org