Free Fun Fridays schedule to kick off free attractions June 29 throughout Mass.

BOSTON – The Highland Street Foundation has once again announced a schedule of free attractions across Massachusetts, open at no cost to all visitors each and every Fridays throughout the 2012 summer season.

The Free Fun Fridays program kicks off on June 29, offering free admission to Tanglewood, the Isabella Stewart Garner Museum, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the Heritage Museums & Gardens.YES! Individuals and families can visit all participating venues for free (parking may cost extra depending on the venue).

There is no ticket, ID, coupon, or password required (except for the New Repertory Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre and Boston Harbor Island Ferries. More details about these events can be found below. Hours of admission vary from venue to venue, so be sure to check individual websites for each location with more details about hours of operation, directions, and parking.

For more information, please visit the Highland Street Foundation’s 2012 Free Fun Fridays website.


Full Schedule for Free Fun Fridays 2012

June 29, 2012
July 6, 2012
July 13, 2012
July 20, 2012
Reagle Music Theatre
July 27, 2012
August 3, 2012
August 10, 2012
August 17, 2012
August 24, 2012

August 31, 2012

JFK Library & Museum
Plimoth Plantation
The Discovery Museums


Tanglewood Family Fun Fest (June 29, 2012)

On Friday, June 29 from 4-7pm, families are invited to enjoy the beauty of the Tanglewood campus while taking part in an educational scavenger hunt, watching a live musical performance and partaking in other fun family activities. The event is free, but advance registration is recommended. Visit for more information and to register.

Reagle Music Theatre (July 13, 2012)

This is an afternoon performance (2:00 p.m.) of Bye, Bye Birdie starring Tony Award Nominee Anita Gillette. This venue has a 1,000-seat capacity – no reservations accepted.  Tickets will be distributed the day of the performance at the theatre, on a first-come first-serve basis (limit of four per person), between 8:00am and 2:00pm. The theatre is located at Waltham High School, 617 Lexington Street, Waltham. Unfortunately, children under 5 are not permitted in the theatre.

New Repertory Theater (July 27, 2012)

There will be two performances (2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.) of Tales of Poe based on the writings of Edgar Allen Poe in the Charles Mosesian Theater at the Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown.  This venue has a 340-seat capacity – no reservations accepted.  Tickets will be distributed at the theatre, on a first-come first-serve basis, starting two hours before each performance.

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (July 27, 2012)

This is a nighttime performance of the political drama CORIOLANUS as park of CSC’s 17th season of Shakespeare on the Common. The performance will begin at 8:00pm at the Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common and has a running time of approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes. Note: This play may not be appropriate for all ages. Parental discretion is advised.  

Boston Harbor Islands (August 24, 2012)

This is a free ferry ride to either (or both) of the two most popular Boston Harbor Islands – Georges Island (with historic Fort Warren and ranger-guided tours) and Spectacle Island (with a life-guard supervised beach and 5 miles of hiking trails).

Free tickets for the Harbor Islands Express Ferry will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis at Long Wharf-North, 66 Long Wharf, in downtown Boston (near the Aquarium subway station). The ticket window will open at 8:00 a.m. The ferry leaves every 30 minutes starting at 8:30 am, with a 3 hour window to return.  Each adult in line may pick up a maximum of 4 tickets.  (There will be no special arrangements for groups of more than 4 to be on the same ferry).  Tickets will be handed out for the earliest ferry, then the next, and so on, until all ferry seats for the day are distributed – last year, all tickets were distributed by 10:30 am.


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