Boston for a Buck: Free Events this Weekend

By Steph Solis, Staff Writer
@stephmsolis

Chances are, you’ll spend the next week or two in Mugar. Midterms are evil, but I digress. If you’re the type who wants a break at the end of the week, see what’s in store this weekend, starting with our bonus, week-day event on Wednesday.

Vintage Bazaar & Book Sale

If you need a break in the middle of the week, there’s the bazaar at the GSU. You don’t even have to leave campus for this one!

The bazaar and book sale will include everything from vintage clothing, jewelry and scarves, to china plates, to books. All of the proceeds will go to the BU Women’s Council Scholarship Fund, which benefit female graduate students

Date: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, October 9

Location: Metcalf Ballroom, floor 2 of the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave., Boston

Cost: Free Admission

The HONK! Festival 

Kick your weekend off with a bang, or a honk. The festival draws more than activists street bands every year to Davis Square and various other sites.

According to the The Boston Calendar, the bands celebrate by performing on sidewalks, at political rallies and to support their communities. The bands hail from Rio De Janeiro, London and New Orleans, to name a few spots.

Date: 7 p.m., Thursday until 6 p.m., Sunday, October 10-13

Location: Davis Square, Somerville; other locations around Boston

Cost: Free

We Dig Free Fridays Series at Johnny D’s 

Spend a night at Johnny D’s and catch some up-and-coming local bands for free. The acts range from funk to blues to covers.

Unfortunately, the booze isn’t free and it’s a 21+ event. But don’t let that deter you if you can make it.

Date: 10 p.m. Friday to 1 a.m. Saturday, October 11-12

Location: Johnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club, 17 Holland St., Somerville

Cost: Free Admission

CollegeFest 

CollegeFest is a pretty household name as far as events go, but I’ll include it nonetheless. Mainly for the free swag, though it’s not even totally free. There’s a $10 cost for admission.

Still, it’s one of the most popular college events of the season, and the free stuff sometimes seems like it’s worth it.

Date: 12-7 p.m., Saturday; 12-6 p.m. Sunday, October 12-13

Location: Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., Boston

Cost: $10 admission, $15 weekend pass

Moonapalooza! 

In honor of the “International Observe the Moon Night,” the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics is hosting moon watching. Participants can join in on moon watching for free. It definitely beats watching it from your window, if you’re into outer space.

There will also be a Moon Trivia contest with prizes for the winner.

Date: 7-8 p.m., Saturday, October 12

Location: the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, 60 Garden St., Cambridge

Cost: Free Admission

Harvard Square Oktoberfest 

What better way to wrap up Oktoberfest with the 35th annual celebration at Harvard Square?

The festival has four beer gardens, dancing and more than 50 food vendors with cuisine from all over the world. There’s also crafts, vintage items, art work and gifts.

Date: 12-6 p.m., Sunday, October 13

Location: Harvard Square, JFK Street, Cambridge

Cost: Free Admission

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