We'll be sharing photos and videos from 2014 Free Fun Fridays activities here!

For now here are some from 2013.


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Free Fun Fridays Frequently Asked Questions & Answers


faq baloonsCan groups attend?

Due to the popularity of Free Fun Fridays, we recommend that groups call their venue of choice several weeks in advance to ensure that the venue is able to accommodate them during their free day. Given the large number of participants, groups may opt to visit a site on another day to fully enjoy all of the venue’s offerings.

Are the events really free?

YES! Individuals and families can visit all participating venues for free (parking may cost extra depending on the venue).

What hours are free?

The open hours vary from venue to venue. Please see the weekly pages which can be found by clicking on a week or venue from our schedule page and/or each venue’s individual website for more details about hours of operation, directions, parking, etc.

Where can I get more information about a specific venue i.e. hours of operation, parking, etc.?

For additional information, please click on the name of an individual venue on our schedule page and you will be redirected a weekly page which contains this information. Additional information can also be found on the link to their website.

Do you have to be in any special category to get in?

No, for most venues there are no age, residency, membership, or other requirements to participate. The only exception is the Reagle Music Theatre, which requires all guests to be at least 5 years of age.

Are there tickets involved?

For most venues, there is no ticket, ID, coupon, or password required.

For some of the theatres and the Boston Harbor Islands National Park free tickets will be handed out on the day of the event do to capacity limitations. More information regarding the distribution of tickets will be available several weeks before each venue’s Free Fun Friday.

Please read the additional information in each week’s detailed page to learn more about venues with special considerations concerning their Free Fun Friday. If you have additional questions please contact Highland Street or the individual venue.



How Far Free Fun Fridays Has Come in Six Years

August 28, 2014

It is hard to believe we are already in our last week of this summer’s Free Fun Fridays!

With the summer coming to an end, we at Highland Street Foundation are reflecting on how far Free Fun Fridays has come in the last six years.

In 2009, one of the ways we chose to commemorate Highland Street Foundation’s 20th anniversary was by partnering with ten cultural institutions to offer free admission during summer Fridays. We weren’t sure what the response would be, therefore we were blown away when nearly 60,000 people participated.



Fun Facts About Our Friends at Buttonwood Park Zoo

August 26, 2014

The Buttonwood Park Zoo has been named by the American Zoo and Aquarium Association as one of the finest small zoos in the United States, and it’s no wonder! With 30 exhibits and a variety of animals, the zoo is a beloved part of New Bedford. Established in 1894, it is the 12th oldest zoo in the United States!



Ways to Keep Learning Even When FFF is Over

August 21, 2014

The best thing about Free Fun Fridays is that it opens 67 venues to the public, free of charge. We hope you have had an enjoyable summer, experiencing some of Massachusetts most exciting art venues! As the summer begins to wind down, and with it Free Fun Fridays, here are a few practical ways to help you keep the kids active and engaged throughout the year.



A Look inside the History of Russian Icons

August 11, 2014

It may be helpful to brush up on your history before venturing to the Museum of Russian Icons on August 15 as part of Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays. The museum, one of the 67 venues opening its doors for free one day this summer, hosts one of the most extensive collections of its kind in North America.



Holyoke’s Hidden Gems

August 6, 2014

From the Berkshires to Cape Cod, Massachusetts is a state marked by sharp contrasts. Mountains, the ocean, city life and rural life are all found here. That means there’s always plenty to do. Many people hit up the main sites, visiting well-known spots for vacations and daytrips. But, here at Highland Street Foundation, we happen to know of a few hidden gems that you won’t want to miss on your Free Fun Fridays route.

A Radical Approach to Fashion Design on View at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

July 30, 2014

On Friday, August 1, Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays will present free admission to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The museum, housed in a 1902 building, modeled after a 15th-century Venetian palazzo complete with a verdant central Courtyard surrounded by historic galleries filled with over 2500 extraordinary works of art and tapestries, was all the vision of one woman.

Tips and Tricks for Touring a Museum

July 24, 2014

Museums are great places to explore, and Highland Street Foundation is proud to offer 67 venues as part of Free Fun Fridays this summer. While museums can be a lot of fun, they can be overwhelming at times.

Experience Massachusetts History to its Fullest this Summer!

July 22, 2014

Do you consider yourself a local history buff? Then you’re in luck; Highland Street Foundation is excited to present 10 of its participating venues that showcase the rich history of the Bay State. Tour around the state seeing, hearing and experiencing Massachusetts’ past to its fullest!

ABC’s of Free Fun Fridays

July 15, 2014

A is for Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University (Boston), a great place to gain a better understanding and appreciation of the plant kingdom! (July 25)

B is for Battleship Cove (Fall River). This maritime museum and war memorial has the world’s largest collection of US Navel ships. (July 25)

Did You Know...Cape Cod Museum

July 9, 2014

Massachusetts is teeming with dozens of great museums, and we’re lucky that so many have chosen to be part of Free Fun Fridays!

In the first two weeks, we’ve opened eight museums, a zoo, a historic house, a music venue, and a dance festival to nearly 38,000 attendees free of charge.


Highland Street Foundation’s 5 Secrets for Free Fun Fridays 2014

July 7, 2014

With more than 65 amazing venues open to the public for free every Friday throughout the summer, there is no shortage of exciting exhibits, lesser known venues and outstanding experiences. Below, we’ve compiled a list of our top 5 secrets for this summer’s Free Fun Fridays!


Welcoming back Free Fun Fridays!

June 25, 2014

Welcome back to Free Fun Fridays! The calendar is compiled, the banners are hung and we are ready to go.

This year, the program is expected to welcome tens of thousands of visitors to our 67 partner institutions throughout the summer, and we hope to see you at many of them!


Free Fun Fridays Back For Sixth Year!

June 20, 2014

We’re thrilled to announce the return of Free Fun Fridays, Highland Street’s annual summer program that allows access to some of the state’s most treasured cultural spots.












• 7/1/14 - Channel 7 News Reports on Free Fun Friday's (Click here to watch the video)


• 6/20/14 - WGBH Reports on Free Fun Friday's (Click here to watch the video)


• 6/2/14 - Boston Magazine (Click here read the article)


• 6/16/13 – MetroWest Daily News - “Highland Street Foundation adds more sites to Free Fun Fridays” (Click here to read full article)


• Highland Street Foundation's Free Fun Fridays program recently highlighted in Boston Globe (Click here to read full article)


• Highland Street Foundation Announces 5th Annual Free Fun Fridays. Statewide Summer Program that Offers Free Admission to 60 Museums and Cultural Venues. (Click here to read press release)



2015 Schedule Coming Soon!

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The 2014 schedule is listed below for reference. For questions please contact Noreen McMahon at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Click on each week for details