Is there something going on in town this weekend?

Yep, there’s a lot happening in Boston and beyond for this extended 3-day Patriots Day weekend. Good news is there’s a lot of free/inexpensive events and activities to help keep costs down for the extra long weekend. Here’s a few ideas:

boston marathon

The 117th Boston Marathon: Monday, April 15, 2013. Cheer on the runners of the world’s oldest annual marathon on Monday. Free to watch.

2013 Boston Midnight Marathon Bike Ride: Sunday, April 14, 2013 starting around 10:45-11:30pm. Bike the marathon route the night before with the route ready and roaring to go for the next morning. Free to participate, but you’ll have to figure out transportation to Hopkington and then back to your home from the Back Bay in the middle of the night.

John Hancock Sports & Fitness Expo: Friday-Sunday, April 13-15, 2013 at the Hynes Convention Center. Stop by the Sports and Fitness Expo to learn more about  new products and services in the running industry and more. Free and open to the public.

New Balance Fun Run: Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 11 PM starting at the New Balance Boston store. Can’t wait until Monday? New Balance is hosting a 4 mile fun run around the city on Saturday night.

Free Ultimate Bootcamp Week: Starting, Saturday, April 13th to Thursday, April 18, 2013. Join Ultimate Bootcamp at various locations around town for a free bootcamp session this week.

Boston Breakers: Women’s Pro Soccer Game: Sunday, April 15, 2013 at 6:30pm at Dilboy Stadium in Somerville. Cheer on the Boston Breakers as they take on the Washington Spirit. Free tickets (+ $4.75 service fee) via Goldstar (affiliate partner).

Catch a Red Sox Game: Red Sox games all weekend long at Fenway Park. Cheer on the Red Sox at Fenway Park this weekend. Friday Night, 4/12/13 is College Night with discount tickets, cheap dogs & pretzels, free t-shirts, and more. Not a college student? Fenway Park has discount concessions for the month of April to help keep costs down. Game tickets start at $12 this weekend (college student price).

Faneuil Hall

Street Theater Spring Showcase at Faneuil Hall: Saturday & Sunday, April 13-14, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy watching the best street performers in the world at this 2-day showcase. Free, but bring some dollar bills for tipping if something wows you.

Welcome Back, Swan BoatsStarting Saturday, April 13th at the Public Garden. Spring is in the air: The Swan Boats return for the season starting on Saturday, 4/13 through September. Tickets are $3 for adults, senior citizens are $2, and children 2-15 are $1.50.

Celebrate Patriots Day at Patriots Place (Foxborough): Looking to celebrate Patriots Day outside the city? Patriots Place in Foxborough is hosting an array of activities all weekend long including 20% off all purchases at the Patriots Pro Shop. On Monday, take pictures on the field with the Patriots cheerleaders and Pat the Patriot with a (jean or money) donation to Cradles for Crayons.

Celebrate Patriots Day at Lexington and Concord: All weekend long. I liked this Patriots Day round-up which includes an array of activities to celebrate Patriots Day at Lexington and Concord. Most are free, and makes for a great history lesson for kids (or yourself).

Also, meter parking is free on Sunday (per usual) and Monday meters are free due to the holiday. However, keep in mind that spots may be harder to find due to parking restrictions for the race. Make sure you read the signs and know the rules because getting a parking ticket or getting towed is not budget-friendly.

Also, if you are visiting Boston for the weekend, (welcome!) please check out my Cheap Things to Do page which lists all the discounts for area attractions as well as my Cheap Eats page.

Happy, Happy Patriots Day Weekend! And best of luck if you are running on Monday!

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