Since it is an extra-long weekend, I’ve included Monday in the weekend mix for free and cheap weekend ideas in the Boston area this week! Happy Columbus Day weekend everyone!

A Cappella Competition: Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 11-4pm at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Come enjoy an A Cappella competition at Faneuil Hall and cheer on your favorite group! Free. For more information, please click here.

Boston Local Food Festival: Sunday, October 7, 2012 from 11-5pm at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Enjoy local music, chef demonstrations and competitions, arts and crafts, and of course a lot of local food! Free (except what you buy and eat!) For more information, please click here.

Boston Fish Pier Seafood Festival: Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 11am-6pm at the Bank of America Pavilion. Come celebrate the fishing industry in this very delicious festival that includes chef demonstrations, an oyster shucking contest, arts and crafts, and of couse seafood! Tickets are $10 per person & $8 for students. For more information, please click here.

Cranberry Harvest Celebration (Wareham, MA): October 6 & 7, 2012 from 10-4pm in Wareham, MA. Come enjoy this traditional New England festival with musical performances, free children rides, cooking demonstrations, crafters, and much more! Tickets are $5, senior citizens are $3 and children under 7 are free! More information here.

Haunted Movie Series Featuring Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Saturday, October 6, 2012 starting at 6:30pm on Salem Common in Salem, MA. What better place is there to watch a free Halloween movie than in Salem! Free. More information here.

34th Annual Oktoberfest and HONK! Parade: Sunday, October 7, 2012 from noon to 6 p.m. (and rain date is scheduled for Monday) at Harvard Square in Cambridge. Enjoy a parade of 34 different and energetic marching bands, 8 stages of live entertainment, various crafts and food vendors, and much more! Free. For more information, please click here.

Columbus Day Parade: Sunday, October 7, 2012 at 1pm in East Boston. Come enjoy the 64th Annual Columbus Day Parade which will have over 20 marching bands participating! For more information, please click here.

Free Museum Weekend: October 6 & 7, 2012. If you are a Bank of America or Merrill Lynch customer, you may be able to get into your favorite museum for free with your bank card! For more information or to find a participating museum, please click here.

Museum of Fine Art: Monday, October 8, 2012. The MFA is free this weekend for BOA cardholders, but anyone can visit for FREE this Monday! For more information, please click here.

Opening our Doors Festival: Monday, October 8, 2012 with an opening ceremony and performances starting at 10am with events until 4pm in the Fenway. Diverse yourself with free cultural activities, music and performances. More information and the schedule of events, please click here.

Are you staying in Boston for the long weekend or coming to visit? What events are you most looking forward to this weekend?


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