What To Do This Summer: Soul, the Sox, and the Silver Screen

Fenway Park.
Fenway Park. By Ryosuke Takashima

In the third and final part of our summer activities series, we’re bringing you suggestions for movie nights, music events, and other shows around town, because what would summer be without some good flicks, tunes, and food? (See part one on outdoor activities and part two on destinations in the area.)

Enjoy Boston Harbor Hotel’s “Summer in the City”

Looking for live entertainment—maybe some pop-soul music or blues? Or do you just want to watch a nice movie by the waterfront? The Boston Harbor Hotel is offering all of the above with their annual “Summer in the City” series. With a number of events, as well as sumptuous cuisine and cocktails, offered Tuesday through Friday every week, “Summer in the City” has something for everyone.

(Red Line to South Station.)

Watch a Sox Game at Fenway

Take me out to the ball game, but not if it costs too much money, amiright? You’re in luck, because Fenway Park is offering standing room tickets to high school and college students for just $9! This deal is a great way to get in on the peanut and crackerjack action without paying the big bucks.

(Red Line to Green Line to Kenmore.)

Relax at a free outdoor movie screening

If you couldn’t tell, we here at Flyby are all about preserving the contents of your bank account this summer. So why go to the movie theater when you could spend the night outside, watching classics for free? Open-air movie showings this summer include favorites such as Star Wars and a number of children’s movies—which, let’s be honest, we all enjoy—like Annie. Spend your Friday evenings at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade and your Saturdays at the Prudential Center or Assembly Row for some free flicks!

(Hatch Shell: Red Line to Charles/MGH. Prudential Center: Red Line to Green Line to Copley. Assembly Row: Red Line to Orange Line to Assembly.)

Pair a dinner out with a live music experience

There are seemingly endless possibilities when it comes to music and dining combos in Cambridge, but the following restaurants are good options if you’re looking for an evening away from Harvard. In Inman Square, Ryles Jazz Club provides both a change of scenery and a change of pace. In Central Square, the Middle East Restaurant and Nightclub has a variety of performances lined up and a full-service bar, and The Plough and Stars offers Irish pub-style dining and live music every night of the week. No matter what kind of music you’re into, these restaurants are sure to make for a fun evening out.

Catch a show in the Square

It’s easy to forget that there are plenty of fun things to do in your own backyard: Harvard Square. This summer, the Brattle Theater will screen Jaws and the original Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie, among other rarities. Club Passim is hosting outdoor concerts on Palmer Street in the Square, at Kendall Center, and at Danehy Park, in addition to their many other shows. You also never know what street performers or hole-in-the-wall restaurants you might stumble upon if you’re open to new things this season. Now’s your time to make memories in the Square so that come September, you won’t be able to walk two feet without feeling a pang of nostalgia for the sunnier days of summer past.

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