FREE events in Quincy, July 29-August 2

Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 7:06am

The final week of the Discover Quincy 50 Days of Freedom Program Series features many free, family friendly events with a focus on arts, culture, history and recreation.


Thursday, July 30: Eight South Shore Yacht Clubs make up the Quincy Bay Race Week Association and the 78th Annual Quincy Bay Race Week regatta starts with the Inside Line Racing for junior sailors in the N-10, Optimist and Laser fleets on July 30 and 31 at Wessagussett Yacht Club, 212 Wessagusett Road, Weymouth. Adult racing on the Outside Line features 210, Club 420, Hustler, Laser, Multihulls, Rhodes 19 and Thunderbird Classes on August 1 and 2 at Squantum Yacht Club, 646 Quincy Shore Dr. Spectators can view races from various locations along the Quincy shoreline. The free outdoor Concerts @ The Crane features Howie Newman and Jackie Damsky at 7pm on the lawn of the Thomas Crane Public Library. Howie and Jackie play funny original songs (suitable for all ages) as well as well-known covers. They combine music, comedy and audience participation to provide a truly unique entertainment experience. Chocolate, Cupcakes & Dresses! Boutique on Billings hosts an Open Studio night at Billings Corner, 363 Billings Road from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. featuring the couture of Boutique on Billings, cupcakes from Wollaston’s Baby Cakes and decadent chocolate from West Quincy chocolatier Purefections.

Friday, July 31: The Grand Finale of Discover Quincy’s Pop Up Art Gallery, this is the last chance for the public to see how artists  have transformed a vacant retail space in Quincy Center into an art gallery featuring the work of 70 local artists and four pop up shops. The Gallery at 64 Ross Way is open free to the public from 6-10pm.  Art is available for sale and there's a cash bar. This week’s entertainment lineup inlcudes our resident D.J. Stenny and a performance by Young World dancers at 6:30 p.m. At 7pm, we welcome Paranom and his soulful, lyrical, and sometimes cryptic style. Rhyming since the age of 9 beginning in the city of Lynn, Paranom utilizes a raw but smooth and sophisticated delivery– with the aim of using the artform to shed light on various realities and knowledge of life to inspire, challenge, and unite by any means necessary. AT 7:45pm, Hypbrid Thoughts takes over the stage. Rocking together for nearly two decades, Kirk and Mike have collectively shared the stage and worked with KRS-ONE, Jadakiss, Tech N9ne, Bone Thugs N Harmony and many more. Hybrid Thoughts is a collaboration born out of conscious lyrics laid over well produced beats. They are known far beyond Boston as a true hip hop crew that breaks down political discourse with a style all their own. Quincy’s own Nicoletta Lyons, an avant gaarde fashion designer brings Lola’s Urban Vintage Fashion Truck and will host a fashion show for The Gallery’s Closing Night.

Saturday, August 1: The 20th Annual Arts Affair at Marina Bay is one of the largest art events on the South Shore. This  the two-day event will introduce you to the talents of artists, sculptors, and photographers who live and work in many of the South Shore communities. Free admission and parking, raffles, and art demonstrations throughout the weekend. The lobby and cafeteria of 500 Victory Road are transformed into an exciting gallery space from  10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Salem Media Group Boston, part of the largest Christian Media Company in the country, calls Marina Bay home with our 3 radio stations WEZE 590 AM The Word, WROL 950 AM the Spirit of Boston and WWDJ Radio Luz 1150 AM. This Open Studio event offers free tours and a chance to be a part of live radio here in Quincy on Saturday from 10 AM – Noon, just in time for the kickoff of The Irish Hit Parade, a tradition on WROL for the last 48 years. Salem Media Group is on the 2nd floor of 500 Victory Road, above the Arts Affair. Discover DCR Squantum Point Park Marina Bay, MWRA Haul Road 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Let’s take a walk where boats were built and planes once flew...and still do. DCR Squantum Point Park is rich in aviation and naval history. Today this 50 acre park provides cooling breezes and scenic views of the Boston skyline while providing valuable habitat for an abundance of birdlife. Join a DCR park ranger to discover the hidden history of Squantum Point Park.


Tickets are available for the CYO Nationals Tribute, performances of Hairspray, the Broadway Musical by the South Shore School of Theater and the Quincy Militia Football games. There’s a lot of activity this summer happening in Quincy, visit the event calendar for more information.

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