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8/4: Three for free

Posted by Courtney Hollands  August 4, 2008 10:33 AM

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3free_logo.gif Pinching pennies? Chic but cheap? We understand. Here are three free events this week for your going out pleasure.

Tuesday, August 5

- Bocce tournament @ Puopolo Park: Admit it. You've always wanted to join in the heated bocce games at this waterfront park, yet walked on by, intimidated by the elderly dons throwing near-perfect ball busters* at every turn. (*Someone's been to the official Bocce Standards Association's website...) Well, your chance has come. On Tuesday, there will be a friendly, after-work bocce tournament for young professionals sponsored by the Boston Harbor Association and followed by drinks at Joe's American Bar and Grill. Game on. Reservations required. 5:30 p.m.

Friday, August 6

- VidFest @ Union Square Plaza: Oh, those crazy Arts Union kids with their art installations, impromptu dances under highways, and modern music. This Friday, you can check out VidFest, a "one-night-only blitz of live music and video art," according to the cultural group's website. On tap? Baltimore indie rockers and multimedia artists Video Hippos and Providence comedy-pop duo Awesome Brothers. Sounds, well, awesome. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, August 9-10

- Bike Boston at Night @ Trinity Church: The only way to avoid traffic while touring Boston's historical and architectural sites by bike? Ride during the middle of the night, obviously. What a liberating feeling for all the city bikers out there who live in constant fear of car doors and subpar bike lanes! Wear reflective clothing, switch on your blinking lights, and bring a spare inner tube to fit your tires in case of a flat — these midnight ramblers aim to pedal 'til the sun comes up. 11:15 p.m.

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[Bring it on, fellow yuppies! / Credit: Janet Knott, Globe Staff]

More? Why not celebrate the 10th anniversary of "The Big Lebowski" at Kings? Or check out all free events this week.

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