You can I-D with this...for free.

by Simon de Carvalho '14

College student on a budget? Aren’t we all. But if you’re like me, every once in a while you need some art to get your mind away from that problem set that’s due next week. Unfortunately, lots of arts events are expensive. Luckily for you, however, you’ve got a special tool in your wallet that can get around this: your Harvard ID.

Here’s a list of events in the next two weeks that are free to any holder of a Harvard ID:

Always free:


  • Boston Symphony Orchestra:

    • Hurry up: Tickets are still available for this Friday’s (11/12) 1:30pm performance of Mozart’s Piano Concertos 15 & 16, and Haydn’s Symphonies No. 80 & 95.
    • Tickets for next Thursday’s (10/18) 8pm "All-Schumann" program will be available starting Monday, 11/15, at 1pm.
    • All BSO tickets can be picked up with your Harvard ID at the Office for the Arts, 74 Mt. Auburn Street. There is a limit of 2 tickets per ID.

  • Discovery Ensemble: "The Shapes of Music: Music of Stravinsky, Adés, and Beethoven"; Friday, 11/12 at 8pm in Sanders Theatre. For up to 2 free tickets, print out the voucher HERE and bring it to the Harvard Box Office.
  • Learning from Performers: Baroque violinist Judy Tarling; Monday, 11/15, at 4pm in Memorial Church.

Harvard-Radcliffe Dramatic Club:


  • What is Sculpture Today?: Saturday 11/13 at 11am at the Sackler Museum
  • Symposium: The Image of the Black in Western Art; Monday 11/15 at 2pm in the Barker Center, Thompson Room.

With all of these options in the next couple of weeks, there are probably more options than there is time to spare. Some events I’m planning to check out? The HRDC performance of the wacky and brilliant M. Butterfly, which I’ve already blogged about, is a must for me, and, as a member of a high-school orchestra, free tickets to the BSO are an offer too good to pass up. Also, if there’s ever a day when I’ve got nothing to do, a trip to one of the museums is an excellent option. But that’s just me. Time for you to pick and choose as you please!