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The fall season, like all seasons, has some expensive shows from huge names happening in Boston. However, there are also amazing shows you can attend for $20 or less. Everything from family shows to comedy night can happen this fall on a budget, so get a seat and have a relaxing night without breaking the bank. Some shows are even free, so the cost of snacks and transportation are the only expenses.

Boston Urban Music Festival
1 City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02108
(617) 635-3911

Date: Aug. 10, 2013

The Boston Urban Music Festival is all about celebrating urban music with a focus on hip-hop, as the concert is an expansion of the Peace Hip-Hop Concert concept. Performers at the free local show come from Boston and far beyond. Visitors should be prepared to be part of a crowd, as this celebration has drawn up to 25,000 people in past years. The concert is just a few hours, so eating before arrival and having dinner after the show will save concertgoers even more money.

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I Have a Dream
180 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 987-2000

Date: Aug. 28, 2013

The “I Have a Dream” concert is brought to the city of Boston for free by the Boston Landmarks Orchestra. It is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the orchestra and the famous speech of the same name by Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. It will be conducted by Christopher Wilkins. He and the orchestra will be joined by the orchestra’s choir, the New England Spiritual Ensemble and more.

Zollopalooza with Mike Hanley
Nick’s Comedy Stop
100 Warrenton St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 830-2551

Date: Aug. 16 and 17, 2013

Zollopalooza centers on and is named after comedian Don Zollo. However, Zollo is not alone. This comedy show winds up having a lineup of numerous comedians. This year, well-known local comic Mike Hanley will be hosting this crazy night of comedy. Seats are only $20, so it may fill up quickly. Getting tickets in advance is strongly advised.

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The Hobbit
Wheelock Family Theatre
200 The Riverway
Boston, MA 02215
(617) 879-2300

Date: Oct. 25 to Nov. 24, 2013

The Wheelock Family Theatre has children performing with adults and attracts a family audience. Families looking to do something fun this fall can get tickets to see the Wheelock Family Theatre company perform “The Hobbit” for only $20. These low-price seats are in the rear mezzanine. Pricier tickets are available throughout the theater. From the rear mezzanine, the show is still visible and entertaining for theatergoers of all ages.

Title Fight
279 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 338-7699

Date: Oct. 10, 2013

Punk rock fans need shows on a budget too and Royale is giving one to them with a $15 Title Fight show in October. This popular skate punk-style band has some raucous shows and a devoted fan following. Expect a full venue, enthusiastic fans and some loud, fast tunes. This venue is known for its clubbing-type events, but punk fans should not be put-off. Title Fight’s show will be no dance party.

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