Events in Boston – Boston Events Calendar
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February 2019

Extreme Beer Fest

1-2 February / Seaport World Trade Center

Billed as the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity, more than 80 brewers and 300 beers jostle for attention at this fun-filled festival. Attendees must be aged 21 or over.

Boston Science Fiction Film Festival

8-18 February / Somerville Theatre

The oldest genre film festival in the US, this event showcases over 100 science fiction features and short films from around the world in front of a captivated audience of sci-fi fans.

Travel & Adventure Show

9-10 February / Hynes Convention Center

Come and listen to talks by renowned travel experts and pick up cutting edge travel-related products from industry vendors at this popular trade fair.

New England Boat Show

9-17 February / Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Boating enthusiasts can come and marvel at state-of-the-art boats, marine gear and aquatic accessories, as well as take part in workshops and meet TV celebrities.

Bugs Bunny Film Festival

15-23 February / The Brattle Theatre

All of the legendary characters from the Loony Tunes franchise are celebrated at this film festival, which presents three different big screen programmes over 9 days.

Children’s Winter Festival

20 February / Boston Common

Free to enter, parents can bring their kids to enjoy arts & crafts, games, inflatables, and a fun photo booth at the Frog Pond at Boston Common.

March 2019

Harpoon St. Patrick’s Festival

8-9 March / Harpoon Brewery

Lashings of top beer, food, and live music abound at one of Boston’s most famous breweries during its annual fun-packed celebration of St Patrick’s Day.

Bourbon & Bacon Fest

9-10 March / The Castle at Park Plaza

Sample a spectacular array of specialty bourbon from distilleries both large and small, along with delectable smoky bacon-themed treats. Entry is for ages 21-plus.

Boston Flower and Garden Show

13-17 March / Seaport World Trade Center

For five days the Seaport World Trade Center is filled with garden displays, floral arrangements, a marketplace of plants and garden products, lectures, and demonstrations by experts.

Boston Underground Film festival

20-24 March / Brattle Theatre

A diverse range of alternative short and feature-length films and videos are showcased at this well regarded annual event that’s said to be the largest underground film festival in New England.

World of Wheels

22-24 March / Seaport World Trade Center

Petrol heads will be in their element at this action-packed car event featuring hot rods, competition cars, specialty and concept vehicles, live entertainment, and a chop shop.

International Folk Festival

27 March / Berklee Performance Center

Some of Boston’s top budding musicians from the Berklee College of Music perform music from around the world, often in elaborate costume, at this annual folk celebration.

Boston Design Week

27 March-7 Apri / Venues across Boston

Created to increase public awareness of all aspects of design and to foster recognition of the role design plays in our live, this week-long event features more than 80 eclectic design-themed events

PAX East

28-31 March / Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Featuring video games, tabletop games, computer games, panels, entertainers, exhibits, and contests, this is a mecca for gaming enthusiasts everywhere.

Beer & Cheese Fest

29-30 March / Boston Center for the Arts

New England-made craft beers, ciders, and cheeses from 25 brewers and 10 creameries are showcased at this two-day event, ensuring you go home well satiated.

Boston Tattoo Convention

29-31 March / Hynes Convention Center

Fans of body ink can head to this acclaimed tattoo convention featuring some of the world’s most talented tattoo artists, along with vendors, seminars, and live entertainment.

April 2019

Taste of South Boston

7 April / Seaport Hotel

Featuring a wide range of local restaurant cuisine, wine and beer tasting, plus live entertainment and a silent auction, this is one of Boston’s biggest foodie events of the year.

Boston International Film Festival

8-11 April / Venues across Boston

This festival presents more than 100 short and feature-length films from around the world, kicking off with a lavish black-tie gala on the first night.

CraftBoston Spring

12-14 April / Boston Center for the Arts

Come and see the selected contemporary work of some 90 juried artists, including one-of-a-kind pieces. There’s also the chance to meet the artists, and take home something fabulous.

Boston Marathon

15 April

Starting in rural Hopkinton and ending in urban Copley Square, some 30,000 runners traverse hilly terrain on foot in what is thought to the world’s oldest annual marathon.

Anime Boston

19-21 April / Hynes Convention Center & Sheraton Boston Hotel

Celebrate Japanese animation, comics, and pop-culture with live games, panels, karaoke, a music-video contest, cosplay events, not to mention a formal ball.

Independent Film Festival Boston

24 April-1 May / Venues across Boston

Showing up to 100 independently-produced movies, this event provides a platform for filmmakers to showcase their talents, attend panel discussions, and compete in an awards ceremony.

Thirst Boston

26-28 April / Venues across Boston

Featuring numerous cocktail seminars, tastings, talks, and parties, this festival is a paradise for lovers of exotic and elaborately concocted cocktails.

Art in Bloom

April 27-29 / Museum of Fine Arts

Green fingered types will love this show’s floral arrangements inspired by art. There are gallery exhibitions, outdoor walking tours, classes, demonstrations, and more.

May 2019

Banned in Boston

May / House of Blues

Boston celebrities and politicians ham it up in skits and songs about pop culture, preceded by cocktails at Lansdowne Pub. Proceeds go to charity.


1-5 May / Venues across Boston

This popular arts event features hundreds of artist talks, creative experiences, performances, behind-the-scenes tours, and kids’ activities, many of which are free to attend.

Wake Up the Earth Festival

4 May / Corridor Park

Attended by over 10,000 revellers each year, this festival is an expression of social justice and love for Mother Earth through music and dance performances, plus craft and food vendors, and a colourful parade.

Kite and Bike Festival

18 May / Franklin Park

This festival does what it says on the tin, featuring an array of colourful kites flying high along with bikes buzzing around on the lush green grass of Franklin Park Golf Course.

Boston Theater Marathon

19 May / Boston Center for the Arts

First staged over 20 years ago, this award-winning marathon of new 10-minute plays brings together New England playwrights, directors, and theatres for an all-day competition.

Boston Calling

24 May / Harvard Athletic Complex

This large, family-friendly music festival has outdoor stages where big-name acts put on performances in front of vast audiences of music lovers.