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July 2018


1 July / Central Boston

Taking place in the city centre, Harbofest features dozens of fun-packed events and activities including music concerts, colonial and revolutionary reenactments, cruises, tours, walks, talks, a Sunday art fair, and a Sunday chowder tasting.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

4 July / Banks of the Charles River

An incredible half-a-million spectators descend on the banks of the Charles River for this magnificent pyrotechnic spectacle to mark America’s Independence Day. As well as the stunning fireworks, there’s also cannon firings and ringing church bells.

Boston Pizza Festival

7-8 July / City Hall Plaza.

Pizza lovers flock to this popular celebration of the iconic Italian flatbread which is now indelibly linked with American food culture too. There’s unlimited pizza samples, plus pizza-making demonstrations, live music, and beer and wine.

Craft Beer Fest

14 July / WGBH Studios

Come and sample the best of New England craft brews from some 20 brewers at this fun-filled event. To help line the stomach there’s also a wide array of food trucks, while live entertainment will keep those toes tapping.

Shakespeare on the Common

18 July – 5 August / Boston Common

Join in with a magical evening of Shakespeare under the stars at this free-to-enter summer production of one of the Bard’s legendary works. Be sure to bring a blanket or low folding chair for maximum comfort.

Puerto Rican Festival

27 July / City Hall Square

Celebrate the rich culture of Puerto Rico at this fun-filled festival. Tuck into quintessential Puerto Rican food while listening to classic tunes hailing from the Caribbean island. There are also carnival rides, vendors selling souvenirs, and a colourful Sunday parade.

August 2018

New England Dance Festival

2-5 August / Boston Marriott Newton

Put on your dancing shoes and head to the Boston Marriott Newton hotel which plays host to this popular annual dance festival. You can take part in dance lessons, workshops and competitions, or simply social dancing if you prefer. There’s a Saturday night party too.

Boston GreenFest

3–5 August / City Hall Plaza

Boston GreenFest offers exhibits and workshops to help you learn about how to create your own ‘green’ lifestyle. There’s also vendors, live entertainment spread across three stages, and a beer and wine garden.

Comic Book Convention

10 – 12 August / Boston Convention & Exhibition Center

Comic creators, vendors and celebrity guests descend on Boston for this comic-book extravaganza, featuring a film festival and gaming tournaments, all themed around the cult of comics.

Barbecue & Cocktails Party

16-19 August / North End

Hosted by Boston Magazine, this fun-packed party does what it says on the tin, serving up the best in Boston BBQ along with an assortment of exotic cocktails, all concocted by the city’s finest chefs and mixologists.

Fisherman’s Feast

14 August / The Cue at Black Falcon Cruise Terminal

Sample classic Italian food, music, and culture at this annual event which pays tribute to The Lady of Help, aka the Virgin Mary, on the streets of Boston’s North End district. Highlights include a daring high-wire act that will leave you spell-bound.

September 2018

Boston Comedy Festival

12-15 September / Venues across Boston

Prepare for some serious belly laughs at the annual Boston Comedy Festival starring almost 100 innovative comedians hailing from all around the world. There are some great prizes for the best acts too.

Boston Freedom Rally

14-16 September / Boston Common

Celebrating the legal status of marijuana in the state of Massachusetts, this free-to-enter event features inspirational speakers, two stages of live music, and vendors, all of whom are here to promote the healthy and legal use of the drug.

Boston Local Food Festival

16 September / Rose Kennedy Greenway

Locally grown and sustainably produced food is the order of the day at this popular festival. There’s also local music, chef demos, educational exhibits, vendors, and a family zone, ensuring there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Copenhagen Beer Celebration

22-23 September / SoWa Power Station

Hosted by internationally acclaimed Danish beermaker Mikkeller Brewing, a grand total of 50 brewers come together for this annual celebration of the amber nectar, with plenty of samples to be had, along with an array of live music and food vendors.

Harpoon Oktoberfest

28-29 September / Harpoon Brewery

Boston’s contribution to the global Oktoberfest phenomenon features all the fare that’s indelibly linked with the event, including beer, bratwurst, waltzing musicians in lederhosen, and contests.

October 2018

Boston Fashion Week

1-6 October / Venues across Boston

Showcasing the work of up-and-coming local fashion designers along with more established names, Boston Fashion Week presents runway shows, exhibits, panels, receptions, and networking parties.

The Whisky Extravaganza

4 October / Hyatt Regency Boston

Whisky lovers should head to the Hyatt Regency hotel this October for Boston’s annual Whisky Extravaganza, where you’ll get to enjoy unlimited tastings of more than 100 whiskies, plus culinary pairings, and master classes.

Oktoberfest and Honk Parade

7 October / Harvard Square

Prepare for four beer gardens, six stages of entertainment, 50 food vendors, 150 craft vendors, and roving bands that will get you dancing in the streets at yet another Boston Oktoberfest celebration

Boston Book Festival

13 October / Copley Square

Celebrating literature and writing with dozens of author talks, seminars, writing workshops, exhibitors and publishers, this free-to-enter event is a must for book lovers. There’s also live music and kids’ entertainment.

Vegetarian Festival

20-21 October / Reggie Lewis Athletic Center

Unearth new and unusual food items, taste Veggie samples, meet producers, hear speakers, and shop for produce at this Boston celebration of all things Vegetarian.

November 2018

Folk Music Month

1-30 November / Harvard Square

Boston’s folk music scene has always been at the heart of the city’s penchant for critical thinking and social and political reform, and this month-long event continues that tradition with a superb progamme of live acts, plus talks and other events.

Ski & Snowboard Show

8 November / Seaport World Trade Center

Shop for snow gear, vacation deals, and season lift tickets at this hugely popular expo, where you’ll also find live music, a beer garden, and even a trampoline show.

World of Dance

11 November / Back Bay Events Center

Featuring colourful and energetic street dancing, World of Dance offers visitors the chance to witness modern choreography at work, with hundreds of participants from top dance teams taking part.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

16-18 November / Hynes Convention Center

Peruse a huge assortment of rare and collectible books, along with manuscripts, maps, autographs, atlases, prints, and photographs from some 120 dealers at this popular book fair.

December 2018

Holiday Home Tour

1-2 December / South Boston

Each year several South Boston homes are professionally decorated for the festive season and visitors are invited to come and explore them. Transport to each home is provided and there’s even a post-tour party.

Resolution Ball

31 December / Colonnade Boston Hotel

This annual ball is one of Boston’s most lavish events, with mouth-watering hors d’oeuvres, a slider station, a DJ, and a live band all serving to entertain guests.

First Night First Day

31 December–1 January / Venues across Boston

A two-day festival of art exhibits, dance performances, live music, puppets, a people’s parade, and family fun, this is one of Boston’s most lively yearly events, drawing visitors from far and wide.