Outdoor Venues

Boston Events Calendar

Boston Events Calendar

Free City Hall Concerts 
Free Friday Flicks 
Free Fun Fridays 
Free Harbor Hotel Movies 
Free ICA Concerts 
Free Pru Concerts

Boston Antiques and Design Show

Boston Antiques and Design Show 
Saturday-Sunday January 11-12, 2014  
A very popular antiques show held each year at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington. Dealers offer rare furniture, porcelain, lamps, paintings, and many other antiques and works of art. $10 entry fee on Saturday and $7 on Sunday. Ample free parking.

February

Beanpot Hockey Tournament

Beanpot College Hockey Tournament 
Monday, February 10, 2014, 4:30 pm  
The traditional hockey championship held at TD Garden between four cross-town colleges: Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, and Northeastern University. The contest dates back to 1952, and the winner gains bragging rights as best college hockey team in Boston each year.

March

Saint Patrick's Day Parade (FREE) 
Sunday March 16, 2014, 1:00 pm 
Huge annual parade to honor St. Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland, and Irish culture in Boston. It's held in South Boston, the predominantly Irish-American neighborhood of the city.

Anime Boston

Anime Boston 
Friday-Sunday March 21-23, 2014 
New England’s largest annual celebration of Japanese animation, comics, and pop culture. More than 20,000 guests are expected to attend the event in 2014 at the Hynes Convention Center.

Boston Underground Film Festival

Boston Underground Film Festival (BUFF) 
Wednesday-Sunday, March 26-30, 2014 
Annual showing of independently produced "bizarre and insane" films. Gore and sexual genres draw publicity, with both feature-length movies and shorts being aired.

April

Penny Arcade Expo Boston

Penny Arcade Expo Boston (PAX East) 
Friday-Sunday April 11-13, 2014 
PAX East is a three-day game festival at the Boston Convention Center for tabletop, videogame, and PC gamers. There are tournaments and freeplay areas, and even nerdcore concerts, panel discussions, and an exhibitor hall filled with booths displaying the latest from top game publishers and developers.

Boston Marathon

Boston Marathon (FREE) 
Monday April 21, 2014, 9:00 am 
America's oldest annual marathon. This world-famous 26.2 human foot race begins in Hopkinton, MA and ends one block west of Copley Square in Boston. A Patriot's Day tradition.

Boston College Arts Festival

Boston College Arts Festival (FREE) 
Thu-Sat April 24-26, 2014 12:00 pm-11:00 pm 
This 3-day event features art exhibitions, concerts, theatrical and dance performances, children's activities, literary readings, film screenings, a craft sale, and much more.

May

Walk For Hunger

Walk For Hunger 
Sunday May 4, 2014, 7:00 am Registration 
Annual charity walk for Project Bread. Sponsored volunteers walk up to 20 miles. Food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, and food salvage programs are supported by Project Bread.

Make Way For Ducklings Parade

Duckling Day and Parade 
Sunday May 11, 2014, 10:30 am Registration 
Annual Make Way For Ducklings children's parade through the Public Garden. Young kids dress up in duck-like outfits and trace the steps of the mallards in the famous Robert McCloskey book.

Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Tour

Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Tour 
Thursday May 15, 2014, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
 
Members of the Garden Club open up their hidden urban gardens for the tour. It's a unique event, with proceeds going to environmental, horticultural, and conservation organizations across the US. Tickets are $35 in advance or $45 on the day of the event. A temporary ticket booth is set up at Charles & Chestnut Streets. Rain or shine event.

Radio 92.9 EarthFest

Radio 92.9 EarthFest (FREE) 
Saturday May 17, 2014, 10:00 am - 4:45 pm 
Find Earth-friendly Green products and services at this family-friendly event. This event is now the largest Earth celebration in New England. The main concert starts at 11:30 am.

June

Beacon Hill Art Walk

Beacon Hill Art Walk 
Sunday June 1, 2014, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm 
Residents open up their private gardens, patios, and courtyards and allow artists to display and sell their artwork at a wide range of prices. Visitors also enjoy a unique atmosphere with background sounds of live classical, klezmer and folk music playing in various gardens throughout the day. Starting places are 135-1/2 Charles Street, and the corner at Cambridge & West Cedar Streets.

Aids Walk & 5k Run Boston

Aids Walk & 5k Run 
Sunday June 1, 2014, 7:30 am Registration 
Support a great cause to help fight a horrific disease. The event starts and ends at the Hatch Shell along the Esplanade. Registration is at 7:30 am, with the Larry Kessler 5k Run beginning at 9:50 am, and the AIDS Walk starting at 10:00 am.

Scooper Bowl

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl 
Tuesday-Thursday, June 3 - 5, 2014 
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 
The all-you-can-eat Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® will take place at Boston City Hall Plaza. The Scooper Bowl has raised more than $3.2 million for cancer research and patient care at the Dana-Farber Institute. Online advanced Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 3-9. Bulk discounts are available. Rain or shine event.

Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari

Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari 
Saturday June 7, 2014, 12:00 - 4:00 pm 
Annual charity event to raise money for cystic fibrosis research. All the you can eat hot dogs, drinks, and other food items after entering a gated area on Lansdowne Street. Lots of family entertainment as well.

Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat Festival (FREE) 
Saturday-Sunday, June 14 - 15, 2014 
12:00 pm - 5:00 pm (Festivities on Sunday)
 
A celebration of Asian culture. The time trials take place on Saturday, with the official tournament and festival on Sunday. There are live dance and music performances, martial arts demonstrations, and arts & crafts exhibits. A variety of Asian foods and treats are also available of course.

NSTAR's Walk for Children's Hospital

NSTAR's Walk for Children's Hospital 
Sunday June 8, 2014 
11:00 am (7-miles) or 12:00 pm (2-miles)
 
Annual pledge walk at the Hatch Shell to support Children's Hospital Boston. It's a day when patient families and friends come together, employees have a chance to show their company pride off and mingle, and a time for kids to walk for other kids while everyone contributes to the important work of Children's Hospital.

Boston Pride Parade

Boston Pride Festival Parade Day 
Saturday June 14, 2014, 11:00 am - 11:00 pm 
Annual parade and festival to celebrate LGBT pride and public awareness. The parade winds through several streets in the Back Bay; staging at Copley Square, and ending at Boston City Hall Plaza.

July

Boston HarborFest

Boston HarborFest 
Wednesday-Sunday July 2 - 6, 2014 
31st annual festival leading up to July 4th that celebrates Boston's rich colonial and maritime history. There are many free concerts and other activities that take place during the week, from Children's Day at City Hall Plaza to an Extreme Sailing race in the harbor.

Independence Day Warmup Concert

Independence Day Warmup Concert 
Thursday July 3, 2014, 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm 
Part of the annual Independence Day celebration at the Hatch Shell. The free Boston Pops Orchestra warmup concert starts at 8:30 pm. The oval opens at 5:00 PM for access to the Hatch Shell lawn area (wrist band & checkpoint system). The famous concert and fireworks display will take place on Friday July 4.

Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day Celebration 
Friday July 4, 2014, 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm 
MOVED TO JULY 3 DUE TO WEATHER FORECAST 
Annual Independence Day celebration at the Hatch Shell. There is a free Boston Pops Orchestra concert at 8:30 pm, and a fireworks display above the Charles River after dark. About 300,000 to 500,000 people attend the event each year. A first-come first-served wrist band booth opens at 5:00 pm near the Hatch Shell lawn. The wrist bands allow access to the lawn or "oval" area in front of the Hatch Shell. Concert visitors should arrive at the Esplanade early as capacity is very limited, with security checkpoints in place. Many people view the fireworks from the Cambridge side of the Charles River or from the Longfellow Bridge. The fireworks are set off when the Pops are playing the finale of Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. Guests artists include: Guest artists include: The Beach Boys, Megan Hilty, Phantom of the Opera, and Boston Children's Chorus.

Boston Chowderfest

Boston Chowderfest 
Canceled for 2014 
Annual cooking competition of Boston restaurants to determine the best local clam chowder. The event is part of the six-day long July 4th Harborfest celebration.

Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival

Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival (FREE) 
Friday-Sunday July 18 - 20, 2014 
An area of the Revere Beach is fenced off like a gallery and visitors stroll past giant sand sculptures. There is free music at the bandstand, and fireworks on Saturday night.

Boston Summer Arts Weekend

Boston Summer Arts Weekend (FREE) 
Saturday-Sunday July 26 - 27, 2014 
Copley Square is transformed into a concert venue, with a main stage set up in front of Trinity Church, and a second stage located near the water fountain. Vendor line the sidewalks surrounding Copley Square, adding to the ambiance of this growing arts festival.

August

Fisherman's Feast

Fisherman's Feast (FREE Outdoor Festival) 
Thursday-Sunday August 14 - 17, 2014 
Annual Italian festival that takes place at Fleet & North Streets in the North End to honor Madonna del Soccorso (Our Lady of Help), and the ancient local fishing trade. The feast includes a religious procession through the narrow streets carrying the Madonna Statue. Lots of food, entertainment, games, and street vendors line the streets during the festival.

Boston GreenFest

Boston GreenFest (FREE Outdoor Festival) 
Friday-Sunday August 15 - 17, 2014 
A huge festival that takes place at City Hall Plaza, emphasizing earth-friendly products and how to reduce one's impact on the environment. There are live performances on multiple stages, over 200 exhibitors, a family entertainment area, EcoFashion Tent, GreenFilmFest, and forums and lectures. A Green Fireworks Display and Laser Light Show have taken place in previous years.

Boston GreenFest

Saint Anthony's Feast (FREE Outdoor Festival) 
Friday-Sunday August 29 - 31, 2014 
Annual Italian festival that takes place at Thacher & Endicott Streets in the North End to honor St. Anthony of Padua. St. Anthony was a Catholic teacher and orator, and is beloved by many people. St. Anthony has historically been invoked to help find lost things. Lots of food, entertainment, games, and street vendors line the streets during the festival.

Boston Arts Festival

Boston Arts Festival 
Saturday-Sunday, August 30 - 31, 2014 
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
 
10th annual display of works of art by local artists. Multiple waterfront stages are erected for performing artists. There's also a children's pavilion set up for younger visitors. The festival is a celebration of the many ethnic cultures in Boston, and held at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End.

September

Boston Arthritis Walk

Walk to Cure Arthritis 
Sunday September 14, 2014, 9:00 am Reg.
 
Annual Boston Arthritis Walk at DCR Artesani Park in Brighton. A one or three mile walk for all ages that benefits arthritis research and community programs. Registration begins at 9:00 am, with the walk starting at about 10:30 am.

Mayor's Cup Race

Mayor's Cup Race (FREE) 
Saturday September TBD, 2014, 12:00 - 6:00 pm
 
Professional bicyclists descend on Boston for high speed racing. A mascot race, kid's race and concert are also featured. Called a crit race, bicyclists speed around Government Center at nearly 30 mph.

Hub on Wheels

Hub on Wheels (FREE) 
Sunday September TBD, 2014, 8:00 am - 1:30 pm
 
Boston's only citywide charity bike ride. Choose from 10, 30, or 50 mile routes. After the ride, enjoy food, tunes, and fun at City Hall Plaza. Proceeds go to the education of Boston students.

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival (FREE) 
Saturday September 27, 2014, 12:00 - 6:00 pm
 
This ever-expanding outdoor jazz celebration takes place on Columbus Avenue between Mass Ave & Burke Street. It's a very popular street festival featuring 15 or so bands, and draws nearly 80,000 people each year.

Phantom Gourmet Food Festival

Phantom Gourmet Food Festival 
Sunday September 20, 2014 
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm (Ticketed)
 
The annual Food Festival on Lansdowne Street next to Fenway Park. No minors or pets. Buy the tickets early via Phantom Gourmet web site or their partners as the tickets often sell out before the event. If you have ever watched the show on Channel 38, you’re probably thinking of a half-pound cheeseburger with onion rings on it right now.

October

Single Malt & Scotch Whiskey Extravaganza

Single Malt & Scotch Whiskey Extravaganza 
Thursday, October 23, 2014
 
Ladies and gentlemen are cordially invited to enjoy a connoisseur's evening hosted by The Scotch Malt Whisky Society at the Taj Boston. The extravaganza provides attendees a wide range of the most prestigious single malt, premium Scotch and Irish whiskies. Presented by whisky professionals, the goal is to educate attendees in the discerning consumption of the finest spirits known. Tickets are by advance purchase only at 800.990.1991. Business attire. Must be 21 years of age or older to attend.

Columbus Day Parade

Columbus Day Parade (FREE) 
Monday October TBD, 2014, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 
A decades-long tradition in the North End and East Boston celebrating the historic voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1492. The parade is also a tribute to members of our military, honoring veterans and those currently serving, while remembering servicemen and women that have made the ultimate sacrifice. The celebration provides local civic, social, ethnic, and cultural groups a venue to shine and instill pride in the community.

Head of the Charles Regatta

Head of the Charles Regatta (FREE to Observe) 
Saturday - Sunday, October 18 - 19, 2014 
8:00 am - 4:15 pm
 
The world's largest 2-day rowing event. Head races are usually 3-miles long, with the boats racing against each other and the clock. Winners receive the title of Head Of The Charles.

Boston Film Festival

Boston Film Festival (Ticketed) 
Thursday-Saturday, October 25 - 27, 2014
 
Annual showing of original English language and independently produced films. Seating is limited to the participating theater's capacity. Special events in past festivals have included visits by famous film stars including Jeff Bridges, Nicholas Cage, George Clooney, Jodie Foster, and Susan Sarandon.

Great Pumpkin Float

Great Pumpkin Float (FREE) 
Saturday October TBD, 2014, 5:30 pm
 
An adorable event with young children watching their pumpkins being launched into Davenport Creek near the Neponset River. Held at Pope John Paul II Park in Dorchester, Hallet Street entrance. Reservations are required. Bring a 6-8" pumpkin carved at home. A candle will be placed into it, and then the pumpkin is placed on a small float and launched into the river. Rain date is usually the next day.

November

Boston Arthritis Walk

Boston Comedy Festival (Ticketed) 
November 7 - 15, 2014
 
Annual contest of stand-up comedians and improve groups. There are also airings of independent films in local theater(s). For a week, comedians come together from all across the globe to share their talent and make people laugh.

Boston International Fine Art Show

Boston International Fine Art Show 
Thursday - Sunday, 13 - 16, 2014 
Annual major show with contemporary and traditional fine art, paintings, sculpture, fine prints and photographs. Expo fair and sale, gala preview benefit, lectures and other events, that all take place at Cyclorama, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont Street.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

Boston International Fine Art Show 
Friday - Sunday, November 14 - 16, 2014 
Held at the Hynes Convention Center, the Fair is one of the oldest and most prestigious book shows in the country, featuring fine and rare collections from more than 120 dealers. A broad range of rare, collectable and antique books, modern first editions, manuscripts, maps, atlases, autographs and literary ephemera are presented. There will be an abundance of bargain books, as well as lectures on collecting and restoration, and glimpses at rare books seldom seen outside academic libraries. Fine and decorative prints will also be featured.

December

Nova Scotia Christmas Tree

Nova Scotia Christmas Tree Lighting (FREE) 
Thursday December TBD, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 pm 
Annual Christmas Tree lighting event on Boston Common. Holiday music, cultural exchanges, and other entertainment. The tree is a gift from Nova Scotia each year in gratitude for Boston's aid after the tragic Halifax Explosion of 1917.

SS Charity Run

SS Charity Run (FREE to Observe) 
Saturday December TBD, 2014, 1:00 pm Start
 
Each year, people strip down into tiny bathing suits in near freezing weather and run around the Back Bay to raise money for a local charity. The event is limited to the first 700 registrants, age 21 or older. Registration is at 903 Boylston Street (Lir Tavern) at 10:00 am. The fee is $30, with a commitment to raise at least $400 in donations. Formerly known as the Santa Speedo Run.

First Night Boston

First Night Celebration 
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
 
Huge annual New Years Eve celebration. Visitors purchase a button that allows entry into many arts performances and exhibitions. Nearly a million people attend. There is an impressive fireworks display over Boston Harbor at midnight.

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