Boston Events Calendar
Free City Hall Concerts
Free Friday Flicks
Free Fun Fridays Schedule
Free Hatch Shell Concerts
Free Harbor Hotel Movies
Free ICA Concerts
Free Pru Concerts
Free Emerald Necklace Concerts
Boston Antiques and Design Show
Saturday-Sunday January 14 - 15, 2017
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. Last year's entry fee was $10 on Saturday, and $7 on Sunday. Free parking.
Beanpot College Hockey Tournament
Monday February TBA, 2017
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.
Saint Patrick's Day Parade (FREE)
Sunday March 20, 2016, 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.
Friday-Sunday March 25 - 27, 2016
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 2016 at the Hynes Convention Center.
Boston Underground Film Festival
Wednesday-Sunday March 23 - 27, 2016
Annual showing of independently produced "bizarre and insane" films. Gore and sexual genres draw publicity, with both feature-length movies and shorts being aired.
Boston Marathon (FREE)
Monday April 18, 2016, 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.
Penny Arcade Expo Boston (PAX East)
Friday-Sunday April 22 -24, 2016 (SOLD OUT)
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 College Arts Festival (FREE)
Thu-Sat April 28 - 30, 2016 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.
Walk For Hunger
& 5k Run
Sunday May 1, 2016
Annual charity walk and run for Project Bread. Sponsored volunteers walk up to 10 miles. Food pantries, soup kitchens, food banks, and food salvage programs are supported by Project Bread.
Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari
Saturday May 7, 2016, 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.
Duckling Day and Parade
Sunday May 8, 2016 10:00 am Registration
Annual Make Way For Ducklings children's parade to the famous statue in Boston Public Garden. Young kids dress up in duck-like outfits and trace the steps of the mallards in the famous Robert McCloskey book. A Mother's Day tradition. Online
Radio 92.9 EarthFest (FREE)
Saturday May 21, 2016
Find Earth-friendly Green products and services at this family-friendly event. This event is now the largest Earth celebration in New England.
Hidden Gardens of Beacon Hill Tour
Thursday May 19, 2016, 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 $45. A temporary ticket booth is set up at Charles & Chestnut Streets, or purchase tickets online. Rain or shine event.
Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl
Tuesday-Thursday, June 7 - 9, 2016
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 $5 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, price increases on event dates. Bulk discounts are available. Rain or shine event.
Beacon Hill Art Walk
Sunday June 5, 2016, 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
Sunday June 5, 2016, 7:30 am Registration
Support a great cause to help fight a horrific disease. The event starts and ends at the Hatch Shell. Registration is usually at 7:30 am, with the Larry Kessler 5k Run beginning at 9:50 am, and the AIDS Walk starting at 10:00 am.
Dragon Boat Festival (FREE)
Saturday-Sunday, June 11 - 12, 2016
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.
Boston Pride Festival
Saturday June 11, 2016, 12:00 pm - 6:00 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.
Friday - Monday July 1 -4, 2016
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
Sunday July 3, 2016, 8:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Part of the annual Independence Day celebration at the Hatch Shell. The free Boston Pops Orchestra warm-up concert starts at 8:30 pm and ends at 10:30 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 Monday July 4. DATE AND VENUE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Independence Day Celebration
Monday July 4, 2016, 8:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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. Guest artists include: Demi Lovato & Nick Jonas. DATE AND VENUE ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
Revere Beach Sand Sculpting Festival (FREE)
Friday-Sunday July 22 - 24, 2016
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 (FREE)
Saturday-Sunday July TBA, 2016
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.
Fisherman's Feast (FREE Outdoor Festival)
Thursday-Sunday August 18 - 21, 2016
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 (FREE Outdoor Festival)
Friday-Sunday August 19 - 21, 2016
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.
Saint Anthony's Feast (FREE Outdoor Festival)
Friday-Monday August 26 - 29, 2016
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.
Mayor's Cup Race (FREE)
Saturday September TBA, 2016, 11:00 - 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 (FREE)
Sunday September 18, 2016, 8:00 am - 2:00 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.
Boston Arts Festival
Saturday, September 10, 2016 (raindate: 9/11)
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
13th 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.
Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival (FREE)
Saturday September 24, 2016, 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
Saturday September TBA, 2016
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.
Walk to Cure Arthritis
Sunday September TBA, 2016, 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.
Columbus Day Parade (FREE)
Sunday October TBA, 2016, 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.
Head of the Charles Regatta (FREE to Observe)
Saturday - Sunday, October TBA, 2016
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 (Ticketed)
Thursday-Saturday, October TBA, 2016
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 (FREE)
Thursday October TBA, 2016, 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.
Single Malt & Scotch Whiskey Extravaganza
Thursday, November TBA, 2016, 6:30 pm
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.
Boston Comedy Festival (Ticketed)
November TBA, 2016
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.
International Antiquarian Book Fair
Friday - Sunday, November TBA, 2016
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.
Boston International Fine Art Show
Thursday - Sunday, November TBA, 2016
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.
Nova Scotia Christmas Tree Lighting (FREE)
Thursday December TBA, 2016, 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 (FREE to Observe)
Saturday December TBA, 2016, 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 Celebration
Saturday December 31, 2016
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.