Summer in Boston is here (even if the weather doesn’t agree)! If you’re sticking around for summer classes, mark your calendar for some of our favorite food/art/music festivals:
Together Boston — May 15th – 22nd
Missed out on tickets to Boston Calling? Never fear, you can still catch awesome shows this month (and without breaking the bank) at the indie music festival Together Boston. Musicians and artists put on dozens of performances across the city, all with a special emphasis on the unity of art, music, and technology. Check out the lineup here!
StandUp ThrowDown — May 21st – 27th
ImprovBoston’s annual month-long competition pits the city’s funniest standup comics against each other in a battle for the title of best comedian. Don’t miss the semifinal performances, held during the last week of May, and get the chance to help choose Boston’s new comedic top dog! http://www.improvboston.com/improvboston-standup-tournament
Coolidge Corner Arts Festival — Saturday, June 4th
Stop by Coolidge Corner for the annual Arts Festival, featuring artwork by dozens of local Brookline creators. Sample signature dishes from Boston’s favorite food trucks and enjoy music from DJ Magic Mark and the Brookline Porch Fest jazz groups.
Dragon Boat Festival — June 11th – 12th
Each year, dozens of intricately decorated boats race down the Charles as part of the Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Teams from around the world compete for the champion title in front of thousands of spectators. The races are intermingled with cultural performances like taiko drumming and bhangra dance, and will host food trucks serving up some of Boston’s best Asian cuisine. Check out the schedule here!
Boston Pride Week — June 3rd – 12th
During Boston Pride Week, neighborhoods across the city host parades, art exhibits, memorial services, and lectures to celebrate the LGBTQA+ community in Boston and beyond. The highlight of the week will be the Boston Pride Parade on June 11th, where thousands of participants will march from Copley Square to Government Center in a loud, colorful, and fabulous expression of pride and solidarity! For a full calendar of events and details about the parade, check out the schedule here.
Summer Solstice Celebration — Monday, June 20th
Celebrate the first official day of summer at the Harvard University Summer Solstice Celebration! Grab some Ben & Jerry’s and make a flower crown while watching performances by local musicians and acrobats! All attendees also get free admission to many of Harvard’s museums.
Boston Harborfest — July 1st – 4th
For the four days leading up to the 4th of July, Boston turns out its best red, white, and blue colors for Harborfest. Historical sites across the city become home to tours, re-enactments, concerts, and food festivals to celebrate Boston’s role in American independence. All events are open to the public; see the schedule here!
Taste of Cambridge — Tuesday, July 12th
Sample some of Cambridge’s finest cuisines at the city’s annual food festival. Chefs from the area’s most popular restaurants craft unique dishes and local wineries and breweries offer tastings for diners, all accompanied by live music from Cambridge artists. Get your tickets now for a 20% discount!
Fisherman’s Feast — August 18th – 21st
The Fisherman’s Feast has been gracing the historic streets of the North End for over 100 years, making it the oldest Italian festival in Boston. The Feast is based on devotion to the Madonna del Soccorso and her blessing of the fishing waters around Boston Harbor. All weekend, crowds numbering in the thousands descend upon the North End for religious ceremonies, a live bandstand, and food vendors galore (traditionally serving Italian sausage). Find our more about the festival here.