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Alfresco dining, whether at a café or on a harbor cruise, takes center stage during Boston’s summer months — and seafood, of course, is the main event. Don’t forget to stop by the city’s markets and food festivals for a generous serving of New England temptations.


This award-winning market has come back in full force next to the SoWa Vintage Market, with farmers, artisans and specialty vendors selling everything from handmade ceramics and artwork to baked goods and produce fresh off the farm. Stop by the Vintage Market to browse antiques, collectibles and more. Every Saturday and Sunday through October 29. Visit Website   

Board the Liberty Clipper and take in the glory of the Boston Harbor as you enjoy everyone’s favorite meal: Sunday brunch. The tall ship serves up quite a few favorites, as well as mimosas and a dazzling view of the Boston skyline. June 11 - September 10. Visit Website

It’s a perfect restaurant in the Seaport District to get an eyeful of the Boston Waterfront. During the summer, a retractable roof opens up the third floor’s lounge and bar for drinks and small bites al fresco, while patio seating offers a great view of the Boston Fish Pier. The lobster bake is among the summer standouts. Visit Website

Live music, pirates and an oyster-shucking contest and are all making their way back to the Boston Fish Pier. Celebrate the region’s famous seafood with clambakes, chef demos and the famous Blessing of the Fleet, honoring fishermen’s tradition. August 13, 2017. Visit Website

August brings Italian fun and parades to Boston’s North End. Join Boston natives in the grand procession while snacking on zeppole or cannoli. Don’t miss the Feast of all Feasts: Saint Anthony’s Feast on August 25–27, which will be celebrating its 99th year. Through September 10. Visit Website

Four historic lighthouses — Deer Light, Graves Light, Long Island Light and Boston Light — come with brunch in a 2.5-hour harbor cruise. Breakfast favorites plus sirloin, pasta and a special surprise — the Chef’s Specialty — are accompanied by tales from local performer David Coffin. Saturdays and Sundays through September 24. Visit Website