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Anticipate the possibilities that each new day brings. Fill your days and nights with excursions, themed events, fine dining and more. Indulge in as much or as little as you please. The choice is yours.

May

Boston Whale Watching

These 3-4 hours excursions take you through Boston Harbor and out to Stellwagen Bank, a protected marine area about 25 miles east of the city. Marine biologists or naturalists serve as guides to make sure you don't miss a thing, so be sure to bring a camera and enjoy the fresh sea air!

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June

North End Feasts and Festivals

Boston's North End Italian Feasts and Festivals draw huge crowds to this historic neighborhood. You can smell the wonderful food, hear the music, and sense the excitement as you walk across the Greenway to Hanover Street, where many of the celebrations take place. These parades and festivals take place almost every weekend throughout the summer.

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Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl Ice Cream Fest

Wednesday, June 7 – Friday, June 9; 12 p.m. – 8 pm Cost: $10 for ages 10 and up; $5 for ages 3-9, and free for children under 3.

Boston's favorite ice cream fest, Scooper Bowl, dishes out 10 or so tons of ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, and sorbet in this 3-day fundraiser at City Hall Plaza.

Scooper Bowl raises money for the Jimmy Fund to benefit cancer research at Dana-Farber.  Not only do you get to eat all you want of the ice cream donated by the nation's top frozen dessert companies, but you can vote afterward for your favorite among the 30 or so different flavors on offer.

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Battle of Bunker Hill Day Parade

Sunday, June 11 Where: Bunker Hill

Join the National Park Service at the Bunker Hill Monument on Boston's Freedom Trail to commemorate the anniversary of the famous battle against the British on nearby Breed's Hill on June 17, 1775, and enjoy the Bunker Hill Day Parade, a Boston tradition since 1786.  Members of the Charlestown Militia dressed in Colonial attire play fifes and drums, and offer musket salutes as part of a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument.

The parade kicks off at the corner of Vine and Bunker Hill Streets, marches down Main Street, winds around Charlestown, and ends on Winthrop Street next to the Charlestown Militia training Field.  Streets start to close to traffic soon after 9 a.m.

Sail Boston

Boston’s history stretches beyond the land to the sea. Boston has a wealth of maritime history—both past and present. Bostonians welcome crews and cadets from all over the world to their harbor on a continual basis as part of the Visiting Ship Program and are gearing up to greet the return of the Tall Ship fleet for Sail Boston 2017®! Known as America’s Walking City, Boston is home to many historic sites that date back to the American Revolution. Visitors to Boston are encouraged to stroll the Freedom Trail, a 2.5-mile red brick walking trail that passes sixteen nationally significant historic sites. The Freedom Trail begins at Boston Common and ends at Bunker Hill, near the Charlestown Navy Yard and the home of the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned ship afloat in the world. Boston is an official port of the Rendez-Vous 2017 Tall Ships Regatta. The trans-Atlantic regatta will start in Royal Greenwich, UK. From there the fleet will race to Sines, Portugal, followed by Bermuda. The fleet will then race to Boston, for Sail Boston 2017®. From Boston, the fleet will cruise in company north to Quebec City, Canada. Sail Boston® will entertain its younger audience with educational programs focusing on US and international maritime history. Cadets and crewmembers will be available to educate children of all ages of their personal experiences at sea, home countries and more.

Parade of Sail
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Sail Boston Festival
Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Public Boarding of Ships
Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Tall Ships Depart
Thursday, June 22, 2017

All Sail Boston events are free and open to the public

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Frog Pond Spray Pool Opens on Boston Common

Saturday, June 24

For kids 12 and under, there’s no place better to cool off this summer than the Frog Pond Spray Pool in Boston Common. The Grand Opening Celebration features family-friendly entertainment, music, art, a gala ceremony, and of course, the chance to play in the 30-foot spray at the center of the pond.  Lifeguards will be on duty this summer during all open hours.

The Spray Pool remains open from 11am to 6pm every day through Labor Day, unless there's a thunderstorm.

July

Boston Harborfest

June 30 to July 2

Harborfest is Boston's 3-day long gala celebration of American Independence, July 4th, and the joy of summer in Boston.  Revolutionary War reenactments, cruises, exhibits, walking tours, and more exciting events showcase Boston's colonial, Revolutionary War, and maritime history.

For more information please see concert and firework information below.

Chinatown Main Street Festival

Saturday, July 1, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Location:  Harrison Ave and surrounding streets, Chinatown in Downtown Boston

Enjoy colorful Chinese folk dances, Lion dances, martial arts performances, Chinese Opera, and vendor booths in this mid-summer festival in Chinatown.  This year will also mark the first annual Karaoke Contest.

Harborfest Concert & Fireworks

Saturday, July 1 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Where: Long Wharf, Boston Downtown Waterfront, and Christopher Columbus Park, North End

Come enjoy concerts and fireworks on the Downtown Waterfront as part of the gala Boston Harborfest celebration. The Inner Harbor will glow with lights as sailors decorate their boats as part of this festive event.

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4th of July Fireworks on the Charles River

Tuesday, July 4 at 10:30 p.m.

Boston's most spectacular firework display of the year follows the Pops Concert on the 4th.  Watch from tall buildings (Top of the Hub view is spectacular - but reserve early!), rooftops, the banks of the Charles River, or on the Boston Common just steps from the hotel.

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Boston Pops Concerts

Monday, July 3 from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Celebrate America's birthday on July 3rd and 4th with the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, America's premier Independence Day celebration.

From the opening notes of the National Anthem to the closing bursts of real cannon fire as part of the 1812 Overture, the July 4th Boston Pops concert at the Hatch Shell celebrates Independence Day in spectacular fashion, followed by dazzling fireworks over the Charles River.  Special guests this year include Grammy-winner Susan Tedeschi from Norwell, MA and Ayla Brown from Wrentham, MA.

The concert on the day before, July 3rd, gives music lovers a chance to enjoy familar favorites (but no fireworks at the end).  Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart leads the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra during both concerts.

Landmarks Orchestra Concerts at the Hatch Shell

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra's weekly free summer Esplanade concerts attract larger crowds to the Hatch Shell each year with its mix of classical, traditional, modern, and contemporary music. Concerts start at 7 p.m. and run about 2 hours.

The Landmarks Concert schedule for July includes (this is last year's schedule - will be updated when 2017 schedule is available):

July 13 - Rhapsody in Green - Selections from Vaughan Williams, Copeland, Respighi, & more

July 20 - Pictures at an Expedition  - Reflections & music celebrating the life and passions of Isabella Stewart Gardner

July 29 - Verdi & Valkyries - Highlights of favorites from Vagner, Verdi, Puccini

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Free Sunday Night Movies in Christopher Columbus Park

Enjoy free outdoor movies during a 6-week series in Christopher Columbus Park, the entrance to Boston's North End, sponsored by the Boston Push Cart Association. Movies include a number of favorites from the past 40 years, and start at dark.

July 10 - My Big Fat Greek Wedding
July 17 - Monsters, Inc. 
July 24 - Remember the Titans
July 31 - Tootsie

Shakespeare on the Common

Wednesday, July 19 – Sunday, August 6 beginning at 8pm on the Boston Common

One of the most popular summer Boston events, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents Romeo & Juliet, the Bard's most famous romantic tragedy, for Shakespeare on the Common.

Bring a blanket or low folding chair, perhaps a picnic basket, and get ready to enjoy a magical evening of free theater under the stars.  You can also rent a chair for $5, plus a $5 deposit that you will get back when you return the chair.

Bring your own food, or purchase something tasty from the vendors who will be onsite for the occasion.  Restrooms are available at the nearby tennis courts.

August

North End Feasts and Festivals

Boston's North End Italian Feasts and Festivals take place throughout the summer, as they have for 100 years or more - almost as long as Italians have lived in this neighborhood. Most of the North End feasts celebrate a saint with food, music, religious ceremonies, parades, strolling singers, celebrations, and more - they're like giant street parties. In general, opening ceremonies take place on Friday evenings, with other events starting around 1pm on Saturday and Sunday and continuing until about 11pm. High Mass usually takes place on Sunday morning.

Four of the most famous take place in August:

St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast and Procession - August 4-7 - starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday and 12 p.m. on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - procession at 12 p.m. on Sunday starting at Hanover and Battery Streets

Madonna Della Cava Feast - August 12-14, Battery and Hanover Streets - procession at 1 p.m. on Sunday; feast opens at 7 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday

Fisherman's Feast of the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca - August 18-21, 2016, - Blessing of the Fishing Waters at Christopher Columbus Park on Thursday at 6 p.m.  Feast opens at 6 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.  Grand Procession at 1pm on Sunday, on Fleet, Louis, and North Streets, with Flight of the Angel at 8 p.m.

St. Anthony's Feast - The largest Italian religious festival in New England, August 26-28, 2016, Endicott, Thatcher, and North Margin Streets, parade at 12 p.m. on Sunday - parades, strolling singers, entertainment, and 100 pushcarts offering mouth-watering Italian food in this "Feast of All Feasts"; feast opens at 7 p.m. on Friday, 12 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday; Grand Procession starts at noon on Sunday.

St. Lucy's Feast - August 29, Thatcher and Endicott Streets, procession at 5 p.m. on Monday.

Summer Dine Out Boston

Sunday, August 13 – 18 & Sunday, August 20 – 25

Twice each year, Boston foodies look forward to the best restaurants in the city being on sale.  You will too, as you sample the affordable fixed price lunch and dinner menus concocted by the city's best chefs.  You can start making your Dine Out Boston reservations about 3 weeks ahead of time.  Don't wait, because tables fill up fast!

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Boston Seafood Festival

Sunday, August 2, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Where: Fish Pier (212 Northern Ave) South Boston Waterfront

The Annual Boston Seafood Festival celebrates our city's marine heritage, love of seafood, and commitment to sustainable harvest.

It brings together seafood tastings, chef demos, educational events, Battle of the Shuckers, and the traditional Blessing of the Fleet.

A special Lion Dance performance by the celebrated Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe kicks off the Festival.

Boston GreenFest

Friday, August 11 to Sunday, August 13

Where: Boston City Hall Plaza, Government Center

Boston GreenFest offers a huge assortment of exhibits, performances, and presentations about sustainable living.  EcoThemes include water, energy, green cities, transportation, health, nutrition, and EcoFashion.

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