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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.

July

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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