5 Boston-area hikes that end in great beer

5 Boston-area hikes that end in great beer

Capture Light Fancy a pint? Fancy a brisk constitutional through one of the world’s most interesting regions ? Here you go: Five hikes that end in fabulous beer at seasonal gardens. More for Play Week: Downtown Boston’s 6 best places for public art :: 12 quaint Boston-area towns to visit this summer, mapped :: Lighthouses near Boston that you can visit, mapped :: 9 beginner bike rides in the Boston area :: Boston walks: 10 perfect ones for warmer weather :: Boston hikes: 10 superb ones in and around the city, mapped Along the Charles in Allston and Cambridge […]

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Georgetown chorus teacher sings at Boston’s 4th of July Spectacular

Georgetown chorus teacher sings at Boston’s 4th of July Spectacular

Hide caption By Jackie Chianca / Correspondent People all across the country have different pastimes when it comes to the historic holiday of Independence Day. However, one activity shared by lots of people across the country — and especially people from Massachusetts — is tuning into the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular. While it is common for people to watch the extravaganza on TV, it’s another thing to be on the actual stage itself. For Kaitlin Donovan, performing on the stage was the reality of her holiday. As the primary choral director of the Georgetown Public School System for the […]

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Some dockless bike companies don’t mind if you use their bikes for Boston’s World Naked Bike Ride

Some dockless bike companies don’t mind if you use their bikes for Boston’s World Naked Bike Ride

Cyclists prepared for the start of the World Naked Bike Ride Boston at North Point Park in Cambridge in 2015. If you’re planning to participate in the annual World Naked Bike Ride through Boston this weekend but don’t have a bike of your own, you’re in luck — some of the dockless bike rental companies that have recently infiltrated cities and towns around Greater Boston say they don’t mind if you use one of their rides for the evening. That being said, those companies are also encouraging users to be cognizant of the people who may use the bikes […]

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26 Free Things To Do In Boston This September

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Dorchester Bike & Brew Festival
Wednesday, September 13, 2017: 7-9:30pm

Peabody Square Ashmont, Dorchester Center

The Dorchester Bike & Brew 2017 is a family friendly community festival designed to showcase the growing cycling community in #Dorchesterand the burgeoning Boston brewery scene, along with food trucks, live music, DIY bike repair demos, giveaways, etc.

The event is held on Peabody Square West Plaza, and a small portion of Talbot Ave (between Dorchester and Welles Ave) closed to vehicular traffic for the duration of the festival. It is free to attend, with food and beverages available for individual purchase.

Music: We will again feature a fun for all ages opening act, this year Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band at 7:00 and we are excited to confirm that The Nephrok! Allstars will headline the event (funk & soul), with their sets starting at 7:50.

Food Trucks: We plan to host three savory food trucks (Jamaica Mi HungryBaby’s Bonetown BBQSheherazad Truck) and one sweets truck (TBA) to maximize your dinner options, and we are excited to have theBoston Water and Sewer Commission H2Go mobile water station join us again!

Beer Garden: Dorchester Brewing Company is the exclusive brewery partner for this year’s Dorchester Bike & Brew — they will be hosting their signature beer garden in an age-verified 21+ space on site. The beer garden will also again feature assorted cider offerings fromDowneast Cider House (an East Boston Main Streets business). A portion of the proceeds from all beverage sales will support Greater Ashmont Main Street’s programming year round.

Vendors/Community Information Tables beyond the co-hosts: Roxbury RidesBlack Girls Do Bike (Boston), Spokehouse – Bowdoin Bike School,Martin Richard FoundationLivableStreets AllianceHarbor Health Services, Inc.Bikes Not BombsWalkBostonLevel Solar, and MBTA Transit Police Bike Unit, with additional services available as well, such as the City Hall to Go truck and Boston Public Library‘s BiblioCycle on site and family friendly fun like our lawn games, bubble give aways, glow in the dark chalk, and Balloons Extraordinaire on site for adorable balloon creations.


Lets Dance Boston
Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017: 5:00pm – Sunday, Sep 17, 2017: 10:00pm

Dewey Square
600 Atlantic Ave
Boston, Massachusetts 02210

Dreaming of dancing out under the stars? The Celebrity Series of Boston invites dancers of all ages and abilities to grab their dancing shoes and head to the Rose Kennedy Greenway September 13-17, 2017 for the return of Let’s Dance Boston, produced by the Celebrity Series of Boston.

The event will include 4 consecutive nights of dynamic live music and a special Sunday afternoon dance along. There will be 5 different live bands throughout the event preceded by lessons from expert dance instructors. Dance styles confirmed to date include salsa, swing and on Sunday afternoon Klezmer folk dance, produced in association with the Jewish Arts Collaborative.

The full schedule as well as the live bands will be announced later this summer. All instructions and open dance sessions are free and open to the public

MFA Sunset Cinema: ‘Get Out’
Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 6:30pm – 10:00pm

Museum of Fine Arts Boston
465 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA 02115

MFA Film is thrilled to present Sunset Cinema, an open-air theater with free monthly film screenings on the Museum’s Huntington Avenue lawn. In July, kick off the Boston French Film Festival with the razor-sharp comedy Divorce, French Style; in August, Paul Newman stars in the gritty prison drama Cool Hand Luke, part of the series Feed Your Head: Films from 1967; and in September, we’re teaming up with the Roxbury International Film Festival to present the groundbreaking horror flick Get Out.

Lawn games, music, and art-making activities begin at 6:30 pm. All films start at sundown, around 8 pm. No ticket is required. We suggest bringing a blanket or low chair, a picnic supper, and nonalcoholic beverages to enjoy during the film. Beer, wine, and snacks will be available for purchase.

MFA Film and the Roxbury International Film Festival present a special screening of Jordan Peele’s groundbreaking horror film, Get Out. The film follows a New Yorker named Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) who hits the road with his new girlfriend, Rose (Girls’ Allison Williams), for weekend getaway at Rose’s childhood home. This is Chris’s first time meeting Rose’s parents, and at first he interprets the family’s overly accommodating behavior as a nervous attempt to show their acceptance of their daughter’s interracial relationship. But as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing incidents lead him to uncover a truth beyond his wildest nightmares.


Country In The City
Thursday, Sep 14, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm

City Hall Plaza
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201 

Join Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Country 102.5 for the second Country in the City concert! Enjoy a live country music performance (and some delicious food truck snacks) at City Hall Plaza. It’s free! More details to follow.

Cambridge PARKing Day
Friday, Sep 15, 2017 8:00am – 6:00pm

Parking spots across Cambridge
Cambridge, MA

55 groups are transforming over 120 parking spots into something else for the day in our official City of Cambridge PARK(ing) Day celebration!

Join us to ride along new separated bike lanes, hear about coworking spaces in Central Square, learn about wildlife in Cambridge, celebrate Vision Zero, and try out new technologies being developed in our community!


Boston Freedom Rally
Friday, Sep 15, 2017 3:00pm – Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 6:00pm

Boston Common
84 Beacon St
Boston, MA 02108 

Although occasionally referred to as “hempfest” by some, the Boston Freedom Rally is the official name of the largest annual gathering of pro-marijuana supporters on the East Coast, and is the second largest festival of it’s kind in the world, surpassed only by Seattle’s Hempfest.

The rally is organized by the Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MassCANN), the state affiliate of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) also known as MassCann/NORML.


Cathedral Greek Festival
Friday, Sep 15, 2017 12:00pm – Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 8:00pm

Annunciation Greek Orthodox
Cathedral of New England
514 Parker St
Boston, MA 02120

Greek Festival at 162 Goddard Ave. Sponsored by the Cathedral and its sponsors and frieds of the Cathedral. Greek cuisine, Greek Pastries, Pumpkin Fest for family members of any age, our annual festival raggle, lots of music and dancing to the tunes of Orfeas and Makredes Ensemble, Athas Borthers DJ music and the Metropolis Dance Groups. Boutigues of all kinds and our Taverna on the lawn patio behind the mansion that will house Attic Treasures. Kafenio inside the Center Hall with plenty seating.


Mixfest 2017
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 11:00am – 6:00pm

Hatch Memorial Shell
1 David G Mugar Way
Boston, MA 02108

Mix 104.1’s MixFest is New England’s premier FREE music event! This year, Mix welcomes Kelly Clarkson, Blondie, and Andy Grammer to the stage at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell on Boston’s Charles River Esplanade !

Gates open at 11am. Music starts around 2pm.

Admission is free, but we encourage you to get there early!


Social Fitness Festival
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 11:00am – 6:00pm

City Hall Plaza
1 City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02176

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment, in partnership with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and in collaboration with the City’s Property Management Department, announce the second annual Boston Social Fitness Festival! This free, day-long celebration of getting Boston moving will feature numerous participatory events to encourage Bostonians of all ages to move, cycle, play, and dance together.

South Boston Street Festival
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 11:00am – 4:00pm

East Broadway
between I and L Streets
South Boston, MA 02127

Live entertainment on 2 stages • Over 100 Local Merchants, Artists and Organizations
Great Food • Dance Performances • Children’s Activities • Pooch Friendly

3rd Annual Roslindale Porch Fest
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 1:30pm – 5:30pm

Porches around Roslindale
Roslindale, MA

An afternoon of free music across the porches of Roslindale! Eclectic music and family-friendly alcohol-free atmosphere.

Oktoberfest 2017 at Night Shift Brewing
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 11:00am – 11:00pm

Night Shift Brewing
87 Santilli Highway
Everett, MA 02149

NSB Oktoberfest is back for the 3rd year running! Our parking lot will be transformed into a traditional German-style beer garden, complete with brass bands, food vendors, communal drinking tables, and lawn games.

Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 11:00am – 5:00pm

Fenway Park
4 Yawkey Way
Boston, Massachusetts 02109

Now in it’s 32nd year, CollegeFest is a back-to-school tradition in Boston, and is the most attended back-to-school event in New England. This is an opportunity for students to spend the day at Fenway Park free of charge while enjoying live music and engaging with local, regional and national brands/vendors.


American Field Boston
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 11:00am – Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 6:00pm

Innovation and Design Building
Drydock Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

American Field is a pop-up market of authentic brands that connects consumers directly with makers ad returns to Boston this September at the Innovation and Design Building. The American Field Movement raises awareness for quality brands and strives to inform consumers, making it easy to decide where to spend their money. It was created by Mark Bollman, founder of Ball and Buck, in 2012 and highlights brands committed to quality and innovation in design.


South End Open Studios
Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 11:00am – Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 6:00pm

Various locations in the South End
South End
Boston, MA 02118

Since 1986, South End Open Studios has provided a once-a-year, back-stage pass that invites visitors to explore and enjoy the creative environment of Boston’s largest and most exciting community of working artists. With locations throughout the South End neighborhood, over 200 artists will showcase their work, with local galleries displaying work by national and international artists. Free shuttle service will be available to transport visitors to studios and galleries.

Boston Local Food Festival
Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 11:00am – 5:00pm

Rose Kennedy Greenway
Atlantic Ave & High Street
Boston, MA 02110

For one spectacular day each year, SBN transforms the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the City of Boston into the nation’s largest local & sustainable food hub! Boston Local Food Festival is a free outdoor festival that showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England. The festival also features lively chef & DIY demos, a seafood throwdown competition, diverse music and performances, family fun zone and more.

Revels River Sing: A Family Celebration of the Autumnal Equinox
Sunday, Sep 17, 2017 5:00pm – 7:30pm

Winthrop Park in Harvard Square & by the Weeks Footbridge
Memorial Drive & DeWolf Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

JOIN THOUSANDS OF VOICES IN SONG as we wave goodbye to summer and welcome in the fall at our14th annual Autumnal Equinox celebration in Cambridge! Pre-show festivities in Harvard Square begin at 5pm followed by a puppet-filled Parade to the Charles for communal singing and more led by The Revels Chorus, great guest soloists, children from Boston City Singers and a fabulous folk band.

Boston Startup Week
Monday, Sep 18, 2017 9:00am – Friday, Sep 22, 2017 8:00pm

Surrounding areas
Boston, MA

Boston Startup Week is a free, five-day series of events celebrating, educating, and connecting Boston’s startup community. Whether you’re an aspiring founder, the leader of a growing company, or someone who wants to work with startup teams, Boston Startup Week has an event for you.

Full schedule of events:


Somerville Fluff Festival 
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 3:00pm – 7:00pm

Union Square
90 Union Sq
Somerville, MA 02143

Join us for the celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fluff, invented right here in Somerville’s Union Square in 1917 by Archibald Query. This madcap, fun-filled festival draws approximately 15,000 people and is cited as one of the reasons why Lonely Planet named Somerville in the top 10 “Best In The US” travel destinations for 2016.

The 12th annual “What the Fluff” Festival will feature musical performances, a cooking contest, Fluff-themed games, activities, antics and fun for every age, and Fluff treats of every sort.


Everett Village Fest 
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 3:00pm – 9:00pm

Santilli Highway
Everett, MA 02149

Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the City of Everett is pleased to announce that we will be celebrating our 3rd annual Village Fest, taking place on Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 from 3 – 9 PM at Santilli Highway. Come enjoy Boston’s best food trucks, full-line up of music entertainment all day long, and an international acclaimed headliner George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. Our headliner band is sponsored in part by Wynn Boston Harbor and Craft Brewers Guild.


Boston Festival of Indie Games 
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 9:00a – 7:30p

Johnson Athletics Center
120 Vassar St
Cambridge, MA 02139

The Boston Festival of Indie Games is the biggest celebration of independent tabletop and video games in New England. BostonFIG is an inclusive, welcoming environment filled with family-friendly activities and games of all sorts that you won’t see anywhere else. Saturday, September 23, 2017 will mark our sixth annual celebration of independent game development.


Smithsonian Museum Day Live!
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 8:00am – 5:00pm

Surrounding areas
Boston, MA

The Museum Day Live! ticket provides free admission for two people.

Participating museums include the Museum of Fine Arts, the Museum of African American History, Harvard Art Museums, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and more.

Museum Day Live! is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. Participating museums and cultural institutions across the country provide entry to anyone presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket.


Jamaica Plain Open Studios
Saturday, Sep 23, 2017 11:00am – Sunday, Sep 24, 2017 6:00pm

Jamaica Plain
Surrounding areas
Boston, MA. 02130

Jamaica Plain Open Studios, the premiere annual arts event in one of Boston’s most eclectic neighborhoods, is returning in 2017 for its 24th year. Open Studios is an opportunity to take a rare public peek at some private spaces. The free event showcases the artwork of up to 200 artists at 40 sites including artists’ studios, the historic Eliot School, the Sam Adams brewery complex, Mozart Park in Hyde Square and more. It runs from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. over the weekend of September 23-34, 2017


Allston Village Street Fair 
Sunday, Sep 24, 2017 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Harvard Ave between Brighton Ave and Cambridge St
Harvard Ave & Brighton Ave
Allston, MA

For a neighborhood so youthfully vibrant and culturally diverse, Allston gets a bad rap. It breeds creativity and a modern bohemia rarely seen in other areas of the Hub. Sunday, the Parents and Community Build Group’s Allston Village Street Fair shows off exactly what Allston offers year-round: a litany of live performances, several local businesses taking to the streets and thousands of people coming together in one giant party highlighting more than 30 live performances from 2 outdoor stages and street performers, vendors, artists, and craftspeople show off their wares; and Harvard Avenue morphs into Bourbon Street for this year’s Mardi Gras theme. Grab some beads, rock out and have some fun, Allston-style.

Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival  
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Columbus Ave between Mass Ave + Burke St
Columbus Ave & Massachusetts Ave
Boston, MA

The Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival is Boston’s biggest block party—a free, annual, outdoor public concert that has delighted hundreds of thousands of music lovers over the years with its host of jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and groove performances, along with KidsJam, an instrument petting zoo, and an array of food vendors. Each year, the festival is the place to be in Boston on the last Saturday of September as the community comes together in a bond forged in the joy of great live music.

The festival offers world-class music on three stages, phenomenal food and drink, arts, crafts, and unique gifts. We look forward to seeing you for Boston’s best free outdoor concert.


New England Indonesian Festival  
Saturday, Sep 30, 2017 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Copley Square
560 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116

The New England Indonesia Festival (NEIF) is an event annually held in the hotel’s Back Bay neighborhood that promotes Indonesian culture to the New England community, which includes the state of Massachusetts and its neighboring states. Since its launch in 2013, NEIF has been held in Copley Square, a large open venue at the heart of Boston, and has attracted over 5,000 attendees annually.

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Top 10 Things To Do In Boston This Weekend


Labor Day weekend is here Boston, and it’s time to enjoy the last couple days of Summer as we get ready to soon trade in our flip flops for Uggz and reach for the Pumpkin Spiced Lattes! There is tons of great things to do with friends and family this weekend in the city, sooo get out there and explore as you soak up the last couple days of summer!

Downtown Playdate 

Downtown Playdates is a series events hosted by downtown neighborhood organizations, including Faneuil Hall Marketplace and The Rose Kennedy Greenway. Come on down for some fun, family-friendly activities each Saturday from July 22nd through September 16.

When: Saturday, Jul 22, 2017 10:00am – Saturday, Sep 16, 2017 2:00pm
Where: Faneuil Hall Marketplace. 4 S Market St. Boston, MA 02109
Admission: FREE

Tango In The Park

Tango in the Park is back for its 2nd Summer so mark your calendar! Are you ready?

6 – 9:30pm – Milonga in plein air with DJ Berk
6:45pm – Performance by Hernan and Anita
7pm – Introductory Class by Hernan and Anita

Besides becoming a great outdoor Miilonga, Tango in the Park was born with the idea of uniting communities from different studios, presenting local Tango Masters (all teachers from all studios as well as independent teachers had been invited) through their performance, teaching or DJ-ing and make Tango more visible and more accessible to Bostonians.

When: Saturday, Sep 02, 2017 6:00p – 9:30p
Where: Boston Harbor Hotel. 342 Atlantic Ave. Boston, MA 02110
Admission: FREE


Country Clambake

Come enjoy live music and Lobster Clam Bake!!!

When: Saturday, Sep 02, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Harvard Gardens. 316 Cambridge St. Boston, Ma 02129
Admission: FREE


Party Against Humanity

Humanity is F#$%ed, come party with us! Dance, drink, and play the games we leave out on tables… You know, so you can get loud and yell at your friends.



->Now you can order drinks from your table with our new friendly to use drink cards!<-

When: Saturday, Sep 02, 2017 10:30pm – Sunday, Sep 03, 2017 1:30am
Where: Hops N Scotch. 1306 Beacon St. Brookline, Massachusetts 02445
Admission: FREE


Civil War Lawn Games

Step back in time and play games people enjoyed in the 1860’s.

What did children and adults do for fun 150 years ago? Meet at the Parade Ground inside Fort Warren and try your hand at a hoops race or a game of graces.

When: Sunday, Sep 03, 2017 12:00p – 2:00p
Where: Georges Island. 66 Long Wharf. Boston, Massachusetts 02110
Admission: FREE


Allston Arts & Eats Tour

Join us for a walking food tasting and public art tour of Boston’s Allston Neighborhood! During this tasty stroll, you will tantalize your taste buds with food samples from local eateries and feast your eyes on some of Allston’s most vibrant public art. You’ll also enjoy a hearty helping of information about the respective local chefs and artists behind the delicious foods and delightful public art displays in the neighborhood.

Please come with an open mind and palate, as well as a bottle of water to enjoy along the way! Suitable for all who enjoy walking, exploring and eating!

When: Sunday, Sep 03, 2017 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Where: Exact Meeting Location Provided at Time of Ticket Purchase Near Cambridge Street Allston, MA 02134
Admission: $59


Jaws on D

Come on out and crush it like Quint with 1975 retro cans and a FREE Jaws screening at Lawn on D!

When: Sunday, Sep 03, 2017 7:00pm – 11:00pm
Where: The Lawn On D. 420 D Street. Boston, MA 02210
Admission: FREE


Summer Movies in Christopher Columbus Park

Come join us every Sunday at Sunset to see these great films on the big screen.

Sept. 3 Moulin Rouge – PG13
Sept 10 Close Encounters of the Third Kind – PG

When: Sunday, Sep 03, 2017 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Christopher Columbus Park. Boston, MA 02110
Admission: FREE


King Richard’s Faire

Cast off the daily drudgery of offices and computers for the fanciful world of magic, knights, kings and minstrels at King Richard’s Faire, The New England Renaissance Festival’s 36th season. Hundreds of talented acrobats, aerialists, jugglers, minstrels, comedy acts, fire eaters and more perform non-stop throughout the day. Try your hand at games of skill, experience exciting rides and witness the King’s mounted knights battle on horseback. Discover over 100 talented artisans who display and sell their magnificent wares, including blown glass, portrait paintings, hand-spun pottery, swords, jewelry, leather, armor, period clothing, psychic readings, perfumes, scented oils and more. Satisfy your appetite with epicurean treats for sale, including spit-roasted giant turkey legs, bowls of chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, champagne, wine and beer. Your arrival calls for a royal welcome at King Richard’s Faire in Carver.

When: Saturday, Sep 02, 2017 10:30am – Sunday, Oct 22, 2017 6:00pm
Where: King Richard’s Faire. 235 Main St. Carver, MA 02330
Admission: $32


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Top 10 Things To Do In Boston This Weekend

Boston Calling Music Festival

Hey hey! Sorry for no Top 10 List last week as I was down in the Jersey Shore getting my fist pump on for my buddies bachelor party…I’m back in the city and looking forward to a great Memorial Day (and Birthday) Weekend!!! I will be buzzing around the city all weekend and attending Boston Calling on Sunday! Lets rock and roll!


 Boston Calling Music Festival  

The 2017 edition of the Boston Calling Music Festival moves to the Harvard Athletic Complex on Memorial Day weekend with a stacked lineup featuring headliners Tool, Mumford & Sons, and Chance the Rapper.

Full 2017 lineup:

Mumford & Sons
Chance the Rapper
Bon Iver
The XX
Major Lazer
The 1975
Sigur Rós
Cage the Elephant
Run the Jewels
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Tegan and Sara
Brandi Carlile
Sylvan Esso
Majid Jordan
Flatbush Zombies
Wolf Parade
Mac Demarco
Oh Wonder
Danny Brown
Frightened Rabbit
Modern Baseball
Car Seat Headrest
Buffalo Tom
Cousin Stizz
Francis and the Lights
Strand of Oaks
Hiss Golden Messenger
Moses Sumney
Kevin Morby
The Hotelier
Lucy Dacus
Xylouris White
Tkay Maidza
Alexandra Savior
Mondo Cozmo

Comedy experience hosted by Hannibal Buress.


Boston Calling Music Festival is a three-day, multi-stage festival featuring performances from some of the biggest names in music, comedy, film, and art. It began in 2013 at City Hall Plaza in downtown Boston, and after seven successful and critically acclaimed installations, the festival is moving to the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston in order to expand programming. It will be held over Memorial Day weekend, 2017. The festival is primarily an indie and pop rock festival; past performers have included Jack Johnson, Fun, Vampire Weekend, Beck, Pixies, Alabama Shakes, and Ben Harper.

When: Friday, May 26, 2017 2:30pm – Sunday, May 28, 2017 11:00pm
Where: Harvard Athletic Complex. 79 N Harvard St. Allston, MA 02134
Admission: $245-265 3-day GA


 Memorial Day Garden of Flags on Boston Common 

Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund is recruiting volunteers to help create our annual Memorial Day Flag Garden tribute to the fallen on Boston Common. Volunteers are needed to help plant 37,000 flags on 5/24, to help watch/care for them 5/25 – 5/29, and to retire them on 5/29. To sign up, please follow the link for our online registration form, found on the web page below. Priority is given to members in our community with relationships to the military, first responders, seniors, student groups, members of non-profit groups, civic organizations and government offices. Corporate teams are asked to contact us directly for information on sponsorships for this event, used to support bereaved military families all year round.

When: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 1:00pm – Monday, May 29, 2017
Where: Soldiers and Sailors Monument. 139 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02111
Admission: FREE


Boston Pride Pageant

The annual Boston Pride Pageant returns in 2017 with a competition to hold the following four titles:

Miss Boston Pride (Drag Queen)

Mistah Boston Pride (Drag King)

Ms. Boston Pride (cis/trans women and those who identify as female)

Mr. Boston Pride (cis/trans men and those who identify as male)

Come join in selecting these four ambassadors for our community!

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Club Cafe Boston. 209 Columbus Ave. Boston, MA 02116
Admission: $15-$25


Greenway Open Market

Shop handmade, explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, and sip local brew every Saturday from May to October on The Greenway. The Greenway Open Market, located in the Wharf Districts blocks of Boston’s Rose Kennedy Greenway, is a weekly juried open-air handmade arts and crafts market. Only the best of the region’s artisans, crafters, independent designers and makers are accepted.

With over 400 free events attracting 1.4million annual visitors to the Greenway, the Greenway Open Market is surrounded by a variety of activities and experiences for customers to enjoy while shopping handmade arts and crafts market. Customers visiting the Greenway Open Market will also find: Mobile Eats (food trucks and picnic area), Public Art, Greenway Carousel, Curated Festivals, Plants & Landscapes, Fountains, Tours, & the Trillium Beer Garden. The Greenway Open Market is owned and operated by New England Open Markets.

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:00am – 6:00pm
Where: Rose Kennedy Greenway (Rings Fountain). Milk Street – Boston, Massachusetts 02109
Admission: FREE


Quincy Market History Tour 

A FREE one hour historical tour of the architecture, politics, and geography of Quincy’s Market. Come hear this Boston story!

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Faneuil Hall Marketplace. South Market Street. Boston, MA 02130
Admission: FREE


Fire & Wine – Glass Blowing & Wine Tasting 

Are you 21+ and interested in the art of glassblowing!? Come join us at the warmest place in Boston for our upcoming wine tasting on the last Saturday of every month. Come enjoy an intimate glass blowing demonstration accompanied by a selection of great wines and snacks. Relax by our fire while being mesmerized by the ancient practice of glass blowing. This is a great way to have some out of the ordinary fun; we hope to see you there enjoying our glass fire and passion!

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Where: Diablo Glass School. 123 Terrace St. Boston, MA 02120
Admission: $35


Boston Bluegrass Cruise

Key Points about this Cruise

– 1.5-hour cruise, boarding begins 15-minutes prior to departure.
-Join us for the colorful and unique bluegrass experience on the blue waters of Boston harbor.
– Guests will be welcomed aboard to the musical ensemble of Rob Flax and String Band. After a minimal boarding period, we will depart to join the harbor night air. The backdrop to this unique performance is the glittering cityscape of Boston by night. They are the only bluegrass band on the water in the harbor, and you don’t want to miss this scene.
– During favorable weather our event will take place on the top deck of Northern Lights under our canopy with roped LED lights. Guests are welcome to dance to the music if they feel compelled or just enjoy the sound and sites.
-Rob Flax and String Band is a quartet that performs bluegrass music all over the country but is based in Boston. While not cruising Boston Harbor you can find them at many bluegrass festivals and venues.
– Cruise the harbor and enjoy original stylings and sounds of Rob Flax
– See the beautiful Boston Skyline and iconic waterfront during our City Lights Cruise.
– On this cruise we will pass by sites such as: Bunker Hill Monument, USS Constitution, and the Marriot Custom House Tower
– Drinks and snacks are available for purchase
– This cruise offers a unique way to entertain guests from out of town, a wonderful after-work activity, and a fun way for two people start the evening together
– This takes place on Northern Lights, a 115-foot motor vessel, stylized after a 1920s New England Yacht.

When:Friday, May 26, 2017 9:30pm – 11:00pm
Where: Classic Harbor Line. 60 Rowes Wharf. Boston, MA 02110
Admission: $44


Boston Pops: “Jaws” In Concert

The original summer movie blockbuster, with an Academy Award®-winning score that made John Williams a household name, Jaws is the ultimate film-with-live orchestra experience! Join Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops as they perform the world premiere of this concert with the entire score in sync with one of the greatest motion pictures of all time.

When: Thursday, May 25, 2017 8:00pm – Friday, May 26, 2017 11:00pm
Where: Symphony Hall. 301 Massachusetts Ave. Boston, MA 02115
Admission: $32-$93


A Run to Remember Boston 

The Boston Police Department and Boston Police Runner’s Club invite you to the 13th running of Run To Remember Boston on Sunday, May 28, 2017. Run To Remember Boston is a half marathon or 5 mile run through historic downtown Boston. Number pick up and Sports and Fitness expo is Saturday May 27th. The race start and the Expo will be held at the Seaport World Trade Center, Boston.

Honor all 1st Responders killed in the line of duty by celebrating their lives and giving back to the community.

When: Sunday, May 28, 2017 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Where: Seaport Hotel and Seaport World Trade Center. 200 Seaport Blvd. Boston, MA 02210
Admission: $Varies



Eating New England Series with Adam Centamore 

When it comes to food, New Englanders have got it made. Our part of this world is home to some of the best locally-made beers, mead, cider, cheese, meats, chocolate, nuts, pickles and other savory and sweet treats. What’s the best way to explore this wide world of locally-made culinary delights? By tasting them, of course!

Join professional foodie and author Adam Centamore for an evening getting to know your tasty neighbors. You’ll eat amazing finger foods and sip succulent beverages from purveyors right here in Boston Public Market. Plus, you’ll learn the basics of buying, storing, serving and pairing all your favorites.

When: Saturday, May 27, 2017 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Where: The KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market. 100 Hanover St. Boston, MA 02108
Admission: $24-$30



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Top 10 Things To Do In Boston This Weekend

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Brrrrrrr it’s a cold one today Boston, and unfortunately it’s looking like we won’t be seeing Mr.Sunshine this weekend….BUT…turn that frown upside down because there is still tons of great events going on throughout the city to keep you entertained! This Sunday is also Mothers Day, so make sure you grab ya ma some nice flowers and a gift to let her know you appreciated all those times she wiped your bum and changed your diapers!!!  😉


Samuel Adams 3rd Annual ACBW Pig Roast 

Are you a fan of live bluegrass music, fresh cooked BBQ, and Samuel Adams beer?

Join us as we kick off American Craft Beer Week with our 3rd Annual ACBW Pig Roast at the Samuel Adams Boston Brewery!

We’ll be getting hogwild along with our friends from Blue Ribbon BBQ. the Four Bridge Bluegrass Band, and Nelson Hiller and Friends on Friday May 12th from 6-9pm. We’ll be roasting several whole pigs, serving up pulled chicken and pork, all the sides n’ fixin’s, homemade beer BBQ sauces and of course plenty of brewery-exclusive Samuel Adams Beer!

Your Ticket includes a full BBQ dinner (Vegetarian option available), 2 different bluegrass bands, and six 7 oz beer samples. We’ll be opening our doors to the Boston Brewery as well as our Beer Garden for one of our favorite parties of the year. Grab your flannel and come on down!

When: Friday, May 12, 2017 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Samuel Adams Boston Brewery. 30 Germania Street. Boston, Massachusetts 02120


Union Square Farmers Market Opening Day

Union Square Main Streets is very pleased to be managing our fabulous Union Square Farmers Market this summer, building on the great work that Mimi Graney and Mary Cat Chaikin have done.
The Union Square Farmers Market will open on Saturday, May 13th.

We made our selection with the goal of having a mix of vendors who will:

– Provide great, fresh, healthy locally-grown produce;
– Offer a broad mix of products;
– Ensure a fiscally sound market that will enable USMS to continue to provide this Market for the community this year and in years to come; and,
– Create a welcoming, friendly and safe community and shopping environment for patrons, vendors and staff. You can find the full list of vendors on our website.

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 9:00am – 1:00pm
Where: Union Square Plaza. 90 Union Sq. Somerville, MA 02143
Admission: $10 – $15


Lawn On D Grand Opening Celebration

Join us for The Lawn On D Grand Opening celebration* featuring the best free line-up in the city and entertainment for all ages!
This action-packed event will feature eight different activities throughout the day, Frosty ice cream give away, six music bands, and more!

Highlights include:

• Nimble Arts – A stunning display of circus arts featuring aerials, jugglin, balancing, comedy, and more! Their ensemble includes performers formerly with Cirque du Soleil, Cirque Eloize, Circa, Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey & Pickle Family Circus.

• ReadBoston – ReadBoston’s Storymobile is a one-of-a-kind summer program that brings a diverse group of professional storytellers and new books to children, ages 3-10, in every Boston neighborhood.

• Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – Stories in Art
• Museum of Science, Boston – Night Sky
• New England Aquarium – Travelling Tidepool Program

• Knucklebones – athletically inspired entertainment for children of all ages

• Matt Heaton and the Outside Toys
• Steel Rhythm – Steel Drum Band
• Never in Vegas
• MB Padfieldeld
• Analog Heart

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:00pm – 11:00pm
Where: The Lawn On D. 420 D Street. Boston, MA 02210
Admission: FREE


Boston Bacon & Beer Festival 

The 8th annual Boston Bacon and Beer Festival hosted by the Red Sox Foundation at Fenway Park for the 3rd straight year. On Saturday May 13th from 12:30 to 3PM, come sample dishes from Boston’s best restaurants and chefs, to be washed down by a variety of regional beers. NEW THIS YEAR: Along with everything the VIP ticket came with in the past, this year’s VIP ticket includes EARLY entry to the event AND a bleacher ticket to that evening’s baseball game. As always, this event benefits the Red Sox Foundation, Community Servings, and Lovin’ Spoonfuls!

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Where: Fenway Park. 4 Yawkey Way. Boston, MA 02215
Admission: $52-$135


Somerville PorchFest 

On Saturday, May 13, 2017 musicians and bands throughout Somerville will celebrate and utilize an underused public venue: The Porch. Acts—ranging from bollywood funk, cosmic americana, killer blues, Moroccan, Balkan, gospel, American space rock and clawhammer banjo—will serenade passersby from porches throughout Somerville.

There are three time slots for the day based on three quadrants of the city; east of Central St. will be 12-2; Central St. to Willow Ave. will be 2-4; west of Willow St. 4-6.

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:00pm – 6:00pm
Where: Porches, stoops, yards, etc. All over Somerville, MA
Admission: FREE


Boston Beer Summit 

The Boston Beer Summit is a craft beer tasting that features the best local and regional brewers.
We’ve been doing this since 1999, and we still love it. The beers and trends have changed, and that means we can keep getting better every show.
This event will have many of the best local, regional brewers featured alongside some of the greatest national and international brewers in the world. Everyone will be bringing both their well known year round and less common seasonal brews.

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 12:30pm – 4:00pm
Where: The Castle. 130 Columbus Ave. Boston, MA 02116
Admission: $60


An Evening with the Music of John Williams: A Concert to Benefit the Urology Care Foundation

Relive the magic of some of movie’s greatest music! This spectacular event will celebrate the work of John Williams, the legendary composer and Grammy award winner credited with scoring such Hollywood blockbusters as Star Wars, Jaws, Superman and more. This not-to-be-missed event will feature Maestro Jonathan McPhee and the Lexington Symphony, with accompaniment by the New World Chorale, and emceed by Paula Ebben, Co-Anchor WBZ-TV CBS Boston. Don’t miss this extraordinary evening to benefit the Urology Care Foundation. “Without John Williams bikes don’t really fly, nor do brooms, nor do men in red capes. There is no Force. Dinosaurs do not walk the earth. We do not wonder, we do not weep, we do not believe.” – Steven Spielberg

The Urology Care Foundation is the world’s leading nonprofit urological health foundation—and the official foundation of the American Urological Association (AUA). We partner with physicians, researchers, health care professionals, patients, caregivers, families and the public to support and improve the prevention, detection and treatment of urological diseases.

When: Saturday, May 13, 2017 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Where: Hynes Convention Center. 900 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02115
Admission: $150


Annual Duckling Day Parade 

The Friends of the Public Garden will celebrate Mother’s Day with Boston-area families during its annual Duckling Day parade on Sunday May 14th. A beloved tradition for over 30 years, the parade celebrates the children’s classic book Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey. Every year, hundreds of children parade through Boston’s most picturesque parks, dressed like characters from the story. Led by the Harvard University Marching Band, the parade will begin in the Boston Common at the Parkman Bandstand and end in the Public Garden near the famous Make Way for Ducklings sculptures. Bring your cameras – this is the most adorable event in all of Boston!

Prior to the parade will be Playtime on the Common, a vibrant array of family entertainment including crafts, face painters, a magician, and climbing and jumping with the Knucklebones crew.  All families are welcome to decorate their wagons or strollers, bring a picnic, and enjoy springtime in Boston’s most beloved parks!

When: Sunday, May 14, 2017 10:00am – 12:00pm
Where: Boston Common – Parkman Bandstand. Boston, MA
Admission: $35 per family in advance ($40 per family day of event)


Mother’s Day Flower Arranging & Market Brunch with Stow Greenhouses 

Celebrate Mother’s Day at The KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market with this fun, hands-on floral design class. This class is geared towards mothers and their children of all ages (6+). Using locally grown, seasonal flowers, Barbara Rietscha of Stow Greenhouses, will teach you how to create a flower arrangement. Flowers that are typically in season at this time of year include tulips, ranunculus, anemone, lilies and daffodils.

You will learn the basic techniques of floral design, color composition and care instructions. All floral materials, supplies and containers are provided and each participant will go home with a finished arrangements.

While you create your arraignment you’ll eat a brunch spread sourced entirely from Boston Public Market vendors, including:

•Assorted mini bagels and spreads from Levend Bagelry
•Yogurt & granola parfaits from Appleton Farms
•Macaroons of all flavors from Finesse Bakery
•Teas from Soluna Garden Farm
•Coffee from George Howell Coffee

When: Sunday, May 14, 2017 10:00am – 11:30am
Where: The KITCHEN at The Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St. Boston, MA 02108
Admission: $28 – $60


Mother’s Day Yoga 

Center yourself this Mother’s Day with a special class in honor of our most important women. Center your mind, body, and soul with this class. Bring your mom whether she’s got her headstand down to a science, or she’s never seen a yoga mat before. All levels of yoga expertise are welcome.

This is an outdoor class. Please bring your yoga mat and water. In the event of inclement weather, this event will be cancelled.

When: Sunday, May 14, 2017 10:00am – 11:00am
Where: Piers Park, 95 Marginal Street. East Boston, Massachusetts 02128
Admission: FREE



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Top 10 Things To Do In Boston This Weekend

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With the sun finally poking it’s head out from behind those grey clouds, and some temps that don’t require our North Face – it’s time to get out and explore Boston. Grab a friend, or explore solo with all these great things that are going on this weekend!

Art In Bloom 

The Museum of Fine Arts welcomes Spring with Art In Bloom, their annual flower and art festival. Tonight launches with a special preview and opens to the public tomorrow morning starting at 10am. Daily events throughout the weekend include: tours of the flower arrangements throughout the galleries, demonstrations for arranging flowers at home and outdoor walking tours of the museum’s campus and beyond. A Community Day will be featured on Sunday, offering activities for the kids.

When: Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 10:00am – Monday, May 01, 2017 5:00pm
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Ave. Boston, MA 02115
Admission: $23-$25

South Shore 5k Run/Walk 

Lace up your sneakers and get ready to break a sweat at the 43rd annual South Shore 5k Run/Walk. Get ready to take in beautiful views of the Boston skyline and ocean as seen from the Squantum and Marina Bay neighborhoods of Quincy. This course can be challenging at times, as it has a couple hills. Course is well paved and is stroller-friendly to bring along the kids! Race is held rain or shine. All fees are nonrefundable.

When: Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 10:30am – 1:00pm
Where: The Kennedy Center, 440 E. Squantum St. North Quincy, MA 02171
Admission: $5 – 30

Boston 1 Dragon Boat Water Training

Grab a paddle and join Boston 1 on the water for Dragon Boat Training! No prior experience necessary… we’ll teach you everything you need to know. Paddling on a dragon boat is a great way to stay in shape, meet new people, and enjoy the summer. Check out the website below for all the event details.

When: Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 11:15am – 1:15pm
Where: Docks at Barking Crab, 88 Sleeper Street. Boston, MA 02110
Admission: $10

Harvard Arts First Festival

ARTS FIRST is Harvard University’s annual four-day festival showcasing student and faculty creativity. Produced by the Office for the Arts at Harvard with support from the Harvard Board of Overseers, the festival is a public event with many free performances and activities for Harvard and community members of all ages.

When:Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 11:30am – 5:00pm
Where: Harvard Yard, 2 Kirkland St. Cambridge, MA 02138
Admission: FREE


Wicked Wine Fest 

Nothing stimulates good conversation like good wine, and the wine at Wicked Wine Fest is wicked good. Whether you’re looking to network or hang out with friends, this popular tasting event at Boston Center for the Arts is the place to be for hundreds of young professionals, who gather for a fun-filled and relaxed social session loaded with tasty vintages and interesting people. You’ll get to sample delicious wines at some very good values from a variety of vendors, and all guests will be entered to win prizes valued at over $1,000.

When: Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 12:00p – 9:30p
Where: Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St. Boston, MA 02116
Admission: $49 – $59

Pour The Core Hard Cider Festival 

You can taste more than 40 of the best local and internationally produced varieties at this fun festival at Cruiseport Boston. Along with sampling cider from your very own five-ounce souvenir tasting glass, you’ll also enjoy live music, food and all kinds of interesting seminars on the making of this apple-based beverage. Scheduled to participate are local favorites like Downeast Cider & High Limb Cider, best-selling U.S. brands like Woodchuck Hard Cider and Angry Orchard, and a variety of imported ciders and perries from Spain, England and elsewhere. Part of the proceeds will benefit The Barton Center for Diabetes Education.

When: Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 12:30pm – 9:00pm
Where: Cruiseport Boston, 1 Black Falcon Ave. Boston, MA 02210
Admission: $45

Power Beer Fest 

Together under one roof more than 50 Massachusetts Brewers are coming together to launch the first ever, “Power Beer Fest”. Proceeds of each sale will benefit the Massachusetts Brewers Guild, a nonprofit organization that protects and promotes the interests of craft brewers across the Commonwealth. Power Beer Fest is the only beer event in the state organized by Massachusetts Craft Brewers to raise funds to create educational and marketing programs for local breweries, as well as support its government affairs work at the legislative level.

When: Saturday, Apr 29, 2017 1:00p – 9:30p
Where: SoWa Power Station, 540 Harrison Ave. Boston, MA. 02118
Admission: $55

Japan Festival Boston 

Come experience Japan right here in Boston! Live music, stage performances, authentic Japanese food, raffles, cosplay, and lots of fun! Free Admission!

When: Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 11:00a – 6:00p
Where: Boston Common, Boston, MA
Admission: FREE

Sunday Funday

Come hang out with us at GrandTen Distilling in South Boston for a relaxing Sunday afternoon. We’re dusting off the old Nintendo and mixing up some deliciously sessionable cocktails for your gaming pleasure. It’s like your own personal basement game room, except with a bartender. Enjoy a great selection of classic board games, retro video games, and bar games like shuffleboard and foosball. Our Sunday cocktail menu will include $6 “session” cocktails for those long games of Risk or dominoes. Got a favorite board or card game? Bring them. Tapletop gaming group? Bring them and use our 10 ft farm tables.

When: Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Where: GrandTen Distilling, 383 Dorchester Ave. Boston, MA 02127
Admission: FREE

Brunch Cruise On Northern Lights 

Weekends are a time for relaxing and getting your days started the right way. Join us for a Mimosa and Bloody Mary Cruise aboard the elegant Northern Lights to jump start your relaxation mode. While aboard choose from a variety of Mimosas and Bloody Mary’s. Enjoy our gourmet brunch buffet and select a cozy seat aboard Northern Lights as we cruise around Boston Harbor to capture panoramic views of Boston. This is the perfect event for groups looking to entertain guests from out of town. You can see the sites without giving up a relaxing weekend.

When: Sunday, Apr 30, 2017 11:30am – 2:00pm
Where: Northern Lights, 60 Rowes Wharf. Boston, MA 02110
Admission: $68



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Top 5 Things To Do In Boston For The First Week Of Summer

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Today marks the first day of the Summer Solstice or the longest day of the year for those of us that live in the Northern Hemisphere. Bostonians were lucky enough to get a gorgeous sunny 85 degree today to ring in the summer with today! Despite some clouds and a possible thunderstorm on Thursday the rest of the week and weekend looks absolutely fabulous with picture perfect sunny days with temps in the high 80’s.


  1. Charles River Esplanade 

    The Esplanade, is the long stretch of public green space that extends for three miles along the Boston shore of the Charles River from the Boston Museum of Science to the Boston University Bridge. With it’s beautiful natural landscape, the park is home to the iconic Hatch Shell that thousands gather at every Fourth of July to enjoy the amazing sounds of the Boston Pops Orchestra. Along with, various historical monuments, recreational facilities, and over five miles of pathway for walking, running, or biking. The park is open from dawn to dusk, except for walk-through traffic and permitted events.


2. The Boston Harborwalk

In the mood for a long stroll along the shoreline of the Boston Harbor?….well break out your pair of New Balance’s and get ready to embark on an epic journey along the coast full of local characters, spectacular views, amazing art, famous shipwrecks and tons of restaurants to use as a pit stop, for tasty drinks and food. If you are out enjoying the day on your own, download this Free Audio Walking Tour that will guide you along your journey, full of interesting facts and local history as you make your way down the Harborwalk.Looking to take your dog with you too? No worries! Most of the parks and beaches along the Harborwalk are pooch friendly….just don’t forget the leash!

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3. Christopher Columbus Park

Sandwiched in-between the Boston Marriott Long Wharf and Joes American Grill, sits a little area of green grass and two trellis covered walkways right among the edge of the waterfront. This area is perfect to stretch out and relax on a park bench or blanket with a packed picnic. Or if Yogi Bear stole your picnic basket….head right across the street to Quincy Market and grab yourself a bite to eat to go, and enjoy it in the park. With plenty of green grass, park benches and views of the water – Christopher Columbus Park is a great place to check out on a sunny summer day!


4.Boston Public Garden

A nice quiet oasis of green landscapes and breathtaking trees and flowers make the Public Garden a no-brainer to check out in the summer. With a frosty cold lemonade (from a pushcart vendor) in your hand and the bright sun shining down, you will witness a picture perfect scene that could be on the front of a Hallmark card as you watch the beautiful Swan Boats take families and tourists on a slow lazy journey around the water filled lagoon. Whether you have already witnessed the beauty of the Boston Public Garden, or are just stepping foot inside for the first time…I can promise, you will not be disappointed!


5. Castle Island

Castle Island anchors Pleasure Bay at the northern tip of a 3-mile stretch of South Boston beaches looking out onto Dorchester Bay. Sitting at the top, lies historic Fort Independence overlooks the Boston Harbor Islands, offering spectacular views and a refreshing cool breeze. I mean, I don’t know about you….but on a hot, steamy summer day (when a cool breeze isn’t hitting the spot) I’m looking to cool off at the beach and make a splash in some water that is colder than a Dunkin’ iced coffee! For swimming your in luck, as Pleasure Bay Beach circles around to the west and the south of Castle Island, offering protected swimming areas along the sandy edges of the lagoon, and although the beaches are further south along Day Blvd offer white sand, lifeguards, and reportedly fewer jellyfish.Enjoy the views, have a picnic, soak up the sun, and stroll along the Harborwalk down at Castle Island….and with the mouth watering smell of fried clams and ice cream in the air is a reminder to pay a visit to Sullivan’s where you can indulge in all your favorite fried foods and sweet treats!

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