Light Up the Summer at Exciting Boston Events & Festivals: 2019With a beautiful waterfront setting, historic charm, and forward-thinking energy - Boston is a city that absolutely sparkles in the summertime. All season long, you'll encounter vibrant Boston events across the city on land and sea. Enjoy lively cultural celebrations with the local community and celebrate Independence Day at the biggest party in the nation. From food festivals and music concerts to live art shows and performances, discover the most exciting Boston events taking place in summer 2019.
Celebrate Love & Community at Boston Pride Week (June 2-9)Rainbow flags decorate the city of Boston during Pride Week, now in its 48th year. This fun-filled celebration of the LGBTQ community features an exciting collection of parties and special events around the city. The highlight is the Boston Pride Parade on June 9, which marches from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza. Other top events include the Boston Pride Festival (June 8) and Pride Night at Fenway Park (June 7). Everyone is welcome at this inclusive Boston event.
Cheer on the Paddlers at the Dragon Boat Festival (June 8-9)Join in the fun at the 40th Annual Dragon Boat Festival on the Charles River, a colorful race featuring Hong Kong-style dragon boats in every color of the rainbow. Teams of 50 paddlers set the dragon boats to speed on the Charles River between JFK Street and Western Avenue. You'll also find a unique array of cultural programs at this free, family-friendly event that celebrates diversity, arts, and community:
- Hands-on Chinese arts and crafts activities
- Chinese dragon and lion dances
- Martial art performances
- Traditional Japanese drumming
- Live music and dancing
- Art demonstrations
- Delicious Asian cuisine
Boston Harborfest & the 4th of July: Red, White & Blue Festivities (July 1-4)Celebrate Independence Day in the city where the American Revolution began. No place does the 4th of July like Boston, which hosts the biggest Independence Day party in the entire country. For almost four decades, Boston Harborfest has been synonymous with the 4th of July in Boston. Enjoy hundreds of activities and events on the days surrounding the holidays, including:
- Opening Ceremony at Faneuil Hall
- Historical reenactments
- Boston Pops music concerts
- Fireworks displays
- Sightseeing cruises and boat tours
- Live entertainment at Downtown Crossing
- Freedom Trail walks
- Shopping at Arts at Harborfest
- … plus hundreds more activities
Feast on Handcrafted Pies at the Boston Pizza Festival (July 13-14)Pizza lovers unite! Enjoy unlimited pizza with a ticket to the Boston Pizza Festival, which features the best pies from Boston, New England, and around the world. Over 30 vendors will be serving piping-hot pizzas, including some from as far away as Naples. Taking place in City Hall Plaza, this foodie fun fest is a great way to sample delicious handcrafted pies in a picnic-style outdoor setting. You'll also find beer, wine, and entertainment all weekend long. Last year, over 27,000 pizzas were devoured!
All the World's a Stage at Shakespeare on the Common (July 18-August 5)Settling into a comfy seat at Boston Common for a live performance by the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is a popular summertime tradition for many locals. This year, the Company will present Richard III, a darkly tragic tale of a king gone wrong. Shakespeare on the Common performances take place on a regular basis: Tuesdays through Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 7:00 p.m., with one 3:00 p.m. performance on August 4. You'll find the shows near the Parkman Bandstand, and you can rent chairs on-site for $5 (plus a $5 deposit that is returned). Bring a picnic basket and enjoy the Bard!
Inspiring Creativity at Figment Arts Festival on the Greenway (July 27-28)Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway explodes with creative expression this July during an interactive weekend of art. The entire Greenway is transformed into one big art show, from Dewey Square at the South Station to the North End Parks. Discover collaborative artwork that you can participate in creating, including murals, sculptures, dancing, and performance art. Watch aerialists, photographers, and street artists create their magic - and add the artwork yourself at this unique, hands-on festival in Boston.
Savor the Sweet Life at Boston's North End Italian Festivals & Feasts (August)Boston's North End is transformed into a big block party during four Italian festivals that date back over 100 years. These religious events were introduced to the city by Italian immigrants and celebrate saints with strolling singers, parades, ceremonies, food, and music. They usually begin on Friday evening and continue through Sunday. If you're in the city in early to mid-August, be sure to check out one of the following Italian festivals:
- St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast and Procession - August 1-4
- Madonna Della Cava Feast - August 9-11
- Fisherman's Feast of the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca - August 15-18
- St. Lucy's Feast - August 22
- St. Anthony's Feast - August 23-25