Exciting events fill the Boston Events Calendar for April, 2016 - the 120th Boston Marathon, Patriots' Day reenactments, Red Sox opening day, and more!
Large crowds will cheer the Boston Marathon runners as we express support for this important Patriots Day event and its meaning to our city. It's the perfect time to visit Boston.
Patriots' Day commemorates the start of the American Revolution with numerous reenactments, parades, and celebrations. Don't miss the chance to experience this local tradition in which local citizens honor those who paved the way for freedom from British rule almost 250 years ago.
Lots more events take place during April - the Big Apple Circus entertains on City Hall Plaza, two international film festivals show the best indie films from around the world, Dirty Dancing opens at the Colonial Theatre - and much more!
Boston Events Each Month
When: Monday, April 18 - start times range from 9:17am to 11:15am
Where: 26 mile, 385 yard course between Hopkinton and Boston
Stay: Boston marathon hotels
The 120th Boston Marathon - one of the city's biggest events of the year, and also known as the "Patriots Day Race" - features about 36,000 elite runners from around the world competing in a route made difficult by rolling terrain and features such as "Heartbreak Hill."
Although the winners complete the course in just over 2 hours, many participants are still running hours later. You can watch from anywhere along the Boston Marathon route.
If you attend the traditional Red Sox home game scheduled for Marathon Day, you'll be part of the crowd streaming into Kenmore Square just as the runners arrive at the finish line on Boylston Street.
Patriot's Day Re-Enactments, Parades, and Events - 2016
Celebrated annually on the third Monday in April (a Massachusetts State holiday), Patriot's Day (April 18, 2016) commemorates events and battles in Lexington, Lincoln, Concord, and present-day Arlington (once called Menotomy) that marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
When: Most Patriots Day events take place from Saturday, April 16 - Monday, April 18, with more events throughout April
Where: Boston's North End, Lexington, Concord, other locations
Cost: Most are free
Fun Sightseeing Tours of Boston
Half-Price Tickets - Shows, Concerts, Cruises, Tours
Why pay full price? Check Goldstar's listings for half-price Boston tickets for April - it's an easy way to save!
- Boston Duck Tours @ Museum of Science - Full price $39; Goldstar $26
- Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare: Much Ado about Nothing @ Davis Square Theatre - Full price $25; Goldstar $15
- The Wizard of Oz @ Wang Theatre - Full price $60; Goldstar $33
- Back Bay Chocolate Tour @ Westin Copley Place Hotel - Full price $48, Goldstar $24
- The Wild Party @ Boston Center for the Arts - Full price $45; Goldstar $23
- Dirty Disney @ Davis Square Theatre - Full price $20; Goldstar $10
- New England Revolution @ Gillette Stadium - Full price $25-$45; Goldstar $25-$45
- Big Apple Circus @ City Hall Plaza - Full price $21-$84; Goldstar price $10-$40
- Odyssey Dinner & Sightseeing Cruise @ Boston Harbor - Full price $131; Goldstar $79
- Frost Ice Loft @ Faneuil Hall Marketplace - Full price $12; Goldstar $6
- Provincetown Fast Ferry to Cape Cod - Full price $65-$88; Goldstar $46-$62
- The Naked Magic Show @ Shubert Theatre - Full price $48; Goldstar $34
- A Year with Frog and Toad: A Family Musical @ Wheelock Family Theater - Full price $26-$38; Goldstar $13-$19
- The Merry Widow @ Shubert Theatre - Full price $45-$135; Goldstar $20-$90
- Bye Bye Liver: The Boston Drinking Play @ Hennessy's - Full price $20, Goldstar $10
- Salem Witchcraft Walk in Salem MA - Full price $10; Goldstar $5
- CraftBoston Spring 2016: 3 Days of Art & Design @ Boston Cesnter for the Arts - 3 day pass - Full price $15; Goldstar $7.50
- BadaBingo Murder Mystery Dinner Theater @ Elephant & Castle Pub and Restaurant - Full price $55; Goldstar $39
- Nick's Comedy Stop - Boston Theatre District - Full price $20, Goldstar $0 - $10
- Legoland Discovery Center @ Somerville, MA - Full price $23; Goldstar $16
- Blue Man Group @ Charles Playhouse - Full price $58-$103; Goldstar $31-$72
- Huzzah! Tavern Nights @ Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - Full price $45; Goldstar $34
- Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse - Full price $50; Goldstar $25 - $30
- The Donkey Show - Oberon, Cambridge
Boston Sports Events - April 2016 - Red Sox, Bruins, & Celtics
Sports events pack the April events schedule, with three of Boston's four major teams in play.
The Boston Red Sox return to Fenway Park in April for the Season Opener.
April also marks the final month of the regular season to see the Boston Bruins and Boston Celtics in action on the ice and on the court for home games at TD Garden - although both are heading into playoffs, so you'll still find plenty of exciting games at the Garden.
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ISU World Figure Skating Championship - April, 2016
The ISU World Figure Skating Championship 2016 brings the world's top figure skaters from March 28 through April 3 to compete for the World Champion title at TD Garden.
The program includes 8 individual competitions, with a short program and freeskate for each discipline: mens, ladies, pairs, and dance. At the end of the competition week, a special Exhibition of Champions showcases all the newly crowned world champions and top medalists in creative programs.
You can get tickets to individual competitions, or an all-event ticket that gives you access to all competitions and practices at TD Garden. You will need a separate ticket for the Exhibition of Champions.
This spectacular skating competition is coming to Boston for the first time in its 130 years, and it may not be held in the US again for another 7 years - so get your tickets now!
World Figure Skating Championship Schedule
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Hotels near TD Garden
Where to Stay Near TD Garden
If you're coming to an event at the Garden, spend the night or the weekend at one of the nearby hotels, such as the glamorous Onyx (shown in photo), member of the highly-regarded Kimpton hotel family:
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Interesting Boston Hotel Special Deals for April 2016
With flowers bursting into bloom throughout the city and tons of things to do, April is a great month to visit Boston. Especially if you're planning a visit for anytime other that Boston Marathon weekend, you'll find some excellent deals, special savings, and discounts for Boston hotels.
Check out these fun Boston hotel offers for April:
- Lenox Hotel - "One If by Land, Two If by 'See'" - Commemorate the American Revolution with the Lenox Hotel's exclusive 2-hour historian-guided town car tour of Boston's most famous historical sites - Paul Revere's house, Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, and more! Call 800-225-7676 for details. Compare regular rates
Sheraton Hotel Boston - Pay rates equal to your birth year for the second and third night when you stay 3 nights. (Born in 1972? Pay $72.) With a great Back Bay location and views, plus one of the best indoor pools in the city, you can't go wrong at this high-end hotel. Call 866-716-8134 to book, and mention promo code NBR. Compare regular rates
- InterContinental Hotel Boston - Luxurious waterfront InterContinental Boston happens to be next to the spot where Boston's revolutionaries dumped tea into the Harbor - and the special Boston Tea Party package includes admission to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and the Old South Meeting House - plus other tea treats. Call the hotel for details: 1-866-344-8769. Compare regular rates
- Nine Zero Boston - Valentine's Day may be past, but you can celebrate anytime with Nine Zero's "Sweetest Taboo" package which includes a bottle of Champagne and two red velvet cupcakes at this favorite Kimpton hotel downtown near Boston Common and the Theatre District. Book online with rate code PIND. Compare regular rates
Boston Theater & Shows for April - 2016
The Sound of Music - Boston Opera House - thru April 10
Wizard of Oz - Wang Center - April 12 - 24
Guys and Dolls - Cutler Majestic Theatre - April 14-16; also check Goldstar for $10 tickets
Boston Lyric Opera: The Merry Widow - Shubert Theatre tickets - April 29-May 8
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April 2016 Boston Red Sox Schedule - Home Games at Fenway
The Red Sox play their season opener at Fenway Park against the Baltimore Orioles.
On Patriots Day, April 18, the game against the Toronto Blue Jays will end just in time to watch runners in the Boston Marathon rush past Fenway Park on their way to the finish line.
The Red Sox also take on the Atlanta Braves and New York Yankees at Fenway in April.
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Where to Stay near Fenway Park
Boston Concerts during April 2016
- Iggy Pop & Josh Homme - Orpheum Theatre - April 11
- Abbath, High on Fire & Skeletonwitch - Royale Boston - April 14
- Boz Scaggs - Wilbur Theatre - April 19
- Vocal Jazz Festival - Berklee Performance Center - April 19
- Van Morrison - Wang Theatre - April 26, 27
- Boston Lyric Opera: The Merry Widow - Shubert Theatre tickets - April 29-May 8
Big Apple Circus 2016: The Grand Tour
Get ready for excitement under the big top when the Big Apple Circus sets up its tents on City Hall Plaza for an all-new show featuring talented performers from around the world.
With a ringmistress, jugglers, horses, trapeze artists, dogs, clowns, and live music from the Big Apple Circus Band, the show packs in plenty of laughs and thrills for your whole family.
When: March 24 - May 8
Where: City Hall Plaza
Closest T station: Green and Blue Lines/Government Center
If you drive: Nearby parking garages
Tickets: $25 - $100; 800-922-3772
Where to Stay near the Big Apple Circus
If you're coming to Boston Calling, Scooper Bowl, the Big Apple Circus, or another event at City Hall Plaza, spend stay in a nearby hotel, such as the chic and trendy Ames:
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Independent Film Festival Boston 2016
When: April 27 - Mayk 4
Where: Primarily at the Somerville Theatre, Davis Square, Somerville
Nearest T station: Red Line/Davis
Tickets: Buy season passes (partially tax deductible) or individual tickets - see IFF's website for pricing.
More information: IFF Boston Website
The Independent Film Festival Boston spans 8 days, and promises to be bigger and better than ever, with familiar names plus many new ones. IFF Boston showcases independent film makers from around the world working outside of the Hollywood system, and the lineup offers plenty of interesting features, shorts, and documentaries. Lots of panels and parties let you can talk with the filmmakers and ask them questions. Boston film fanatics rate this festival as one of the best.
Celtics Regular Season & NBA First Round at the Garden - 2016
The Celtics play their last regularly scheduled home games of the season at the Garden - and then head into the NBA Eastern Conference First Round.
Come cheer and show some green.
Boston International Film Festival 2016
When: April 14-18
- AMC Loews Boston Common, 175 Tremont St, across from Boston Common
- Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington Street
- BPE Studio (Broadway Picture Entertainment), 9A Hamilton Place
Nearest T station: Green Line/Park
Tickets: $12 for most single sessions; Opening and Closing night galas and screenings $45; $75 all-session pass; $250 VIP pass (you get to meet the stars and directors; attend parties & films)
More information: BIFI Website
The Boston International Film Series brings together the best local and international independent and experimental films in this 5-day festival. "Eclectic" barely begins to described the wide-ranging scope of the films you'll see here - everything from documentaries to avant-garde surrealism.
Tickets are sold for "sessions," typically including a longer film bundled with several shorter films on a similar topic or theme. It's fair to say there's literally something here for everyone.
33rd Run of the Charles
Run of the Charles, New England's largest canoe and kayak race, takes place on the last Sunday in April - perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon if you're a spectactor, or enjoy a day on the river if you're a paddler. About 1,500 racers participate each year.
When: Sunday, April 24, 2016
Time: Races start between 10:30 and 1pm, depending on the race length (6 to 26 miles). To watch from Boston or Cambridge, expect the most action between about noon and 4pm
Where: Charles River
Cost: Free for spectactors
More information: Run of the Charles
Boston LGBT Film Festival at the MFA - 2016
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston's Fenway Neighborhood
When: March 31 - April 10
Closest T station: Green Line/Museum
Cost: $10 general admission (opening/closing nights are slightly higher); festival passes and matinee discounts also available
More information: MFA website; 1-617-369-3907
The Museum of Fine Arts hosts the 31st annual LGBT Film Festival, showcasing an eclectic selection of LGBT cinema from around the world.
Boston Common Carousel Opens
When: Friday, April 1 (tentative) - Hours are Sunday - Thursday, 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am-8pm
Where: Boston Common
Cost: $3 (adults can ride dext to their child free of charge)
The colorful Boston Common carousel across from Beacon Street provides plenty of entertainment for the younger set from April through October.
Check out Boston's other carousel located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
The Swan Boats Return
In a sure sign that spring has arrived, the pedal-powered Swan Boats return to the Lagoon in Boston's Public Garden every April on the Saturday before Patriots Day.
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh will host the first Swan Boat ride of the season. Welcome spring and enjoy the pale green hints of spring foliage as your boat glides around the Lagoon for the blissful 15-minute ride. Soon, the real swans will return.
While you're in the Public Garden, walk over to see the famous Make Way for Ducklings statues.
Watch Robots Compete in Boston FIRST - Free Family Event!
The annual Boston FIRST Regional Robotics Competition is the largest robotics competition in Boston, and lots of fun to see. The competition features exciting games and competitions between robots built by teams of middle school and high school students from Massachusetts and New England, and even farther away.When: April 1-3, 2016
Where: Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave, Allston (near Fenway), Boston
Closest T station: Green Line/Pleasant Street (Outbound) and St Paul Street (Inbound)
More information: 617-482-6661; Boston FIRST website
Japan Festival Boston
This year's Japan Festival takes place on Sunday, April 24, 2016, from 11am to 6pm on Boston Common near the Beacon Street/Charles Street corner.
The festival celebrates Japanese culture in Boston, and features entertainment, Japanese athletes and singers, cosplay, food vendors, a raffle, and lots of booths with arts and crafts.
Look for the traditional Japanese portable shrines, including children's versions, brought to the site by volunteeers in the spirit of Japanese festivals.
Nearest T station: Red/Green Line/Park Street
Art in Bloom at Museum of Fine Arts
When: Saturday, April 30 (5-9:30pm), and Sunday and Monday, May 1 and 2, 10am-4:45pm
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's Fenway neighborhood
Closest T station: Green Line/Museum
Cost: Tours and most special events are free with the cost of admission, while the teas and a few other events require tickets - check the MFA website for details.
In the 40th Art in Bloom celebration, MFA welcomes the arrival of spring in Boston with floral arrangements inspired by works of art throughout the museum. Special guided tours, teas, and other activities add to the festivities. Renowned designer Hitomi Gilliam will present lectures, master classes, and demonstrations in the art of contemporary floral design.
And of course, the timing of MFA's event is perfect: outside the museum, magnolia and cherry trees have burst into bloom all over Boston. Celebrate this special time of the year by visiting Art in Bloom - and then walk around the city and enjoy all the flowers.
Bruins April 2016 Schedule - Last Home Games - Regular Season
Get your Boston Bruins tickets for April home games at TD Garden before the regular season wraps up.
The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to get to.
Don't miss the chance to see Boston's hockey team, winner of 6 Stanley Cup championships!
Where to Stay near TD Garden
If you're coming to an event at the Garden, spend the night or the weekend in a nearby hotel, such as the comfortable Wyndham (that's the Wyndham's outdoor swimming pool in the photo):
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Taste of the North End
Taste of the North End on April 29, 7pm-11pm gives you a great chance to sample special dishes from over 45 North End restaurants, bakeries, and distributors in this annual tasting event.
This is also the North End's biggest fundraiser - proceeds benefit the North End Waterfront Health Center, as well as other neighborhood charities for children and seniors.
The list of participating restaurants is too long to name . . . but just to whet your appetite, look for treats from Fiore, Mamma Maria, Bricco, Taranta, Artu, Lucca, Massimino, Neptune Oyster, and Modern Pastry, as well as liquid refreshments from a number of neighborhood wine importers.
With panoramic waterfront views to enjoy from the Steriti Rink, this is sure to be a spectacular evening.
John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo
The huge (and free) John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo takes place in the Hynes Auditorium prior to the race during Marathon Weekend - April 17, 18, and 19 - and if you love running, you couldn't ask for a better reason to arrive a few days early before the race.
Runner's World magazine calls this event the "best runner's expo in the country" and the 100,000 enthusiasts in attendance can attest to that.
In addition to the popular Runners Seminar Series, you can visit exhibits by almost 200 of the running industry's top companies - and of course you can buy every bit of running gear you've ever dreamed of. Race participants can also pick up their bib number here.
More info: www.baa.org
Closest T station: Green Line B/Hynes