Boston Event Calendar for April 2014

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Exciting events fill the Boston Events Calendar for April, 2014 - the Boston Marathon, Patriots' Day reenactments, Red Sox opening day, and more!

Expect larger than usual crowds cheering the 118th Boston Marathon runners this year as we express support for this important Patriots Day event and its meaning to our city.

After last's surprise season and World Series championship, the Red Sox generate even more excitement than usual.  Get tickets to attend the first home game in iconic Fenway Park.

Patriots' Day commemorates the start of the American Revolution with numerous reenactments, parades, and celebrations.  Don't miss the chance to experience this essentially 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 comes to town, two international film festivals show the best indie films from around the world, the Book of Mormon opens at the Boston Opera House - and much more!

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The 118th Boston Marathon - 2014

Photos of runners in the Boston MarathonWhen:  Monday, April 21 - start times range from 9:17am to 11:15am
Where:   26 mile, 385 yard course between Hopkinton and Boston
Cost:  Free
Stay:  Boston marathon hotels

The 118th Boston Marathon - one of the city's biggest events of the year, and also known as the "Patriots Day Race" - features more than 25,000 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 first runners arrive at the finish line on Boylston Street.

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The 2014 Marathon holds special emotional meaning for Boston after the tragic events last year.   Expect a record turnout of spectators cheering the runners along the route and supporting our most cherished event held each year on Patriots Day.

See photos of memorials commemorating last year's race.



Patriot's Day Re-enactments, Parades, and Commemorations

Patriots Day photoCelebrated annually on the third Monday in April (a Massachusetts State holiday), Patriot's Day (April 21, 2014) 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 19 - Monday, April 21, 2014, with more events throughout April

Get the complete schedule for dozens of Patriots' Day events

Where:   Boston's North End, Lexington, Concord, other locations
Cost:  Most are free

Learn more about Patriots' Day reenactments

Plan a day trip to Old North Bridge and other historic sites in Concord, MA


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Marathon Memorial at Boston Public Library

Easter egg hunt - Boston April event"Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square displays thousands of the running shoes, pictures, heart-felt messages, and other items placed around the police barricades last year to honor those killed and injured in the Boston Marathon bombings last year.  

The exhibit opens April 7, and will continue through Sunday, May 11.

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Easter Egg Hunts at Faneuil Marketplace & Christopher Columbus Park

Easter egg hunt - Boston April eventBring a basket or bag, and join the free Easter Egg Hunt for kids at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston's North End on Friday, April 18th at 10am.  

Then on Saturday, April 19 at 10am, head over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a special 1-hour Easter Egg Hunt.  Pick up your basket at Quincy's Place (lower level of the Quincy Market Building, and then search for hidden treats and treasures. 

Children who have the most eggs by 11am will win even more gifts from participating Faneuil Marketplace merchants.  And anyone who finds one of the two special Golden Eggs will get an even bigger prize.

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John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo

John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo in Boston on Patriots Day Weekend before the MarathonThe huge (and free) John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo takes place in the Hynes Auditorium during Patriots Day Weekend - April 18, 19, and 20, 2014 - and if you love running, you couldn't ask for a better reason to arrive a few days early before the Marathon. 

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. 

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Closest T station: Green Line B/Hynes


Free Screening - Under the Skin

Under the Skin with Scarlett JohanssonWhen:  April 2, 7pm
Where:   Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St, Brookline
Getting there: Green Line-C/Coolidge Corner Station

Can't wait for the Independent Film Festival at the end of April?  Go to and print your free pass for 2 to this special screening of Under the Skin, an existential science fiction film exploring what it means to be human or extraterrestrial directed by Jonathan Glazer (who will be available for Q&A after the film) and starring Scarlett Johansson.


Half-Price Tickets - Shows, Concerts, Cruises, Tours

Half-price Boston tickets for April

- Heartbeat of Home @ the Wang Theatre - Irish, Latin, Afro-Cuban beats from Dublin
- Big Apple Circus @ City Hall Plaza - Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse
- Rodgers & Hammerstein's Carousel @ Cutler Majestic
- Boston Accents @ Laugh Boston at the Westin Waterfront

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Bruins Home Games at the Garden during April

Boston Bruins home game schedule for AprilWhere:   TD Garden, 100 Legends Way (off Causeway), Boston's West End
Closest T station: Orange and Green Lines/North Station
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The Boston Bruins play their last regularly scheduled home games during April.  Thanks to the NHL lockout earlier in the season, games extend further into April than usual.  Come cheer them on to an exciting finish to a too-short season!

Saturday, April 5 vs Flyers - 1:00pm
Saturday, April 12 vs Sabres - 12:30pm


Interesting Boston Hotel Special Deals for April

Discounts of up to 20% off your rate at InterContinental BostonWith 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 top Boston hotel offers for April:

- Sheraton Hotel Boston - 40% off your second night.  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.

- Lenox Hotel - Get up to 20% off at this special luxury hotel in Back Bay, with special discounts available through May 31 (not available on all days).

- InterContinental Hotel Boston - Luxurious waterfront InterContinental Boston is also offering up to 20% off your rate when you book early.  Located on the Downtown Waterfront overlooking Boston Harbor, the InterContinental is one of Boston's most sought-after luxury hotels.

- Nine Zero Boston - Free valet parking and in-room breakfast for 2 up to $50 daily, plus late check-out and a welcome amenity adds up to a GREAT deal for this favorite Kimpton hotel downtown near Boston Common and the Theatre District.  Good through September 30.


The Book of Mormon at the Opera House

Book of Mormon comes to Boston's Theatre DistrictWhen:  April 9-28
Where:   Boston Opera House, 539 Washington Street, Boston's Theatre District
Closest T station:   Green Line/Boylston  

The hilarious Tony Award-winning musical Book of Mormon to comes to the Boston Opera House for almost the entire month of April as part of a national tour.  Suitable for audiences 18 and older.  Shows are selling out - so don't wait to get your tickets!

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Red Sox Opening Game at Fenway Park - 2014

Fenway ParkWhen:  April 4
Where:   Fenway Park in Boston's Fenway neighborhood
Closest T station: Green Line/Kenmore

Spring truly arrives in Boston when the Red Sox play their opening game at Fenway Park against the Milwaukee Brewers.  Will this season bring another World Series championship?  Everything seems possible when the season begins.

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Boston LGBT Film Festival at the MFA  - 2015

LGBT Film Festival in BostonWhen:  April 2-12, 2015
Where:  Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston's Fenway Neighborhood
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.  With over

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2014 Carousel Opening Day at the Greenway

Carousel on Rose Kennedy GreenwayRide a seal, whale, peregrine falcon, or one of the other hand-carved creatures inspired by Boston Harbor wildlife and the original Shawmut peninsula on the unique 34-seat carousel on the Rose Kennedy Greenway across from the Boston Marriott Long Wharf. 

The carousel opens for the season on April 11, 2014.

After your ride, stroll over to the North End or Faneuil Market for a treat.

Check out Boston's other carousel on Boston Common

Closest T station: Blue Line/Aquarium
Cost:  $3/ride


Watch Robots Compete in Boston FIRST - 2014

photo of robots competing at Boston FIRST competion at Agganis Arena, Boston UniversityWhen:  April 10-12, 8am - 6pm
Where:   Agganis Arena, 925 Commonwealth Ave, Allston (near Fenway), Boston
Closest T station: Green Line/Pleasant Street (Outbound) and St Paul Street (Inbound)
Cost:  Free
More information:  617-482-6661; Boston FIRST website

The annual Boston FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) 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. 

Insider tip:  Put on a pair of the safety goggles available in bins, and walk behind the performance arena to see all the piles of spare parts that each group brings in case of last-minute repairs.  You can usually even see repairs being made.


Boston Common Carousel Opens for 2014

Photo of Boston Common Carousel - Open in AprilWhen:  Friday, April 11 - Hours are Sunday - Thursday, 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am-8pm
Where:  Boston Common
Cost:  $3

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.


Boston Comic Con Expo

When:  August 8-10, 2014
Where:  Seaport World Trade Center, South Boston Waterfront
Cost:  $20 for Friday or Sunday, $30 for Saturday, $65 all 3 days
Stay nearby:
- Sheraton Boston
- Hilton Back Bay
- More Back Bay hotels
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Boston Comic Con gives you the chance to meet and chat with over 200 top graphic novelists, super hero artists, and developers of anime, movies, games, and toys.  Celebrity guests this year include Jason Mamoa (Game of Thrones), Jewel Staite (Firefly), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Eve Myles (Torchwood).  More featured guest artists include Amanda Conner, Jeff Smith, and Scott Snyder.

Plenty of dealers will be present also, so indulge in this opportunity to see your own graphic/comic heroes and add to your collection.


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Independent Film Festival Boston 2014

Boston's Independent Film FestivalWhen:  April 23 - 30
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.
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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.

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Last Celtics Home Game at the Garden

Boston CelticsWhen:  April 16, 8pm
Where:   TD Garden, 100 Legends Way (off Causeway), Boston's West End
Closest T station: Orange and Green Lines/North Station
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The Celtics play their last regularly scheduled home game of the season against the Washington Wizards at the Garden.  Come cheer and show some green.

April 2014 - Celtics Schedule at TD Garden

Friday, April 4 vs Philadelphia - 7:30pm
Friday, April 11 vs Charlotte - 7:30pm
Wednesday, April 16 vs Washington - 8:00pm

Photo courtesy of Adam Pieniazek


Boston International Film Festival 2014

When:  April 23-30
Where:   AMC Loews Boston Common, 175 Tremont St, across from Boston Common
Nearest T station: Green Line/Park
Tickets:   $12 for most single sessions; $75 all-session pass; $250 VIP pass (you get to meet the stars and directors!)
More informationBIFI Website   

The Boston International Film Series brings together the best local and international independent and experimental films in this 10-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. 

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32nd Run of the Charles

Photo of Swan Boats in Boston's Public GardenWhen:  Sunday, April 27, 2014
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
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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.

The Swan Boats Return

Photo of Swan Boats in Boston's Public GardenWhen:  Saturday, April 19, 2014
Where:   Boston's Public Garden
Cost:  $3 adults; $1.50 children 2 - 15 years; $2.50 seniors
More informationBoston Swan Boats   

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.


Art in Bloom at Museum of Fine Arts

Photo of azalea and daffodils in bloom in front garden on Commonwealth Ave in Boston MAWhen:  Saturday, April 26 - Monday, April 28, 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 38th 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.  British floral designer Shane Connolly will present a lecture and floral demonstration on Monday, April 30.

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.


Paul Revere House Reenactments

Paul Revere ride re-enactment - Boston, MAWhen:  Not yet scheduled for 2014 - check back later 
Where:   Paul Revere House, Boston's North End
Cost:  Some are free with admission to the museum:  $3.50 adults; $1 children 5 - 17 years; $3 seniors and college students; others cost a few dollars more
More informationPaul Revere House website   

To commemorate Patriots Day, reenactments, dramatizations, and concerts throughout school vacation week make events and daily life in the late 1700s come alive.  Fun for kids and adults!

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Continuing during April in Boston

Big Apple Circus in Boston

Boston Wine Festival at Meritage Restaurant

Noon Concerts at King's Chapel on the Freedom Trail

First Fridays at Museum of Fine Arts

Big Apple Circus through 5/13

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