Lots of exciting events pack the Boston Events Calendar for August as summer fun continues in the city.
Shakespeare on the Common, plenty of Red Sox games plus preseason for the New England Patriots, Summer Dine Out Boston, and lots of free outdoor movies keep everyone entertained.
August weather in Boston is usually balmy, but pack an umbrella in case of surprise thunderstorms.
Stroll along the waterfront, choose a restaurant offering patio seating, and by all means, check out fun options for sightseeing tours. Most important, enjoy the remainder of summer in Boston as the days grow shorter.
Please note: Much of the information on this page is for last year, but it should give you a good idea about what to expect in 2015. Look for more updates soon!
Where: Fenway Park
Closest T station: Green Line / Kenmore
Saturday, August 1 vs Rays - TBD
Sunday, August 2 vs Rays - TBD
Friday, August 14 vs Mariners - 7:10pm
Satruday, August 15 vs Mariners - TBD
Sunday, August 16 vs Mariners - TBD
Monday, August 17 vs Indians - 7:10pm
Tuesday, August 18 vs Indians - 7:10pm
Wednesday, August 19 vs Indians - 7:10pm
Thursday, August 20 vs Royals - 7:10pm
Friday, August 21 vs Royals - 7:10pm
Saturday, August 22 vs Royals - TBD
Sunday, August 23 vs Royals - TBD
More about: Hotels near Fenway Park
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One of the most popular summer Boston events, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents King Lear, one of the Bard's most famous tragedies, for Shakespeare on the Common in 2015.
Special concerts take place before the play on August performance dates.
Bring a blanket or low folding chair, perhaps a picnic basket, and get ready to enjoy a magical evening of free theater under the stars.
Shakespeare on the Common is a highlight of mid-summer entertainment in Boston - don't miss it!
More information: Shakespeare on the Common
When (play): July 22 - August 9 at 8pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7pm on Sundays, plus a 3pm matinee on Saturday, July 25th (note - no performances on Mondays); ASL interpreted on Aug 2 & 7 (rain date Aug 8) and audio-described on July 26 (rain date Aug 2) - Note: all dates being confirmed for 2015, although these appear to be correct based on an early announcement
When (concerts): July 31-August 8 concerts start at 6:30pm; August 9 concert starts at 5:30pm
Where: Boston Common, near the Parkman Bandstand
Cost: Free admission; chairs available when you donate $50 or more to benefit CSC
When: July 31-August 2
Where: Seaport World Trade Center, South Boston Waterfront
Cost: $20 for Friday or Sunday, $30 for Saturday, $65 all 3 days (last year's prices - will be updated for 2015 soon)
- Sheraton Boston
- Hilton Back Bay
- More Back Bay hotels
More info: www.bostoncomiccon.com
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 last year includes Jason Mamoa (Game of Thrones), Jewel Staite (Firefly), James Marsters (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), and Eve Myles (Torchwood) - stay tuned for this year's guests.
Plenty of dealers will be present also, so indulge in this opportunity to see your own graphic/comic heroes and add to your collection.
When: Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, noon to 6pm
Where: Christopher Columbus Park, North End (across from Boston Marriott Long Wharf)
Nearest T Station: Blue Line/Aquarium
More information: 617-536-5400; www.bostonahtsfestival.com
More than 40 top visual artists will entertain you along the waterfront in North End's gorgeous Christopher Columbus Park. Look for photography, glasswork, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, and more items on exhibit and for sale, accompanied by performers and interactive arts groups chosen to appeal to kids and adults alike. The festival launches Boston's arts (that's locally pronounced as "ahts") season and will whet your appetite for more to come!
Boston's North End Italian Feasts and Festivals take place throughout the summer, as they have for 100 years or more - almost as long as Italians have lived in this neighborhood.
Most of the North End feasts celebrate a saint with food, music, religious ceremonies, parades, strolling singers, celebrations, and more - they're like giant street parties.
In general, opening ceremonies take place on Friday evenings, with other events starting around 1pm on Saturday and Sunday and continuing until about 11pm. High Mass usually takes place on Sunday morning.
Four of the most famous take place in August:
St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast and Procession ***100th Anniversary*** - July 31 - Aug 2 - starts at 12 noon each day - procession at 12 noon on Sunday starting at Hanover and Battery Streets
Madonna Della Cava Feast - August 7-9, Battery and Hanover Streets - procession at 1pm on Sunday
103rd Annual Fisherman's Feast of the Madonna - August 13-16, 2015, Fleet and North Streets- procession at 1pm on Sunday
St. Anthony's Feast - The largest Italian religious festival in New England, August 28-30, 2015, Endicott, Thatcher, and North Margin Streets, parade at 12 noon on Sunday - parades, strolling singers, entertainment, and 100 pushcarts offering mouth-watering Italian food in this "Feast of All Feasts"
St. Lucy's Feast - August 31, Thatcher and Endicott Streets, procession at 5pm on Monday (find more Labor Day events in Boston)
This video, taken at St. Anthony's Feast, will show you why locals and tourists flock to these fun festivals throughout the summer:
Nearest T station: Commuter Rail or Orange & Green Lines/North Station
Cost: Free (although you'll find temptations to spend money on food, drink, and commemorative items)
When: August 17-22 & 24-29
Where: Best restaurants in Boston and Cambridge - hundreds of choices!
Twice each year, Boston foodies look forward to the best restaurants in the city being on sale. You will too, as you sample the affordable fixed price lunch and dinner menus concocted by the city's best chefs. You can start making your Dine Out Boston reservations about 3 weeks ahead of time. Don't wait, because tables fill up fast!
More about Dine Out Boston
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When: Friday, August 29, 6:30pm-9pm
Where: World Trade Center Head House Concourse, 200 Seaport Blvd, South Boston Waterfront
Cost: $35 advance/$40 door
Closest T station: Walk from Red Line/South Station or take the Silver Line to World Trade Center
Stay: Hotels in South Boston Waterfront
More information and tickets: Mass Brewers website
Sample 80+ beers from over 20 Massachusetts breweries, enjoy live music by Three Day Threshold, and savor treats such as lobster roll, curry coconut shrimp, Italian sausage, and hot dogs steamed in Harpoon beer. Cost of food is extra, but prices are reasonable. 21+ event.
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra's weekly free summer Esplanade concerts continue in August at the Esplanade. All concerts start at 7pm and run about 2 hours.
The Landmarks Concert schedule for August includes:
August 6 - Collaboration with Boston Lyric Opera
August 13 - From the New World: The Legacy of the Spirituals
August 20 - Rhapsody in Green
August 27 - O'er the Land of the Free: Bicentennial of The Star Spangled Banner
Weather alerts and alternate locations in case of rain: 617-987-2000; orchestra website
Park Rangers don vintage uniforms and demonstrate how baseball was played during the Civil War Era using original rules - you can watch, or join the game.
Keep in mind there's lots more to do on Georges Island - hike, explore, swim, picnic, bird watch. You're in a different world - but only 20 minutes by ferry from Boston!
The USS Constitution Museum in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard invites you to visit on August 8 for Free Fun Friday (no admission) from 9am - 6pm for family activities, crafts, games, and cookies in honor of Guerriere the Terrier's birthday.
Guerriere is the museum's mascot...and recalls the Constitution's battle with HMS Guerriere, when cannon balls bouncing off her sides earned her the nickname, "Old Ironsides."
Marriott Residence Inn - Waterfront Location
Constitution Inn - Navy Yard Bargain Hotel
Battery Wharf - In nearby North End
Enjoy this free fun family activity - movies under the stars in Prudential Center's lovely South Garden (go up the escalators from Huntington Ave, and it's to your right; from Boylston, it's to your left).
When: Every Saturday from July 11 - August 29 (to be confirmed for 2015); entertainment starts at 5pm, and movie starts at sundown
Where: Prudential Center, South Garden
Nearest T station: Green Line/Prudential
Nearest parking garage: Prudential Center Garage - get discounted parking with a $10 purchase
Here are last year's movie dates & movies - check back later for updates
Despicable Me 2 - Saturday, August 2
Chance of Meatballs 2 - Saturday, August 9
The Lego Movie - Saturday, August 16
Finding Nemo - Saturday, August 23
Disney's The Little Mermain - Saturday, August 30
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- August 15 vs Philadelphia, 7:30 pm
- August 22 vs Carolina, 7:30pm
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Will this be the year that we celebrate another Super Bowl victory? Stay tuned!
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More half-price tickets will be posted 6-8 weeks prior to the event - so check back later for updates.
- Provincetown Fast Ferry from Boston - round trip
- Walking Dead Convention @ Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel (Comp & Deep Discount Tix)
- Water Country Water Park in Portsmouth NY
- Trapped in a Room with a Zombie @ Room Escape Adventures, Somerville
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Enjoy free outdoor concerts at the Hatch Shell on Boston's Esplanade throughout July and August.
This series of family movies provides the perfect excuse to grab a blanket, pack a picnic, and head for an evening of entertainment under the stars.
The Free Friday Flicks August schedule and shows includes:
- August 1 - Men in Black 3
- August 8 - The Lego movie
- August 15 - Beetlejuice
- August 22 - Frozen
When: Movie starts at sundown (between 8:04 and 7:55 in August)
More information, including the movie schedule and weather cancellations: Call the Free Friday Flicks Hotline at 617-787-7200
Schedule & discounted tickets - ongoing
Enjoy free outdoor movies during a 6-week series in Christopher Columbus Park, the entrance to Boston's North End, sponsored by the Boston Push Cart Association. Movies include a number of favories from the past 40 years, and start at 7:30 pm.
Here's the lineup for August:
August 3 - Big
August 10 - Star Wars: Episode IV
August 17 - Happy Feet
When: Sunday, August 10, 10am - 5pm
Where: The Chinatown Gate area on Harrison Ave, Chinatown in Downtown Boston
Closest T station: Orange Line / Chinatown
If you drive: Parking garages near Theatre District and Chinatown
Boston's Chinatown comes alive with lion dances, martial arts, firecrackers, folk dances, and lots of vendors for the annual Chinese Moon Festival, also called the Mid-Autumn Festival.
What does the festival actually celebrate? Possibilities include the legend of Chang'e, the immortal Lady of the Moon, and the overthrow of the Mongol rulers in 1368 when a rebel leader distributed mooncakes (which Mongols didn't eat) with messages hidden inside saying "Kill the Mongols." Mooncakes are round pastries filled with lotus seed paste - you can buy this delicious treat at all of the Chinatown bakeries.
Although this 3,000+ year old Chinese festival traditionally falls on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month - in other words, late September/early October - Boston celebrates it in mid-August. It's the perfect excuse to spend an August Sunday in Chinatown. Start with dim sum, and then enjoy the colorful festival.
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Boston GreenFest offers a huge assortment of exhibits, performances, and presentations about sustainable living. EcoThemes include water, energy, green cities, transportation, health, nutrition, and EcoFashion.
GreenFest highlights include:
Boston Harbor Hotel's popular "Summer in the City" series lets you kick back and enjoy free music and movies overlooking the waterfront throughout the summer. Listen to music between 6pm - 10pm as musicians perform on the Blues Barge on Tuesday (Soul), Wednesday (Rat Pack), and Thursday (Blues).
On Fridays, enjoy music (starts at 4:30) and movies projected on a large screen over the Harbor starting at dusk.
Combine these events with a drink at the hotel's Rowes Wharf Sea Grill and dinner at Meritage for the perfect summer evening.
August movies (note - movies are from last year - check back later for 2015 selections):
August 7 - A Street Car Named Desire
August 14 - Cool Hand Luke
August 21 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
August 28 - West Side Story
More about Boston Harbor Hotel
This top Labor Day Weekend event begins in August during some years - but not 2015. Check the September Events Calendar for details.
Frog Pond in Boston Common provides entertainment year-round - the spray pool all summer, ice skating in the winter, and the Tadpole Playground year-round But how often do you think about the frogs that once lived there, back when it really was a pond?
Franklin Park Zoo presents a fun educational event all about frogs - and especially about how to keep them happy in your neighborhood. You and your children can also enjoy frog tales, music, face painting and of course, frog races.
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Due to Filene's Basement bankruptcy and store closures in early 2012, Running of the Brides has reached its finish line . . . a wonderful Boston tradition brought to an abrupt halt, at least for now.
Our Running of the Bride pages commemorate this quintessential Boston event:
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- Free Thursday concerts at ICA Boston on the waterfront
- Free Friday Flicks at the Esplanade
- Free Boston Landmarks concerts at the Hatch Shell
- SoWa in Boston's South End
- Noon Concerts at King's Chapel on the Freedom Trail
- First Fridays at Museum of Fine Arts
- Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival at Prudential Center
- Sunday Family Fun at the Esplanade
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