Boston Event Calendar
August 2014

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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.

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Shakespeare on the Common - 2014

Shakespeare on the Common in Boston MAOne of the most popular summer Boston events, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents romantic comedy Twelth Night for 2014's Shakespeare on the Common.  New this year are special concerts taking 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 23 - August 10, 2014 at 8pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7pm on Sundays, plus a 3pm matinee on Saturday, July 26th (note - no performances on Mondays); ASL interpreted on Aug 3 & 8 (rain date Aug 9) and audio-described on July 27 (rain date Aug 3)
When (concerts):  August 1-9 concerts start at 6:30pm; August 10 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

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North End Feasts and Festivals - 2014

St Anthony's Feast buttonBoston'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.

Three of the most famous take place in August:

St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast and Procession  ***100th Anniversary*** - July 31 - Aug 3 - starts at 12 noon each day - procession at 1pm on Sunday starting at Hanover and Battery Streets

Madonna Della Cava Feast - August 8-10, Battery and Hanover Streets - procession at 1pm on Sunday

102nd Annual Fisherman's Feast of the Madonna - August 14-17, Fleet and North Streets- procession at 1pm on Sunday

St. Anthony's Feast - The largest Italian religious festival in New England, August 29-31, 2014 (Labor Day weekend), Endicott, Thatcher, and North Margin Streets, procession at 12 noon on Sunday

This video, taken at St. Anthony's Feast, will give you a taste of how much fun these festivals can be:

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

Find out about North End Feasts and Festivals taking place in September

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Summer Dine Out Boston 2014

Restaurant week in Boston gives you huge savings at top restaurantsWhen:  August 17-22 & 24-29
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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! 

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Mass Brewers Fest - 2014

Boston Harbor HotelWhen:  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.

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Boston Concerts during August 2014

Arcade Fire in concert in Boston
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  • Katy Perry & Capital Cities - TD Garden - August 1
  • Panic! at the Disco & Walk the Moon - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - August 3
  • Tori Amos - Boston Opera House - August 15
  • Arcade Fire - Comcast Center - August 19
  • Chicago & REO Speedwagon - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - August 20
  • Yanni - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - August 24


Note: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is now the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

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Landmarks Concerts at the Hatch Shell - 2014

Actors dressed in Colonial attire in Historic Downtown BostonThe 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 2014 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

Check the concert schedule for July

Weather alerts and alternate locations in case of rain: 617-987-2000; orchestra website
Cost:  Free

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Vintage Baseball at Georges Island - 2014

Vintage baseball card - John Clarkson, pitcher for the Boston Beaneaters, about 1887Park 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!

When:  Aug 8, Aug 17, Aug 24
Where:   Georges Island - One of the Boston Harbor Islands
Getting there:  Boston Harbor Island ferry information
Cost:  Free

Free Fun Friday at the Constitution Museum

Photo of postal stamp commemorating the War of 1812 and the USS ConstitutionThe USS Constitution Museum in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard invites you to visit on August 8, 2014 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." 

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Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival 2014

Photo of Prudential Center's South Garden in Boston, MAEnjoy 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 5 - August 30; 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
Cost:  Free 

Here are the 2014 movie dates & movies

Dispicable 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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New England Patriots Preseason Home Games - 2014

New England Patriots preseason game at Gillette StadiumWhen: 
- August 15 vs Philadelphia, 7:30 pm
- August 22 vs Carolina, 7:30pm 

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Free Concerts at the Prado

Free family events and concerts at the Prado in Boston's North EndThe Prado (also known as Paul Revere Mall, the lovely shaded park off Hanover Street where you'll also find Cyrus Dallin's famous statue of the Revolutionary War hero) provides the perfect setting for family activities and free concerts on Thursday nights during July and August.

Family activities start at 5:30pm and concerts begin at 7pm.

We're still waiting for the 2014 lineup to be announced.

Concerts for August last year included:

Frank Sinatra Favorites with Scott Boni Trio- August 1
CHROMA Berklee Modern Jazz Ensemble  - August 8
Big Band Bash with Jeremy & Friends- August 15
Across the Atlantic: Tracing a Tradition from Spain to the New World  - An evening of Spanish choral music- August 22
String Chamber Duo performs Mozart - August 29

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Half-price Boston tickets - August 

Half-price Boston events in August

- Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour - Hotel Chocolate
- Macbeth at The Spire Center for Performing Arts
- Day Sail Along Boston Harbor on Schooner Ardirondack III at Rowes Wharf
- Colin Kane, Laugh Boston
- All-day Paintball Pass
- A City Lights Sail on the Schooner in Boston Harbor
- Cambridge historical Tours - Harvard Square

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Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell

Boston Hatch Shell - Free Friday Flicks in AugustEnjoy 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 2014 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

 

Free Sunday Night Movies in Christopher Columbus Park

Christopher Columbus Park - Free Movies in July and August in BostonEnjoy 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 2014:

August 3 - Big
August 10 - Star Wars: Episode IV
August 17 - Happy Feet

Also check the lineup for July

 

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Boston Red Sox Schedule for August 2014

Fenway Park in BostonWhere:   Fenway Park
Closest T station:   Green Line / Kenmore

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Tuesday, August 1 vs Cubs - 7:10pm
Wednesday, August 2 vs Cubs - 7:10pm
Friday, August 4 vs Orioles - 1:35pm
Saturday, August 5 vs Orioles - 7:15pm
Sunday, August 6 vs Orioles - 7:10pm
Monday, August 7 vs White Sox - 7:10pm
Tuesday, August 8 vs White Sox- 7:10pm
Wednesday, August 9 vs White Sox- 7:10pm 
Thursday, August 10 vs White Sox - 4:05pm
Friday, August 18 vs Royals- 7:10pm
Saturday, August 19 vs Royals- 7:10pm
Sunday, August 20 vs Royals - 1:35pm
Monday, August 28 vs Blue Jays- 7:10pm
Tuesday, August 29 vs Blue Jays - 7:10pm
Wednesday, August 30 vs Blue Jays - 7:10pm

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August Moon Festival in Chinatown - 2014

Photo of Lion Dance 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 2014

Roopod vehicle - come see it at Boston's GreenFest 2013Boston GreenFest 2014 offers a huge assortment of exhibits, performances, and presentations about sustainable living.  EcoThemes for 2014 include water, energy, green cities, transportation, health, nutrition, and EcoFashion.

GreenFest highlights include:

  • Green fireworks and light show
  • 200+ exhibitors
  • Green Film Fest
  • EcoFashion Show, EcoCafe, EcoGallery, EcoBazaar
  • 100+ live performances
  • One Gallon Challenge:  Super-light, super-dynamic cars race from Plymouth, MA to GreenFest to see how long one gallon of gasoline will last.
  • Speakers, workshops, and much more! 

When:  August 15 - 17
Where:   Boston City Hall Plaza, Government Center
Nearest T station:  Government
Cost:  Free admission
More information:  www.bostongreenfest.org

 

Summer in the City - August Events 2014

Boston Harbor HotelBoston 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:

August 1 - Vertigo
August 8 - A Street Car Named Desire
August 15 - Cool Hand Luke
August 22 - The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
August 29 - West Side Story

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Deutsche Bank Championship New England PGA Tour - 2014

This top Labor Day Weekend event begins on August 29th and continues through September 1.  Check the September Events Calendar for details.


 

Running of the Brides - CANCELLED

Running of the Brides - Boston event in February and AugustDue 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:

- Running of the Brides
- Running of the Bride photos
- Wedding Gown Tips from Carson Kressley

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Continuing during August in Boston

Poster of Shen Yun Dance Performance- 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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Best Boston Events All Year!

Boston Events in January - Wine Festivals, Polar Bear Swim, New Year Brunch February Events in Boston - Valentines Day, Running of the Brides, Chinese New Year March Events in Boston - St Patricks Day Parade, Film Festivals, Restaurant Week April Events in Boston - Marathon, Patriots Day, Boston Garden Show Boston May Events - Memorial Day, Duckling Day Parade, Open Studios Boston June Events - Harborfest, Scooper Bowl, Dragon Boat Races
Boston Events in July - Fireworks, Harborfest, Shakespeare on the Common August Events in Boston - Shakespeare on the Common, Running of the Brides, Restaurant Week September Events in Boston - Labor Day, Fashion Week, BeanTown Jazz Festival October Events in Boston - Columbus Day Parade, Halloween, Head of the Charles Boston Thanksgiving Events - Thanksgiving, The Nutcracker, Black Friday Boston December Events - First Night, Holiday Pops, Black Nativity

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