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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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's Feast - August 1-3, 2014, Battery and Hanover Streets - procession at 1pm on Sunday

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-Sept 1, 2014, 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

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Summer Dine Out Boston 2014

Restaurant week in Boston gives you huge savings at top restaurantsWhen:  August - To be announced
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! 

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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

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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 - 2013

Actors dressed in Colonial attire in Historic Downtown BostonThe Boston Landmarks Orchestra's weekly free summer Esplanade concerts continue in August at the Hatch Shell

The Landmarks Concert schedule for August 2013 includes:

August 7 - Collaboration with Boston Lyric Opera
August 14 - Guest Orchestra:  Longwood Symphony

Schedule for July

When:  7pm -9pm
Where:   Hatch Shell, Boston Esplanade
Weather alerts and alternate locations in case of rain: 617-987-2000; orchestra website
Cost:  Free

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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 16 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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New England Patriots Preseason Home Games 2013

New England Patriots preseason game at Gillette StadiumWhen: 
- August 16 vs Tampa Bay Buccanners, 8pm
- August 29 vs New York Giants, 7:30pm 

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With Captain Tom Brady again at the helm, the Patriots start their regular season in September.  See the entire Regular Season schedule 

Will this be the year that we celebrate another Super Bowl victory?  Stay tuned!

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Boston Theater and Shows August 2013

Wicked at Boston Opera HouseWicked - Boston Opera House:  August 7 - Sept 15, 2013

Diana Ross - Wang TheatreCathy Rigby is Peter Pan at the Wang TheatreColonial Theatre in Boston -  August 9

Joe Rogan - Wilbur Theatre - August 16

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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.

Concerts for August 2013 include:

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 2013

Half-price Boston events in August

- Steve Byrne & the Cast of Sullivan & Son - Wilbur Theatre
- Summer Party Cruise in Boston Harbor
- Bye Bye Liver: The Boston Drinking Play at Hennessey's
- Blue Man Group, Charles Playhouse
- Lunch,  Brunch, and Dinner Cruises on The Odyssey in Boston Harbor
- Boston Symphony Orchestra: All Beethoven Program - Tanglewood

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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. 

Schedule and shows for 2014 are still TBD - so check back later.  The shows listed below are from last year, to give you an idea of what to expect this year.

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 August movie lineup includes:

- August 2 - Madasgascar 3
- August 9 - Rise of the Guardians
- August 16 - Jack the Giant Slayer
- August 23 - Oz the Great & Powerful

When:  Movie starts at sundown (between 8:02 and 7:33 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, 2013:

August 4 - Karate Kid (1984 version)
August 11 - Seabiscuit
August 18 - The Great Gatsby (1974 version)

Also check the lineup for July



Kids Activity - Frog Appreciation Day at Frog Pond

Frog at Tadpole Playground on Boston CommonWhen:  August 25, 10am - 2pm
Where:   Frog Pond at Boston Common
Nearest T station:  Green Line/Park
Cost: Free
More information:  Boston Frog Pond website

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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Boston Red Sox Schedule for August 2013

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

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Thursday, August 1 vs Mariners - 7:10pm
Friday, August 2 vs Diamondbacks - 7:10pm
Saturday, August 3 vs Diamondbacks - 7:10pm
Sunday, August 4 vs Diamondbacks - 1:35pm
Friday, August 16 vs Yankees - 7:10pm
Saturday, August 17 vs Yankees- 4:05pm
Sunday, August 18 vs Yankees - TBD
Tuesday, August 27 vs Orioles - 7:10pm 
Wednesday, August 28 vs Orioles - 7:10pm
Thursday, August 29 vs Orioles - 7:10pm
Friday, August 30 vs White Sox- 7:10pm
Saturday, August 31 vs White Sox - 7:10pm

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2013 Futures at Fenway

Get affordable Fenway Tickets - Futures at FenwayWhen:  Saturday, July 27, 12 noon
Where:   Fenway Park
Closest T station:   Green Line / Kenmore
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Tickets: From $5 to $30

The 8th annual Futures at Fenway event combines kid-friendly activities and affordable ticket prices and discounted concessions with an exciting game starring 2 top minor league teams, the Portland Sea Dogs (Red Sox AA Affiliate) vs the Harrisburg Senators (National AA Affiliate).

To add to the excitement, for the first time ever, you can bring your dog.  (Yes, your dog will need a ticket too!)  Ticket information


August Moon Festival in Chinatown - 2013

Photo of Lion Dance When:  Sunday, August 11, 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." 

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 2013

Roopod vehicle - come see it at Boston's GreenFest 2013Boston GreenFest 2013 offers a huge assortment of exhibits, performances, and presentations about sustainable living.  EcoThemes for 2013 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, including a Native American drum and dance ceremony on Thursday, August 18th at 5pm
  • 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
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Summer in the City - August Events

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 from Monday through Thursday.

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 2 - Tootsie
August 9 - Rear Window
August 16 - Mary Poppins
August 23 - From HEre to Eternity
August 30 - Anchors Aweigh

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This top Labor Day Weekend event begins on August 31st and continues through September 3.  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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