Lots of exciting events pack the Boston Events Calendar for August 2016 as summer fun continues in the city.
Shakespeare on the Common, Pearl Jam, 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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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 - August 4-7 - starts at 7pm on Thursday and 12 noon on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday - procession at 12 noon on Sunday starting at Hanover and Battery Streets
Madonna Della Cava Feast - August 12-14, Battery and Hanover Streets - procession at 1pm on Sunday; feast opens at 7pm on Friday and 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday
Fisherman's Feast of the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca - August 18-21, 2016, - Blessing of the Fishing Waters at Christopher Columbus Park on Thursday at 6pm. Feast opens at 6pm on Friday and 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday. Grand Procession at 1pm on Sunday, on Fleet, Louis, and North Streets, with Flight of the Angel at 8pm
St. Anthony's Feast - The largest Italian religious festival in New England, August 26-28, 2016, 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"; feast opens at 7pm on Friday, 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday; Grand Procession starts at noon on Sunday.
St. Lucy's Feast - August 29, Thatcher and Endicott Streets, procession at 5pm on Monday
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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August 2016 Boston Red Sox Schedule - Home Games at Fenway
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Cuisine & Confessions @ Cutler Majestic Theatre - Thru August 7
Love's Labour's Lost - Shakespeare on the Common - Through August 7
Pearl Jam - Fenway Park - August 5
Barbra Streisand - TD Garden - August 16
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Bonnie Raitt - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - August 20
Pearl Jam - Fenway Park - August 5 & 7
Barbra Streisland - TD Garden - August 16
Billy Joel - Fenway Park - August 18
Black Sabbath - Xfinity Center - August 25
ZZ Top & Gregg Allman - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion - August 28
YoYo Ma: Boston Symphony Orchestra - Tanglewood - August 27
Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band - Xfinity Center - August 20
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Half-Price & Discount Tickets for Boston Events in August
- Salem Walking Tour: Movie & TV Show Filming Sites @ Salem, MA - Full price $10; Goldstar $5
- Blues Traveler and The Wallflowers @ House of Blues - Full price $43; Goldstar $30
- Judy Takes Broadway @ Club Cafe - Full price $20-$40; Goldstar $0 - $20
- Best of Improv Asylum @ Laugh Boston - Full price $5; Goldstar $0 - $13
- Odyssey Cruises Luxury Dinner Cruises @ Boston Harbor - Full price $105-$131; Goldstar $63 - $79
- Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour - @ Westin Copley Place Hotel - Full price $48; Goldstar $24
- Trapped in a Room with a Zombie II - Room Escape Adventures in Somerville - Full price $28; Goldstar $21
- Water Country Water Park @ Portsmouth, NH - Full price $42; Goldstar $29
- Dirty Disney @ Davis Square Theatre - Full price $15; Goldstar Comp - $8
- Boston Cupcake Crawl in Back Bay, South End, Boston Common
- Whale Watch Cruise @ Boston Harbor Cruises - Full price $35-$51; Goldstar $26 - $39
- Blue Man Group @ Charles Playhouse - Full price $58-$103; Goldstar $31-$72
- Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse
- Nick's Comedy Stop - Boston Theatre District - Full price $20, Goldstar $0 - $10
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Shakespeare on the Common Continues - 2016
One of the most popular summer Boston events, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents Love's Labour's Lost, one of the Bard's funniest early comedies, for Shakespeare on the Common in 2016.
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. You can also rent a chair for $5, plus a $5 deposit that you will get back when you return the chair.
Bring your own food, or purchase something tasty from the vendors who will be onsite for the occasion. Toilets are available at the nearby tennis courts.
Shakespeare on the Common is a highlight of mid-summer entertainment in Boston - don't miss it!
More information: Shakespeare on the Common
When: July 20 - August 7 at 8pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7pm on Sundays, plus a 3pm matinee on August 6 (note - no performances on Mondays); performances run about 2.5 hours
Where: Boston Common, near the Parkman Bandstand
Getting there: By subway: Green/Red line to Park Street Station, or Green Line to Boylston; By car: Park under the Common in the Boston Common Parking Garage
Cost: Free admission; chairs in a small special section near the stage are available in return for a donation of $50 or more, with proceeds to benefit CSC.
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Harbor & River Cruises - Discount & Half-Price Tickets for August 2016
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- Boston Harbor Lighthouse Brunch Cruise @ Departs from Boston Harbor -
Full price $64; Goldstar $45
- Boston Harbor Island Cruise - Full price $39; Goldstar $23
- Inner Harbor Sightseeing Cruise - Northern Lights - Full price $22; Goldstar $13
- Summer Party Cruise - Boston Harbor - Full price $40; Goldstar Comp - $20
- Thirsty Thursday Waterfront Cruise @ Boston Harbor - Full price $16; Goldstar $9
- Codzilla Boat Ride @ Boston Harbor - Full price $26-$30; Goldstar $18-$23
- Provincetown Fast Ferry to Cape Cod - Full price $65-$88; Goldstar $46-$62
- Whale Watch Cruise @ Boston Harbor Cruises - Full price $35-$51; Goldstar $26 - $39
- Boston to Salem Fast Ferry - Full price $35-$45; Goldstar $25-$32
- Charles River & Locks Cruise - Full price $24-$28; Goldstar $16-$19
- Boston Harbor Sunset Cruise - Full price $25-$29; Goldstar $12-$17
Most of these cruises are available through early fall.
More Fun Boston Tours for August
Summer Dine Out Boston - 2016
When: August 14 - 19 & 21-26
Where: Best restaurants in Boston, Cambridge, and suburbs - 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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Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell - 2016
Enjoy free outdoor concerts at the Hatch Shell on Boston's Esplanade throughout August.
This series of family movies sponsored by WBZ NewsRadio 1030 and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) provides the perfect excuse to grab a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and head for an evening of entertainment under the stars.
The August movie lineup for 2016 includes:
- August 5 - The Good Dinosaur
- August 12 - Jurassic World
- August 19 - Up
- August 28 - Ant-Man
When: Movie starts at sundown (about 8pm in August)
More information, including the movie schedule and weather cancellations: Call the Free Friday Flicks Hotline at 617-787-7200
Summer in the City - August Events
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 5 - Back to the Future
August 12 - Toy Story
August 19 - The Sandlot
August 26 - Some Like It Hot
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New England Coastal Tour from Boston
This day trip New England Coastal Tour gives you spectacular views of the beautiful New England coastline along Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine.
You'll get to visit historic Nubble Lighthouse, enjoy lunch and leisure time in quaint Kennebunkport, visit Hampton Beach, and see all the charming villages along the rocky coastline as you cruise along in a luxury climate-controlled coach.
Boston hotel pickup and dropoff included.
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New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium
Watch our local soccer team, the New England Revolution, bring men's soccer to a new level at Gillette Stadium.
2 home games are scheduled for August:
- Aug 1 at 7:30pm vs Toronto
- Aug 15 @7:30 vs Houston
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Boston Dominican Festival & Parade
Boston's Dominican Festival kicks off with a huge festive parade down Boylston Street, starting at Mass Ave, heading east and winding around Boston Common, and finishing at City Hall Plaza, where the Festival takes place.
Enjoy delicious Dominican food, music, entertainment, and dancing.
When: Sunday, August 14. Parade starts at 11:30am, and Festival at City Hall Plaza is from 12noon - 9pm.
Free Sunday Night Movies in Christopher Columbus Park
Enjoy free outdoor movies on Sunday evenings 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 dark.
July 10 - My Big Fat Greek Wedding
July 17 - Monsters, Inc.
July 24 - Remember the Titans
July 31 - Tootsie
August 7 - Ghostbusters
August 14 - Raiders of the Lost Ark
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:
- Green fireworks and light show
- 200+ exhibitors
- Green Film Fest - huge lineup of films from around the world
- EcoRide & Drive on Cambridge Street - try out electric and hybrid models
- 100+ live performances
- Lots of food vendors
- Free fitness classes (bring your old running shoes and donate them)
- Speakers, workshops, and much more!
When: August 21-23, noon - 10pm on Friday and Saturday, noon - 6pm on Sunday
Where: Boston City Hall Plaza, Government Center
Nearest T station: Government
Cost: Free admission - all ages welcome
More information: www.bostongreenfest.org
Boston Hotels near City Hall Plaza
Mass Brewers Fest - 2016
When: Friday, August 26, 6pm-9:30pm
Where: World Trade Center Head House Concourse, 200 Seaport Blvd, South Boston Waterfront
Closest T station: Walk from Red Line/South Station or take the Silver Line to World Trade Center
More information and tickets: Mass Brewers website
Sample 100+ beers from over 30 Massachusetts breweries, enjoy live music, 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 Seafood Festival
The Annual Boston Seafood Festival celebrates our city's marine heritage, love of seafood, and commitment to sustainable harvest.
It brings together seafood tastings, chef demos, educational events, Battle of the Shuckers, and the traditional Blessing of the Fleet.
A special Lion Dance performance by the celebrated Gund Kwok Asian Women's Lion & Dragon Dance Troupe kicks off the Festival.
Whale-Watching Cruise + New England Aquarium
What's better than sightseeing in Boston?
Heading out to the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary on a special 3-hour whale watching cruise to get close-up views of humpback whales, Atlantic dolphins, sea birds, and friendly porpoises from the three outdoor decks. It's a different world!
After your cruise brings you back to Boston's Central Wharf, spend time at the New England Aquarium exploring fascinating exhibits and watching sharks, stingrays, penguins, and more.
Your ticket includes both the whale watch cruise and the Aquarium at a special discounted combo price. Find out more
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August Moon Festival in Chinatown - 2016
When: Sunday, August 14, 10am - 5pm
Where: Boston's Chinatown (Harrison Ave, and Beach, Tyler, Hudson, Essex, and Oxford Streets)
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 Autumn MoonFestival.
What does the festival actually celebrate? Possibilities include the end of the annual rice and wheat harvest, 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, a specialty of the festival, 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.
More Info: ccbaboston.org
Films at the Gate - Free Chinese Film Festival in Chinatown - 2016
The Chinatown Park Plaza on the Greenway morphs into an outdoor movie theater for this popular early fall event featuring Kung-Fu Classics (Mandarin or Cantonese, with English subtitles). Folding chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis - or bring your own, along with carryout from nearby restaurants (no alcohol, though). The festival begins at 7pm with martial arts and other cultural performances followed by the feature film starting at 8pm, and runs from August 26 to August 28.
After the movie, head for dinner at one of these nearby fun Chinatown restaurants.
Location: Chinatown Park Plaza on the Rose Kennedy Greenway
Closest T station: Red Line, South Station (nearest public restrooms are also here)
Cost: Free - sponsored by Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC), series curator Jean Lukitsh, founding producers Leslie and Sam Davol, and numerous other local organizations, businesses, and individuals
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Boston Calling Thursday Block Parties
Boston Calling may be taking a pass this September on their usual 3-day music fest - but you can get your fix of live performances by a different group each week on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Look for them at 5pm on Thursdays through September 15 at Dewey Square.
Cash bar for 21+.
You can check out the weekly lineup on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bostoncallingblockparties
Fort Point Arts Community - New Show
Stop by Made in Fort Point (300 Summer Street, South Boston Waterfront neighborhood) to catch their latest show, an exhibition of paintings, photos, works on paper, and new media by residents of The Artist Building, one of Boston's first live/work artist co-ops.
The show opens on August 1 and runs through the 25th, with an opening reception and live music on August 4 starting at 5:30pm.
While you're in Fort Point, don't miss the chance to enjoy a terrific meal and evening out in one of the neighborhood's top owner/chef restaurants.
Made in Fort Point exhibits and sells the creations of 75+ Fort Point artists. More information: www.fortpointarts.org
Harborwalk Sounds at ICA Boston
In partnership with Berklee College of Music, the city's top young musicians perform free concerts featuring jazz, world music, reggae, dance music, Latin, and more on the waterfront at Harborwalk next to ICA Boston. Relax and enjoy great music and gorgeous views.
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Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival
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 the garden is to your right; from Boylston, it is on your left).
When: Every Saturday from July 11 - August 29; entertainment and children's activities start at 5pm, and movies start at sundown; rain dates will be held on the following Wednesday
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 is the 2016 schedule:
Brave - Saturday, August 6
Zootopia - Saturday, August 13
A Bug's Life - Saturday, August 20
Mary Poppins - Saturday, August 27
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Get Lit After Work - 2016
Head over to Faneuil Marketplace after work on Thursdays at 6:30pm in July and August for Get Lit, Boston's newest literary event.
Boston's top writers will read from their work in the outdoor "reading room" next to Cheers.
Grab something cold and settle in for an evening of entertainment, fun, and great lit.
Schedule (all events at 6:30pm):
July 14 - Kate Bolick - Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own
July 21 - Howard Axelrod - The Point of Vanishing: A Memoir of Two Years in Solitude
July 28 - Michelle Hoover - Bottomland; Jennifer Haigh - Heat and Light
August 4 - Val Wang - Beijing Bastard: Into the Wilds of a Changing China
August 11 - Reggie Gibson - Original poetry backed by a 3-piece band
August 18 - David Gullette - An evening of fishing-inspired verse and prose
Cost: Free (but you can buy the authors' books)
More information: Boston Lit District website
Landmarks Orchestra Concerts at the Hatch Shell - 2016
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra's weekly free summer Esplanade concerts attract larger crowds to the Hatch Shell each year with its mix of classical, traditional, modern, and contemporary music. Concerts start at 7pm and run about 2 hours.
The Landmarks Concert schedule for August includes:
August 3 - Film screening (no orchestra) of On the Town, starring Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly, and Ann Miller
August 10 - Landmarks Lollapalooza
August 17 - Footloose and Fancy Free - a celebration of dance
August 24 - Longwood Symphony Orchestra - Mozart & more
August 31 - Rodgers and Hart's The Boys from Syracuse (in collaboration with Commonwealth Shakespeare Company)
Weather alerts and alternate locations in case of rain: 617-987-2000; orchestra website
Free Fun Friday at the Constitution Museum
The USS Constitution Museum in the historic Charlestown Navy Yard invites you to visit on August 14 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."
Free Fun Friday is sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation.
Highland Foundation's Free Fun Friday Events in Boston - 2016
Thanks to the Highland Foundation, a major sponsor of the arts in Boston and elsewhere in Massachusetts, you can enjoy free admission on the following Fridays in August at these venues:
- Harvard Museum of Natural History
- Greenway Carousel - 11am - 5pm More about the Greenway
- Old State House on the Freedom Trail (206 Washington Street), 9am-6pm More about Old State House
- MIT Museum
- Museum of the NCAAA
- Metropolitan Waterworks Museum
- Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
- USS Constitution Museum
- New England Historic Genealogical Society
- Franklin Park Zoo
- Old Sturbridge Village
- Museum of African American History in Beacon Hill
More information: Highland Street website