Boston Event Calendar

July 2010

The Boston Events Calendar for July starts off with HarborFest, the big annual July 4th Boston Pops concerts at the Hatch Shell, and spectacular fireworks over the Charles River.

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Information on this page was for July, 2010.  You can find current up-to-date information about fun and interesting Boston Calendar Events for July here.

The "Fenway Football Challenge" challenges the Boston Red Sox for center stage - or at least, center field, at Fenway Park - when 2 leading European soccer teams (or "football," as they call it) meet in a special exhibition game.

Meanwhile, down at Gillette Stadium, the Bon Jovi concert provides the perfect excuse to get out of the city - perhaps have dinner before the concert at Patriot Place next to the stadium, or plan a day of shopping at the nearby Wrentham Outlets. 

July brings beach weather - so plan a visit to nearby Boston beaches,  join in a Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach, or cruise out to the Boston Harbor Islands. 

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Boston Harborfest

When:  June 30 - July 5
Where:   Main events take place at City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Marketplace
Cost:  Many are free - others charge a fee
More information:  Check the Harborfest website for a comprehensive list of events


Cirque du Soleil's OVO

When:  July 22 - August 15
Where:   Fan Pier in the South Boston Waterfront
Nearest T station:  Red Line/South Station, or Silver Line to Fan Pier

Come to Cirque du Soleil's famous blue and yellow tent, Le Grand Chapiteau, on Fan Pier for a spectacular performance of OVO, an acrobatic fantasy about a colorful, energy-filled ecosystem where insects play, crawl, flutter, fight, and pursue love.  The first Cirque du Soleil production to be created and produced by a woman (Deborah Colker), OVO exults in Brazilian music and dance as a backdrop for the amazing acrobats.


Friday Flicks at the Esplanade

Free Friday night movies continue throughout July in this popular family-friendly series.  See Boston Events Calendar for June for details.

July flicks include Wizard of Oz (July 9), Star Trek (July 16), Where the Wild Things Are (July 23), and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (July 30).


Boston Pops at the Hatch Shell

    Saturday, July 3 - Oval opens at 4pm; concert begins at 8:30pm
    Sunday, July 4 - Oval opens at 9am; concert begins at 8pm
Where:   Hatch Shell, Boston Esplanade
Nearest T station:  Green Line/Arlington (walk on Arlington Street toward the River; cross Storrow Drive via the Fiedler Footbridge
Cost:  Free
More information:  Boston Pops and Fireworks


Shakespeare on the Common

When:  July 28 - Aug 15; 8pm Tuesday - Saturday; 7pm on Sundays
Where:   Boston Common, near the Parkman Bandstand
Cost:  Free

One of the most popular things to do in Boston in July and August, Shakespeare on the Common premiers their 2010 production, Othello, on July 28.  Bring a blanket, perhaps a picnic, and enjoy an evening of free theater under the stars.


Bon Jovi Concert

When:  July 24, 7pm
Where:   Gillette Stadium, Patriot Place, Foxboro

Rock band Bon Jovi returns to Boston in what is sure to be a sellout concert at Gillette Stadium.  Expect to hear recent hits from "The Circle," as well as older favorites.  Their Boston stop is among the final U.S. venues in their 2010 - 2011 "Circle the World Tour."

4th of July Fireworks

When:  July 4 at 10:30pm, immediately following the Boston Pops Concert.
Where:   Charles River, between the Longfellow and Mass Ave Bridges
Nearest T stations:  Depends on where you plan to sit - use Red Line/Harvard Square if you plan to be on the Cambridge side, and Green Line/Arlington or Red Line/Charles-MGH for the Boston side. 
Cost:  Free
Stay:  Best hotels for watching Boston fireworks
More information:  Boston Fireworks

Boston's most spectacular firework display of the year follows the Pops Concert on the 4th.  Watch from tall buildings (Top of the Hub view is spectacular - but reserve early!), rooftops, or the banks of the Charles River.

Free Monday Night Movies

When:  Mondays throughout July, at 6pm
Where: Rabb Lecture Hall, Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston
Cost:  Free
Closest T station: Green Line/Copley
More information:  617-536-5400

Get ready to give up swimming in the ocean after watching this month's offerings in Boston Public Library's year-long Made in Massachusetts film series.  Theme for July:  "Danger in the Water"!  You may want to cancel your week at the Cape if you see too many of them.

July 6 - Captains Courageous (1937)  (Shown on Tuesday night as Monday is a holiday)

July 12 - Moby Dick (1956)

July 19 - Jaws (1975)

July 26 - The Perfect Storm (2000)


Bastille Day in Boston 2010

When:  July 9, 6pm - 11pm
Where:   Marlborough Street, between Berkeley and Clarendon
Nearest T station:  Green Line/Arlington
Cost:  $28 in advance, $35 on day of event (warning: they always sell out early)
More information:  617-912-0400

Two francophone groups, Caravan Palace (gypsy-jazz-electro-swing) and Tabou Combo (Haitian Konpa dance music) will provide plenty of high-energy music for dancing in the streets.  Several of the top French restaurants in Boston will sell French food and drinks for 2,000 revelers.  Sing "La Marseillaise" and raise your glass to "Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité."


Chinatown Main Street Festival

When:  Sunday, July 11, 10am - 5pm
Where:  Harrison Ave and surrounding streets, Chinatown in Downtown Boston
Closest T station:   Orange Line / Chinatown
If you drive:   Parking garages near Theatre District and Chinatown

Enjoy folk dances, Lion dances, martial arts performances, and more in this mid-summer festival in Chinatown.  Go for dim sum in one of the nearby restaurants.


Free Concert Series at the Esplanade

When:  Sat., July 17, 7pm, and Sat., July 31st, 7pm 
Where:   Hatch Shell, Esplanade, Boston
Closest T station: Green Line/Arlington
Cost:  Free
More information:  617-626-4970; Dept of Conservation and Recreation website 

The 2010 Free Summer Concert Series continues with a performance by Eddie Money on July 17, and a performance by Peter Cetera on July 31st. 


Soccer at Fenway Park ?!?

When:  July 21, 8pm
Where:   Fenway Park!
Nearest T station:  Green Line/Kenmore Square
Cost:  Typically about $20-$120
Ticket sales:

Yes, soccer balls will replace baseballs at the home field of the Boston Red Sox for "Fenway Football Challenge," a special exhibition game between Celtic FC from the Scottish Premier League, first UK club to win the European Cup in 1967, and the Sporting Clube de Portugal, normally known as "Sporting," and one of the "Big Three Clubs in Portugal. 

In case you're wondering, the "FC" in "Celtic FC" stands for "Football Club."  Soccer is called "football" in the UK.  Founded in 1888, Celtic predates the Red Sox - and Sporting, founded in 1906.

Although this will actually be the 19th soccer game played at Fenway Park, it's the first one since 1968, so this is a very special event. 

First the 2010 NHL Winter Classic brought hockey, an ice rink, and even free public skating at the famed field last January, and now soccer, plus Aerosmith and the J. Geils Band next month. . . Fenway Park is becoming the equivalent of 1-stop shopping for sports and entertainment.

If you're visiting Boston but aren't lucky enough to get tickets, NESN plans to broadcast the game.  Stop by any of the sports bars near Fenway, and you're sure to have a good view.

More things to do in Boston in July

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