Boutiques on Boston's Newbury Street on a beautiful June afternoon
The Boston Event Calendar for June 2014 kicks off summer in the city with plenty of fun activities, big events, concerts, shows, and and local favorites that visitors don't always hear about - but you'll find them listed here!
Activities move outdoors during June.
You can enjoy the Dragon Boat Festival, Garden Tours in the South End, and weekend artisan markets.
Spend the day relaxing at the Charles River Festival or cruising the Harbor.
And be sure to stop by Scooper Bowl, Boston's all-you-can-eat ice cream event for raising money for cancer research at City Hall Plaza.
The biggest event of all takes place at the end of the month when Harborfest attracts visitors from all over the world to take place in Boston's huge Independence Day extravaganza.
Get tickets to a Red Sox home game and walk over to Fenway Park to join the fun!
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When: June 14-15, rain or shine; races 9am - 5pm; entertainment and food start at noon on June 15 only
Where: Charles River, with Festival on the Cambridge side of the river
Nearest T station: Red Line/Harvard Square
More Dragon Boat Festival information
Boston's annual Dragon Boat Festival is the largest-running dragon boat race in North America with over 50 teams competing. Enjoy the spectacular dragon boats, with rowers ranging from novice to expert. Trials take place on Saturday, and the races occur on Sunday.
Asian arts, crafts, martial arts, and dance performances take place on Sunday from 12 noon - 5pm on the the Cambridge side of the Charles.
Boston Opera House: June 12 - July 20
Set to Andrew Lloyd Webber's mesmerizing music, Phantom of the Opera's tale of love and sacrifice, threats and terror in the Paris Opera House will thrill you during a memorable performance. Don't miss this chance to see this huge Broadway hit in Boston's own magnificent Opera House! Get best tickets now!
More Boston theater shows in June:
Photo of Journey, courtesy of journeymusic.com
Note: Blue Hills Bank Pavilion is now the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Wang Theatre | TD Garden | Blue Hills Bank Pavilion | Gillette Stadium
Boston Symphony Hall | House of Blues | Paradise Rock Club
Orpheum | Wilbur Theatre | Colonial Theatre | Royale
Boston Opera House | Comcast Center | Agganis Arena
Turner and the Sea brings together a massive exhibition of Turner's luminescent sea scapes. Look for iconic masterspieces from the late 1700s as well as experimental works produced toward the end of his life in the 1800s. If Turner's seascapes speak to your imagination, you will not want to miss this exciting exhibition.
When: May 31 - September 1, 2014
Where: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA
More information: 978-745-9500
Museum admission: Adults $18, seniors $15, Students $10, Youth (16 and under) free, or get free admission when you have a Go Boston card
Stay: Enjoy a night in a Salem hotel and spend the next day exploring the Salem Witch Museum and House of the Seven Gables (also free admission with the Go Boston card)
Photo courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum
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Harborfest is Boston's 6-day long Independence celebration, and is the biggest patriotic celebration in the U.S., attracting millions of visitors to Boston from all over the world.
In addition to daily "main events" such as Children's Day and Chowderfest, over 200 other events take place over the 6-day period, culminating with the spectacular July 4th fireworks display over the Charles River. Whether you participate in a few events, a lot, or even none of them, you'll see lots of interesting costumes, entertainers, and tempting food vendors.
Sometimes Harborfest starts at the end of June - but this year the entire event takes place in July, so check the July calendar for more information.
- The Walking Dead Convention at the Westin Boston Waterfront Hotel
- Lionel Richie, at Xfinity Center in Mansfield (formerly Comcast Center)
- Day sail or sunset sail on the schooner Adirondack III in Boston Harbor
- Phantom of the Opera, at Boston Opera House
- Freedom Trail Pub Hunt
- Boston Duck Tours on land and water
- Historical tours of Cambridge
- Carrie: The Musical at Boston Center for the Arts
- Boston Chocolate Workshop at the Elephant & Castle Pub and Restauranat
If you love Boston's gourmet food trucks - and who doesn't? - the Boston Food Truck Festival is your chance to sample New England's tastiest gourmet street food served up by almost 30 top providers of mobile cuisine.
Find out more, and get the complete Food Truck Festival schedule
Can't wait? You don't have to. Find out more about where to find Boston's food trucks year-round.
This year's Japan Festival will be part of the Cambridge Arts River Festival on Saturday, June 7, 12:00 noon - 6pm.
Look for the Japan Festival on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge between Prospect and Sidney Streets in Central Square. A Japanese food booth will be on Sydney Street.
When: Sunday, June 15, 12:30pm
Where: Bunker Hill Monument, Monument Square, Charlestown, MA (parade starts at the intersection of Vine, Bunker Hill Street, and Main Street, Charlestown)
Nearest Boston subway station: Orange Line/Community College
More information: 617-242-5601
Join the National Park Service at the Bunker Hill Monument on Boston's Freedom Trail to commemorate the 239th Anniversary of the famous battle against the British on nearby Breed's Hill, and enjoy the Bunker Hill Day Parade. Members of the Charlestown Militia dressed in Colonial attire perform shooting exercises (with blanks), play fifes and drums, and offer musket salutes as part of a wreath laying ceremony at the monument.
Afterward the parade, explore the new Bunker Hill Museum (free admission) across from the monument on Monument Street, or follow the red stripe of the Freedom Trail down to the Charlestown Navy Yard for a free tour on the USS Constitution.
The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on June 17, 1775, and June 17th is the official holiday, but the date of the parade varies a bit each year and usually takes place on a Sunday.
Here's the perfect way to spend a Friday night in Boston in the summer: spread a blanket under the stars and watch a free movie at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade by the Charles River.
When: Fridays, from July to late August - movie starts at sundown (around 8:30 - 9pm in June and 8pm - 8:30pm in August), but co-sponsor WBZ NewsRadio hosts games, giveways, and free food samples starting at 6pm - so come early, stake out your spot on the grass, and relax.
Where: Hatch Shell, Boston's Esplanade
More information, including the movie schedule and weather cancellations: Call the Free Friday Flicks Hotline at 617-787-7200
Celebrate summer on Saturday, June 14, 2014 at Spectacle Island, one of the popular Boston Harbor Islands, in a day of family fun, races, and festivities starting at 9:30am.
Participate in the 5k run - plus there is a 1/2 mile run and field day activities just for kids. The boat departs from Long Wharf (next to the Marriott Long Wharf), and you should be there 20-30 minutes early for check-in and boarding.
Fees: $35 5k run, $20 field day team of 4, $20 kids run, $15 spectators, plus ferry tickets
More info: www.bostonharborislands.org/park-calendar
When: Sunday, June 22, 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 colorful Chinese folk dances, Lion dances, martial arts performances, Chinese Opera, and vendor booths in this mid-summer festival in Chinatown. This year will also mark the first annual Karaoke Contest. Enjoy dim sum at a nearby restaurant.
Sunday, June 1 vs Rays - 1:35pm
Thursday, June 12 vs Indians - 7:10pm
Friday, June 13 vs Indians - 7:10pm
Saturday, June 14 vs Indians - 4:05pm
Sunday, June 15 vs Indians - 1:35pm
Monday, June 16 vs Twins - 7:10pm
Tuesday, June 17 vs Twins - 7:10pm
Wednesday, June 18 vs Twins - 7:10pm
Monday, June 30 vs Cubs - 7:10pm
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Chefs in Shorts, held outdoors on the Seaport Hotel's Upper Plaza, features grills, barbecue, and some of the city's top chefs competing in a night of grill-offs, fun, and delicious food.
As a bonus, for about the same amount of money that you'd spend on a nice dinner in a restaurant, you get to sample all of the chefs' delicious creations AND support chefs of tomorrow: this fundraiser benefits Future Chefs, a Boston non-profit organization dedicated preparing local youth for opportunities in the culinary field. This event usually sells out well in advance - so don't wait to get your ticket!
When: June 20, 7pm-9:30pm
Where: Seaport Boston Hotel, 200 Seaport Blvd, South Boston Waterfront
Cost: $70, which includes tastings, wine, and beer
Tickets and more information: www.seaportboston.com, email@example.com
Photo courtesy of Chefs in Shorts; Seaport Boston Hotel is in the background
Join one of the Boston Public Library's free tours offered once a day almost every day. You'll see highlights of the library's magnificent Renaissance Revival architecture by Charles Follen McKim and late 20th century building by Philip Johnson. You'll also get to view some of the many works by famous artists throughout the building. Tours last about an hour.
When: Every day in June - and almost every day throughout the year; times vary
Where: Meet at Dartmouth Entrance (McKim Building), Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Copley Square, Boston
Closest T station: Green Line/Copley
More information: 617-536-5400; BPL website - check Events Calendar for dates and times
Boston's favorite ice cream fest, Scooper Bowl, dishes out 10 or so tons of ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, and sorbet in this 3-day fundraiser at City Hall Plaza.
Now in its 32nd year, Scooper Bowl raises money for the Jimmy Fund to benefit cancer research at Dana-Farber. Not only do you get to eat all you want of the ice cream donated by the nation's top frozen dessert companies, but you can vote afterward for your favorite among the 30 or so different flavors on offer.
When: June 3-5, 2014; noon - 8pm
Where: City Hall Plaza, Boston
Nearest T station: Blue and Green Lines/Government Center
All-You-Can-Eat Tickets: $10 for ages 10 and up; $5 for ages 3-9, and free for children under 3. Get a $20 Scooper Pass, and attend up to 3 times - although of course, you'll need to log significant gym time later
More information: Scooper Bowl
Boston's North End Italian Feasts and Festivals draw huge crowds to this historic neighborhood. You can smell the wonderful food, hear the music, and sense the excitement as you walk across the Greenway to Hanover Street, where many of the celebrations take place.
These festivals take place almost every weekend throughout the summer.
North End Festivals scheduled for June:
Santa Maria Di Anzano Procession - June 1, 2pm - Starts at St Leonard's Church (Hanover and Prince Streets)
St Anthony of Padua - June 8 at 2pm - Procession starts at St Leonard Church, Hanover and Prince Streets; 5pm Blessing of the Children at St Leonard Church
Saint Padre Pio - June 22 - Procession starts at St Leonard Church, Hanover and Prince Streets
For 2 glorious months after school ends, Frog Pond turns into a spray pond and becomes the best place to cool off (if you're 12 or under) in the city. The Grand Opening Celebration features family-friendly entertainment, music, art, a gala ceremony, and of course, the chance to play in the spray. Lifeguards will be on duty this summer during all open hours.
When: June 28, 11am; remains open through Labor Day
Where: Frog Pond at Boston Common
Nearest T station: Green Line/Park
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The South End Garden Tour never gets boring because it features gardens in a different area of this large neighborhood every year. This year's tour will be within the area bounded by Southwest Corridor, Tremont Street, Northampton Steet, and West Newton Street, with numerous gardens open for this self-guided tour.
Back by popular demand, select South End artists will be in the tour gardens creating works of art - which you can buy at a reception at City Year (287 Columbus Ave/corner of Clarendon St) immediately after the tour. Too good to miss!
Get ready to view some gorgeous gardens in this neighborhood known for its passion for gardening. Tour proceeds benefit the South End/Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust.
Be sure to save time for lunch or an early dinner at one of the many terrific chef-owned South End restaurants.
When: Saturday, June 21, 2014, 10am - 4pm, rain or shine
Where: South End Branch of the Boston Public Library, 685 Tremont Street, Boston's South End
Nearest T station: Orange Line/Back Bay
Cost: Tickets are $25 on day of the tour, or $20 prior at selected locations and online - see details at http://www.landtrustgardens.org/
When: June 22, 8am
Where: Starts and finishes at Boston Common, with a race course through Back Bay
Closest T station: Green Line/Arlington
Cost: $60 registration fee
More information: BAA Website
Whether you're training for the next Boston Marathon or just want to do a Sunday morning dash through Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and Fenmore, the Boston Athletic Association's 10-kilometer race presents a perfect opportunity to test your skills and stamina during Boston's summer weather.
Limited to 8,000 runners, the race will follow a course that begins and ends from the Common at Charles Street.
Park Rangers recount the chilling but somewhat true story of Boston's favorite ghost, the Lady in Black, who haunts Georges Island dressed in her black robes.
The tale is based on the true story of Mrs. Andrew Lanier, the young wife of a Confederate soldier who was imprisoned in Fort Warren in 1861. Then Rangers will lead you on a free guided tour through the fort's dark tunnels.
This 30-minute adventure is designed especially for kids
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 Secret Gardents of Cambridge tour, sponsored by Friends of the Cambridge Public Library, takes place only during alternate years - and fortunately, 2014 is an "on" year. The self-guided exploration covers 4 Cambridge neighborhoods and 24 gardens, including 18 new to the tour this year. You'll get tons of gardening ideas, and also get to see this year's star attraction - an field of gorgeous lupines (like those in the photo) right in the middle of urban Cambridge.
Date: Sunday, June 1, 2014, 10am-4pm
Where: Cambridge, MA (just across the river from Boston)
Nearest T station: Red Line/Harvard
Cost: Tickets are $25 on day of the tour; available at all Cambridge library branches and numerous Cambridge businesses, including Porter Square Books, Brattle Florist, Rodney's Books, Pemberton Farms, Dickson Brothers Hardware, Nomad, and Bonny's Garden Center. Proceeds benefit the Cambridge Public Library - this is its biggest fundraiser!
When: June 25-29
Where: Museum of Fine Arts
Cost: Tickets to most films are $11-$15
More information: MFA website
Four days of showcasing the films of "emerging and established filmakers of color," with screenings, panel discussions, receptions, and workshops, plus additional events throughout the year. The Roxbury International Film Festival began in 1999 when the founders created a venue to celebrate films written, produced, and directed by filmmakers connected with Africa by birth, ancestry, or culture. It is now the largest film festival with this focus in New England. Expect an exciting (and large) collection of full-length features, documentaries, experimental films, shorts, and animations, a series of teen-produced films, and a special program of shorts for children under 10.
Check Boston movie theaters for other local films
To get a special glimpse into how Boston's elite lived during the 18th century, take advantage of Historic New England's Open House featuring free admission to Otis House, designed by famous architect Charles Bulfinch for one of the city's wealthiest families at the foot of Beacon Hill.
Although the Federal-style house later did duty as a medical clinic and boarding house, a meticulous historically-accurate restoration brought back its original glamor, with gorgeously brilliant wallpapers, carpets, and elaborate furniture. Otis House is now one of Boston's historic house museums.
When: Saturday, June 7, 11am-5pm; tours start on the half hour, with the last one starting at 4:30pm
Where: Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street (on the West End side) - entrance on Lynde Street Cost: Free for this event and always free for Boston residents and Historic New England members - but for everyone else at other times, $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 students
Nearest T station: Red Line/Charles-MGH
More information: 617-994-5920
When: Saturday, June 7, 12noon - 6pm
Where: Cambridge side of the Charles River, between JFK Street and Western Ave
Nearest T station: Red Line/Harvard Square (walk west down Western Ave)
Cost: Free- although you'll find plenty to buy from food and crafts vendors
Enjoy the sunshine and lots of folk, Latin, jazz, and world music performances, dances, art exhibits, and family-oriented craft-making activities at this huge festival celebrating the arts. Over 100 food vendors and artisans sell their offerings. With a parade from Harvard Square to the Charles River featuring musicians, bands, and puppeteers, and multiple stages with folk, roots, jazz, gospel, theater, and dance performances, the Charles River Festival will entertain you all afternoon.
Photo courtesy of Steven Isaacson
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The Back Bay Fens - normally just called "The Fens," and part of Olmsted's Emerald Necklace of parks - has everything: wilderness areas, the Victory Gardens, ball fields, the Kelleher Rose Gardens, war memorials, the meandering Muddy River, and more.
You can get a close-up look of the Kelleher Rose Garden and the Historic Victory Garden during free 1-hour walking tours given by Concervancy docents on Tuesday evenings at 6pm throughout the month of June. Tours start at the Shattuck Visitor Center (125 The Fenway); more information: 617-522-2700.
Taste the best of Boston's exciting Fort Point Channel restaurant scene on Thursday, June 12 at the Children's Wharf Park from 12 noon - 1:30pm when area restaurants offer free food samples along with live music.
Participating Fort Point Channel restaurants and organizations include Barking Crab, Flour Bakery and Cafe, the InterContinental Hotel Boston, Metro Cafe, Lucky's Lounge, Row 34, Nebo Restaurant, Midway Channel Gallery, the Boston Children's Museum, Smith & Wollensky, Sportello, Trade, and many more!
The Boston Early Music Festival happens only every other year and 2014 is an OFF year - so check back next year.
The festival is HUGE, the largest early music festival in the world. While not the only reason why Boston takes center stage as the early music capital of the country, the Festival certainly cements its reputation.
This week-long celebration of 17th and 18th century music features a fully staged Baroque opera, hundreds of other performances, master classes, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, children's programs, and even a sort of trade show of instruments. On many days, the concert schedule starts at nine in the morning and goes until midnight.
Where: Multiple Boston locations - mostly Downtown, Back Bay, Fenway, and the Theatre District, plus a few in other locations
Tickets: Ticket costs vary from free to inexpensive to pricey, with packages available for afficionados; check the event website for details about the many options
Where to stay:
SoWa in Boston's South End
Noon Concerts at King's Chapel on the Freedom Trail
First Fridays at Museum of Fine Arts
Fish Weir on Boston Common
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