The Boston Event Calendar for June 2015 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 no worries, you'll find them listed here.
Many Boston activities move outdoors during June.
The Dragon Boat Festival on the Charles River, Garden Tours in the South End, and weekend artisan markets give you plenty of reasons to enjoy our beautiful summer weather.
Take advantage of Boston's waterfront location by relaxing at the Charles River Festival or cruising the Harbor.
And be sure to stop by Scooper Bowl, a huge all-you-can-eat ice cream event to raise money at City Hall Plaza for cancer research.
The biggest celebration of all takes place at the end of the month when Harborfest attracts visitors from all over the world for Boston's huge Independence Day extravaganza.
Get tickets to a Red Sox home game and walk over to Fenway Park to join the fun!
Boston Events Each Month
When: June 13-14, 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
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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.
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- Cirque du Soleil's KURIOS: Cabinet of Curiosities @ Grand Chapiteau at Suffolk Downs - Full price $102-$122; Goldstar $75-$95
- Blue Man Group @ Charles Playhouse - Ongoing
- Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse
Boston Theater & Shows for June 2016Matilda: The Musical - Boston Opera House - June 14 - 26, 2016
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Harbor & River Cruises - Discount & Half-Price Tickets for May 2015
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- Boston Harbor Lighthouse Brunch Cruise
- Tall Ship Adirondack III - Day sail around Boston Harbor
- Harbor Island Cruise - Boston Harbor
- Charles River & Locks Cruise
- Boston Harbor Islands Picnic Sail on Tall Ship Adirondack III
- Provincetown Fast Ferry
- Sunset Harbor Cruise
- Boston Harbor Cruise - enjoy views of USS Constitution, Bunker Hill, more
- Boston Duck Tours from Museum of Science
- Summer Party Cruise on the MV Provincetown II
- Romantic Sunset Sail on the Adirondack III
- Boston City Lights Boston Harbor Sail on a classic schooner; passes by USS Constitution
Most of these cruises are available through early fall.
Aerial Sculpture on the Greenway - Plus More Greenway Events
Don't miss the latest art installation on Boston's Greenway - a very cool aerial sculpture by Barbara Echelmen floating above the area across from the InterContinental Hotel north of Pearl Street.
Despite its gauzy appearance, the sculpture weighs close to a ton, covers half an acre, and consists of over 100 miles of rope and more than half a million knots.
The sculpture attaches to three nearby Financial District skyscrapers and will remain in place until early October.
More fun Greenway events this summer:
Berklee Greenway Concert Series held under the sculpture: Wednesday evenings, 5-7pm, June 17 - August 19
Farmers Markets in Dewey Square (1 block south of the sculpture, near South Station: Tuesdays and Thursdays through Thanksgiving; also on the Greenway near the North End on Wednesdays and Sundays
Greenway Food Trucks: Generally on weekdays (but not holidays) in Dewey Square and Rowes Wharf areas of the Greenway
Greenway Open Market (similar to SoWa Open Market) on Saturdays through October 10, 2015 (food trucks are there too!)
Boston Calling Block Parties: Thursdays 5pm-8pm through September 17, Dewey Square Park - different local band each week, plus a cash bar
Boston Harborfest 2015
Harborfest is Boston's 5-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.
Over 200 other events take place daily, including 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.
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June 2015 Red Sox Schedule for Fenway Park
- Monday, June 1 vs Twins - 7:10pm
- Tuesday, June 2 vs Twins - 7:10pm
- Wednesday, June 3 vs Twins - 7:10pm
- Thursday, June 4 vs Twins - 4:05pm
- Friday, June 5 vs Athletics - 7:10pm
- Saturday, June 6 vs Athletics - 4:05pm
- Sunday, June 7 vs Athletics - TBD
- Friday, June 12 vs Blue Jays- 7:10pm
- Saturday, June 13 vs Blue Jays - 1:35pm
- Sunday, June 14 vs Blue Jays - TBD
- Monday, June 15 vs Braves - 7:10pm
- Tuesday, June 16 vs Braves - 4:05pm
- Tuesday, June 23 vs Orioles - 7:10pm
- Wednesday, June 24 vs Orioles - 7:10pm
- Thursday, June 25 vs Orioles - 1:35pm
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Thomas Hart Benton & Hollywood at PEM
American Epics: Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood explores connections between Benton's art and the movies. Come see how Benton reinvented stories about 20th century America - you'll be captivated by the stories he tells through pictures.
When: June 6 - September 7, 2015
Where: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA
More information: 978-745-9500
Museum admission: Adults $18, seniors $15, Students with ID $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
Battle of Bunker Hill Day Parade - 2015
When: Sunday, June 14, 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 240th Anniversary of the famous battle against the British on nearby Breed's Hill, and enjoy the Bunker Hill Day Parade, a Boston tradition since 1786. Members of the Charlestown Militia dressed in Colonial attire play fifes and drums, and offer musket salutes as part of a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument.
The parade kicks off at the corner of Vine and Bunker Hill Streets, marches down Main Street, winds around Charlestown, and ends on Winthrop Street next to the Charlestown Militia training Field. Streets start to close to traffic soon after 9am.
Afterward the parade, explore the 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 Breed's Hill on June 17, 1775. Although June 17th is the official holiday, the date of the parade varies a bit each year and usually takes place on a Sunday.
Fun Sightseeing Tours of Boston
Free Friday Flicks Schedule at the Esplanade
Please note: Information from below is for last year, so check back soon for updates!
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
Chinatown Main Street Festival - 2015
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.
When: Saturday, June 27, 10am - 5pm
Location: Harrison Ave and surrounding streets, Chinatown in Downtown Boston
Where to eat: Recommended Chinatown restaurants
Closest T station: Orange Line / Chinatown
If you drive: Parking garages near Theatre District and Chinatown
Famous Boston Chefs in Shorts
Here's the perfect way to spend a Friday night in June:
Chefs in Shorts, held outdoors on the Seaport Hotel's Upper Plaza, features grills, barbecue, and 40+ of the city's top chefs such as Brian Poe (Tip Tap Room), Kevin O'Connell (The Salty Pig), Adam Kube (Bastille Kitchen), Jeff Fournier (51 Lincoln), Lucca (Andres Cruz), Jason Albus (Fairsted Kitchen), Top of the Hub (Mark Pocaro), and Patrick Campbell (Cafe ArtScience) 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 Boston restaurant, you get to sample all of the chefs' delicious creations accompanied by wine or beer, vote for your favorite dish, 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 19, 7pm-9:30pm
Where: Seaport Boston Hotel, 200 Seaport Blvd, South Boston Waterfront
Cost: $80, which includes tastings, wine, and beer
Tickets and more information: www.seaportboston.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo courtesy of Chefs in Shorts; Seaport Boston Hotel is in the background
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Art and Architecture Tour at BPL
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, and are conducted by volunteer guides.
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 - click "Central Library/Art & Architecture Tours" on the top menu to get dates and times
North End Feasts and Festivals - June 2015
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 parades and festivals take place almost every weekend throughout the summer.
North End Festivals scheduled for June (all are processions only - no feasts):
Santa Maria Di Anzano Procession - June 7, 2pm - Starts at St Leonard's Church (Hanover and Prince Streets); procession only
St Anthony of Padua - June 14 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 28 - Procession starts at St Leonard Church, Hanover and Prince Streets
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South End Garden Tour - 2015
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 starts at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library (685 Tremont Street), will be within the area bounded by Tremont Street, Washington 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 20, 10am - 4pm, rain or shine
Where: South End Branch of the Boston Public Library (where tour begins), 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 online - see details at www.landtrustgardens.org
10K Race through Back Bay - 2015
When: June 21, 8am
Where: Starts and finishes on Charles Street
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 10,000 runners, the race will follow a course that begins and ends from the Common at Charles Street, and winds through the Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods.
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Back Bay Fens & Rose Garden Tours - 2015
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 Conservancy docents on most Tuesday evenings at 6pm throughout the month of June, July, and August, and 90-minute tours every weekend through October. Tours start at the Shattuck Visitor Center (125 The Fenway); call to confirm Tuesday tours, and get times for weekend tours: 617-522-2700.
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Boston Early Music Festival - 2015
The Boston Early Music Festival happens only every other year and 2015 is an ON 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.
When: June 7-14, 2015
Where: Multiple Boston locations - mostly Downtown, Back Bay, Fenway, and the Theatre District, plus a few in other locations; a major venue is the magnificent Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory
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:
- Courtyard Marriott Downtown Boston Hotel, location of the Exhibition, as well as many events and performances. More Theatre District hotels
- Hotels near Jordan Hall - Colonnade Hotel | Midtown Hotel | Sheraton Boston Hotel | Hilton Back Bay Hotel
- Boston Park Plaza and Towers Hotel, close to the Cutler Majestic and the Revere Hotel
- Taj Boston, convenient to the many concerts scheduled for Emmanuel Church, Old South Church, First Church Boston, and other historic churches in Boston's Back Bay.
- The Lenox Hotel, also convenient to Back Bay sites as well as New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall
Boston Harbor Islands - Free Ranger Tours, Concerts, Vintage Baseball
Hop on a ferry at Boston's Long Wharf for a 15-minuted cruise to the Boston Harbor Islands, where free concerts, ranger tours, kayaking trials, vintage baseball games, and even yoga take place on weekends and weekdays. Times vary - so check the schedule on the Boston Harbor Islands website or by calling the Park Rangers at 617-223-8666.
Or, enjoy a day of exploring historic sites, photographing birds, enjoying a picnic, hiking, swimming, wading in tidal pools, or simply enjoying the scenery.
When: Late June through Labor Day
Where: Georges Island, Spectacle Island, Peddocks Island
Getting there: Boston Harbor Island ferry information
Cost (round trip): $15 adults, $9 children (ages 3-11), $11 seniors 65+, children under 3 free, family (2 adults, 2 children) $43 - you can buy your tickets at Long Wharf ticket booth
Closest hotel to Long Wharf: Boston Marriott Long Wharf
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Spectacle Island 5K, Kids Fun Run, & Field Day - 2015
Celebrate summer on Sunday, June 14 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 Kids Fun Run and field day activities, a picnic lunch, and music. 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: $40 5k run and t-shirt; $20 kids run includes round-trip ferry and picnic lunch; spectators' tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids
More info: http://spectacleisland5k.com
Secret Gardens of Cambridge Tour
The Secret Gardents of Cambridge tour, sponsored by Friends of the Cambridge Public Library, takes place only during alternate years - and unfortunately, 2015 is an "off" 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: Check back in 2016!
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!
Roxbury International Film Festival
When: June 17-28
Where: Museum of Fine Arts
Cost: Tickets to most films are $11; VIP packages available
More information: MFA website (Programs/Films on the menu)
Twelve days of showcasing 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
Charlestown Hidden Garden Tour - 2015
When: Saturday, June 13, 10am-3pm
Where: Boston's Charlestown neighborhood - tour begins at the community garden at the corner of Main and Bunker Hill Streets
Cost: $20 advance reservations, $25 day of the event
More information & advance ticket info: www.gardensforcharlestown.com
Stroll the gas-lamp streets of historic Charlestown, first landing spot of the Puritans who settled in Boston in the 1630s, and admire the 14 beautiful gardens included in the tour. A reception will be held in the Community Garden after the tour completes at 3pm.
Charles River Festival - Cambridge - 2015
When: Saturday, June 6, 12noon - 6pm
Where: Central Square - Mass Ave from Prospect to Sidney Streets, and Sidney Street from Mass Ave to Pilgrim Street. Please note: The Festival does NOT take place along the Charles River this year
Nearest T station: Red Line/Central Square - Please note: many streets near Central Square including Mass Ave will be closed, and performers and vendors will be using the already-scarce parking - so you would be smart to not try to drive to this event
Cost: Free- although you'll find plenty to buy from food and crafts vendors
The Charles River Festival is like a huge street party celebrating early summer in the city with outstanding music, performances, and food. Enjoy the sunshine and lots of excellent folk, Latin, jazz, and world music performances, dance, poetry, theater, art exhibits, and family-oriented craft-making activities at this huge festival celebrating the arts. Over 100 food vendors and artisans sell their offerings.
Scooper Bowl Ice Cream Fest - 2015
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 33rd 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 2 and 4, noon - 8pm; June 3, noon -10pm
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