Top Boston Events for September 2015 include Boston Calling, the Irish Culture Festival, open art studios, outdoor markets, and Harbor cruises, and two huge bicycle events. The city buzzes with energy as college and university students return.
Labor Day Weekend events plus the final days of Boston Harbor Hotel's Blues Barge Jazz Concerts and Summer in the City movies down by the waterfront get September off to an exciting start.
Of course, New England Patriots fans rejoice as the team kicks off the first game of the regular season down at Gillette Stadium. Red Sox fans contemplate the American League playoffs - will this be another World Series win?
Toward the end of the month, you may begin to start seeing glimpses of fall foliage color - every year is different!
Enjoy September's balmy weather by dining outdoors, tossing a frisbee on Boston Common, and joining a whale-watching cruise.
Meanwhile, enjoy all these fun Boston events for September!
Please note: Most of the information on this page is for last year, but it should give you a good idea about what to expect in 2015. Look for updates soon!
Labor Day 2015 is on Monday, September 7
Wondering what to do in Boston on Labor Day Weekend? Most Boston locals head to the Cape, the Islands (Nantucket and the Vineyard), or the mountains - so if you're planning a Labor Day, you'll find it easier than usual to make reservations easily in local restaurants, get affordable tickets for a Red Sox game, see a show, cruise around Boston Harbor, go shopping for Labor Day sales - and even find some Boston hotel bargains.
Check out these Labor Day Weekent events from Friday, September 4 through Monday, September 7:
- Odyssey Dinner Cruise in Boston Harbor (check for half-price tickets)
- First Friday at Museum of Fine Arts
- Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse - (check for half-price tickets)
- Deutsche Bank Championship New England PGA Tour in Norwood
- Mass Brewers Fest
Top Labor Day Weekend event: PGA Tour golfers compete for an $8+ million purse in the Deutsche Bank Championship to benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation and New England-area charities. The defending champion will take on past champions. TPC Boston, named by Golf Digest as one of the "Top 10 Best New Private Clubs in the U.S." when it opened, is 38 miles south of Boston.
Photo: Courtesy of Deutsche Bank Championship New England PGA Tour
When: September 19-20, 11am-6pm
Where: Boston's South End; Information booths at Tremont and Milford Streets, Albany and Plimpton; and Harrison and Waltham
Nearest T station: Orange Line/Back Bay
South End Open Studios provide a glimpse into more than 200 studios and galleries of some of the city's top artists - and a chance to buy directly from the creators of the pieces on display.
What to look for: everything from fine arts to hand-built bicycles, from home decor to installation art. Be sure to check out the in-studio demonstrations involving photography, quilts, and letterpress printing.
This is the biggest art event in the South End, with all the major studios and art buildings will be open. See even more on Sunday at SoWa Open Market.
This information is for last year - look for updates closer to September.
Boston Calling, the 3-day music festival that attracts sell-out crowds, returns to City Hall Plaza on September 4, 5, and 6 (dates to be confirmed for 2015).
Neutral Milk Hotel, Lorde, The Replacements, and Girl Talk join with 18 other groups to bring non-stop live performances to the heart of Boston from 6pm-11pm on Friday, and noon-11pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Look for 2 stages, 2 beer gardens, lots of food trucks, and loads of fun! This is a family-friendly event with all ages welcome; kids under 10 attend free. September can be hot and sunny - so bring a sunscreen, comfortable shoes, hat, and sealed plastic water bottles (no glass).
Nearest T Stations: Orange Line/Haymarket or State; Green LIne: Haymarket; Blue LIne: State; Red Line/Park
iFest, Boston's newest festival, celebrates Irish culture, sports, food, and entertainment at Seaport World Trade Center in the South Boston Waterfront from September 26-28.
You'll get to experience traditional and contemporary music and dance by top Irish performers, watch top chefs prepare delicious Irish food, and visit an Irish sports bar.
You can even join classes and workshops on geneology, trace your Irish roots, and immerse yourself in Irish culture in a literary salon showcasing Irish and Irish-American authors.
Nearest T Stations: Silver Line/Seaport
This tickets are from last year - but will give you an idea of what to expect:
- Odyssey Cruises - Lunch, Brunch, Dinner - Boston Harbor
- Hoedown Saturdays Boston Harbor cruise - Samuel Clemens, The Freedom, or New Boston ships
- Duck Tours - Selected dates only - See Boston by land and by water
- Improv Asylum: Vanity Project
- Blue Man Group - Charles Playhouse
Check back later for more September half price tickets.
Visit Boston museums for free as part of Smithsonian Magazine's nationwide Free Museum Day celebration.
Participating Boston and Cambridge museums include the Museum of African American History, Museum of Fine Arts, Old South Meeting House, Otis House, Peabody Museum of Archeology and Ethnology (at Harvard in Cambridge), and Photographic Resource Center at Boston University.
Free tickets: Go to this special Smithsonian Magazine website page (link is usually active by mid-August), fill in your name and address, and download your tickets: www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday
If you're not going to be in Boston on Free Museum Day, don't forget that a Boston Discount Card gives you free entrance to museums and lots of other attractions every day while your card is valid - plus you get to go straight to the head of the line.
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On Saturday, the Mayor's Cup races attract hundreds of pro bikers including Olympians and National Champions complete for a $40,000 purse, along with a kids race for future stars.
Races take place from 11:30am - 5:45pm, and are designed to be spectator friendly. Best places to watch: Congress Street and Cambridge Street under the main banners. Volunteers will be on hand to help you find a good spot.
If you want to participate, bring your own bike (or rent one at a bike shop or Hubway) to City Hall Plaza for Hub on Wheels on Sunday. Choose the 10-, 30-, or 50-mile loop and enjoy a car-free ride on Storrow Drive, along Boston Harbor, and around city neighborhoods. Explore the city without dodging cars! Registration begins at 6:30am, and the ride takes place between 8:00am and 1:30pm. City Hall Plaza turns into a block party with music, vendors, food trucks, gift bag, snacks, and Harpoon's famous Beer Garden.
Dates: September 21-22
More information: http://bostoncyclingcelebration.com/
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Leaves may still be green in Boston in September, so if you want to see gorgeous foliage, you need to go outside of the city where you'll start to see lots of spectacular colors by mid-month.
Luxury 1-day fall foliage tours take you to the best viewing locations in New Hampshire, Maine, and even the Cape (although you'll see more color in the Cape in October). Sit back and relax while someone else drives and you get to enjoy all the scenery!
Throughout the summer, these special 1-day New England Lighthouse Cruises focuses on viewing the most special Lights between Boston and Maine (such as Graves Light, shown in the photo), the late September cruise date also includes views of gorgeous foliage along the Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine coasts.
Don't miss this spectacular cruise from Boston!
Tuesday, September 1 vs Yankees - 7:10pm
Wednesday, September 2 vs Yankees - 4:05pm
Friday, September 4 vs Phillies - 7:10pm
Saturday, September 5 vs Phillies - TBD
Sunday, September 6 vs Phillies - TBD
Monday, September 7 vs Blue Jays - 1:35pm
Tuesday, September 8 vs Blue Jays - 7:10pm
Wednesday, September 9 vs Blue Jays - 7:10pm
Monday, September 21 vs Rays - 7:10pm
Tuesday, September 22 vs Rays - 7:10pm
Wednesday, September 23 vs Rays - 7:10pm
Thursday, September 24 vs Rays - 7:10pm
Friday, September 25 vs Orioles - 7:10pm
Saturday, September 26 vs Orioles - TBD
Sunday, September 27 vs Orioles - TBD
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The Lion King - Boston Opera House - September 9 - October 12
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - BU Theatre - Sept 5-Oct 5 - Check Goldstar for discount tickets
Blue Man Group - Charles Playhouse - Schedule & discounted tickets - ongoing
Boston's North End Italian Feasts and Festivals take place throughout the summer and early, 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.
Santa Rosalia di Palermo - September 13, North Square, procession at 1pm
Nearest T station: Commuter Rail or Orange & Green Lines/North Station
Photo courtesy Madonna
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
The Boston Bruins launch their 2015 season with two preseason games at the Garden in September. Come join the excitement on the ice!
Wednesday, September 24 vs Capitals- 7:00pm
Tuesday, September 30 vs Islanders - 7:00pm
Two New England Patriots home games take place at Gillette Stadium during September - so don't miss this chance to welcome the Pats back for the new season! Get your tickets now, and get ready to join in the fun!
Week 2 - Thursday, September 14, 1pm vs Minnesota
Week 3 - Sunday, September 21, 1pm vs Oakland
Where: Gillette Stadium
Tickets: Check for great prices, great seats, and sometimes discounts
Getting there: The Patriot Train - plus more ways to get to Gillette from Boston
Stay: Hotels near Gillette Stadium
Boston September 9/11 events open to the public to commemorate the heroes and the fallen of the tragedy on September 11, 2001 include:
- 9/11 Wreath-Laying Ceremony - Wednesday, September 11; 7:30am (time to be confirmed) - Boston Public Garden's 9/11 Garden of Remembrance memorial near the Arlington Street entrance
- Flag Lowering, Moment of Silence, Reading of Names - Wednesday, September 11, 8:30am (time to be confirmed), Massachusetts State House lawn
- 9/11 Mass Military Heroes Care Package Event - Wednesday, September 11; 1-3pm (time to be confirmed) - Ring Fountain on the Greenway - volunteers assemble care packages for Military members serving overseas
Jazz will fill the air at free and ticketed concerts during the annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 26, with local musicians, Berklee College students, and faculty joining superstars in stellar performances of jazz, Latin, blues, and groove acts.
The festival takes place on three stages along a 6-block stretch of Columbus Ave in Boston's historic South End.
Where: Columbus Ave between Burke Street and Mass Ave in Boston's South End
More information and event schedule: http://www.beantownjazz.org/
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Don't miss this chance to sample brews of dozens of Massachusetts breweries - who even knew we have so many?
The fun takes place from 6:30-9:30 on Friday, September 4 (date tentative; to be confirmed) at the Mass Brewers Fest when 30+ brewers offer live music and 100+ different craft beers from around the state for your sampling pleasure at the World Trade Center Head House Concourse in Boston's South Boston Waterfront neighborhood.
Back this year and always fun: Collaboration beer, a limited release cask English Mild beer with a unique twist: each brewer takes the base beer and adds a special touch - maybe a favorite hop, a secret ingredient, or special aging. You'll get to savor the results on only this one special night!
Ticket information: Event website
Registration for the Boston Marathon begins in September (exact date to be announced later) for the race to be held on April 18, 2016. It takes place on a rolling basis over the course of 2 weeks, with runners with times 20 minutes or more below the Marathon qualifying times for their age/gender going first.
Registration is not guaranteed, even if you meet the qualifying standard for your bracket, as the number of people who want to run always exceeds the race's capacity, which is usually about 27,000 competitors. You can find more details at www.baa.org.
Hotels fill up early for Marathon weekend, and rates increase the longer you wait to make reservations - so check out Boston Marathon hotels now!
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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 start at 8pm, and runs from September 12 - 14.
Films at the Gate Schedule:
This is the schedule from last year and will give you an idea about what to expect for 2015. Look for updates closer to September.
- Mismatched Couples (1985) - Starring Donnie Yen, Yuen Woo Ping, May Lo
- Heroes of the East (1978) - features a duel over Chinese Shaolin King Fun and Japanese Ninja Karate (Mandarin)
- White Dragon (2004) - Comedy about a spoiled Hong Kong teen who must save her prince with magic kung fu powers (Cantonese)
Where: Chinatown Park 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
The Local Food Festival, taking place on Sunday, September 14 from 11am - 5pm on the Rose Kennedy Greenway across from the Boston Harbor Hotel, gives you the chance to sample the best fresh food from local farms and fishermen, plus local wines, beers, cider, and mead.
With music and art by local talent, chefs to prepare the food samples (mostly around $5 or less) from locally sourced food, a seafood throwdown competition, family activities, and exhibits about sustainably grown and produced food, you can have lots of fun at this festival enjoying some local flavors!
SoWa in Boston's South End
Noon Concerts at King's Chapel on the Freedom Trail
First Fridays at Museum of Fine Arts
Sunday Family Fun at the Esplanade
Free Thursday Concerts at ICA Boston
Deutsche Bank Championship New England PGA Tour
Haunted Happenings Grande Parade in Salem
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