Boston Events for September 2015

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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!

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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 Boston Events - 2015

Lobsters - favorite Labor Day weekend meal in BostonLabor 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:

- Boston Arts Festival at Christopher Columbus Park
- Fireworks over Boston Harbor
 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
- Summer in the City Friday film at Boston Harbor Hotel at sundown: The Quiet Man (more about the movie series)
- Trapped in a Room with a Zombie @ Room Escape Adventures, Somerville

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Summer in the City - One More Week! 

Boston Harbor HotelBoston Harbor Hotel's popular "Summer in the City" series is wrapping up - but since Labor Day comes late this year, events continue through the first week of September and through Labor Day weekend.

Listen to music between 6pm - 10pm as musicians perform on the Blues Barge on Tuesday (Soul), Wednesday (Rat Pack), and Thursday (Blues).

On Friday, enjoy music (starts at 4:30) and a movie 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.

September movie:  September 4, The Quiet Man

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Harbor & River Cruises - Discount & Half-Price Tickets for September 2015

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Boston Calling

Boston Calling Music FestivalBoston Calling, the 3-day music festival that attracts sell-out crowds, returns to City Hall Plaza on September 25, 26, and 27, 2015.

National headliners include The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes, and Of Monsters and Men, plus approximately 20 additional groups will 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

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Half-price tickets for Boston events in September

Half-price & discount tickets for Boston shows, cruises, and events in September

Available now:

- New England Patriots vs NY Giants @ Gillette Preseason Game (pre-sale tickets)
- Book of Mormon (pre-sale tickets) @ Colonial Theatre
- One Direction Concert @ Gillette Stadium
- Improv by Fine Line Comedy @ The Button Factory in Fort Point - Comp & Half Price
- Dirty Disney (funny improv - but NOT for kids) @ The Button Factory in Fort Point
- Water Country Water Park in Portsmouth NY
- Trapped in a Room with a Zombie @ Room Escape Adventures, Somerville

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Deutsche Bank Championship New England PGA Tour 2015

Deutsche Bank Championship Golf in Boston -photo courtesy of Deutsche BankTop 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.

When:  September 4-7
Where:  TPC Boston in Norton MA
Stay:  Find best hotels near Norton
More information and tickets: Website

Photo: Courtesy of Deutsche Bank Championship New England PGA Tour

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South End Open Studios - September 2015

South End Open Studios - Boston Events SeptemberWhen:  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. 


(ahts): The Boston Arts Festival - 2015

Singer at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston's North EndWhen:  Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6, noon to 6pm, on Labor Day Weekend
Where: Christopher Columbus Park, North End (across from Boston Marriott Long Wharf)

Nearest T Station:  Blue Line/Aquarium
Cost:  Free
More information:  617-536-5400;

Boston's top visual artists will entertain you with music, crafts, and art along the waterfront in North End's gorgeous Christopher Columbus Park.  Look for photography, glasswork, jewelry, paintings, ceramics, and more items on exhibit and for sale, accompanied by performers and interactive arts groups chosen to appeal to kids and adults alike.  The festival launches Boston's arts (that's locally pronounced as "ahts") season and will whet your appetite for more to come!

Where to stay: North End Hotels

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iFest - New Irish Festival in Boston

Boston Calling Music FestivaliFest, Boston's newest festival, celebrates Irish culture, sports, food, and entertainment.  Not yet scheduled for 2015 - awaiting updates, so please check back.

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

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Free Museum Day

Museum of African American History in Boston MAVisit 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:


Mass Brewers Fest - 2015

Boston Harbor HotelWhen:  Friday, September 4, 6pm-9:30pm
Where: World Trade Center Head House Concourse, 200 Seaport Blvd, South Boston Waterfront
Cost:  $$40
Closest T station: Walk from Red Line/South Station or take the Silver Line to World Trade Center
Stay:  Hotels in South Boston Waterfront
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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Mayor's Cup Race & Hub on Wheels

Mayors Cup Bike Races in Boston - September EventBikers take over Boston during the Mayor's Cup Race and Hub on Wheels, a 2-day event showcasing two key attractions.

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:
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Fall Foliage Tours 

Boston fall foliage tours and cruisesLeaves 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!


New England Lighthouse Cruise Foliage & Lighthouse Cruise

Graves Lighthouse - part of fall foliage tour from BostonThroughout 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!

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Boston Red Sox Schedule for September - 2015

Boston events for September include Boston Red Sox gamesWhere:   Fenway Park
Closest T station:   Green Line / Kenmore

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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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Boston Theater and Shows September

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner - BostonThe Lion King Boston Opera House  - September 9 - October 12

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Blue Man Group - Charles Playhouse - Schedule & discounted tickets - ongoing

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North End Feasts and Festivals - 2015

North End Feasts and ProcessionsBoston'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.

September schedule:

Santa Rosalia di Palermo - September 13, North Square, procession at 1pm

Nearest T station:  Commuter Rail or Orange & Green Lines/North Station
Cost:  Free

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Boston Concerts for September - 2015

Boston concerts during September
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Boston Bruins Preseason Games

Photo of Boston BruinsLocation:  TD Garden
Nearest T stop: North Station
Parking:  Boston garages near North Station / TD Garden

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

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New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium - September

New England Patriots schedule and ticketsTwo 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
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September 11 Commemorations

Boston September 9/11 eventsBoston 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

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Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival - 2015

Berklee BeanTown Jazz FestivalJazz 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:

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Classics on the Common @ Frog Pond Movie Nights - 2015

Frog Pond on Boston CommonBring a blanket or a lawn chair, and enjoy the warm September Friday evening watching a classic film at Frog Pond on Boston Common. Movies start at dusk.

September 11 - ET
September 18 - The Goonies
September 25 - Back to the Future

Please note:  The film will be canceled in the case of bad weather
Location:  Frog Pond, Boston Common
Cost:  Free; you can buy popcorn at the Pavilion

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Boston Marathon Registration for 2015

Photos of runners in the Boston MarathonRegistration for the Boston Marathon begins on Monday, September 14 at 10am 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

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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Local Boston Food Festival on the Greenway - 2015

Local homegrown Boston tomotoesThe Local Food Festival, taking place on Sunday, September 20 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 enjoying some local flavors at this free festival! 

Continuing during September in Boston

Sailboat on Boston Esplanade 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 

Coming to Boston in October

Photo of fall foliage along Maine's coastlineOctoberFest 

Halloween in Boston

Head of the Charles Regatta

Fort Point Open Studios

Haunted Happenings Grande Parade in Salem


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Find More Top Boston Events Each Month

Boston Events in January - Wine Festivals, Polar Bear Swim, New Year Brunch February Events in Boston - Valentines Day, Running of the Brides, Chinese New Year March Events in Boston - St Patricks Day Parade, Film Festivals, Restaurant Week April Events in Boston - Marathon, Patriots Day, Boston Garden Show Boston May Events - Memorial Day, Duckling Day Parade, Open Studios Boston June Events - Harborfest, Scooper Bowl, Dragon Boat Races
Boston Events in July - Fireworks, Harborfest, Shakespeare on the Common August Events in Boston - Shakespeare on the Common, Running of the Brides, Restaurant Week September Events in Boston - Labor Day, Fashion Week, BeanTown Jazz Festival October Events in Boston - Columbus Day Parade, Halloween, Head of the Charles Boston Thanksgiving Events - Thanksgiving, The Nutcracker, Black Friday Boston December Events - First Night, Holiday Pops, Black Nativity


September Events Posted by Others - Or Post Your Own

In addition to the September events described on this page, many other interesting events take place in and around Boston.

We hear about lots of these events directly from other visitors to Boston Discovery Guide, or from the event organizers.   Find a list of these events

Do you know about an event for September that other might enjoy?   Tell us about it here

Or, if your event is for another month (not September), tell us about it here

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