Exciting events fill the Boston Events Calendar for April, 2023 - Patriots' Day reenactments, the Boston Marathon, Red Sox opening day, and more!  

Patriots' Day, which commemorates the start of the American Revolution with numerous reenactments, parades, and celebrations, includes a lot of fun events.  This local tradition honors those who paved the way for freedom from British rule almost 250 years ago.

Red Sox opening day takes place in early April at Fenway Park. This is always one of the most popular games of the year, so if you want to enjoy this quintessential Boston experience, don't wait to check the schedule and get your tickets.

Check out all our top recommendations for fun Boston events and things to do in April - and start planning your visit now! 

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The Boston Marathon 2023

Boston Marathon runners not far from Heartbreak Hill
Boston Marathon runners not far from Heartbreak Hill

The Boston Marathon - one of the city's biggest events of the year, and also known as the "Patriots Day Race" - features about 31,500 elite runners from around the world competing in a route made difficult by rolling terrain and features such as "Heartbreak Hill." 

The Marathon takes place this year on Monday, April 17. 

Although the winners complete the course in just over 2 hours, many participants are still running hours later.  You can watch from anywhere along the route.

If you attend the traditional Boston Red Sox home game at Fenway Park scheduled for Marathon Day, you'll be part of the crowd streaming into Kenmore Square just as the runners arrive at the finish line on Boylston Street. 

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John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo 2023

The huge (and free) John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo and Number Pick-Up will take place this year at the Hynes Convention Center (900 Boylston Street) from April 14-16.   (to be confirmed)  Ifyou love running, you couldn't ask for a better reason to arrive a few days early before the race. 

Runner's World magazine calls this event the "best runner's expo in the country" and the 100,000+ enthusiasts typically in attendance can attest to that.

In addition to an Adidas Boston Marathon shop, you can visit exhibits by the running industry's top companies, and buy every piece of running gear on your bucket list.  The event is free and open to the public.

Race participants pick up their bib number, race packet, and t-shirt here as well.

More info:  www.baa.org

Closest T station:   Green Line/Hynes


Marathon Daffodils

Marathon Daffodils on Commonwealth Avenue Mall in Back Bay
Marathon Daffodils on Commonwealth Avenue Mall in Back Bay

On Marathon Weekend (April 15-17 this year), locally grown yellow daffodils line the 26 mile route of the Boston Marathon from Hopkinton to Copley Square as reminder of the 2013 tragedy and the city's strength and resilience.  They're a glorious reminder that recovery follows loss - and a part of the beauty of Boston in April. 

Look for them everywhere along the route, especially in Back Bay, as well as in dozens of other sites around the city such as the Esplanade (check out the field of daffodils between the Fairfield and Hereford Street Bridges), the Greenway, and the Public Garden, where tulips will compete for your attention.

If you attend a Red Sox game at Fenway Park during Boston Marathon Weekend, don't be surprised to see Boston's favorite team wearing yellow jerseys, shirts and hats.


April 2023 Boston Red Sox Schedule - Opening Day & Home Games at Fenway

Boston Red Sox taking on the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park
Boston Red Sox taking on the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park

The Red Sox typically play their home field season opener at Fenway Park in early April each year.  But this year, their home opening game at Fenway happens in late March - see available seats and get your tickets.

That's not the only big April (in most years) event for the Red Sox.  Based on tradition, the Red Sox play a home game on Patriots Day (April 18 this year) and the game ends just in time for fans to watch Boston Marathon runners rush past Fenway Park on their way to the finish line.

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Best Boston Harbor Cruises during April

Sailboat in Boston Harbor just before sunset
Sailboat in Boston Harbor just before sunset

Tour Boston by boat - the best way (and one of the safest) to see the city!   Check out these fun sightseeing, music, and entertainment Boston Harbor cruises on the Yacht Northern Lights and Schooner Adirondack III:

Fall Foliage Cruises (through November 6)

Popular Cruises on the Northern Lights:

  • Northern Lights Sunset Cruise - Grab a refreshments from the bar and then relax as you watch the sun set on this sail around the Harbor, just in time to catch the USS Constitution fire its cannons as the sun dips down past the horizon
  • Sunday Evening Jazz Cruise on Northern Lights - End your weekend on the perfect note by grooving to live jazz as you watch the ever-changing sunset colors as the sun sets behind Boston's city skyline (Oct 23, 30)

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Boston Concerts & Shows - April

Top April Concerts & Shows in Boston

Top concerts in Boston in April 2023 include virtuoso violinist Itzhak Perlman at Symphony Hall, legendary folk singer Arlo Guthrie at the Shubert Theatre, Andrew Bird at MGM Music Hall, and Djvan at House of Blues, plus lots more to enjoy throughout the month:

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Boston Theater & Shows for April 2023

Charles Playhouse in Boston's Theatre District
Charles Playhouse in Boston's Theatre District

Top April Shows in Boston - Schedules & Tickets

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Enjoy your Boston performance or show experience to the fullest when you stay in one of the nearby Theatre District hotels, such as the hip and glamorous Revere Hotel:

Revere Boston Hotel, top choice near Boston's Theatre District

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Whale Watching Cruise Tickets

Whale watching cruise
Tail of a humpback whale, seen on a whale watching cruise - Photo credit: iStock.com/stephenalien75

Join one of the exciting 3-hour Whale Watching Cruises departing from the Downtown Boston Waterfront, and experience the thrill of spotting whales off the coast of Boston. 

You'll see magnificent creatures such as Humpback and Finback whales close-up from the deck of your ship, and spot White-Sided Dolphins frolicking in the waters.

These cruises sell out quickly, so don't wait to get your tickets now for this iconic Boston experience!


Bruins April 2023 Schedule

New England Bruins April schedule at TD Garden in Boston
Boston Bruins on the ice at TD Garden - Photo courtesy of Dan4th

Get your Boston Bruins tickets for April home games at TD Garden before the regular season wraps up. 

The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to get to.

Don't miss the chance to see Boston's hockey team, winner of 6 Stanley Cup championships!

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Hotels near TD Garden

Coming to an event at the Garden?  Spend the night or the weekend at a nearby hotel, such as the glamorous Onyx (shown in photo), part of the Kimpton hotel family:

Onyx Hotel, top choice near Boston's TD Garden

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Celtics Regular Season - 2023

Boston Celtics playing at TD Garden
Boston Celtics playing at TD Garden - Photo courtesy of Yzukerman

The Celtics continue play their regular season home games of the season at the Garden. Will they head into the NBA Eastern Conference First Round this year?  Stay tuned!

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Where: TD Garden
Nearest public transportation: 
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What to See in Boston's Museums & Aquarium - April 2023

Museum of Science Exhibits

Museum of Science Boston Exhibit
Museum of Science Butterfly Garden - Photo credit: Ted

Special Exhibits

  • New England Climate Stories - Meet fascinating New England animals
  • All Aboard! Trains at Science Park - Visit miniature landscapes with fantasic model trains - through January 16
  • Gaia - View our planet in a new way through UK artist Luke Jerram's artwork with NASA images of Earth's surface
  • Mental Health: Mind Matters - Get insights into understanding mental health through this interactive exhibit

With fascinating permanent exhibits for all ages, there's always something to see, do, and learn.  Here are just a few of the most popular: Engineering Design Workshop, Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff, Cosmic Light, Dinosaurs, Arctic Adventure, Hall of Human Life, Live Animal Care Center, Mathematica, Exploring AI, Natural Mysteries, New England Habitats, Project Vaccine.

Where:   Boston's Museum of Science
When:   Daily, 9am-5pm; open until 9pm on Fridays
Admission:  $29 general museum admission ($24 for kids; children under 3 free).  Get free museum admission when you have a GoBoston Discount card or Boston CityPASS card. 
Imax Theater and Planetarium:  Additional fees apply

New England Aquarium

Harbor seals and seal lions, a giant 4-story ocean tank with hundreds of Caribbean reef animals, an Amazon rain forest, sharks, Myrtle the green sea turtle, and frisky penguins are just a few of the thousands of aquatic animals you'll experience here. 

Get your tickets in advance, or find out more about the Aquarium.  Admission also available through the Go Boston Pass, Explorer Pass, and Boston CityPASS discount cards.

Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum

Watch the famous tea party event come alive with live actors, immersive exhibits, and a visit to the full-scale replica 18th century sailing ships at this unique living history museum.  Get advance tickets.

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  • Frank Bowling's Americas: Powerful color-saturated abstracts by this BritishGuiana-born artist who has spent much of his career in London and New York - Through April 9, 2023
  • Weng Family Collection of Chinese Painting: Art Rocks - Over 25 works exploring how the aesthetics of rocks permeate Chinese architecture, landscape design, and painting styles - Through May 3, 2023
  • Touching Roots Black Ancestral Legacies in the Americas - Exhibition tracing the ways in which 20th century Black artists trace their African roots in their art - Through May 21, 2023
  • Making Past Present: Cy Twombly - Explores Twombly's fascination with antiquity and its influence on his art - January 14-May 7, 2023
  • Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, SC - Focuses on the work of 19th century Black potters in Old Edgefield, a center of stoneware production before the Civil War - March 4 - July 9, 2023
  • Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence - A new look at the impact of Japanese artist Hokusai on other artists; features over 90 woodblock prints, paintings, and illustrations by Hokusai - March 26-July 16, 2023

Museum (and show) admission: $27; some special exhibits require a timed-entry reservation and/or additional fee; free entrance with Boston Discount Cards (GoBoston card and Boston CityPASS).  Free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lunar New Year Celebration Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, & Indigenous Peoples' Day.  MFA is open Thursday - Monday and closed Tuesday & Wednesday.

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston - Current & Future Shows

  • To Begin Again: Artists & Childhood - Works depicting childhood by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Paul Klee, Faith Ringgold, and other artists from the early 20th century through today - Through Feb 26, 2023
  • Barbara Kruger - Large-scale commissioned work on the Fineberg Art Wall- Through Jan 21, 2024

Admission: $20 adults, 18 and under free; free entrance with GoBoston card and Boston CityPASS.  Closed on Mondays.  Free admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents' Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Labor Day, & Indigenous Peoples' Day, and every Thursday from 5-9pm.  For free days and nights, you must have timed tickets for free admission.


The Swan Boats Return - Opening Day 2023

Swan Boats in Boston's Public Garden
Swan Boats in Boston's Public Garden"

In a sure sign that spring has arrived, the pedal-powered Swan Boats return to the Lagoon in Boston's Public Garden every April on the Saturday before Patriots Day.  

Welcome spring and enjoy the pale green hints of spring foliage as your boat glides around the shallow pond for the blissful 12-15-minute ride.  Soon, the Public Garden's resident real swans will also return. 

While you're in the Public Garden, walk over to see the famous Make Way for Ducklings statues.

Opening day:  Saturday, April 15
Spring schedule through June 20: 10am-4pm daily
Summer schedule June 20 - Sept 4 (last day):  10am-5pm daily)
Where:   Boston's Public Garden
Cost:  $4.50 adults; $3 children 2-15 years; under 2 years free (to be confirmed) 
More informationBoston Swan Boats  

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SoWa First Fridays 2023

SoWa First Fridays in Boston's South End

On April 7 as well as on other SoWa First Fridays in Boston's art-filled South End, over 60 galleries south of Washington Street and at the Artist's Guild at 450 + 460 Harrison Ave, and nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors from 5pm to 9pm to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community. 

Start at either 450 or 460 Harrison, and just follow the gallery lights and signs as you stroll around the neighborhood.  Wrap up your evening at one of the South End's renowned restaurants.


Featured New Hotel for April:  Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall in Boston's Financial District

Hyatt Centric Faneuil Market Boston
Hyatt Centric Faneuil Market Boston

68 Deevonshire Street, Boston's Downtown Financial District

A superb Financial District location close to Faneuil Marketplace, top visitor sites such as the historic Freedom Trail, and the Waterfront, Hyatt Centric Faneuil Market is ideally situated for both business and leisure travelers.  You're about 8-10 minutes on foot from TD Garden, plus several nearby T (subway) stations put the rest of the city within easy reach - and now that balmy April weather has arrived, you'll love how many attractions are within a quick walk from the Hyatt Centric.

The 163 guestrooms and suites offer free wifi, smart TVs, bluetooth speakers, robes and slippers, and all the other amenities you'd expect in a high-end hotel.  Dine onsite at Bar Mercato and enjoy its small plates and relaxed ambiance, or eat at any of the other excellent choices nearby.

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Patriot's Day Re-Enactments, Parades, and Events 2023

Reenactors portray British troops
Reenactors portray British troops

Celebrated annually on the third Monday in April (a Massachusetts State holiday), Patriot's Day (April 17, 2023) commemorates events and battles in Lexington, Lincoln, Concord, and present-day Arlington (once called Menotomy) that marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War. 

When: Most Patriots Day events take place from Saturday, April 16 - Monday, April 17, with more events throughout April

Get the complete schedule for Patriots' Day 2023 events

Where:   Boston's North End, Lexington, Concord, other locations
Cost:  Almost all are free

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Cambridge Science Festival

Immerse yourself in virtual fun science adventures for 30 days in the kids-and-adults-friendly Cambridge Science Fest at multiple Boston and Cambridge locations. 

A robot zoo, scavenger hunts, urban cycling workshops, bacterial "forests," virtual reality - these are just a few of the things you can explore. 

Find the complete schedule and details for this free event on the Science Fest's website.


Run of the Charles 

Run of the Charles - Top April canoe and kayak race event

Run of the Charles, New England's largest canoe and kayak race, takes place on the last Sunday in April - perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon if you're a spectactor, or enjoy a day on the river if you're a paddler.   About 1,500 racers and spectators participate each year. 

Don't miss the River Festival beginning at 11:30 at the finish line with live music, a taco truck, raffles, a beer garden, and vendors!

When:  Sunday, April 26
Time:  Races start around 10am, depending on the race length (3 to 14 miles). Watch from Boston or Cambridge
Where:   Charles River
Cost:  Free for spectactors

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Carousel Opening Day at the Greenway

Carousel on Rose Kennedy Greenway

Ride a seal, whale, peregrine falcon, or one of the other hand-carved creatures inspired by Boston Harbor wildlife and the original Shawmut peninsula on the unique 34-seat carousel on the Rose Kennedy Greenway across from the Boston Marriott Long Wharf. 

The carousel opens for the season on Friday, April 14. (to be confirmed) 

After your ride, stroll over to Faneuil Market for a treat. Closest T station: Blue Line/Aquarium
Cost:  $4/ride

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Art in Bloom at Museum of Fine Arts 

Art in Bloom at Museum of Fine Arts

Art in Bloom at MFA welcomes the arrival of spring in Boston with interpretive floral arrangements inspired by 50 works of art throughout the museum, flower arranging master classes, and demonstrations.

And of course, the timing of MFA's event is perfect: outside the museum, magnolia and cherry trees have burst into bloom all over Boston.  Celebrate this special time of the year by visiting Art in Bloom - and then walk around the city and enjoy all the flowers.

When:  April 29-May 1, 10am-5pm
Where:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's Fenway neighborhood
Closest T station: Green Line/Museum
Cost:  Viewings are free with the cost of museum admission, while the demonstrations and a few other events require tickets - check the MFA website for details and tickets, or use a Go City pass for free entry.

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Boston LGBTQ+ Film Festival at Brattle Theatre

When:  April 7-17
Where:  In person at the Brattle Theatre and also online
Cost:  To be announced
More information:   Wicked Queer website

Several online venues host the 37th annual LGBT Film Festival, showcasing an eclectic selection of LGBTQ+ cinema from around the world.  Look for 17 short programs and 24 feature films.


Boston Common Carousel

Photo of Boston Common Carousel - Open in April

When:  Opening date TBD.  Hours are Sunday - Thursday, 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am-8pm 
Where:  Boston Common
Cost:  $3 (adults can ride next to their child free of charge)

The colorful Boston Common carousel across from Beacon Street provides plenty of entertainment for the younger set from April through October.

Check out Boston's other carousel located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.


Easter Egg Hunt at Faneuil Market 

On Saturday, April 8 at 11:30am (to be confirmed), head over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a special 2-hour Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt.  Pick up your basket and clue sheet in the Upper Rotunda in Quincy Market to figure out which businesses are hiding eggs, and then visit the businesses to receive one egg.  This event is free - but you must register (preferably in advance so you don't have to wait in line) because supplies and places are limited: www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/

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Boston International Film Festival

The Boston International Film Festival brings together the best local and international independent and experimental films in this annual festival. "Eclectic" barely begins to described the wide-ranging scope of the films you'll see here - everything from documentaries to avant-garde surrealism.

Tickets are sold for "sessions," typically including a longer film bundled with several shorter films on a similar topic or theme. 

When: 
Where:  
- Regal Cinemas Fenway Stadium, 201 Brookline Ave; Green Line/D: Fenway
- Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney Street, Cambridge; Red Line: Kendall
- Cambridge College, 500 Rutherford Ave; Orange Line: Community College
- Bunker Hill Community College, 250 Rutherford Ave; Orange Line: Community College
- Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street; Green Line: Copley
Nearest T station: Green Line/Park
Tickets:   $12 for most session with all-session and VIP passes also available
More informationBIFI Website   

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Japan Festival Boston -

Cherry blossoms - Boston Esplanade - Boston-Japan Cherry Blossom Festival

The festival celebrates Japanese culture in Boston with performances on two stages, Japanese athletes and singers, cosplay contest, workshops, food vendors, raffles, silent auctions, and 100+ booths with food, arts, and crafts. 

Look for the traditional Japanese portable shrines, including children's versions, brought to the site by volunteeers in the spirit of Japanese festivals. 

This has grown into a huge event, with 60,000 attendees last year and probably more this year.

Nearest T station:  Red & Green Lines: Park Street


Taste of the North End -

Italian pastries at Modern Pastry in Boston's North End

Taste of the North End on Friday, April 29, 7pm-11pm (to be confirmed) gives you a great chance to sample special dishes from over 45 North End restaurants, bakeries, and distributors in this annual tasting event. 

This is also the North End's biggest fundraiser - proceeds benefit the North End Waterfront Health Center, as well as other neighborhood charities for children and seniors. 

The list of participating restaurants is too long to name . . . but just to whet your appetite, look for treats from Carmelina's, Castle Island Brewing Co, Mamma Maria, Bricco, Taranta, Artu, Lucca, Massimino, Neptune Oyster, and Modern Pastry, as well as liquid refreshments from a number of neighborhood wine importers.

With panoramic waterfront views to enjoy from the Steriti Rink, this is sure to be a spectacular evening. 

Interested in staying in the North End?  Check rates at Bricco Suites, in the heart of the neighborhood, and the waterfront Yacht Haven Inn and Battery Wharf Hotel

Where:   Steriti Memorial Ice Rink, 561 Commercial Street, Boston's North End
Tickets:   $99 (plus service fee) - purchase in advance for $79 before April 20
Nearest T:   Orange and Green Lines/North Station
More info:  https://www.northendboston.com


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