Exciting events normally fill the Boston Events Calendar for April, 2021 - Patriots' Day reenactments, the Boston Marathon, Red Sox opening day, and more!  With the Covid-19 pandemic still underway, things are somewhat different this year- but far better than last April! 

The 125th Boston Marathon is now postponed to October 11, 2021, with a reduced field size of 20,000 in-person racers plus another 70,000 virtual participants.   

Patriots' Day, which commemorates the start of the American Revolution with numerous reenactments, parades, and celebrations, will be almost totally virtual this year - but the good news is that it does include a lot of fun events.  This local tradition honors those who paved the way for freedom from British rule almost 250 years ago.

And more good news about the Red Sox opening day on April 1: it will take place as scheduled (Update - April 2, due to rain), as will the rest of the MLB season, but right now Fenway Park capacity is capped at 5,000 lucky fans. Needless to say, you'll find fewer tickets than normal so if you want to enjoy this quintessential Boston experience, don't wait to check the schedule and get your tickets.

There's a lot more going on this month that's safe to do during the pandemic, including outdoor dining at many Boston and Cambridge restaurants, other in-person and virtual events.  We've sorted them into three categories in this article:  In-Person April Events Virtual for 2021 Events  |  Postponed & Not Happening for 2021 Events (in case you want to plan ahead for a normal year).

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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Top photo:  Boston Marathon runners approaching Heartbreak Hill (but not this year, due to the pandemic)

Marathon Daffodils

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

On Marathon Weekend (April 17-19 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. 

You can see 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 2021 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 play their home field season opener at Fenway Park in early April each year. 

This year, their home opening game at Fenway is against the Baltimore Orioles on April 1.

Then, based on tradition, the Red Sox normally play a home game on Patriots Day 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 - but that won't happen in 2021 due to postponement of the Marathon until October.

Red Sox Home Game Schedule for Fenway Park & Tickets - 2021

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Best Boston Harbor Cruises during April

Boston sailing and yacht cruises

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:

Fun Boston Harbor Cruises To Do Right Now:

Starting in November:

  • Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise - Sip hot chocolate and treats as you listen to jazzy holiday favorites on this festive cruise - Book now
  • Holiday Brunch Cruise - See historic sights and panoramic views around Boston Harbor with friends and family as you enjoy this relaxing cruise with brunch, hot chocolate, and holiday cheer - Book now
  • Holiday Sunset Cruise - Watch passing landmarks as soft music plays in the background and the sunset displays brilliant colors behind Boston's city skyline - Find out more
  • An Irish Christmas Carol Cruise - Get into the holiday spirit on the Northern Lights as you raise your glass and toast the holidays with festive holiday music playing in the background on this popular Harbor cruise - Book now

Boston Concerts & Shows - April

Top April Concerts (+ a few Comedy Shows) in Boston

Most Boston concert venues are just beginning to reopen in April so you will see mostly smaller acts on the lineup - but hey, having live music again after the long pandemic is worth a celebration! 

Tip:  Tickets are still somewhat limited due to current capacity restrictions - so don't wait to get yours!

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Where to Stay near Boston's Theatre District

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 TicketsWhale watching cruise

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 and capacity is currently limited to 15 participants per cruise, so don't wait to get your tickets now for this iconic Boston experience!

Hot Wheels Ultimate Drive Thru - 2021

Drive through this huge showcase of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks, specialty Monster Trucks, robots and more in this unique experience at Gillette Stadium.  Priced by carload.  Now through April 18.

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Bruins April 2021 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 has seating restrictions due to the pandemic so you'll find fewer seating choices than usual, and they go fast.

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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Park: Garages near TD Garden
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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 - 2021

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?  Too soon to tell, but stay tuned.

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Museum of Science Exhibits

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

Special Exhibits

Arctic Adventure:  Exploring with Technology - Find an Arctic fox, travel across a glacier, & more in this immersive exhibit

Science Behind Pixar:  See how art and science create magic

Design Engineering Workshop - Design, build, and test solutions for everyday problems

Permanent Exhibits

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:  Butterfly Garden (extra fee), Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff, Cosmic Light, Dinosaurs, Hall of Human Life, Live Animal Care Center, Mathematica, Nanotechnology, Natural Mysteries, New England Habitats, The Light House - plus 17 more!

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

Boston Theater & Shows for April

Theater productions and shows for April in Boston

Top April Shows in Boston

Most of Boston's theaters are still closed, and some don't plan to reopen until October - but fortunately, the historic Wilbur Theatre has reopened with few shows toward the end of this month.

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What to See in Boston's Museums & Aquarium - April 

Although most Boston's museums have reopened, current capacity is limited to 25% of normal.  To be certain of getting admitted, get your tickets in advance if possible.

MFA Boston - Current & Up-Coming Shows

  • Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated - April 17 - Oct 17, 2021; special ticket required
  • Writing the Future: Basquiat and the Hip-Hop Generation - Through May 16, 2021; special ticket required
  • Paul Cezanne: Influence - Explore Cezanne's impact on other artists - Through October 17, 2021
  • Women Take the Floor - Female artists' visions & voices - Through Nov 28, 2021
  • Collecting Stories: The Invention of Folk Art - Through January 9, 2022

Museum general (and most shows) admission: $25 adults; free entrance with Go Boston Pass and Explorer Pass discount cards.  Buy special admission tickets ($32 including general admission) at mfa.org.

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.

Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston - Current & Future Shows

  • i'm yours: Encounters with Art in Our Times - New acquisitions and iconic works - Through May 23, 2021
  • Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama - Her pioneering ideas and artistic vision - Through July 18, 2021
  • Eva LeWitt - Huge colorful hanging wall sculpture made from coated mesh fabric - Jan 16, 2021 - Oct 23, 2022

Admission: $15 adults; free entrance with Go Boston Pass.  Closed on Mondays. 

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SoWa First Fridays 2021

SoWa First Fridays in Boston's South End

On April 2 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.

Please note:  Right now, capacity limitations apply to galleries, plus not all have reopened yet.  If you are interested in a particular gallery or artist studio, please check with them directly to confirm their open status and hours.

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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Virtual April Events 2021

Patriot's Day Re-Enactments, Parades, and Events - 2021

Reenactors portray British troops
Reenactors portray British troops

Celebrated annually on the third Monday in April (a Massachusetts State holiday), Patriot's Day (April 19, 2021) 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 17 - Monday, April 19, with more events throughout April

PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the ongoing pandemic, all in-person Patriots Day events will again canceled - but the good news is that many will be virtual this year.

Get the complete schedule for VIRTUAL Patriots' Day 2021 events (and also see what happens during a normal year)

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

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Cambridge Science Festival - Virtual for 2021

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 - Virtual for 2021

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. 

This year's event will be virtual due to the pandemic.  You can find more information about how to participate here.

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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Art in Bloom at Museum of Fine Arts - Virtual

Art in Bloom at Museum of Fine Arts

When:  April 30-May 3, 10am-5pm
Where:  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's Fenway neighborhood
Closest T station: Green Line/Museum
Cost: Tours and most special events are free with the cost of museum admission, while the teas and a few other events require tickets - check the MFA website for details.

This is what usually happens:  Art in Bloom at MFA welcomes the arrival of spring in Boston with floral arrangements inspired by works of art throughout the museum, flower arranging demonstrations, outdoor walking tours, and informal dining among European paintings at the Art in Bloom Café.

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.

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Boston LGBTQ+ Film Festival at ICA Boston - 2021

When:  April 1 - 30
Where:  Online at several venues this year
Cost:  To be announced for 2021
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.

The Boston Marathon 2022

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 18. 

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 

The huge (and free) John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo and Number Pick-Up is expected place in the Seaport World Trade Center (200 Seaport Ave) prior to the rescheduled race on Columbus Day Weekend - October 9-11 - and if you 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 the popular Runners Seminar Series, you can usually visit exhibits by 200 of the running industry's top companies - and of course you can buy every piece of running gear on your bucket list.  Stay tuned for any updates for this year!  

Race participants pick up their bib number here as well.

More info:  www.baa.org

Closest T station:   Silver Line SL1/Seaport WTC; take the Red Line to South Station, and change to the SL1 bus on the Silver Line

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 3 at 11:30am (CANCELLED for 2021), 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. 

- 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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Anime Boston

Anime Boston - the largest anime convention in New England - returns to the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel (find rates & reviews) on April 10-12 with music, films, cosplay, and star guests including Japanese rock band Girlfriend, m-flo, Brittany Lauda, Matt Shipman, and voice actor Zach Aquilar plus lots of exhibits, artists, and special presentations.  More information

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 - Cancelled
Italian pastries at Modern Pastry in Boston's North End

Taste of the North End on Friday, April 24, 7pm-11pm 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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More Ways to Experience Boston in April

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