Boston April Events

Boston Events for April 2019

Marathon, Patriots Day, Red Sox - Biggest April Events!

Exciting events fill the Boston Events Calendar for April, 2019 - the 122nd Boston Marathon, Patriots' Day reenactments, Red Sox opening day, and more!

Large crowds will cheer the Boston Marathon runners as we express support for this important Patriots Day event and its meaning to our city.  It's the perfect time to visit Boston.

Patriots' Day commemorates the start of the American Revolution with numerous reenactments, parades, and celebrations.  Don't miss the chance to experience this local tradition in which local citizens honor those who paved the way for freedom from British rule almost 250 years ago.

Concerts and theaters feature great lineups this month with Fleetwood Mac, Les Miserables, and more.

With warmer weather finally here, restaurants set up their outdoor seating for al fresco dining.

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

Top photo:  Boston Marathon runners approaching Heartbreak Hill

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The Boston Marathon - 2019

The Boston Marathon - one of the city's biggest events of the year, and also known as the "Patriots Day Race" - features about 36,000 elite runners from around the world competing in a route made difficult by rolling terrain and features such as "Heartbreak Hill." 

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.

More about the Boston Marathon

When:  Monday, April 15 - start times range from 9:17am to 11:15am
Where:   26 mile, 385 yard course between Hopkinton and Boston
Cost to watch:  Free

Hotels close to the Boston Marathon rout

Boston Marathon runners not far from Heartbreak Hill

Boston Marathon runners not far from Heartbreak Hill


Best places to watch along the Marathon route

Boston Red Sox schedule & tickets

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

Reenactors portray British troops
Reenactors portray British troops

Celebrated annually on the third Monday in April (a Massachusetts State holiday), Patriot's Day (April 15, 2019) 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 13 - Monday, April 15, with more events throughout April

Get the complete schedule for dozens of Patriots' Day events

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

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Plan a day trip to Old North Bridge and other historic sites in Concord, MA

Fun Sightseeing Tours of Boston

More:   Sightseeing Tours   |   Tours for Teens   |   Kids & Family Tours

Cambridge Science Festival - 2019

Immerse yourself in fun science adventures for 10 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 on the Science Fest's website.  Most events are free.

April 2019 Boston Red Sox Schedule - Opening Day & Home Games at Fenway - 2019

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 opening game is against the Toronto on April 9.

Then, based on tradition, the Sox 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.

Red Sox Schedule & Tickets

If you're coming to a Red Sox game, spend the night or the weekend at one of the nearby hotels, such as the hip Verb Hotel, directly across the street from Fenway Park:

Verb Hotel, top choice near Boston's Fenway Park

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Park:  Garages & lots near Fenway Park
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Best Boston Harbor Cruises during April

Boston sailing and yacht cruises

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

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Boston Concerts & Shows - April 2019

Boston concert schedule - April
Rolling Stones playing at Boston's TD Garden - Photo courtesy of bobnjeff

Top April Concerts in Boston

Top April shows include Fleetwood Mac and Cher at TD Garden, Amanda Palmer at the Orpheum Theatre, Billy Idol & Steve Stevens @ Lynn Memorial Auditorium, and famed violinist Itzhak Perlman at Boston Symphony Hall.

Schedules & Tickets:

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Theater productions and shows for April in Boston

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Top Hotels 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 Tickets

Whale watching cruise

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

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

These cruises sell out quickly, especially during the most popular months, but booking online is easy through GetYourGuide.  Don't miss this iconic Boston experience!

Rock & Roll Rumble 2019

New England Bruins April schedule at TD Garden in Boston
Blindspot - Appearing at Rock and Roll Rumble in April

Twenty four mostly-local bands will play at Rock & Roll Rumble held at Once in Somerville during the first three weekends in April, carrying on an annual tradition dating back to 1979 at the legendary Rat in Kenmore Square.  Tickets are cheap - $10 online in advance, $15 at the door. 

Popular bands that have played here through the years include Dresden Dolls, Morphine, The Lemonheads, The Gravel Pit, and Letters to Cleo.  All bands are paid and the best win prizes - but even more important, it's your chance to hear the top bands of tomorrow.  Check the event's website for dates, times, lineups, and directions.

Bruins April 2019 Schedule - Last Home Games - Regular Season & NHL Quarter Finals

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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Park: Garages near TD Garden
Celebrate: Best sports bars and clubs near TD Garden
More about TD Garden:  Schedule, directions, best ticket prices

Hotels near TD Garden

Coming to an event at the Garden?  Spend the night or the weekend at a nearby hotels, 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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More about TD Garden:  Schedule, directions, best ticket prices

Celtics Regular Season & NBA First Round at the Garden - 2019

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

The Celtics play their last regularly scheduled 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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Boston International Film Festival - 2019

Boston International Film Festival

The Boston International Film Series 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:  April 11-16
- 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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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 Devonshire 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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USEA Artists in Their Studios - 2019

South End Open Studios - Boston Events September

When:  Sunday, April 14, 11am-5pm
Where:  Boston's South End; Open studios are at 46 Waltham Street, 35 Wareham Street, 49 Wareham Street, 59 Wareham Street, 450 Harrison Ave and the Artist Studio Building at BCA, 551 Tremont Street.
Cost:  Free (unless you buy art)
Nearest T station: Orange Line/Back Bay

USEA Artists in Their Studios lets you meet the USEA artists and get behind-the-scenes tours of their studios on this self-guided tour of the South End neighborhood. 

What to look for:  Everything, including photography, painting, printmaking, mixed-media, sculpture, jewelry, illustration, and more.

Getting around:  Pick up a free map at the information tables at Boston Center for the Arts (551 Tremont Street) and at 450 Harrison Ave.

Independent Film Festival Boston - 2019

Boston's Independent Film Festival

When:  April 24 - May 1
Where:   Primarily at the Somerville Theatre, Brattle Theatre, and Coolidge Corner Theatre
Tickets:  Buy season passes (partially tax deductible) or individual tickets - see IFF's website for pricing.
More informationIFF Boston Website   

The Independent Film Festival Boston spans 8 days, and promises to be bigger and better than ever, with familiar names plus many new ones.  IFF Boston showcases independent film makers from around the world working outside of the Hollywood system, and the lineup offers plenty of interesting features, shorts, and documentaries.  Lots of panels and parties let you can talk with the filmmakers and ask them questions.   Boston film fanatics rate this festival as one of the best.

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Half-Price & Discount Tickets for Boston Events in April 2019

Why pay full price when you don't need to?   Check for half-price and discount admission to many shows, tours, and other adventures through Goldstar Events:

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John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo - 2019

John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo in Boston on Patriots Day Weekend before the Marathon

The huge (and free) John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo and Number Pick-Up takes place in the Seaport World Trade Center (200 Seaport Ave) prior to the race during Marathon Weekend - April 13-15 - 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 in attendance can attest to that.

In addition to the popular Runners Seminar Series, you can visit exhibits by 200 of the running industry's top companies - and of course you can buy every bit of running gear you've ever dreamed of.  

Race participants pick up their bib number here as well.

More info:

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

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 28
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

Find out more about Run of the Charles   

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Easter Egg Hunt at Faneuil Market  

On Saturday, April 20 at 11:30am (to be confirmed for 2019), 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:

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SoWa First Fridays - 2019

SoWa First Fridays in Boston's South End

On April 5 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 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 450 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.

Boston LGBT Film Festival at ICA Boston - 2019

LGBT Film Festival in Boston

Where:  Museum of Fine Arts Boston
When:  March 28 - April 7
Closest T station: Green Line E/Museum
Cost:  To be announced for 2019
More information:   Wicked Queer website; also

ICA Boston hosts the 35th annual LGBT Film Festival, showcasing an eclectic selection of LGBT cinema from around the world.  

Photo:  Queer Lion winner José

The Swan Boats Return  - 2019

Swan Boats in Boston's Public Garden

When:  Saturday, April 13; 11am (normal hours are 10am-4pm through June 21; 10am-5pm June 21 through Labor Day, Sept 2)
Where:   Boston's Public Garden
Cost:  $4 adults; $2.50 children 2 - 15 years; under 2 years free
More informationBoston Swan Boats   

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 Lagoon for the blissful 15-minute ride.  Soon, the real swans will return. 

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

Museum of Science Special Exhibit:  Nature's Super Heroes

Museum of Science Boston Exhibit

"Nature's Superheroes: Life at the Limits" at the Museum of Science thrills kids and adults by exploring the weird world of species that have developed strange and unique "superpowers" to overcome challenges threatening their survival. 

From dark caves where animals live without eyes to bizarre mating songs to a giant seals who hold their breath for nearly 2 hours during mile-long dives for food, you'll be amazed by the power of evolution to create amazing responses to the challenges of life on Earth.  Get ready for lots of immersive displays and hands on activities!

Where:   Boston's Museum of Science
When:   Open now through May 5, 2019
Admission:  Free with $28 general museum admission ($23 for kids).  Get free museum admission when you have a GoBoston Discount card or Boston CityPASS card.

Boston Common Carousel Opens

Photo of Boston Common Carousel - Open in April

When:  Saturday, April 13 (tentative - look for an update soon!) - Hours are Sunday - Thursday, 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am-8pm  (date and time to be confirmed for 2019)
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.

Japan Festival Boston - 2019

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

This year's Japan Festival takes place on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28 (11am-5pm) on Boston Common.

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

Art in Bloom at Museum of Fine Arts - 2019

Art in Bloom at Museum of Fine Arts

When:  April 26-29, 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.

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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Street Performers at Faneuil Marketplace

Street Performer at Faneuil Marketplace

Although Faneuil Marketplace's famous street performers entertain fans throughout the year, the return of balmier weather during April make this the perfect month to catch a show.  Performances take place throughout the day (with most between about 11am-4pm) and vary daily, but you can usually expect to see stunts, musical acts, magicians, and acrobats doing balance routines.

Taste of the North End 

Italian pastries at Modern Pastry in Boston's North End

Taste of the North End on Friday, April 26, 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
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More Things to Do in Boston in April

Events and things to do in Boston in April

More Ways to Experience Boston in April

Boston bursts into bloom in April, making it the perfect time to explore the city!  These fun trolley tours, bus tours, and special destinations let you enjoy Boston at its best!

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