August Events in Boston

Boston Events for August 2020

Harbor Cruises, Cirque du Soleil, Dine Out Boston!

Lots of exciting events pack the Boston Events Calendar for August 2020 as summer fun continues in the city.

However, August events this year will be different from normal due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with a number of events cancelled, different, or postponed until next year. 

But you'll still find plenty to do: head to city parks and beaches, relax on a Boston Harbor cruise, enjoy outdoor or even indoor dining at the many restaurants now open, and have fun on sightseeing tours, whale watching cruises, and Provincetown and Salem cruises

Don't miss Cirque du Soleil's Under the Same Sky at Suffolk Downs starting at the end of the month.

You'll find lots to enjoy on the Greenway, and some seasonal beer gardens are starting to reopen.  And, great news: Boston Restaurant Week is ON!


August weather in Boston is usually pleasant and balmy, but pack an umbrella in case of surprise thunderstorms - which usually end quickly at this time of the year.

Stroll along the waterfront, choose a restaurant offering patio seating, and by all means, check out fun options for sightseeing tours

Top photo:  Boston Common on an August afternoon, with golden dome of the Massachusetts State House in the background


Summer Dine Out Boston 2020

Dine Out Boston

When:  August 18-23 and 25-30
Where:  Best restaurants in Boston, Cambridge, and suburbs - hundreds of choices!

Twice each year, Boston foodies look forward to the best restaurants in the city being on sale.  You will too, as you sample the affordable fixed price lunch and dinner menus concocted by the city's best chefs.  You can start making your Dine Out Boston reservations about 3 weeks ahead of time.  Don't wait, because tables fill up fast! 

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Boston Concerts & Shows - August 2020

Boston concert schedule - August
Guster concert at Rockland Trust Pavilion - Photo courtesy of bobnjeff

Top August Concerts in Boston - Schedule & Tickets

Please note:  Most of the largest concerts have been cancelled, and it is likely that the coronavirus pandemic may impact others scheduled for this month.

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Boston Concerts & Shows throughout the Year  

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.  Don't miss this iconic Boston experience!

Boston Theater & Shows for August 2020

Theater productions and shows for August in Boston

Top August Shows in Boston

Schedules & Tickets

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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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Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruises - August

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:

  • Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise on Northern Lights - Enjoy a tasty gourmet brunch, fall foliage, and panoramic views as you cruise around Boston Harbor
  • Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise on Northern Lights - Sip hot cider as you enjoy lunch on this relaxing fall foliage cruise to celebrate seasonal colors
  • Jazz Cruise on Northern Lights - Sunday evenings thru Oct 11- Enjoy live jazz music and dazzling city lights as you cruise around Boston Harbor past scenic attractions
  • Adirondack III Day Sail - Enjoy cool breezes and the afternoon sun on this relaxing sightseeing sail around Boston Harbor and the Inner Harbor Islands - Choose a 1.5 or 2 hour sail on this classic 80-foot pilot schooner
  • Boston Harbor Cruise on Northern Lights - thru Oct 25 - Soak up Boston's unique sites and rich history on this comfortable sightseeing cruise around the Harbor - perfect friends and family experience!  Drinks and small bites are available for purchase at the bar
  • Adirondack III Sunset Sail - Relax as the setting sun turns the sky brilliant colors during this calming sunset sailing experience - these sell out fast, so don't wait to book!
  • Northern Lights Sunset Cruise - Unwind on this popular after-work cruise as the sky changes brilliant colors and light music plays in the background.  Stop by the bar for a drink, watch the sights go by, and hear the USS Constitution's traditional sunset salute
  • City Lights Champagne Cruise on Northern Lights - Unwind with a glass of champagne as you gaze at Boston's sparkling skyline as relaxing music plays softly in the background on this after-dark cruise around the Harbor

Coming Soon:

  • 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
  • An Irish Christmas Carol Cruise - Get into the holiday spirit with Slainte, the Northern Lights' house Irish band.   Raise your glass and toast the holidays as you join in singing some merry Irish holiday ballads on this popular Harbor cruise - Book now
  • Cocoa & Carols Holiday Cruise - Sip hot chocolate and treats as the Blue Motion Quartet plays your favorite jazzy holiday music on this holiday cruise - Book now

Cirque du Soleil's Under the Same Sky - 2020

Boston Harbor Sightseeing and Special Event Cruises
Cirque du Soleil acrobats - Photo credit: Dino Denelli/Lance Lantash

Cirque du Soleil's U.S. premier of Under the Same Sky entertains Boston from August 29 through September 27 for dazzling performances under the Big Top at Suffolk Downs.

With its unique blend of acrobats and dancers, gorgeous costumes, original music, and stunning choreography, Under the Same Sky will create a fantasy world in front of your eyes.

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Fun Ways to Experience Boston

Fun Events & Activities on the Rose Kennedy Greenway - 2020

Splash fountain on the Greenway
Splash fountain on the Greenway

Exciting news - some Greenway events and things to do this summer will be happening: 

  • Greenway Food Trucks:   Generally Monday - Sunday (but not on holidays) in Dewey Square, Carousel, Rings Fountain (Milk Street), State Street, and Rowes Wharf areas of the Greenway - reduced schedule, with only 2-3 locations and only a few trucks per day.
  • Farmers Market in Dewey Square run by Boston Public Market offering fresh produce, meat, cheese, breads and pastries, ice cream, and more - opens on June 2; Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30am - 6:30pm through November 21.
  • Public Art - See new installations by Mexican-American folk artist Catalina Delgado-Trunk and British-Nigerian artist Yinka Shonibare, plus other revolving art installations thoughout the Greenway, and especially in the Fort Point Channel Park
  • Fountains - All 7 will be on.
  • Greenway PlayCubes - Chinatown Park; children must be with a supervising adult.
  • Greenway Open Market - Each Saturday and the first and third Sundays of each month, 11am-5pm in the Wharf District Parks.
  • Carousel - Will follow a limited Friday, Saturday, Sunday schedule, 11am-6pm.  You can expect lots of cleaning and physical distancing.

Not Now but Maybe Later:

  • Boston Calling Block Parties held at Dewey Square (between Pearl and Oliver Streets) across from the InterContinental Hotel; different local band each week, plus a cash bar for 21+
  • Trillium Beer Garden in the Wharf District Parks (High Street and Atlantic Ave) featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Company and barrels of Westpoint Rivers Winery. 
  • City Winery Open Air Wine Garden on Dewey Square, with beer and cider by Harpoon Brewery. 

On hold for now:

  • Greenway Fitness Programs:  Free fitness classes from local gyms and instructors
  • Greenway Play:  Play programming for kids

More about the Rose Kennedy Greenway

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August 2020 Boston Red Sox Schedule - Home Games at Fenway

Boston Red Sox schedule for August - best time for a Fenway frank!

Location:  Fenway Park
Nearest T stations:  Green Line B or C/Kenmore; Commuter Rail Worcester Line/Yawkey

Although the Boston Red Sox will play at Fenway Park, fans are not currently allowed into the stadium - although that may change later in the season.

Red Sox August Schedule 2020


Hotels near Fenway Park

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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Fun Sightseeing Tours of Boston

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Landmarks Orchestra Concerts at the Hatch Shell - 2020

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra's weekly free summer Esplanade concerts attract large crowds to the Hatch Shell each July and August with its mix of classical, traditional, modern, and contemporary music.  Concerts start at 7pm and run about 2 hours.  Bring and blanket or low folding chairs to sit on, and a picnic dinner.

Landmarks Concert schedule for August

August 18, 7pm-8pm - Livestream of "She's the First" - a musical celebration of the centennial of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote - a link to the livestream will be posted on Landmark Orchestra's website.

Weather alerts and alternate locations in case of rain: 617-987-2000; orchestra website
Cost:  Free

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Map of Boston showing central neighborhoods

This neighborhood map should help you get oriented. You can find a list of top attractions in each neighborhood here.

Need a more details?  Here are our favorite free and low-cost Boston maps.

Faneuil Marketplace Events in August

Faneuil Marketplace outdoor seating
Faneuil Marketplace outdoor seating

August is the perfect month to enjoy Faneuil Marketplace's outdoor seating, as well as a variety of special free events going on this month (although please note, the special events are subject to change due to coronavirus health concerns):

Storytelling on Tuesdays in the South Market Building - 10:30-ll:30am

Art on Wednesdays in the South Market Building - Kids Art 10:30-12:30, Collaborative Art (all ages) 1pm-2pm, Open Studio 3pm-5pm, Apres Work Painting (ages 12 & up) 5:30pm-7pm

Movie Musicals on Thursdays - Preshow activities begin at 7:30 and films start at dusk.  Lineup includes:  Mamma Mia 2 (8/1), Hairspray (8/8), A Star is Born (8/15), and Bohemian Rhapsody (8/22).

Quincy Market History Hours on Saturdays - Find out about the fascinating history of Faneuil Marketplace's architecture, politics, and geography.  11am-12 noon.  Meet your guide by the Directory sign near Anthem restaurant.

The Northern Trust (formerly Dell Technologies Championship) - PGA Tour - 2020

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

The Northern Trust will be played without spectators this year on August 20-23 at TPC Boston, named by Golf Digest as one of the "Top 10 Best New Private Clubs in the U.S."

TPC Boston is located 38 miles south of Boston in Norton, MA in 2020.  Golfers will compete in The Northern Trust for an $8.5 million purse to benefit New England charities as the defending champion taked on past champions.

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Boston Fermentation Festival - CANCELLED

Fermented drink and food tastings, speakers, microbiologists, demos, and a chance to make your own sauerkraut under the guidance of local "Kraut Mobsters" make the free Boston Fermentation Festival one of the summer's most unique events. 

Where & When:  Boston Public Market's Demonstration Kitchen (100 Hanover St) on Sunday, August 18, 10am-4pm
Don't Miss: The Makers Marketplace showcasing local New England fermentation businesses, and the Libations Lounge featuring New England's most creative brewers and cider makers.

Shakespeare on the Common - POSTPONED TO 2021

Shakespeare on the Common in Boston MA

One of the most popular summer Boston events, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents The Tempest, one of the Bard's romantic comedies, in this year's Shakespeare on the Common

Bring a blanket or low folding chair, perhaps a picnic basket, and get ready to enjoy a magical evening of free theater under the stars.  You can also rent a chair for $5, plus a $5 deposit that you will get back when you return the chair.

Bring your own food, or purchase something tasty from the vendors who will be onsite for the occasion.  Toilets are available at the nearby tennis courts.

More information:  Shakespeare on the Common

When:  July and August (Exact dates TBD) at 8pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays, 7pm on Sundays, plus a 3pm matinee (note - no performances on Mondays); performances run about 2.5 hours; heavy rain and lightening storms can cause cancelations for safety reasons, so if in doubt, call the weather line at 617-426-0863.

Where:  Boston Common, near the Parkman Bandstand
Getting there:  By subway:  Green/Red line to Park Street Station, or Green Line to Boylston;  By car:  Park under the Common in the Boston Common Parking Garage:  pick up a discount coupon at one of the event tents (you'll spot them easily) - you'll save a bit on parking, and the garage donates the proceeds to CSC
Cost:  Free admission; chairs in a small special priority section near the stage are available in return for a donation of $75 or more, with proceeds to benefit CSC.

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New England Patriots Pre-Season Home Games 2020

Free Concerts in Fort Point

The Patriots start their regular season in September. 

See the entire Regular Season schedule 

Will this be the year that we celebrate another Super Bowl victory?  Stay tuned!

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Where:   Gillette Stadium
Getting there:   From Boston to Gillette Stadium

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North End Feasts and Festivals - CANCELLED

North End Feasts and Festivals
St Anthony's Feast in Boston's North End - Photo credit: Todd Van Hoosear

Four of the biggest and most famous North End Italian Feasts and Festivals take place in August, 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.

August Feasts and Festivals schedule:

St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast and Procession  - August 1-4 - Feast starts at 7pm on Thursday and 12 noon on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and continues to about 11pm - Procession on Sunday only, starting at Hanover and Battery Streets

Madonna Della Cava Feast - August 9-11, Battery and Hanover Streets - Procession at 1pm on Sunday; feast opens at 7pm on Friday and 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday, and continues to about 11pm

Fisherman's Feast of the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca - August 15-18, - Blessing of the Fishing Waters at Christopher Columbus Park on Thursday at 6pm.  Feast opens at 6pm on Friday and 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday.  Grand Procession at 1pm on Sunday, on Fleet, Louis, and North Streets, with Flight of the Angel at 8pm

St. Lucy's Feast - August 22, Thatcher and Endicott Streets, procession and feast at 5pm on Monday

St. Anthony's Feast - The largest Italian religious festival in New England, August 23-25, Endicott, Thatcher, and North Margin Streets.  Grand Procession starts at 12 noon on Sunday - parades, strolling singers, entertainment, and 100 pushcarts offering mouth-watering Italian food in this "Feast of All Feasts"; feast opens at 7pm on Friday, 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday - St Anthony website

Nearest T station to North End:  Commuter Rail or Orange & Green Lines/North Station
Cost:  Free (although you'll find temptations to spend money on food, drink, and commemorative items)

Find out about North End Feasts and Festivals taking place in September

Hotels in Boston's North End

Berklee Summer in the City:  Free Summer Concerts in Boston - CANCELLED

Jazz concert at Brewer Fountain Plaza on Boston Common
Jazz concert at Brewer Fountain Plaza on Boston Common

Free outdoor concerts take place all over the city during the summer - and Berklee College of Music students, faculty, and alumni give over 400 of them between early June and early October.  Music ranges from jazz to classical, Latin to funk, folk to world, and are free. 

Locations include Atlantic Wharf, the Boston Public Library, Brewer Fountain Plaza on Boston Common, the Charlestown Navy Yard, Chin Park and City Winery on the Greenway, selected Boston Harbor Cruises, the Arnold Arboretum, Christopher Columbus Park on the waterfront, Downtown Boston, the Longwood Medical Campus, multiple locations in Cambridge, Dorchester Heights, Institute of Contemporary Art, Prudential Center, Fenway locations, and more - so check the schedule at https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer


More Free Summer Concerts in Boston - CANCELLED

Concerts in the Courtyard:  Boston Public Library in the McKim Courtyard (700 Boylston Street, Copley Square in Back Bay), most Wednesdays 6-7pm and Fridays 12:30-1:30pm from early June through the end of August.  Music ranges from jazz to classical, folk to world, and are free.  Concerts move indoor to Rabb Hall in case of bad weather.  More info: https://www.bpl.org/concerts-in-the-courtyard/

Boston Calling Weekly Block Parties:  Live performances by popular banks such as East Coast Soul, Bourbon Chasers, and The Almighty Buck take place every week from 5-8pm on Thursdays at Dewey Square on the Rose Kennedy Greenway from early May through the end of August.  Cash bar for 21+ with beer and wine, plus food to purchase.  Check out the weekly lineup on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bostoncallingblockparties


Fun Boston Tours for August

New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium 

New England Revolution schedule
Photo courtesy of Art Bromage

Watch our local soccer team, the New England Revolution, bring men's soccer to a new level during August at Gillette Stadium.

Where:   Gillette Stadium
Getting there:  Gillette Stadium from Boston

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Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell - CANCELLED

Boston Hatch Shell - Free Friday Flicks in August

Enjoy free outdoor concerts at the Hatch Shell on Boston's Esplanade throughout August. 

This series of family movies sponsored by WBZ NewsRadio 1030 and the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) provides the perfect excuse to grab a blanket or lawn chair, pack a picnic, and head for an evening of entertainment under the stars.

The August movie lineup includes:

- August 7 - The Lion King
- August 14 - Onward
- August 21 - Spider-Man: Far from Home
- August 28 - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

When:  Movie starts at sundown (about 8pm in August)

More information, including the movie schedule and weather cancellations:  Call the Free Friday Flicks Hotline at 617-787-7200

Boston Hotels with Outdoor Swimming Pools

Boston hotels with outdoor swimming pools:  The Verb
Enjoy your summer vacation to the fullest in when you stay at a Boston hotel with an outdoor swimming pool:

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Summer in the City - August Events - CANCELLED

Boston Harbor Hotel's Blues Barge - Summer in the City

Boston Harbor Hotel's popular "Summer in the City" series lets you kick back and enjoy free music and movies overlooking the waterfront throughout the summer from June 6 until August 30. 

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

On Fridays, enjoy music (starts at 4:30) and Movies By Moonlight - your favorite classics projected on a large screen over the Harbor- starts 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.

August movies:

August 2 - Raiders of the Lost Arc
August 9 - Aquaman
August 16 - Ghost
August 23 - Star Wars: The Force Awakens
August 30 - Captain America: The First Avengers

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Popular Boston Tours for August

New England coastal tour from Boston

These special 1-day New England Coastal All-Day Tours on a luxury bus show you spectacular beaches, wetlands, quaint seaside villages, harbors, and lighthouses along the North Shore of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

Depending on when you go, you may also see the first displays of brilliant fall foliage along the New England coast.

You'll visit Hampton Beach and have plenty of time to photograph 19th century Nubble Light in York, Maine. 

Don't miss this chance to see New England's glorious coast at its best!

- Find out more about the New England Coastal Tour - Now through October

- Find out about fall foliage sightseeing tours departing from Boston - Tours start in September

More about where to see gorgeous fall foliage in Boston


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The Northern Trust - PGA Tour 2020

PGA Tour's first event in the FedExCup playoffs, The Northern Trust returns on August 19-23 to TPC Boston, named by Golf Digest as one of the "Top 10 Best New Private Clubs in the U.S.," located 38 miles south of Boston in Norton, MA in 2020. 

Golfers will compete in The Northern Trust for an $8.5 million purse to benefit New England charities as the defending champion takes on past champions.

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More Boston events during August

Boston Fan Expo Boston- CANCELLED

When:  August 7-9 
Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Cost:  Tickets start at $35
Stay nearby:   South Boston Waterfront Hotels near the Seaport World Trade Center
More info:https://www.fanexpoboston.com

Boston Comic Con gives you the chance to meet and chat with over 200 top graphic novelists, super hero artists, and developers of anime, movies, games, and toys, plus about 50,000 fans.  Celebrity guests and artists include Pamela Anderson, Ke Huy Quan, Mike Colter, Sean Astin, Stephen Amell, and many more!

Plenty of dealers will be present also, so indulge in this opportunity to see your own graphic/comic heroes and add to your collection.

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Free Events in Columbus Park - CANCELLED

Christopher Columbus Park - Free events in June in Boston

Enjoy free outdoor movies, croquet, and celebrations at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston's North End. 

Here's the summer lineup: 

Croquet - Wednesdays, June 5-Aug 28, 5:30-7:30pm - Play croquet on the West Lawn. Don't know how?  A member of the sponsoring organization (Friends of Christopher Columbus Park) will be on hand to teach you
Lawn Games - Saturdays July 20-September 14, noon - 4pm - Corn hole, giant jenga, ladder golf, & more!
Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks - Children's parade, cartoon charachters, jugglers, magicians, face painting, and more kids activities from noon-4pm on Saturday, June 29
Movies in the Park - Sundays July 21 through August 26, 7pm - Bring a blanket or low folding chairs and watch family favorites starting at sundown.   Find out what's showing:  https://www.foccp.org/foccpevents

Boston GreenFest - Free! - Cancelled

Boston GreenFest

Boston GreenFest offers a huge assortment of exhibits, performances, and presentations about sustainable living.  EcoThemes include water, energy, green cities, transportation, health, nutrition, and EcoFashion.

GreenFest highlights include:

  • 200+ exhibitors, plus robots, Eco cars to see & drive, Eco Fashion show, and lots of innovation
  • Green Film Fest - huge lineup of films from around the world
  • Non-stop live performances
  • Lots of international cuisines and local food trucks plus a Wine & Beer Garden
  • Casa Latina
  • EcoKids Center
  • EcoForums with top experts discussing critical topics in Faneuil Hall
  • Free fitness classes (bring your old running shoes and donate them)
  • Speakers, workshops, art, music, dance, and much more! 

When:  August 3-5, noon - 10pm on Friday and Saturday, noon - 6pm on Sunday
Where:   Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall
Nearest T station:  Government
Cost:  Free admission - all ages welcome
More information:  www.bostongreenfest.org

Boston Seafood Festival - Cancelled

The Annual Boston Seafood Festival celebrates our city's marine heritage, love of seafood, and commitment to sustainable harvest.

This family-friendly event brings together seafood tastings, chef demos, educational events, all day lobster bake, Battle of the Shuckers, a fish cutting contest, Harpoon Garden, and the traditional Blessing of the Fleet.

When:  Sunday, August 4, 11am - 6pm
Where:  Fish Pier (212 Northern Ave), South Boston Waterfront
Tickets:  $15 for general admission (kids 6-12 $5), $53 for lobster bake - more info
Stay:   South Boston Waterfront Hotels


Where to Stay:  Seaport & Fort Point 

Attending an event in the South Boston Waterfront or Fort Point?  Stay in a nearby hotel, such as the stylish Seaport Boston Hotel:

Seaport Hotel, top choice in South Boston Waterfront

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Fun Sightseeing Tours for August


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August Moon Festival in Chinatown - TBD 

Photo of Lion Dance

When:  Sunday, August 12, 10am - 5pm
Where:  Boston's Chinatown (Harrison Ave, and Beach, Tyler, Hudson, Essex, and Oxford Streets); Main Stage is at Phillips Square (corner of Harrison Ave and Essex Street)
Cost:  Free
Closest T station:   Orange Line / Chinatown
If you drive:  Easiest parking is at the Boston Common Garage; walk 2 blocks to Chinatown

Boston's Chinatown comes alive with lion dances, martial arts, folk dances, and lots of vendors for the annual Chinese Autumn MoonFestival.

What does the festival actually celebrate?  Possibilities include the end of the annual rice and wheat harvest, the legend of Chang'e, the immortal Lady of the Moon, and the overthrow of the Mongol rulers in 1368 when a rebel leader distributed mooncakes (which Mongols didn't eat) with messages hidden inside saying "Kill the Mongols."  

Mooncakes, a specialty of the festival, are round pastries filled with lotus seed paste - you can buy this delicious treat at all Chinatown bakeries.

Although this 3,000+ year old Chinese festival traditionally falls on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month - in other words, late September/early October - Boston celebrates it in mid-August.  It's the perfect excuse to spend an August Sunday in Chinatown. Start with dim sum or lunch at one of these fun contemporary and traditional Chinatown restaurants, and then enjoy the colorful festival.

Films at the Gate - Free Chinese Film Festival in Chinatown - TBD

The Chinatown Park Plaza on the Greenway morphs into an outdoor movie theater for this popular free event featuring Kung-Fu Classics (Mandarin or Cantonese, with English subtitles; one film this year will be in English with Chinese subtitles).  A limited number (250) of 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 5:30pm with games, martial arts, and other cultural performances followed by the feature film starting at 8pm, and runs from August 23 to August 25.

After the movie, head for dinner at one of these nearby fun Chinatown restaurants.

Location:  Chinatown Park Plaza 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
More info:  https://asiancdc.org/events?category=Movie

Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival - CANCELLED

Enjoy this free fun family activity - movies under the stars in Prudential Center's lovely South Garden (go up the escalators from Huntington Ave, and the garden is to your right; from Boylston, it is on your left).

When:  Every Saturday from early July through end of August; entertainment and children's activities start at 5pm, and movies start at sundown; rain dates will be held on the following Wednesday
Where:   Prudential Center, South Garden
Nearest T station:  Green Line/Prudential
Nearest parking garage:  Prudential Center Garage - get discounted parking with a $10 purchase
Cost:  Free 

Schedule:

August 3: How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World
August 10: Smallfoot
August 17: Alice in Wonderland (1951)
August 24: Hotel Transylvania 3
August 31: Dumbo 

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Free Drop-In Summer Yoga on Boston Common 

Dropping in on free summer yoga sessions near the carousel on Boston Common is part of what makes Boston fun in the summer.  Instructors will lead a vinyasa flow class focused on releasing stress and expanding energy and welcome participants of all levels.

When:  Every Thursday, 6-7:15 - through September 26 (no class on July 4th)
Where:   Frog Pond at Boston Common
Nearest T station:  Green Line/Park
Cost:  Free
Bring:  Your own mat, blocks, towels, and belt
Boston hotel where you'll find a yoga mat in your room:  Nine Zero (and conveniently, it's just steps away from the Common

Fun Free Fridays in Boston in August 

Fun Free Fridays give you free admission to top Massachusetts cultural venues throughout the summer, thanks to the generosity of Highland Street Foundation.  A different selection of destinations offer no-cost access each Friday from the end of June through the end of August. 

Here is the schedule for Boston area destinations during August:

August 2:
- Franklin Park Zoo
- Old State House
- Concord Museum (Concord)
- Museum of Russian Icons (Clinton)

August 9:
- Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park
- Greenway Carousel
- Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists
- Hancock Shaker Village (Pittsfield)
- New Bedford Whaling Museum

August 16:
- JFK Presidential Library and Museum
- The Discovery Museums (Acton)
- Fruitlands Museum (Harvard, MA)
- Harvard Museums of Science & Culture (Cambridge)
- Provincetown Art Association & Museum
- USS Constitution Museum

August 23:
- Boston Athenaeum
- Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
- Museum of African American History
- Mary Baker eddy Library and Mapparium

August 30:
- Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester)
- Old Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge)

More locations outside of Boston:  Highland Street Foundation website

Lawn on D - Concerts, Art, Games

Lawn on D summer events

Lawn on D, a playground for adults located behind the Convention Center in the South Boston Waterfront, is the site of beanbag and other games plus art installations throughout the summer, along with a rotating series of food trucks.

But even when no special events are underway, the Lawn gives you a perfect place to just chill under the summer sun.

Event schedule and information:  Website

A visit to Lawn on D provides the perfect excuse to sample one of the many new restaurants in the Seaport and Fort Point areas of the South Boston Waterfront.

For Boston Harbor views while you dine, visit a Seaport restaurant.

To try the creative cuisine of some of Boston's most innovative chefs, head to a Fort Point restaurant.

Looking Ahead to Fall Events in Boston

Fall foliage in Boston's Public Garden

Labor Day Weekend Events

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Fall Foliage Tours


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