Lots of exciting events pack the Boston Events Calendar for August 2023 as summer fun continues in the city.

You'll 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

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, (c) Boston Discovery Guide

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Summer Dine Out Boston 

Dine Out Boston

When:  August 8-21
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 2023

Boston concert schedule - August
Guster concert at Leader Bank Pavilion - Photo courtesy of bobnjeff

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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:

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Popular Cruises on the Northern Lights:

  • Brunch Cruise on the Northern Lights - Savor a delicious 3-course brunch on this relaxing sightseeing cruise around Boston Harbor
  • Boston Harbor Cruise on Northern Lights - Soak up Boston's unique sites and rich history on this comfortable sightseeing cruise around the Harbor - perfect friends and family experience!  Refreshments are available for purchase at the bar
  • Sunset 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

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"Allston Christmas" 2023

Allston Christmas in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood
Allston Christmas has begun in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood

What exactly is "Allston Christmas"?  It's one of Boston's least-loved annual events, and can last for well over a week.

When the Boston area's roughly 250,000 college students return to campus in September, a significant number move into apartments, just as others move out at the end of August and dump unwanted furniture including queen-sized beds and massive couches, household items, clothes, and piles of junk on the sidewalks and into the streets, up for grabs.  At the beginning, dumpsters along the streets contain most of the mess, until they quickly begin to overflow.

Allston along with Brighton, Longwood, Mission Hill, Beacon Hill, Cambridge, and parts of Brookline and Somerville are the most-impacted Boston-area neighborhoods due to their large number of student residents.  With countless UHauls blocking the streets and gridlocking traffic for several days before the end of August and after September 1, you may want to avoid these areas if you're visiting the city during this period.

Summer Dine Out (Restaurant Week) Boston

Boston cream pie - Restaurant week dessert
Boston cream pie - Restaurant week dessert

When:  August 7-20
Where:  Best restaurants in Boston, Cambridge, and suburbs

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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August Moon Festival in Chinatown

Vendors and visitors during a previous August Moon Festival in Boston's Chinatown
Vendors and visitors during a previous August Moon Festival in Boston's 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.

When:  Sunday, August 14; Lion Dances and other cultural events take place between 10am and 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

Fun Events & Activities on the Rose Kennedy Greenway

Splash fountain on the Greenway
Splash fountain on the Greenway

The Rose Kennedy Greenway is offering so many fun things to do this summer: 

  • Greenway Food Trucks:   Over 35 trucks offering specialties ranging from Korean to Summer Shack's seafood to fresh seafood in Dewey Square, the Carousel, Rings Fountain (Milk Street), State Street, Rowes Wharf Plaza, and Trillium Beer Garden.  You'll find them at several locations each day, usually with a total of 5-7 trucks per day.
  • Lion Dances at the Chinatown Gate - Every Saturday from June 18 through August 27 at noon, weather permitting. 
  • Farmers Market in Dewey Square run by Boston Public Market offering fresh produce, meat, cheese, breads and pastries, ice cream, and more.  Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am - 4pm
  • Chinatown Farmer's Market in Chin's Park (area of the Greenway by Chinatown).  Look for fresh Chinese vegetables, squash, and fruits; fresh seafood; and staples such as rice, flour, nuts, honey, noodles, beans.  Open every other Saturday (August 8 & 20), 10am - 2pm
  • Boston Calling Block Parties - Live music from local artists plus beer, seltzers, and wine spritzers available for purchase (21+).  Lawn games will also be available.  Thursdays, 5pm-8pm, Dewey Square, from June through August.
  • Trillium Beer Garden in the Wharf District Parks (High Street and Atlantic Ave) featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Company and a rotating selection of onsite food trucks.  Open Thursday and Friday 2-10pm, Sat 12 noon-10pm, Sunday 12 noon-6pm.
  • City Winery Open Air Wine Garden on Dewey Square across from South Station, serving their locally-crafted wine on tap plus locally-made craft beer and cider along with a menu of fresh wraps, cheese boards, and snacks.  Open Wed and Thurs 4-9pm, Friday 4-10pm, Sat. 1-9pm, Sunday 12 noon-7pm.
  • Public Art - See new installations by Rob "ProBlak" Gibbs, Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, Juan Travieso, and Yu-Wen Wu.
  • Fountains - You'll find them in 7 different locations along the Greenway - so get ready to splash, wade, and cool off! 
  • Carousel - Open daily, 11am-8pm.  Tickets: $4.

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August Boston Red Sox Schedule - Home Games at Fenway - 2023

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

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Landmarks Orchestra Concerts at the Hatch Shell

Landmarks Concerts at the Hatch Shell
Landmarks concert at the Hatch Shell

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

Landmarks Concert schedule for August

  • August 6 - Beethoven's 9th Symphony
  • August 17 - Mendelssohn & Fabiola Mendez: Heart and Soul
  • August 24 - Pines of Rome: The VIrtuoso Orchestra

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

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Cape Ann Artisans August Tour

Painting by Melody Phaneuf at Cape Ann Artisans Open Studios
Painting by Melody Phaneuf at Cape Ann Artisans Open Studios

For one day only in August, Cape Ann artists open their studios along the beautiful Rockport and Gloucester coast for you to tour.  Local artists and artisans will welcome you to view their paintings, sculpture, mosaics, photography, pottery, jewelry, and other wonderful creations. 

Drive up from Boston for the day (or take the Commuter Rail) - or spend the weekend and go for walks along the beach, dine on lobster dinners, and browse in local boutiques, galleries, and antique shops.  View Rockport Hotels

Open Studio Tour:  August 13 at 10am - 5pm
Where:  Open Studio Tour map and more information at www.capeannartisans.com - or pick up brochures with route maps at the Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Information Booth on Rte 127, and at each studio.  Look for the Studio Tour banner at each location
More information:  Cape Ann Artisans website
Cost:  Free

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:

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.

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Shakespeare on the Common 2023

Shakespeare on the Common in Boston MA
Shakespeare on the Common

One of the most popular summer Boston events, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents Macbeth, the famous tragedy in which a toxic mix of political ambition, power, guilt, and paranoia collide in an unstoppable path to murder, madness, and death, 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 bring food (but please note, there's not enough room for a lavish picnic spread).  Portable toilets are located near the tennis courts.

You can also rent a chair on site for $10 (prepay on Comm Shake's website).  A small "Friends" section of beach chairs in a prime location are available in return for donations of $100 or more, made through the website.

When:  July 19-23 and 25-30;  August 1-6 at 8pm on all nights except for 7/30, when the show starts at 4pm; performances normally run about 2.5 hours with no intermission. Heavy rain and lightening storms can cause cancellations for safety reasons; if in doubt, call the group's Weather Hotline at 617-362-7485.  (Dates and times to be confirmed for 2023)

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

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New England Patriots Pre-Season Home Games 2023

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North End Feasts and Festivals 

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

Five 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, dancing, parades, strolling singers, celebrations, and more - they're like giant street parties.  The August festivities

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 (all dates and times are to be confirmed):

  • St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast and Procession  - August 3, 4, 5, 6 - Feast starts at 7pm on Thursday and 12 noon on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and continues to about 11pm - Procession on Sunday, August 7 only, starting at 12 noon on Hanover and Battery Streets
  • Madonna Della Cava Feast - August 11, 12, 13 on 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 17, 18, 19, 29 - Blessing of the Fishing Waters at Columbus Park on Thursday at 6pm.  Feast opens at 6pm on Friday and 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday and lasts until about 11pm.  Grand Procession at 1pm on Sunday, on Fleet, Louis, and North Streets, with Flight of the Angel at 8pm
  • St. Lucy's Feast - August 24-25 (Thursday and Friday) - Thatcher and Endicott Streets.  Thursday:  At 5pm, opening ceremonies, blessing of the statue, and procession with Italian street bands, flower girls, and color guard; at 6pm, dancing and singing in the streets, followed by the feast; at 10:30pm, candlelight procession and welcome of Santa Lucia statue in the outdoor chapel, followed by an overnight vigil.  Friday: More festivities including food and music throughout the weekend plus another procession to St Leonard Peace Garden at 6:15pm
  • St. Anthony's Feast - The largest Italian religious festival in New England, August 25, 26, 27 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) - Endicott, Thatcher, and North Margin Streets.  Feast opens with ceremony and a procession at 7pm on Friday.  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)

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Lawn on D

Lawn on D summer events
Swings at Lawn on D

Lawn on D, a playground for adults (kids are welcome too but this is mostly an adult venue) located behind the Convention Center in the South Boston Waterfront, is where you'll find fun swings with LED lights and comfy seating, bocce and other games, and art installations throughout the summer, along with casual food and wine, beer, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages. 

Open daily from 7am-11pm from May to October, except when closed for private events (always check their website before going).  Food, drinks, and lawn games available Thursday 3-10:30pm, Friday & Saturday 12 noon-11pm, Sunday 12 noon-10:30pm, with live entertainment by local bands on the weekends.  Swings are open whenever Lawn on D is open.

Rules, in case you're wondering: No dogs, no outside alcohol, no outside food during concession hours.

Another option in this area is to sample one of the many 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.

Berklee Summer in the City:  Free Summer Concerts in Boston

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

Normally, Berklee College of Music students, faculty, and alumni give over 400 free outdoor concerts all over the city during the summer from June through 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.

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New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium 2023

New England Revolution vs Seattle Sounders - Photo courtesy of Art Bromage
New England Revolution vs Seattle Sounders - 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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Summer in the City - August Events

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 live music overlooking the waterfront throughout the summer until August 25. 

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

Combine these events with a drink and dinner on the hotel's terrace overlooking the Harbor for the perfect summer evening.

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Boats in a southern Maine harbor
Boats in a southern Maine harbor

On this special 1-day small-group day trip from Boston to Coastal Maine & Kennebunkport. you'll see the picturesque Nubble Light lighthouse, and stroll along Ogunquit's Marginal Way before arriving in scenic Kennebunkport, where you'll enjoy a narrated trolley tour.  You'll have time to explore, eat, and shop before your return to Boston.

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

Bonus:  Pick up and drop off at your Boston hotel.

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Boston Lights at Franklin Park Zoo

Celestial lights at Franklin Park Zoo's Boston Lights festival
Celestial lights at Franklin Park Zoo's "Boston Lights" festival

Franklin Park Zoo transforms into an evening wonderland as more than 55 brilliant outdoor displays take you through the rainforest, a celestial universe, a bamboo forest with pandas, the ocean, a canopy of Asian lanterns, and much more.  Not to be missed:  a 66-foot rose-lined corridor (planning to propose? this could be the perfect spot) and an even longer octopus tunnel with blinking eyes.

Get your tickets at the gate (if available), or secure your spot and also save a little by booking online in advance on the Zoo's website.

Boston Lights dates/hours:  July 22 - Sept 25, 6pm-10:30pm
Cost:  Online tickets for same-day purchase start at about $26, with children's and family prices available; book further out, and you'll save a little.

Just want to visit the zoo during the day?  You can also book or pre-book tickets online for a regular visit (does NOT include the Boston Lights show).

Boston Seafood Festival

The Annual Boston Seafood Festival celebrates our city's marine heritage, love of seafood, and commitment to sustainable harvest, in part by providing important support to the Boston Fisheries Foundation. 

This family-friendly event brings together seafood tastings, chef demos, educational events, all day lobster bake, the always-epic Battle of the Shuckers competition, fish-cutting demonstrations, and the all-day lobster bake overlooking Boston Harbor. 

Also, look for roving pirates, music, children's activities, and samples from some of Boston's best seafood sellers.

Food and beverages, including refreshments at two Harpoon Brewery Beer Gardens, will be available to purchase.

When:  Sunday, August 7, 11am - 6pm (to be confirmed)
Where:  Fish Pier (212 Northern Ave), South Boston Waterfront
Tickets:  $20 for general admission (kids 6-12 $7; 5 & under free), lobster bake cost TBD - more info & tickets
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Where to Stay:  Seaport & Fort Point 

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Boston Fan Expo

When:  August 11-13 (to be confirmed) 
Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Cost:  Tickets start at $37 advance price/$42 full price, with 3-day passes and a premium package available
Stay nearby:   South Boston Waterfront Hotels near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
More info:https://www.fanexpoboston.com

Boston FAN EXPO (formerly Comic Con) gives you the chance to meet and chat with over 200 top graphic novelists, super hero artists, and developers of anime, comic, cosplay, horror, sci-fi, and gaming, plus thousands of  fans.  Celebrity guests and artists this year include Elijah Wood, Ming-Na Wen, Michael Rosenbaum, Chloe Hollins, Aleks Le, Ewan McGregor, Ashley Eckstein, and many more!

Plenty of dealers will be present also, so indulge in this opportunity to shop for Pop Culture merchandise.  

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Free Summer Movies in Christopher Columbus Park

Trellis and waterfront at Columbus Park
Trellis and waterfront at Columbus Park

Enjoy free outdoor Summer Sunday Movies on most Sunday evenings during July 16 and August 20 at (to be confirmed) Christopher Columbus Park in Boston's North End.  Movies start at sundown, which means 9:30pm in mid-July, moving gradually to 8pm for the last film in August.   Bring a blanket or low folding chairs and watch family favorites.

Check the lineup and schedule on the park's website.  

Boston GreenFest

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:

  • Exhibitors and eco-vendors, robots, electric vehicles, Eco Fashion show, and lots of innovation
  • Green Film Fest - huge lineup of films from around the world
  • Live performances
  • Lots of international cuisines and local food trucks
  • Lawn activities: Yoga, hula hoops, dancing, scavenger hunts
  • Plus much more!

When:  August 18-20 (to be confirmed)
Where:   Rose Kennedy Greenway by the Rings Fountainand Christopher Columbus Park (check the event website for exact dates and times for each venue)
Nearest T station:  Government
Cost:  Free admission - all ages welcome

Films at the Gate - Free Chinese Film Festival in Chinatown 

The Chinatown Park Plaza on the Greenway morphs into an outdoor movie theater for this popular free event featuring Asian immigrant and Asian American filmmakers and artists.  A limited number of folding chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis - or bring your own.  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 25 to August 27. (to be confirmed)

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), , and numerous other local organizations, businesses, and individuals
Find the film lineup:  https://asiancdc.org/events?category=Movie

Free Family Flicks @ Prudential Center

Enjoy this free fun family-friendly 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, the garden is on your left).  Bring a picnic blanket or low beach chairs, and grab dinner at Prudential Center or snacks provided by Eataly during the movie.

Schedule:  (from last year - look for updates soon)

August 6: Space Jam
August 13: Tangled
August 12: Sing 2
August 27: Trolls World Tour

When:  Every Saturday during July and August; movies start at sundown
Where:   Prudential Center, South Garden
Cost:  Free
Nearest T station:  Green Line/Prudential
Nearest parking garage:  Prudential Center Garage - get discounted parking with a $10 purchase

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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

Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell

Boston Hatch Shell - Free Friday Flicks in August
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: (from last year - look for updates soon)

  • August 5 - Trolls World Tour
  • August 12 - Uncharted
  • August 19 - Sing 2
  • August 26 - Cruella

When:  Movie starts at sundown (about 8pm in at the beginning of August, and 7:30pm by the end)

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

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