Lots of exciting events pack the Boston Events Calendar for August 2021 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


Summer Dine Out Boston 2021

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 2021

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

Top August Concerts in Boston

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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!


Boston Theater & Shows for August - 2021

Theater productions and shows for August in Boston

Top August Shows in Boston

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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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August Moon Festival in Chinatown - 2021 

Photo of Lion Dance

When:  Sunday, August 8; Lion Dances and other cultural events take place between 12:30-m 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

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.


Fun Events & Activities on the Rose Kennedy Greenway 2021

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 frozen hoagies in Dewey Square, Congress Street, the Carousel, Rings Fountain (Milk Street), State Street, and Rowes Wharf Plaza, and Trillium Beer Garden.  You'll find them at 2-6 locations each day, and although the number of trucks vary each day, the number of locations and trucks is the biggest on Thursdays.
  • 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
  • Boston Calling Block Parties - Live music and drinks from Blue Moon Brewing, Vizzy Hard Seltzer Canada, Topop Chico Aqua Mineral, and more.  Thursdays, 5pm-8pm, Dewey Square.
  • 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 with craft beer and cider by Harpoon Brewery along with a menu of fresh wraps, cheese boards, and snacks.  Open Wed and Thurs 4-9pm, Friday 4-10pm, Sat. 1-9pm, Sunday 11am-7pm.
  • Public Art - See new installations by Daniel Gordon in the Fort Point Channel Park
  • 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.
  • Greenway Fitness Programs:  Free fitness and yoga classes from local studios; must preregister

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August 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

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Landmarks Orchestra Concerts at the Hatch Shell - 2021

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 4 - Beethoven's Fifth and American Icons
  • August 11 - Rachmaninoff to Ellington:  Music & Healing
  • August 18 - Bach & Beethoven
  • August 25 - Amazing Grace & Sousa Marches
  • September 1 - Rhapsody in Blue & American Portraits

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

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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 - 2021

Shakespeare on the Common in Boston MA

One of the most popular summer Boston events, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents The Tempest, a comedy laced with tragedy, 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.

When:  July 21 - August 8 at 8pm on Tuesdays through Saturdays, 6pm on Sundays (note - no performances on Mondays); performances normally 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 but pre-registration will be required this year due to capacity constraints

More information & pre-registration:  Shakespeare on the Common


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New England Patriots Pre-Season Home Games 2021

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 2021

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  - July 29, 30, 31, Aug 1 - Feast starts at 7pm on Thursday and 12 noon on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and continues to about 11pm - Procession on Sunday, August 1 only, starting at Hanover and Battery Streets
  • Madonna Della Cava Feast - August 6, 7, 8, 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 12-15, - 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 26, Thatcher and Endicott Streets, procession and feast at 5pm
  • St. Anthony's Feast - The largest Italian religious festival in New England, August 27-29, 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)

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Sand Sculpting Festival at Revere Beach - Moved to August for 2021

Over 1 million spectators gather at Revere Beach during the course of the big 4-day New England Sand Sculpting Festival to watch 15 renowned master sculptors from around the world work their magic with individual 12 ton allotments of sand imported from Hudson NH, plus water.  Sculptors compete for $14,000 in prize money, and the sculptures they create will amaze you with their detail and artistry. 

Sand sculpture at Revere Beach near Boston MA

With music performances, a food truck festival (plus you'll find lots of places to get food across the street from the beach, including Kelly's, famous for their lobster rolls and fried clam platters), amusement rides, and crafts activities on site as well, you'll find plenty of family entertainment - and don't forget to bring your swimsuits, sunscreen, and towels for the beach!

Fireworks normally provide the grand finale for the sand sculpting festival - TBD for this year.

When:  Normally the last weekend in July - August 6-8 this year; sculptors work from 8am until 8pm - plus (maybe) fireworks at 9pm on Sunday
Where:   Revere Beach, Revere (about 2 miles north of Boston, but easy to get to by subway)
Nearest T station:  Blue Line/Wonderland - the beach is just 2 blocks away
Cost:  Free

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Lawn on D

Lawn on D summer events

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.  Food, drinks, and lawn games available Thursday 3-10pm, Friday & Saturday 12 noon-10:30pm, Sunday 12 noon-10pm, with live entertainment by local bands on the weekends.

Pandemic safety and sanitation precautions are in place.

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. 

Right now, the only concerts scheduled for 2021 are virtual, and you can find the schedule here:   https://www.berklee.edu/events

If any concerts happen live this summer, the usual 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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Concerts in the Courtyard:  Boston Public Library in the McKim Courtyard (700 Boylston Street, Copley Square in Back Bay) on Fridays 12 noon-1pm from early June through the end of August.  Music ranges from jazz to classical, folk to world, and are free.  Right now, the concerts are online on BPL's YouTube channel but may move outdoors later this summer.  More info: https://www.bpl.org/concerts-in-the-courtyard


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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Boston hotels with outdoor swimming pools:  The Verb
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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 26. 

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

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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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

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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. 

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

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 Christopher Columbus Park 2021

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

Enjoy free outdoor movies and celebrations at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston's North End.  Activities this summer are reduced due to the pandemic - but huge improvement over last summer during the shutdown!

Here's the summer lineup so far: 

Independence Day Celebration for Children (& their families) - June 26, 12 noon-2:30pm - Magician, storyteller, and games
Summer Sunday Movies - Sundays July 18 through August 22, 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!

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

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 

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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

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 - Cancelled

Old State House on Boston's Freedom Trail
Old State House on Boston's Freedom Trail

Fun Free Fridays give you free admission to 100 top Massachusetts cultural venues across the state 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. 

In case you're looking ahead to when this event resumes (hopefully) next year, here is the schedule from 2 years ago for Boston area destinations: 

August 3:
- Franklin Park Zoo
- Davis Museum at Wellesley College (Wellesley)
- Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park

August 10:
- Boston Harbor Islands National & State Park
- Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston
- Nichols House Museum
- Museum of the National Center of Afro American Artists
- Wenham Museum (Wenham)
- Greenway Carousel
- Freedom Trail Foundation

August 17:
- JFK Presidential Library and Museum
- Plimouth Plantation
- Commonwealth Museum
- Lynn Museum (Lynn)
- Fruitlands Museum (Harvard, MA)
- Fort Devens Museum (Devens)
- New England Historic Genealogical Society
- Old State House
- Museum of the First Corps of Cadets

August 24:
- Harvard Museums of Science and Culture (Cambridge)
- The Old Manse, Concord
- Museum of African American History

August 31:
- USS Constitution Museum - Old State House
- Cape Ann Museum, Cloucester
- Griffin Museum of Photography (Winchester)
- Provincetown Art Association & Museum (Provincetown)
- Mary Baker Eddy Library and Mapparium

More locations outside of Boston:  Highland Street Foundation website


Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell - Cancelled for 2021

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


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