Lots of exciting events pack the Boston Events Calendar for August 2024 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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Boston Concerts & Shows - August 2024

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

Top August Concerts in Boston - Schedules & Tickets

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Top concerts in Boston in August 2024 include Lynyrd Skynyrd with ZZ Top at Xfinity Center, New Kidz on the Block, and Metallica playing two big stadium tour shows at Gillette, with a totally different show each night - show your love for Metallica by getting a 2-day pass to see both!

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Whale Watching Cruise Tickets

Whale watching cruise
Tail of a humpback whale, seen on a whale watching cruise - Photo credit: iStock.com/samchad

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, so don't wait to get your tickets now for this iconic Boston experience!

Boston Theater & Shows for August - 2024

Theater productions and shows for August in Boston

Top August Shows in Boston - Schedules & Tickets

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Check out the Boston theater schedule for August with an exciting lineup of Les Miserables and Blue Man Group:

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Revere Boston Hotel, top choice near Boston's Theatre District

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Boston Harbor Sightseeing Cruises - August

Boston sailing and yacht cruises
Schooner on Boston Harbor

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:

 Popular Cruises on the Northern Lights:

  • Northern Lights Sunset Cruise - Grab a refreshments from the bar and then relax as you watch the sun set on this sail around the Harbor, just in time to catch the USS Constitution fire its cannons as the sun dips down past the horizon
  • 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!  Food and beverages available for purchase at the bar

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August Moon Festival in Chinatown - 2024

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?  Good question.

Possibilities include the end of the annual harvest, the legend of Chang'e, the immortal Lady of the Moon, and the overthrow of the Mongol rulers in 1368 after a rebel leader distributed mooncakes filled with messages 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 (late September/early October), Boston celebrates it in mid-August - the perfect excuse to spend a Sunday enjoying 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 11; Lion Dances, games, 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 2-3 blocks from the corner of Tremont and Boylston Streets, and you'll be in 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: 

  • Night Shift Beer Garden at Dewey Square Plaza across from South Station.  Beer, seltzer, wine plus bites from rotating food vendors.  Open Wednesday - Friday from 3pm - 9pm, Saturday 12 noon - 9pm, and Sunday from 12 noon - 7pm
  • 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 food trucks.  Open Tuesday - Saturday from 3pm - 10pm, and Sunday from 12 noon - 6pm.
  • Weekly Lion Dances at the Chinatown Gate - Starts at the Chinatown Gate on the Greenway and continues through the streets - Every week from 12 noon - 1pm, starting June 29 through August 31 (except for July 6)
  • 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-6pm.  Tickets: $4 (buy online)
  • Greenway Food Trucks:   A rotation of 20 trucks offer Korean, Jamaican, Indian, Caribbean, Italian, seafood, and other specialties along the Greenway at Night Shift on Dewey Square, the Carousel, Rings Fountain (Milk Street), State Street, the North End, Rowes Wharf Plaza, and Trillium Beer Garden.  You'll find them at several locations each day, usually with a total of about 3 trucks per day.  You can track the schedule and locations of your favorites here
  • Public Art - See new installations by top artists
  • Plants & Landscapes - Enjoy the sustainable organic gardens, including the Greenway's Meadow, Beehives, Pollinator Ribbon, Carolyn Lynch Garden with brightly colored flowers, and the Armenian Heritage Park with an abstract sculpture and maze
  • Fitness Program - Join any or all of the free fitness classes (many different types) - find the schedule here

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August Boston Red Sox Schedule - Home Games at Fenway - 2024

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 2024

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

The Boston Landmarks Orchestra's 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, as well as the annual Dance Night.

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 3 - Brahms & Dvorak: Songs without Words
  • August 10 - Chamber Music: Rivers School Conservatory
  • August 14 - Mozart & More
  • August 21 - Sheherazade & Borodin: Arabian Nights

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

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Cape Ann Artisans August Mini-Tour - Not in 2024

Normally, you should not miss this wonderful excuse to tour artist studios along the beautiful Rockport and Gloucester coast in early June - but after an intense schedule of 40-year anniversary events last year, Cape Ann Artisans are taking a break during 2024 for rest and reflection.

This is what you can expect for next year:

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.  

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Open Studio Tour:  August 12 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 inf

ormation:  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  the 30 or so performers who provide daily entertainment from 11am to 9pm.

Look for lots of talented musicians, amazing acrobats, comedians, magicians, an escape artist, local comedian Kilted Colin, Pogo Fred, dancers, and even the Unicycling Unicorn.

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Shakespeare on the Common: The Winter's Tale

Shakespeare on the Common in Boston MA
Shakespeare on the Common

One of the most popular summer Boston events, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents The Winter's Tale in this year's production of Shakespeare on the Common

In case you've never heard of this particular play, it's one of the playwright's lesser-known romantic-tragedies in which a toxic mix of jealousy, paranoia, and false accusations unleash a torrent of losses, exile, abandonment, and death before more plot twists bring about an almost improbable happy ending. 

The fast-moving plot is sure to keep you entertained!

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 (price to be confirmed closer to the dates - 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 16 -  August 4 (no performances on July 22 or 29) at 8pm on all nights except for August 3 when the show starts at 6pm; performances normally run about 2.5 hours with no intermission.

Heavy rain and lightening storms can cause delays or cancellations for safety reasons; if in doubt, call the group's Weather Hotline at 617-362-7485. 

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

New England Patriots Logo
New England Patriots Logo - You'll see a lot of these as fans start wearing their Patriots sports gear again

The Patriots start their regular season in September. 

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

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Where:   Gillette Stadium
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North End Feasts and Festivals 2024

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 this year.

These popular celebrations have been taking place for 100 years or more - almost as long as Italians have lived in this neighborhood.  Although they do attract lots of visitors from other parts of Boston and elswhere, they are first and foremost integral to the continuing embrace of Italian culture in this part of the city.

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.  By chance, the August festivities place a particular emphasis of food and celebrations.

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.

Here is August Feasts and Festivals schedule for this year:

  • St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast and Procession  - August 1, 2, 3, 4 - 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 9, 10, 11 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 15 - 18 - This feast, started by Italian immigrants from Sciacca, Sicily over 100 years ago, The annual Blessing of the Fishing Waters at Columbus Park takes place on Thursday at 6pm.  The Feast opens at 6pm on Friday, and 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday and lasts until about 11pm.  The Grand Procession ("grand" barely begins to describe it!) starts at 1pm on Sunday, on Fleet, Louis, and North Streets, and features a statue of the Madonna being carried through the streets.  In addition, you can experience several other highlights:  dancing in the streets to live music, watching cooking demonsrations, sampling all the delicious food, and on the last evening, seeing the grand finale: the Flight of the Angel, when a young woman "flies" down from a thired-story window to meet the Madonna through a cloud of confetti.
  • St. Lucy's Feast - August 22-23 (Thursday and Friday) - Thatcher and Endicott Streets.  Thursday:  At 5pm, opening ceremonies, the blessing of the Saint Lucy statue, and a procession with Italian street bands, flower girls, and color guard take place; at 6pm, you can expect (and join) dancing and singing in the streets, followed by the feast; at 10:30pm, a candlelight procession and welcome of Santa Lucia statue takes place 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 - This is the largest and most famous Italian religious festival in New England, and has been staged here in the North End for over a century.  It takes place on August 23 - 25 (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) along Endicott, Thatcher, and North Margin Streets.  The feast opens with a ceremony and a procession at 7pm on Friday.  A Grand Procession starts at 12 noon on Sunday and features parades, strolling singers, entertainment, and 100 pushcarts offering mouth-watering Italian food. Known as the "Feast of All Feasts"it opens at 7pm on Friday, 12 noon on Saturday and Sunday.  To fully appreciate all that it offers, come with an appetite and plan to stay awhile.  - 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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Hotels in Boston's North End

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Boston Yacht Haven - waterfront boutique hotel in the North End
Boston Yacht Haven on Boston Harbor near the North End

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Boston Parks Movie Nights

The Mayor's Movie Nights in Boston Parks take place during August and September and give Bostonians in many city neighborhoods the chance to watch a recent movie for free under the stars.

Here's the August schedule (movies begin at dusk):

  • Aug 8 - South Boston/Seaport - Minions: The Rise of Gru
  • Aug 11 - West Roxbury - Lightyear plus Space Programming
  • Aug 14 - Roxbury - Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
  • Aug 15 - Allston/Brighton - Marcel: The Shell with Shoes On
  • Aug 16 - DC League of Super-Pets
  • Aug 21 - East Boston - Vivo
  • Aug 22 - South End - Lyle, Lyle Crocodile
  • Aug 23 - Roslidale - Spider Man: No Way Home
  • Aug 28 - Hyde Park - League of Super Pets
  • Aug 29 - Charlestown - The Bad Guys

For more information and park locations, see the City of Boston website.

Lawn on D - 2024

Lawn on D summer events
The LED-lit swings at Lawn on D

Lawn on D, a playground for adults (kids are welcome too but this is primarily an adult venue) located behind the Convention Center in the South Boston Waterfront, offers interactive installations, foodie-friendly bites and drinks, community events, and, of course, fun lawn games.

Look for Kaleidoscope Garden, a new light garden filled with illuminated disks that glow like fireflies, Urban Grove with shaded nest seating under a canopy with hue-changing lighting that glows after dark, and FitFest, free fitness classes taking place on select Saturdays.

You'll also find giant Adirondack chairs, pickle ball courts, and other spots to relax, hang out, and have fun.

Live music and other free events take place through October.

Hours: 7am - 11pm, with pickleball courts open from 9am - 9pm.  Food/drink concessions are open from 3pm - 10pm on Wednesdays, and 12 noon - 10:30pm on Friday - Sunday.

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

Lawn on D occasionally closes to the public due to private events (always check their website before going). 

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

Berklee College of Music students, faculty, and alumni give hundreds of free outdoor concerts all over the city from May through September. 

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 Charles River Jazz Festival, Club Passim in Cambridge, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, Kendall Center, Regattabar and Henrietta's table, Sam Adams Park, South Boston Maritime Park, Spectacle Island, Sunset Concerts at Symphony Park, Tito Puente Latin Music Series, SoWa Open Market, Prudential Center, Jazz at the Fort, Cambridge Discovery Park, The Green at 401 Park in the Fenway, and Swingin' in the Fens.

You can find the schedule here:  Berklee events website

Fun Boston Tours for August

New England Revolution at Gillette Stadium 2024

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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Boston Hotels with Outdoor Swimming Pools

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
Dancing to the music on BHH's Blues Barge

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 live music between 6pm - 10pm as musicians staged on the Blues Barge perform a range of music including jazz, soul, country, R&B, DJ sets, and more.

Combine these events with a drink and dinner on the hotel's Harborwalk Terrace (reservations usually needed) or the Rowes Wharf Sea Grill overlooking the Harbor for the perfect summer evening.

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Popular Boston Tours for August

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 2024

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 all-new displays take you through fantastic journeys filled with color and light. 

You'll discover an ice-breathing dragon, underwater adventures in a coral reef, and Chinese lantern scenes with pagodas, cranes, and lotuses.

Not to be missed:  a 80-foot glowing walk-through dragon tunnel.

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

Boston Lights dates/hours:  July 22 - October 29, 6pm-10:30pm

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).

Summer Dine Out Boston (Restaurant Week) - 2024

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

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! 

When:  August 4-17
Where:  Best restaurants in Boston, Cambridge, and suburbs

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Greenway Open Market 

Greenway Open Market - Boston
Greenway Open Market in Boston

Greenway Open Market, sister market to SoWa Open Market (held Sundays in the South End), brings an eclectic mix of hand-made art, music, and locally produced products to Boston. 

Look for the sea of white vendor tents - and get ready for some fun shopping, plus good eating at the gourmet food trucks. 

With a different mix of vendors present each week, you never know what treasures you'll find!  It's a quintessential Boston event.

When:  Saturdays and Sundays through October, 11am - 5pm

Where:   Rose Kennedy Greenway, near Rings Fountain along the Wharf District parks (look for the Carousel and the vendors' white tents)

Nearest T station:  Blue Line/Aquarium, or Orange and Green Lines/Haymarket
Cost:  Free (but of course you'll probably be tempted to buy things

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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 27 at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston's North End. 

Movies start at 8pm.  Bring a blanket or low folding chairs and watch family favorites.

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

Free Family Flicks @ Prudential Center 2024

Enjoy this free fun family-friendly activity - movies under the stars on Saturday nights during July and August 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). 

All of the famiy-friendly movies have G, or PG ratings.

Bring a picnic blanket or low beach chairs, and grab dinner at Prudential Center.


August 3:  The Princess and the Frog
August 10:  National Treasure
August 17:  Migration
August 24: The Little Mermaid

When:  Movies start at dusk but children's entertainment begins at 6pm and the garden will be open for the event until 10pm

Where:   Prudential Center, South Garden
Cost:  Free

Nearest T station:  Green Line/Prudential
Nearest parking garage:  Prudential Center Garage - Get discounted parking with a $25 purchase ($20 if you enter after 5pm) from any Pru Center store, restaurant, cart, or kiosk; bring your parking ticket with you when you leave the garage and have your sales associate validate your parking ticket after you make your 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 - through August 31
Where:   Frog Pond at Boston Common
Nearest T station:  Green Line/Park

Cost:  Free
Bring:  Your own mat, blocks, towels, and belt

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 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 4 - Goonies
  • August 11 - Back to the Future
  • August 18 - Super Mario Bros
  • August 25 Thor Love and Thunder

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

"Allston Christmas"

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

The catch? Those moving out dump unwanted furniture including queen-sized beds and massive couches, household items, clothes, and piles of junk on the sidewalks and into the streets.  Everything is up for grabs. 

At the beginning, dumpsters along the streets contain most of the mess, until they quickly begin to overflow.  That's when new residents arrive with their UHauls filled belongings to unload. 

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.

Boston Fan Expo 2025

When:  August 8-10 
Where: Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
Stay nearby:   South Boston Waterfront Hotels near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center
More information & tickets: 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 last year included Rosario Dawson, Hugh Dancy, Marisa Tomei, Bryce Dallas Howard, 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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