Dragon Boats, Garden Tours, Scooper Bowl, Free Friday Flicks, Red Sox - Biggest June Events!
The Boston Event Calendar for June 2020 normally kicks off summer in the city with plenty of fun activities, big events, exciting shows, and local favorites such as seasonal beer gardens.
But of course, this year is different as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns as Boston slowly and safely reopens while recommendations/requirements (depending on where you are) to wear a mask and socially distance continue.
Many Boston activities move outdoors during June, and this year is no different. Beaches and parks are open, some sightseeing tours are starting to happen again, and Harbor cruises kick off toward the end of the month.
Numerous restaurants are reopening for outdoor dining, while many more offer curbside pickup. Concerts may be possible in smaller venues soon.
Of course, a lot has been cancelled or postponed.
Most concerts have been cancelled although one spot of good news is that the James Taylor concert at Fenway Park has been rescheduled for 2021.
Due to the summer-long ban on large events, Scooper Bowl, the Dragon Boat Festival on the Charles River, the massive Pride Parade, Garden Tours in the South End, the Charles River Festival, and weekend artisan markets that normally give us plenty of reasons to enjoy our beautiful summer weather have all been cancelled.
And the Red Sox? Who knows? The MBL is still negotiating. Look for games in July at the earliest.
Official State Holiday observed in Boston: Bunker Hill Day, Saturday June 15, 2020. Bunker Hill Day is a Boston-only holiday, and not observed in other part of Massachusetts or the rest of the US.
We've updated the following events information to the best of our ability, and added some new ideas about things to do this month. For events NOT taking places, we've marked them as "cancelled" but left up the basic information for everyone who might be planning a visit for June 2021, when hopefully the pandemic will be a fading memory.
Top photo: Outdoor dining along Newbury Street in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood
Summer Boston Harbor Cruises - Begins July 2 - Book now
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:
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 - 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
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
Fun Events & Activities on the Rose Kennedy Greenway - 2020 - Gradually Reopening
Exciting news - some Greenway events and things to do this summer are reopening! Here's what's open now and starting soon:
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, at least at the beginning - starts June 1.
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 - Starting on June 5, you'll 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 - Six of them will be on between 9am-11pm starting on June 16. The seventh, the North Canal Fountain, will go on during the week of June 22 after repairs are completed.
Greenway PlayCubes - Chinatown Park; opens June 16 for children with a supervising adult.
Greenway Open Market - Opens Saturday June 20, and Sunday, June 21. Going forward, it will take place each Saturday and the first and third Sundays of each month, 11am-5pm in the Wharf District Parks
Carousel - Reopens at the Wharf District Park (near Faneuil Marketplace) on June 26. 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
Lawn on D, a playground for adults (kids are welcome too) located behind the Convention Center in the South Boston Waterfront, is normally where you'll find fun swings and outdoor seating, beanbag and other games, and art installations throughout the summer, along with a rotating series of food trucks.
But like almost everything else, Lawn on D will be different this year.
There won't be any swings or games due to health and safety concerns - but the Lawn will be transformed into a giant outdoor dining venue with 180 carefully-spaced tables, 700 seats, and food and beverages provided by Rebel Restaurants.
Boston's celebrations of Juneteenth, the commemoration of African American freedom, will be online this year due to the coronavirus pandemic:
National Center for Afro American Artists - Juneteenth Emancipation Observance: Nubia: A Shared Vision, A Shared Commitment, with historical readings, musical performances, and speeches. More information
Poetry as Protest: Dr. Malcolm Tariq - A night of poetry and conversation. More information
Museum of Fine Arts - Panel discussion, chilldren's story time, art making, spotlight talk with artist Roberto Lugo, recitations of speeches, poems, and songs by teens, and performance by Débo Ray and DJ Where's Nasty. More information
Boston Theater & Shows for June 2020 - ALL SHOWS CANCELLED OR POSTPONED
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June 2020 Boston Red Sox Schedule - Home Games at Fenway - CANCELLED
Location:Fenway Park Nearest T stations: Green Line B or C/Kenmore; Commuter Rail Worcester Line/Yawkey
Indulge your passion for baseball by going to see the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
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- Races: June 8, 8am-2pm, and June 9, 8am-5pm
- Cultural Festival with food and entertainment: June 9 only - 12 noon-5pm Where: Charles River, with Festival (food and entertainment) on the Cambridge side of the river Nearest T station: Red Line/Harvard Square Cost: Free More Dragon Boat Festival information
The annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is the largest-running dragon boat race in North America with over 60 teams competing. Enjoy the spectacular dragon boats, with rowers ranging from novice to expert. Race seeding trials take place on Saturday, and the races occur on Sunday.
Don't miss the Cultural Festival on Sunday (Cambridge side of the Charles) featuring Asian arts, crafts, martial arts, and dance performances!
Boston Pride Week Events & Schedule - CANCELLE
Boston Pride Week, the city's 48th annual celebration of LGBTQ communities and the largest pride event in New England, takes place from June 1 through June 8 with multiple festivities, parties, and celebrations around the city, with even more events throughout the month of June. Boston Pride Week highlights include:
- Pride Remembrance Memorial at the Garden of Peace, 64-98 Somerset Street (in the esplanade behind 123 Center Plaza in Government Center) - June 2, 6pm
- Pride Night at Fenway Park - June 11, 7:10pm - Red Sox play the Texas Rangers (Red Sox ticket information)
- Boston Pride Festival at City Hall Plaza - June 8, 11am-6pm
- Boston Pride Concert at City Hall Plaza - June 8, 12 noon-6pm
- Boston Pride Parade from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza - June 8, 12 noon
- Pride Parade Route - Parade kicks off in Copley Square in Back Bay, turns right on Clarendon Street and loops through the South End by turning left onto Trement, and left again onto Berkeley Street. At Boylston Street, the parade turns right. After passing by the Public Garden, it turns left at Charles Street, right at Beacon Street, and passes along Boston Common and Beacon Hill. After a final right turn onto Tremont Street, marchers end up at City Hall Plaza.
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Battle of Bunker Hill Day Parade - CANCELLED
When: Sunday, June 16, 12:30pm-3:30pm Where: Bunker Hill Monument, Monument Square, Charlestown, MA (parade starts at the intersection of Vine, Bunker Hill Street, and Main Street, Charlestown) Nearest Boston subway station: Orange Line/Community College Cost: Free More information: 617-242-2724
Join the National Park Service at the Bunker Hill Monument on Boston's Freedom Trail to commemorate the anniversary of the famous battle against the British on nearby Breed's Hill on June 17, 1775, and enjoy the Bunker Hill Day Parade, a Boston tradition since 1786. Members of the Charlestown Militia dressed in Colonial attire play fifes and drums, and offer musket salutes as part of a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument.
The parade kicks off at the corner of Vine and Bunker Hill Streets, marches down Main Street, winds around Charlestown, and ends on Winthrop Street next to the Charlestown Militia training Field. Streets start to close to traffic soon after 9am.
Afterward the parade, explore the Bunker Hill Museum (free admission) across from the monument on Monument Street, or follow the red stripe of the Freedom Trail down to the Charlestown Navy Yard for a free tour on the USS Constitution.
The Battle of Bunker Hill took place during the Seige of Boston, which lasted from April 19, 1775 until March 17, 1776 when the British were finally routed and forced to flee the city.
June 17th is the official state holiday and is observed in Boston (although not in the rest of Massachusetts or elsewhere in the US). The parade takes place on the Sunday on or before June 17.
These special 1-day New England Coastal 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!
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!
Museum of Science Exhibits - 2020 - MUSEUM
Special Exhibits at the Museum of Science
What I Eat: Around the World in 25 Diets - Now through June 30, 2020 - See similarities and differences in the ways diffferent cultures approach and consume food through these fantastic photos and stories - Free with museum admission.
Dogs! A Science Tail - Feb 9 - June 30, 2020 - Understand the science behind why we love dogs, and understand how they see, hear, and smell the world - Free with museum admission.
With 29 fascinating permanent exhibits for all ages, there's always something to see, do, and learn. Here are just a few of the most popular: Butterfly Garden (extra fee), Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff, Cosmic Light, Dinosaurs, Hall of Human Life, Live Animal Care Center, Mathematica, Nanotechnology, Natural Mysteries, New England Habitats, The Light House - plus 17 more!
Use this handy hotel map from Booking.com to find the perfect place to stay. Just enter your dates to find what's available, see the best rates, and make your reservations.
Scooper Bowl Ice Cream Fest - 2020 - CANCELLED
Boston's favorite ice cream fest, Scooper Bowl, dishes out 10 or so tons of ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, and sorbet in this 3-day fundraiser at City Hall Plaza.
Scooper Bowl raises money for the Jimmy Fund to benefit cancer research at Dana-Farber. Not only do you get to eat all you want of the ice cream donated by the nation's top frozen dessert companies, but you can vote afterward for your favorite among the 50+ different flavors on offer.
Back this year: Scoop @ Night 21+ on Thursday night (5pm-8pm) for unlimited ice cream, games, music, and two adult beverage tickets.
When: June 2-4, 12 noon - 8pm Where: City Hall Plaza, Boston Nearest T station: Blue and Green Lines/Government Center All-You-Can-Eat Tickets: $15 for ages 10 and up; $10 for ages 3-9; $30 for Scoop @ Night 21+ More information: Scooper Bowl
Where to Stay near City Hall Plaza
If you're coming to an event at or near City Hall Plaza, spend stay in a nearby hotel, such as the chic and trendy Ames Hotel:
Berklee Summer in the City: Free Summer Concerts in Boston - CANCELLED
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
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
Summer Activities in Boston
Looking for more things to do in Boston in the summer?
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 June:
- Lyric Stage of Boston,
Nichols House Museum (Boston),
MIT Museum (Cambridge)
Wenham Museum (Wenham)
Free Events in Christopher Columbus Park - CANCELLED
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
North End Feasts and Festivals - CANCELLED
Boston's North End Italian Feasts and Festivals draw huge crowds to this historic neighborhood. You can smell the mouth-watering food, hear the music, and feel the excitement as you walk across the Greenway to Hanover Street, where many of the celebrations take place.
These parades and festivals take place almost every weekend throughout the summer.
North End Festivals scheduled for June (all are processions only - no feasts during June):
Santa Maria Di Anzano Procession - June 2 at 1pm - Starts at St Leonard's Church (Hanover and Prince Streets); procession only
St Anthony of Padua - June 12 (date to be confirmed) - 5pm: Outdoor Mass at St Leonard Church's Peace Garden, Hanover and Prince Streets; 6pm: Candle-lit procession starts at St Leonard Church
Saint Padre Pio - June 23 at 2pm - Procession starts at St Leonard Church, Hanover and Prince Streets
Harborfest is Boston's gala celebration of American Independence, July 4th, and the joy of summer in Boston. It often begins in late June so we didn't want to leave it off the June events calendar - but this year it begins on July 1st.
Revolutionary War reenactments, live entertainment, Chowderfest, Parade of Lights & Fireworks, Arts at Harborfest, cruises, exhibits, walking tours, and more exciting events showcase Boston's colonial, Revolutionary War, and maritime history.
When: June 29 - July 5
Where: Main events take place at Faneuil Marketplace, Downtown Crossing, along the Freedom Trail, and on the waterfront - but with 200+ events, you'll also find events in other locations as well. Cost: Free to pricy - depends on the event! Some venues request donations.
City Hall Plaza celebrates Boston-born Disco Queen and 5-time Grammy winner Donna Summers with a roller disco party on June 21, 6pm-10pm. So grab your skates (or arrive early to get free first come first serve rentals), turn your mental clock back 40 years to 1979, and get ready to kick off the official start of summer in Boston with skating, fabulous music, and perhaps a disco ball or two. Nearest T station: Blue & Green Line/Government Center
Frog Pond Spray Pool Opens on Boston Common - CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
For 2 glorious months after school ends, Frog Pond turns into a spray pond and becomes the best place to cool off in the city ... if you're 12 or under. The Grand Opening Celebration features family-friendly entertainment, music, art, a gala ceremony, and of course, the chance to play in the 30-foot spray at the center of the pond. Lifeguards will be on duty this summer during all open hours.
When: June 27, 11am; remains open from 11am to 6pm every day through Labor Day, unless there's a thunderstorm (opening date to be confirmed) Where: Frog Pond at Boston Common Nearest T station: Green Line/Park Cost: Free
More Boston Splash Pool Locations:
Rose Kennedy Greenway - Rings Fountain, in the Wharf District section near Faneuil Marketplace and Christopher Columbus Park
The South End Garden Tour never gets boring because it features gardens in a different area of this large neighborhood every year. This year's tour focuses on the Eight Streets, Union Park, Old Dover, and SOWA neighborhoods, with numerous gardens and green spaces open for this self-guided tour.
Back by popular demand, select South End artists will be in the tour gardens creating works of art - which you can buy at a reception immediately after the tour. Too good to miss!
Get ready to view some gorgeous gardens in this neighborhood known for its passion for gardening. Tour proceeds benefit the South End/Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust.
Be sure to save time for lunch or an early dinner at one of the many terrific chef-owned South End restaurants.
When: Saturday, June 14, 10am - 4pm, rain or shine Where: Begins at Berkeley Community Garden (corner of Tremont & East Berkeley) in Boston's South End Nearest T station: Orange Line/Back Bay Cost: Tickets are $35 on day of the tour, or $30 online - find details at www.thetrustees.org
You'll get to visit historic Nubble Lighthouse in York, Maine, enjoy lunch, shopping, and leisure time in quaint Kennebunkport, admire the well-preserved 18th and 19th century architecture in quaint Kenebunk Village, visit Hampton Beach, and see all the charming villages along the rocky coastline as you cruise along in a luxury climate-controlled coach.
Pickup and dropoff from selected Boston hotels is included.
Here's the perfect way to spend a Friday night in June: Chefs in Shorts, held outdoors on the Seaport Hotel's Upper Plaza, features grills, barbecue, and 40+ of the city's top chefs from Boston and Cambridge restaurants such as Backyard Farms, Bodega Canal, Chubby ChickPeas, Saloniki Greek, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Local 149, Ocean Prime, Fuji at Inkblock, Publico Street Bistro, and Taranta competing in a night of grill-offs, fun, and delicious food.
For about the same amount of money you'd spend on a nice dinner in a Boston restaurant, you get to sample all of the chefs' delicious creations accompanied by wine or beer, vote for your favorite dish, AND as a bonus, support Future Chefs, a Boston non-profit organization dedicated preparing local youth for opportunities in the culinary field. This event usually sells out far in advance - so don't wait to get your ticket!
When: June 21, 7pm-10pm Where: Seaport Boston Hotel, 200 Seaport Blvd, South Boston Waterfront Cost: $90, which includes tastings, wine, and beer Tickets and more information: www.seaportboston.com/events/boston/chefs-in-shorts-1
Photo courtesy of Chefs in Shorts; Seaport Boston Hotel is in the background
10K Race through Back Bay - POSTPONED TO NOVEMBER 22, 2020
When: June 23, 8am Where: Boston Common - Starts and finishes on Charles Street Closest T station: Green Line/Arlington Cost: $65 registration fee More information:BAA Website
Whether you're training for the next Boston Marathon or just want to do a Sunday morning dash through Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and Fenway, the Boston Athletic Association's 10-kilometer race presents a perfect opportunity to test your skills and stamina during Boston's summer weather.
Limited to 10,000 runners, the race will follow a course that begins and ends from Boston Common at Charles Street, and winds through the Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods. No qualifying standard is required for this race.
Roxbury International Film Festival - POSTPONED to September 30-October 4, 2020
When: June 19-June 29 Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Haley House Bakery Cafe, and other sites in and near Roxbury Cost: Tickets to most films are $11; VIP packages available More information:MFA website (Programs/Films on the menu)
The Roxbury International Film Festival showcases films of "emerging and established filmmakers of color," with screenings, panel discussions, receptions, and workshops, plus additional events throughout the year. The IFF began in 1999 when the founders created a venue to celebrate films written, produced, and directed by filmmakers connected with Africa by birth, ancestry, or culture. It is now the largest film festival with this focus in New England. Expect an exciting (and large) collection of full-length features, documentaries, experimental films, shorts, and animations, a series of teen-produced films, and a special program of shorts for children under 10.
The Back Bay Fens - normally just called "The Fens," and part of Olmsted's Emerald Necklace of parks - has everything: wilderness areas, the Victory Gardens, ball fields, the Kelleher Rose Garden, war memorials, the meandering Muddy River, and more.
Tours are offered on a variety of topics and at a variety of times between May and October, and sometimes change at short notice due to weather conditions. To find out what's on offer, check the Emerald Necklace Conservancy's website. Tours are free, but a $10 donation per person is requested to help support ongoing maintenance and improvements of the area.
You can also explore the Fens, including the Victory Gardens and Rose Gardens, on your own.
The Boston Early Music Festival is HUGE, as you might expect as it's the largest early music festival in the world. While it's not the only reason why Boston takes center stage as the early music capital of the country, the Festival certainly cements its reputation.
This week-long celebration of 17th and 18th century music features a fully staged Baroque opera: Steffani's Orlando this year, plus hundreds of other performances, master classes, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, children's programs, and even a sort of trade show of instruments. On many days, the concert schedule starts at nine in the morning and goes until midnight.
When: June 9-16 Where: Multiple Boston locations - mostly Downtown, Back Bay, Fenway, and the Theatre District, plus a few in other locations; a major venue is the magnificent Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory Tickets: Ticket costs vary from free to inexpensive to pricey, with packages available; check the event website for details about the many options
Taj Boston, convenient to the many concerts scheduled for Emmanuel Church, Old South Church, First Church Boston, and other historic churches in Boston's Back Bay.
The Lenox Hotel, also convenient to Back Bay sites as well as New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall
Boston Harbor Islands - Free Ranger Tours Plus Much More! - CANCELLED - FERRY SERVICE IS SUSPENDED
Hop on a ferry at Boston's Long Wharf for a 15-minuted cruise to the Boston Harbor Islands, where free concerts, ranger tours, kayaking trials, clambakes, a Spectacle Island beer garden, Boston Light tours, and even Zumba take place on weekends and weekdays.
Or, enjoy a day of exploring historic sites, photographing birds, enjoying a picnic, hiking, swimming, wading in tidal pools, or simply enjoying the scenery.
When: Late June through Labor Day Where: Georges Island, Spectacle Island, Peddocks Island Getting there: Boston Harbor Island ferry information Ferry cost - round trip to the Islands: $17 adults, $10 children (ages 3-11), $12 seniors 65+, children under 3 free, family (2 adults, 2 children) $43 - you can buy your tickets at Long Wharf ticket booth Closest hotel to Long Wharf: Boston Marriott Long Wharf Schedule information:Boston Harbor Islands website or by calling the Park Rangers at 617-223-8666.
Secret Gardens of Cambridge Tour
The Secret Gardens of Cambridge tour, sponsored by Friends of the Cambridge Public Library, takes place only during alternate years - and this is an OFF year. The self-guided exploration typically covers 4 Cambridge neighborhoods and 24 gardens, including many that are new to the tour each year. You'll get tons of gardening ideas, and see a mix of public and private garden paradises.
Date: Usually the first Sunday in June - check back next year for exact date and time Where: Cambridge, MA (just across the river from Boston) Nearest T station: Red Line/Harvard Cost: Tickets are $25 on day of the tour; available at all Cambridge library branches and numerous Cambridge businesses, including Porter Square Books, Brattle Square Florist, Rodney's Books, Pemberton Farms, Big Picture Framing, Nomad, Clothware, and Bonny's Garden Center. Proceeds benefit the Cambridge Public Library - this is its biggest fundraiser!
When: Saturday, June 1, 11am - 6pm Where: Along the Massachusetts Avenue between Prospect and Sidney Streets and down Sidney Street to Pacific Street Nearest T station: Red Line: Central - Please note: many streets near Central Square including Mass Ave will be closed, and performers and vendors will be using the already-scarce parking - so don't even think about driving to this event Cost: Free - although you'll find plenty to buy from food and crafts vendors
The Charles River Festival is like a huge street party celebrating early summer in the city with outstanding music, the People's Sculpture Race (you push, pull, or pedal your sculpture along the 3/4 mile course), performances, and food. Around 200,000 festival goers come each year.
Enjoy the sunshine and lots of excellent folk, Latin, jazz, and world music performances and dance at 6 performance stages, plus poetry, theater, art exhibits, and family-oriented craft-making activities at this huge festival celebrating the arts. Over 100 food vendors and artisans sell their offerings. Do your holiday shopping now and you'll be all set in December.
Summer in the City - SUSPENDED - HOTEL REOPENS JUne 26
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.
June 9 - Mission Impossible
June 14 - Ferris Bueller's Day Off
June 21 - City Slickers
June 28 - Casablanca