Boston Events for October

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Boston Events for October 2018

Top Things to Do in Boston during October

The Boston Events Calendar for October 2018 is packed with exciting events:  the huge Columbus Day Parade, Head of the Charles Regatta, Boston Fashion Week, art walks and exhibitions, Halloween events, Hamilton at the Boston Opera House, and Elton John at TD Garden!

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Fall foliage colors start appearing in early October - so enjoy the gold and crimson leaves as they light up the city, and join one of the popular fall foliage tours and cruises.

Go on an art walk, take a cruise on Boston Harbor, or just walk around one of the city's historic neighborhoods such as Beacon Hill and the South End, where jack-o-lanterns on doorsteps and our spooky Colonial-era graveyards will remind you Halloween is on its way.

Check out all our top recommendations for fun things to do in Boston in October - and plan your visit now!

World Series Champions Celebration for Boston Red Sox - Duck Boat Parade Through Boston 

Want to congratulate the Boston Red Sox on their World Series Championship win against the LA Dodgers?  Boston will hold the traditional celebratory Duck Boat Parade through the city on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31st.  The parade kicks off at 11am on Lansdown Street near Fenway Park, turns right onto Ipswich Street, then turns left onto Boylston Street, and rolls through Back Bay to Boston Common.  At the corner of Tremont Street, it turns left, continues onto to Cambridge Street, and finally ends at New Sudbury Street near City Hall Plaza. 

If you're planning to come into the city to watch and celebrate, public transportation is highly recommended, along with an arrival time of 8am or earlier.  Please note that no public consumption of alcohol is permitted.  Streets along the parade route will be closed, and curbside parking will be prohibited on numerous streets surrounding the route.   

Boston Theater & Shows for October 2018

Theater productions and shows for October in Boston

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Boston Concerts & Shows - October  2018

Boston Concert Schedule - October
Jose Gonzalez and yMusic playing at Berklee Performance Center - Photo taken by Ben Stas and courtesy of digboston.com

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Half-Price & Discount Halloween Events, Shows, Cruises, & Pub Crawls

Half-price and discount Halloween events, shows, cruises, and parties in Boston

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Fall Foliage Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights - 2018

Fall Foliage Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights
Boston Light on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor - the first lighthouse built in North America in 1716 and restored in 1783, after being destroyed by the British in 1776

Combine a scenic fall foliage cruise around Boston Harbor with a delicious brunch or lunch on the elegant Yacht Northern Lights this month.

The relaxing 2.5 hour brunch cruise gives you panoramic views of fall colors around the Boston Harbor Islands while you enjoy a tasty 3-course brunch, with mimosas and Bloody Marys available for purchase.  You'll see lots of historic sites along the way, and also hear some of the best stories about Harbor Island pirates and ghosts on this narrated cruise.

Find out more and get tickets for the Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise

The 2-hour lunch cruise combines sightseeing and colorful fall foliage around the Boston Harbor Islands and takes you past Long Island Head Light, Boston Light, Fort Warren on Georges Islands, and Fort Independence, as well as numerous islands.

A gourmet picnic lunch and non-alcoholic cold drinks to enjoy on board are included in the price of your ticket, and you can purchase beer, wine, cocktails, and hot beverages.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the gorgeous sights!

Get your tickets for the Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise

Boston Halloween Pumpkin Float 

Boston Halloween Parade and Pumpkin Festival

Put on your Halloween costume and head over to Boston Common's Frog Pond on Sunday, October 21 for a Halloween Pumpkin Festival, refreshments, music, and lots of family activities.  Halloween costumes are encouraged!  This free event takes place from 4:30 - 6:30.     (Date and time to be confirmed for 2018)

Bring an 8 inch or smaller hollowed out carved pumpkin - it will be lit and then floated on Frog Pond for a spectacular display from the glowing pumpkin luminaries.   (Note:  You MUST hollow it out - otherwise, it will not float!)

More information:  Boston Frog Pond website

Columbus Day Parade 2018

American and Italian flags for Boston Columbus Day Parade

Boston's Columbus Day Parade honors Christopher Columbus and his explorations of the Americas, Boston's military commitments to freedom from Colonial times through today, and the city's Italian heritage.

The parade alternates between the North End (odd years) and East Boston (even years).  

When:  Sunday, October 7, approximately 1pm - normally lasts about 2 hours
Where:  East Boston for 2018
Closest T stations:
- North End:  Blue Line/Aquarium or Green Line/Haymarket
- East Boston:  Blue Line/Maverick


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Fort Point Open Studios - Fall Boston Event - 2018

Winter Thunderstorms by Karen McFeaters

When:
Oct 12 Preview from 4pm-7pm
       Oct 13 and 14 from 12 noon - 6pm
Where:  Fort Point area of the South Boston Waterfront
Nearest T station: Red Line/South Station; walk across the Congress Street bridge
Parking: Free, in the Central Parking Lot at Binford and A Street
Cost:  Free...unless you buy some art!
More information:  Fort Point Arts Community website; 617-423-4299

Stop by the FPAC Gallery at 300 Congress Street, pick up a map showing the more than 150 open studios in 14 buildings, plus studios and pop-up venues.  Performances, free hands-on art-making activities, and other special events will also take place.

Then stroll around this area of former warehouses and explore the art studios, chat with the artists, and if you're unable to resist, buy a piece or two of memorable art from some of the area's emerging or well-known artists. 

Photo of painting by Karen McFeaters

Next Fort Point Artwalk:  May 

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New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium - October  2018

New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium

Two New England Patriots home games take place at Gillette Stadium during October - so don't miss this chance to watch the Pats play the Colts and Chiefs.

Get your tickets now, and get ready to join in the fun!

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Where: Gillette Stadium
Getting there:
The Patriot Train - plus more ways to get to Gillette from Boston
Where to stay:  Hotels near Gillette Stadium
Tickets: Check for great prices, great seats, and sometimes discounts


Bruins & Hockey Return to TD Garden for the Preseason & Regular 2018 Season

New England Bruins October schedule at TD Garden in Boston
Photo courtesy of Dan4th Nicholas

Get your Boston Bruins tickets for October home games, and head over to TD Garden for some fast action on the ice.

The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to get to.

Don't miss the chance to see Boston's hockey team, winner of 6 Stanley Cup championships!

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Park: Garages near TD Garden
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More:  TD Garden schedule, directions, best ticket prices


Hotels near TD Garden

If you're coming to an event at the Garden, spend the night or the weekend at one of the nearby hotels, such as the stylish Boxer (shown in photo):

Boxer Hotel, top choice near Boston's TD Garden

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Best Fall Foliage Tours Departing from Boston - 2018

Boston fall foliage tours and cruises

Leaves may still be mostly green in Boston in October, at least during the first couple of weeks - so if you want to see gorgeous foliage, head outside of the city where you'll start to see lots of spectacular colors by mid-month. 

These luxury 1-day fall foliage tours take you to the best viewing locations in New Hampshire, Maine, and Cape Cod.  Sit back and relax while someone else drives and you get to enjoy all the scenery!

More about fall foliage tours leaving from Boston



Enjoy Fall Foliage near Your Boston Hotel

Want to enjoy brilliant fall colors right in the city?  Boston is filled with trees.  Book a room in these hotels, and you'll see these views of stunning autumn color across the street or less than a block away.


Here's how to find the brilliant fall foliage near these hotels:

Colonnade Hotel - Walk across Huntington Ave to Christian Science Plaza.  Find a comfortable bench by the reflecting pool, and enjoy the golden leaves on nearby trees.

Verb Hotel - Cross Boylston Street and enter The Fens, where you'll find the famous Victory Gardens and Kelleher Rose Gardens.

Charlesmark Hotel - Walk half a block to Copley Square.  Soak up some sun by the pool, explore the weekly Farmer's Market, and tour Trinity Church.

Taj Boston Hotel - Cross Arlington Street and enter Boston's Victorian-era Public Garden.  Stroll by lush flowers, admire the Make Way for Duckling statues, and go for a Swan Boat ride in the Lagoon. 

More places to see gorgeous autumn colors in Boston


Tours & Cruises to see Fall Foliage in Boston . . . and Beyond

British Troops Occupy Boston - Reenactments on Columbus Day Weekend

Reenactors on Boston Common
British Reenactors on Boston Common

Colonial and British troop reenactors commemorate the 250th anniversary of the arrival of British troops in 1768 - the beginning of a 7-year occupation of the city that led to the Boston Massacre and finally the American Revolution.  Reenactments take place on Boston Common, Long Wharf, historic sites such as the Old State House on the Freedom Trail, and in Downtown Crossing on October 6 (9am-8pm) and October 7 (10am-1pm). 

If you miss the event, you can still raise a glass to revolution at one of Boston's historic taverns and Democracy Brewing (35 Temple Place, Downtown), a new worker-owned brewery and pub committed to making tasty brew and celebrating Boston's revolutionary spirit - check out the photos and posters covering the walls with scenes and photos of protests from the Sons of Liberty to abolitionists to suffragettes to Occupy Boston.

Boston Columbus Day Weekend Events - 2018

Marchers in Boston's Columbus Day Parade

Dates for Columbus Day Weekend:  Saturday, October 6; Sunday, October 7; Monday, October 8

The 3-day Columbus Day Weekend holiday packs in lots of fun events in and around Boston.  You'll find plenty to do all weekend - plus big Columbus Day sales in all the stores!

Boston Columbus Day events to check out:
- Christopher Columbus Day Parade
- Spirit of Boston Buffet Cruise in Boston Harbor (check now for half-price tickets)
- Local Food Festival on the Greenway
- Opening Our Doors - Free arts and culture celebration in Fenway
- Cape Ann Artisans Open Studio
- Cranberry Harvest Festival
- HONK! Festival

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Celtics Basketball at TD Garden - 2018 Season Begins

 Boston Celtics playing at TD Garden

The Boston Celtics take to the court for Pre-Season and Regular Season October home games at TD Garden.

The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to get to.

Get ready for plenty of action at the net from Boston's champion basketball team.

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Tickets for other months:  Check for great prices, great seats, and sometimes discounts
Where: TD Garden
Nearest public transportation: 
Green Line/Orange Line or Commuter Rail to North Station, next to the Garden

Fall Foliage Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights - 2018

Fall Foliage Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights
Boston Light on Little Brewster Island in Boston Harbor - the first lighthouse built in North America in 1716 and restored in 1783, after being destroyed by the British in 1776

Combine a scenic fall foliage cruise around Boston Harbor with a delicious brunch or lunch on the elegant Yacht Northern Lights this month.

The relaxing 2.5 hour brunch cruise gives you panoramic views of fall colors around the Boston Harbor Islands while you enjoy a tasty 3-course brunch, with mimosas and Bloody Marys available for purchase.  You'll see lots of historic sites along the way, and also hear some of the best stories about Harbor Island pirates and ghosts on this narrated cruise.

Find out more and get tickets for the Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise

The 2-hour lunch cruise combines sightseeing and colorful fall foliage around the Boston Harbor Islands and takes you past Long Island Head Light, Boston Light, Fort Warren on Georges Islands, and Fort Independence, as well as numerous islands.

A gourmet picnic lunch and non-alcoholic cold drinks to enjoy on board are included in the price of your ticket, and you can purchase beer, wine, cocktails, and hot beverages.  Sit back, relax, and enjoy the gorgeous sights!

Get your tickets for the Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise

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Wonderland Filming Starts in Boston on October 8

Fall Foliage Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights

Filming begins on October 8 at various Boston locations for Mark Wahlberg's latest movie, Wonderland, based on the late Robert B. Parker's detective series about a private investigator, ex-felon, and former boxer named Spenser, who Wahlberg will play in the movie.  

Probable Boston filming locations spotted so far (hard to miss because of the big movie production trucks and massive amounts of camera equipment taking up curbside parking spaces - that's Beacon Street near the Arlington intersection in the photo) include the Public Garden and Boston Public Library around Exeter Street.

Parker's novel of the same name begins at Kelly's Roast Beef across from Revere Beach, and involving land grabs for a proposed casino in Revere, corrupt politicians, bribery, at least one murder, and plenty of Boston-based crime.

Want to find out more about movies and television shows filmed in Boston?  The popular Movie Mile walking tour, led by local actors, take you to the locations of famous movies filmed here and show you how they're transformed into what you see on the big screen. 

Visit Cape Cod on the Fast Ferry

Cape Cod tour from Boston

The easiest and fastest way to get to scenic Provincetown at the eastern tip of Cape Cod is on the "Fast Ferry" - a sleek and luxurious passenger-only catamaran that whisks you to this charming village in only 90 minutes.

Explore Provincetown's many art galleries, chic clothing boutiques, and picturesque lanes at your leisure.

Watch the sun set as you feast on clam chowder and a lobster roll at one of the many restaurants overlooking the water.

But don't wait too long - the Fast Ferry runs only through the first part of October.

Fall Foliage Cruises from Boston

Fall foliage along the New Hampshire Coast

Want to see gorgeous fall foliage along the New England and Eastern Canadian coastlines - and enjoy a few days relaxation and touring?  

Fall foliage cruises depart throughout October.  You can choose from day-long cruises and overnight trips.

When:  Departures throughout October
Cost:   Varies according to length of tour and cruise line
More information:  Fall foliage cruises

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Beacon Hill with a BOO! 

Haunted walking tour for Halloween in  Boston's Beacon Hill

Murders, mysteries, mayhem, and the occasional ghost haunt this special 90-minute walking tour of Beacon Hill featuring (mostly) true tales.  Your guide for this ghoulish annual event, a volunteer with local tour group Boston by Foot, will show you the dark side and even darker alleys of this charming neighborhood.  Wear comfortable walking shoes and your favorite costume!

When:   6pm on October 31, Beacon Hill, Boston - arrive 10 minutes before tour starts. 
Where:  Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood
For more information:   Boston by Foot website
Cost:  $20 ($10 for Boston by Foot members) -  Purchase tour tickets directly from your guide - no reservations are required.  Interested in a private tour?  Boston by Foot will arrange that for you, at private tour rates, given enough lead time - call them at 617-367-2345 for details.

Can't make the Halloween tour? Catch Boston by Foot's "The Dark Side of Boston" tour and hear tales of crime, disease, death, and disaster as you walk around the North End.  Takes place earlier in October and throughout the year - check BBF's website for details.

Columbus Park Fall Festival

Christopher Columbus statue in Boston's North End

When:  Monday, October 8, 12 noon - 4pm (date and time still being confirmed for 2018) 
Location:  Christopher Columbus Park, Boston's North End (100 Atlantic Ave - next to the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel)
Public Transportation:  Blue Line/Aquarium; about a 3 minute walk north on the Greenway
Cost:  Free

The Columbus Park Fall Festival features a children's parade through the park (watch it or join it), a variety of music and entertainment by local groups, plus family activities including a petting zoo to celebrate Boston's Italian heritage and the Columbus Day holiday in this gorgeous park overlooking Boston Harbor.

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Head of the Charles Regatta  - 2018

Head of Charles rowers

When:  October 20 and 21, 8am - 4:30pm
Where:  Charles River between Boston and Cambridge, MA
Cost:   Free viewing from most locations.  Exceptions include Reunion Village ($10 for one day) and the Eliot Bridge Enclosure ($90 for one day or $150 for both; includes breakfast, lunch, and 2 free drinks)

For more information, including best viewing spots and hotels:  Head of the Charles Regatta

More than 11,000 elite athletes from around the world compete in 55 events as part of the Head of the Charles Regatta, an exciting 2-day rowing meet held on the Charles River during the last full weekend in October. 

If you're visiting Boston this weekend, join the more than 300,000 spectators watching from the bridges and banks of the Charles.  Fall foliage along the river is usually near peak on this weekend - so bring your camera!

Boston Book Festival in Copley Square - 2018 

Boston Book Festival event information

Where:  Copley Square area - Boston Public Library, Boston Common Hotel, Berklee College of Music, French Cultural Center
When:  October 13
Nearest T Station:  Green Line/Copley Square or Commuter Line/Orange Line/Back Bay
Cost:  Free
More information including schedule & locations:  website

A huge array of 150+ renowned and mostly local writers, scholars, NPR hosts, publishers, and thought leaders including National Book Award, Newbury, and Pulitzer Prize winners converge in dozens of forums, presentations, and discussions to celebrate our local culture of reading and ideas, making the Boston Book Festival the largest literary event in New England. 

Featured speakers includeDoris Kearnes Goodwin, Kate DiCamillo, Michael Pollan, Tayari Jones, Becky Albertalli, Adam Silvera - plus many more!

In addition to exhibitions, discussions, and presentations, you'll find live music, booksellers, food, and kids/teen activities.

Boston Book Festival is one of the biggest book fests in the U.S. and there's nothing else quite like it, so don't miss it!

Not Sure about Boston Neighborhood Locations?

Map of Boston showing central neighborhoods

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

Need a more details?  See our recommendations for free and low-cost Boston maps.

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ICA Boston Art Show 

New show opening at ICA Boston

Jason Moran, STAGED: Three Deuces - Mixed media and sound

September 19 - January 21, 2019

ICA presents a new sculptural commission from interdisciplinary artist Jason Moran's series of mixed media installations based on famous jazz venues from past eras.  In-gallery performances will also occur during the run of the show.

Where:  ICA Boston in the South Boston Waterfront
Admission:  $15 general admission;  free entrance with GoBoston Discount Card and on Thursday nights from 5pm-9pm; on Fridays, open only to First Fridays ticket holders ($15/ticket) from 5pm-10pm.

Cape Ann Artisans Open Studios - 2018

Photo of painting by Rob Diebboll, Rockport, MA

Don't miss this wonderful excuse to tour artist studios along the beautiful Rockport and Gloucester coast on Columbus Day weekend!  23 artists and artisans at 20 locations will welcome you to view their paintings, sculpture, mosaics, photography, pottery, jewelry, and other wonderful creations. 

You can easily rent a car and drive up from Boston for the day - 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:  October 6, 7, and 8, 10am - 5pm
Where:  Open Studio Tour map and more information at www.capeannartisans.com.  You can also 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 bright magenta Studio Tour banner at each location
More information:  978-546-6186; Cape Ann Artisans website: http://capeannartisans.com
Cost:  Free
Painting in photo: "The Next Wave" by Cape Ann painter Rob Diebboll, 1 Camborne Way, Rockport 
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MFA Exhibit:  Winnie-the-Pooh

MFA Boston Exhibit

Explore the famous children's story book character, Winnie the Pooh, in this exhibit of almost 200 works in an immersive display as youjourney through the stories of Pooh and his friends Eeyore, Kanga and Roo, Owl, Piglet, Rabbit, Tigger, and Christopher Robin. 

Don't miss this wonderful family-friendly exhibit!

Where:  Boston's Museum of Fine Arts  
When:   September 22 - January 6, 2019
Admission:  Timed exhibition tickets required for everyone including children(see MFA website for details); $25 general admission, or get free museum entrance with GoBoston Discount card and Boston CityPASS card.  Museum admission is also free on Wednesday nights after 4pm (voluntary contribution of $25 suggested)

Halloween Pet Parade - 2018

Halloween Pet Parade

Does your pet love to dress up and strut around?  If so, bring out your favorite (pet) Halloween costume and head over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace on October 27 from 12 noon to 2pm to show off your holiday spirit. 

The Pet Parade takes place at 1pm.  At 2pm, your pet could win a prize.  Categories include Best Owner and Pet Combo, Best Local Boston Representation, and Most Creative.  Registration is required for this free event:  Faneuil Marketplace website

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Boston Fashion Week

Boston Fashion Week
Photo courtesy Boston Fashion Week Facebook - Graciela Rivas Collection Model Club Inc.

Boston Fashion Week is bigger and better than ever this year - 7 days packed with celebrations of Boston style.  Enjoy runway shows, exhibitions, special events such as GlamSlam, and parties as Boston's fashion professionals, retailers, and talented design students explore ideas, innovations, and new directions a venues throughout the city. 

  • When:  September 30-October 6
  • More information about how to participate, plus a list of events, participants, and venues:   Boston Fashion Week's website.

Fort Point Pumpkin Pageant

Fort Point Channel Carved Pumpkin Contest

Vote on your favorite carved pumpkin at the Fort Point Channel Pumpkin Pageant on October 25 from 12 noon-3pm.  (date and time to be confirmed for 2018)

Bring your already-carved pumpkin to the Harborwalk in front of Boston Children's Museum at 11:30, and put it on display.  You get to vote for Funniest, Scariest, Most Original, and Overall Crowd Favorite.  Stick around for some fun sports such as pumpking bowling! 

Then head over to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museums for the new Fall Fling to hear the winners announced as you enjoy drinks, small bites, and live music.

Pumpkin Pagent participants get free Fall Fling admission - but everyone else needs to purchase tickets.

More information:  Friends of Fort Point Channel website

Pru Boo at Prudential Center - 2018

Pru Boo Boston Halloween event at Prudential Center in October

When:  Sunday, October 28 - 11am-1pm.  There's also a kids concert at 1:30 in the South Garden, weather permitting.  In case of rain, the concert will be in Pru Center's Belvidere Pavilion
Where:  Prudential Center
Cost:   $5 donation per child (12 and under) - purchase trick or treat bag at Customer Service desk starting Oct 1 or check in at the Food Court or Center Court as early as 9am on the date of the event to beat the crowds and pick up a map of all the activities.  Parking for the day will be $18 (Pru Center Garage).  Donations this year will benefit The Home for Little Wanderers.  You'll also find lots of non-food treats this year.
More information:  Halloween in Boston

Every year, over 50 stores and restaurants at the Shops at Prudential Center sponsor Trick or Treating for Charity,with proceeds going to a non-profit partner to benefit the neediest babies and children in Boston.  Kids come dressed in their cutest Halloween outfits and enjoy trick-or-treating, face painting, magic shows, pumpkin decorating, and more, but most important:  they'll be helping other children.  

Boston Harbor Cruises -  October 2018

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:

Boston Harbor Cruises for 2019

Cranberry Harvest Festival on Columbus Day Weekend - 2018

Boston Cranberry Harvest Festival - Christopher Columbus Day Event

When:  October 6-7, 10am - 4pm, rain or shine
Location:  A.D. Makepeace Company, 158 Tihonet Road, Wareham, MA
Admission:  $10 adults, $5 seniors, free for children under 7 and military; free parking; some activities have additional fees or donations to the non-profit organizations that sponsor them
More information: Festival website or call 508-322-4000

Celebrate the fall cranberry harvest season at this annual Cranberry Harvest Festival open house, located at the nation's largest cranberry grower south of Boston.  This popular event attracted over 32,000 visitors last year.  Cranberry bog tours, family-oriented games and entertainment, and fresh cranberries to buy! 

More about the Cranberry Harvest Festival and nearby Plimouth Plantation and Mayflower II

New England Coastal Tour from Boston

New England coastal tour from Boston

This day trip New England Coastal Tour gives you spectacular views of the beautiful New England coastline along Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. 

You'll get to visit historic Nubble Lighthouse, enjoy lunch and leisure time in quaint Kennebunkport, visit Hampton Beach, and see all the charming villages along the rocky coastline as you cruise along in a luxury climate-controlled coach. 

Boston hotel pickup and dropoff included.

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Salem Halloween:  Haunted Happenings Grand Parade - 2018

Salem MA Halloween Events

When:  Thursday, October 4, 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location:  Downtown Salem, MA; ends at Salem Common

The Haunted Happenings Grand Parade officially kicks off the season of witches, ghosts, and goblins with a lavish pageant of costumes, music, and entertainment - but that's just the beginning of Salem's Halloween festivities. 

More about the Grand Parade and the "Witch City"

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HUBweek 2018 - Celebrating Innovation in Boston

Fall Foliage Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights
Artist painting one of the shipping containers used for HUBweek exhibits on City Hall Plaza; in the background, you can see a celebration of the Republic of China's National Day

HUBweek brings together innovators from all over the world for a festival celebrating cutting edge and impacful ideals in art and technology. 

Access to most exhibits, demonstrations, and nightly parties is free (although you must register); the concurrent file festival and Changemaker conference requires ticket.

Dates:  October 8-14
Locations:   City Hall Plaza and other venues around Boston
Event schedule and registration:  https://2018.hubweek.org

John Coltrane Memorial Concert 

John Coltrane Memorial Concert

The 39th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert will present an evening of Ballads & Blues, featuring the JCMC Ensemble with Carl Atkins (reeds and woodwinds), Billy Buss (trumpet), Consuelo Candelaria (piano), Jeff Galindo (trombone), Jason Palmer (trumpet), Bill Pierce (reeds and woodwinds), Ron Savage (percussion), Avery Sharpe (acoustic bass), Rick Stepton (trombone), Stan Strickland (reeds, woodwinds and voice), and Bobby Tynes (reeds and woodwinds). 

The concert will take place on Saturday, October 29 at 7:30 at Northeastern University's Blackman Theatre, 360 Huntington Ave. 

Tickets:  $25-$40 - call 617-373-4700; use code FJCMC10 to get 10% off general admission through 9/30/16

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Opening Our Doors Day in Fenway 

Big arts celebration in Boston's Fenway for Columbus Day

Fenway Alliance presents "Opening Our Doors," Boston's biggest single day of FREE arts, cultural, and educational events when its members invite you to 60+ activities, performances, tours, music, and games from 10am - 4pm.  

Festivities start on the Mass Ave side of the Christian Science Plaza at the intersection of Huntington Ave and Mass Ave. The kick-off celebration features a Kids Parade with the Hot Tamale Brass Band, performances, and free cupcakes, with fun activities for all ages all day.

Added plus:  Free admission to several top Fenway museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and the Mary Baker Eddy Library Mapparium.

When:  Monday, October 8  
Where:  Multiple locations in Fenway
Cost:  Free
More information:  Fenway Alliance website - Complete events schedule for Boston's Fenway neighborhood

HONK! Street Music Festival on Columbus Day Weekend

Photo of HONK Festival band - coming to Boston on Columbus Day Weekend

When: October 5-7
Where:
  Davis Square, Somerville; Harvard Square, Cambridge
Cost:   Free 
More information:  www.honkfest.org

HONK! Festival of Activist Street Bands fills streets in Cambridge and Somerville with celebratory music, colorful attire, and lots of fun during Columbus Day weekend.  Participants come from around the U.S. and other parts of the world.  Expect to hear a cacaphony of sounds reminiscent of New Orleans brass bands, European Klezmer, Brazilian-Afro music, Romani and Balkan music, and much more.

Join lantern-making workshops on Friday from 4pm-6pm at Hodgkins Park near Davis Square - bring your kids, neighbors, friends, and even your parents.  Then at 7pm-8pm, head out from Hodgkins Park with your lanterns along with DYI lighting such as flashlights, bikelights, etc.  End up at 8:30 until midnight at Once (corner of Central St and Highland Ave in Somerville), or 8pm-11pm at Aeronaut Brewing Company to hear HONK! bands perform - free admission.

On Saturday, almost 30 activist street bands will perform from 12 noon-9pm at various outdoor venues around Davis Square (just follow the sound of the music to find them. 

On Sunday from 2pm-6pm, the musicians parade around Harvard Square, where they'll play at Octoberfest throughout the afternoon. 

More info about all events here:  http://honkfest.org

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