Boston Events for September

Boston Events for September 2018

Top Things to Do in Boston during September

Top Boston Events for September 2018 include open art studios, outdoor markets, Harbor cruises, Pearl Jam at Fenway Park, Ed Sheeran at Gillette Stadium, Hamilton at the Boston Opera House, and two huge bicycle events.  The city buzzes with energy as college and university students return.

September holidays:  Labor Day, Monday, September 3

Labor Day Weekend events plus the final days of Boston Harbor Hotel's Blues Barge Jazz Concerts and Summer in the City movies on the waterfront get September off to an exciting start.

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New England Patriots fans rejoice as the team kicks off the first regular season game at Gillette Stadium.  Red Sox fans contemplate the playoffs - will this be another World Series win? 

Toward the end of the month, you may begin to start seeing glimpses of fall foliage color - every year is different!  

Jazz Along the Charles

Jazz Along the Charles

25 Jazz Ensembles positioned along a series of connected walkable locations along a 2-mile loop of Boston's Esplanade between Community Boating (near the MGH/Charles St T station) and the Fairfield Street Footbridge will each play their own rendition of a single shared playlist of Boston-related tunes.   This free event takes place on Sunday, September 23, 2-4pm. 

More about getting to the Esplanade

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September 2018 Boston Red Sox Schedule - Home Games at Fenway

Boston Red Sox schedule for September - World Series win banners outside Fenway Park

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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Find Red Sox home game schedule for each month:  April  -   May  -  June  -   July  -  August  - September  -   October


Hotels near Fenway Park

If you're coming to a Red Sox game, spend the night or the weekend at one of the nearby hotels, such as the luxurious Hotel Commonwealth:

Verb Hotel, top choice near Boston's Fenway Park

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Park:  Garages & lots near Fenway Park
Celebrate:   Best sports bars near Fenway Park

Boston Theater & Shows for September 2018

Theater productions and shows for September in Boston

Hamilton - Boston Opera House

Schedule & Tickets:


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More shows for September 

More Boston Theater District Shows in Other Months


Top Hotels near Boston's Theatre District

Enjoy your Boston performance or show experience to the fullest when you stay in one of the nearby Theatre District hotels, such as the hip and glamorous Revere Hotel:

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

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Boston Harbor Cruises -  September 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:

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Fall Foliage Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights

Fall Foliage Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights

This scenic 2-hour afternoon sightseeing cruise around Boston Harbor during October shows you colorful fall foliage as you cruise aroung the Boston Harbor Islands. 

You'll see Long Island Head Light, Boston Light (America's oldest light house), Fort Warren on Georges Islands, Fort Independence, and the brightly colored foliage on Peadock's Island and Thompson's Island.

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!

Find out more and get tickets for the Fall Foliage Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights

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.

Find out more

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Boston Marathon Registration for April 2018 Race

Boston Marathon - registration information

Registration for the Boston Marathon begins on Monday, September 11 at 10am ET for the race to be held on April 16, 2018.  It takes place on a rolling basis over the course of 2 weeks, with runners with times 20 minutes or more below the Marathon qualifying times for their age/gender going first. 

Registration is not guaranteed, even if you meet the qualifying standard for your bracket, as the number of people who want to run always exceeds the race's capacity, which is usually about 27,000 competitors.  You can find more details at www.baa.org.

Hotels fill up early for Marathon weekend, and rates increase the longer you wait to make reservations - so check out Boston Marathon hotels now!

Visit Martha's Vineyard for the Day

Cape Cod tour from Boston

Experience another world when you visit Martha's Vineyard, a small island south of Cape Cod with beautiful beaches and scenery, quaint cottages (and huge mansions), and chic clothing boutiques and art galleries.

After pickup from downtown hotels, a comfortable coach ride to Cape Cod, and a short ferry ride to the Vineyard, you'll have the day to explore all the local sights including the iconic lighthouse, cliffs, and whaling captains'  homes. 

- Find out more about the trip to Martha's Vineyard & book your trip!

Fall Foliage Tours 

Boston fall foliage tours and cruises

Leaves may still be green in Boston in September, so if you want to see gorgeous foliage, you need to go outside of the city where you'll start to see lots of spectacular colors by mid-month. 

Luxury 1-day fall foliage tours take you to the best viewing locations in New Hampshire, Maine, and even the Cape (although you'll see more color in the Cape in October).  Sit back and relax while someone else drives and you get to enjoy all the scenery!

- Find out about fall foliage sightseeing tours departing from Boston


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


Boston Concerts & Shows - September 2018

Boston concert schedule - September
Pearl Jam playing at Fenway Park - Photo courtesy of Tom Kielty, DigBoston

Pearl Jam - Fenway Park
Ed Sheeran - Gillette Stadium
Jethro Tull - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 
Niall Horan & Maren Morris - Xfinity Center 
Bruno Mars & Cardi B - TD Garden

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More Concerts & Shows for September

Boston Concerts & Shows throughout the Year  

Boston Bruins Preseason Games

Boston Bruins

Location:  TD Garden
Nearest T stop: North Station
Parking:  Boston garages near North Station / TD Garden

The Boston Bruins launch their 2018 season with two preseason games at the Garden in September.  Come join the excitement on the ice! 

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New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium - September 2018

Free Concerts in Fort Point

Two New England Patriots home games take place at Gillette Stadium during September - so don't miss this chance to welcome the Pats back for the new season! 

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

Revels RiverSing

RiverSing along the Charles River

The free annual Revels RiverSing welcomes fall with a family-friendly Autumn Equinox celebrationat their new riverfront location at Herter Park Amphitheater in Allston on Saturday, September 22, 5pm-7:30pm (rain or shine).

Family activities begin at 5pm.  Singing begins at 6pm.

This free theatrical event features over 100 performers of music and song, along with poetry readings, acrobats, circus performers, puppets, and a folk band.  Best of all, you get to join in!

Even though the holiday season still seems far away, don't forget to also put Christmas Revels, a beloved Boston tradition, on your calendar for December.

Location:  1175 Soldiers Field Road, in Boston's Allston neighborhood
Getting there by T:  Take the 70 bus from Central Square or 86 bus from Harvard Square; get off at Western Avenue and Everett Street, walk north one block on Everett Street, cross Soldiers Field Road to Herter Park
Admission: Free
Parking: Free in the large adjacent parking lot

Fun Ways to See Boston in September 

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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.

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"Allston Christmas"

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

What exactly is "Allston Christmas"?  When the Boston area's roughly 250,000 college students return to campus in September, a significant number move into apartments, just as others move out at the end of August and dump unwanted furniture including queen-sized beds and massive couches, household items, and clothes on the sidewalks and into the streets, up for grabs. 

Allston along with Brighton, Longwood, Mission Hill, Beacon Hill, Cambridge, and parts of Brookline are the most-impacted Boston neighborhoods due to their large number of student residents.  With countless UHauls blocking the streets and gridlocking traffic for a couple of days before and after September 1, you may want to avoid these areas if you're visiting the city during this period - unless you want to try your luck at finding the perfect mirror or nice pair of lamps among the debris.

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South End Open Studios - September  2018

South End Open Studios - Boston Events September

When:  September 15-16, 11am-6pm
Where:  Boston's South End; Information booths at Tremont and Milford Streets, Albany and Plimpton; and Harrison and Waltham
Nearest T station: Orange Line/Back Bay

South End Open Studios provide a glimpse into more than 200 studios and galleries of some of the city's top artists - and a chance to buy directly from the creators of the pieces on display. 

What to look for:  Everything from fine arts to hand-built bicycles, from home decor to installation art.  Be sure to check out the in-studio demonstrations involving photography, quilts, and letterpress printing.  

Getting around:  Pick up a free printed guide with maps at the information tables at Boston Center for the Arts (551 Tremont Street) and on the sidewalk in front of 560 Harrison Ave, and plot your route among the galleries (look for the free shuttle if you get tired of walking). 

This is the biggest art event in the South End, with all the major studios and art buildings will be open.  See even more on Sunday at SoWa Open Market. 

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Hub on Wheels Citywide Ride  2018

Hub on Wheels at City Hall Plaza
Riders in Boston's Hub on Wheels Race in September at City Hall Plaza

Bikers take over Boston during TD Hub on Wheels on Sunday, September 16.

Experience biking along a car-free (!) Storrow Drive and journey through Boston's Emerald Necklace of parkland and neighborhoods (most streets in these areas will not be closed) along a 40-mile loop, or do the family-friendly 10-mile loop.  Both courses start and end at City Hall Plaza in Downtown Boston. 

If you want to participate, bring your bike to City Hall Plaza for Hub on Wheels on Sunday. 

Here's the Hub on Wheels schedule:

6:45-7:45am - Register and pick up your bib. Registration fee is $55 (free for youth 10-17 on the 10-mile loop); part of fee supports Boston Children's Hospital
8am - Proceed down Court Street and turn left onto Congress Street to get into the Start Line queue
10:30am - 2pm - Finish Line Festival at City Hall Plaza with music, vendors, beer garden, food, and more

More information:   http://tdhubonwheels.com/
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Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival 2018

Institute of Contemporary Art in South Boston Waterfront

Jazz will fill the air at free concerts during the annual Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival on Saturday, September 29, with local musicians, Berklee College students, and faculty joining superstars in stellar performances of jazz, Latin, blues, funk, and groove. 

The festival takes place on three stages along a 6-block stretch of Columbus Ave.  You'll also find terrific food, arts, and crafts, and even an instrument "petting zoo" for kids.

Where:  Columbus Ave between Burke Street and Mass Ave in Boston's South End
When:  12 noon - 6pm
More information and event schedule:   http://www.berklee.edu/beantownjazz

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Classics on the Common @ Frog Pond Movie Nights

Frog Pond on Boston Common

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair, and enjoy the warm September Friday evening watching a classic film at Frog Pond on Boston Common. The movie starts at dusk (7pm).

Schedule:
September 21 - Black Panther

Please note:  The film will be canceled in the case of bad weather.  The Carousel will remain open until the film starts (carousel admission: $3).  Popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase at the Pavilion.
Location:  Frog Pond, Boston Common
Cost:  Free
Park:   Boston Common Parking Garage
Dine:  Check out restaurants in nearby Chinatown and the Theatre District

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The Boston Cup - Classic Car Show on Boston Common - 2018

The Boston Cup show on Boston Common - September Event

Get ready to drool when you see a vintage and a new Bugatti among the 100 exceptional cars on display at The Boston Cup classic car show on Boston Common.  The show takes place on September 23, 9am - 2pm near the Parkman Bandstand.

Tickets are not cheap - $50 and $100, depending on the type of access you want - but the City gets reimbursed about $25,000 per year for this private use of the "People's Park."

Don't want to spring for a ticket?  You can still get a look at the cars as they leave the Common around 2pm.

More about The Boston Cup:  http://thebostoncup.com

You'll enjoy Boston Common to the fullest when you stay nearby - the hip and glamorous W Hotel, for example, is just 1 block away:

W Hotel, top choice near Boston Common

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Lantern Festival in Chinatown - 2018

Boston Chinatown Lantern Festival

The Chinatown Lantern Festival takes place this year on Saturday, September 22, 10am-6pm in Boston's lively Chinatown.

You'll enjoy a day of festivities, games, and special mooncakes to celebrate the traditional Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival. 

Many of the activities take place in the Chinatown park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, but you'll find lots going on throughout the neighborhood.

And while you're there, take advantage of the opportunity to enjoy a meal in one of Chinatown's best restaurants.

Local Boston Food Festival on the Greenway - 2018

Local homegrown Boston tomotoes

The free admission Local Food Festival, taking place on Sunday, September 16 from 11am - 5pm on the Rose Kennedy Greenway from the North End to South Station gives you the chance to sample the best fresh food from local farms and fishermen, plus local wines, beers, cider, and mead.  

With lots of music and art by local talent, chefs to prepare the food samples (mostly around $5 or less) from locally sourced food, a seafood throwdown competition, family activities, and exhibits about sustainably grown and produced food, you can have lots of fun enjoying some local flavors at this free festival! 

OctoberFest at Harpoon Brewery  - 2018

Harpoon Brewery in South Boston Waterfront

Harpoon Brewery's 23rd annual German-style OctoberFest boasts 3 stages with live music, a big selection of Harpoon beers and ales, and lots of bratwurst and other German food sold by a local restaurant.  Come do some Chicken Dancing, keg bowling, and enjoy 3 stages filled with German Oompah bands at one of New England's largest OctoberFests.  

Try your luck at this year's new events: a German chocolate-eating contests!

When:
   - September 28 - 5:30pm - 11pm (doors close at 9:30pm)
   - September 29 - 1pm - 7pm (doors close at 5:30pm)
Where: 306 Northern Ave, South Boston Waterfront
Nearest T station: Red Line/South Station; take Silver Line 2 or 3 and get off at Harbor Street, or catch the free shuttle behind Federal Reserve building next to Fort Point Channel off Summer Street
Parking:  None at the Brewery - so catch the shuttle from South Station (Summer St going toward Fort Point Channel)
Cost:  $25 - includes one drink ticket and a souvenir cup (additional cost for food and additional drinks); bring a designated driver who will receive complimentary non-alcoholic beverages - or stay over in a nearby South Boston Waterfront hotels so that everybody can have fun).   General Admission tickets are not sold in advance - so pay at the door (cash only). You can also buy Early Access passes - see Harpoon's website for details.
Age:  21+, and you must have proper ID
More information:  Harpoon Brewery website; 888-HAR-POON, ext 3

Boston Latino International Film Festival  - 2018

Boston Latino International Film Festival

When:  September 27 - 30 
Where:  Tsai Auditorium, at Harvard University in Cambridge (1730 Cambridge Street), and the John O'Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University (West Village F, Room 20, Leon St, Boston) (locations to be confirmed for 2018)
Tickets:  Available through festival website
More information:  Website

Look for 4 exciting days of feature, documentary, and short films focused on issues of importance and interest to the Latino community in the US, Latin America, and Spain, plus receptions and other special events.

North End Feasts and Festivals - 2018

North End Feasts and Processions

Boston's North End Italian Feasts and Festivals take place throughout the summer and early, as they have for 100 years or more - almost as long as Italians have lived in this neighborhood.

September schedule:

Santa Rosalia di Palermo - September 9, North Square, procession at 1pm (procession only; no feast)

NEW THIS YEAR:  San Gennaro Feast - September 21, 22, 23 - Hanover & Battery Streets near Commercial Street - look for big-name entertainment and plenty of great food!

Nearest T station:  Commuter Rail or Orange & Green Lines/North Station
Cost:  Free to attend; expect to spend some money on food and perhaps donations

Hotels in Boston's North End

Interested in a hotel in Boston's picturesque North End?  Enjoy Boston Harbar waterfront views at the luxurious Battery Wharf Hotel:

Battery Wharf Hotel, top waterfront choice in Boston's North End

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Boston Film Festival - 2018

Boston Film Festival

Actors, filmmakers, and film enthusiasts look forward to the annual Boston Film Festival for a chance to view the stellar line up and world premiers. 

The line up includes an exciting array of diverse features, documentaries, and shorts from emerging artists to world-famous award winners.  Question and answer sessions, discussions, and evening receptions hosted by top restaurants provide plenty of opportunities to chat with directors and network.

When:  September 20-23
Where:  Multiple locations in Downtown Boston
Cost:  To be announced
Closest T station: Green Line/Arlington
More information:  617-523-8388; www.bostonfilmfestival.org

Labor Day Boston Events - 2018

Boston Labor Day Events -Fireworks over Boston Harbor

Labor Day takes place on Monday, September 3.

Wondering what to do in Boston on Labor Day Weekend? 

Most Boston locals head to the Cape, the Islands (Nantucket and the Vineyard), or the mountains - so if you're planning a Labor Day, you'll find it easier than usual to make reservations easily in local restaurants, get affordable tickets for a Red Sox game, see a show, cruise around Boston Harbor, go shopping for Labor Day sales - and even find some Boston hotel bargains.

Check out these Labor Day Weekent events from Thursday, August 30 through Monday, September 3:

Fireworks over the Harbor - Thursday, August 30, 8pm
First Friday at Museum of Fine Arts
- Blue Man Group at the Charles Playhouse -  Check for discount tickets 

Book a fireworks cruise to get great views:

- Northern Lights - Watch the fireworks from the open top deck or the climate-controlled seated cabin on this elegant 1920s-style yacht - Book now
- Adirondack III - A beautiful and spacious 80' schooner, designed for comfortable sailing; with sails down, you'll have ideal views of the fireworks -  Book now

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Dell Technologies Championship New England PGA Tour  - 2018

Deutsche Bank Championship Golf in Boston -photo courtesy of Deutsche Bank

Top Labor Day Weekend event:  Golf's top 100 PGA Tour golfers compete for an $8.5 million purse in the Dell Technologies Championship to benefit New England charities.  The defending champion will take on past champions.  TPC Boston, named by Golf Digest as one of the "Top 10 Best New Private Clubs in the U.S." when it opened, is located in Norton, MA, 38 miles south of Boston.

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