Top Boston Events for September 2021 normally include open art studios, outdoor markets, Harbor cruises, and two huge bicycle events. The city buzzes with energy as college and university students return.
But September events will be somewhat different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fewer students will return this year as classes at a number of our universities such as Harvard will be online only or partially, with significantly fewer students on campus, and the Boston Marathon, rescheduled from April to September 14, has now been cancelled. Several of the biggest concerts have been cancelled or postponed, although on the good-news front, the My Chemical Romance concert at TD Garden is still a "go."
- September holidays: Labor Day, Monday, September 7
New England Patriots fans rejoice as the team kicks off the first regular season game at Gillette Stadium. Red Sox fans will be watching the end of the shortest MLB season ever.
Toward the end of the month, you may begin to start seeing glimpses of fall foliage color - every year is different!
Top photo: Mellow September afternoon in Boston's historic Beacon Hill neighborhood
Labor Day Boston Events - 2021
Labor Day takes place on Monday, September 6 (which also coincides with Rosh Hoshanah this year) - but Labor Day Weekend kicks off on Thursday, September 2 with a spectacular fireworks show launched at 8pm from a barge in Boston Harbor between the North Shore and Seaport.
Where's the best place to watch Boston's Labor Day fireworks? Book a fireworks cruise boat on the Harbor:
- Labor Day Fireworks Cruise on Northern Lights - You'll love this crowd-free option for watching the brilliant Labor Day Fireworks over Boston Harbor after a leisurely sightseeing cruise around Boston Harbor on this classic commuter yacht; complimentary drink included, with cheese boards and other casual fare available for purchase - Find out more
- Labor Day Weekend "Illuminate the Harbor" Fireworks Cruise Aboard Adirondack III - Get fantastic views of the Labor Day fireworks on this spacious schooner modeled after 1890s tall ships with ample space to enjoy a Harbor cruise and complimentary desserts and fruit before the fireworks display; drinks available for purchase on board - Find out more
Wondering what else to do in Boston on Labor Day Weekend?
Many Boston locals jump on the fast ferry to Provincetown for the weekend, make a day trip to the Vineyard, or head to the mountains - so if you're planning a Labor Day, you'll find it easier than usual to make reservations in local restaurants for outdoor tables, cruise around Boston Harbor, go shopping for Labor Day sales - and even find some Boston hotel bargains.
Landmarks Orchestra Concerts at the Hatch Shell - 2021
The Boston Landmarks Orchestra wraps up its summer season with one final concert at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. The concert starts at 7pm and runs about 2 hours. Bring a blanket or low folding chairs to sit on, and a picnic dinner.
Landmarks Concert schedule for September:
- September 1 - Rhapsody in Blue & American Portraits
Weather alerts and alternate locations in case of rain: 617-987-2000; orchestra website
Lawn on D 2021
Lawn on D, a playground for adults (kids are welcome too but this is mostly an adult venue) located behind the Convention Center in the South Boston Waterfront, is where you'll find fun swings with LED lights and comfy seating, bocce and other games, and art installations throughout the summer, along with casual food and wine, beer, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages.
Open daily from 7am-11pm from May to October, except when closed for private events. Food, drinks, and lawn games available Thursday 3-10pm, Friday & Saturday 12 noon-10:30pm, Sunday 12 noon-10pm, with live entertainment by local bands on the weekends.
Another option in this area is to sample one of the many restaurants in the Seaport and Fort Point areas of the South Boston Waterfront. For Boston Harbor views while you dine, visit a Seaport restaurant. To try the creative cuisine of some of Boston's most innovative chefs, head to a Fort Point restaurant.
Fun Events & Activities on the Rose Kennedy Greenway 2021
Rose Kennedy Greenway continue through early fall:
- Greenway Food Trucks: Over 35 trucks offering specialties ranging from Korean to Summer Shack's seafood to frozen hoagies in Dewey Square, Congress Street, the Carousel, Rings Fountain (Milk Street), State Street, and Rowes Wharf Plaza, and Trillium Beer Garden. You'll find them at 2-6 locations each day, and although the number of trucks vary each day, the number of locations and trucks is the biggest on Thursdays.
- Farmers Market in Dewey Square run by Boston Public Market offering fresh produce, meat, cheese, breads and pastries, ice cream, and more. Open Tuesdays and Thursdays 11am - 4pm
- Boston Calling Block Parties - Live music and drinks from Blue Moon Brewing, Vizzy Hard Seltzer Canada, Topop Chico Aqua Mineral, and more. Thursdays, 5pm-8pm, Dewey Square.
- Trillium Beer Garden in the Wharf District Parks (High Street and Atlantic Ave) featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Company and a rotating selection of onsite food trucks. Open Thursday and Friday 2-10pm, Sat 12 noon-10pm, Sunday 12 noon-6pm.
- City Winery Open Air Wine Garden on Dewey Square across from South Station, serving their locally-crafted wine on tap plus with craft beer and cider by Harpoon Brewery along with a menu of fresh wraps, cheese boards, and snacks. Open Wed and Thurs 4-9pm, Friday 4-10pm, Sat. 1-9pm, Sunday 11am-7pm.
- Public Art - See new installations by Daniel Gordon in the Fort Point Channel Park
- Fountains - You'll find them in 7 different locations along the Greenway - so get ready to splash, wade, and cool off!
- Carousel - Open daily, 11am-8pm. Tickets: $4.
- Greenway Fitness Programs: Free fitness and yoga classes from local studios; must preregister
Join one of the exciting 3-hour Whale Watching Cruises departing from the Downtown Boston Waterfront, and experience the thrill of spotting whales off the coast of Boston.
You'll see magnificent creatures such as Humpback and Finback whales close-up from the deck of your ship, and spot White-Sided Dolphins frolicking in the waters.
These cruises sell out quickly and capacity is currently limited to 15 participants per cruise, so don't wait to get your tickets now for this iconic Boston experience!
Boston Theater & Shows for September 2021
Top Shows for September
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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:
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Boston Harbor Cruises - September
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:
Fun Boston Harbor Cruises To Do Right Now:
- Adirondack III Day Sail - Enjoy cool breezes on this sightseeing sail around Boston Harbor and the Inner Harbor Islands
- Boston Harbor Cruise on Northern Lights - Soak up Boston's unique sites and rich history on this sightseeing cruise around the Harbor
- Northern Lights Sunset Cruise - Grab a drink from the bar and watch the sun set on this sail around the Harbor
- Adirondack III 90-Minute Mimosa Day Sail - Soak up the sun on this sightseeing sail around the Harbor with drinks 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
- Brunch Cruise - Savor a delicious 3-course brunch on this relaxing sightseeing cruise around Boston Harbor
- Sunday Evening Jazz Cruise - Groove to live jazz as you watch the ever-changing sunset colors as the sun sets behind Boston's city skyline
Beacon Hill Art Walk
The Beacon Hill Art Walk (rescheduled from June) takes place on September 26,from 12 noon to 6 pm. Look for original paintings, pottery, sculptures, and more from about 100 artists displayed throughout this historic neighborhood as you enjoy the first splashes of fall color. Pick up an Art Walk location map when you get there. Starting points: 135 1/2 Charles Street, and the corner of Cambridge and West Cedar Streets.
Boston Concerts & Shows - September 2021
Top September Concerts in Boston
- Korn, Faith No More, Helmet & '68 - September 1 - Xfinity Center
- 5 Seconds of Summer - September 2 - Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
- Kiss - September 4 - Xfinity Center
- Rammstein - Sept 6 - Gillette Stadium
- New Order & Pet Shop Boys- Sept 2 - Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
- Camila Cabello - Sept 11 - TD Garden
- Backstreet Boys - Sept 12 - Xfinity Center
- My Chemical Romance - Sept 15 - TB Garden
- Justin Bieber - Sept 17 - Gillette Stadium
- Rascal Flatts - Sept 18 - Xfinity Center
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Fall Foliage Boston Harbor Cruise on the Northern Lights
These scenic sightseeing cruises 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.
Book now, because space is limited and they fill up fast.
- Fall Foliage Brunch Cruise on Northern Lights - Enjoy a tasty gourmet brunch, fall foliage, and panoramic views as you cruise around Boston Harbor
- Fall Foliage Lunch Cruise on Northern Lights - Sip hot cider as you enjoy lunch on this relaxing fall foliage cruise to celebrate seasonal colors
September Boston Red Sox Schedule - Home Games at Fenway
Location: Fenway Park
Nearest T stations: Green Line B or C/Kenmore; Commuter Rail Worcester Line/Yawkey
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Hotels near Fenway Park
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New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium - September 2021
Two New England Patriots home games take place at Gillette Stadium during September, plus one pre-season game at Gillette in early 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
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North End Feasts and Festivals 2021
By September, the North End Saint's Feasts and Processions are winding down, with two procession-only events this month - so no feasts, but you can always create your own at one of the nearby North End restaurants:
- Santa Rosalia di Palermo Procession - Septermber 12 - Starts at 1pm at North Square
- Santa Maria di Anzano Procession - Septermber 19 - Starts at 1pm at at St Leonard Church at Hanover and Prince Streets
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)
Hotels in Boston's North Endhttps://www.booking.com/hotel/us/bricco-suites.en-us.html?aid=364168
New England Coastal Tour from Boston
This New England Coastal All-Day Tour gives you spectacular views of the beautiful New England coastline along Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. Toward the end of September, you'll probably begin to see brilliant foliage as you go north.
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 (after Labor Day, you may just drive by Hampton Beach and visit Stonewall Kitchen instead), and see all the charming villages along the rocky coastline as you cruise along in a luxury climate-controlled coach.
Pickup and dropoff from select Boston hotels is included.
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Boston Marathon Registration for April 2022 Race
Registration for the Boston Marathon is usually scheduled to begin on the second Monday in September, which would be Monday, September 13 at 10am ET this year for the race to be held on April 19, 2022 - but the date is still to be confirmed.
Registration 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 31,500 competitors (2021, with a field of 20,000 due to the lingering pandemic, is an exception). 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!
Boston Bruins Preseason Games
The Boston Bruins launch their 2021-22 season with two preseason games at the Garden in September. Come join the excitement on the ice!
Revels RiverSing - TBD
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 21, 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
Parking: Free in the large adjacent parking lot
Fun Ways to See Boston in September
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Art Festival at Revere Beach - TBD
Need an excuse to squeeze in one more beach day? Stop by the Revere Beach Art Festival where local artists and Revere High School students display their work near the Markey Pedestrian Bridge, which connects the Wonderland T station with the beach. Watch as artists create masterpieces before your eyes for the festival's live art competition, and then stop by Kelly's for a fried clam platter.
When: Saturday, September 14
Where: Revere Beach
Nearest T station: Blue Line/Wonderland - the beach is just 2 blocks away
Visit Martha's Vineyard for the Day
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.
Fall Foliage Tours
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!
Fall Foliage Tours & Cruises in Boston . . . and Beyond
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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 and Somerville 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.
South End Open Studios
When: September 18-19, 11am-6pm
Where: Boston's South End; Open studios are at 46 Waltham Street, 35 Wareham Street, 49 Wareham Street, 59 Wareham Street, 450 Harrison Ave and the Artist Studio Building at BCA, 551 Tremont Street.
Nearest T station: Orange Line/Back Bay
Cost: Free (unless you buy art)
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 - TBD
Bikers take over Boston during TD Hub on Wheels on Sunday, September 13.
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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Classics on the Common @ Frog Pond Movie Nights - TBD
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).
September 21 - Black Panther
Please note: The film will be cancelled 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
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 - TBD
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 29, 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:
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Lantern Festival in Chinatown - TBD
The Chinatown Lantern Festival takes place this year on Saturday, September 5, 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 - TBD
The free admission Local Food Festival, taking place on Sunday, September 13 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!
Boston Latino International Film Festival - TBD
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)
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.
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.
Free Drop-In Summer Yoga on Boston Common
Instructors will lead free drop-in vinyasa flow classes focused on releasing stress and expanding energy and welcome participants of all levels.
When: Every Thursday, 6-7:15 - through September 26 (no class on July 4th)
Where: Near the Carousel at Boston Common
Nearest T station: Green Line/Park
Bring: Your own mat, blocks, towels, and belt
Boston hotel where you'll find a yoga mat in your room: Nine Zero (and conveniently, it's just steps away from the Common)
Labor Day Weekend Fireworks - Cruises & Hotels with Views - Cancelled for 2021
Fireworks launched from two barges anchored between the North End and Seaport will light up the sky over Boston Harbor to kick off Labor Day Weekend.
The specatacular show known as "Dueling Barges" begins at 8:30pm on Thursday, September 3.
Looking for the best place to watch Boston's Labor Day fireworks?
Get tickets for a fireworks cruise on the Harbor.
More places to view the fireworks: Columbus Park and Long Wharf in the North End, the South Boston Waterfront (especially around Fan Pier/Seaport), the Downtown Waterfront, and Piers Park in East Boston.
For hotels with views, consider South Boston waterfront hotels, downtown waterfront hotels, and North End hotels. Compare prices online if you like, but call the hotel of your choice to book a room with a view.
Where to Stay: Hotels in Boston's North End
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More to Do in Boston in September
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