As temperatures get milder, Boston blossoms with renewed energy, activities and events. Locals and visitors cherish the rites of Spring with the return of area treasures such as the Swan Boats, spinning carousels, outdoor markets, and of course the Boston Red Sox.
April School Vacation begins with The Boston Marathon and Patriots' Day and continues for a week with special events, activities and exhibits across the city. Perfect for the kids - The Cambridge Science Festival showcases how accessible, engaging and fun science can be. Later in the month, ArtWeek offers creative experiences from traditional to unconventional hands-on-art demonstrations to performances that are mostly free or under $25. Warmer temperatures pave the way for outdoor festivals such as Boston Pride Week, Boston Calling, Cambridge Arts River Festival, and the 40th Annual Dragon Boat Festival.
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You'll know Spring is truly here when the runners take to the streets for the annual Boston Marathon - the same day the city celebrates Patriots' Day. While Fenway Park's Home Opener is April 9, the TD Garden captivates fans in the last few weeks of regular seasons for both the Celtics and Bruins.
Boston offers an extensive selection of big Spring performances from the beloved Boston Pops and the American cultural treasure Alvin Ailey Dance Company. Theatre productions include the award-winning epic love story Miss Saigon and Boston Ballet's magical Cinderella. Throwback fun includes big acts such as the ever-young Cher at TD Garden and 'American Pie' singer-songwriter Don McLean at City Winery.
Museum-goers can explore the MFA’s first-ever Frida Kahlo exhibit or Hume Bhabha’s They Live, on display at the ICA. The second season of the ICA’s expansive Watershed opens May 26 with an immersive video installation entitled “Purple” by acclaimed artist and filmmaker John Akomfra.
Experiential foodies will delight in a taste of Boston's market tours, craft brewery tours, wine tastings and cooking classes - all of which showcase Boston’s unique culinary characteristics.
One by one, you'll see the shops on Boston's Newbury Street prop their doors open and the bars and restaurants set up their outdoor patios. Greenway Block Parties will open, the Food Trucks are out in full force, beer gardens are serving, and Lawn on D comes out of hibernation.
To the north, the colonial towns of Salem and Ipswich, Massachusetts, come out of their winter's nap. To the south, Cape Cod gets its first beachgoers of the year over Memorial Day weekend. The winter quickly becomes but a memory.
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What to Wear:
Bostonians dress smartly and simply. The weather can be unpredictable. Wear layers that can be removed or added. An umbrella is a good idea for May showers.
Day: If you're touring, wear comfy shoes for walking. Depending how early in the season you visit, you may want a heavier jacket.
Evening: Consider your agenda; the theater tends to be dressier and some upscale restaurants require jackets. It can get chilly in the evening.