As a city surrounded by water and known for its seafood, Boston is the place to be this summer. Whether you’re a local pretending to be a tourist in your own city, or a visitor looking for an iconic New England Summer, we’ve rounded up the top 10 things to do this season in Greater Boston.
Enjoy Live Music or Get Tickets to a Show
There is nothing but options when it comes to live music, theatrical performances and more this summer in Boston.
Broadway sensation, ‘Wicked’ has made its way to the Citizen’s Bank Opera House. Fun for the whole family, travel with friends Elphaba and Galinda to the land of Oz, before the arrival of Dorothy and Toto. Shows run until July 24th. Fans of traditional theater, or those looking to try something new, should check out the Boston Lyric Opera’s production of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ on August 11 and 13 or a free show outdoors from Shakespeare in the Common with ‘Much Ado About Nothing’, running from July 20 – August 7.
Historic Fenway Park is also hosting top notch artists such as Bad Bunny, Lady Gaga and Zac Brown Band this summer. Stay tuned for the new concert hall MGM Music Hall Fenway, opening this summer with Chris Stapleton, James Taylor & His All-Star Band, Bruno Mars and local acts such as Dalton and the Sheriffs.
Really want to experience an iconic Boston summer? Join the Boston Harbor Hotel for Summer in the City with their Pop Soul Tuesdays, Rat Pack Wednesdays and Blue Barge Thursdays – including an amazing snack and cocktail menu!
Another summer favorite is the Leader Bank Pavilion, in Boston’s Seaport District. With its open air and water views, this venue is hosting summer concerts such as Jackson Browne, Barenaked Ladies, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, and Alicia Keys.
Dine Out Boston
Dine Out Boston is back this August 7 – 20, 2022!
Dine Out Boston is the perfect opportunity to take advantage of delicious deals at participating restaurants – with indoor and outdoor options. Diners can choose from old favorites to the latest culinary hot spots, from nationally known chain restaurants to local chef-owned bistros, from Asian or Latin fare to French, Italian, seafood, tapas, and sushi, from the award-winning restaurants of Boston and Cambridge to the gourmet gems in the suburbs north, west, and south of the city. Check out this summer’s participating restaurants and starting planning today!
Beer and Wine Gardens, Outdoor Dining and Rooftops
There is something about dining al fresco that just makes the food taste better. Reserve an outdoor table at some of Boston’s hottest restaurants. Want to enjoy a delicious cocktail, or food menu with a view? Check out our list of Boston’s best Rooftop bars and restaurants.
Visit one of the city’s beer and wine gardens, at Owl’s Nest from Night Shift Brewing, City Winery on the Greenway and Nantucket’s own Cisco Brewery in Boston’s Seaport.
Celebrate with a Festival
Boston is filled with ways to celebrate and multiple festivals during the summer season.
The 2022 Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival is one of the largest free events in Massachusetts. Taking place between July 22 – July 24, visitors can venture down the boardwalk taking in the beach, entertainment, food and of course the amazing sand sculptures.
The Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts is back this July in Franklin Park, bringing together people from all heritages to celebrate. With traditional Puerto Rican food, live music from local and international artists, local arts and crafts, and even rides – this event is for the entire family.
A North End staple in the summer are the neighborhood’s feasts and festivals. The Fisherman’s Feast of the Madonna Del Soccorso di Sciacca began in Boston in 1910 and is based on a tradition that goes back to the 16th century in Sciacca Sicily. Saint Anthony’s Feast began in 1919, by Italian immigrants from the small town of Montefalcione in Avellino. Named the ‘Feast of all Feasts’ by National Geographic, Saint Anthony’s Feast has something for every age: parades, live entertainment, and of course delicious foods. Check out the full list of North end feast and festivals.
Family Friendly Activities
School is out for the summer, and Boston is filled with ways to keep kids, parents and the entire family entertained.
Go Whale Watching with Boston Harbor City Cruises or visit other marine animals at the New England Aquarium. Discover more than 50 species of animals at the Franklin Park Zoo. Be sure to visit the African lions in the Kalahari Kingdom, Anala the tiger in Tiger Tales, the Masai giraffe and Grevy's zebra on the Giraffe Savannah and the Gorilla Grove.
Take the family out for an outdoor movie night in the city, at Christopher Columbus Park, Revere Beach, Prudential Center and even the USS Constitution Museum. You can never go wrong with a visit to the Museum of Science, or Boston’s Children’s Museum during their Summer of Imagination.
Looking to bring your furry family member along with you? Check out pet-friendly activities in Boston.
Shop Local Seasonal Markets
Copley Square Farmers Market is one of the largest farmers markets in Massachusetts. Running until the end of November, this market is in the hub of Boston’s Back Bay. Find baked goods, ready-to-eat meals, produce and more. Make sure to also check out Boston’s Open Market, being held in Copley Square on Saturdays until the end of September. This vibrant open-air market features area artists, crafters, designers, vintage dealers and more! Check out our full list of
Pop-up market ‘The Current’, in Boston’s Seaport district is home to a mix of female-founded brands. Open through July, this market is home to brands such as 1987, Brave Daughters, Little Words Project, Scratch Nail Wraps and more. Returning for a third year, with 54 vendors is Black Owned Bos. Market. Visit food, beauty, apparel and gift vendors on July 24, August 27, and August 28.
A hub for some of the area’s most creative and collaborative is Somerville’s Bow Market. Home to chefs, comics, DJs, designers and more – it is the perfect place to shop small, local and get a delicious bite to eat. Visit them July 10 for Oysterfest.
There are plenty of shopping options in and around Boston.
Get Out on the Water
There are so many ways to experience Boston on the water. One of our favorites, is by boat! Pedal, sip and relax with friends on Boston’s Cycleboat, take a tour along the Charles River with Charles Riverboat Company, celebrate a special occasion with Boston Electric Boats, catch a sunset sail with the Adirondack III or experience luxury with Legacy Yachts Boston.
Experience Boston’s nightlife on the water during this summer’s Boat Cruise Summer Series. Check out this summer’s hottest party and upcoming DJ performances.
Explore and Get Outdoors
There are so many ways to explore Boston outdoor this summer.
Pickleball has arrived in South Boston. PKL is a place for pickleball players to embrace their obsession, or newcomers to find a new hobby. Also, a bar and restaurant, is the perfect place to stay active this summer with friends.
Arts & Museums
This summer, National Geographic’s Beyond King Tut: The Immersive Experience arrives in Boston. Located in Boston’s South End neighborhood at the SOWA Power Station, visitors will go on a time-traveling journey through soaring imagery and cinematic storytelling to learn about the young boy that ruled as Egypt’s pharaoh over 3,000 years ago.
There is nothing like the courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum during the summer. Visit during their ‘Free First Thursdays’.
On the First Friday of every month, the artists, galleries, shops, and showrooms of the SoWa Art + Design District open their doors to the public for an evening of art, culture, and inspiration. Meet the artists in their element, view the latest gallery exhibitions, shop small, and dine at one of SoWa's world-class restaurants. Sowa First Fridays are family friendly and free.
Celebrate America's History
If Boston is known for one thing, it is its history. We are so excited to welcome Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops back to the Hatch Memorial Shell for the ‘Boston Pops July 4th Spectacular’. This program will feature the Boston Pops orchestra with music from Chaka Khan, Javier Colon, Heather Headley, additional guest appearances and a fireworks finale.
Celebrate Harborfest all weekend with family-friendly activities, entertainment, a classic car showcase, chowderfest, and even a pooch parade. On the Fourth of July, the City of Boston will host its 254th Independence Day Celebration with a parade, a fireworks display, and the reading of the Declaration of Independence, a tradition from the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. Check out the full weekend itinerary.
Not able to make it here for the weekend of the Fourth? Explore Boston’s iconic landmarks, walk the Freedom Trail or catch a live theatrical performance from the ‘single most important event leading up to The American Revolution’ at the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum.