Seasonal Activities

Boston and all of New England are lucky to enjoy four distinct seasons.  At BostonUSA we recognize 5 Seasons!  Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter and The Holidays.  Each year and each season we celebrate and host many annual events and festivals - Below are some of the most notable.

As the air gets cooler and the sweaters come out, we see the tour buses arrive to take in the spectacular display of color that Mother Nature creates for a New England fall season.

Fall Activities

Ghosts and Gravestones Tours
Oct 24 - 31
Join other adventure seekers and become an apprentice grave digger on an...
36th Annual Salem Haunted Happenings
Oct 24 - 31
Salem Haunted Happenings will hit a new note in 2016 36th Annual Salem Haunted...

 Learn more about Fall Events and Activities.

The arrival of the Nova Scotia gifted tree on the Boston Common indicates the holidays and winter season will be quickly upon us.  The city lights up, a little snow may fall and we move indoors to take full advantage of the outstanding theatre, arts and museums exhibits available in Boston and the surrounding area.

The Holidays

Mayor's Holiday
Nov 10, 2016 - Jan 1, 2017
*2016 DATES TBD* ArtsBoston, in partnership with Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the City of...
Historic Holiday Strolls
Nov 17, 2016 - Jan 29, 2017
The Freedom Trail® Foundation invites revelers to celebrate this holiday season on...
Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker
Nov 25 - Dec 31
Let Mikko Nissinen's The Nutcracker capture your imagination and transport you to a...
Annual Tree Lighting at The Charles Hotel
Nov 26
Join us on Saturday, November 29th for the Lighting of the Harvard Square Holiday...
2016 Holiday Pops
Dec 1 - 31
A holiday season celebration with Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops transforms...
30th Annual Boston Christmas Festival
Dec 4 - 6
The 30th Annual Boston Christmas Festival welcomes back the Farmers Market, an...
Boston Tea Party 243rd Annual Reenactment
Dec 16
It's December 16 and trouble is brewing in Boston! Travel back in time and relive...
Christmas in 15th-Century France & Burgundy
Dec 16 - 17
Friday, December 16, 2016 • 8 PM Saturday, December 17, 2016 • 2:30 PM Saturday,...
Cultural Survival Bazaar
Dec 16 - 18
This free admission festival features art, crafts and other ethically made cultural...
A John Waters Christmas
Dec 17
Like a wayward Santa for the Christmas obsessed, legendary filmmaker and the Pope of...

Winter Activities

Boston Wine Festival
Jan 8, 2017
The Boston Wine Festival features an all-star lineup of intimate winemaker hosted...
Black History Month
Feb 1, 2017
Every February Boston hosts an array of events in celebration of Black History...
Chinese New Year
Jan 28, 2017
Chinese New Year in January is the largest festival and celebration in Boston’s...
Dine Out Boston
Mar 1, 2017
The GBCVB’s biannual dining special in March and August affords patrons a wonderful...
St. Patrick's Day
Mar 17, 2017
Also known as Evacuation Day in Boston, March 17 is always a festive occasion in one...

As the crocuses and daffodils appear, coats are shed, gardens are planted and duck boats appear in the river, it’s a sure sign spring has sprung.

Spring Activities

Red Sox Opening Day
Apr 3, 2017
In conjunction with Major League Baseball, the Red Sox today announced their 2017...
Cambridge Science Festival
Apr 14 - 23, 2017
The Cambridge Science Festival, the first of its kind in the United States, happens...
Boston LGBT Film Festival
Mar 30 - Apr 9, 2017
The Boston LGBT Film Festival occurs in early April and celebrates, displays and...
Boston Marathon
Apr 17, 2017
The Boston Marathon, the world’s oldest and most famous annual marathon, dates back...
ArtWeek Boston 2017
Apr 28 - May 7, 2017
Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center,...
Cambridge Arts River Festival
Jun 6, 2017
*2017 DATES ARE TBD* Six dynamic festival stages showcase local music, theater and...

Summer sneaks in with warmer temperatures, blue skies and outdoor festivals in every neighborhood.

Annual Summer Highlights

4th of July Weekend in Boston
Jul 1, 2017
July 4th is much more than one day in Boston - See what's going on for the whole...
Boston Harborfest 2017
Jul 1 - 4, 2017
Boston Harborfest is a 35-year-old tradition celebrating Boston’s harbor and...
Sail Boston 2017
Jun 17 - 22, 2017
Boston's history stretches beyond the land to the sea. Boston has a wealth of...
Boston Pride 2017
Jun 3 - 12, 2017
*2017 DATES ARE TBD* Boston Pride happens in early June and creates change and...