Boston loves to host BIG events!

Each year Boston is host to many special events - there's truly something for everyone, whether you are a sports enthusiast, patriotic reveler, history buff, or a gastronomic foodie.

There’s no better way to usher in the New Year than doing so with First Night/First Day - a Boston tradition for over 40 years! The party begins with the People’s Procession with ice sculptures, light displays, arts and musical performances, fireworks, and the "Copley Countdown" light show and pyrotechnics in Copley Square. The fun continues on January 1 with special family events from 11am - 2pm. 

Foodies are salivating for the bi-annual Dine Out Boston®, held in March and August.  While others await the annual Boston Wine Festival happening during the winter months.

 

Annual Events

Boston Wine Festival
Boston Wine Festival One of the nation's longest-running wine and food pairing series, spanning three and...
Dine OUt Boston food
Dine Out Boston March Bi annual Restaurant Week held in March and August. An opportunity to get out and...
marathon spectator policies crowd of runners
Boston Marathon The Boston Marathon runs annually on Patriots Day, the 3rd Monday of April
ArtWeek
ArtWeek Held in late April, this award-winning festival features hundreds of unique &...
Boston Calling Festival
Boston Calling The eclectic festival debuted in 2013 and has welcomed performances by more than 100...
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Boston Pride Festival Boston Pride, each June includes events and activities to achieve inclusivity,...
Harborfest Red Coats
Boston Harborfest Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the...
Chefs at Boston Seafood Festival
Boston Seafood Festival Sensational seafood tastings, clambakes and chef demos, educational events, and...
Dine Out Boston
Dine Out Boston August Bi annual Restaurant Week held in March and August. An opportunity to get out and...
Hubweek
Hubweek A collaborative, multi day innovation festival.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - Annual Reenactment
Boston Tea Party Reenactment On December 16 we celebrate and re-enact the single most important event leading up...
First Night Boston
First Night First Day Artists, sculptors, parade-goers, pyro-technicians, musicians, performers,...
head of the charles
Head Of the Charles The Head of the Charles Regatta has brought thousands of rowers each year to the...

Big Holidays!

st patricks day
St. Patrick's Day Colorful floats, music and Irish good cheer await you at the annual Boston St....
history day reenactment
Patriots' Day View parades and events that commemorate the anniversary of the Battles of...
July 4th in Boston
4th of July Explore events offered during the 4th of July in Boston, including parades,...

Everyone in Boston is Irish on St. Patrick's Day - an experience not to be missed. On Patriots Day, the third Monday in April, every year, Boston hosts the oldest and most prestigious marathon in the country, The Boston Marathon. Late spring brings the annual ArtWeek, an innovative festival featuring more than 200 unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process.

Food, Wine & Beer Events

Boston Wine Festival
Jan 19 - Mar 29
The Boston Wine Festival features an all-star lineup of intimate winemaker hosted...
City Winery Tours & Tasting
Jan 19
Come explore the winery and sample the latest wine fresh from the barrel. City...
Hands-on Cooking Classes and Wine Tastings
Jan 19
Get your chef's hat on and come join us at Eataly for daily cooking classes and wine...
Samuel Adams Brewery Morning Mash In
Jan 19
Warm bread, toasted caramel, wafting pine and spritzed lemon. Nothing like the smell...
Shrimp Classic
Jan 19 - Feb 13
Check out Legal Sea Foods’ shrimp-tacular feature menu, available January 17 –...
Winter is Coming Back to Precinct Kitchen + Bar
Jan 19 - Feb 1
Winter is coming AGAIN….on January 11. The Patio at Precinct Kitchen + Bar will be...
Pasta and Wine Pairing at Viale
Jan 20
Start your week off on the right foot with Viale ’s Sunday and Monday night pasta...
Samuel Adams: Beyond the Brewhouse
Jan 21
Duration: 55 minutes Time: Mondays at 1:00 pm & 6:00pm, Tuesdays Thursdays &...
Sushi Unlimited at Empire
Jan 21
When it comes to Wednesday night sushi at Empire , the limit does not exist! The...
Historic Pub Crawl
Jan 22
Revolutionary ideas may have come from speeches at Faneuil Hall or a meeting of the...
Sip & Savor: Wine and Cheese from the Dolomites
Jan 22
The northeast corner of Italy is home to the Dolomites, a mountain range renowned as...
Sip & Spell Showdown
Jan 22
Join us Tuesday January 22 for a final showdown of 2018 Sip & Spell at the...
A Trio of Wines at TAMO
Jan 23
TAMO Bistro & Bar has the trick for getting over the hump day blues with their...
Burgers and Burgundy
Jan 23
Experience Boston’s best burger with a glass of Burgundy. Join us each Wednesday for...
Social Hour
Jan 23 - May 15
Join us every Wednesday through May 16 in Tidemark Lounge for special cocktails and...
Whiskey Wednesdays
Jan 23
Whiskey Wednesdays with Jim Beam & live music with Martin & Kelly starting...
Après Ski Festival
Jan 24 - Feb 28
This winter, step inside a cheerful Italian ski resort during the return of our...
CASK BEER THURSDAYS
Jan 24
Cask ale or cask-conditioned beer is the term for unfiltered and unpasteurized beer...
Murder Mystery Dinner
Jan 24
Grab your most righteous 80's concert gear to rock out in style while enjoying a...
11th Annual Taste of Chocolate Weekend
Jan 25 - 27
Harvard Square establishments pull out all the stops to celebrate all things...
Sun, Wine and Food Fest
Jan 25 - 27
Wine connoisseurs and food aficionados rejoice! The Sun Wine & Food Fest is back...
Extreme Beer Fest: Boston
Feb 1 - 2
Extreme Beer Fest® is the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity. Join...
11th Annual “Some Like It Hot” Chili Cook Off
Feb 2
The illustrious 11th Annual “Some Like it Hot” Chili Cook-off returns to Harvard...
Bourbon & Bacon Fest
Mar 9 - 10
Taste your way through a spectacular array of specialty bourbons and unique whiskeys...
Boston Beer and Cheese Fest
Mar 29 - 30
Boston Beer and Cheese Fest is back for it's fifth year! Join us March 29th and 30th...
Grand Craft Beer Tasting with Hopsters
Mar 30
Grand Craft Beer Tasting with Hopsters Presented by The Trustees Find your perfect...
Pinot in the City
May 2
60 wineries from Oregon's Willamette Valley are barreling to Boston on May 2, 2019...
2019 Taste of Cambridge
Jul 10
Each year foodies descend upon the Taste of Cambridge to sample the delicious,...
Boston Seafood Festival 2019
Aug 4
The Boston Fisheries Foundation welcomes you to join us for the 8th Annual Boston...

Summer gets going with the Boston Pride Festival for the LGBT community while other anxiously await Harborfest, in honor of the country's birthday and the annual Fourth of July events. October finds the Charles River hosting the Head of the Charles Regatta®. Rowers from around the world descend on the Boston area to compete in this two-day rowing event.

These are just some of the many special events in the Boston area. Check often for information on these and more annual and one time events.