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. 

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.

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.

Food, Wine & Beer Events

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.