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

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Boston Marathon The Boston Marathon runs annually on Patriots Day, the 3rd Monday of April
ArtWeek Annual festival featuring more than 200 unique and creative experiences
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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...
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Head Of the Charles The Head of the Charles Regatta has brought thousands of rowers each year to the...
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,...

Big Holidays!

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St. Patrick's Day Colorful floats, music and Irish good cheer await you at the annual Boston St....
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Patriots' Day Celebrate Patriots' Day in Boston - a festival commemorating the anniversary of...
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4th of July Explore events offered during the 4th of July in Boston, including concerts,...

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

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Boston Wine Festival Held annually at the Boston Harbor Hotel, January through April
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Dine Out Boston Sample area restaurants at special prices in March and August
Extreme Beer Fest Boston
Extreme Beer Fest The 15th annual Extreme Beer Fest is February 2-3, 2018 at the Seaport World Trade...

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.