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Summer in Boston

Bring on Summer!

Summer is a great time to explore Boston. Affectionately known as "America's Walking City," you can stroll the city's sidewalks, wander its abundance of green parks, or just people-watch at one of the many outdoor cafés. Discover Boston’s vibrant culture while strolling historic streets through diverse neighborhoods. The unique personality of each neighborhood can be found in the cuisine of the restaurants and in the style of the shops, galleries and open markets and above all, in its people. 

Summer Highlights

 

Get Festive

Music fills the air throughout the summer with concerts of all genres on the Esplanade, the Greenway, City Hall Plaza and neighborhood centers. Cross cultural festivals are popular with locals and visitors alike — passports not required to immerse yourself in the cuisine, music, dance and artisan works from Italy, Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Asia and around the world. There are also festivals celebrating Independence Day, Chowder, Seafood, Jazz and Sand Sculpting. Of course, Dine Out Boston is always on the menu every August.

July 4th

Celebrate the revolutionary history of Boston with virtual events and activities.

Dine Out Boston

August, 2020 - Sample participating restaurants at special prices.

Boston Seafood Festival

Sensational seafood tastings, clambakes and chef demos, educational events, and family fun.

#MuseumfromHome

Celebrate the world of art at home with the Museum of Fine Arts #MuseumfromHome. While the MFA is...

#PEMfromHome

Looking for creative projects for the kids or to spend your afternoon diving into collections from...

Adam Pendleton: Elements of Me

Adam Pendleton’s exhibition considers the relations between (geometric) abstraction, blackness, and...

ArcLight Boston - Now Open

Now open at the Hub on Causeway! ArcLight is more than a place to see a movie—it’s an experience....

Art Talk: Online Series by Harvard Art Museum

We are bringing our collections home to you in a new online series called Art Talks. In this...

Ask a Scientist: Online Presentation by Museum of Science

Museum of Science will livestream every day on Facebook & Zoom with different topics. All past...

Boston Children's Museum is Open

We're Excited! The Museum has been quiet without you! But we have been working hard to get ready to...

Boston Tea Party -Now Open

Good day, friends! We’re delighted to invite you all to experience our interactive, multi-sensory...

Commonwealth Museum

Experience the Commonwealth Museum from the comfort of your own home! The Commonwealth Museum...

Commonwealth Museum -Now Open

The Commonwealth Museum brings the story to life with state of the art interactive exhibits. Its...

Concord Museum -Now Open

Welcome to the Concord Museum! The health and safety of our staff and visitors is our highest...

Experience the Freedom Trail Now

The Freedom Trail official historic sites, Freedom Trail Foundation, National Parks of Boston and...

Explore the Gardner's Stolen Art

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum brings all of the greatest museums to you virtually. You can now...

Explore the Online Collections

Did you know you can explore the collections at @harvartmuseums online for free?

Family Activity: Basket Weaving

Evidence shows that basket making in North America using the twining technique dates back 9,000...

Fan Art Friday

Isabella Stewart Museum is introducing #FanArtFriday! while we are closed to the public, we're...

Fashion & Design Gallery

This month the Peabody Essex Museum debuts its latest grand expansion, a 40,000-square-foot new wing...

HallowEEK!

Celebrate HallowEEK at Boston Children’s Museum with frightfully safe fun! Come in costume and enjoy...

Historian at Home: Online game, A Sailor's Life For Me

The USS Constitution Museum presents a weekly video series with Public Historian Carl Herzog. Carl...

Historic Tour of the Freedom Trail

Safely join a 90 minute walking tour of the Historic Freedom Trail! This tour will be covering the...

History at Home

Stay curious and engaged with Plimoth's virtual workshops! We’re taking Plimoth’s award-winning...

Institute of Contemporary Art -Now Open

The ICA will reopen to the public on Thursday, July 16 – and for Member Appreciation Days on...

Institute of Contemporary Art From Home

While the ICA is temporarily closed for the safety of our community, we are dedicated to bringing...

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum -Now Open

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum announced it would reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 15,...

JFK Library from Home: Analyzing a Jacob Lawrence Painting

For Middle and High School Audiences: Throughout history, the experiences of those who have...

JFK Library from Home: Revisit a Kennedy Vacation Spot in Puzzle

This week's jigsaw puzzle features a sunny scene on Cape Cod, and six of the Kennedy family's dogs!...

Lorraine O'Grady: The Strange Taxi, Stretched

Lorraine O’Grady’s piece for the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade is an adaptation of one of two...

Museum of African American History - Now Open

Tickets will be available with two set daily time slots, 1:00pm - 2:00pm, and 2:30pm - 3:30pm *The...

Museum of Fine Arts -Now Open

The MFA will reopen at a reduced capacity in the interest of prioritizing the health and safety of...

Museum of Science Now Open

We reopen to the public Sunday, July 26! We're working to ensure a safe and T-rex -cellent...

New England Aquarium is Open

The New England Aquarium has reopened, and we are so excited to welcome you back. On behalf of the...

Newport Mansions are Open

The Breakers and The Elms are open again. The Breakers is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6...

Newport Mansions Mobile Audio Tours

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Gilded Age at your home! Five remarkable audio tours bring you a...

Now Open: Charles Hayden Planetarium at the Museum of Science

The Charles Hayden Planetarium has reopened with five shows now available. Explore the moons of our...

Now Open: The USS Constitution Museum

We are excited to see you again! We’re sure you have questions on what to expect, so take a look at...

Online Art Collection & Art Talk presented by Rose Art Museum

We are thrilled to join the growing ranks of museums offering online access to their collections and...

Online Exhibit- Listening to Wampanoag Voices: Beyond 1620

Four hundred years have passed since the Wampanoag Nation encountered English immigrants who settled...

Paul Revere House -Now Open

Welcome Back! Effective July 22, we are open Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4pm. Home to...

Peabody Essex Museum -Now Open

We have missed you! Over the past few months, the museum has stayed in touch with you by sharing...

Peabody Essex Museum: The Salem Witch Trials of 1692

The Salem witch trials threatened the very core of the early Massachusetts Bay Colony. The...

Plimoth Plantation Outdoor Sites are Open

We are delighted that as of June 11, Plimoth is open to the public! We have missed our visitors and...

Salem Witch Museum -Now Open

The Salem Witch Museum examines one of the most enduring and emotional events in American...

Salem Witch Museum's Online Tour

Witch Trials Online Sites Tour Our online tour of the Salem witchcraft trials sites allows you to...

Simon Theatre - Now Open

Enjoy a giant screen experience in our newly renovated Simons Theatre. Twenty-five moviegoers per...

The JFK Library: #JFKLfromhome

Learn more about the life and legacy of president John F. Kennedy virtually through a variety of...

The Museum of African American History: An Online Exploration

Immerse yourself in Afro-American history and heritage with the Museum of African American History's...

The Science Behind Pixar

What have you always wanted to know about the magic behind Pixar's awesome animation? Delve into...

Turning Back The Clock: The Raphael Room Textiles

Appreciate a behind-the-scenes look at Isabella Stewart Gardner's original vision for the Raphael...

USS Constitution Goes Virtual: Daily Virtual Tours

The USS Constitution Museum brings the Museum to you even if it is currently closed to the public to...

Virtual Cultural Experiences in Freedom's Way

Enjoy virtual cultural experiences in Freedom's Way National Heritage Area! The story of Freedom’s...

 

Sports of all Sorts

For sports fans, catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park is a must when you're in Boston. Outdoor recreation beckons along Boston’s beautiful Harborwalk, Rose Kennedy Greenway, Lawn on D, and out on the Boston Harbor Islands.

City View Tour: The Best of Boston by Bike

This tour takes you through six different neighborhoods as we cycle past countless historical and...

Emerald Necklace Bicycle Tour

The Emerald Necklace tour is an amazing way to see Boston’s most famous green spaces in a ‘green’...

On-Site Boat Rentals in the Boston area

Charles River Canoe and Kayak offers several convenient rental locations in Greater Boston: Boston...

Yoga Classes

Yoga Classes Yoga at CRI w/ Anna Juraschek Yoga with Anna is for those rowers with a regular yoga...

eGaming: Virtual Fortnite Tournament

The Museum of Science and One Up Games team up once again, this time for a virtual livestream...

Laver Cup

Sports fans worldwide keenly follow several major league sports teams from Massachusetts’ capital...

 

Arts & Culture

All summer long, catch Concerts in the Courtyard at the Boston Public Library and at the Museum of Fine Arts, or listen to live music at city parks, squares and out on the Harbor Islands. Starting mid-July,  Boston Landmarks Orchestra will play harmonious tunes in the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell at the Charles River Esplanade. To pay or not to pay, that is the question. The answer, of course, is not to pay with free Shakespeare on the Common performances mid-July to early August. And don’t forget the Boston Jazz Fest in late August at Boston Maritime Park in the Seaport District.

Blue Heron Presents Complete Performance of Gabriel Fauré

In collaboration with our friends and colleagues from A Far Cry, we present to you today a complete...

Blue Man Group at Home: Cirque Du Soleil 60-Minute Special

Blue Man Group at Home looks a little different. Visit cirquedusoleil.com/cirqueconnect or check the...

Boston Ballet Online

Since we can't be in the theater sharing this with you live, check out Boston Ballets exclusive,...

Boston Symphony Orchestra: #BSOatHome

Enjoy exciting performances, behind the scenes content, and videos featuring various musicians with...

ChoreograpHER program by Boston Ballet at Home

Take a look back at our first BB@home: ChoreograpHER program, which featured six original works by...

Conversation with Mala’s playwright and director

In the four years since Mala's premiere at ArtsEmerson, it has been performed at two other theatres,...

Dedham Community Theatre -Now Open

The Dedham Community Theatre is an independent cinema founded in 1927. This cultural gem is an...

From Boston Ballet with Love & Fan Favorites

We’re bringing you more fan favorites as we gear up for Triple Bill, an exuberant program showcasing...

Not Our First Goat Rodeo

Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Aoife O'Donovan released their Grammy...

SoWa From Home: Construction A R E A

A R E A Gallery's response to COVID-19 is a new online platform just launched called Construction A...

West Newton Cinema -Now Open

David & Jimmy Bramante have owned The West Newton Cinema since it was a simple two screen...

Showcase Cinemas Free Screening "The American President"

Showcase Cinemas is offering free Election Day screenings of the classic film “The American...

Boston Ballet Brings Live Music To Your Living Room

End your week on a high note with the musicians of Boston Ballet! We're bringing live music to your...

Much Ado About Nothing

Classical Shakespeare and modern technology collide when Hub Theatre returns to the (virtual) stage...

"Thina": A World Premiere from SYREN Modern Dance

SYREN Modern Dance joins the Museum of Science for a special virtual event this fall! After a...

Million Dollar Quartet

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET originally scheduled for the Shubert Theatre on May 1 & 2 has been...

Opera: Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte

Boston Baroque brings Mozart’s beloved opera to life onstage with a world-class cast of singers:...

Riverdance

Riverdance originally scheduled for the Wang Theatre on March 31- April 5 has been rescheduled to...

Maks & Val Live 2021: Motion Pictures Tour

Acclaimed dance duo and brothers MAKS & VAL CHMERKOVSKIY have announced their third nationwide...

Anastasia

From the Tony Award-winning creators of the Broadway classic Ragtime , this dazzling show transports...

Tours & Trails

Fun if by land, fun if by sea.  Enjoy both with Boston’s many diverse tours, trails and sails!  Fun if by land, fun if by sea.  Follow the Whale Trail, Walk the Freedom TrailBlack Heritage or Equality Trail. Take a harbor cruise or tour by foot, bicycle, trolley or "duck". Discover it all – your journey through Boston begins here!

 

The Freedom Trail

The famous Freedom Trail is a 2.5 mile red-brick trail through Boston’s historic neighborhoods...

Black Heritage Trail

The Black Heritage Trail is a 1.6-mile walking tour that explores the history of Boston’s 19...

Whale Trail

The Massachusetts Whale Trail, with sites in Boston, is a year-round visitor experience....

Boston Equality Trail

The Boston Equality Trail is a walking tour that follows the route of Boston's first Gay...

Irish Heritage Trail

Walk in the footsteps of Irish immigrants and their descendants along Boston’s Irish Heritage...

Native American Trail

Greater Boston is home to several memorials, monuments, landmarks, and historic markers that...

Path of Presidents

Tour the Path of Presidents for a look at history only Greater Boston can provide. From John F....

Women's Heritage Trail

Patriots, intellectuals, abolitionists, suffragists, artists, and writers – Boston women have...

Michele Topor/Boston Food Tours

Join us on culinary walking tours of Boston's "Little Italy" North End - we've been doing so for 23...

City Brew Tours

Boston Brew Tours offers daily beer adventures to the region’s top breweries, brewpubs and eateries....

Boston Public Market

The Boston Public Market is an indoor, year-round market offering fresh, locally sourced food from...

Off The Beaten Path Food Tours

Explore Boston neighborhoods with us on our guided tours while eating delicious foods at local,...

Boston Pizza Tours

Got Pizza? Discover historic Boston slice by delicious slice! We're serving up Tasty, Fun &...

Boston Crawling

Ranked #1 on TripAdvisor for Boston Nightlife, our historic pub crawls combine hidden history, cold...

Yummy Walks

Yummy Walks offers fun and delicious walking, food tasting, and discovery tours. We highlight off...

 

Outdoor Dining & More

In the summer, the shops on Boston's Newbury Street prop their doors open and the bars and restaurants set up their outdoor patios.  Greenway Block Parties will get things going, the Food Trucks are out in full force, and the beer gardens are buzzing.

75 on Liberty Wharf

75 on Liberty Wharf, Thomas A. Kershaw’s newest addition to the Hampshire House Corporation, is as...

Abe & Louie's

Outdoor dining is open! Monday – Thursday | 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Friday | 11:30 a.m....

Amelia's - Stoughton

Patio is now open from 4pm-9pm everyday! Amelia’s Trattoria, just outside Kendall Square, offers...

Antico Forno

Stop by “for a great meal in an atmosphere that’s casual and relaxed with delicious food and prices...

Antonio's Cucina Italiana

We are back with seating outside!! Come get your favorites!! Taking reservations and walk ins, open...

Aqua Pazza

Outdoor Dining now available!

Aquitaine Bar a Vin Bistrot

We are open for patio seating every day from 4:30pm-8:30pm by reservation. Aquitaine, the grande...

Artu Rosticceria & Trattoria

Open for Outdoor Dining!

Arya Trattoria

Outdoor Dining now available!

Bacco

Outdoor Dining now available!

Back Deck

Outdoor Dining now available!

Bambara Restaurant - Hotel Marlowe

Bambara Cambridge is open for indoor and outdoor dining, pick-up and delivery Mediterranean-Inspired...

Basile Fine Italian Kitchen

We are open for patio seating every day from 4:30pm-8:30pm by reservation. BASILE – Fine...

The Beehive Restaurant

The Beehive brings its own unique take on outdoor dining to the South End with their bricked,...

Besito Mexican Restaurant - Chestnut Hill

While our passion for extraordinary food is what inspired Besito-it's the people-our team members...

Bostonia Public House

Our patio will be open daily from 12pm to 9pm. Champions of industry, ladies who lunch and tourists...

BRICCO

BRICCO's "boutique" Italian cuisine is unique, personal, and created for a select and sophisticated...

Cantina Italiana

An iconic tradition in Boston’s Historic “Little Italy”, Cantina Italiana serves the tastes that...

Chart House Restaurant

Open for Outside Patio Dining First come, first serve seating. Call to inquire. Chart House is...

Coppersmith

Open for Outdoor dining from 4pm-11pm! This Southie spot boasts not only the 75-seat “Porch” out...

Davio's Chestnut Hill

Currently open are Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse restaurants in Boston Seaport; Braintree, MA;...

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse - Braintree

Currently open are Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse restaurants in Boston Seaport; Braintree, MA;...

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse - Lynnfield

Davio’s Lynnfield seats over 250 people in the MarketStreet Complex. Davio’s pairs a...

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse - Lynnfield

Currently open are Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse restaurants in Boston Seaport; Braintree, MA;...

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse - Patriot Place

Currently open are Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse restaurants in Boston Seaport; Braintree, MA;...

Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse - Seaport

Currently open are Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse restaurants in Boston Seaport; Braintree, MA;...

dbar

Outdoor Dining now available!

Deck 12 at YOTEL Boston

Deck 12 is on the 12th floor of the hotel and runs the whole length of the building with stunning...

The Elephant Walk South End

Outdoor Dining now available!

Empire

Spacious Outdoor Patio Dining Wednesday-Sunday from 3pm-10pm

Gaslight Brasserie du Coin

Gaslight, Brasserie du Coin, (literally brasserie on the corner) is The Aquitaine Group’s classic...

Gather

Our patio is open at 11:30am! Reservations are highly recommended. Gather is a full-service...

Grotto

Outdoor Dining now available!

Harborside Grill - Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor

New Harborside Grill & Patio offers a creative menu and internationally inspired cuisine that...

Harpoon Brewery

We’re excited to be able to welcome you to Outdoors @ Harpoon, an outdoor drinking and dining space...

Henrietta's Table - Charles Hotel

Henrietta's Table will open on June 15 for al fresco dining and take-out orders. Call 617- 661-5005...

La Voile

We are ready to serve you ! You can enjoy your all time favorites (and discover new ones) on our...

La Voile Brookline

We are ready to serve you ! You can enjoy your all time favorites (and discover new ones) on our...

The Lawn on D

Outdoor Dining at the Lawn on D! Due to COVID-19 regulations by the State of Massachusetts, The Lawn...

Limoncello Restaurant

Authentic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Boston's North End, next to Paul Revere's...

LoLa 42 Boston

Outdoor dining is open! Serving from 11:30am until 9pm and reservations are encouraged but not...

Lucca North End

Outdoor Dining now available!

Mamma Maria

Mamma Maria is a world class restaurant in the North End of Boston. Set in a nineteenth-century...

Mamma Maria

Mamma Maria will be open for outdoor dining in our beautiful North Square. For more information,...

Mare

Enjoy our patio, open daily from 4pm-12am! Reservations Required! Prolific North End restauranteur...

The Marliave

Outdoor Dining now available!

Metropolis

Outdoor dining available!

Mooncusser Fish House

Open for Outdoor Dining! Monday- Saturday from 11am to 8pm.

Morton's The Steakhouse - Boston Seaport

Morton's The Steakhouse offers panoramic views of Boston Harbor from Bar 12.21 and its 100-seat...

Ned Devine's Irish Pub and Parris Lounge - Faneuil Hall Marketplace

We’ll be reopening for outdoor dining 3pm! Reservations are highly recommended. Casual pub dining,...

Nico Ristorante

Outdoor dining now available!

Night Shift Brewing

Oh hello there. So thrilled to open both Lovejoy and Everett patios starting today! Details below:⁣...

Novara

Now offerIing outdoor seatings at 4 p.m., 6 p.m., and 8 p.m. nightly. Novara provides a suburban al...

Ocean Prime

Ask and you shall receive at Ocean Prime, the award-winning restaurant and lounge from renowned...

Ostra

Ostra is now open for in restaurant and outdoor dining. As fall weather continues to make its way to...

Palm Restaurant

The new Palm Boston is located on the lobby level of One International Place in the Financial...

Park Restaurant and Bar

Nestled below street level in the heart of Harvard Square, Park’s quaint, brick-lined patio features...

Porto

Porto is a high-energy Mediterranean restaurant in Boston's Back Bay. Our menus embrace regional...

Precinct Kitchen + Bar - Loews Boston Hotel

The bar and abundance of lounge seating (including a coveted spot by the fireplace) shares the warm,...

Publico Street Bistro & Garden

Latin inspired neighborhood bistro serving worldly, creative cuisine + cocktails. Inspired by the...

Quattro Ristorante, Grill & Pizzeria

Outdoor seating Mon-Thu, 10am - 11pm • Fri - Sun, 10am - 11pm (reservations required)

Rail Stop Restaurant and Bar

Out of our scratch kitchen comes a mix of modern and classic New England cuisine including dry-aged...

Ristorante Fiore

Ristorante Fiore, located in Boston’s historic North End is a sophisticated ristorante serving...

Ristorante Villa Francesca

Outdoor seating 12 noon - 10 pm. Full menu available for take out. Please call 617.367.2948

Rosa Mexicano

Serving authentic, regionally-inspired Mexican cuisine since 1984. Don’t miss our famous Guacamole...

Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

The Greenway Mobile Eats program features 30+ food trucks operating under contract with The Greenway...

Rowes Wharf Sea Grille - Boston Harbor Hotel

Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, pop down to the Boston Harbor Hotel to enjoy...

Russell House Tavern

Patio service starting at 4pm! Even when the students are off for the summer – Harvard Square...

 

Beyond Boston

North of Boston and on Cape Cod, picturesque New England beaches are frequented by locals and visitors alike, and the colonial towns hum with the bustle of eager explorers.

North of Boston
​Head to the waterfront where Boston Harbor Cruises (BHC) ferry service will take visitors to the Boston Harbor Islands and to Salem, the "witch city" of 17th century lore, where you can also visit the Peabody Essex Museum and of course the Salem Witch Museum.  Both BHC and Bay State Cruises offer fast service to Provincetown, located on the tip of Cape Cod, an eclectic artists’ community teeming with galleries, restaurants, quaint shops and beautiful beaches.

South of Boston
Head south by car or rail to see Plimoth Plantation, and a replica ship, the Mayflower II, based on the vessel that brought the Pilgrims to the New World in 1620.  Learn about the native Wampanoag Tribe that encountered the Pilgrims, as well as life in a 17th century English village.  Continue south and arrive on Cape Cod, a summer destination featuring gorgeous locales and beaches from Falmouth to Hyannis, Harwich to Truro. From Falmouth or Woods Hole you can ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.  In Hyannis you can board a ferry to Nantucket. Why rush? Spend a night or two at the award-winning White Elephant.

 

Destination New Bedford

Discover New Bedford, a city with a vibrant working waterfront, history, museums, arts + culture,...

Destination Salem

Salem's Office of Tourism and Cultural Affairs dba Destination Salem, promotes Salem's museums,...

Newport Mansions - Preservation Society of Newport County

The Newport Mansions offer visitors a unique trip through America’s past. Audio tours at The...

Discover Quincy

Known as the City of Presidents, Quincy was home to U.S. Presidents John Adams & John Quincy Adams....

Plymouth County Convention & Visitors Bureau

1620 brought America’s most famous immigrants, the Pilgrims, to Plymouth. Their story continues...

Plimoth Plantation, Inc.

Plimoth Plantation - An America's Hometown adventure just minutes away from Cape Cod and Boston. Fun...

Discover Gloucester

Discover Gloucester promotes visitation to the highest port of Gloucester, Massachusetts and her...

Patriot Place

Adjacent to Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium — home to the New England Patriots and the New England...

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets

Wrentham Village Premium Outlets, just 35 miles from Boston, is New England's largest outdoor outlet...

Kittery Outlets

Less than an hour north of Boston, the Kittery Outlets extend for a mile with famous brand name...

Inn at Hastings Park

The Inn at Hastings Park is a boutique inn located in Lexington, Massachusetts, just 15 miles from...

Salem Waterfront Hotel & Suites

Newly built hotel with 86 graciously appointed guest rooms on Pickering Wharf in historic Salem....

 

Summer Weather

Month Avg  High Avg  Low Avg  Precipitation
 June  77  59  3.2"
 July  82  66  3"
 August  80  65  3.4"

 

What to Wear

Bostonians dress smartly and simply. Prepare for hot and humid days and cool nights.

Day: If you're touring, wear comfy sneakers or sandals. Shorts and T-shirts are common. Bring sunglasses or a hat. Most tourist venues don't have dress codes, but check to be sure.

Evening: Consider your agenda; the theater tends to be dressier.

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