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Summer in Boston: See You Soon!

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. 

Overnight Getaways

Summer Packages

Extend your Summer in Boston experience! Make it an overnight with these Summer getaway packages from participating hotels.

Where to Stay

Boston, Cambridge and Greater Boston offer a wide selection of accommodations to meet your needs and tastes.

Top 15 Instagrammable Locations in Boston

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Boston's Famous Landmarks

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Top 10 Things to do This Summer in Boston

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Things to Do this Summer

 

 

Summer Festivals 

From artisan markets to farmers markets, food festivals and cultural celebrations, there is ample opportunity to experience locally sourced, and locally organized, events that showcase the best of Boston’s creative economy.

Boston Film Festival

The Boston Film Festival is embarking on its 38th year of premiering a thoughtfully selected array...

Lantern Stories 2022

The Greenway Conservancy is thrilled to announce the re-installation of Lantern Stories by...

Boston Together Again Cultural Night

Boston Together Again Cultural Nights let our bustling, diverse city shine! Every Tuesday join us on...

Boston Together Again Kids & Pets Festival

The Boston Together Again Kids and Pets Festival is fun for your whole family ... even the furry...

Boston Together Again Movie Night

Boston Together Again Movie Night is Hollywood magic meets Copley Square! Thanks to our friends at...

2022 Taiwan Film Festival of Boston

For the fourth year, the annual Taiwan Film Festival of Boston is excited to present four...

Everybody In! Walk/Move for Perkins

It’s time to build a world where every child has the opportunity to learn. On Saturday,...

Ignite Festival

Ignite: A Global Street Food, Fire & Light Festival Saturday, October 1st from 6-10pm To...

Quincy's Annual Food Truck & Music Festival

The City of Quincy’s annual Food Truck & Music Festival will take place Saturday, October 1st...

RoboBoston – Annual Robot Block Party

More than 40 companies and universities will gather to showcase cutting-edge robotics and technology...

Cambridge Science Festival

Cambridge Science Festival is a week-long, annual celebration of science, technology, engineering,...

SoWa First Friday

On the First Friday of every month, the artists, galleries, shops and showroomsof the SoWa Art +...

Oktoberfest by Time Out Market Boston

Prost! We are holding a two-day celebration where our favorite local breweries will be joining us to...

Brotherhood of the Arrow & Sword: : A Medieval Reenactment Group

The Brotherhood of the Arrow and Sword is an educational-based medieval reenactment group dedicated...

HARVEST PARTY

Join our 5th Harvest Party, a celebration in support of the Boston Public Market’s mission to...

37th Annual AppleFest

Celebrate fall at one of our most expansive festivals!

Savor the Square

Savor the Square is a Saturday series on a city-owned lot in Nubian Square which brings together...

Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Outdoor Market

Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market, returns for the third year with 54 vendors in total joining the...

Silent Film: The Phantom of The Opera with Peter Krasinski

Silent Horror Film Phantom of the Opera with Live Accompaniment by Peter Krasinski Join us in the...

Boston Book Festival

Celebrating the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire, the Boston Book...

Dia de los Muertos Tea

Celebrate Halloween at the Inn's restaurant, Town Meeting Bistro, with our popular annual Dia de los...

2022 Annual Trellis Lighting

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park with support from the City of Boston Parks and Recreation...

SoWa Winter Festival 2022

‘Tis the season for the 7th annual SoWa Winter Festival. Join us this December for everyone’s...

Copley Square Tree Lighting

The City of Boston, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Friends of Copley Square...

First Night Boston 2023

Since 1975, Boston’s First Night has been a New Year’s Eve celebration of artistic performances, the...

 

Food, Wine & Craft Beer Events

There’s something about dining al fresco – does the food really taste better? Or are we just so happy to be outside in the summer air? Regardless, sidewalk, patio and roof top dining beckons all – all season long.

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

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Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

B-Local App - Support Local Businesses

The B-Local app rewards residents and visitors for shopping at Boston's local businesses. Rewards...

Encore Boston Harbor

Indulge in the excitement of our stunning Boston casino. Immerse in the tranquility of our luxurious...

Food Trucks - The Rose Kennedy Greenway

There's no better sign of spring in Boston than our Greenway Food Truck Program! Many of our food...

Quincy Market - Now Open

Looking for a quick bite? Then head over to Quincy Market for a wide variety of foods and desserts....

Shop Latinx-owned Restaurants & Businesses

La Mamma Pizza, Pasta & More https://www.lamammaspizza.com/ (617) 783-1661 190A Brighton Ave...

Copley Square Farmer's Market

Copley Square is one of the largest farmers markets in Massachusetts. As a key Boston tourist...

HARVARD SQUARE CAMBRIDGE CHOCOLATE TOUR

Calling all chocoholics! Let us romance your senses on a Harvard Square, Cambridge Chocolate Tour!...

Cornhole League

Outside cornhole at the brand new Lord Hobo Seaport Taproom & Restaurant. This league is sure to...

Samuel Adams Boston Brewery Tours

Tour Experiences are back! At this time, please note that our Tour Experience availability is...

HARPOON OCTOBERFEST

Our Octoberfest celebration at our brewery in Boston, MA is scheduled for Friday, September 30th and...

4th Annual OktoberFest

This is the season for beautiful foliage, tasty beer and camaraderie among friends! Raise your...

Union Square Somerville Food Tour

Join us for a fun foodie adventure in Somerville’s bustling Union Square neighborhood. This unique...

CENTRAL SQUARE CAMBRIDGE FOOD AND MURAL ARTS TOUR

Have fun and unleash your inner art and food critic while exploring Central Square, Cambridge with...

DOGTOBERFEST

Calling all dog lovers to the 5th Annual Harpoon Dogtoberfest on Sunday, October 2nd at our brewery...

SOWA Open Market

SoWa Art + Design District is Boston’s most creative neighborhood! Sunday Open Markets host up to...

43rd Annual Oktoberfest in Harvard Square

Harvard Square’s flagship event returns! We can’t contain our excitement either! Live music on...

Dia de los Muertos Tea

Celebrate Halloween at the Inn's restaurant, Town Meeting Bistro, with our popular annual Dia de los...

Performing Arts

Boston's cultural calendar is bouncing back with contemporary and classic plays, musicals, classical masterworks, jazz performances, rock concerts, and much more.

Live Theater & Dance

Tina: The Tina Turner Musical

This new musical reveals a comeback story like no other, of a woman who dared to defy the bounds of...

Sing Street

The joyous new musical that lifts you up...It’s Dublin, 1982. Sixteen-year old Conor tries to...

La bohème

A startlingly simple idea yields a new perspective on a tried-and-true opera favorite. Director...

Drumfolk

They took the drums away, but they couldn't stop the beat. When Africans lost the right to use their...

My Obsession

Witness four ballets that explore our obsessions, devotions, and idols. The Company will perform two...

My Obsession

Witness four ballets that explore our obsessions, devotions, and idols. The Company will perform two...

We Move in Color

Experience the inspirational and colorful story of the African American journey through immersive...

The Masquerade of Abbadia Mare: Inspired by the Tales of Edgar Allan Poe

In the days following the 1929 crash of the stock market, on Halloween night, John Hays Hammond Jr....

MR. SWINDLE’S TRAVELING PECULIARIUM AND DRINK-ORY GARDEN

Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium and Drink-Ory Garden is coming to town! We will be hosting Mr....

Silent Film: Nosferatu A Symphony of Horror with Peter Krasinski

Join us in the Great Hall as internationally acclaimed, silent film live accompanist, Peter...

HAIRSPRAY

“If life were everything it should be, it would be more like HAIRSPRAY. It’s irresistible!” –...

Silent Film: The Phantom of The Opera with Peter Krasinski

Silent Horror Film Phantom of the Opera with Live Accompaniment by Peter Krasinski Join us in the...

As Anticipated

Experience a highly anticipated program from prolific choreographer William Forsythe, whose vision...

SIX

From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred...

A.I.M by Kyle Abraham: Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth

In Requiem: Fire in the Air of the Earth, a new work co-commissioned by Celebrity Series, Kyle...

'Twas the Night Before...

‘Twas the Night Before...is an exhilarating spin on the beloved Christmas tale, and marks Cirque du...

The Nutcracker

Dare to dream big with New England’s favorite holiday tradition. Mikko Nissinen’s The Nutcracker...

WHITE CHRISTMAS

A song and dance duo follow two beautiful singing sisters to a Vermont lodge for their Christmas...

Urban Nutcracker

Anthony Williams’ Urban Nutcracker, the modern Boston-centric holiday classic will return to the...

Shen Yun

A global sensation returns this holiday season! Shen Yun is back with a brand-new production. Watch...

Company SBB: Look Who’s Coming to Dinner

Stefanie Batten Bland’s work Look Who’s Coming to Dinner is a thought-provoking...

Hamilton

HAMILTON is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop,...

LaTasha Barnes’ The Jazz Continuum

Dancer, choreographer, and educator LaTasha Barnes brings together he collective of extraordinary...

Circa: Sacre

Australian contemporary circus ensemble Circa returns to Boston with Sacre, a new work set, in part,...

The Simon & Garfunkel Story

The immersive concert-style theater show chronicles the amazing journey shared by the folk-rock duo,...

Don Quixote

Embark on a quest for true love with dreamer Don Quixote and his faithful squire Sancho. Follow them...

Bluebeard’s Castle | Four Songs

In spring 2023, BLO sheds fresh light on composer Bartók and librettist BélaBalázs’s early 20th...

David Sedaris

David Sedaris has shared his life with us and made us laugh for decades. From the absurdist...

Our Journey

Journey to new depths with two insightful contemporary works that reflect our curiosity about the...

The Wiz

A beloved Broadway gem, The Wiz offers a dazzling mix of rock, gospel and soul music. This timeless...

Live Concerts

HEARBY.COM | DAILY LIVE MUSIC LISTINGS

If you're a passionate live music fan, Hearby.com ensures you don't miss a beat on new scenes and...

Panic! at the Disco - Viva Las Vengeance Tour

Award-winning group Panic! at the Disco will be touring extensively across North America later in...

Pavement

Widely renowned as one of the most popular and influential bands to come out of the American...

Andris Nelsons conducts Adolphe, Haydn, and Shostakovich

Dynamic Chinese pianist Yuja Wang plays not one but both of Dmitri Shostakovich’s piano concertos,...

BEN PLATT

The Ben Platt concert originally scheduled for 3/3/22 at Agganis Arena has been rescheduled for...

Japanese Breakfast

From the moment she began writing her new album, Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner knew that she...

Lizzo - Special Tour

Award-winning singer Lizzo is coming to Boston for her brand new Special Tour! See her live at TD...

The B-52s

We are excited to welcome The B-52s to MGM Music Hall in Boston!

Death Cab for Cutie - Asphalt Meadows Tour

Indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie have announced a fall 2022 tour across America supporting their...

The Mars Volta Live In Concert

For the first time in 10 years, The Mars Volta will be reuniting for a major North American tour...

Back in the Saddle Again

Please join Tongue in Cheek, a group of fun-loving cabaret women, in their first show back: “Back in...

Cigarettes After Sex Live In Concert

Dream pop band Cigarettes After Sex will perform live at House Of Blues on October 2, 2022.

Jean Appolon Expressions: Traka

Traka , the newest work from Cambridge-based Haitian choreographer Jean Appolon, means “Troubles” in...

DEREK GRIPPER & MIKE BLOCK

South African guitarist Derek Gripper produces extraordinary music by fusing his country's disparate...

The Killers: Imploding The Mirage Tour

The Killers will be heading back to the road to celebrate both Pressure Machine and Imploding The...

TINARIWEN

The new album by Tinariwen could well have been called Exile on Main Street . But other people have...

Andris Nelsons conducts Bernstein, Ogonek, and Shostakovich

Andris Nelsons leads two works new to the BSO repertoire: the BSO-commissioned Starling Variations...

Jeff Beck and Johnny Depp: Live in Concert

Legendary musician Jeff Beck has announced he'll be touring extensively across North America later...

Ozuna - OzuTochi World Tour

Global superstar, OZUNA and leading Latin music concert promoter, Elite Media & Marketing (EMM),...

Dustin Lynch - Party Mode Tour

Platinum-selling cowboy Dustin Lynch has announced a massive U.S. tour in early 2022 to support his...

Sports & Recreational Events

Boston Harbor Islands

Spend an afternoon on one of the Harbor Islands

Experience the Freedom Trail

Visit the temples and landmarks of the Revolutionary Era on the famous 2.5 mile red-brick Freedom Trail - virtually and in-person!

Fenway Park Events

Get pumped for Fenway tours, Sox games, live concerts, and more.

 

Let Us Guide You

Make the most of your visit, road trip, or local adventure! 

Boston Common Visitor Center

The Boston Common Visitor Center is open daily from 8:30 am-5:00 pm.

Visitors Guide

View the Official Visitors Guide on your computer or mobile device...

All Inclusive Guide

Read our Multicultural Guide for all visitors.

Accessibility

Transportation & experiences that are accessible to as many people as possible, welcoming visitors...

Local Picks

View handpicked activities and weekly highlights for your visit to the Boston area, chosen for you...

Information Kit

Order your Kit Today!

DPG Online

Click to view our interactive 2022/23 Destination Planners' Guide flipbook

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Boston - Airport/Chelsea/Revere

Citywide

Labor Day Weekend Guide

There's so much to do in Greater Boston! Whether you’re a local pretending to be a tourist in your own city or a visitor looking for the perfect New England getaway, we've got you covered!

Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend in Greater Boston is the perfect chance to soak in the last days of summer - and...

Boston Neighborhoods

 

 

Explore Boston Neighborhoods

Each Boston neighborhood tells its own story, a tale of community, culture, and eclectic commercial areas.

All Inclusive Boston

Experience a side of Boston that’s multicultural and brimming with vibrancy.

 

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 Patuxet Museums, 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.

West of Boston

Head west of Boston by car or rail to visit to Lexington and Concord, charming colonial towns with rich literary and Revolutionary War Era history.  The Lexington Visitors Center offers walking tours complete with costumed guides who share the events that occurred on this hallowed ground over 240 years ago, at the very start of the American Revolution. Stay over at the Aloft Lexington or The Inn at Hastings Park and enjoy all that Lexington has to offer.

 

Destination Salem

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

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...

City of Chelsea

Welcome to the smallest city in Massachusetts, a unique destination just minutes from Downtown...

Plimoth Patuxet Museums

Through engaging experiences with history, Plimoth Patuxet Museums explores the complex and...

Patriot Place

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

Newport Mansions - Preservation Society of Newport County

The Newport Mansions offer visitors an unequaled trip through America’s past with unique...

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....

Destination New Bedford

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

 

Great Deals & Free Things to Do

Our Great Deals offer specials, discounts and savings on: museums and attractions, tours, family fun and dining. 

Our Free Things To Do page includes free live music and theater, outdoor festivals, tours, family activities and more.

 

Discount Parking - Up to 50% off drive-up

Book convenient and affordable parking in advance through SpotHero, the nation's leading parking...

Save Up to 50% on Amtrak travel to Boston

Book in Advance and Save Up to 50% on Amtrak travel to Boston. Book your travel early to get our...

Kids Eat Free at Longwood Grille

Kids under 12 eat free when accompanied by an adult, with the order of a qualified adult entree.

Save up to 50% off theatre, music, dance, and comedy

BosTix Deals! Save up to 50% off year-round on Greater Boston’s best theatre, music, dance, and...

Up to 55% Off Top Attraction Admission

Save up to 55% on admission to over 45 of Boston’s top attractions like New England Aquarium, Museum...

40% OFF: Ultimate Boston Self-Guided Walking Tours Bundle

This is the ultimate “must-do” package for a trip to Boston and New England. Buy the Boston Bundle...

10% Off Any Tour

Award-winning Off the Beaten Path Food Tours offers food tours and chocolate tours in Boston,...

20% off an Amazing Scavenger Hunt Adventure- Boston

Turn Boston into a giant game board with this fun scavenger hunt adventure. Combine the excitement...

Harvard Art Museums - Free Admission Sundays

We are welcoming visitors once again after reopening on September 4! And we now offer free admission...

Sushi Unlimited Mondays

Sushi Unlimted every Monday starting at 5pm - $32 Per person

Free things to do

The Boston area offers an abundance of free activities for everyone.

 

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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