Summer in Boston

Boston Ranked #1 U.S. Summer Vacation SpotFree Cross Cultural Festivals

Summer in Boston features a vibrant array of cross cultural events and festivals.   City Hall Plaza comes alive throughout the summer with celebrations such as the Caliente! Latin Music Festival and the Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts. 

Arts & Culture, Shopping & Sports

There's nothing quite like outdoor entertainment, especially if it's free. Head to to the Esplanade for a series of free concerts from the Boston Landmarks Orchestra or a Shakespeare on the Common performance of Richard III. Shoppers will love Boston's Faneuil Hall Marketplace and the high-end boutiques on Newbury Street. For sports fans, catching a Red Sox game at Fenway Park is a must when you're in Boston.

Boston Dining

Boston dining is its own destination these days.  New restaurants and old favorites cater to every palate and pocketbook. Be sure not to miss Dine Out Boston, formerly Restaurant Week Boston. Sample area restaurants at special prices August 5-10 and 12-17.

Beyond Boston

North of Boston and on Cape Cod, picturesque beaches are frequented by locals and visitors alike, and the colonial towns hum with the bustle of eager explorers. By land or sea, visitors to Boston will find New England charm as they journey outside the city.

Upcoming Events

Shakespeare on the Common: Richard III
Jul 18 - Aug 5
Shakespeare’s searing drama chronicles the ruthless ascension of a king and the...
Boston Calling Block Party: East Coast Soul
Jul 19
From May 10th through September 13th join us from 5-8p every Thursday in Dewey...
MicroChefs: An Evening for Curious Adults
Jul 19
Wine, beer, sake, coffee, kombucha, yogurt, cheese, chocolate. Discover how our...
Free Fun Friday at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Jul 20
Enjoy free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on July 20! Free Fun Fridays...
Revere Beach International Sand-Sculpting Festival
Jul 20 - 22
The 2018 International Sand Sculpting Festival will take place from July 20 - 22 ....
11th Annual Caliente! Latin Music Festival
Jul 21
Caliente! returns to City Hall for its 11th year, celebrating Latin music, art, and...
Festival Betances
Jul 21 - 22
A staple in New England’s summer events scene, this 2-day long celebration of...
Summer Concerts at Georges Island
Jul 21 - Aug 18
On select Saturdays in July and August, take a ferry ride out to beautiful Georges...
Cambridge Jazz Festival
Jul 29
The Cambridge Jazz Festival was born through the combined talents and efforts of...
Boston Seafood Festival 2018
Aug 5
The Boston Fisheries Foundation welcomes you to join us for the 7th Annual Boston...
Dine Out Boston
Aug 5 - 17
Dine Out Boston is brought to you by the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors...
18th Annual GospelFest
Aug 12
GospelFest is New England’s largest Gospel music celebration and is free and open to...
Boston Jazz Fest
Aug 25
We welcome you to the 8th year of this FREE ground-breaking festival featuring the...
Cambridge Carnival
Sep 9
Cambridge's largest festival is held next to MIT and includes ethnic foods, 3...

See the full Calendar of Events


Things to Do

Art Culture Isabella Stewart
Museums & Attractions Our museums are renowned! Our attractions are fun and dynamic!  View great...
Freedom trail tours Otis grave
Sightseeing, Tours & Trails City trolley tours, fall foliage tours, brew pub tours, sports tours, harbor tours,...
Joyful Noise at Sanders Theatre
Performing Arts & Entertainment Boston's cultural calendar is seemingly infinite. Mellow jazz clubs, rock...
Multicultural Collage
Cross Cultural Boston Explore cross cultural events, festivals, exhibitions, sightseeing trails and...
Blue Admit one tickets
Save on Attractions While visiting Boston, consider one of the attraction passes that offer discounts...
Illuminus Light Festival
Free Things to Do Boston offers an abundance of free activities for everyone.
Joyful Noise at Sanders Theatre
Calendar of Events The full calendar of events in Boston include sporting events, festivals, holiday...
sports and recreation
Sports & Recreation Boston offers a wide array of recreational opportunities  for everyone
Foxboro MA Gillette Stadium
Professional Sports Boston IS Titletown.  Each of our storied franchises has won a championship in...
3 girls shopping
Shopping Shopping in Boston and Cambridge is an event in itself, and there's plenty to...
Night Club people  lights
Nightlife If you enjoy a lively night-on-the-town or simply sitting cozy at a piano bar -...
outdoor enthusiast cycling
Trip Ideas Check out these sample itineraries to help guide your visit to Boston and beyond.

Explore Our Neighborhoods

Airport / Chelsea / Revere

Originally a center of shipbuilding, East Boston has always been a neighborhood of immigrants. Today its population is... Learn More

Back Bay

The Back Bay is a affluent neighborhood in the heart of Boston. The Back Bay is home to landmarks such as Copley Square,... Learn More

Beacon Hill

A 19th century residential area adjacent to Boston Common, Beacon Hill is named for the location of a beacon that once... Learn More

Brighton / Allston

Brighton/Allston (aka Brighton, MA and Allston, MA, 2 subdivisions of Boston proper) are known for their large... Learn More


Located just minutes from Boston and serviced by the Green Line via the B, C and D lines, Brookline is  known for... Learn More


It was named in honor of the University of Cambridge in England, an important center of the Puritan theology embraced by... Learn More


Explore Charlestown, a neighborhood rich in history. Settled by English colonists in 1628, Charlestown is Boston's... Learn More


Dorchester is a historic neighborhood of over 6 square miles. The town was founded by Puritans who emigrated from... Learn More

Downtown / Financial District

The Financial District of Boston is located in the downtown area near Government Center and Chinatown. The area... Learn More

Fenway / Kenmore

Home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox, Fenway/Kenmore also boasts many of the City's top cultural institutions,... Learn More

Fort Point

The Fort Point neighborhood, where a fort stood in colonial times, is tucked between the Seaport District, South Boston... Learn More

Jamaica Plain

Once a summertime resort destination for Bostonians, Jamaica Plain is now a diverse and dynamic Boston neighborhood.... Learn More


Initially inhabited by the Native American Mattahunt Tribe, the name Mattapan translates to “a good place to be" or "a... Learn More

North End

The North End is Boston's oldest residential neighborhood and could best be described as the "Little Italy" of Boston.... Learn More


Explore the "streetcar suburbs" of West Roxbury, Roslindale and Hyde Park for the suburban flavor of the city. These... Learn More


Once a farming town on the outskirts of Boston, Roxbury began its transformation from agricultural, to industrial, to... Learn More

Seaport District

The fastest growing and newest neighborhood in Boston, the Seaport District is part of the Port of Boston on Boston... Learn More


The most densely populated community in New England and one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the nation,... Learn More

South Boston

Explore South Boston, site of the Dorchester Heights National Historic site and Castle Island. "Southie" as the locals... Learn More

South End

Located just minutes from downtown and the Back Bay, the South End has become one of Boston's most popular... Learn More

Theatre District / Chinatown

Boston's Theater District hosts an endless array of Broadway shows. Productions at the Boston Opera House, the Citi... Learn More


Boston Harbor has always played an important role in the development, history and culture of the city. Today the... Learn More

West End

The West End neighborhood of Boston was once the most densely populated area of the city, with 174 persons per acre. ... Learn More

West Roxbury

Explore the "streetcar suburbs" of West Roxbury, Roslindale and Hyde Park for the suburban flavor of the city. These... Learn More

North of Boston

A short ride from Boston will bring you to the quintessential New England experience; lobster in the rough, whale... Learn More

South of Boston

Quincy, birthplace of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams, lies minutes south of the Boston line. Peacefield was... Learn More

West Of Boston

The picturesque classic New England towns of Lexington and Concord are within an hour drive from Boston. Revolutionary... Learn More

  • Airport / Chelsea / Revere
  • Back Bay
  • Beacon Hill
  • Brighton / Allston
  • Brookline
  • Cambridge
  • Charlestown
  • Dorchester
  • Downtown / Financial District
  • Fenway / Kenmore
  • Fort Point
  • Jamaica Plain
  • Mattapan
  • North End
  • Roslindale
  • Roxbury
  • Seaport District
  • Somerville
  • South Boston
  • South End
  • Theatre District / Chinatown
  • Waterfront
  • West End
  • West Roxbury
  • North of Boston
  • South of Boston
  • West Of Boston