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.   Boston neighborhoods come alive throughout the summer with celebrations such as the Cambridge Carnival, with its grand costume parade accompanied by rich rhythmic musicality promoting all types of cultures. 

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. 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.

Bring on Summer - Events

Boston Calling Block Parties
May 9 - Aug 29, 2019
Come enjoy beer & wine, games, music, and more every Thursday. The fun starts at...
Summer Tunes with Berklee College of Music
Jun 13 - Jul 25, 2019
Come enjoy concerts in a variety of musical styles from talentedBerklee artists on...
Jazz in the Park
Jul 9 - 30, 2019
NEMPAC is excited to bring a series of four concerts during the month of July in...
2019 Taste of Cambridge
Jul 10, 2019
Each year foodies descend upon the Taste of Cambridge to sample the delicious,...
Harborwalk Sounds
Jul 11 - Aug 29, 2019
Join the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and Berklee for the eleventh year of...
Summer Concerts at Georges Island
Jul 13 - Aug 24, 2019
On select Saturdays in July and August, take a ferry ride out to beautiful Georges...
Free Boston Landmarks Orchestra Concerts
Jul 17 - Aug 28, 2019
Catch free concerts by Boston Landmarks Orchestra all summer long on Wednesday...
Shakespeare on the Common: Cymbeline
Jul 17 - Aug 31, 2019
Shakespeare on the Common returns for its 25th season in Summer 2019 with Cymbeline,...
Caliente! Latin Music Festival
Jul 20, 2019
Caliente! returns to City Hall for its 12th year, celebrating Latin music, art, and...
Dorothy Curran Summer Concert Series
Jul 31 - Aug 28, 2019
Now celebrating 46 years as Boston's longest-running outdoor concert series, the...
Boston Seafood Festival 2019
Aug 4, 2019
The Boston Fisheries Foundation welcomes you to join us for the 8th Annual Boston...
19th Annual GospelFest
Aug 11, 2019
GospelFest is New England’s largest Gospel music celebration and is free and open to...
Boston Jazz Fest
Aug 30 - 31, 2019
Thanks to all for the support, and donations received from our sponsors, and/or...

See the full Calendar of Events

Boston Dining

Boston dining is its own destination these days.  New restaurants and old favorites cater to every palate and pocketbook. Many feature al fresco options – sidewalk, patio and roof top dining beckons all.

Outdoor Dining

75 on Liberty Wharf 75 on Liberty Wharf, Thomas A. Kershaw’s newest addition to the Hampshire House...
Amelia's - Stoughton Amelia’s Trattoria, just outside Kendall Square, offers folks at nearby MIT and the...
Anthem Kitchen + Bar - Faneuil Hall Marketplace Visit our kitchen and bar to experience re-imagined American-fare and rustic comfort...
Aquitaine Bar a Vin Bistrot Aquitaine, the grande dame of the South End’s French restaurants, recently unveiled...
ArtBar Restaurant - Royal Sonesta - Boston/Cambridge Our seasonal menu focuses on serving the freshest ingredients , sourced from local...
Avenue One - Hyatt Regency Boston Centrally located in the heart of downtown Boston, The Terrace at Avenue One...
B&G Oysters In the summer months, oyster lovers and seafood fans spill out onto the picturesque...
Babbo Pizzeria Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca Enjoy pizza (or pasta or whatever your hungry little heart...
Bambara Restaurant - Hotel Marlowe It seems appropriate, given their environmentally friendly leanings, that Bambara at...
Bar Boulud, Boston - Mandarin Oriental, Boston Bar Boulud’s sidewalk patio offers an inviting perch from which to take in the...
Battery Wharf Grille - Battery Wharf Hotel, Boston Waterfront Dining at Battery Wharf Grille takes a page from Boston’s culinary playbook,...
The Beehive Restaurant The Beehive brings its own unique take on outdoor dining to the South End with their...
Bistro du Midi Bask in the glory of summer on Bistro du Midi’s sidewalk patio. The coveted...
Blu Restaurant Diners at Blu’s rooftop patio can enjoy urban outdoor dining in all its glory....
BOND - The Langham, Boston Take in the twinkling city skyline (as well as some delicious snacks and some...
Boston Chops South End At Boston Chops, diners can enjoy a rib eye while taking in the scenery from this...
Bostonia Public House Champions of industry, ladies who lunch and tourists all vie for spots on Bostonia...
Bronwyn Restaurant Bronwyn creates the vibe of a classic biergarten right in the center of Union...
Catalyst Restaurant Cambridge diners can get a head start on outdoor dining at Catalyst, where the...
Chopps American Bar & Grill - Boston Marriott Burlington This summer CHOPPS American Bar and Grill, Burlington’s steakhouse destination for...
Cinquecento Y ou walk in to a striking illuminated cast iron and glass staircase greeting you...
Club Lounge at YOTEL Boston Sky Bar is on the 12th floor of the hotel and runs the whole length of the building...
Commonwealth Restaurant & Market Food is served all day long at this tucked away corner of Kendall Square....
Coppersmith This Southie spot boasts not only the 75-seat “Porch” out front, but also a vintage...
Da Vinci Ristorante Nestled between the South End and the Back Bay just shy of the Theater District, Da...
Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse - Lynnfield Davio’s Lynnfield seats over 250 people in the MarketStreet Complex....
Davio's Northern Italian Steakhouse - Patriot Place If you prefer rib eyes and Barolo over hotdogs and lager, skip the tailgating, leave...
dbar Thanks to the high wooden fence, comfy patio furniture and plenty of greenery, the...
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House Visit Del Frisco’’s in Boston, nestled in the lavish Seaport District...
EVOO Chef-owner Peter McCarthy’s farm-to-table menu tastes even better when enjoyed...
Freepoint Kitchen & Cocktails Freepoint Kitchen provides a sophisticated outdoor space to perch with fun fare and...
Gaslight Brasserie du Coin Gaslight, Brasserie du Coin , (literally brasserie on the corner) is The Aquitaine...
Glass House Soak in the sun without having to stray too far from your trusty bartender- Kendall...
Grafton Street Pub & Grill If you like to pair your food with great people watching, the patio at Grafton...
Harborside Grill - Hyatt Regency Boston Harbor New Harborside Grill & Patio offers a creative menu and internationally inspired...
Hard Rock Cafe The Hard Rock Cafe Boston’s patio is a great spot to relax, rock out, or people...
Harvest Located in the heart of Harvard Square, Harvest celebrates the modern New England...
Henrietta's Table - Charles Hotel Overlooking the plaza at the Charles Hotel, the spacious, pooch-friendly outdoor...
The Hourly Oyster House A few doors down from The Hourly Oyster House's mainstay, al fresco diners rejoice...
Kika Tapas Paying homage to the classic Pedro Almodóvar movie KIKA, is a fun spot for an...
L'Andana During the warmer months, L’Andana offers al fresco dining on its intimate...
Legal Harborside Legal Harborside is Legal Sea Foods’ 20,000 square foot flagship property on the...
Legal Oysteria Join Legal Oysteria for Outdoor Dining!
Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill Join Legal Sea Foods - Chestnut Hill for Outdoor Dining!
Mare Prolific North End restauranteur Frank DePasquale moved his seafood concept, Mare,...
The Marliave Henry Marliave, a French immigrant from Paris, arrived in Boston with a collection...
Masa Restaurant Masa’s intimate sidewalk patio offers South End dwellers and visitors a perfect...
MIDA Make the most of the season on the sidewalk patio at MIDA at the bustling corner of...
Miel- InterContinental Boston Whether you’re looking for a shady spot or to catch some sun on your lunch break,...
Morton's The Steakhouse - Boston Seaport Morton's The Steakhouse offers panoramic views of Boston Harbor from Bar 12.21 and...
Nebo Cucina & Enoteca Whether you're seeking respite from a busy day the bustling Financial District or...
Ned Devine's Irish Pub and Parris Lounge - Faneuil Hall Marketplace Casual pub dining, craft beer selection, lively happy hours, and the best in live...
North 26 Restaurant - Bostonian Hotel Breakfast: Monday to Friday 6:30AM to 11am Lunch: 12:00pm to 5:00pm Dinner: 5:00pm...
Novara Novara provides a suburban al fresco oasis—head to Milton to take your meal to a...
OAK Long Bar + Kitchen - Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel Oak Long Bar Nestled in the heart of Copley Square is Oak Long Bar and a perfectly...
Ocean Prime Making its patio season debut, this Seaport hot spot offers waterfront dining with a...
Palm Restaurant The new Palm Boston is located on the lobby level of One International Place in the...
Park Restaurant and Bar Nestled below street level in the heart of Harvard Square, Park’s quaint,...
Precinct Kitchen + Bar - Loews Boston Hotel The bar and abundance of lounge seating (including a coveted spot by the fireplace)...
Restaurant Dante If you like to pair Italian wines with sweeping Charles River and Boston skyline...
Ristorante Fiore Ristorante Fiore, located in Boston’s historic North End is a sophisticated...
River Bar - The Outlets at Assembly Row RIVER BAR IS A SMALL, CREATIVE, LIVELY BAR IN THE HEART OF ASSEMBLY ROW.
Rosa Mexicano Serving authentic, regionally-inspired Mexican cuisine since 1984. Don’t miss our...
Row 34 With iron beams and a corrugated roof, Row 34’s Fort Point patio provides shade on...
Rowes Wharf Sea Grille - Boston Harbor Hotel Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, pop down to the Boston Harbor...
Russell House Tavern Even when the students are off for the summer – Harvard Square is humming....
Sapore Ristorante + Bar Gather in our warm and relaxed restaurant where the menu features modern...
Scampo Scampo restaurant pairs simple, rustic food, chic Italian design and a glorious open...
Serafina Boston Located next to the restaurant along Summer Street, the patio boast 74 seats with...
Smith and Wollensky - Atlantic Wharf Patio Dining and Events Prime steaks, premium seafood and award-winning wine lists...
The Smoke Shop by Andy Husbands What’s better than BBQ outdoors? The Smoke Shop’s patio at One Kendall Square offers...
Sophia's Grotto This herbaceous patio in Roslindale is one for the books. The rustic outdoor space...
State Street Provisions Situated a stone's throw from the harbor and within easy walking distance of the...
Strega Waterfront Enjoy our best-selling classics such as Veal Chop, Fettuccini Strega and Frutti di...
Sumiao Hunan Kitchen Contemporary Chinese restaurant, bar, and patio introducing authentic Hunan cuisine...
TAMO Located in the heart of Boston’s bustling Seaport District at the Seaport Hotel,...
Temple Bar Located between Harvard and Porter Squares on Massachusetts Avenue, Temple Bar draws...
Tiger Mama The patio at Tiger Mama, located on buzzing Boylston Street, offers an excellent...
Towne Stove & Spirits A definitive neighborhood restaurant for people from all walks of life. Chef Joel...
Tresca Private Balcony Seating for two
Uni Restaurant - Eliot Hotel Enjoy the best of Chef Tony Messina's creative sashimi, sushi, and Japanese fare on...
Venezia Waterfront Restaurant & Banquet Facility Join Venezia Restaurant out on their patio for their regular lunch and dinner menus!...
Viale Enjoy all the goings-on in Central Square over grilled pizzas, house-made pastas and...
Zephyr on The Charles - Hyatt Regency Cambridge The Zephyr Patio is a quaint shaded terrace, directly overlooking the Charles River...

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.

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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

Brookline

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

Cambridge

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

Charlestown

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

Dorchester

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

Mattapan

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

Roslindale

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

Roxbury

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

Somerville

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

Waterfront

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

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  • 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
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