Boston events for June 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Boston, Massachusetts.

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June 2017
June 2017

Enjoy the best Boston events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, Massachusetts.

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Greek festival - Arlington

June 1 - 4, 2017

7.8 miles NW

Arlington Greek Festival offers Greek food, beer, wine, music, dancing, and kids’ activities at St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington. Free.

Celebrity food festival

June 2, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

5.2 miles west

Guy Cooking with Best Buddies Celebrity Chef Food and Wine Festival includes food from 30 local chefs, wine, beer, entertainment, and celebrities (Guy Fieri of Food Network and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots) in the Murr Center at Harvard Stadium.

Beer festival

June 2 - 3, 2017

1.1 miles SE

Microbrew Invitational offers a curated selection of beer from breweries making less than 465,000 gallons per year, at Seaport World Trade Center for age 21+.

Salem Arts Festival

June 2 - 4, 2017

20 miles NE

Salem Arts Festival is a family friendly celebration of painting, photography, sculpture, dance, music, film, comedy, writing, theater, poetry, and cuisine. Free.

Pirate pub crawl

June 3, 2017

1.1 miles SE

Dress like a pirate for the Pirate Crawl, which includes visits to local bars and a 90-minute boat cruise.

Cambridge river festival

June 3, 2017 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

1.5 miles NW

Cambridge Arts: River Festival features live jazz, folk, and roots music; dance, theater performances, and poetry; art making, workshops, and demonstrations; and vendors of arts, crafts, and international foods at the Charles River (along Cambridge Parkway and at Lechmere Canal Park). Free.

Romantic musical

June 3, 2017

2 miles SW

Based on a best-selling book, The Bridges of Madison County is about a farm wife who finds her life forever changed when she meets a traveling photographer at Calderwood Pavilion.

Cirque + symphony

June 3, 2017 (3 and 8 p.m.)

2.1 miles SW

Watch aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, and strongmen move to music when Boston Pops & Cirque de la Symphonie perform together with a soprano at Boston Symphony Hall.

Modern dance

June 3, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

3.1 miles west

Urbanity Dance performs Spring Revue, featuring works from celebrated contemporary choreographers at Tsai Performance Center.

Wine at the zoo

June 3, 2017 (5 to 7:30 p.m.)

3.5 miles SW

Sample wines at Uncorked as you stroll past animals in the Tropical Forest Pavilion at Franklin Park Zoo.

Fine art & food trucks

June 3, 2017 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

4 miles SW

See fine art from 100 artists at the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival, and in the afternoon, hear live music and visit local food trucks plus the beer & wine garden at Devotion School in Brookline. Free.

Food-truck festival

June 3, 2017 (noon, VIP 11 a.m.)

47 miles west

Shop from 25 popular food trucks at Worcester Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival at Worcester Common. Free admission for children age 12 and younger.

Architectural open house

June 3 - 4, 2017

Greater Boston

Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at dozens of the city’s finest buildings during Common Boston. Free.

Irish festival

June 3 - 4, 2017

20 miles south

Boston Irish Festival has two stages of live music, Irish dancing, food, crafts, an authors’ tent, children’s activities, and a Sunday tug-of-war at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton.

Beacon Hill Art Walk

June 4, 2017 (noon to 6 p.m.)

1 mile west

See artwork in residential gardens and courtyards of Beacon Hill’s North Slope and hear live music (folk, classical, klezmer) at Beacon Hill Art Walk. Begin at 135 Charles Street, or at the corner of Cambridge Street & W. Cedar Street. Free.

Bicycle party

June 5, 2017 (5 to 9 p.m.)

4.3 miles NW

Your $15 ticket to Bike Party & Benefit gets you a sandwich, beer or other drink, bike valet, and a raffle ticket at Redbones Barbecue in Somerville. The rain date for this event is June 12.

Taste of the Nation

June 6, 2017 (7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)

1.9 miles SE

Enjoy gourmet food made by 60 top local chefs, wine, beer, cocktails, entertainment, and an auction at Taste of the Nation at 1 Black Falcon Ave.

Ice cream festival

June 6 - 8, 2017 (12 to 8 p.m.)

0.1 miles west

A ticket to the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl gets you unlimited ice cream at City Hall Plaza, rain or shine, in all of these flavors.

Beer at the mansion

June 9, 2017 (6 to 9 p.m.)

10 miles west

Beer and Blooms is a craft beer tasting with “unlimited samples for three hours, munchies, free entrance to the mansion, and plentiful lawn games” at historic Gore Place in Waltham for age 21+.

Beer festival

June 9 - 10, 2017

3.5 miles NW

Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest showcases locally made beer, cider, mead, and food at the Armory in Somerville. Friday includes unfiltered cask beer.

Pride parade & festival

June 10, 2017

0.1 miles west

The highlight of LGBT Boston Pride Month is Boston Pride Parade, which begins at noon in Copley Square and ends at Boston Pride Festival in City Hall Plaza. Free.

Early Halloween

June 10, 2017 (7 p.m.)

4.4 miles NW

Wear a Halloween costume, drink beer, play games, and hear live music during Spring Halloween at Once Ballroom in Somerville for age 18+.

Wakefield festival

June 10, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

14 miles north

Festival by the Lake has arts, crafts, kids’ activities, live music, and food vendors lakeside in Wakefield. Free.

Strawberries and art

June 10, 2017

23 miles NE

Eat strawberry shortcake and browse works by 60 artists at the Strawberry Festival in Topsfield. Free.

Monster trucks

June 10, 2017 (7 p.m.)

27 miles SW

Big trucks with big wheels make big noise at the Monster Jam at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Wizard market

June 10, 2017

51.2 miles west

Buy a ticket online from New England Witchcraft and Wizarding School to shop from 35 vendors and attend classes in Worcester. Video.

Quilt show

June 10 - 11, 2017

11 miles west

See 150 quilts that range from classic to cutting-edge at Quilters’ Connection Quilt Show, which has guided tours and demonstrations of quilting techniques at Bentley University in Waltham.

German festival

June 10 - 11, 2017

25 miles SW

Celebrate German Sommerfest with live music, dancing, kids’ games, German food, beer, and wine in a covered pavilion at the German club in Walpole.

Dragon boat festival

June 11, 2017

3.5 miles NW

Boston Dragon Boat Festival includes Chinese arts & crafts, dance, drumming, music, martial arts, food, and dragon-boat races on the Charles River. Free.

Get painted as you run

June 11, 2017

28 miles SW

Wear a white shirt, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch and foam as you run the 5K Color Run at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Irish Riverdance

June 11, 2017 (6:30 p.m.)

47.4 miles west

Riverdance is an exhilarating celebration of Irish music, song, and dance at Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.

Historical music

June 11 - 18, 2017

Boston locations

Boston Early Music Festival features two fully staged operas, 18 concerts, a family event (Sat. 2 to 4 p.m.), lectures, and an exhibition of early instruments.

Tango dancing

June 14 - 18, 2017

3 miles NW

Boston Tango Festival includes dance classes, dances with live music, and a Saturday show in Somerville.

Concert in the Park

June 15, 2017 (5 p.m.)

0.3 miles south

The spring Concert in the Park features Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, young performers, musician speakers, and an award for the mayor at Norman B. Leventhal Park. Free.

Formal party in the rose garden

June 15, 2017 (5:30 to 8 p.m.)

2.7 miles SW

Join the mayor at the Rose Garden Party for passed hors d’oeuvres, a buffet, live entertainment, a painting demonstration, a hat contest, and auctions (live and silent) at Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens.

Greek festival - Woburn

June 15 - 18, 2017 (starts 5 p.m. Thurs.)

11 miles NW

Enjoy Greek food, dessert, music, and dance at the Greek Festival at Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Woburn. Free.

Masquerade Ball

June 16, 2017 (10 p.m.)

0.9 miles SW

Wear a mask to the Masquerade Ball, which invites you to “let seduction take control as you dance into the night with the charming and disguised” at W Boston.

Biblical musical

June 16, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

15 miles west

The Broadway musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat by Andrew Lloyd Webber puts a colorful twist on the Old Testament at Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham.

South Shore art festival

June 16 - 18, 2017

20 miles SE

South Shore Art Center Arts Festival features 80 juried exhibitors, live music, art demonstrations, and children’s art activities in Cohasset. Free.

Roller skating

June 17, 2017 (6 to 10 p.m.)

0.2 miles west

Donna Summer Roller Disco Party honors the local music pioneer with family friendly skating to DJ music at City Hall Plaza. Free, including limited skates.

Music and beer party

June 17, 2017 (4 to 9 p.m.)

1.7 miles SE

Tour de Fat is “a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs” with Fat Tire beer and music by AwolNation at The Lawn on D . Children 12 and younger are free.

Free music

June 17, 2017 (2 to 10 p.m.)

3.6 miles NW

Make Music Harvard Square (part of international Fête De La Musique Festival) features musicians playing rock, pop, hip hop, and jazz in 10 venues. Free.

Dog films

June 17, 2017 (1 and 3 p.m.)

5.5 miles west

The Dog Film Festival screens two different programs of short films about the bond between dogs and humans at The Brattle Theatre in Cambridge.

Tasting at the zoo

June 17, 2017 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)

8.2 miles north

A Wild Affair includes food from restaurants and caterers, a drink ticket, live entertainment, auctions, and animal visits at Stone Zoo for age 21+.

Farm festival

June 17, 2017 (rain date June 18)

22 miles NE

Visit the Strawberry Festival at Connors Farm in Danvers for hayrides, farm animals, pedal carts, music, barbecue, and strawberry shortcake. Cost.

Beverly art festival

June 17, 2017

26 miles NE

Arts Fest Beverly is an outdoor festival featuring 150 juried artists and crafters, music and entertainment, kids’ activities and crafts, and a food court. Free.

Chelsea Art Walk

June 17 - 18, 2017

3.4 miles NE

Enjoy art, music, theater, and exhibits in galleries, open studios, and alternative venues during Chelsea Art Walk. Free.

Tall ships

June 17 - 22, 2017

0.5 miles SE

See 44 magnificent ships when they stop in Boston during the Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta, either free from shore, or with a grandstand seat or cruise ticket.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 18, 2017

New England locations

OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day. Also see the recommendations at BostonChefs.

Father’s Day race

June 18, 2017

9.5 miles NW

Brendan's Home Run is a timed 5K run/walk and a children’s race at Belmont High School.

Juneteenth

June 21, 2017 (5 to 10 p.m.)

2.6 miles SW

Celebrate the emancipation of slaves with an evening of live art and performances at Juneteenth at the Museum of Fine Arts. Free.

Harvard festival

June 21, 2017 (5 to 9 p.m.)

4 miles NW

Summer Solstice Celebration includes circus performers, music, dance, food trucks, hands-on activities, and free entry to four Harvard museums.

Dance camp

June 23 - 29, 2017

25 miles NE

Get totally immersed in dance classes, dance parties, and dance shows at Beantown Camp in Beverly.

Film festival

June 23 - July 1, 2017

2.6 miles SW

Roxbury International Film Festival shows and honors the work of emerging and established filmmakers of color at the Museum of Fine Arts, with off-site parties.

Free classical music

June 23 - Aug. 30, 2017

1.5 miles SW

Concerts in the Courtyard are free on Wednesdays and Fridays in the courtyard of the Central Library on Boylston Street (or in Rabb Hall if it rains).

Attractions

June 23 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Beer tasting & comedy

June 24, 2017 (1 p.m.)

1.3 miles SE

Taste beer from 10 brewers and watch an improvised comedy show at Laffenhaus at Laugh Boston for age 21+.

Discount tickets $8 to $18 at Goldstar.

Caribbean food festival

June 24, 2017

1.4 miles SW

Boston JerkFest features Caribbean restaurant food for sale, cocktails, wine, beer, and live music (reggae, steel drums, Latin rhythms) at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.

Taste of Allston

June 24, 2017 (12 to 3 p.m.)

5.2 miles west

Taste of Allston includes tastes from 20 restaurants and live music in the Murr Center at Harvard University.

Arlington arts fair

June 24, 2017

7.6 miles NW

Arlington Alive is a block party with a stage of live music and dance, puppet shows, a family tent, art and craft booths, and food vendors. Free.

Hanover festival

June 24, 2017

25 miles SE

Hanover Day has a craft fair, music, entertainment, historical demonstrations, food booths, 4-H animals, a 5K race, kids’ activities, a carnival, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Free.

Make metal art

June 24, 2017 (3 to 8 p.m.)

51 miles SW

Buy a sand mold, scratch a design, and watch the Steel Yard pour molten iron to create metal art for your garden or home at Fire Camp, with local food, music, and studio tours in Providence, RI.

Craft fair

June 24 - 25, 2017

1.5 miles SW

Shop from 100 independent artisans and chefs indoors at the Renegade Craft Fair at the Cyclorama. Free.

Rodeo

June 24 - 25, 2017

31 miles SW

North Star Pro Rodeo has a Saturday show at 6 p.m. and a Sunday show at 2 p.m. Gates open two hours before the show, with food vendors and kids’ activities at Marshfield Fairgrounds. Free parking.

Cruise the harbor

June 24 - July 30, 2017

0.5 miles SE

Take a 3-hour Boston Harbor Islands Cruise aboard the 1920s Northern Lights yacht for great views of Boston Harbor, departing from Rowes Wharf.

Discount tickets $20 to $26 at Goldstar.

Old time picnic

June 25, 2017 (2 to 5 p.m.)

1.3 miles SW

Wear historical clothing (before 1960) and bring lunch and a blanket to Boston Historical Costumers’ Picnic at The Esplanade, next to Hatch Memorial Shell. Free.

Guitar festival

June 27 - July 2, 2017

3 miles SW

Boston GuitarFest includes competitions, workshops, and (mostly free) concerts at the New England Conservatory. The theme in 2017 is Latin America.

Free films at Wellesley

June 29 - Aug. 10, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

18.2 miles west

Bring chairs or blankets to the Summer Film Series outside Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Free.
  • June 29 - The Little Mermaid
  • July 13 - Song of the Sea
  • July 27 - Ponyo
  • Aug. 10 - The Iron Giant

Harbor festival

June 30 - July 4, 2017

Central Boston

Harborfest has dozens of events, including music concerts, colonial and revolutionary reenactments, cruises, tours, walks, and talks at Long Wharf.

Lexington carnival

June 30 - July 4, 2017

15 miles NW

Enjoy patriotic music, carnival rides, food, games, and Monday fireworks at Fourth of July Carnival in Lexington.

Hit musical: Wicked

June 30 - July 23, 2017

0.6 miles SW

A giant hit on Broadway and winner of multiple awards, Wicked is the story of the good and evil witches from the Wizard of Oz at Boston Opera House.

Discount tickets $48 to $99 at Goldstar.

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