Boston events calendar - April 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend fairs, Easter activities, discount tickets, shows in Boston, Massachusetts.

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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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Humanity films

April 1, 2017

4.3 miles SW

The topic of the Moving Images Film Festival for 2017 is “progress from prejudice” for people who have mental and physical disabilities. It’s educational and inspirational, followed by a discussion at Harvard Medical School. Pre-register. Donation.

Singing competition

April 1, 2017 (8 p.m.)

4.5 miles NW

Watch the best local groups perform in the A Cappella Festival at Somerville Theatre for a chance to represent New England at the national finals in May.

Beer festival

April 1, 2017 (1 and 6 p.m.)

44 miles west

Brew Woo features craft beer, live music, local eateries, and vendors at DCU Center in Worcester.

Custom car show

April 1 - 2, 2017

1.1 miles SE

See hot rods, competition cars, specialty vehicles, concept vehicles, entertainment, and a chop shop at World of Wheels at Seaport World Trade Center.

Anime convention

April 1 - 2, 2017

2 miles SW

Wizards, witches, and magical girls find live games, panels, karaoke, a music-video contest, cosplay events, and a formal ball at Anime Boston at Hynes Convention Center and the Sheraton Boston Hotel.

Home show

April 1 - 2, 2017

31 miles NW

See home improvement products, services, and demonstrations at Suburban Boston Spring Home Show at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.

Design week

April 1 - 9, 2017

Greater Boston

Boston Design Week has roughly 80 events about architecture, environmental and landscape design, urban design, interior design, fashion, photography, graphic design, industrial design, and studio design.

LGBT film festival

April 1 - 9, 2017

multiple locations

See contemporary gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films at Wicked Queer.

Taste of South Boston

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

1.1 miles SE

Taste of South Boston features local restaurant food, wine and beer tasting, live entertainment, and a silent auction in the Plaza Ballroom at the Seaport Hotel.

International tasting

April 6, 2017 (7 p.m.)

3.5 miles NW

Sample foods from 8 international restaurants with live music to support charity at Yum: A Taste of Immigrant City in Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville.

Art & food celebration

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

2.2 miles south

Create brings together innovative artists, chefs, bartenders, and musicians at the SoWa Power Station, where you can enjoy their art, food, drinks, and music.

Comedy for a cause

April 7, 2017

2.4 miles west

Boston celebrities and politicians ham it up in skits and songs about pop culture at Banned in Boston at House of Blues, preceded by cocktails at Lansdowne Pub. The pricey tickets support charity.

Women in the arts

April 7 - 8, 2017

3.8 miles SW

We Create is a “feast of music, dance, film, performance art, mixed media, and circus arts” at Hibernian Hall.

Art fair

April 7 - 9, 2017

1.5 miles SW

Browse modern art and hear expert presentations at AD 20/21 & Boston Print Fair in the Cyclorama.

Comics convention

April 7 - 9, 2017

37 miles west

Super Megafest Comic Con celebrates comics, sci-fi, TV, and movies with guest actors, panel discussions, costume contests, role-playing, and vendors in Marlborough. Repeats Nov.

Environmental rally

April 8, 2017 (7 p.m., doors open 6:15)

1.2 miles SW

Earth2Trump promises an evening of music by a singer-songwriter and a hip-hop artist, plus speeches by environmental activists at John Hancock Hall. Free.

Boston Pops

April 8, 2017 (8 p.m.)

2.1 miles SW

The Boston Pops pays tribute to the legacy of laureate conductor John Williams with a concert of his material, including movie scores from Jaws, Star Wars, and Indiana Jones at Boston Symphony Hall.

Show-business musical

April 8, 2017 (2 p.m.)

5.7 miles NW

Gypsy is the story of Gypsy Rose Lee and “may be the greatest of all American musicals” according to The New York Times, at Loeb Drama Center.

Gender-bending fantasy

April 9, 2017 (3 p.m.)

0.6 miles SW

Orlando is an Englishman born in the 16th century who wakes at age 30 to discover he has become a woman, in this whimsical play based on a novel by Virginia Woolf, in the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University.

Pig feast

April 9, 2017 (4 to 7:30 p.m.)

2 miles SW

Cochon 555 is a stand-up tasting featuring dozens of chef-made dishes plus wine, cocktails, and beer and SoWa Power Station.

Make glass Easter eggs

April 9, 2017

4.8 miles SW

Make your own glass ornaments to take home at an Easter Class at Diablo Glass School.

Latin music

April 11, 2017 (8 p.m.)

2 miles west

Hear contemporary Latin music at Latin America Vive Music Festival at Berklee Performance Center.

Film festival

April 13 - 17, 2017

multiple locations

Boston International Film Festival (BIFF) shows 100 short and feature-length films from around the world at AMC Loews, the Paramount, and BPE Studio. It begins with an optional black-tie gala the first night.

Cambridge Science Festival

April 14 - 23, 2017

Cambridge locations

Cambridge Science Festival has hundreds of interactive events making science, technology, math, and engineering fun (including a family-friendly science carnival and robot zoo on April 15).

Art gala for Syrian children

April 15, 2017 (8 p.m.)

1.9 miles SE

Dress formally for HealingColors Gala & Art Auction, which offers live Middle Eastern music, light hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and dessert at Exchange Conference Center in Seaport.

Blues music

April 15, 2017 (6:30 p.m.)

7.3 miles NW

Hear blues, soul, and jazz at BluesApocalypse, which features five bands plus a cash bar, refreshments, and a silent auction at Arlington Center for the Arts.

Easter at the zoo

April 15, 2017 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

8.2 miles north

Bunny Bonanzoo has holiday games, music, crafts, and a visit from the Easter Bunny at Stone Zoo.

Rare books & prints fair

April 15, 2017

16.2 miles NW

Browse vintage books, documents, and photos or get yours appraised at the Boston West Book Print and Ephemera Fair in Lexington. Free,

Cinderella ballet

April 15, 2017 (6 p.m.)

18 miles NE

Cinderella is the magical and romantic fairy tale performed by North Atlantic Dance Theatre at Larcom Theatre in Beverly.

Easter egg hunts

April 15 - 16, 2017

Confirm date, time, and rain policy.

Easter restaurants

April 16, 2017

Boston locations

OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. Also see recommendations by BostonChefs and family-friendly restaurants for Easter.

Boston Marathon

April 17, 2017

1.5 miles SW

Watch 30,000 runners brave hilly New England terrain and unpredictable weather in the Boston Marathon, billed as the world’s oldest annual marathon. It begins in rural Hopkinton and ends in urban Copley Square.

Patriots’ Day

April 17, 2017

15 miles NW

Patriots’ Day begins with a reenactment of the Battle of Lexington, followed by historical tours, concerts, ceremonies, a movie, and a 2 p.m. parade in Lexington.

Rock musical: Rent

April 19, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

0.9 miles SW

Rent is a modern “La Bohème” Theatremania calls a “passionate, exuberant, uplifting, and joyous” story of young New York artists living in the shadow of AIDS at Boch Center – Shubert Theatre.

Funny women

April 19 - 23, 2017

Boston & Cambridge

Women in Comedy Festival (WICF) includes acclaimed stand-up comedians, improv & sketch groups, musical comedy groups, and solo artists and storytellers. It also offers a variety of comedy workshops and panels.

Folk festival

April 19 - 23, 2017

33 miles SW

The New England Folk Festival (NEFFA) features music jams and workshops, dancing to watch or join, food booths, crafts, and family events in Mansfield.

Brain Health Fair

April 21, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

1.3 miles SE

Learn about the wonders of the brain at the Brain Health Fair, where you can hear talks, see exhibits, and talk to neurologists at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Free.

Wine tasting

April 21 - 22, 2017

1.2 miles SW

Taste 100 wines at Wine Riot at the Castle at Park Plaza, and note your favorites on the free app.

Art fair

April 21 - 23, 2017 (preview April 20)

1.5 miles SW

See the contemporary work of 90 juried artists at the CraftBoston Spring Show in the Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts.

Young artist show

April 22, 2017

1.5 miles south

Enjoy art, design, entertainment, dancing, appetizers, wine, and cocktails at the Greatest Party on Earth to support young artists at Artists for Humanity.

Book festival

April 22, 2017

3.6 miles west

Bookish Ball and Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebration is a family-friendly festival with performances, sonnets, improv, and birthday cake at Harvard Square. Free.

Hot chile contest

April 24, 2017 (8 p.m.)

2.7 miles SW

Watch contestants eat hotter and hotter chile peppers until one champion wins free burritos for a year at the Chile Eating Contest, “a test of endurance and stamina and poor judgment” at El Pelon Taqueria. Free to see.

Jazz Week

April 24 - 30, 2017

Greater Boston locations

Jazz Week offers numerous jazz events, from solo shows to jazz ensembles, and some are free.


April 24 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Dinner cruise

April 26, 2017 (board 6 p.m.)

1.8 miles SE

Enjoy a Dinner Cruise with a buffet, hours of views, and DJ music aboard the Spirit of Boston, leaving 200 Seaport Boulevard. Discount tickets $68.

Film festival

April 26 - May 3, 2017

Boston locations

The Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) shows about 100 innovative crowd-pleasing films, holds frequent parties, invites filmmakers to attend panel discussions, and has an awards ceremony.

Boston College Arts Festival

April 27 - 29, 2017

7 miles west

Boston College Arts Festival features art exhibitions, demonstrations, and sales; music, dance and theater performances; literary readings, and film screenings.

Arts festival

April 27 - 30, 2017

3.5 miles NW

Arts First celebrates student and faculty creativity with more than 100 music, theater, dance, film, and visual arts events at Harvard University. Most are free.

Jazz festival

April 27 - 30, 2017

7.9 miles NE

Arlington Jazz Festival has concerts on four days, with the main event Sunday evening at Arlington Town Hall.

Latin jazz

April 28, 2017 (8 p.m.)

3 miles SW

Grammy-winning Brazilian vocalist Luciana Souza performs with Argentine pianist-composer Guillermo Klein, the MIT Wind Ensemble, the MIT Festival Jazz Ensemble, and the MIT Vocal Jazz Ensemble at Kresge Auditorium in Cambridge. Discount tickets $5.

Family theater

April 28, 2017 (7:30 p.m.)

3.7 miles SW

Charlotte’s Web is the award-winning story about Charlotte the spider who saves Wilbur the pig at Wheelock Family Theatre. Discount tickets $13 to $16.

Steampunk “My Fair Lady”

April 28 - 29, 2017

24.1 miles north

Lerner & Loewe wrote My Fair Lady, a musical about a Cockney woman who takes speech lessons on a bet to see if she can pass as a lady, at Rogers Center for the Arts in North Andover. Discount balcony tickets $5.

Literary festival

April 28 - 29, 2017

37 miles NE

Newburyport Literary Festival has an opening ceremony and a dinner with authors on Friday, and a breakfast with poets, readings at various locations, and closing ceremony on Saturday in Newburyport.

Cocktail festival

April 28 - 30, 2017

multiple locations

Thirst Boston features cocktail seminars, tastings, and parties for beverage enthusiasts and industry insiders.


April 28 - May 7, 2017

Greater Boston

ArtWeek Boston offers dozens of creative experiences, artist talks, performances, behind-the-scenes tours, and kids’ activities. Many are free. Repeats in Sept.

Charming musical

April 28 - May 7, 2017

20 miles NW

Big Fish is about a traveling salesman who tells tall tales and his son who seeks the truth behind the stories at Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord. Discount tickets $15.


April 28 - May 14, 2017

4.5 miles NW

José Mateo Ballet Theatre performs three works, including a world premiere, at the Sanctuary Theatre in Cambridge. Discount tickets $27.

Short plays

April 28 - May 20, 2017

1.5 miles SW

Desire is an evening of edgy plays that depict love, innocence, isolation, and loss, based on six short stories by Tennessee Williams at Boston Center for the Arts. Discount tickets $10 to $15.

Earth Day

April 29, 2017

multiple areas

Volunteer to help at the Earth Day Charles River Cleanup. Select a location when registering. Free.

Comedy show

April 29, 2017 (8 p.m.)

0.9 miles SW

The first Boston Comedy Blowout features six stand-up comedians at Boch Center Shubert Theatre. Discount tickets $22.

Apple cider tasting

April 29, 2017 (12:30 & 5:30 p.m.)

1.8 mile SE

Taste 75 hard ciders and buy food at Pour The Core for age 21+ at Cruiseport Boston.

Discount tickets $29.

Sheep festival

April 29, 2017

10 miles west

The Sheepshearing Festival features demonstrations of sheepshearing, herding dogs, spinning and weaving, historic re-enactments, live music, fiber goods, and craft and food vendors at Gore Place in Waltham.

Funny murder mystery

April 29 - 30, 2017

1 mile SW

Awarded “best comedy” by the Boston Globe, Shear Madness is a whodunit with audience participation, set in a hair salon at Charles Playhouse. Discount tickets $20 to $35.

Visit art studios

April 29 - 30, 2017

4.2 miles SW

Visit 35 artists’ studios and homes during Open Studios weekend sale in Brookline. Free.

Flowers & art

April 29 - May 1, 2017 (preview April 28)

2.6 miles SW

Art in Bloom is a festival of floral arrangement and fine art that includes classes, demonstrations, walking tours, teas, a preview party, and a family-friendly Community Day on Sunday at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Japanese festival

April 30, 2017

1 mile SW

Japan Festival Boston has Japanese drumming, folk music, arts & crafts, dancing, speakers, exhibitors, and food vendors at Boston Common (Charles St. & Beacon St.). Free.

Beer tasting

April 30, 2017

1.5 miles SW

Sample beer, meet the brewers, and hear live music at the Spring Craft Beer Fest inside the Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts. Discount tickets $25.

Race on the river

April 30, 2017

6 miles west

Run of the Charles offers a variety of canoe, kayak, and paddleboard races for all skill levels and a finish-line festival with food, music, prizes, and displays at Artesani Playground.

Vegetarian festival

April 30, 2017

44 miles west

Discover new food items, taste samples, speak to producers, and shop at the New England VegFest at the DCU Center in Worcester. Free.
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