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Boston events June 2018

Celebrity food festival

June 1, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)
5.2 miles west
Guy Cooking with Best Buddies is a celebrity chef festival that includes food from 30 local chefs, wine, beer, entertainment, and Guy Fieri from Food Network in the Murr Center at Harvard Stadium.

BBQ in Lexington

June 1 - 3, 2018
13.9 miles NW
Lexington Battle Green BBQ Festival promises “local barbecue vendors, up-and-coming craft breweries, and great live bands” playing blues, funk, R&B, and rock and roll.

Cambridge river festival

June 2, 2018
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.

Wine at the zoo

June 2, 2018 (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 for age 21+.

Coolidge Corner festival

June 2, 2018 (11 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
4.4 miles SW
See fine art from 85 artists at the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival. In the afternoon, hear live music, shop from local food trucks, and buy beer & wine on Babcock Street in Brookline. Free.

Irish festival

June 2 - 3, 2018
20 miles south
Boston Irish Festival has live music, Irish dancing, food, crafts, authors, children’s activities, and historical reenactments at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton. Children under age 12 are free.

Salem Arts Festival

June 2 - 3, 2018 (and Friday evening)
20 miles NE
Salem Arts Festival is a family friendly celebration that includes an exhibition of juried artists’ work in Old Town Hall, performance indoors and outdoors, and a street fair. Free.

Beacon Hill Art Walk

June 3, 2018 (12 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.

BBQ & beer fest

June 3, 2018 (12 to 6 p.m.)
47 miles west
The Clustertruck BBQ & Brew Festival promises “the best of local pit masters paired with New England’s best craft brews” and two music acts at bucolic Kalon Farms in Lancaster.

Taste of the Nation

June 5, 2018
1.9 miles SE
Enjoy gourmet food made by 60 top local chefs, wine, beer, cocktails, entertainment, and an auction at Boston’s Taste of the Nation at 1 Black Falcon Ave.

Ice cream festival

June 5 - 7, 2018 (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. Adults have the option of buying a happy hour ticket that includes two adult drinks on Thursday evening.

Party on the Point

June 6, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
0.8 miles SE
Join young philanthropists aged 21 to 40 for drinks, heavy appetizers, BBQ, and dancing on the water of the Fort Point Channel at Party on the Point to support Boston Children’s Museum.

Stories of summer

June 7, 2018 (7 to 9 p.m.)
7.2 miles west
Hear entertaining stories about summer camp and coming of age at Stories from the Stage: One Crazy Summer, with a $5 cash bar at WGBH Studios for age 21+.

Greek festival in Woburn

June 7 - 10, 2018
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.

Noir film festival

June 8 - 10, 2018
5.5 miles west
Noir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at The Brattle Theatre.

Bacon and beer

June 9, 2018 (2:30 to 5 p.m.)
1.6 miles south
A ticket to Boston Bacon and Beer Festival includes beer samples and samples of bacon dishes made by restaurants at SoWa Power Station for age 21+.

Wakefield festival

June 9, 2018
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 9, 2018
23 miles NE
Eat strawberry shortcake and browse works by 60 artists at the Strawberry Festival in Topsfield. Free.

Monster trucks

June 9, 2018
27 miles SW
Big trucks with big wheels make big noise at the Monster Jam at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Dragon boat festival

June 9 - 10, 2018
3.5 miles NW
Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival includes Chinese arts & crafts, dance, drumming, music, martial arts, Asian food, and dragon-boat races on the Charles River. Free.

German festival

June 9 - 10, 2018
25 miles SW
Celebrate BSV Sommerfest with live music, dancing, kids’ games, German food, beer, and wine in a covered pavilion at the German club in Walpole.

Rhode Island bacon & beer

June 10, 2018 (2 to 5 p.m.)
51 miles SW
At the annual Bacon & Beer Fest, “28 local restaurants create their favorite bacon inspired dish carefully paired with a beer from 28 world class breweries” for you to enjoy while it lasts with games and live music at The Steel Yard in Providence, RI for age 21+.

Bicycle party

June 11, 2018 (5 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. May be postponed if it rains.

Formal party in the rose garden

June 13, 2018 (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.

Tango dancing

June 13 - 17, 2018
3 miles NW
Boston Tango Festival includes dance classes, dances with live music, and a Saturday show in Somerville.

Concert in the Park

June 14, 2018 (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.

South Shore art festival

June 15 - 17, 2018 (party June 14)
20 miles SE
South Shore Art Center Arts Festival features 85 juried exhibitors, live music, art demonstrations, and children’s art activities in Cohasset. Donation.

Pirate pub crawl

June 16, 2018
1.1 miles SE
Dress like a pirate for the Pirate Crawl, which includes visits to local bars and a 90-minute boat cruise.

Beer festival

June 16, 2018
3.6 miles west
Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest showcases locally made beer, cider, mead, and food, as well as unfiltered cask beer at University Park in Cambridge. Rain date is June 17.

Beverly art festival

June 16, 2018
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.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 17, 2018
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 Sail

June 17, 2018 (4 to 6 p.m.)
0.4 miles SE
Take Dad for a two-hour Boston Harbor Sail aboard the historic Roseway sailboat, which departs from Rowes Wharf. Bring snacks; beverages are sold onboard.

Father’s Day race

June 17, 2018
9.5 miles NW
Brendan’s Home Run is a timed 5K run/walk and a children’s race at Belmont High School.

Gospel legends

June 19 - July 15, 2018
0.8 miles SW
Born for This: The Musical tells how BeBe Winans and his sister CeCe rose from Detroit to national fame, and features many of their songs at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Ticket deal $16 to $80

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Boston Harbor cruise

June 19 - Dec. 31, 2018
0.3 miles east
Take a narrated 90-minute Historic Sightseeing Cruise through Boston’s inner and outer harbor, departing from 1 Long Wharf. After buying discount tickets, call 617-227-4321 to reserve the time you prefer.

Ticket deal $21


June 20, 2018 (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.

Young inventors fair

June 20 - 21, 2018
2.4 miles west
Watch young inventors from high schools and colleges present working prototypes of their inventions on Wednesday, and see an exhibition of those inventions on Thursday during EurekaFest at MIT. Free.

Film festival

June 20 - 30, 2018
2.6 miles SW
Roxbury International Film Festival focuses on “films by, for, and about people of color”, with feature films and five programs of short films at the Museum of Fine Arts

The Wiz

June 20 - July 1, 2018
1.4 miles SW
Dorothy and her companions sing and dance to rock, gospel, and soul in The Wiz as they travel though a gritty African-American land of Oz at Lyric Stage Company of Boston.

Ticket deal $20 to $39

Irish drama in Gloucester

June 20 - July 8, 2018
40.9 miles NE
Dancing at Lughnasa is a powerful, intimate portrait of a country and a remarkable family at a crossroads in 1936 Ireland at Gloucester Stage.

Ticket deal $20 to $23

Free classical music

June 20 - Aug. 31, 2018
1.5 miles SW
One-hour Concerts in the Courtyard are free on Wednesdays (6 p.m.) and Fridays (12:30 p.m.) in the courtyard of the Central Library on Boylston Street, or in Rabb Hall if it rains.

Harvard festival

June 21, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)
4 miles NW
Summer Solstice Celebration includes circus performers, farm animals, food trucks, hands-on activities, and free entry to four Harvard museums.

Roller skating

June 22, 2018 (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.

Caribbean food festival

June 22 - 23, 2018
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.

Ticket deal $8 to $25


June 22 - July 20, 2018 (Fridays 7 p.m.)
0.4 miles SW
Miracles & Other Deceptions features up-close magic by world-class magician Paul Gertner at the beautiful Omni Parker House for age 13+.

Ticket deal $23

Make chocolate

June 23, 2018 (12 to 2:30 p.m.)
0.4 miles SW
Beginners are welcome at the Chocolate Truffle Making Workshop, where you’ll make “make show-stopping truffles filled with anything from champagne cream to chocolate peanut butter” at Elephant & Castle.

Ticket deal $50

Taste of Allston

June 23, 2018 (12 to 3 p.m.)
5.2 miles west
Taste of Allston includes tastes from 20 restaurants, live music, and lawn games outdoors at the Murr Center at Harvard University.

Ticket deal $24

Tasting at the zoo

June 23, 2018 (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+.

Ticket deal $30

Science-fiction crime thriller

June 23, 2018 (8 p.m.)
9.1 miles west
The Nether is a “cunning and equally creepy new play about alternative lives in a future around the corner” [NY Times] set in an immersive online wonderland where anything is possible, in Watertown.

Ticket deal $13

Strawberry Festival

June 23, 2018
22 miles NE
Visit the Strawberry Festival at Connors Farm in Danvers for hayrides, farm animals, pedal carts, music, barbecue, and strawberry shortcake. Cost. Rain date is June 24, 2018.

Ticket deal $20 for 2 with food

Indie music festival

June 23, 2018
24 miles south
South Shore Indie Music Festival features 20 independent bands, food trucks, beer, and craft artists on the beautiful grounds of Fuller Craft Museum.

Make metal art

June 23, 2018 (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.


June 23 - 24, 2018
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.

Chocolate tour

June 23 - Aug. 18, 2018 (Saturday 12:30 p.m.)
2.1 miles SW
Take a two-hour walk learning about the history of chocolate-making in Boston’s Back Bay, with four stops for champagne truffles, chocolate confections, and even a chocolate cocktail on the Tipsy Chocolate Tour for age 21+.

Ticket deal $48

Guitar festival

June 25 - July 1, 2018
3 miles SW
Boston GuitarFest includes competitions, workshops, and concerts (a few are free) at the New England Conservatory.

Famous guitarist

June 28, 2018 (8 p.m.)
68 miles NW
Bonnie Raitt says Robert Cray “puts on one of the best shows you’ll ever see.” Hear his razor-sharp guitar playing, soulful vocals, singular songwriting, and super-tight band in Concord, NH.

Ticket deal $9 to $30

Dance camp

June 28 - July 5, 2018
25 miles NE
Get totally immersed in dance classes, dance parties, and dance shows at Beantown Camp in Beverly.

Free films at Wellesley

June 28 - Aug. 9, 2018
18.2 miles west
Bring chairs or blankets to the Summer Film Series outside Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Free.
  • June 28 - The Wizard of Oz
  • July 12 - Muppets
  • July 26 - Mary Poppins
  • Aug. 9 - Beauty and the Beast

Evening jazz cruise

June 29, 2018 (boarding 9:15 p.m.)
0.5 miles SE
Boston Jazz Cruise features music by Benjamin Young Quartet and 1.5 hours of Boston Harbor views aboard the vintage Northern Lights, leaving Rowes Wharf. Beverages and snacks are sold onboard.

Ticket deal $29

Harbor festival

June 29 - July 1, 2018 (ceremony June 28)
Central Boston
Harborfest has dozens of events, including music concerts, colonial and revolutionary reenactments, cruises, tours, walks, talks, a Sunday art fair, and a Sunday chowder tasting.


June 30, 2018 (9 p.m.)
0.3 miles east
Watch Harbor Fireworks with live music in the inner harbor, which “can be seen from any shoreline from Charlestown to the Seaport and East Boston.” Free.