Boston events June 2018
June 1, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)
5.2 miles westGuy 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 NWLexington 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 NWCambridge 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 SWSample 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 SWSee 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.
June 2, 2018 (noon, VIP 11 a.m.)
47 miles westShop from 40 food trucks at Worcester Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival at Worcester Common. Free admission for children age 12 and younger.
June 2 - 3, 2018
20 miles southBoston 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 NESalem 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 westSee 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 westThe 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 SEEnjoy 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 westA 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 SEJoin 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 westHear 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 NWEnjoy 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 westNoir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at The Brattle Theatre.
Pride parade & festival
June 9, 2018
0.1 miles westThe highlight of LGBT Boston Pride Month is the Boston Pride Parade, which begins at noon in Copley Square and ends at Boston Pride Festival in City Hall Plaza. Free.
Bacon and beer
June 9, 2018 (2:30 to 5 p.m.)
1.6 miles southA 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+.
June 9, 2018
14 miles northFestival 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 NEEat strawberry shortcake and browse works by 60 artists at the Strawberry Festival in Topsfield. Free.
June 9, 2018
27 miles SWBig 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 NWBoston 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.
June 9 - 10, 2018
25 miles SWCelebrate 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 SWAt 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+.
June 11, 2018 (5 p.m.)
4.3 miles NWYour $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 SWJoin 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.
June 13 - 17, 2018
3 miles NWBoston 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 southThe 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 SESouth 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 SEDress like a pirate for the Pirate Crawl, which includes visits to local bars and a 90-minute boat cruise.
June 16, 2018
3.6 miles westHyper-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 NEArts 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 locationsOpenTable 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 SETake 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 NWBrendan’s Home Run is a timed 5K run/walk and a children’s race at Belmont High School.
June 19 - July 15, 2018
0.8 miles SWBorn 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.
June 19 - July 17, 2018
0.4 miles SETour Boston Harbor aboard the beautiful pilot schooner Adirondack III, which sails from Rowes Wharf.
June 19 - Aug. 31, 2018
Boston Harbor cruise
June 19 - Dec. 31, 2018
0.3 miles eastTake 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.
June 20, 2018 (5 to 10 p.m.)
2.6 miles SWCelebrate 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 westWatch 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.
June 20 - 30, 2018
2.6 miles SWRoxbury 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
June 20 - July 1, 2018
1.4 miles SWDorothy 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.
Irish drama in Gloucester
June 20 - July 8, 2018
40.9 miles NEDancing at Lughnasa is a powerful, intimate portrait of a country and a remarkable family at a crossroads in 1936 Ireland at Gloucester Stage.
Free classical music
June 20 - Aug. 31, 2018
1.5 miles SWOne-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.
June 21, 2018 (5 to 9 p.m.)
4 miles NWSummer Solstice Celebration includes circus performers, farm animals, food trucks, hands-on activities, and free entry to four Harvard museums.
June 22, 2018 (6 to 10 p.m.)
0.2 miles westDonna 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 SWBoston JerkFest features Caribbean restaurant food for sale, cocktails, wine, beer, and live music (reggae, steel drums, Latin rhythms) at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.
June 22 - July 11, 2018
2.5 miles SWWatch the Boston Red Sox play a home game in famous Fenway Park.
June 22 - July 20, 2018 (Fridays 7 p.m.)
0.4 miles SWMiracles & Other Deceptions features up-close magic by world-class magician Paul Gertner at the beautiful Omni Parker House for age 13+.
June 23, 2018 (12 to 2:30 p.m.)
0.4 miles SWBeginners 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.
Taste of Allston
June 23, 2018 (12 to 3 p.m.)
5.2 miles westTaste of Allston includes tastes from 20 restaurants, live music, and lawn games outdoors at the Murr Center at Harvard University.
Tasting at the zoo
June 23, 2018 (5:30 to 9 p.m.)
8.2 miles northA Wild Affair includes food from restaurants and caterers, a drink ticket, live entertainment, auctions, and animal visits at Stone Zoo for age 21+.
Science-fiction crime thriller
June 23, 2018 (8 p.m.)
9.1 miles westThe 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.
June 23, 2018
22 miles NEVisit 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.
Indie music festival
June 23, 2018
24 miles southSouth 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 SWBuy 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 SWNorth 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.
June 23 - Aug. 18, 2018 (Saturday 12:30 p.m.)
2.1 miles SWTake 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+.
June 25 - July 1, 2018
3 miles SWBoston GuitarFest includes competitions, workshops, and concerts (a few are free) at the New England Conservatory.
Music at the mansion
June 26 - Nov. 27, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
10 miles westHear live music during an intimate Carriage House Concert at Gore Place in Waltham.
June 28, 2018 (8 p.m.)
68 miles NWBonnie 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.
June 28 - July 5, 2018
25 miles NEGet 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 westBring 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 SEBoston 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.
June 29 - July 1, 2018 (ceremony June 28)
Central BostonHarborfest 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 eastWatch 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.