OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. Also see recommendations by BostonChefs.
April 1, 2018
2 miles SW
Celebrate Japanese animation, comics, and pop-culture with 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.
LGBT film festival
April 1 - 8, 2018
See contemporary gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual films at Wicked Queer.
April 4 - 15, 2018
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.
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.
April 11 - 16, 2018
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.
Empty Bowls soup night
April 13, 2018 (6 p.m.)
11.5 miles west
Buy a handmade ceramic bowl at Empty Bowls to fund charity, and you’ll also get a bowl of soup with bread in de Witt Hall at Lasell College in Newton. Video.
April 13 - 15, 2018 (preview April 12)
1.5 miles SW
Browse modern art and contemporary furnishings, and hear guest speakers at AD20/21 Home in the Cyclorama.
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.
April 16, 2018
15 miles NW
Patriots’ Day begins at 5:30 a.m. with a reenactment of the Battle of Lexington, followed by pancake breakfasts, marches, a 10 a.m. road race, historical tours, concerts, ceremonies, Paul Revere at 1 p.m., and a parade at 2 p.m. in Lexington.
New song competition
April 19, 2018 (8 p.m.)
2 miles west
Writers pitch their songs to 10 vocalists, who perform with a band before a panel of judges to win prizes at Perfect Pitch Concert at Berklee Performance Center.
April 20 - 22, 2018
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. Held in April and December.
Watch off-road motorcycles race on dirt tracks with steep jumps, tight corners, and obstacles at Supercross at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.
April 21 - 22, 2018
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.
April 25 - 30, 2018
Greater Boston locations
Jazz Week offers numerous jazz events, from solo shows to jazz ensembles, and some are free.
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Anna Christie is Eugene O’Neil’s story about a former prostitute who falls in love but has difficulty turning her life around, at Lyric Stage Company of Boston. Video.
Attend a rare performance by “King of the Opera” Placido Domingo accompanied by two sopranos and the Domingo Festival Orchestra, featuring opera and operetta selections, Broadway favorites, Spanish zarzuela-style numbers, and Latin tunes at Boch Center – Wang Theatre.
Arts First celebrates student and faculty creativity with 150 music, theater, dance, film, and visual arts events at Harvard University, including 100 stage performances on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free.
Taste beer with brewers and watch an improvised comedy show during Laffenhaus at Laugh Boston for age 21+.
April 28, 2018 (1 and 6 p.m.)
1.7 miles south
Taste beer from the 60 brewers who run the Power Beer Fest, with food truck fare for sale at SoWa Power Station for age 21+.
April 28, 2018
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.
April 28 - 29, 2018
1 mile SW
Japan Festival Boston has Japanese drumming, folk music, arts & crafts, dancing, speakers, exhibitors, and food vendors at Boston Common. Free.
Saturday (1 to 6 p.m.) - food only
Sunday (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) - food & festival
Visit art studios
April 28 - 29, 2018
4.2 miles SW
Visit dozens of artists’ studios and homes throughout Brookline during Open Studios weekend sale. Free.
April 28 - 29, 2018
18 miles NE
The dancers of BoSoma Dance Company improvise to music played by guitarist Scott Tarulli during The Playground at Larcom Theatre in Beverly.
Big trucks with big wheels create big noise and excitement at Monster Jam at SNHU Arena in Manchester, NH.
Flowers & art
April 28 - 30, 2018 (preview April 27)
2.6 miles SW
Art in Bloom is a festival of floral arrangement and fine art that includes exhibitions in galleries, walking tours outdoors, classes, demonstrations, and family-friendly Community Day on Sunday at Museum of Fine Arts.
April 28 - May 13, 2018
3.7 miles SW
Stuart Little is a talking mouse with a big personality at Wheelock Family Theatre.