Boston events April 2019. Things to do in Boston.

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Boston events April 2019

Film festival

April 1 - 4, 2019
(begins March 29)
20 miles NE
Salem Film Fest features documentary films with strong technical elements and interesting visual approaches at CinemaSalem and other venues.

Design week

April 1 - 7, 2019
(begins March 27)
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 - 7, 2019
(begins March 28)
multiple locations
See contemporary gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films at Wicked Queer.

A Bronx Tale

April 2 - 14, 2019
0.6 miles SW
Set in the 1960s, A Bronx Tale is about a young man caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he longs to be, in a story that “makes you laugh and cry” [NY Times] at the Boston Opera House.

Ticket deal $59 to $87

Big Apple Circus

April 4 - 14, 2019
20 miles north
Famous Big Apple Circus has high-wire aerialists, acrobats, jugglers, clowns, contortionists, rescue animals, and a band at North Shore Mall in Peabody.

Ticket deal $15 to $55

Women in the arts

April 5 - 6, 2019
3.8 miles SW
We Create is a “feast of music, dance, film, performance art, mixed media, and circus arts” at Hibernian Hall.

Home show

April 6 - 7, 2019
31 miles NW
See home improvement products, services, and demonstrations at Suburban Boston Spring Home Show at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.

Taste of South Boston

April 7, 2019
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.

Creative percussion show

April 10 - 11, 2019
(7:30 p.m.)
48.3 miles south
Stomp is a high-energy show combining dance, acrobatics, comedy, and nonstop rhythm played on unusual instruments at Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Ticket deal $15 to $30

International tasting

April 11, 2019
3.5 miles NW
Sample foods from 8 international restaurants with live music, a keynote speaker, and a cash bar to support charity at Yum: A Taste of Immigrant City in Center for Arts at the Armory in Somerville.

Dance frenzy

April 11 - 14, 2019
46.7 miles west
Global dance sensation Tap Dogs turns traditional tap dancing upside-down in a fun-loving show the BBC calls “part theatre, part dance, part rock concert, and part construction site” at The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts in Worcester.

Ticket deal $21 to $59

Film festival

April 11 - 16, 2019
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.

Folk festival

April 12 - 14, 2019
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.

Cambridge Science Festival

April 12 - 21, 2019
Cambridge locations
Cambridge Science Festival has hundreds of interactive events making science, technology, math, and engineering fun, including a free Science Carnival & Robot Zoo (Sat. 12 to 4 p.m.).

Chocolate tour

April 13 - May 18, 2019
(Saturdays 12:30 p.m.)
2.1 miles SW
Take a two-hour walk learning about the history of chocolate-making, with four stops for champagne truffles, chocolate confections, and even a chocolate cocktail on the Tipsy Chocolate Back Bay Walking Tour for age 21+.

Ticket deal $48

Boston Marathon

April 15, 2019
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 15, 2019
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.

Adventure race

April 19, 2019
0.3 miles east
Questival is a 24-hour race that begins with a check-in party. Your team of 2 to 6 people completes the challenges assigned by a smartphone app to win prizes, beginning at Christopher Columbus Park. Video (1 minute).

Anime convention

April 19 - 21, 2019
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.

Easter at the zoo

April 20, 2019
(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.

Beer festival

April 20, 2019
44 miles west
Brew Woo has craft beer, live music, local eateries, and vendors at DCU Center in Worcester for age 21+.

Easter restaurants

April 21, 2019
Boston locations
OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. Also see recommendations by BostonChefs.

Book of Mormon musical

April 23 - 28, 2019
51 miles SW
The Book of Mormon is an outrageous comedy in the vein of South Park and winner of nine Tony Awards, at Providence Performing Arts Center in Providence, RI.

Ticket deal $40 to $70

Film festival

April 24 - May 1, 2019
Boston locations
The Independent Film Festival Boston (IFFBoston) shows nearly 100 innovative crowd-pleasing films, invites filmmakers to attend panel discussions, and has an awards ceremony.

Boston College Arts Festival

April 25 - 27, 2019
7 miles west
Boston College Arts Festival features art exhibitions, demonstrations, and sales; music, dance and theater performances; literary readings, and film screenings.

Jazz festival

April 25 - 28, 2019
7.9 miles NE
Arlington Jazz Festival has concerts on four days, with the main event Sunday evening at Arlington Town Hall.

Literary festival

April 26 - 27, 2019
37 miles NE
Newburyport Literary Festival has an opening ceremony and a dinner with authors on Friday, and a breakfast with poets, dozens of readings around town, and closing ceremony on Saturday in Newburyport.

Cocktail festival

April 26 - 28, 2019
multiple locations
Thirst Boston features cocktail seminars, tastings, talks, and parties for beverage enthusiasts and industry insiders. Each event is $25 to $60.


April 26 - May 5, 2019
Greater Boston
ArtWeek offers hundreds of artist talks, creative experiences, performances, behind-the-scenes tours, and kids’ activities. Many are free.

Jazz Week

April 26 - May 5, 2019
Greater Boston locations
Jazz Week offers numerous jazz events, from solo shows to jazz ensembles, and some are free.

Adult comedy

April 26 - May 19, 2019
21 miles NW
Humans and puppets live on Avenue Q in a shabby neighborhood, entertaining mature audiences with subversive songs and funny antics at The Umbrella Annex in Concord.

Ticket deal $17

Young artist show

April 27, 2019
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.

Sheep festival

April 27, 2019
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. Free for children age 12 and younger.

Japanese festival

April 27 - 28, 2019
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 27 - 28, 2019
4.2 miles SW
Visit dozens of artists’ studios and homes throughout Brookline during Open Studios weekend sale. Free.

Flowers & art

April 27 - 29, 2019
2.6 miles SW
Art in Bloom is a festival of floral arrangement inspired by art, with exhibitions in galleries, walking tours outdoors, classes, demonstrations, and family-friendly Community Day on Sunday at Museum of Fine Arts.

Race on the river

April 28, 2019
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 28, 2019
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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