Boston events April 2020. Things to do in Boston.

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Boston events April 2020

Design week

April 1 - 5, 2020
(begins March 25)
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.

International tasting

April 2, 2020
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.

Women in the arts

April 3 - 4, 2020
3.8 miles SW
We Create is a “feast of music, dance, film, performance art, mixed media, and circus arts” at Hibernian Hall.

Tattoo convention

April 3 - 5, 2020
2 miles SW
Boston Tattoo Convention has tattoo artists, vendors, seminars, and entertainment at Hynes Convention Center.

Home show

April 4 - 5, 2020
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 5, 2020
(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.

Anime convention

April 10 - 12, 2020
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 restaurants

April 12, 2020
Boston locations
OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. Select a morning hour to see brunch availability, or select an evening hour for dinner. Also see recommendations by BostonChefs.

Film festival

April 16 - 21, 2020
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 17 - 26, 2020
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.).

Short play festival

April 19, 2020
1.5 miles SW
See the best 50 plays shorter than 10 minutes, out of 400 entries by New England playwrights, at Boston Theater Marathon at Boston Center for the Arts.

Boston Marathon

April 20, 2020
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 20, 2020
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.

Boston College Arts Festival

April 23 - 25, 2020
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 23 - 26, 2020
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 24 - 25, 2020
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 24 - 26, 2020
multiple locations
Thirst Boston features cocktail seminars, tastings, talks, and parties for beverage enthusiasts and industry insiders. Each event is $25 to $60.

Folk festival

April 24 - 26, 2020
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.

Young artist show

April 25, 2020
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 25, 2020
10 miles west
The Sheepshearing Festival features demonstrations of sheep shearing, 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.

Race on the river

April 26, 2020
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.

Funny women

April 30 - May 2, 2020
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.

Arts festival

April 30 - May 3, 2020
3.5 miles NW
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.

Film festival

April 2020
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.

Jazz Week

April 2020
Greater Boston locations
Jazz Week offers numerous jazz events, from solo shows to jazz ensembles, and some are free.

LGBT film festival

April 2020
multiple locations
See contemporary gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films at Wicked Queer.

Adventure race

April 2020
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).

Japanese festival

April 2020
1 mile SW
Japan Festival Boston has Japanese drumming, folk music, arts & crafts, dancing, speakers, exhibitors, and food vendors at Boston Common. See schedule. Free.

Visit art studios

April 2020
4.2 miles SW
Visit dozens of artists’ studios and homes throughout Brookline during Open Studios weekend sale. Free.

Empty Bowls soup night

April 2020
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 (2 minutes).

Film festival

April 2020
20 miles NE
Salem Film Fest features documentary films with strong technical elements and interesting visual approaches at CinemaSalem and other venues.

Beer festival

April 2020
44 miles west
Brew Woo has craft beer, live music, local eateries, and vendors at DCU Center in Worcester for age 21+.

Vegetarian festival

April 2020
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.

Easter at the zoo

April 2020
8.2 miles north
Bunny Bonanzoo has holiday games, music, crafts, and a visit from the Easter Bunny at Stone Zoo.

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