Salem Film Fest features documentary films with strong technical elements and interesting visual approaches at CinemaSalem and other venues.
April 1 - 7, 2019
(begins March 27)
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)
See contemporary gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual films at Wicked Queer.
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.
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.
April 11 - 14, 2019
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.
April 11 - 16, 2019
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 12, 2019
(5 to 7:30 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.
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 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.
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.
April 21, 2019
OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. Also see recommendations by BostonChefs.
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.
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.
April 26 - 28, 2019
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
ArtWeek offers hundreds of artist talks, creative experiences, performances, behind-the-scenes tours, and kids’ activities. Many are free.
April 27, 2019
1.6 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 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.
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.
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.
Greater Boston locations
Jazz Week offers numerous jazz events, from solo shows to jazz ensembles, and some are free.
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
Taste of South Boston
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.
Beer tasting & comedy
1.3 miles SE
Taste beer with brewers and watch an improvised comedy show during Laffenhaus at Laugh Boston for age 21+.
1.3 miles SE
PAX East features video games, tabletop games, computer games, panels, entertainers, exhibits, and contests at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.
1.5 miles SW
Browse modern art and contemporary furnishings, and hear guest speakers at AD20/21 Home in the Cyclorama.
Apple cider tasting
1.8 mile SE
Taste dozens of hard ciders and buy food at Pour The Core at Cruiseport Boston for age 21+.
New song competition
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.
Visit art studios
4.2 miles SW
Visit dozens of artists’ studios and homes throughout Brookline during Open Studios weekend sale. Free.
4.5 miles NW
Watch local groups perform in the A Cappella Festival at Somerville Theatre for a chance to represent New England at the national finals in May.