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.

LGBT film festival

April 2 - 12, 2020
multiple locations
See contemporary gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender films at Wicked Queer.

Tattoo convention

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

Free museum day

April 4, 2020
Get a free ticket that allows two people to visit one of the many museums participating in Museum Day Live. Tickets are available beginning February 27, 2020.

Home show

April 4 - 5, 2020
31 miles NW
See home improvement products, services, and demonstrations at Suburban Boston Home Show at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.

Taste of South Boston

April 5, 2020
(5:30 to 8:30 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.

Women in the arts

April 10 - 11, 2020
3.8 miles SW
We Create is a “feast of music, dance, film, performance art, mixed media, and circus arts” at Hibernian Hall.

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.

Beer festival

April 11, 2020
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 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.

Comedy for a cause

April 16, 2020
2.4 miles west
Boston celebrities and politicians ham it up in skits and songs about pop culture at Banned in Boston at House of Blues, preceded by cocktails at Lansdowne Pub. The pricey tickets support charity.

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.).

Motocross racing

April 18, 2020
27 miles SW
Watch off-road motorcycles race on dirt tracks with steep jumps, tight corners, and obstacles at Supercross at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Discount tickets $36+

Short play festival

April 19, 2020
(noon to 10 p.m.)
6 miles west
See the best 50 plays shorter than 10 minutes, out of 400 entries by New England playwrights, at Boston Theater Marathon at Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.

Vegetarian festival

April 19, 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.

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.

Film festival

April 22 - 29, 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.

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.

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.

Drama about cosmetics industry

April 24 - May 16, 2020
20 miles NW
Sacrificing everything to become female entrepreneurs, Helena Rubinstein and Elizabeth Arden become fierce competitors in the real-life drama War Paint at Umbrella Center for the Arts in Concord.

Discount tickets $17.50+

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, rain or shine at Gore Place in Waltham. Free for children age 12 and younger.

Magic in Peabody

April 25, 2020
(2 p.m.)
19 miles NE
Emmy-nominated magician Matt Roberts brings his humorous and astounding interactive magic show for all ages to Peabody's Black Box Theater.

Discount tickets $12

Japanese festival

April 25 - 26, 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.

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.

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.

Jazz Week

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

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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