Boston events April 2018. Things to do in Boston.

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Boston events April 2018

Easter restaurants

April 1, 2018
Boston locations
OpenTable lists restaurants offering special menus for Easter. Also see recommendations by BostonChefs.

Anime convention

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.
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LGBT film festival

April 1 - 8, 2018
multiple locations
See contemporary gay, lesbian, transgender, and bisexual films at Wicked Queer.

Design week

April 4 - 15, 2018
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.

Latin music concert

April 5, 2018
(8 p.m.)
2 miles west
Hear Latin music ranging from boleros and chacareras to Latin jazz and fusion during the Latin America Vive Music Festival at Berklee Performance Center.

Taste of Waltham

April 5, 2018
(5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
14 miles NW
Enjoy an elegant evening of food, wine, beer, music, and local celebrities at the Waltham Food, Wine & Craft Beer Festival at The Westin Waltham Boston.

Game convention

April 5 - 8, 2018
(some days sold out)
1.3 miles SE
PAX East features video games, tabletop games, computer games, panels, entertainers, exhibits, and contests at Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Women in the arts

April 6 - 7, 2018
(7 p.m.)
3.8 miles SW
We Create is a “feast of music, dance, film, performance art, mixed media, and circus arts” at Hibernian Hall.

Apple cider tasting

April 7, 2018
(2:30 p.m., VIP 1:30)
1.8 mile SE
Taste dozens of hard ciders and buy food at Pour The Core at Cruiseport Boston for age 21+.

Home show

April 7 - 8, 2018
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 8, 2018
(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.

Film festival

April 11 - 16, 2018
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.

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.

Art fair

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.

Singing competition

April 14, 2018
(8 p.m.)
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.

Boston Marathon

April 16, 2018
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 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.

Funny women

April 19 - 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.

Art fair

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.

Folk festival

April 20 - 22, 2018
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.

Jazz Week

April 20 - 30, 2018
Greater Boston locations
Jazz Week offers numerous jazz events, from solo shows to jazz ensembles, and some are free.

Motocross racing

April 21, 2018
(2:30 p.m.)
27 miles SW
Watch off-road motorcycles race on dirt tracks with steep jumps, tight corners, and obstacles at Supercross at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro.

Film festival

April 25 - May 2, 2018
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.

International tasting

April 26, 2018
(7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
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.

Boston College Arts Festival

April 26 - 28, 2018
7 miles west
Boston College Arts Festival features art exhibitions, demonstrations, and sales; music, dance and theater performances; literary readings, and film screenings.

Arts festival

April 26 - 29, 2018
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 festival

April 26 - 29, 2018
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 27 - 28, 2018
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 27 - 29, 2018
multiple locations
Thirst Boston features cocktail seminars, tastings, talks, and parties for beverage enthusiasts and industry insiders. Each event is $25 to $60.

Tattoo convention

April 27 - 29, 2018
2 miles SW
Boston Tattoo Convention has tattoo artists, vendors, seminars, and entertainment at Hynes Convention Center.


April 27 - May 6, 2018
Greater Boston
ArtWeek offers hundreds of artist talks, creative experiences, performances, behind-the-scenes tours, and kids’ activities. Many are free.

Beer tasting & comedy

April 28, 2018
(1 to 4 p.m.)
1.3 miles SE
Taste beer with brewers and watch an improvised comedy show during Laffenhaus at Laugh Boston for age 21+.

Beer tasting

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+.

Sheep festival

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.

Japanese festival

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.

Monster trucks

April 28 - 29, 2018
54 miles NW
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.

Race on the river

April 29, 2018
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 29, 2018
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.