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Boston events August 2019

Innovative festival

August 1, 2019
(5:30 to 8:30 p.m.)
1.6 miles SE
Targeting “the Hub’s coolest young professionals,” BostonFest offers local food trucks, live music, lawn games, and Coolest Companies awards at The Lawn on D for age 21+.

Free Shakespeare

August 1 - 4, 2019
0.7 miles SW
Watch “Cymbeline” performed by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company during Free Shakespeare on the Common at Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. Closed Mondays.

Dance festival

August 1 - 4, 2019
12 miles west
The New England Dance Festival includes dance lessons, social dancing, workshops, competitions, and a Saturday night party at the Boston Marriott Newton.

Free music evenings

August 1 - 15, 2019
Boston area
Hear music outdoors in parks and playgrounds during three ParkArts series.

Jazz festival

August 2 - 4, 2019
76 miles south
Newport Jazz Festival offers 50 performances by the finest established and emerging jazz artists at Fort Adams State Park in Newport, RI.

Free classical music

August 2 - 30, 2019
1.5 miles SW
One-hour Concerts in the Courtyard are free on Wednesdays (6 p.m.) and Fridays (12:30 p.m.) in the courtyard of the Central Library on Boylston Street, or in Rabb Hall if it rains.

Dog videos

August 3, 2019
8.5 miles NW
Watch dogs compete for prizes in a pageant, and then see homemade pet videos outdoors on a big screen at Fido Fest at Spy Pond Field in Arlington. Free.

Blues festival in Onset

August 3, 2019
57 miles SE
Hear renowned blues musicians play at the Onset Blues Festival in Prospect Park, which overlooks a picturesque harbor in the Victorian village of Onset.

Bike-a-thon

August 3 - 4, 2019
Massachusetts locations
Choose from a dozen different routes that range from 27 to 111 miles long in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a bike-a-thon for charity.

Salem Maritime Festival

August 3 - 4, 2019
17 miles NE
Salem Maritime Festival offers live music, exhibits, demonstrations, family activities, tall ships, and free boat rides at Derby Wharf in Salem. Free.

Movies in the garden

August 3 - 31, 2019
1.8 miles SW
Family Film Festival begins with games and prizes at 6 p.m. followed by a film at sundown in the Prudential Center’s south garden. (Tuesday if it rains.) Free.

Seafood festival

August 4, 2019
1.3 miles SE
The family friendly Boston Seafood Festival offers live music, chef cooking demos, arts & crafts with a marine theme, a lobster bake, and small plates of seafood for sale on Boston Fish Pier. No pets.

Free kids’ race

August 4, 2019
1.4 miles NW
Run & Ride is a running race for ages 5 to 13 (or a run plus a bike ride for ages 7 to 13) with prizes for the winners at CambridgeSide. Register free online.

Caribbean food festival

August 4, 2019
(1 to 7 p.m.)
3.8 miles SW
Taste of the Caribbean Boston Food Festival has food, art, drinks, and live music at Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center. Children younger than age 12 are free.

Free movies in parks

August 5 - Sept. 6, 2019
Boston area
Watch family films outdoors on Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights [page 5] in neighborhood parks. Free.

Free harbor cruise

August 5 - Oct. 20, 2019
1.3 miles SE
Sign up for a Free Share the Harbor Cruise to Boston Lighthouse or Spectacle Island aboard Provincetown II, featuring environmental education and songs and stories of the sea, departing from the dock at the World Trade Center in Seaport.

Music at Hatch Shell

August 7 - 21, 2019
(Wednesdays)
1.2 miles west
Hear concerts by Boston Landmarks Orchestra (and others) at DCR Hatch Memorial Shell. If it rains, see the instructions for each event. Free.

Free movies at Wellesley

August 8, 2019
(Thursdays 7 p.m.)
18.2 miles west
Bring chairs or blankets to the Summer Film Series outside Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Free.

Traditional Italian festival

August 9 - 11, 2019
4.9 miles north
The Feast of St. Rocco has live music, a beer and wine garden, food, games, and religious processions on Pearl and Thacher Streets in Malden. Poster. Free.

Contemporary dance

August 10, 2019
(2 and 7:30 p.m.)
2.2 miles SW
Boston Contemporary Dance Festival hosts a variety of innovative dance companies at Huntington Avenue Theatre.

Beer tasting in North Easton

August 10, 2019
(4 to 7 p.m.)
27 miles south
Taste local craft beer and cider with a live string band and food for sale during A Night at the Brewseum at the Children’s Museum in Easton for age 21+.

Blues festival in Gloucester

August 10, 2019
35 miles NE
Enjoy world-class blues, a beer garden, and food and craft vendors at Gloucester Blues Festival on the waterfront at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester.

Beer festival

August 10, 2019
39 miles west
Spirit of Hudson Food & Brewfest serves craft beer from 81 breweries and food from 23 local restaurants in Hudson.

Gospel music

August 11, 2019
(5 to 8 p.m.)
0.1 miles west
GospelFest is a gospel showcase that includes both local and national talent at City Hall Plaza. Free.

Summer party

August 14, 2019
(6 to 9 p.m.)
1.2 miles SE
Summer Inn the City promises “delicious food, refreshing drinks, fun people, and great entertainment” at Society of Arts and Crafts to support the homeless.

Best hamburgers

August 14, 2019
(7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
1.9 miles SE
Watch 20 restaurant chefs compete at Battle of the Burger, which promises food and beverage samples, live music, and games at 1 Black Falcon Avenue for age 21+. Vegetarian options include seafood, sweets, and side dishes.

Fisherman’s Feast

August 15 - 18, 2019
0.5 miles NE
Enjoy Italian food, music, and culture at Fisherman’s Feast, which pays tribute to Our Lady of Help on the streets of the North End. The Flight of the Angel is a high-wire act with confetti (Sunday 9 p.m.). Free.

Cape Cod jazz festival

August 15 & 19, 2019
113 miles and 66 miles SE
The small Provincetown Jazz Festival is held in Provincetown on Aug. 15, and near Mashpee on Aug. 19.

Sustainable living festival

August 16 - 18, 2019
multiple locations
Boston GreenFest & TechExpo offers exhibits and workshops to help you learn about the green lifestyle, entertainment, films, vendors, and a beer & wine garden. Most events are at Rose Kennedy Greenway and Long Wharf. Free.

Comic book convention

August 16 - 18, 2019
1.3 miles SE
Fan Expo Boston brings comic creators, vendors, celebrity guests, workshops, cosplay, a costume contest, a family zone, and a dance party to Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Agricultural fair

August 16 - 25, 2019
30 miles SE
Marshfield Fair has animals, arts and crafts, music, agricultural demonstrations, 4H competitions, carnival rides, a farmers’ market, and concessions in Marshfield.

Beer tasting at the zoo

August 17, 2019
(5 to 9 p.m.)
3.5 miles SW
Brew at the Zoo is a fundraiser featuring beer from 44 breweries, local restaurant food, live music, and a chance to explore Franklin Park Zoo for age 21+.

Jazz festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
11 miles NE
Salem Jazz and Soul Festival features live music (jazz, big band, blues, swing, etc.), a beer pavilion, artisan vendors, and a music education tent at Salem Willows seaside park. You can bring a low-back lawn chair, a blanket, snacks, and non-alcoholic drinks. Free.

Gloucester festival

August 17 - 18, 2019
35 miles NE
See the creations of 200 juried artists at Gloucester Waterfront Festival, with family entertainment, live music, food vendors, a lobster bake (Saturday) and an antique car show (Sunday) at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. Free except parking.

Asian festival

August 18, 2019
11 miles SE
Quincy August Moon Festival begins with a traditional lion dance. It includes performances on two stages, vendors, food trucks, a kids’ zone, and a beer & wine garden on Coddington Street in Quincy. Free.

Restaurant week

August 18 - 23 and 25 - 30, 2019
multiple locations
Get a special fixed price for lunch or dinner during Dine out Boston, which is held in March and August. No registration is required. Saturday is not included.

Children’s festival

August 20, 2019
(10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
6 miles SW
Kids can do science experiments, make art projects, get their faces painted, and learn about zoo animals at Children’s Summer Festival at Franklin Park in Dorchester. Free.

Saint Anthony’s Feast

August 22 - 25, 2019
0.5 miles north
St. Anthony’s Feast is an Italian street festival with food vendors, a music stage, religious ceremonies, and processions on Endicott Street. Free.

Chinatown films

August 23 - 25, 2019
0.7 miles south
Films at the Gate screens subtitled classic and kung fu Chinese films outdoors near Chinatown Gate. Games begin at 5:30 p.m., cultural performances at 7 p.m., and films at 8 p.m. Free.

Caribbean parade

August 24, 2019
3.5 miles SW
The colorful Boston Carnival Parade begins at Warren Street & MLK Boulevard and ends at a Caribbean food court in front of Franklin Park Zoo. Free.

Free music in Gloucester

August 24, 2019
(12 to 6 p.m.)
38.7 miles NE
Bring a blanket or chair to Riverfest Seaside Music Festival, which has music and food vendors at Stage Fort Park. Free except parking.

Salisbury music festival

August 24, 2019
44 miles north
Hear “incredible independent artists from throughout the Northeast” on two stages at Ramble at Salisbury Beach, with yoga, a climbing wall, interactive games, craft vendors, and a wellness area. Donation.

Food trucks on a farm

August 24, 2019
(12 to 6 p.m.)
47 miles west
The Clustertruck Food Festival promises “a food festival with live music, great craft beer, artisans, and more than 25 food trucks” at bucolic Kalon Farms in Lancaster.

Antique boats

August 24 - 25, 2019
16 miles NE
See and board elegant antique & classic yachts at the Antique & Classic Boat Festival, with kids’ activities, a crafts market, and afternoon music at Safe Harbor Hawthorne Cove in Salem. Donation.

Fireworks

August 29, 2019
0.3 miles east
Kick off Labor Day weekend watching Boston Harbor Fireworks launched from barges anchored between Long Wharf and Seaport. Public viewing locations include Christopher Columbus Park (North End), Piers Park (East Boston), Fan Pier (Seaport District). Free.

Jazz in the park

August 30 - 31, 2019
1.3 miles SE
Hear a diverse array of jazz artists and shop from food vendors at Boston Jazz Fest at South Boston Maritime Park, 600 D Street. Free.

Country fair

August 30 - Sept. 1, 2019
64 miles west
The Spencer Fair is a traditional country fair with horse and tractor pulls, farm exhibits, farm animals (cattle, chickens, rabbits), giant pumpkins, a carnival midway, live music, and a demolition derby at Spencer Fairgrounds.

Campfire music festival

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
3.6 miles NW
Hear new performers and watch songwriters interact and swap tunes as they sing in the round Labor Day weekend at Campfire Festival at Club Passim. Repeats in May.

Sailing festival

August 30 - Sept. 2, 2019
35 miles NE
Gloucester Schooner Festival begins with a block party on Friday evening. Saturday includes Maritime Gloucester Heritage Day, a concert, a boat parade of lights (7 p.m.), and fireworks (9:15 p.m.). The Parade of Sail is Sunday morning before the Mayor’s Race.

Medieval fair

August 31 - Oct. 20, 2019
(weekends)
49 miles south
King Richard’s Faire offers medieval food, games, and artisan shops, plus costumed acrobats, battling knights, fire-eaters, jugglers, dancers, and puppeteers in a forest near Carver. Open weekends and October 14, 2019.

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