Boston events August 2018. Things to do in Boston.

Best events for 12 months

Boston events August 2018

Free Shakespeare

August 1 - 5, 2018
0.7 miles SW
Watch plays performed by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company during Free Shakespeare on the Common at Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. Closed Mondays.

Comedy in Martha’s Vineyard

August 1 - 23, 2018
84 miles via ferry
Martha’s Vineyard Comedy Fest is a series of comedy shows in Oak Bluffs and Edgartown.

Music at Hatch Shell

August 1 - 29, 2018
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.
CityPass Boston

Free classical music

August 1 - 31, 2018
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.

Dance festival

August 2 - 5, 2018
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 - 22, 2018
Boston area
Hear music in parks and playgrounds at ParkArts Neighborhood Concerts plus Thursday Latin music (page 4), and a Wednesday concert series (page 5). Also see the Tuesday Summer Concert Series (6 p.m.). Free.

Free movies in parks

August 2 - 30, 2018
(8 p.m.)
Boston area
Watch family films outdoors on Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights in neighborhood parks. Free.

Green festival

August 3 - 5, 2018
0.1 miles west
Boston GreenFest offers exhibits and workshops to help you learn about the green lifestyle, vendors, entertainment on three stages, and a beer & wine garden at City Hall Plaza.

Jazz festival

August 3 - 5, 2018
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.

Blues festival in Onset

August 4, 2018
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.


August 4 - 5, 2018
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.

Maritime festival

August 4 - 5, 2018
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 4 - 25, 2018
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 5, 2018
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 5, 2018
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 free iPads for the winners at CambridgeSide. Register free online.

Restaurant week

August 5 - 10 and 12 - 17, 2018
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. Does not include Saturday.

Free harbor cruise

August 6 & 13, 2018
(10:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
1.3 miles SE
Sign up for a Free Share the Harbor Cruise to Spectacle Island or Georges Island aboard Provincetown II, departing from the dock at the World Trade Center in Seaport.

Free movies at Wellesley

August 9, 2018
(7 p.m.)
18.2 miles west
Bring chairs or blankets to the Summer Film Series outside Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Free.

Cape Cod jazz festival

August 9 & 13, 2018
113 miles and 66 miles SE
Provincetown Jazz Festival is held in Provincetown on August 9, and near Mashpee on August 13.

Comic book convention

August 10 - 12, 2018
1.3 miles SE
Fan Expo Boston brings comic creators, vendors, celebrity guests, a film festival, and gaming tournaments to Boston Convention & Exhibition Center.

Traditional Italian festival

August 10 - 12, 2018
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.

Music and beer party

August 11, 2018
(12 to 5 p.m.)
0.1 miles east
Tour de Fat offers a “touring band of ensemble comedians and world-class headlining musical talent” with music by The Voidz and Fat Tire beer in City Hall Plaza for age 21+.

Beer tasting in North Easton

August 11, 2018
(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 and Brews

August 11, 2018
(2 p.m.)
31 miles NW
A ticket to Blues N Brews gets you five beer samples from a dozen craft breweries, food for sale, and blues bands in Lowell. Children age 13 and younger are free.

Blues festival in Gloucester

August 11, 2018
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 11, 2018
39 miles west
Spirit of Hudson Food & Brewfest serves craft beer from 83 breweries and food from 23 local restaurants in Hudson.

Gospel music

August 12, 2018
(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.

Provincetown Carnival

August 12 - 17, 2018
115 miles SE
Provincetown Carnival is a week-long gay and lesbian festival that includes a famous parade on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Barbecue & cocktails party

August 14, 2018
1.9 miles SE
Boston Magazine promises you “drinks and BBQ from Boston’s most acclaimed chefs and restaurants” at The Cue at 1 Black Falcon Avenue for age 21+.

Fake wedding

August 14, 2018
(7 p.m.)
30.8 miles north
Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, have a drink and appetizers (included), and dance at a reception while you check out wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding New England at Willowdale Estate in Topsfield.

Best hamburgers

August 15, 2018
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+.

Fisherman’s Feast

August 16 - 19, 2018
0.5 miles NE
Enjoy Italian food, music, and culture at the Fisherman’s Feast, which pays tribute to The Lady of Help on the streets of the North End. The Flight of the Angel is a high-wire act 8 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Agricultural fair

August 17 - 26, 2018
30 miles SE
Marshfield Fair has animals, arts and crafts, music, agricultural demonstrations, 4H competitions, carnival rides, a farmers’ market, and concessions in Marshfield.

Free music festival

August 18, 2018
(noon to 8 p.m.)
0.7 miles SW
Hear six performances at Wicked Good Festival on Boston Common, sponsored by WERS Radio.

Beer tasting at the zoo

August 18, 2018
(3:30 to 7:30 p.m.)
3.5 miles SW
Brew at the Zoo is a fundraiser featuring beer from 36 breweries, local restaurant food, live music, and a chance to explore Franklin Park Zoo for age 21+.

Providence festival

August 18, 2018
50 miles SW
AS220 Foo Fest is a block party bash with music, art, performances, a flea market, kids’ crafts, and food trucks on Empire Street in Providence, RI.

Jazz festival

August 18 - 19, 2018
11 miles NE
Salem Jazz and Soul Festival features live music, a beer garden, artisan vendors, and a kids’ tent at Salem Willows seaside park. Free.

Gloucester festival

August 18 - 19, 2018
35 miles NE
See the creations of 200 juried artists at Gloucester Waterfront Festival, with family entertainment, food vendors, a lobster bake Saturday, and a car show Sunday at Stage Fort Park in Gloucester. Free.

Scavenger hunt

August 19, 2018
(1 to 5 p.m.)
0.1 mile east
Complete challenges and collect clues with dragon and knight themes at The Dragon of Bostonshire, beginning and ending in Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park. Cellphone required.

Asian festival

August 19, 2018
11 miles SE
Quincy August Moon Festival begins with a traditional lion dance. It includes performances (hip hop, rap, and beatbox), vendors, food trucks, rides, and a petting zoo on Coddington Street in Quincy. Free.

Children’s festival

August 21, 2018
(10 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
6 miles SW
Kids can do science activities, learn about plants, make art, and do experiments at Children’s Summer Festival at Franklin Park in Dorchester. Free.

Innovative festival

August 23, 2018
(5:30 to 9 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+.

Saint Anthony’s Feast

August 23 - 26, 2018
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 24 - 26, 2018
0.7 miles south
Films at the Gate screens subtitled classic and kung fu Chinese-language films outdoors near Chinatown Gate. Free.

Jazz in the park

August 25, 2018
1.3 miles SE
Hear a diverse array of jazz artists at Boston Jazz Fest at South Boston Maritime Park, 600 D Street. Free.

Caribbean parade

August 25, 2018
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. Parade map. Free.

Plymouth beer festival

August 25, 2018
(5 to 8 p.m.)
37.4 miles south
A ticket to Hopfest includes unlimited samples of 100 craft beers and food samples from local restaurants at Cordage Park Marina.

Antique boats

August 25 - 26, 2018
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 in Salem. Free.


August 30, 2018
0.3 miles east
Kick off Labor Day weekend watching Boston Harbor Fireworks launched from barges anchored between between Long Wharf and Seaport. Public viewing locations include Christopher Columbus Park (North End), Piers Park (East Boston), Fan Pier (Seaport District). Free. [Three 2018 dates: June 30, Aug. 30, Dec. 31.]

Campfire music festival

August 31 - Sept. 3, 2018
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 31 - Sept. 3, 2018
35 miles NE
Gloucester Schooner Festival has a block party Friday evening. Saturday includes a lobster bake, a concert, a boat parade of lights, and fireworks. The Parade of Sail is Sunday morning before the Mayor’s Race.

Country fair

August 31 - Sept. 3, 2018
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.

Printing advice

Print using the Chrome browser. In print settings, turn on “background graphics.”