Boston events July 2019
July 1 - 4, 2019
25 miles NEGet totally immersed in dance classes, dance parties, and dance shows at Beantown Camp in Beverly.
July 1 - 7, 2019
Central BostonHarborfest has an art fair (July 1); live music (July 1 to 3); walking tours & cruises (July 1 to 7); a chowder tasting, parade of lit boats and fireworks (July 2); and an Independence Day commemoration & parade (July 4).
Boat parade & fireworks
July 2, 2019
0.3 miles eastThe Parade of Lights is an “elegant promenade of festively-lit boats” at 8:42 p.m. followed by “a dazzling fireworks display” at 9:15 p.m., which are both part of Harborfest. Free.
July 2 - 6, 2019
15 miles NWEnjoy patriotic music, carnival rides, food, games, and fireworks (Friday night) at Fourth of July Carnival in Lexington.
Boston Pops Fourth of July
July 3 - 4, 2019
1.2 miles westBoston Pops Fireworks Spectacular wows 500,000 visitors on the banks of the Charles River with music and entertainment beginning at 8 p.m. The July 4 event includes fireworks at 10:30 p.m. to celebrate America’s birthday. Strict security. Free.
July 4, 2019
- Boston (0 miles) - Charles River 10:30 p.m.
- Burlington (15 miles NW) - Town Common 9 p.m.
- Falmouth (77 miles SE) - beach at dusk
- Lowell (30 miles NW) - LeLacheur Park 9 p.m.
- Marblehead (16 miles NW) - harbor 9:15 p.m.
- Newton (11 miles W) - Albemarle Field 9 p.m.
- Plymouth (41 miles SW) - waterfront 9 p.m.
- Salem (25 miles NE) - Derby Wharf 9:30 p.m.
- Springfield (92 miles W) - Riverfront Park 9:30 p.m.
- Wakefield (12 miles N) - Lake Quannapowitt 9:30 p.m.
- Waltham (12 miles W) - Leary Field 9:30 p.m.
- Winthrop (8 miles W) - Coughlin Park 9 p.m.
Fourth of July ceremony
July 4, 2019 (9 a.m. to noon)
0 milesIndependence Day begins with a speech by the mayor at 9 a.m. in City Hall Plaza, followed by a parade to the Old State House, where there is a reading of the Declaration of Independence. Free.
Caribbean food festival
July 5 - 6, 2019
2.5 miles SWBoston JerkFest features Caribbean restaurant food for sale, cocktails, wine, beer, and live music (reggae, steel drums, Latin rhythms) at Haley House Bakery Cafe. Friday tickets include beer & wine tasting. Children are free on Saturday with a paid adult.
July 6, 2019 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
0.8 miles SWSee dancing, drumming, martial arts, and a lion dance; and shop from street vendors at Chinatown Main Street Festival at 2 Boylston Street. Free.
July 6 - 7, 2019 (12 to 10 p.m.)
1.8 miles SESignature Series: Block Party has food & drink vendors plus lawn games (beginning at noon), entertainment (beginning 1 p.m.), a Latin dance party (Sun. 1 to 5 p.m.), and live music (5 to 10 p.m.) at The Lawn On D, in front of the convention center. Free.
July 11 - 13, 2019
99 miles SE via ferryNantucket Comedy Festival includes a kids’ show, a dinner with comedians, and a competition between Boston and New York that brings local and national comedians to the Dreamland Theatre in Nantucket.
July 12, 2019 (6 to 11 p.m.)
1.1 miles SWBuy tickets in advance for the Bastille Day Party, which features French food, beer, wine, live music, and dancing on Marlborough Street.
Levitate Music & Arts Festival
July 12 - 14, 2019
30 miles SELevitate Music & Arts Festival promises to bring great music, local artists & crafters, food trucks, beer, wine, and good times to the grounds of Marshfield Fair.
Somerville arts festival
July 13, 2019
4.4 miles NWArtBeat offers music and entertainment beginning Friday evening, and on Saturday adds 75 craft vendors, food, and activities at Davis Square. Free.
Ice cream and music
July 13, 2019 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
5.1 miles westFunFest features your favorite flavors of ice cream and treats plus live music by family friendly artists, interactive games, face painting, inflatable rides, and PBS characters like Curious George at WGBH Studios.
July 13, 2019 (7 to 10 p.m.)
5.1 miles westSample New England craft brews from dozens of brewers, and buy a meal from food trucks at Craft Beer Fest, with live entertainment at WGBH Studios for age 21+.
July 13 - 14, 2019
0.2 miles westBoston Pizza Festival has pizza for sale by the slice, pizza-making demonstrations, live music, and beer & wine for sale in City Hall Plaza.
July 13 - 14, 2019
76.8 miles southBuy a kite from vendors, or watch amazing kites in the air, with kite battles and candy drops during the Newport Kite Festival at Brenton Point State Park on the coast of Rhode Island. Free.
Polo party in Rhode Island
July 14, 2019 (3 to 8 p.m.)
67 miles southWatch a polo match, see a dog parade at half-time, and socialize with refreshments at Picnic & Ponies Charity Day Tailgate at Newport Polo in Portsmouth, RI to support charity. Children age 14 and younger are free.
Evening harbor cruise
July 16 - 29, 2019 (7 p.m.)
0.5 miles SETake a 90-minute Sunset Cruise of Boston Harbor with skyline views, departing from 60 Rowes Wharf.
July 16 - 31, 2019
0.4 miles SETour Boston Harbor aboard the beautiful pilot schooner Adirondack III, which sails from Rowes Wharf.
Free music evenings
July 16 - Aug. 15, 2019
Boston areaHear music outdoors in parks and playgrounds.
- July 9 to 30 (Tuesdays) - NEMPAC Jazz in the Park
ParkArts page also lists concert dates for three series.
- July 10 to Aug. 5 - Outdoor Neighborhood Concerts
- July 11 to Aug. 15 - Tito Puente Latin Music
- July 17 to Aug. 14 - Dorothy Curran Wed. Series
July 16 - Oct. 1, 2019
multiple locationsThese discount prices include all taxes and fees.
Comic murder mystery
July 17 - 27, 2019
1 mile SWAwarded “best comedy” by the Boston Globe, Shear Madness is a whodunit with audience participation, set in a hair salon at Charles Playhouse.
Mythological rock musical
July 17 - 28, 2019
3.5 miles SW“An action-packed musical with heroic battles and mythological beasties” [New York Post], The Lightning Thief features a hero who “has newly discovered powers he can't control, has monsters on his trail and is on an epic quest to find Zeus’s lightning bolt to prevent a war between the gods” at Huntington Avenue Theatre.
July 17 - Aug. 4, 2019
0.7 miles SWWatch “Cymbeline” performed by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company during Free Shakespeare on the Common at Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. Closed Mondays.
July 17 - Aug. 9, 2019
2.5 miles SWWatch the Boston Red Sox play an exciting home game at famous Fenway Park.
Music at Hatch Shell
July 17 - Aug. 21, 2019 (Wednesdays)
1.2 miles westHear concerts by Boston Landmarks Orchestra (and others) at DCR Hatch Memorial Shell. If it rains, see the instructions for each event. Free.
Free classical music
July 17 - Aug. 30, 2019
1.5 miles SWOne-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. Schedule.
Gourmet food event
July 18, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.)
0.1 miles westA $156 ticket to Best of Boston includes food from dozens of Boston’s best restaurants, live music, cocktails, beer, and wine in City Hall Plaza for age 21+. Video (1.5 minutes).
July 18 - 28, 2019
2.6 miles SWSee popular French films with subtitles at the The Boston French Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts. No films Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.
Evening cruise on Boston Harbor
July 18 - Aug. 15, 2019
0.5 miles SEView the city’s skyline and harbor on a Sunset Cruise, and watch the USS Constitution fire her cannon and lower her flag to end the day, departing from 60 Rowes Wharf.
July 18 - Aug. 29, 2019 (boarding 5:15 p.m.)
1.1 miles SERelax with a drink in hand and views of Boston Harbor on the open-air rooftop of the MV Provincetown during a one-hour Sangria Deck Party Cruise, which departs on Thursday from 200 Seaport Boulevard for age 21+.
Thursday evening cruise
July 18 - Aug. 30, 2019 (boarding 7 p.m.)
1.1 miles SESummer Party Cruise is a three-hour cruise with city views, DJ, live dance music, and a cash bar leaving Seaport for age 21+.
Beer-tasting cruise on Thursday
July 18 - Sept. 12, 2019 (Thursdays 5:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles SEBoston Harbor Thirsty Thursday Cruise features “2 or 3 different local breweries providing tastings of their best beers” during a 75-minute scenic cruise, departing from 60 Rowes Wharf for age 21+.
Sound of Music performed live
July 19, 2019 (7 p.m.)
15 miles westBased on the popular movie, The Sound of Music is a spirited musical about the singing Von Trapp family of Austria, with music by Rodgers & Hammerstein and 40 actors/singers at Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham.
July 19 & 26, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
1 mile SWFour-Handed Illusions promises “intimate magic and comedy” by talented magicians Joel Acevedo & Steve Kradolfer at Hampshire House.
Sherlock Holmes mystery
July 19 - 27, 2019
5.6 miles NWWatch the The Post-Meridian Radio Players perform two detective stories as radio plays, one featuring Sherlock Holmes and the other his housekeeper Mrs. Hudson, live in Somerville.
Naked bike ride
July 20, 2019 (6 to 11 p.m.)
location uncertainThe World Naked Bike Ride promotes “safe streets, oil independence, and body positivity.” You must sign into Facebook to see the official page. Free.
Adult moon-landing party
July 20, 2019 (7 to 10 p.m.)
4.3 miles NWCelebrate the 50th anniversary of astronauts walking on the moon at A Lunar Soirée, with cocktails, beer, light refreshments, ‘60s music, and moon-inspired activities at Harvard Museum of Natural History for age 21+. Actual moon rocks will be on display.
July 20, 2019
6.8 miles southTry out a kayak or canoe, walk or bike, play in a spray park, shop from food vendors, and hear music at RiverFest at DCR Neponset Park in Dorchester. Free.
July 20 - 21, 2019
1.7 miles SWBilled as New England’s longest-running Latino cultural celebration, Festival Betances features live music, dance performances, and ethnic food vendors at 100 W. Dedham Street. Free.
July 20 - 21, 2019
44 miles westSample and buy products from 100 vendors and take classes at the Nourished Festival [formerly Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo] in Worcester.
July 20 - Aug. 11, 2019
0.5 miles SETake a scenic two-hour Brunch Cruise through the Boston Harbor Islands while enjoying a three-course brunch aboard the 1920s Northern Lights yacht, departing from 60 Rowes Wharf.
Evening jazz cruise
July 20 - Aug. 31, 2019
0.5 miles SEThe Evening Jazz Cruise features music by Benjamin Young Quartet and 1.5 hours of Boston Harbor views aboard the vintage Northern Lights, departing from Rowes Wharf. Beverages and snacks are sold onboard.
Saturday (9:30 p.m.) Ticket deal $31
Sunday (6:30 p.m.) Ticket deal $31
Movies in the garden
July 20 - Aug. 31, 2019
1.8 miles SWFamily 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.
- July 13 - Mary Poppins Returns
- July 20 - Incredibles 2
- July 27 - Ralph Breaks the Internet
July 22 - 28, 2019
69 miles southFind farm animals, carnival games, live music, and fair food at Barnstable County Fair in East Falmouth.
Free harbor cruise
July 22 - Sept. 29, 2019
1.3 miles SESign 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.
Free movies at Wellesley
July 25 & Aug. 8, 2019 (Thursdays 7 p.m.)
18.2 miles westBring chairs or blankets to the Summer Film Series outside Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Free.
Free classical concert
July 26, 2019 (8 p.m.)
2.5 miles NWMIT Summer Philharmonic Orchestra Concert includes works by Michael Gandolfi and Richard Strauss in Kresge Auditorium at MIT in Cambridge. Free.
Outdoor salsa party
July 26, 2019 (7 to 10 p.m.)
5.5 miles NWSample tasty salsa, buy beer or sangria, and dance to DJ salsa music with help from an instructor during Salsa Squared at Brattle Plaza in Cambridge.
Puerto Rican festival & parade
July 26 - 28, 2019
0.1 miles westPuerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts has Puerto Rican music, food, and vendors, carnival rides, and a parade (Sunday at noon) at City Hall Square. Free.
July 26 - 28, 2019
8.7 miles NWVote for your favorite giant sand art at Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival, which includes live music, food trucks, and street performers. Free.
Lowell Folk Festival
July 26 - 28, 2019
25 miles NWBilled as America’s largest free folk festival, Lowell Folk Festival has continuous folk, bluegrass, gospel, African, and Hawaiian music on five outdoor stages, plus ethnic foods, crafts, and kids’ activities. Free.
Newport Folk Festival
July 26 - 28, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
76 miles southHear folk, reggae, rock, and indie music; visit the beer and wine garden; and shop for food and crafts at the Newport Folk Festival in Fort Adams State Park, located in Newport, RI.
Party at the zoo
July 27, 2019 (6 to 8 p.m.)
9.1 miles northSunset Sips allows adults to explore Stone Zoo after hours, with music, animal encounters, a cash bar, and food for sale.
July 27, 2019 (7 p.m.)
12 miles southBoston International Dance Showcase presents ballroom dancing and live music at the Lantana in Randolph for $80, including cocktails and dinner.
July 27 - 28, 2019
0.4 miles NWFigment features creative art installations you can make and play with at Rose Kennedy Greenway. Free.
July 27 - Aug. 24, 2019 (Saturday 12:30 p.m.)
2.1 miles SWTake a two-hour walk learning about the history of chocolate-making, with four stops for champagne truffles, chocolate confections, and even a chocolate cocktail on the Tipsy Chocolate Back Bay Walking Tour for age 21+.
Psychic in Salem
July 27 - Sept. 21, 2019 (Saturdays)
20 miles northMentalist Christopher Grace “uses psychological techniques mixed with conjuring skills to read the minds of the audience” in a fun show about human behavior, for age 16+.
July 28, 2019
3.7 miles southBoston Triathlon features a 750-meter swim, a 17.5K bike ride, and a 5.5K run (or an Olympic version twice as challenging) followed by a post-race beer garden at Carson Beach in South Boston.