Boston events July 2018
July 1, 2018
Central BostonHarborfest has dozens of events, including music concerts, colonial and revolutionary reenactments, cruises, tours, walks, talks, a Sunday art fair, and a Sunday chowder tasting.
July 1, 2018
3 miles SWBoston GuitarFest includes competitions, workshops, and concerts (a few are free) at the New England Conservatory.
July 1, 2018 (5:45 to 10:30 p.m.)
27 miles northWatch the Boston Crusaders compete against other drum and bugle corps during the East Coast Classic at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Lawrence.
July 1 - 5, 2018
25 miles NEGet totally immersed in dance classes, dance parties, and dance shows at Beantown Camp in Beverly.
July 3, 2018 (9 p.m.)
0 milesRegister and arrive early for free beer samples at Samuel Adams Independence Bash at Ned Devine’s in Faneuil Hall for age 21+.
July 3 - 7, 2018
15 miles NWEnjoy patriotic music, carnival rides, food, games, and fireworks (July 5) at Fourth of July Carnival in Lexington.
July 4, 2018
- 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 9:15 p.m.
- Springfield (92 miles W) - Blunt 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 9:15 p.m.
Boston Pops Fourth of July
July 4, 2018 (8 p.m.)
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 7, 2018
0.4 miles NWSee dancing, drumming, martial arts, and a lion dance; and shop from street vendors at Chinatown Main Street Festival at Rose Kennedy Greenway. Free.
July 7 - 8, 2018 (12 to 8 p.m.)
0.2 miles westA ticket to Boston Pizza Festival gets you unlimited pizza samples, with pizza-making demonstrations, live music, and beer & wine for sale in City Hall Plaza.
Levitate Music & Arts Festival
July 7 - 8, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
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.
Medieval battle in the park
July 8, 2018 (12 to 3 p.m.)
0.9 miles SWEngage in combat using padded swords, shields, spears, axes, grappling equipment, and archery at Medieval Combat on Boston Common at the baseball field for age 18+ with ID. Free.
July 11 - 14, 2018
99 miles SE via ferryNantucket Comedy Festival includes a kids’ show, a women’s night, and a competition between Boston and New York that brings local and national comedians to the Dreamland Theatre in Nantucket.
July 12, 2018 (6 to 9 p.m.)
1.1 miles SESummer Inn the City includes a full-service bar with summer drinks, hearty canapés, and DJ music in the waterfront park at John Joseph Moakley Courthouse to support the homeless.
July 13, 2018
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.
Somerville arts festival
July 14, 2018
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.
July 14, 2018 (7 to 10 p.m.)
5.1 miles westSample New England craft brews from 30 brewers, and buy a meal from food trucks at Craft Beer Fest, with live entertainment at WGBH Studios for age 21+.
Ice cream and music
July 14, 2018 (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 14, 2018
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 14 - 15, 2018
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.
July 17 - Aug. 12, 2018
0.4 miles SETour Boston Harbor aboard the beautiful pilot schooner Adirondack III, which sails from Rowes Wharf.
Free music evenings
July 17 - Aug. 5, 2018
Boston areaHear music in parks and playgrounds at ParkArts Neighborhood Concerts plus Thursday Latin music (page 4), and a Wednesday concert series (July 25 to Aug. 22 on page 5). Also see the Tuesday Summer Concert Series (July 10-31 at 6 p.m.). Free.
July 17 - Aug. 31, 2018
multiple locationsThese discount prices include all taxes and fees.
Free classical music
July 17 - Aug. 31, 2018
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.
Lego party for adults
July 18, 2018 (7 to 9 p.m.)
3.5 miles NWWizard & Witches Adult Night features a costume contest, a Lego building competition, games, and a cash bar with beer, wine, and cider (if age 21+) at Legoland Discovery Center Boston in Somerville.
July 18 - Aug. 5, 2018
0.7 miles SWWatch “Richard III” performed by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company during Free Shakespeare on the Common at Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. Closed Mondays.
Music at Hatch Shell
July 18 - Aug. 29, 2018 (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.
Scientific food tasting
July 19, 2018 (7:30 to 10 p.m.)
4.3 miles NWHear about the microbiology required to make beer, wine, sake, coffee, yogurt, cheese, and chocolate at MicroChefs: An Evening for Curious Adults. Your ticket includes four food tastings, a drink, and admission to Harvard Museum of Natural History and its current exhibition about microbial life.
Dance show: Bring It!
July 19, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
10.4 miles NESee the stars of the Lifetime dance reality show Bring It! Live at Lynn Auditorium.
July 19 - 29, 2018
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.
July 20, 2018 (8 p.m.)
7.6 miles NWHear hits from the rock and roll era at Rock Baby Rock featuring a band and vocalists at Regent Theatre.
July 20 - 22, 2018
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.
July 20 - Aug. 5, 2018
0.6 miles SWAladdin is a love story filled with “beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle” featuring a lamp that grants three wishes, at Boston Opera House.
Naked bike ride
July 21, 2018 (6 to 9 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.
Latin music festival
July 21, 2018 (7 to 9 p.m.)
0.2 miles westCaliente Latin Music Festival promises Latin music, art, and dance at City Hall Plaza. Free.
July 21 - 22, 2018
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 21 - 22, 2018
44 miles westSample and buy products from 100 vendors and take classes at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo in Worcester.
Movies in the garden
July 21 - Aug. 25, 2018 (Saturdays)
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 14 - Sing!
- July 21 - Coco
- July 28 - Wonder
July 22, 2018
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.
July 22 - Sept. 9, 2018
0.5 miles SETake a 2.5-hour Brunch Cruise through the Boston Harbor Islands and past lighthouses while enjoying a three-course brunch aboard the 1920s Northern Lights yacht, departing from 60 Rowes Wharf.
July 23 - 29, 2018
69 miles southFind farm animals, carnival games, live music, and fair food at Barnstable County Fair in East Falmouth.
Music at the mansion
July 24, 2018 (7:30 p.m.)
10 miles westHear chamber music for flute and guitar during an intimate Carriage House Concert at Gore Place in Waltham.
Free films at Wellesley
July 26 - Aug. 9, 2018 (7 p.m.)
18.2 miles westBring chairs or blankets to the Summer Film Series outside Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Free.
- July 26 - Mary Poppins
- Aug. 9 - Beauty and the Beast
New York comedians
July 27, 2018 (8 p.m.)
3.3 miles northNYC Comedy Invades Boston features professional comedians from the New York City comedy scene at Down The Road Brewery for age 21+.
Outdoor salsa party
July 27, 2018
5.5 miles NWSample tasty salsa, buy a mocktail, and dance to DJ salsa music with help from an instructor during Salsa Squared at Brattle Plaza in Cambridge.
Giant music concert
July 27, 2018
37 miles southHear 50 bands play alternative rock, pop-punk, hip-hop, electronica, and hardcore all day when Warped Tour comes to Xfinity Center in Mansfield.
July 27 - 28, 2018 (8 p.m.)
1 mile SWFour-Handed Illusions promises “intimate magic and comedy” by talented magicians Joel Acevedo & Steve Kradolfer at Hampshire House.
Puerto Rican festival & parade
July 27 - 29, 2018
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.
Lowell Folk Festival
July 27 - 29, 2018
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 27 - 29, 2018 (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.
Taste of Allston
July 28, 2018 (12 to 3 p.m.)
5.9 miles westTaste of Allston includes tastes from 20 restaurants, live music, and lawn games outdoors at 267 Western Avenue.
Party at the zoo
July 28, 2018 (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 28, 2018
12 miles southBoston International Dance Showcase presents ballroom dancing and live music at the Lantana in Randolph for $80, including cocktails and dinner.
July 28 - 29, 2018
0.4 miles NWFigment features creative art installations you can make and play with at Rose Kennedy Greenway. Free.
Evening jazz cruise
July 28 - Aug. 12, 2018
0.5 miles SEBoston Jazz Cruise features music by Benjamin Young Quartet and 1.5 hours of Boston Harbor views aboard the vintage Northern Lights, leaving Rowes Wharf. Beverages and snacks are sold onboard.