Boston events July 2019. Things to do in Boston.

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Boston events July 2019

Harbor festival

July 1 - 4, 2019
Central Boston
Harborfest has dozens of events, including music concerts, colonial and revolutionary reenactments, cruises, tours, walks, talks, a Sunday art fair, and a Sunday chowder tasting.

Dance camp

July 1 - 4, 2019
(begins June 27)
25 miles NE
Get totally immersed in dance classes, dance parties, and dance shows at Beantown Camp in Beverly.


July 2, 2019
0.3 miles east
The Parade of Lights & Fireworks is an “elegant promenade of festively-lit boats” and “a dazzling fireworks display” that are part of Harborfest. Free.

Lexington carnival

July 2 - 6, 2019
15 miles NW
Enjoy patriotic music, carnival rides, food, games, and fireworks (Friday night) at Fourth of July Carnival in Lexington.

Beer bash

July 3, 2019
0 miles
Register and arrive early for free beer samples at Samuel Adams Independence Bash at Ned Devine’s in Faneuil Hall for age 21+.

Boston Pops Fourth of July

July 3 - 4, 2019
1.2 miles west
Boston 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.

Fireworks shows

July 4, 2019
multiple locations
  • July 4 - Boston (0 miles) - Charles River 10:30 p.m.
  • July 4 - Burlington (15 miles NW) - Town Common 9 p.m.
  • July 4 - Falmouth (77 miles SE) - beach at dusk
  • July 4 - Lowell (30 miles NW) - LeLacheur Park 9 p.m.
  • July 4 - Marblehead (16 miles NW) - harbor 9:15 p.m.
  • July 4 - Newton (11 miles W) - Albemarle Field 9 p.m.
  • July 4 - Plymouth (41 miles SW) - waterfront 9 p.m.
  • July 4 - Springfield (92 miles W) - Blunt Park 9:30 p.m.
  • July 4 - Wakefield (12 miles N) - Lake Quannapowitt 9:30 p.m.
  • July 4 - Waltham (12 miles W) - Leary Field 9:30 p.m.
  • undated - Salem (25 miles NE) - Derby Wharf 9:15 p.m.
  • undated - Winthrop (8 miles W) - Coughlin Park 9:15 p.m.

Caribbean food festival

July 5 - 6, 2019
1.4 miles SW
Boston JerkFest features Caribbean restaurant food for sale, cocktails, wine, beer, and live music (reggae, steel drums, Latin rhythms) at Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology.

Free classical music

July 5 - Aug. 30, 2019
(begins June 5)
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.

Comedy festival

July 10 - 13, 2019
99 miles SE via ferry
Nantucket 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.

Music at Hatch Shell

July 10 - Aug. 21, 2019
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.

French films

July 11 - 28, 2019
2.6 miles SW
See popular French films with subtitles at the The Boston French Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts. No films Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

Free movies at Wellesley

July 11 - August 9, 2019
(begins June 27)
18.2 miles west
Bring chairs or blankets to the Summer Film Series outside Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Free.

French party

July 12, 2019
(6 to 11 p.m.)
1.1 miles SW
Buy 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 SE
Levitate 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 NW
ArtBeat offers music and entertainment beginning Friday evening, and on Saturday adds 75 craft vendors, food, and activities at Davis Square. Free.

Beer festival

July 13, 2019
(7 to 10 p.m.)
5.1 miles west
Sample 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 13, 2019
(10 a.m. to 3 p.m.)
5.1 miles west
FunFest 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.

Pizza festival

July 13 - 14, 2019
0.2 miles west
A 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.

Kite festival

July 13 - 14, 2019
76.8 miles south
Buy 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.

Free Shakespeare

July 17 - Aug. 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.

After-work cruise

July 18 - Aug. 29, 2019
(boarding 5:15 p.m.)
1.1 miles SE
Relax 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+.

Ticket deal $10

Naked bike ride

July 20, 2019
5.1 miles SW
The World Naked Bike Ride promotes “safe streets, oil independence, and body positivity” beginning at Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain. You must sign into Facebook to see the official page. Free.

River festival

July 20, 2019
6.8 miles south
Try 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.

Latin festival

July 20 - 21, 2019
1.7 miles SW
Billed 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.

Gluten-free expo

July 20 - 21, 2019
44 miles west
Sample and buy products from 100 vendors and take classes at the Nourished Festival [formerly Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo] in Worcester.

Free harbor cruise

July 22, 2019
(begins June 4)
1.3 miles SE
Sign up for a Free Share the Harbor Cruise to Spectacle Island or Boston Light aboard Provincetown II, departing from the dock at the World Trade Center in Seaport.

County fair

July 22 - 28, 2019
69 miles south
Find farm animals, carnival games, live music, and fair food at Barnstable County Fair in East Falmouth.

Outdoor salsa party

July 26, 2019
5.5 miles NW
Sample 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 west
Puerto 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 26 - 28, 2019
25 miles NW
Billed 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
76 miles south
Hear 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
(8 p.m.)
9.1 miles north
Sunset Sips allows adults to explore Stone Zoo after hours, with music, animal encounters, a cash bar, and food for sale.

Dance show

July 27, 2019
12 miles south
Boston International Dance Showcase presents ballroom dancing and live music at the Lantana in Randolph for $80, including cocktails and dinner.

Participatory art

July 27 - 28, 2019
0.4 miles NW
Figment features creative art installations you can make and play with at Rose Kennedy Greenway. Free.


July 28, 2019
3.7 miles south
Boston 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.

Marching music

July 29, 2019
(7 to 11 p.m.)
27 miles north
Watch the Boston Crusaders compete against other drum and bugle corps during the East Coast Classic at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Lawrence.

Free music evenings

July 2019
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.

Latin music festival

July 2019
0.2 miles west
Caliente Latin Music Festival promises Latin music, art, and dance at City Hall Plaza. Free.

Chinatown festival

July 2019
0.4 miles NW
See dancing, drumming, martial arts, and a lion dance; and shop from street vendors at Chinatown Main Street Festival at Rose Kennedy Greenway. Free.

Medieval battle in the park

July 2019
0.9 miles SW
Engage 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.

Summer party

July 2019
1.1 miles SE
Summer 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.

Movies in the garden

July 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.

Free classical concert

July 2019
2.5 miles NW
MIT Summer Philharmonic Orchestra Concert includes Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (Pastoral) plus Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring in Kresge Auditorium at MIT in Cambridge. Arrive early. Free.

Music on the bay

July 2019
8.4 miles south
Hear a Beatles cover band, play games, shop food trucks, and visit the beer garden at all-ages Bands By The Bay on the boardwalk at Meriel Marina Bay in Quincy. Free shuttle from North Quincy T station.

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