Boston events for July 2017. Best festivals, fun things to do, weekend street fairs, kids activities, and free entertainment in Boston, Massachusetts.

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July 2017
July 2017

Enjoy the best Boston events, festivals, and things to do with this calendar of events.

Distance is from Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston, Massachusetts.

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Film festival

July 1, 2017

2.6 miles SW

Roxbury International Film Festival shows and honors the work of emerging and established filmmakers of color at the Museum of Fine Arts, with off-site parties.

Guitar festival

July 1 - 2, 2017

3 miles SW

Boston GuitarFest includes competitions, workshops, and (mostly free) concerts at the New England Conservatory. The theme in 2017 is Latin America.

Harbor festival

July 1 - 4, 2017

Central Boston

Harborfest has dozens of events, including music concerts, colonial and revolutionary reenactments, cruises, tours, walks, talks, a Saturday art fair, and a Sunday chowder tasting.

Lexington carnival

July 1 - 4, 2017

15 miles NW

Enjoy patriotic music, carnival rides, food, games, and Monday fireworks at Fourth of July Carnival in Lexington.

Beer bash

July 3, 2017

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+.

Fourth of July spectacular

July 3 - 4, 2017 (8 p.m.)

1.2 miles west

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular wows 500,000 visitors on the banks of the Charles River with music and entertainment. The Tuesday version includes fireworks, firing cannons, and ringing church bells to celebrate America’s birthday. Strict security. Free.

Fireworks

July 4, 2017

Also see Fireworks Displays in Mass.

  • 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 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) - Riverfront Park 9:30 p.m.
  • Wakefield (12 miles N) - Beacon Street 9:30 p.m.
  • Waltham (12 miles W) - Leary Field 9:30 p.m.
  • Winthrop (8 miles W) - Coughlin Park 9:15 p.m.

Chinatown festival

July 8, 2017

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.

Pizza festival

July 8 - 9, 2017

0.2 miles west

Boston Pizza Festival features pizza vendors, pizza-making demonstrations, beer, wine, and live music in City Hall Plaza. Tickets do not include food.

Levitate Music & Arts Festival

July 8 - 9, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

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.

Kite festival

July 8 - 9, 2017 (12 to 5 p.m.)

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.

Comedy festival

July 12 - 15, 2017

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.

Summer party

July 13, 2017 (6 p.m., VIP 5 p.m.)

1.1 miles SE

Summer Inn the City includes a full-service bar with summer drinks, hearty canapes, and DJ music in the waterfront park at John Joseph Moakley Courthouse to support the homeless.

French party

July 14, 2017 (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.

Somerville arts festival

July 14 - 15, 2017

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 15, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

5.1 miles west

Sample New England craft brews from 20 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 15, 2017 (10 a.m. to 4 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.

Latin festival

July 15 - 16, 2017 (1 to 8 p.m.)

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.

Fake wedding

July 20, 2017 (7 p.m.)

17 miles NE

Attend an emotional wedding ceremony, eat a light dinner, and dance at a reception to check out the wedding vendors in action at The Big Fake Wedding at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas in Salem.

Outdoor salsa party

July 21, 2017 (7 to 10 p.m.)

5.5 miles NW

Sample tasty salsa, buy a mocktail, and dance to DJ salsa music with help from an instructor during Salsa Squared Party at Brattle Plaza in Cambridge.

Naked bike ride

July 22, 2017 (meet 6 p.m., ride 8 p.m.)

4.7 miles SW

The World Naked Bike Ride to promote “safe streets, oil independence, and body positivity” begins at Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain. You must sign into Facebook to see the official page. Free.

River festival

July 22, 2017 (10 a.m. to 2 p.m.)

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 Dorechester. Free.

Farm day

July 22, 2017 (rain date July 23)

22 miles NE

Visit the Blueberry & Raspberry Festival at Connors Farm in Danvers for hayrides, farm animals, pedal carts, music, barbecue, and fruity desserts.

Participatory art

July 22 - 23, 2017

0.4 miles NW

Figment features creative art installations you can make and play with at Rose Kennedy Greenway. Free.

Sand sculpture

July 22 - 23, 2017

8.7 miles NW

Vote for your favorite giant sand art at Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival, which includes live music, food trucks, and street performers. Free.

Pop-culture convention

July 22 - 23, 2017

21.9 miles south

Boston SouthCoast Comic Con [formerly Summer Northeast Comic Con] includes gaming, guests, toys, and vendors in the event center at Hanover Mall. Repeats in Dec.

Salem festival

July 22 - 23, 2017

22 miles NE

Salem CultureFest features a diverse lineup of bands and entertainment, crafts booths, international foods, and a children’s area at Salem Willows Park. Free.

Gluten-free expo

July 22 - 23, 2017

44 miles west

Sample and buy products from 100 vendors and take classes at the Gluten Free & Allergen Friendly Expo in Worcester.

Discount tickets $5.25 at Goldstar.

County fair

July 22 - 23, 2017

69 miles south

Find farm animals, carnival games, live music, and fair food at Barnstable County Fair in East Falmouth.

French films

July 22 - 30, 2017

2.6 miles SW

See popular French films with subtitles at the Boston French Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Free Shakespeare

July 22 - Aug. 6, 2017 (except Mondays)

0.7 miles SW

Shakespeare on the Common is a free play by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company at Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common. The selection for 2017 is Romeo & Juliet.

Movies in the garden

July 22 - Aug. 26, 2017

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 each Saturday, moved to Tuesday if it rains. Free.
  • July 1 - Annie (1982)
  • July 8 - The Jungle Book (live-action version)
  • July 15 - The BFG
  • July 22 - Pete’s Dragon (live-action version)
  • July 29 - Finding Dory

Attractions

July 22 - Aug. 31, 2017

multiple locations

These discount ticket prices include all taxes and fees.

Free kids’ race

July 23, 2017

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.

Harbor cruise

July 23 - Aug. 19, 2017

0.5 miles SE

Take a 3-hour Boston Harbor Islands Cruise aboard the 1920s Northern Lights yacht for great views of Boston Harbor, departing from Rowes Wharf.

Discount tickets $26 at Goldstar.

Music at Hatch Shell

July 26 - Aug. 23, 2017 (7 p.m. Tuesdays)

1.2 miles west

Hear concerts by Boston Landmarks Orchestra, and watch a dance carnival on the last day at DCR Hatch Memorial Shell. Free.

Free music evenings

July 26 - Aug. 23, 2017

Boston area

Hear music in parks and playgrounds at ParkARTS Citywide Neighborhood Concerts, plus Thursday Latin music and a Wednesday concert series. Also see the Thursday Summer Concert Series. All free.

Free classical music

July 26 - Aug. 31, 2017

1.5 miles SW

Concerts in the Courtyard are free on Wednesdays and Fridays in the courtyard of the Central Library on Boylston Street (or in Rabb Hall if it rains).

Wine party

July 27, 2017 (5:30 to 8 p.m.)

1.2 miles SE

Drink samples of fruity sangria and pink wine at Sangria and Rosé Fest, with DJ music on the upper rotunda at Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center.

Discount tickets $38 at Goldstar.

Free films at Wellesley

July 27 - Aug. 10, 2017

18.2 miles west

Bring chairs or blankets to the Summer Film Series outside Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Free.
  • July 13 - Song of the Sea
  • July 27 - Ponyo
  • Aug. 10 - The Iron Giant

Lowell Folk Festival

July 28 - 30, 2017

25 miles NW

Billed as America’s largest free folk festival, Lowell Folk Festival has continuous folk, bluegrass, gospel, world, and dance music on five outdoor stages, plus ethnic foods, crafts, and kids’ activities. Donation.

Newport Folk Festival

July 28 - 30, 2017 (SOLD OUT)

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.

Dinner cruise

July 29, 2017 (8 p.m.)

1.6 miles SE

Enjoy a dinner buffet, a DJ dance, and hours of views aboard the Spirit of Boston departing from Seaport.

Discount tickets $81 at Goldstar.

Dance show

July 29, 2017 (7 p.m. to 1 a.m.)

12 miles south

Boston International Dance Showcase presents ballroom dancing and live music at the Lantana in Randolph for $80, including cocktails and dinner.

Puerto Rican festival

July 29 - 30, 2017 (and music Friday 5 p.m.)

0.1 miles west

Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts has Puerto Rican music, food, and vendors, carnival rides, and a parade on Sunday at noon at City Hall Square. Free.

Medieval battle in the park

July 30, 2017 (12:30 to 4 p.m.)

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 softball field for age 18+. Free.
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