Boston events July 2018. Things to do in Boston.

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Boston events July 2018

Harbor festival

July 1, 2018
(begins June 29)
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.

Guitar festival

July 1, 2018
(begins June 25)
3 miles SW
Boston GuitarFest includes competitions, workshops, and (mostly free) concerts at the New England Conservatory.

Dance camp

July 1 - 5, 2018
(begins June 28)
25 miles NE
Get totally immersed in dance classes, dance parties, and dance shows at Beantown Camp in Beverly.
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Beer bash

July 3, 2018
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+.

Lexington carnival

July 3 - 7, 2018
15 miles NW
Enjoy patriotic music, carnival rides, food, games, and Thursday night fireworks at Fourth of July Carnival in Lexington.

Fireworks shows

July 4, 2018
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 - Marblehead (16 miles NW) - harbor 9:15 p.m.
  • July 4 - Newton (11 miles W) - Albemarle Field 9 p.m.
  • July 4 - Springfield (92 miles W) - Riverfront Park 9:30 p.m.
  • undated - Lowell (30 miles NW) - LeLacheur Park 9 p.m.
  • undated - Plymouth (41 miles SW) - waterfront 9 p.m.
  • undated - Salem (25 miles NE) - Derby Wharf 9:15 p.m.
  • undated - Wakefield (12 miles N) - Beacon Street 9:30 p.m.
  • undated - Waltham (12 miles W) - Leary Field 9:30 p.m.
  • undated - Winthrop (8 miles W) - Coughlin Park 9:15 p.m.

Boston Pops Fourth of July

July 4, 2018
(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 July 4 event includes fireworks, firing cannons, and ringing church bells to celebrate America’s birthday. Strict security. Free.

Chinatown festival

July 7, 2018
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 7 - 8, 2018
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.

Levitate Music & Arts Festival

July 7 - 8, 2018
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.

Comedy festival

July 11 - 14, 2018
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 12, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
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.

Free films at Wellesley

July 12 - Aug. 9, 2018
(begins June 28)
18.2 miles west
Bring chairs or blankets to the Summer Film Series outside Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Free.
  • June 28 - The Wizard of Oz
  • July 12 - Muppets
  • July 26 - Mary Poppins
  • Aug. 9 - Beauty and the Beast

French party

July 13, 2018
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.

French day - Cambridge

July 14, 2018
3.5 miles west
Bastille Day Celebration is an evening street festival with French food, a beer garden, music, and dancing to French techno music into the night on Holyoke Street.

Somerville arts festival

July 14, 2018
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 14, 2018
(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 14, 2018
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.

Ticket deal $8.75

River festival

July 14, 2018
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.

Kite festival

July 14 - 15, 2018
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 18 - Aug. 5, 2018
0.7 miles SW
Shakespeare on the Common is a free play by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company at Parkman Bandstand on Boston Common, featuring “Richard III.”

Music at Hatch Shell

July 18 - Aug. 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.

Naked bike ride

July 21, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
Location uncertain
The World Naked Bike Ride promotes “safe streets, oil independence, and body positivity.” You must sign into Facebook to see the official page. Free.

Latin festival

July 21 - 22, 2018
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.

County fair

July 23 - 29, 2018
69 miles south
Find farm animals, carnival games, live music, and fair food at Barnstable County Fair in East Falmouth.

Outdoor salsa party

July 27, 2018
5.5 miles NW
Sample tasty salsa, buy a mocktail, and dance to DJ salsa music with help from an instructor during Salsa Squared at Brattle Plaza in Cambridge.

Puerto Rican festival

July 27 - 29, 2018
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.

Lowell Folk Festival

July 27 - 29, 2018
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 27 - 29, 2018
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.

Party at the zoo

July 28, 2018
(6 to 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 28, 2018
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 28 - 29, 2018
0.4 miles NW
Figment features creative art installations you can make and play with at Rose Kennedy Greenway. Free.

Medieval battle in the park

July 2018
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.

Free kids’ race

July 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.

Free classical music

July 2018
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).

Movies in the garden

July 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.

French films

July 2018
2.6 miles SW
See popular French films with subtitles at the Boston French Film Festival at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Beer at the museum

July 2018
4.2 miles NW
A ticket to All the World Is Beer includes three beer tastings, light appetizers, and a talk about the history of beer at Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology in Cambridge for age 21+.

Farm day

July 2018
22 miles NE
Visit the Blueberry & Raspberry Festival at Connors Farm in Danvers for hayrides, farm animals, pedal carts, music, barbecue, and fruity desserts.