Boston events July 2019. Things to do in Boston.

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Boston events July 2019

Dance camp

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

Harbor festival

July 1 - 7, 2019
Central Boston
Harborfest 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 east
The 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.

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.

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
  • 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 miles
Independence 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 SW
Boston 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.

Chinatown festival

July 6, 2019 (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)
0.8 miles SW
See dancing, drumming, martial arts, and a lion dance; and shop from street vendors at Chinatown Main Street Festival at 2 Boylston Street. Free.

Lawn party

July 6 - 7, 2019 (12 to 10 p.m.)
1.8 miles SE
Signature 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.

Comedy festival

July 11 - 13, 2019
99 miles SE via ferry
Nantucket 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.

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.

Ice cream and music

July 13, 2019 (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.

Beer festival

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

Pizza festival

July 13 - 14, 2019
0.2 miles west
Boston Pizza Festival has pizza for sale by the slice, 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.

Polo party in Rhode Island

July 14, 2019 (3 to 8 p.m.)
67 miles south
Watch 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 SE
Take a 90-minute Sunset Cruise of Boston Harbor with skyline views, departing from 60 Rowes Wharf.

Ticket deal $10 to $13

Free music evenings

July 16 - Aug. 15, 2019
Boston area
Hear music outdoors in parks and playgrounds.
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

Comic murder mystery

July 17 - 27, 2019
1 mile SW
Awarded “best comedy” by the Boston Globe, Shear Madness is a whodunit with audience participation, set in a hair salon at Charles Playhouse.

Ticket deal $28 to $40

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.

Ticket deal $20 to $43

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.

Music at Hatch Shell

July 17 - Aug. 21, 2019 (Wednesdays)
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.

Free classical music

July 17 - Aug. 30, 2019
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. Schedule.

Gourmet food event

July 18, 2019 (6 to 10 p.m.)
0.1 miles west
A $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).

French films

July 18 - 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.

Evening cruise on Boston Harbor

July 18 - Aug. 15, 2019
0.5 miles SE
View 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.

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

Thursday evening cruise

July 18 - Aug. 30, 2019 (boarding 7 p.m.)
1.1 miles SE
Summer Party Cruise is a three-hour cruise with city views, DJ, live dance music, and a cash bar leaving Seaport for age 21+.

Ticket deal $10

Beer-tasting cruise on Thursday

July 18 - Sept. 12, 2019 (Thursdays 5:30 p.m.)
0.5 miles SE
Boston 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+.

Ticket deal $9

Sound of Music performed live

July 19, 2019 (7 p.m.)
15 miles west
Based 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.

Ticket deal $30 to $35

Funny magic

July 19 & 26, 2019 (7:30 p.m.)
1 mile SW
Four-Handed Illusions promises “intimate magic and comedy” by talented magicians Joel Acevedo & Steve Kradolfer at Hampshire House.

Ticket deal $65

Sherlock Holmes mystery

July 19 - 27, 2019
5.6 miles NW
Watch 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.

Ticket deal $7.50

Naked bike ride

July 20, 2019 (6 to 11 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.

Adult moon-landing party

July 20, 2019 (7 to 10 p.m.)
4.3 miles NW
Celebrate 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.

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.

Ticket deal $5.25

Brunch Cruise

July 20 - Aug. 11, 2019
0.5 miles SE
Take 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.

Ticket deal $45

Evening jazz cruise

July 20 - Aug. 31, 2019
0.5 miles SE
The 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 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.
  • July 13 - Mary Poppins Returns
  • July 20 - Incredibles 2
  • July 27 - Ralph Breaks the Internet

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.

Free harbor cruise

July 22 - Sept. 29, 2019
1.3 miles SE
Sign 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 west
Bring 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 NW
MIT 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 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 (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, located in Newport, RI.

Party at the zoo

July 27, 2019 (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 27, 2019 (7 p.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.

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.

Chocolate tour

July 27 - Aug. 24, 2019 (Saturday 12:30 p.m.)
2.1 miles SW
Take 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+.

Ticket deal $48

Psychic in Salem

July 27 - Sept. 21, 2019 (Saturdays)
20 miles north
Mentalist 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+.

Ticket deal $10

Triathlon

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.

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