Boston events July 2018. Things to do in Boston.

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Boston events July 2018

Harbor festival

July 1, 2018
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
3 miles SW
Boston GuitarFest includes competitions, workshops, and concerts (a few are free) at the New England Conservatory.

Marching music

July 1, 2018
(5:45 to 10:30 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.

Beer bash

July 3, 2018
(9 p.m.)
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 fireworks (July 5) at Fourth of July Carnival in Lexington.

Fireworks shows

July 4, 2018
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 9:15 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 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.

Free music evenings

July 5 - Aug. 22, 2018
Boston area
Hear 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 to 31 at 6 p.m.). Free.

Free classical music

July 6 - Aug. 31, 2018
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.

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
(12 to 8 p.m.)
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.

Movies in the garden

July 7 - Aug. 25, 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.
  • July 14 - Sing!
  • July 21 - Coco
  • July 28 - Wonder

Medieval battle in the park

July 8, 2018
(12 to 3 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 baseball field for age 18+ with ID. Free.

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.

French films

July 12 - 29, 2018
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 12 - Aug. 9, 2018
(7 p.m.)
18.2 miles west
Bring chairs or blankets to the Summer Film Series outside Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Free.

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.

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 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
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.

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.

Lego party for adults

July 18, 2018
(7 to 9 p.m.)
3.5 miles NW
Wizard & 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.

Free Shakespeare

July 18 - Aug. 5, 2018
0.7 miles SW
Watch plays 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
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.

Scientific food tasting

July 19, 2018
(7:30 to 10 p.m.)
4.3 miles NW
Hear 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.

Latin music festival

July 21, 2018
(7 to 9 p.m.)
0.2 miles west
Caliente Latin Music Festival promises Latin music, art, and dance at City Hall Plaza. Free.

Naked bike ride

July 21, 2018
(6 to 9 p.m.)
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.

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.


July 22, 2018
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.

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.

Free classical concert

July 27, 2018
(8 to 10 p.m.)
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.

Outdoor salsa party

July 27, 2018
(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 27 - 29, 2018
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 27 - 29, 2018
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 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, located in Newport, RI.

Taste of Allston

July 28, 2018
(12 to 3 p.m.)
5.9 miles west
Taste 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 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.

Music on the bay

July 29, 2018
(4 to 7 p.m.)
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.