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Boston events June 2019

Cambridge river festival

June 1, 2019
1.5 miles NW
Cambridge Arts River Festival features live jazz, folk, and roots music; dance, theater performances, and poetry; art making, workshops, and demonstrations; and vendors of arts, crafts, and international foods at the Charles River (along Cambridge Parkway and at Lechmere Canal Park). Free.

Wine at the zoo

June 1, 2019
(5 to 7:30 p.m.)
3.5 miles SW
Sample wines at Roars and Pours [formerly called Uncorked] as you stroll past animals in the Tropical Forest Pavilion at Franklin Park Zoo for age 21+.

Coolidge Corner festival

June 1, 2019
4.4 miles SW
See fine art from 85 artists at the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival. In the afternoon, hear live music, shop from local food trucks, and buy beer & wine on Babcock Street in Brookline. Free.

Greek festival in Arlington

June 1 - 2, 2019
(begins May 30)
7.8 miles NW
Arlington Greek Festival offers Greek food, beer, wine, music, dancing, and kids’ activities at St. Athanasius the Great Greek Orthodox Church in Arlington. Free.

Irish festival

June 1 - 2, 2019
20 miles south
Boston Irish Festival has live music, Irish dancing, food, crafts, authors, children’s activities, and historical reenactments at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton. Children under age 12 are free.

Beacon Hill Art Walk

June 2, 2019
1 mile west
See artwork in residential gardens and courtyards of Beacon Hill’s North Slope and hear live music (folk, classical, klezmer) at Beacon Hill Art Walk. Begin at 135 Charles Street, or at the corner of Cambridge Street & W. Cedar Street. Free.

Taste of the Nation

June 4, 2019
(7 p.m., VIP 6 p.m.)
1.9 miles SE
Enjoy gourmet food made by 60 top local chefs, wine, beer, cocktails, entertainment, and an auction at Boston’s Taste of the Nation at 1 Black Falcon Ave.

Ice cream festival

June 4 - 6, 2019
(12 to 8 p.m.)
0.1 miles west
A ticket to the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl gets you unlimited ice cream at City Hall Plaza, rain or shine. Adults have the option of buying a happy hour ticket that includes two adult drinks on Thursday evening.

Literature in bars

June 6, 2019
0.7 miles SW
Lit Crawl Boston features games, performances, and local authors reading their works in bars, cafes, bookstores, art galleries, and performance spaces in the Boston Literary District surrounding Boston Common.

Party on the Point

June 6, 2019
0.8 miles SE
Join young philanthropists aged 21 to 40 for drinks, heavy appetizers, BBQ, and dancing on the water of the Fort Point Channel at Party on the Point to support Boston Children’s Museum.

Greek festival in Woburn

June 6 - 9, 2019
11 miles NW
Enjoy Greek food, dessert, music, and dance at the Greek Festival at Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Woburn. Free.

Three Musketeers

June 6 - 30, 2019
10 miles north
A diverse cast performs The Three Musketeers, an action-packed, humor-filled, and romantic story about fighting to protect loved ones from the sinister exploits of Cardinal Richelieu, at Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham.

Ticket deal $20 to $23

Noir film festival

June 7 - 9, 2019
5.5 miles west
Noir City screens classic films that are stylish, cynical, and melodramatic at The Brattle Theatre.

Salem Arts Festival

June 7 - 9, 2019
20 miles NE
Salem Arts Festival is a family friendly celebration that includes an exhibition of juried artists’ work in Old Town Hall, performance indoors and outdoors, and a street fair. Free.

Beer festival

June 8, 2019
3.6 miles west
Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest showcases locally made beer, cider, mead, and food, as well as unfiltered cask beer at University Park in Cambridge. Delayed if it rains.

Wakefield festival

June 8, 2019
14 miles north
Festival by the Lake has arts, crafts, kids’ activities, live music, and food vendors lakeside in Wakefield. Free.

Strawberries and art

June 8, 2019
23 miles NE
Eat strawberry shortcake and browse works by 60 artists at the Strawberry Festival in Topsfield. Free.

Dragon boat festival

June 8 - 9, 2019
3.5 miles NW
Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival includes Chinese arts & crafts, dance, drumming, music, martial arts, Asian food, and dragon-boat races on the Charles River. Free.

German festival

June 8 - 9, 2019
25 miles SW
Celebrate BSV Sommerfest with live music, dancing, kids’ games, German food, beer, and wine in a covered pavilion at the German club in Walpole.

Historical music

June 9 - 16, 2019
Boston locations
Boston Early Music Festival features two fully staged operas, 18 concerts, a family event (Sat. 2 to 4 p.m.), lectures, and an exhibition of early instruments.

Concert in the Park

June 12, 2019
(5 p.m.)
0.3 miles south
The spring Concert in the Park features Boston Crusaders Drum & Bugle Corps, young performers, musician speakers, and an award for the mayor at Norman B. Leventhal Park. Free.

South Shore art festival

June 14 - 16, 2019
20 miles SE
South Shore Art Center Arts Festival features 85 juried exhibitors, live music, art demonstrations, and children’s art activities in Cohasset. Donation.

Beverly art festival

June 15, 2019
26 miles NE
Arts Fest Beverly is an outdoor festival featuring 150 juried artists and crafters, music and entertainment, kids’ activities and crafts, and a food court. Free.

Monster trucks

June 15, 2019
(7 p.m.)
27 miles SW
Big trucks with big wheels make big noise at the Monster Jam at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 16, 2019
New England locations
OpenTable lists restaurants that offer special brunch, lunch, and dinner menus on Father’s Day. Also see the recommendations at BostonChefs.

Father’s Day Sail

June 16, 2019
(1 & 4 p.m.)
0.4 miles SE
Take Dad for a two-hour Boston Harbor Sail aboard the historic Roseway sailboat, which departs from Rowes Wharf. Bring snacks; beverages are sold onboard. They list 4 p.m. on a separate page.

Father’s Day race

June 16, 2019
9.5 miles NW
Brendan’s Home Run is a timed 5K run/walk and a children’s race at Belmont High School.

Rhode Island bacon & beer

June 16, 2019
(2 to 5 p.m.)
53 miles SW
At the annual Bacon & Beer Fest, “28 local restaurants create their favorite bacon inspired dish carefully paired with a beer from 28 world class breweries” for you to enjoy while it lasts with games and live music at Cranston Print Works in Providence, RI for age 21+.

Young inventors fair

June 19 - 20, 2019
2.4 miles west
Watch young inventors from high schools and colleges present working prototypes of their inventions on Wednesday, and see an exhibition of those inventions on Thursday during EurekaFest at MIT. Free.

Tango dancing

June 19 - 23, 2019
3 miles NW
Boston Tango Festival includes dance classes, dances with live music, and a Saturday show in Somerville.

Film festival

June 19 - 29, 2019
2.6 miles SW
Roxbury International Film Festival focuses on “films by, for, and about people of color”, with feature films and five programs of short films at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Harvard festival

June 21, 2019
4 miles NW
Summer Solstice Celebration includes circus performers, farm animals, food trucks, hands-on activities, and free entry to four Harvard museums.

Caribbean food festival

June 21 - 22, 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.

Hanover festival

June 21 - 22, 2019
25 miles SE
Hanover Day has a craft fair, music, entertainment, historical demonstrations, food booths, 4-H animals, a 5K race, kids’ activities, a carnival, a 3-on-3 basketball tournament, and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Free.

Free music

June 22, 2019
(3 to 6 p.m.)
1.5 miles SW
Dance to live music in seven South End parks during Fête de la Musique. Picnics are welcome. Free.

Free music

June 22, 2019
3.6 miles NW
Make Music Harvard Square (part of international Fête De La Musique Festival) features musicians playing rock, pop, hip hop, and jazz in 10 venues. Free.

Taste of Allston

June 22, 2019
(12 to 3 p.m.)
6 miles west
Taste of Allston includes tastes from 20 restaurants, live music, and lawn games outdoors at Harvard Stadium.

Tasting at the zoo

June 22, 2019
(5:30 to 9 p.m.)
8.2 miles north
A Wild Affair includes food from restaurants and caterers, a drink ticket, live entertainment, auctions, and animal visits at Stone Zoo for age 21+.

Kids’ obstacle race

June 22, 2019
47 miles west
Kids 5 to 16 run through mud and over obstacles during the Kids Obstacle Challenge at Kalon Farm in Lancaster. Parents can race for free.

Rodeo

June 22 - 23, 2019
31 miles SW
North Star Pro Rodeo has a Saturday show at 6 p.m. and a Sunday show at 2 p.m. Gates open two hours before the show, with food vendors and kids’ activities at Marshfield Fairgrounds. Children younger than age 8 are free. Free parking.

Lamb tasting

June 23, 2019
(3 p.m., VIP 2 p.m.)
1.8 miles SE
Taste lamb and BBQ cooked by six local chefs, and sample beer, wine, and spirits at Boston Lamb Jam, with butcher demonstrations and live music at The Innovation and Design Building for age 21+.

Guitar festival

June 24 - 30, 2019
3 miles SW
Boston GuitarFest includes competitions, workshops, and concerts (a few are free) at the New England Conservatory.

Dance camp

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

Roller skating

June 2019
(undated)
0.2 miles west
Donna Summer Roller Disco Party honors the local music pioneer with family friendly skating to DJ music at City Hall Plaza. Free, including limited skates.

Fireworks

June 2019
(undated)
0.3 miles east
Watch Harbor Fireworks with live music in the inner harbor, which “can be seen from any shoreline from Charlestown to the Seaport and East Boston.” Free.

Pirate pub crawl

June 2019
(undated)
1.1 miles SE
Dress like a pirate for the Pirate Crawl, which includes visits to local bars and a 90-minute boat cruise.

Beer tasting

June 2019
(undated)
1.5 miles SW
Hosted by BeerAdvocate, Belgian Beer Fest features 100 Belgian styles and inspired offerings from 30 American and Belgian brewers, plus food for sale at the Cyclorama for age 21+.

Free classical music

June 2019
(undated)
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.

Bacon and beer

June 2019
(undated)
1.6 miles south
A ticket to Boston Bacon and Beer Festival includes beer samples and samples of bacon dishes made by restaurants at SoWa Power Station for age 21+.

Buy American

June 2019
(undated)
2.4 miles SE
Shop from 50 vendors selling American-made goods at the American Field market at The Innovation and Design Building in the Seaport neighborhood. Free.

Juneteenth

June 2019
(undated)
2.6 miles SW
Celebrate the emancipation of slaves with an evening of live art and performances at Juneteenth at the Museum of Fine Arts. Free.

Formal party in the rose garden

June 2019
(undated)
2.7 miles SW
Join the mayor at the Rose Garden Party for passed hors d’oeuvres, a buffet, live entertainment, a painting demonstration, a hat contest, and auctions (live and silent) at Kelleher Rose Garden in the Back Bay Fens.

Bicycle party

June 2019
(undated)
4.3 miles NW
Your $15 ticket to Bike Party & Benefit gets you a sandwich, beer or other drink, bike valet, and a raffle ticket at Redbones Barbecue in Somerville. May be postponed if it rains.

Free movies at Wellesley

June 2019
(undated)
18.2 miles west
Bring chairs or blankets to the Summer Film Series outside Davis Museum at Wellesley College. Free.

BBQ & beer fest

June 2019
(undated)
47 miles west
The Clustertruck BBQ & Brew Festival promises “the best of local pit masters paired with New England’s best craft brews” and two music acts at bucolic Kalon Farms in Lancaster.

Make metal art

June 2019
(undated)
51 miles SW
Buy a sand mold, scratch a design, and watch the Steel Yard pour molten iron to create metal art for your garden or home at Fire Camp, with local food, music, and studio tours in Providence, RI.

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