Boston events, festivals, things to do – June 2018

June 2018
best events in Boston

Celebrity food festival

June 1, 2018

5.2 miles west

Guy Cooking with Best Buddies is a celebrity chef festival that includes food from 30 local chefs, wine, beer, entertainment, and celebrities (Guy Fieri of Food Network and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots) in the Murr Center at Harvard Stadium.

Salem Arts Festival

June 1 - 3, 2018

20 miles NE

Salem Arts Festival is a family friendly celebration of painting, photography, sculpture, dance, music, film, comedy, writing, theater, poetry, and cuisine. Free.

Cambridge river festival

June 2, 2018

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.
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Wine at the zoo

June 2, 2018

3.5 miles SW

Sample wines at Uncorked as you stroll past animals in the Tropical Forest Pavilion at Franklin Park Zoo.

Fine art & food trucks

June 2, 2018

4.4 miles SW

See fine art from 100 artists at the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival, and in the afternoon, hear live music and visit local food trucks plus the beer & wine garden along Babcock Street in Brookline. Free.

Greek festival in Arlington

June 2 - 3, 2018

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.

Beacon Hill Art Walk

June 3, 2018 (12 to 6 p.m.)

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 5, 2018

1.9 miles SE

Enjoy gourmet food made by 60 top local chefs, wine, beer, cocktails, entertainment, and an auction at Taste of the Nation at 1 Black Falcon Ave.

Ice cream festival

June 5 - 7, 2018

0.1 miles west

A ticket to the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl gets you unlimited ice cream at City Hall Plaza, rain or shine, in all of these flavors.

Wakefield festival

June 9, 2018

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 9, 2018

23 miles NE

Eat strawberry shortcake and browse works by 60 artists at the Strawberry Festival in Topsfield. Free.

German festival

June 9 - 10, 2018

25 miles SW

Celebrate German Sommerfest with live music, dancing, kids’ games, German food, beer, and wine in a covered pavilion at the German club in Walpole.

Concert in the Park

June 14, 2018

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.

Father’s Day restaurants

June 17, 2018

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 race

June 17, 2018

9.5 miles NW

Brendan’s Home Run is a timed 5K run/walk and a children’s race at Belmont High School.

Film festival

June 20 - 28, 2018

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.

Harvard festival

June 21, 2018

4 miles NW

Summer Solstice Celebration includes circus performers, music, dance, food trucks, hands-on activities, and free entry to four Harvard museums.

Caribbean food festival

June 22 - 23, 2018

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.

Free music

June 23, 2018

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.

Tasting at the zoo

June 23, 2018 (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+.

Farm festival

June 23, 2018

22 miles NE

Visit the Strawberry Festival at Connors Farm in Danvers for hayrides, farm animals, pedal carts, music, barbecue, and strawberry shortcake. Cost. Rain date is June 24, 2018.

Indie music festival

June 23, 2018

24 miles south

South Shore Indie Music Festival features 20 independent bands, food trucks, beer, and craft artists on the beautiful grounds of Fuller Craft Museum.

Make metal art

June 23, 2018 (3 to 8 p.m.)

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.


June 23 - 24, 2018

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. Free parking.

Guitar festival

June 25 - July 1, 2018

3 miles SW

Boston GuitarFest includes competitions, workshops, and (mostly free) concerts at the New England Conservatory.

Dance camp

June 28 - July 5, 2018

25 miles NE

Get totally immersed in dance classes, dance parties, and dance shows at Beantown Camp in Beverly.

Chinatown festival

June 30, 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.

Architectural open house

June 2018 (undated)

Greater Boston

Get a rare behind-the-scenes look at dozens of the city’s finest buildings during Common Boston. Free.

Harbor festival

June 2018 (undated)

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.

Roller skating

June 2018 (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.

Pirate pub crawl

June 2018 (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 festival

June 2018 (undated)

1.1 miles SE

Microbrew Invitational offers a curated selection of beer from breweries making less than 465,000 gallons per year, at Seaport World Trade Center for age 21+.

Beer tasting & comedy

June 2018 (undated)

1.3 miles SE

Taste beer from 10 brewers and watch an improvised comedy show at Laffenhaus at Laugh Boston for age 21+.

Old time picnic

June 2018 (undated)

1.3 miles SW

Wear historical clothing (before 1960) and bring lunch and a blanket to Boston Historical Costumers’ Picnic at The Esplanade, next to Hatch Memorial Shell. Free.

Craft fair

June 2018 (undated)

1.5 miles SW

Shop from 100 independent artisans and chefs indoors at the Renegade Craft Fair at the Cyclorama. Free.

Free classical music

June 2018 (undated)

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).

Music and beer party

June 2018 (undated)

1.7 miles SE

Tour de Fat is “a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians, and mind-blowing provocateurs” with Fat Tire beer and music by AwolNation at The Lawn on D. Children 12 and younger are free.


June 2018 (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 2018 (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.

Tango dancing

June 2018 (undated)

3 miles NW

Boston Tango Festival includes dance classes, dances with live music, and a Saturday show in Somerville.

Beer festival

June 2018 (undated)

3.5 miles NW

Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest showcases locally made beer, cider, mead, and food at the Armory in Somerville. Friday includes unfiltered cask beer.

Dragon boat festival

June 2018 (undated)

3.5 miles NW

Boston Dragon Boat Festival includes Chinese arts & crafts, dance, drumming, music, martial arts, food, and dragon-boat races on the Charles River. Free.

Bicycle party

June 2018 (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.

Early Halloween

June 2018 (undated)

4.4 miles NW

Wear a Halloween costume, drink beer, play games, and hear live music during Spring Halloween at Once Ballroom in Somerville for age 18+.

Taste of Allston

June 2018 (undated)

5.2 miles west

Taste of Allston includes tastes from 20 restaurants and live music in the Murr Center at Harvard University.

Arlington arts fair

June 2018 (undated)

7.6 miles NW

Arlington Alive is a block party with a stage of live music and dance, puppet shows, a family tent, art and craft booths, and food vendors. Free.

Quilt show

June 2018 (undated)

11 miles west

See 150 quilts that range from classic to cutting-edge at Quilters’ Connection Quilt Show, which has guided tours and demonstrations of quilting techniques at Bentley University in Waltham.

Irish festival

June 2018 (undated)

20 miles south

Boston Irish Festival has two stages of live music, Irish dancing, food, crafts, an authors’ tent, children’s activities, and a Sunday tug-of-war at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton.

Hanover festival

June 2018 (undated)

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.

Beverly art festival

June 2018 (undated)

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 2018 (undated)

27 miles SW

Big trucks with big wheels make big noise at the Monster Jam at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Get painted as you run

June 2018 (undated)

28 miles SW

Wear a white shirt, and then get bombarded by handfuls of colored cornstarch and foam as you run the 5K Color Run at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Chelsea Art Walk

June 2018 (undated)

3.4 miles NE

Enjoy art, music, theater, and exhibits in galleries, open studios, and alternative venues during Chelsea Art Walk. Free.

Greek festival in Woburn

June 2018 (undated)

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.

South Shore art festival

June 2018 (undated)

20 miles SE

South Shore Art Center Arts Festival features 80 juried exhibitors, live music, art demonstrations, and children’s art activities in Cohasset. Free.