Boston events June 2018. Things to do in Boston.

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Boston events June 2018

Free classical music

June 1, 2018
(more dates coming)
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).

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.
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Evening jazz cruise

June 1, 16, 29, 2018
(boarding 9:15 p.m.)
0.5 miles SE
Boston Jazz Cruise features music by Benjamin Young Quartet and 1.5 hours of Boston Harbor views aboard the vintage Northern Lights, leaving Rowes Wharf. Beverages and snacks are sold onboard.

Ticket deal $29

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.

Wine at the zoo

June 2, 2018
(5 to 7:30 p.m.)
3.5 miles SW
Sample wines at Uncorked as you stroll past animals in the Tropical Forest Pavilion at Franklin Park Zoo for age 21+.

Ticket deal $35

Coolidge Corner festival

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.

Food-truck festival

June 2, 2018
(noon, VIP 11 a.m.)
47 miles west
Shop from 25 popular food trucks at Worcester Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival at Worcester Common. Free admission for children age 12 and younger.

Irish festival

June 2 - 3, 2018
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.

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 Boston’s 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.

Greek festival in Woburn

June 7 - 10, 2018
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.

Boston band plays British rock

June 9, 2018
(8 p.m.)
7.6 miles NE
British Rock Xtravaganza features Ultrasonic Rock Orchestra playing hits by The Who, David Bowie, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, and Queen at Regent Theatre in Arlington.

Ticket deal $17 to $22

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.

Monster trucks

June 9, 2018
27 miles SW
Big trucks with big wheels make big noise at the Monster Jam at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Chelsea Art Walk

June 9 - 10, 2018
3.4 miles NE
Enjoy art, music, theater, and exhibits in galleries, open studios, and alternative venues during Chelsea Art Walk. Free.

Dragon boat festival

June 9 - 10, 2018
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.

German festival

June 9 - 10, 2018
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.

Bicycle party

June 11, 2018
(5 p.m.)
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.

Formal party in the rose garden

June 13, 2018
(5:30 to 8 p.m.)
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.

Concert in the Park

June 14, 2018
(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 15 - 17, 2018
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.

Gospel legends

June 15 - July 15, 2018
0.8 miles SW
Born for This: The Musical tells how BeBe Winans and his sister CeCe rose from Detroit to national fame, and features many of their songs at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre.

Ticket deal $16 to $80

Pirate pub crawl

June 16, 2018
1.1 miles SE
Dress like a pirate for the Pirate Crawl, which includes visits to local bars and a 90-minute boat cruise.

Songs of West Side Story

June 16, 2018
(8 p.m.)
2.1 miles SW
Hear soaring songs like “America” and “Maria” from the popular musical West Side Story, sung with the Boston Pops at Boston Symphony Hall.

Ticket deal $31 to $89

Beer festival

June 16, 2018
3.6 miles west
Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest showcases locally made beer, cider, mead, and food at University Park in Cambridge. Friday includes unfiltered cask beer.

Beverly art festival

June 16, 2018
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.

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 Sail

June 17, 2018
(2 and 5 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.

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.


June 20, 2018
(5 to 10 p.m.)
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.

Film festival

June 20 - 30, 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
(5 to 9 p.m.)
4 miles NW
Summer Solstice Celebration includes circus performers, music, dance, food trucks, hands-on activities, and free entry to four Harvard museums.

Roller skating

June 22, 2018
(6 to 10 p.m.)
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.

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.

Ticket deal $10 to $33

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.

Taste of Allston

June 23, 2018
(12 to 3 p.m.)
5.2 miles west
Taste of Allston includes tastes from 20 restaurants, live music, and lawn games outdoors at the Murr Center at Harvard University.

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.

Free films at Wellesley

June 28 - Aug. 9, 2018
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

Harbor festival

June 29 - July 1, 2018
(ceremony June 28)
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.

Old time picnic

June 2018
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.

Tango dancing

June 2018
3 miles NW
Boston Tango Festival includes dance classes, dances with live music, and a Saturday show in Somerville.

Early Halloween

June 2018
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+.

Arlington arts fair

June 2018
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.