ArtWeek offers hundreds of artist talks, creative experiences, performances, behind-the-scenes tours, and kids’ activities. Many are free.
May 2 - 5, 2019
Boston & Cambridge
Women in Comedy Festival (WICF) includes acclaimed stand-up comedians, improv & sketch groups, musical comedy groups, and solo artists and storytellers. It also offers a variety of comedy workshops and panels.
May 2 - 5, 2019
3.5 miles NW
Arts First celebrates student and faculty creativity with 150 music, theater, dance, film, and visual arts events at Harvard University, including 100 stage performances on Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. Free.
Hip festival & parade
May 4, 2019
(noon to 6 p.m.)
4.4 miles SW
Celebrate Spring’s return at Wake Up the Earth Festival, with an 11 a.m. people’s parade, six performances stages, craft booths, and food vendors at SW Corridor Park (between New Minton Street & Lawndale Terrace). Rain date is Sunday. Donation.
May 4 - 5, 2019
1.4 miles SW
Meet 100 artists in their studios and view gallery exhibits during the self-guided SoWa Art Walk. The SoWa Open Market also is open on Sunday. Free.
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 St. James Erebuni Armenian School in Watertown.
Kite and Bike Festival
May 18, 2019
6 miles SE
Buy a kite and borrow a free bike at the Kite and Bike Festival on Franklin Park Golf Course, or bring your own.
Short play festival
May 19, 2019
1.5 miles SW
See the best 50 plays shorter than 10 minutes, out of 400 entries by New England playwrights, at Boston Theater Marathon at Boston Center for the Arts.
Memorial Day Parade
May 19, 2019
3 miles NW
Watch marching bands, veterans’ groups, and beauty queens in the Memorial Day Parade that begins at Somerville City Hall and goes down Highland Avenue and then Holland Street. Free.
Boston Calling music festival
May 24 - 26, 2019
5.6 miles west
Family friendly Boston Calling has outdoor stages for big-name music acts in the Harvard Athletic Complex at 65 N. Harvard Street in Allston. Repeats in Sept.
Campfire music festival
May 24 - 27, 2019
3.6 miles NW
Hear new performers and watch songwriters interact and swap tunes as they sing in the round at the Campfire Festival at Club Passim. Repeats in Aug.
Greek festival in Arlington
May 30 - June 2, 2019
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.
Celebrity food festival
May 31, 2019
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 Guy Fieri from Food Network in the Murr Center at Harvard Stadium.
Questival is a 24-hour race that begins with a check-in party. Your team of 2 to 6 people completes the challenges assigned by a smartphone app to win prizes. Video.
The Return of the Swans from their winter home at Franklin Park Zoo to the lagoon in Boston Public Garden includes a parade with a brass band, a ceremony, and children’s activities. Free.
1.5 miles SE
Catch a shuttle from South Station to Harpoon Brewery to enjoy beer, great food, and live local music at HarpoonFest. Tickets at the door.
1.6 miles south
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 SoWa Power Station for age 21+.
Comedy for a cause
2.4 miles west
Boston celebrities and politicians ham it up in skits and songs about pop culture at Banned in Boston at House of Blues, preceded by cocktails at Lansdowne Pub. The pricey tickets support charity.
2.6 miles west
Vote for your favorite Boston standup comics in the semi-finals or finals of the month-long StandUp ThrowDown tournament at ImprovBoston.
3.6 miles SW
Join tech community professionals at BostInno de Mayo for margaritas, appetizers, and networking at Lansdowne Pub for age 21+. Your ticket includes food and one drink.
Bicycle film festival
7.6 miles NW
See 8 short films about bicycling worldwide, with a cookie buffet and live band at the Bike Travel Film Festival at Regent Theatre in Arlington.
17.2 miles SW
Wellesley Kitchen and Home Tour features a ticketed tour of six different houses in Wellesley, with gourmet bites and an opportunity to meet the interior designers and landscape architects for age 18+. No photos.
Run in the mud
38.6 miles NW
Run through the wet and muddy 5K obstacle course in Devens called Muckfest both for the fun of it and to support charity at Willard Athletic Complex in Devens.
Kids’ obstacle race
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.
Mother’s Day cruise
0.4 miles east
A Mother’s Day cruise includes a brunch or dinner buffet, views of Boston Harbor, and a flower for Mom.