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What to do in Boston | Boston’s Best Annual Events | Boston Hotels

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Visiting Boston - Boston's Best Annual Events
Posted February 24th, 2013 By: Jana Free

It doesn’t matter when you Visit Boston, with this list of Boston’s Best Annual Events, you’ll may never wonder What to do in Boston again.

Wondering What to do in Boston? No matter when you Visit Boston, you’ll be able to find something fun and exciting to do. Sure, there are great historic Boston Landmarks to see and Attractions in Boston to explore, but there are some amazing Boston Fairs, Boston Festivals, and Boston Celebrations to take part in too, regardless of what time of year you Visit Boston.

The following is a list of Boston’s Best Annual Events, most of which take place just minutes from centrally-located Boston Hotels like the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration | Third Monday in January | Various Location in Boston
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday is celebrated all over the City of Boston, with tributes including musical performances, gospel concerts, museum displays, readings, speeches, and panel discussions.

Chinese New Year | Dates Depending on the Chinese Lunar Calendar | Chinatown, Boston, MA | 617-426-8855
Ring in the Chinese New Year with fellow Bostonians and Visitors to Boston, and enjoy a dragon parade as well as many exciting festival activities that range from dance performances, special food displays, and even fireworks. The date for the Chinese New Year celebrations fall between January 21st and February 19th.

Boston Wine Expo | January to Early April | Various Locations in Boston | 888-660-9463
Boston Events like the Boston Wine Expo are premier Events in New England that celebrate the region’s love of great food and drink. At the Boston Wine Expo, you’ll find activities that are new and exciting, like a Social Media Lounge and VIP tasting experience, and an expanded Mobile App that will be a unique part of the Expo experience. The Boston Wine Expo is the seventh largest wine exhibition in the country, and is a food and wine-lover’s paradise. Boston Wine Expo is a 2-day festival filled with wine, food, and culture from some of the best wine-producing regions on the planet.


African-American History Month | Throughout February | Various Locations in Boston
Programs for African-American History Month include special museum exhibits, concerts, films, children’s activities, discussions, lectures, readings, and tours of the Black Heritage trail, which are lead by National Park Service rangers.

New England Boat Show | Varying Dates in February | Various Locations in Boston | 617-954-2000
Progressive Insurance’s New England Boat Show is one of the most anticipated Events in Boston during the wintertime, and this particular show draws thousands of Boston Visitors and locals into more than 300,000 square feet of exhibitor space. No more wondering What to do in Boston when it’s chilly outside. The New England Boat Show has become the Northeast’s largest indoor boat show, as it provides the perfect opportunity to view all kinds of boats from the industry’s top dealers.


St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations | March 17th | Various Locations in Boston
The St. Patrick’s Day Boston Parade is South Boston’s one and only St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and it is a Boston Event that’s fun for the entire family. Sponsored by the Allied War Veteran’s Council, the Boston St. Patrick’s Day Parade is steeped in history, and is an exciting celebration of Boston Heritage. St. Patrick’s Day in Boston is non-stop fun from morning to night.

Wake up early at Boston Hotels like the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, and then make your way to the St. Patrick’s Day Boston Parade route, where you’ll get to listen to great music, see colorful floats drive by. After the parade, head to any one of the fantastic Irish pubs in Boston that will be celebrating St. Patrick’s Day like no where else in the county.


Red Sox Opening Day | Early to Mid April | Fenway Park | 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215 | 617-226-6666
Tickets to see the Red Sox anytime of year are often hard to score, and Opening Day tickets are even more in demand. Purchase your tickets as early as possible, and then reserve a Boston Guest Room at nearby Hotels in Boston like the Boston Park Plaza Hotel.

Swan Boats at the Public Garden | Saturday Before Patriot’s Day | Boston Public Garden | 51 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108 | 617-522-1966
The Swan Boats have been a symbol of Boston since their introduction to the city in 1877. Only in Boston for a short time, just like real swans, the Swan Boats are a welcome sign of spring and are an integral part of the Boston experience.

Boston Marathon | Third Monday in April | Hopkinton, MA to Boston | 617-236-1652
Watch international stars and amateurs run the oldest and most famous marathon in the country at the Boston Marathon. The Boston Marathon is a “must-see” on any list of Boston’s Best Annual Events, as cheering fans are welcome to view the spectacle and watch runners cross the finish line on Boylston Street.


Street Performer’s Festival | Late May | Faneuil Hall Marketplace | 1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, MA 02109 | 617-635-3105
Come to Faneuil Hall Square for the annual Street Performer’s Festival, which features musicians, jugglers, magicians, artists, sword swallowers and the likes.

Lilac Sunday | Mid May | Arnold Arboretum | 125 Arborway, Boston, MA 02130 | 617-524-1718
Once a year, on Lilac Sunday, Boston Visitors and residents are welcomed into the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plains to picnic from sunrise to sunset. Come and wander the grounds and enjoy the beautiful spring flowers, and revel in the fragrance of more than 400 varieties of lilacs that are in bloom.


Boston Pride Parade | Second Weekend in June | South End of Boston to the Government Center | 617-262-9405
The Boston Pride Parade is the largest gay pride parade in New England, and is the highlight of a week of Boston Events that celebrate diversity in Boston. The Boston Pride Parade starts in the South End and culminates at City Hall Plaza, where the Boston Pride Festival events take place.

Dragon Boat Festival | Second or Third Sunday in June | Charles River (Near Harvard Square), Boston | 617-592-7344
The Dragon Boat Festival in Boston is a sight to see, with teams of synchronized paddlers propelling boats with dragonheads and tails to the beat of a drum. They’ll race 1,640 feet, in hopes of winning and going to the National Championships. Spectators enjoy food, drinks, and culture on shore.


Boston Harborfest | Beginning of July | Various Locations in Boston | 617-227-1528
Each year, the City of Boston puts on a spectacular festival for July 4th, which usually last a week and celebrates the glory of Boston’s maritime history. Boston Events for Harborfest include concerts, children’s activities, fireworks, cruises, talks, guided tours, and the USS Constitution’s turnaround cruise.

Boston Pops Concert & Fireworks Display | July 4, 2013 | Hatch Shell (on the Esplanade) | 48 David G. Muger Way, Boston, MA 02108 | 617-626-1250
Spectators show up at dawn to find a good spot for firework viewing that same evening. Come early and spend the entire day picnicking on the lawn and enjoying the company of friends and family. If you do arrive late, good spots to view the fireworks include the Cambridge side of the river, near Kendall Square, and the Longfellow Bridge. The Boston Pops program includes the 1812 Overture, with real church bells and canon fire.


August Moon Festival | Mid August | Chinatown, Boston, MA | 617-350-6303
The August Moon Festival in Chinatown celebrates the harvest moon and the coming of fall. Come see dragon and lion dances, a parade through crowded streets, and martial arts and craft demonstrations. Don’t forget to pick up some tasty mooncakes.


Cambridge Carnival | Sunday After Labor Day | Kendall Square | Cambridge, MA 02142 | 617-863-0476
The Cambridge Carnival is a Caribbean-style celebration of diversity and unity, featuring ethnic food, live music, kids’ activities, and even a parade with festive, costumed performers.

Boston Film Festival | Mid September | Various Locations in Boston | 617-523-8388
Come to the Boston Film Festival to check out the latest independent films and attend premiers, lectures, and Q & A’s with actors. Most film screenings are open to the public.


Oktoberfest | Second Sunday in October | Harvard Square | JFK Street, Cambridge, MA | 617-491-3434
Oktoberfest in Boston is a huge street fair complete with street performers, musicians, food, and craft vendors. Boston Visitors, from families to singles to college students, look forward to Oktoberfest, which is sponsored by the Harvard Square Business Association.

Head of the Charles Regatta | Late October | Boston and Cambridge | 617-868-6200
More than 4,000 high school, college, and post-collegiate rowing teams and individuals race in the Head of the Charles Regatta, with tens of thousands of spectators watching along the banks of the Charles River. Get one of the best views in the house on the bridges that span the river.


Arrival of Boston’s Very Special Christmas Tree | Mid November | Boston Commons Visitor’s Information Center | 139 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111 | 617-536-4100
The Christmas tree set up in Boston Commons is the very first tree to arrive each year in Boston, and is the same tree that will be the center of attention in the Boston Commons Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony that follows shortly after. This special tree is an annual gift from the people of Nova Scotia, and you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the tree in all its glory as it’s hoisted into its official position in Boston Commons for the Holidays.

Holiday Tree Lighting at Boston’s Faneuil Hall | Mid November | Faneuil Hall Marketplace | 4 South Market Building, Boston, MA 02109 | 617-523-1300
The Holiday Tree Lighting at Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace takes place earlier than any other Tree Lightings in Boston. Get there at about 5pm, to enjoy Boston Holiday Festivities and Entertainment, and get a head start on Holiday Shopping in Boston.


Sparklefest in Harvard Square | Throughout December | Harvard Square | 18 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 | 617-491-3434
Get ready for holiday cheer Cambridge style at Sparklefest in Harvard Square, a kick-off Holiday Event in Boston that includes 5 weeks of unique family Events in Boston and fun attractions. Come and enjoy dancing reindeer, Boston Holiday Shopping, great Boston Dining, Ice-skating in Boston, theater, rides, Boston Holiday Fairs, and more in Harvard Square.

First Night Boston | December 31st | Boston Commons Visitor’s Information Center | 147 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02111 | 617-536-4100
On New Years Eve, Boston comes to life with a series of arts on display and live music performances scattered around the City of Boston. The Countdown to 2013 begins at 1pm in the afternoon, with an afternoon of Boston Activities for the Holiday that take place at various retailers and locations around the city. Organized as a way to build community and diversity through the arts, and to provide opportunities for children and Teens in Boston to celebrate their city safely, First Night Boston showcases more than 1,000 artists, 200 performances, and 35 indoor/ outdoor venues throughout Greater Boston. More than 1 million people view First Night Boston’s Grand Procession down Boylston Street. Keep your eyes out for the spectacular Ice Sculptures in Boston that magically appear around town.

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