Summer in Boston is a great time to explore the city. Whether movies, music, or ziplining (yes, there’s urban ziplining) is your thing, Boston gives you plenty of reasons to stay in town.
Events & Activities
Be sure to get to the Hatch Shell early to grab a spot to see the Boston Pops and fireworks show, along with guests Melissa Etheridge, Andy Grammer, and Leslie Odom, Jr. If you want just the show and fewer crowds, the dress rehearsal on Monday is open to the public.
Dress rehearsal: July 3, 8 pm
Concert: July 4, 8 pm
Fireworks: July 4, 10:30 pm
Hatch Shell, Esplanade
Also broadcasted on radio and TV
This decades-long tradition celebrates Boston’s harbor with scavenger hunts, boat tours, historical reenactments, and demonstrations, such as 18th century printing.
June 30–July 4
Various locations (download PDF map)
This Somerville-based art festival takes over Davis Square with music on two stages, craft vendors, and performance artists. This year’s theme is “Voice”—in the literal and figurative sense.
Saturday, July 15
Davis Square, Somerville
Grab a [low-back] lawn chair, picnic, and your crew and enjoy the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s performance of Romeo and Juliet under the stars.
July 19–August 6
Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common
This is truly an international affair with contestants from across the globe creating large sculptures made of nothing more than sand and water. While you’re there, enjoy amusement rides, live music, and fireworks.
The 10th annual and zero waste Boston GreenFest aims to educate and empower people to create a more sustainable, healthier world featuring live music, dance, films, art, robots, an EcoKids Center and more.
Boston City Hall Plaza & Faneuil Hall
This free event brings a day of jazz to Boston and workshops leading up to the event.
Boston Maritime Park in the Seaport
If you love live music, Boston is a great place to catch it during the summer, night or day, and in unique locations like the courtyard of Boston Public Library’s main branch in Copley.
Over 400 free concerts throughout the city, including Boston’s Friday Afternoon Concert Series.
Island hop to hear all three on different islands!
Harborwalk Sounds at the ICA
(Get it? Let us turn up the beat?)
Thursdays in June and July; Wright-Locke Farm
From old black and white movies to animations, enjoy movies on the big screen under the stars throughout the city. Even the Mayor’s office is in on the act: the city offers free movies in neighborhood parks.
One Thursday/month, through September
Saturdays, July and August
Saturdays in July and August
Fridays, July through September
Thursdays, July and August
Various nights, through August