Exciting events fill the Boston Events Calendar for April, 2022 - Patriots' Day reenactments, the Boston Marathon, Red Sox opening day, and more!
Patriots' Day, which commemorates the start of the American Revolution with numerous reenactments, parades, and celebrations, includes a lot of fun events. This local tradition honors those who paved the way for freedom from British rule almost 250 years ago.
Red Sox opening day takes place in early April at Fenway Park. This is always one of the most popular games of the year, so if you want to enjoy this quintessential Boston experience, don't wait to check the schedule and get your tickets.
Check out all our top recommendations for fun Boston events and things to do in April - and start planning your visit now!
Top photo: Boston Marathon runners approaching Heartbreak Hill
The Boston Marathon 2022
The Boston Marathon - one of the city's biggest events of the year, and also known as the "Patriots Day Race" - features about 31,500 elite runners from around the world competing in a route made difficult by rolling terrain and features such as "Heartbreak Hill."
The Marathon takes place this year on Monday, April 18.
Although the winners complete the course in just over 2 hours, many participants are still running hours later. You can watch from anywhere along the route.
If you attend the traditional Boston Red Sox home game at Fenway Park scheduled for Marathon Day, you'll be part of the crowd streaming into Kenmore Square just as the runners arrive at the finish line on Boylston Street.
John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo
The huge (and free) John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo and Number Pick-Up is expected place in the Seaport World Trade Center (200 Seaport Ave) prior to the rescheduled race on Columbus Day Weekend - October 9-11 - and if you love running, you couldn't ask for a better reason to arrive a few days early before the race.
Runner's World magazine calls this event the "best runner's expo in the country" and the 100,000 enthusiasts typically in attendance can attest to that.
In addition to the popular Runners Seminar Series, you can usually visit exhibits by 200 of the running industry's top companies - and of course you can buy every piece of running gear on your bucket list. Stay tuned for any updates for this year!
Race participants pick up their bib number here as well.
More info: www.baa.org
Closest T station: Silver Line SL1/Seaport WTC; take the Red Line to South Station, and change to the SL1 bus on the Silver Line
On Marathon Weekend (April 16-18 this year), locally grown yellow daffodils line the 26 mile route of the Boston Marathon from Hopkinton to Copley Square as reminder of the 2013 tragedy and the city's strength and resilience. They're a glorious reminder that recovery follows loss - and a part of the beauty of Boston in April.
You can see them everywhere along the route, especially in Back Bay, as well as in dozens of other sites around the city such as the Esplanade (check out the field of daffodils between the Fairfield and Hereford Street Bridges), the Greenway, and the Public Garden (where tulips will compete for your attention).
If you attend a Red Sox game at Fenway Park during Boston Marathon Weekend, don't be surprised to see Boston's favorite team wearing yellow jerseys, shirts and hats.
April 2022 Boston Red Sox Schedule - Opening Day & Home Games at Fenway
The Red Sox typically play their home field season opener at Fenway Park in early April each year. But this year, their home opening game at Fenway happens in late March - see available seats and get your tickets.
That's not the only big April (in most years) event for the Red Sox. Based on tradition, the Red Sox play a home game on Patriots Day (April 18 this year) and the game ends just in time for fans to watch Boston Marathon runners rush past Fenway Park on their way to the finish line.
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Best Boston Harbor Cruises during April
Tour Boston by boat - the best way (and one of the safest) to see the city! Check out these fun sightseeing, music, and entertainment Boston Harbor cruises on the Yacht Northern Lights and Schooner Adirondack III:***y-boston-sailing-cruises.shtml***
Boston Concerts & Shows - April
Top April Concerts & Shows in Boston
- Freestyle Love Supreme - Emerson Colonial Theatre - April 1, 2
- One Night of Queen - Gary Millins - Wilbur Theatre - April 5
- Diana Krall - Emerson Colonial Theatre - April 11
- Lorde - Wang Theatre - April 12, 13
- Boston Symphony Orchestra: Alan Gilbert & Joshua Bell - Symphony Hall - April 14, 15, 16
- Jack White - Agganis Arena - April 17
- Passenger - House of Blues - April 21
- Dylan Scott - House of Blues - April 28
- Boston Symphony Orchestra: Andris Nelsons - All Strauss - Symphony Hall - April 29
Schedules & Tickets
Boston Theater & Shows for April
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Bruins April 2022 Schedule
Get your Boston Bruins tickets for April home games at TD Garden before the regular season wraps up.
The Garden's convenient location next to North Station and close to Faneuil Marketplace makes it super-easy to get to.
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Celtics Regular Season - 2022
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See all Celtics tickets: Check for great prices, great seats, and sometimes discounts
Where: TD Garden
Nearest public transportation: Green Line/Orange Line or Commuter Rail to North Station, next to the Garden
Where to stay: Hotels near TD Garden
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What to See in Boston's Museums & Aquarium - April 2022
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New England Aquarium
Harbor seals and seal lions, a giant 4-story ocean tank with hundreds of Caribbean reef animals, an Amazon rain forest, sharks, Myrtle the green sea turtle, and frisky penguins are just a few of the thousands of aquatic animals you'll experience here.
Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
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SoWa First Fridays 2022
On April 2 as well as on other SoWa First Fridays in Boston's art-filled South End, over 60 galleries south of Washington Street and at the Artist's Guild at 450 + 460 Harrison Ave, and nearby businesses and restaurants open their doors from 5pm to 9pm to give you a chance to experience the vibrant South End arts community.
Start at either 450 or 460 Harrison, and just follow the gallery lights and signs as you stroll around the neighborhood. Wrap up your evening at one of the South End's renowned restaurants.
Please note: Right now, capacity limitations apply to galleries, plus not all have reopened yet. If you are interested in a particular gallery or artist studio, please check with them directly to confirm their open status and hours.
Featured New Hotel for April: Hyatt Centric Faneuil Hall in Boston's Financial District
68 Deevonshire Street, Boston's Downtown Financial District
A superb Financial District location close to Faneuil Marketplace, top visitor sites such as the historic Freedom Trail, and the Waterfront, Hyatt Centric Faneuil Market is ideally situated for both business and leisure travelers. You're about 8-10 minutes on foot from TD Garden, plus several nearby T (subway) stations put the rest of the city within easy reach - and now that balmy April weather has arrived, you'll love how many attractions are within a quick walk from the Hyatt Centric.
The 163 guestrooms and suites offer free wifi, smart TVs, bluetooth speakers, robes and slippers, and all the other amenities you'd expect in a high-end hotel. Dine onsite at Bar Mercato and enjoy its small plates and relaxed ambiance, or eat at any of the other excellent choices nearby.
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Patriot's Day Re-Enactments, Parades, and Events
Celebrated annually on the third Monday in April (a Massachusetts State holiday), Patriot's Day (April 18, 2022) commemorates events and battles in Lexington, Lincoln, Concord, and present-day Arlington (once called Menotomy) that marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War.
When: Most Patriots Day events take place from Saturday, April 16 - Monday, April 18, with more events throughout April
Where: Boston's North End, Lexington, Concord, other locations
Cost: Almost all are free
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Cambridge Science Festival
Immerse yourself in virtual fun science adventures for 30 days in the kids-and-adults-friendly Cambridge Science Fest at multiple Boston and Cambridge locations.
A robot zoo, scavenger hunts, urban cycling workshops, bacterial "forests," virtual reality - these are just a few of the things you can explore.
Find the complete schedule and details for this free event on the Science Fest's website.
Run of the Charles
Run of the Charles, New England's largest canoe and kayak race, takes place on the last Sunday in April - perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon if you're a spectactor, or enjoy a day on the river if you're a paddler. About 1,500 racers and spectators participate each year.
Don't miss the River Festival beginning at 11:30 at the finish line with live music, a taco truck, raffles, a beer garden, and vendors!
When: Sunday, April 26
Time: Races start around 10am, depending on the race length (3 to 14 miles). Watch from Boston or Cambridge
Where: Charles River
Cost: Free for spectactors
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Art in Bloom at Museum of Fine Arts
When: April 30-May 3, 10am-5pm
Where: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston's Fenway neighborhood
Closest T station: Green Line/Museum
Cost: Tours and most special events are free with the cost of museum admission, while the teas and a few other events require tickets - check the MFA website for details.
This is what usually happens: Art in Bloom at MFA welcomes the arrival of spring in Boston with floral arrangements inspired by works of art throughout the museum, flower arranging demonstrations, outdoor walking tours, and informal dining among European paintings at the Art in Bloom Café.
And of course, the timing of MFA's event is perfect: outside the museum, magnolia and cherry trees have burst into bloom all over Boston. Celebrate this special time of the year by visiting Art in Bloom - and then walk around the city and enjoy all the flowers.
Boston LGBTQ+ Film Festival at ICA Boston
When: April 1 - 30
Where: Online at several venues this year
Cost: To be announced
More information: Wicked Queer website
Several online venues host the 37th annual LGBT Film Festival, showcasing an eclectic selection of LGBTQ+ cinema from around the world. Look for 17 short programs and 24 feature films.The Boston Marathon 2022 Boston Marathon runners not far from Heartbreak Hill The Boston Marathon - one of the city's biggest events of the year, and also known as the "Patriots Day Race" - features about 31,500 elite runners from around the world competing in a route made difficult by rolling terrain and features such as "Heartbreak Hill." The Marathon takes place this year on Monday, April 18. Although the winners complete the course in just over 2 hours, many participants are still running hours later. You can watch from anywhere along the route. If you attend the traditional Boston Red Sox home game at Fenway Park scheduled for Marathon Day, you'll be part of the crowd streaming into Kenmore Square just as the runners arrive at the finish line on Boylston Street. More about the Boston Marathon Hotels close to the Boston Marathon route Best places to watch along the Marathon route John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo The huge (and free) John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo and Number Pick-Up is expected place in the Seaport World Trade Center (200 Seaport Ave) prior to the rescheduled race on Columbus Day Weekend - October 9-11 - and if you love running, you couldn't ask for a better reason to arrive a few days early before the race. Runner's World magazine calls this event the "best runner's expo in the country" and the 100,000 enthusiasts typically in attendance can attest to that. In addition to the popular Runners Seminar Series, you can usually visit exhibits by 200 of the running industry's top companies - and of course you can buy every piece of running gear on your bucket list. Stay tuned for any updates for this year! Race participants pick up their bib number here as well. More info: www.baa.org Closest T station: Silver Line SL1/Seaport WTC; take the Red Line to South Station, and change to the SL1 bus on the Silver Line
Boston Common Carousel
When: Opening date TBD. Hours are Sunday - Thursday, 10am-6pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am-8pm
Where: Boston Common
Cost: $3 (adults can ride next to their child free of charge)
The colorful Boston Common carousel across from Beacon Street provides plenty of entertainment for the younger set from April through October.
Check out Boston's other carousel located on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Easter Egg Hunt at Faneuil Market
On Saturday, April 9 at 11:30am (to be confirmed), head over to Faneuil Hall Marketplace for a special 2-hour Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt. Pick up your basket and clue sheet in the Upper Rotunda in Quincy Market to figure out which businesses are hiding eggs, and then visit the businesses to receive one egg. This event is free - but you must register (preferably in advance so you don't have to wait in line) because supplies and places are limited: www.faneuilhallmarketplace.com/
Boston International Film Festival
The Boston International Film Festival brings together the best local and international independent and experimental films in this annual festival. "Eclectic" barely begins to described the wide-ranging scope of the films you'll see here - everything from documentaries to avant-garde surrealism.
Tickets are sold for "sessions," typically including a longer film bundled with several shorter films on a similar topic or theme.
- Regal Cinemas Fenway Stadium, 201 Brookline Ave; Green Line/D: Fenway
- Kendall Square Cinema, 355 Binney Street, Cambridge; Red Line: Kendall
- Cambridge College, 500 Rutherford Ave; Orange Line: Community College
- Bunker Hill Community College, 250 Rutherford Ave; Orange Line: Community College
- Old South Church, 645 Boylston Street; Green Line: Copley
Nearest T station: Green Line/Park
Tickets: $12 for most session with all-session and VIP passes also available
More information: BIFI Website
Japan Festival Boston - To be confirmed for 2022
The festival celebrates Japanese culture in Boston with performances on two stages, Japanese athletes and singers, cosplay contest, workshops, food vendors, raffles, silent auctions, and 100+ booths with food, arts, and crafts.
Look for the traditional Japanese portable shrines, including children's versions, brought to the site by volunteeers in the spirit of Japanese festivals.
This has grown into a huge event, with 60,000 attendees last year and probably more this year.
Nearest T station: Red & Green Lines: Park Street
Taste of the North End - To be confirmed for 2022
Taste of the North End on Friday, April 29, 7pm-11pm (to be confirmed) gives you a great chance to sample special dishes from over 45 North End restaurants, bakeries, and distributors in this annual tasting event.
This is also the North End's biggest fundraiser - proceeds benefit the North End Waterfront Health Center, as well as other neighborhood charities for children and seniors.
The list of participating restaurants is too long to name . . . but just to whet your appetite, look for treats from Carmelina's, Castle Island Brewing Co, Mamma Maria, Bricco, Taranta, Artu, Lucca, Massimino, Neptune Oyster, and Modern Pastry, as well as liquid refreshments from a number of neighborhood wine importers.
With panoramic waterfront views to enjoy from the Steriti Rink, this is sure to be a spectacular evening.
Where: Steriti Memorial Ice Rink, 561 Commercial Street, Boston's North End
Tickets: $99 (plus service fee) - purchase in advance for $79 before April 20
Nearest T: Orange and Green Lines/North Station
More info: https://www.northendboston.com
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