Exciting events fill the Boston Events Calendar for April, 2017 - the 121st Boston Marathon, Patriots' Day reenactments, Red Sox opening day, and more!
Large crowds will cheer the Boston Marathon runners as we express support for this important Patriots Day event and its meaning to our city. It's the perfect time to visit Boston.
Patriots' Day commemorates the start of the American Revolution with numerous reenactments, parades, and celebrations. Don't miss the chance to experience this local tradition in which local citizens honor those who paved the way for freedom from British rule almost 250 years ago.
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When: Monday, April 17 - start times range from 9:17am to 11:15am
Where: 26 mile, 385 yard course between Hopkinton and Boston
Stay: Boston marathon hotels
The Boston Marathon - one of the city's biggest events of the year, and also known as the "Patriots Day Race" - features about 36,000 elite runners from around the world competing in a route made difficult by rolling terrain and features such as "Heartbreak Hill."
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 Boston Marathon route.
If you attend the traditional Red Sox home game 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.
Patriot's Day Re-Enactments, Parades, and Events - 2017
Celebrated annually on the third Monday in April (a Massachusetts State holiday), Patriot's Day (April 17, 2017) 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 15 - Monday, April 17, with more events throughout April
Where: Boston's North End, Lexington, Concord, other locations
Cost: Almost all are free
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April 2017 Boston Red Sox Schedule - Home Games at Fenway
The Red Sox play their season opener at Fenway Park in early April each year.
Then, based on tradition, the Sox play a home game on Patriots Day 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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Fun Boston Sightseeing Tours
Schedules & Tickets:
The Illusionists - Boston Opera House - April 4-9
Rent - Shubert Theatre - April 11-23
Rogers & Hammerstein's The King and I - Boston Opera House - April 11-23
Titanic: The Musical - Cutler Majestic Theatre - April 20-22
Schedules & Tickets:
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Half-Price Tickets - Shows, Concerts, Cruises, Tours
Why pay full price? Check Goldstar's listings for half-price Boston tickets for April - it's an easy way to save!
- Jazz Cruise @ Boston Harbor - Goldstar $28; Full price $46
- Cupcake Crawl @ Cuppacoffee - Goldstar $28, Full price $55
- Spirit of Boston Sunset Cruise & Dinner Cruise @ Boston Harbor - Goldstar $59-$81, Full price $99-$135
- Huzzah! Tavern Nights @ Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum - Full price $45; Goldstar $34
- Charlotte's Web @ Wheelock Family Theatre - Goldstar $13-$16, regular price $26-$32
- Rodgers & Hammerstein's The King and I @ Boston Opera House - Goldstar $59, regular $104
- Boston Harbor Island Cruise - Full price $42; Goldstar $25
- Hard Cider Festival @ CruisePort Boston - Goldstar $29, regular $52
- Boston Brunch Cruise: Mimosas & More @ Boston Harbor - Goldstar $43, regular $71
- Boston Celtic Cruise with Irish Tunes @ Boston Harbor - Goldstar $28; Full price $46
- TOP JUNE EVENT SURE TO SELL OUT: Sunset Cruises Past Tall Ships @ Massachusetts Bay Lines- Goldstar price $19-$36, Full price $39-$50
- First Annual Boston Comedy Blowout @ Shubert Theatre - Goldstar $22-$30; Regular $37-$49
- Boston Chocolat Workshop @ Elephant & Castle Pub - Goldstar $38, Regular $75
- Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour @ Salem Historical Tours in Salem - Goldstar $6, full price $12 - Back Bay Chocolate Walking Tour @ Westin Copley Place Hotel - Goldstar $24, Full price $48
- Nick's Comedy Stop - Boston Theatre District - Goldstar $0 - $10, Full price $20
- Shear Madness at the Charles Playhouse - Goldstar $20 - $35, Full price $54
- The Donkey Show - Oberon, Cambridge - Goldstar $15, full price $35
Boston International Film Festival 2017
When: April 13-17
- AMC Loews Boston Common, 175 Tremont St, across from Boston Common
- Paramount Theatre, 559 Washington Street
- BPE Studio (Broadway Picture Entertainment), 9A Hamilton Place
Nearest T station: Green Line/Park
Tickets: $12 for most single sessions; Opening and Closing night galas and screenings $45; $75 all-session pass; $250 VIP pass (you get to meet the stars and directors; attend parties & films)
More information: BIFI Website
The Boston International Film Series brings together the best local and international independent and experimental films in this 5-day 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. It's fair to say there's literally something here for everyone.
Celtics Regular Season & NBA First Round at the Garden - 2017
The Celtics play their last regularly scheduled home games of the season at the Garden.
Will they head into the NBA Eastern Conference First Round this year?
Too soon to tell, but stay tuned - if they do, we'll post the schedule here.
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Bruins April 2017 Schedule - Last Home Games - Regular Season
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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Independent Film Festival Boston 2017
When: April 26 - May 3
Where: Primarily at the Somerville Theatre, Davis Square, Somerville
Nearest T station: Red Line/Davis
Tickets: Buy season passes (partially tax deductible) or individual tickets - see IFF's website for pricing.
More information: IFF Boston Website
The Independent Film Festival Boston spans 8 days, and promises to be bigger and better than ever, with familiar names plus many new ones. IFF Boston showcases independent film makers from around the world working outside of the Hollywood system, and the lineup offers plenty of interesting features, shorts, and documentaries. Lots of panels and parties let you can talk with the filmmakers and ask them questions. Boston film fanatics rate this festival as one of the best.
John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo - 2017
The huge (and free) John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo takes place in the Hynes Auditorium prior to the race during Marathon Weekend - April 14-16 - 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 in attendance can attest to that.
In addition to the popular Runners Seminar Series, you can visit exhibits by almost 200 of the running industry's top companies - and of course you can buy every bit of running gear you've ever dreamed of. Race participants can also pick up their bib number here.
More info: www.baa.org
Closest T station: Green Line B/Hynes
Interesting Boston Hotel Special Deals for April 2017
With flowers bursting into bloom throughout the city and tons of things to do, April is a great month to visit Boston. Especially if you're planning a visit for anytime other that Boston Marathon weekend, you'll find some excellent deals, special savings, and discounts for Boston hotels.
Check out these fun Boston hotel offers for April:
- Lenox Hotel - "One If by Land, Two If by 'See'" - Commemorate the American Revolution with the Lenox Hotel's exclusive 2-hour historian-guided town car tour of Boston's most famous historical sites - Paul Revere's house, Old North Church, Bunker Hill Monument, and more! Call 800-225-7676 for details. Compare regular rates
Sheraton Hotel Boston - Pay rates equal to your birth year for the second and third night when you stay 3 nights. (Born in 1972? Pay $72.) With a great Back Bay location and views, plus one of the best indoor pools in the city, you can't go wrong at this high-end hotel. Call 866-716-8134 to book, and mention promo code NBR. Compare regular rates
- InterContinental Hotel Boston - Luxurious waterfront InterContinental Boston happens to be next to the spot where Boston's revolutionaries dumped tea into the Harbor - and the special Boston Tea Party package includes admission to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum and the Old South Meeting House - plus other tea treats. Call the hotel for details: 1-866-344-8769. Compare regular rates
- Colonnade Hotel - Museum of Fine Arts Package - Indulge in a day of art at the MFA with 2 admission passes to MFA, plus enjoy complementary overnight parking and continental breakfast for 2 at the hotel's onsite restaurant, Brasserie Jo. Book online with Promo Code BOSMFA. Compare regular rates
Run of the Charles - 2017
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 participate each year.
When: Sunday, April 30
Time: Races start between 10:30 and 1pm, depending on the race length (6 to 26 miles). To watch from Boston or Cambridge, expect the most action between about noon and 4pm
Where: Charles River
Cost: Free for spectactors
More information: Run of the Charles
Easter Egg Hunt at Faneuil Market - 2017
On Saturday, April 8 at 11:30am, 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/
SoWa Open Market Opening Day - 2017
A sea of white, blue, and even a few red tents await you at SoWa, Boston's biggest outdoor art and indie market showcasing artists, artisans, and designers in Boston's South End.
Add in musicians, the Farmers Market (parking lot at 500 Harrison Ave), Food Truck Bazaar and Beer Garden (540 Harrison Ave parking lot), and Arts Market (parking lot at 460 Harrison Ave), and you have the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
Vendors are carefully chosen to avoid duplication - plus the mix of vendors is different every week, so you never know what you'll find.
More information: What to shop for at SoWa Open Markets
When: Every Saturday and Sunday from April 29 through October 29, 10am - 4pm,
Where: Harrison Ave, Boston's South End
Closest T station: Orange Line/Back Bay, or Silverline bus
Parking: Look for signs to free parking
Boston LGBT Film Festival at ICA Boston- 2017
ICA Boston hosts the 32nd annual LGBT Film Festival, showcasing an eclectic selection of LGBT cinema from around the world
The Swan Boats Return for 2017
When: Saturday, April 15; 10am-4pm April through June 20; 10am-5pm June 21 through Labor Day
Where: Boston's Public Garden
Cost: $3.50 adults; $2 children 2 - 15 years; under 2 years free
More information: Boston Swan Boats
In a sure sign that spring has arrived, the pedal-powered Swan Boats return to the Lagoon in Boston's Public Garden every April on the Saturday before Patriots Day.
Welcome spring and enjoy the pale green hints of spring foliage as your boat glides around the Lagoon for the blissful 15-minute ride. Soon, the real swans will return.
While you're in the Public Garden, walk over to see the famous Make Way for Ducklings statues.
Free Tours of Symphony Hall - 2017
Musicians and engineers consider Boston's Symphony Hall to be the most acoustically perfect concert space in the United States. It is also gorgeous. Join BSO volunteers on a fascinating behind-the-scenes tour of Symphony Hall and hear about Symphony Hall's architecture, as well as the history and traditions of the famed BSO's musicians and conductors.
When: Select Wednesdays at 4pm and some Saturdays (times vary) during Symphony Season (October - late April) - dates for April include April 1 (4:30) and 19 (4pm), but call the Volunteer Office at 617-638-9390 to confirm and to make reservations
Where: Symphony Hall, Massachusetts Avenue Lobby, Fenway
Cost: Free on a walk-up basis
More information: Boston Symphony Orchestra website
Japan Festival Boston - 2017
This year's Japan Festival takes place on Sunday, April 30, 2017, from 11am to 6pm on Boston Common.
The festival celebrates Japanese culture in Boston, and features entertainment on two stages, Japanese athletes and singers, cosplay, food vendors, a raffle, 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 Line/Park Street
Art in Bloom at Museum of Fine Arts - 2017
When: April 29-May 1, 10am-4:45pm
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.
In the 41st Art in Bloom celebration, MFA welcomes the arrival of spring in Boston with floral arrangements inspired by works of art throughout the museum. Look for special guided tours, children's activities, teas, and other festivities. Renowned designers present lectures, master classes, and demonstrations in the art of floral design.
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.
Taste of the North End - 2017
Taste of the North End on April 28, 7pm-11pm 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 Fiore, 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)
Nearest T: Orange and Green Lines/North Station
More info: http://totne.org