The Boston Event Calendar for June 2018 kicks off summer in the city with plenty of fun activities, big events, U2 at TD Garden, exciting shows, and and local favorites that visitors don't always hear about - but no worries, you'll find them listed here.
Many Boston activities move outdoors during June.
The Dragon Boat Festival on the Charles River, Garden Tours in the South End, and weekend artisan markets give you plenty of reasons to enjoy our beautiful summer weather.
Take advantage of Boston's waterfront location by relaxing at the Charles River Festival or cruising the Harbor.
Official State Holiday observed in Boston: Bunker Hill Day, Saturday June 17, 2018. (In case you're wondering, Bunker Hill Day is not a public holiday in other part of Massachusetts or the rest of the US.)
Get tickets to a Red Sox home game and walk over to Fenway Park to join the fun!
And be sure to stop by Scooper Bowl, a huge all-you-can-eat ice cream event to raise money at City Hall Plaza for cancer research.
Schedules & Tickets:
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Cirque du Soleil's Luzia comes to Boston on June 28 for 5 weeks of dazzling performances at Suffolk Downs.
With its unique blend of acrobats and dancers, gorgeous costumes, original music played by a live band, and stunning choreography, Luzia transports you to a magical of light and water inspired by Mexican culture.
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U2 - TD Garden
Paul Simon - June 15 - TD Garden
Depeche Mode - TD Garden
Zac Brown Band - Fenway Park
Styx, Joan Jett, The Blackhearts & Tesla - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Steely Dan & The Doobie Brothers - Xfinity Center
Aretha Franklin - Wang Theatre
Foreigner & Whitesnake - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Harry Styles & Kacey Musgraves - TD Garden
Sam Smith - TD Garden
Joan Armagrading - City Winery
Schedules & Tickets:
June 2018 Boston Red Sox Schedule - Home Games at Fenway
Location: Fenway Park
Nearest T stations: Green Line B or C/Kenmore; Commuter Rail Worcester Line/Yawkey
Indulge your passion for baseball by going to see the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
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Summer Boston Harbor Cruises
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Dragon Boat Festival - 2018
- Races: June 9, 7am-2pm, and June 10, 7am-5pm (
- Cultural Festival with food and entertainment: June 10 only - 12 noon-5pm
Where: Charles River, with Festival (food and entertainment) on the Cambridge side of the river
Nearest T station: Red Line/Harvard Square
More Dragon Boat Festival information
The annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is the largest-running dragon boat race in North America with over 60 teams competing. Enjoy the spectacular dragon boats, with rowers ranging from novice to expert. Race seeding trials take place on Saturday, and the races occur on Sunday.
Don't miss the Cultural Festival on Sunday (Cambridge side of the Charles) featuring Asian arts, crafts, martial arts, and dance performances!
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Boston Pride Week Events & Schedule - 2018
Boston Pride Week, the city's 47th annual celebration of LGBTQ communities and the largest pride event in New England, takes place from June 3 through June 10 with multiple festivities, parties, and celebrations around the city. Highlights include:
- Pride Remembrance Memorial at the New England Holocaust Memorial - June 3, 6pm
- Pride Night at Fenway Park - June 7, 7:10pm (Red Sox ticket information)
- Boston Pride Festival at City Hall Plaza - June 9, 11am-6pm
- Boston Pride Parade from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza - June 9, 12 noon
More events information: www.bostonpride.org
Summer in the City - June Events - 2018
Boston Harbor Hotel's popular "Summer in the City" series lets you kick back and enjoy free music and movies overlooking the waterfront throughout the summer from June 7 until August 31.
Listen to music between 6pm - 10pm as musicians perform on the Blues Barge on Tuesday (Pop-Soul), Wednesday (Rat Pack), and Thursday (Blues Barge).
On Fridays, enjoy music (starts at 4:30) and Movies By Moonlight - your favorite classics projected on a large screen over the Harbor- starts at dusk.
Combine these events with a drink at the hotel's Rowes Wharf Sea Grill and dinner at Meritage for the perfect summer evening.
June 15 - When Harry Met Sally
June 22 - It Happened One Night
June 29 - Grease
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MegaCity: India's Culture of the Streets Exhibit at PEM
This fascinating exhibit at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem takes a look through art at the intersection between spiritual traditions and modernity in India's mega-cities.
When: Now through December 31, 2018
Where: Peabody Essex Museum, 161 Essex Street, Salem, MA
More information: 978-745-9500
Museum admission: Adults $20, seniors $18, Students with ID $12, Youth (16 and under) free - or get free adult admission when you have a Go Boston card
Stay: Enjoy a night in a Salem hotel and spend the next day exploring the Salem Witch Museum and House of the Seven Gables (also free admission with the Go Boston card)
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Battle of Bunker Hill Day Parade - 2018
When: Sunday, June 17, 12:30pm-2:30pm
Where: Bunker Hill Monument, Monument Square, Charlestown, MA (parade starts at the intersection of Vine, Bunker Hill Street, and Main Street, Charlestown)
Nearest Boston subway station: Orange Line/Community College
More information: 617-242-2724
Join the National Park Service at the Bunker Hill Monument on Boston's Freedom Trail to commemorate the anniversary of the famous battle against the British on nearby Breed's Hill on June 17, 1775, and enjoy the Bunker Hill Day Parade, a Boston tradition since 1786. Members of the Charlestown Militia dressed in Colonial attire play fifes and drums, and offer musket salutes as part of a wreath-laying ceremony at the monument.
The parade kicks off at the corner of Vine and Bunker Hill Streets, marches down Main Street, winds around Charlestown, and ends on Winthrop Street next to the Charlestown Militia training Field. Streets start to close to traffic soon after 9am.
Afterward the parade, explore the Bunker Hill Museum (free admission) across from the monument on Monument Street, or follow the red stripe of the Freedom Trail down to the Charlestown Navy Yard for a free tour on the USS Constitution.
The Battle of Bunker Hill took place during the Seige of Boston, which lasted from April 19, 1775 until March 17, 1776 when the British were finally routed and forced to flee the city.
June 17th is the official state holiday and is observed in Boston (although not in the rest of Massachusetts or elsewhere in the US). The parade takes place on the Sunday on or before June 17.
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Half-Price & Discount Tickets - Shows, Concerts, Sports, & Tours during June 2018
Why pay full price? Check Goldstar's listings for half-price & discount Boston tickets for June - it's an easy way to save!
New England Lighthouse Tour
These special 1-day New England Lighthouse and Coastal Tours on a luxury bus show you spectacular beaches, wetlands, harbors, and lighthouses along the North Shore, New Hampshire, and Maine.
Depending on when you go, you may also see the first displays of brilliant fall foliage along the New England coast.
You'll visit Hampton Beach and have plenty of time to photograph 19th century Nubble Light in York, Maine.
Don't miss this chance to see New England's glorious coast at its best!
- Find out more about the New England Coastal Tour - Now through October
- Find out about fall foliage sightseeing tours departing from Boston - Tours start in October
Free Friday Flicks Schedule at the Esplanade - 2018
Here's the perfect way to spend a Friday night in Boston in the summer: spread a blanket under the stars and watch a free movie at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade by the Charles River.
The June movie lineup includes:
- June 22 - Despicable Me 3
When: Fridays, from June to late August - movie starts at sundown (around 8:30 - 9pm in June and 8pm - 8:30pm in August), but co-sponsor WBZ NewsRadio hosts games, giveways, and free food samples starting at 6pm - so come early, stake out your spot on the grass, and relax.
Where: Hatch Shell, Boston's Esplanade
More information, including the movie schedule and weather cancellations: Call the Free Friday Flicks Hotline at 617-787-7200
Scooper Bowl Ice Cream Fest - 2018
Boston's favorite ice cream fest, Scooper Bowl, dishes out 10 or so tons of ice cream, gelato, frozen yogurt, and sorbet in this 3-day fundraiser at City Hall Plaza.
Scooper Bowl raises money for the Jimmy Fund to benefit cancer research at Dana-Farber. Not only do you get to eat all you want of the ice cream donated by the nation's top frozen dessert companies, but you can vote afterward for your favorite among the 30 or so different flavors on offer.
New this year: Scoop @ Night 21+ on Thursday night (5pm-8pm) for unlimited ice cream plus two adult beverage tickets.
When: June 5-7, 12 noon - 8pm
Where: City Hall Plaza, Boston
Nearest T station: Blue and Green Lines/Government Center
All-You-Can-Eat Tickets: $12 for ages 10 and up; $7 for ages 3-9; $35 for Scoop @ Night 21+
More information: Scooper Bowl
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Berklee Summer in the City: Free Summer Concerts in Boston - 2018
Outdoor concerts take place all over the city during the summer - and Berklee College of Music gives over 400 of them between June 7 and August 31. Music ranges from jazz to classical, Latin to funk, folk to world, and are free.
Here's a rundown of where and when to look for them:
Atlantic Wharf (South Boston Waterfront) - Thursdays @ 12 noon
Boston Public Library (Copley Square, Back Bay) - Wednesdays @ 6pm (not July 4 or 17)
Brewer Fountain Plaza (Boston Common) - Most weekdays @ 12 noon
Charlestown Navy Yard (1 Constitution Road) - Thursdays @ 6pm, June 28-August 2
Harvard Square near Club Passim (Cambridge) - Thursdays @ 5:30, June 21-Sept 6 (not July 12 or 26, or Aug 16)
Harvard Longwood Campus, Medical School Quad (Fenway's Longwood Area) - outdoors Wednesdays @ 12:30pm - July 11-Aug 29
Institute of Contemporary Art (South Boston Waterfront) - Thursdays @ 6pm - July 5-Aug 30 (not Aug 9 or 16)
Kendall Plaza (Cambridge, between Boston Marriott Cambridge Hotel and Kendall T station) - Thursdays @ 5pm (not Aug 14)
Kendall Square (300 Athenaeum Street, Cambridge) - Thursdays @ 12 noon
Prudential Center Courtyard (Back Bay) - Thursdays @ 5pm
More Free Summer Concerts in Boston - 2018
Concerts in the Courtyard: Boston Public Library in the McKim Courtyard (700 Boylston Street, Copley Square in Back Bay), Wednesdays 6-7pm and Fridays 12:30-1:30pm, June 1-August. Music ranges from jazz to classical, folk to world, and are free. Concerts move indoor to Rabb Hall in case of bad weather. More info: www.bpl.org/programs/concerts.htm
Boston Calling Weekly Block Parties: Live performances by a different group every week from 5-8pm on Thursdays at Dewey Square on the Rose Kennedy Greenway from May 10 through August 30. Cash bar for 21+ with beer and wine, plus food to purchase. Check out the weekly lineup on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/bostoncallingblockparties
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Fun Events & Activities on the Rose Kennedy Greenway
Fun Greenway events and things to do this summer:
Boston Calling Block Parties held at Dewey Square (between Pearl and Oliver Streets) across from the InterContinental Hotel on Thursday evenings, 5-8pm, May 10-August 30; different local band each week, plus a cash bar for 21+
Trillium Beer Garden in the Wharf District Parks (High Street and Atlantic Ave) featuring draft beers by Trillium Brewing Company and barrels of Westpoint Rivers Winery. Opens at 4pm weekdays and 11am weekends. 21+
Farmers Market in Dewey Square run by Boston Public Market offering fresh produce, meat, cheese, breads and pastries, ice cream, and more: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:30am - 6:30pm through November 21.
Greenway Food Trucks: Generally on weekdays (but not holidays) in Dewey Square and Rowes Wharf areas of the Greenway
Greenway Open Market on Saturdays through October, 11am-5pm in the Wharf District Parks
Carousel - Wharf District Parks (near Faneuil Marketplace), 11am-7pm
Public Art - You'll see revolving art installations thoughout the Greenway, and especially in the Fort Point Channel Park
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Fun Free Fridays in Boston in June 2018
Fun Free Fridays give you free admission to top Massachusetts cultural venues throughout the summer, thanks to the generosity of Highland Street Foundation. A different selection of destinations offer no-cost access each Friday from the end of June through the end of August.
Here is the schedule for Boston area destinations during June:
- Lyric Stage Company of Boston
- MIT Museum, Cambridge
More locations outside of Boston: Highland Street Foundation website
Free Events in Christopher Columbus Park - 2018
Enjoy free outdoor movies, croquet, and celebrations at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston's North End.
Here's the lineup for June:
Croquet - Wednesdays, June 6-Aug 29, 5:30-7:30pm - Play croquet on the West Lawn. Don't know how? A member of the sponsoring organization (Friends of Christopher Columbus Park) will be on hand to teach you
Lawn Games - Saturdays June 30-August 25, noon - 4pm - Corn hole, giant jenga, ladder golf, & more!
Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks - Children's parade, cartoon charachters, jugglers, magicians, face painting, and more kids activities from noon-4pm; Fireworks over Boston Harbor at 9pm (preceded by live music)
North End Feasts and Festivals - 2018
Boston's North End Italian Feasts and Festivals draw huge crowds to this historic neighborhood. You can smell the wonderful food, hear the music, and sense the excitement as you walk across the Greenway to Hanover Street, where many of the celebrations take place.
These parades and festivals take place almost every weekend throughout the summer.
North End Festivals scheduled for June (all are processions only - no feasts during June):
Santa Maria Di Anzano Procession - June 3 at 1pm - Starts at St Leonard's Church (Hanover and Prince Streets); procession only
St Anthony of Padua - June 13 - 5pm: Outdoor Mass at St Leonard Church's Peace Garden, Hanover and Prince Streets; 6pm: Candle-lit procession starts at St Leonard Church
Saint Padre Pio - June 24 at 2pm - Procession starts at St Leonard Church, Hanover and Prince Streets
Boston Harborfest - 2018
Harborfest is Boston's gala celebration of American Independence, July 4th, and the joy of summer in Boston. Revolutionary War reenactments, cruises, exhibits, walking tours, and more exciting events showcase Boston's colonial, Revolutionary War, and maritime history.
When: June 28-July 4
Where: Main events take place at Faneuil Marketplace and along the Freedom Trail, but with 200+ events, you'll also find plenty of other events happening along the Waterfront and other locations
Cost: Free to pricy - depends on the event! Some venues request donations.
Harborfest Concert & Fireworks on June 30th - 2018
When: Saturday, June 30 at 6pm-10pm
Where: Long Wharf, Boston Downtown Waterfront, and Christopher Columbus Park, North End (next to Long Wharf Marriott)
Come enjoy concerts and Harbor lights on the Downtown Waterfront as part of the gala Boston Harborfest celebration.
The Inner Harbor will glow with lights as sailors decorate their boats as part of this festive event. You can also watch the fireworks from the water aboard Northern Lights' Harborfest Fireworks cruise.
More information: Boston Harborfest Events & Schedule
Free Drop-In Summer Yoga on Boston Common - 2018
Dropping in on free summer yoga sessions at Frog Pond (next to the carousel) on Boston Common is part of what makes Boston fun in the summer. Instructors (an eclectic mix of writers, musicians, athletics, cyclists, runners, and more) welcome students of all levels.
When: Every Thursday, 6-7:15 - Starts June 14 and runs through Aug 30
Where: Frog Pond at Boston Common
Nearest T station: Green Line/Park
Bring: Your own mat, blocks, towels, and belt
Boston hotel where you'll find a yoga mat in your room: Nine Zero (and conveniently, it's just steps away from the Common)
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Frog Pond Spray Pool Opens on Boston Common - 2018
For 2 glorious months after school ends, Frog Pond turns into a spray pond and becomes the best place to cool off in the city ... if you're 12 or under. The Grand Opening Celebration features family-friendly entertainment, music, art, a gala ceremony, and of course, the chance to play in the 30-foot spray at the center of the pond. Lifeguards will be on duty this summer during all open hours.
When: June 29, 11am; remains open from 11am to 6pm every day through Labor Day, unless there's a thunderstorm
Where: Frog Pond at Boston Common
Nearest T station: Green Line/Park
More Boston Splash Pool Locations:
- Rose Kennedy Greenway - Rings Fountain, in the Wharf District section near Faneuil Marketplace and Christopher Columbus Park
- Christian Science Plaza - Boston's Fenway neighborhood, close to the Colonnade Hotel
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South End Garden Tour - 2018
The South End Garden Tour never gets boring because it features gardens in a different area of this large neighborhood every year. This year's tour starts at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library and centers on gardens in an area bounded by Dartmouth Street, Columbus Ave, Rutland Square, and Tremont Street, with numerous gardens open for this self-guided tour.
Back by popular demand, select South End artists will be in the tour gardens creating works of art - which you can buy at a reception immediately after the tour. Too good to miss!
Get ready to view some gorgeous gardens in this neighborhood known for its passion for gardening. Tour proceeds benefit the South End/Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust.
Be sure to save time for lunch or an early dinner at one of the many terrific chef-owned South End restaurants.
When: Saturday, June 16, 10am - 4pm, rain or shine
Where: Begins at Berkeley Community Garden (corner of Tremont & East Berkeley) in Boston's South End
Nearest T station: Orange Line/Back Bay
Cost: Tickets are $35 on day of the tour, or $30 online - find details at www.thetrustees.org
Famous Boston Chefs in Shorts - 2018
Here's the perfect way to spend a Friday night in June:
Chefs in Shorts, held outdoors on the Seaport Hotel's Upper Plaza, features grills, barbecue, and 40+ of the city's top chefs from Boston and Cambridge restaurants such as Bar Boulud, Chopps American Bar & Grill, Trade, Scampo Restaurant, Bastille Kitchen, Tip Tap Room, Ocean Prime, Il Molo, Kings Seaport, Tuscan Kitchen, and La Vallee's Bakery competing in a night of grill-offs, fun, and delicious food.
As a bonus, for about the same amount of money that you'd spend on a nice dinner in a Boston restaurant, you get to sample all of the chefs' delicious creations accompanied by wine or beer, vote for your favorite dish, AND support chefs of tomorrow: this fundraiser benefits Future Chefs, a Boston non-profit organization dedicated preparing local youth for opportunities in the culinary field. This event usually sells out far in advance - so don't wait to get your ticket!
When: June 22, 7pm-10pm
Where: Seaport Boston Hotel, 200 Seaport Blvd, South Boston Waterfront
Cost: $90, which includes tastings, wine, and beer
Tickets and more information: www.seaportboston.com/events/boston/chefs-in-shorts-1
Photo courtesy of Chefs in Shorts; Seaport Boston Hotel is in the background
10K Race through Back Bay - 2018
When: June 24, 8am
Where: Boston Common - Starts and finishes on Charles Street
Closest T station: Green Line/Arlington
Cost: $65 registration fee
More information: BAA Website
Whether you're training for the next Boston Marathon or just want to do a Sunday morning dash through Beacon Hill, Back Bay, and Fenway, the Boston Athletic Association's 10-kilometer race presents a perfect opportunity to test your skills and stamina during Boston's summer weather.
Limited to 10,000 runners, the race will follow a course that begins and ends from Boston Common at Charles Street, and winds through the Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods. No qualifying standard is required for this race.
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Roxbury International Film Festival - 2018
When: June 20-June 30
Where: Museum of Fine Arts
Cost: Tickets to most films are $11; VIP packages available
More information: MFA website (Programs/Films on the menu)
The Roxbury International Film Festival showcases films of "emerging and established filmmakers of color," with screenings, panel discussions, receptions, and workshops, plus additional events throughout the year. The IFF began in 1999 when the founders created a venue to celebrate films written, produced, and directed by filmmakers connected with Africa by birth, ancestry, or culture. It is now the largest film festival with this focus in New England. Expect an exciting (and large) collection of full-length features, documentaries, experimental films, shorts, and animations, a series of teen-produced films, and a special program of shorts for children under 10.
Check Boston movie theaters for other local films
Back Bay Fens & Rose Garden Tours - 2018
The Back Bay Fens - normally just called "The Fens," and part of Olmsted's Emerald Necklace of parks - has everything: wilderness areas, the Victory Gardens, ball fields, the Kelleher Rose Gardens, war memorials, the meandering Muddy River, and more.
You can get a close-up look of the Kelleher Rose Garden and the Historic Victory Garden during a free 1.5-hour walking tours given by Conservancy docents on Sunday, June 17 and Saturday, June 30 at 11am.
The tour starts at the Shattuck Visitor Center (125 The Fenway); no need to register but you can call 617-522-2700 before coming in case of any schedule changes or updates. More information including other tours throughout the summer: www.emeraldnecklace.org - click on "Tours & Events."
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Boston Early Music Festival - Not in 2018
The Boston Early Music Festival happens only every other year and 2018 is an OFF year.
The festival is HUGE, the largest early music festival in the world. While not the only reason why Boston takes center stage as the early music capital of the country, the Festival certainly cements its reputation.
This week-long celebration of 17th and 18th century music features a fully staged Baroque opera: André Campra's Le Carnaval de Venise - plus hundreds of other performances, master classes, lectures, demonstrations, workshops, children's programs, and even a sort of trade show of instruments. On many days, the concert schedule starts at nine in the morning and goes until midnight.
When: June 9-16, 2019 (dates to be confirmed for 2018)
Where: Multiple Boston locations - mostly Downtown, Back Bay, Fenway, and the Theatre District, plus a few in other locations; a major venue is the magnificent Jordan Hall at New England Conservatory
Tickets: Ticket costs vary from free to inexpensive to pricey, with packages available; check the event website for details about the many options
Where to stay:
- Courtyard Marriott Downtown Boston Hotel, location of the Exhibition, as well as many events and performances. More Theatre District hotels
- Hotels near Jordan Hall - Colonnade Hotel | Midtown Hotel | Sheraton Boston Hotel | Hilton Back Bay Hotel
- Boston Park Plaza and Towers Hotel, close to the Cutler Majestic and the Revere Hotel
- Taj Boston, convenient to the many concerts scheduled for Emmanuel Church, Old South Church, First Church Boston, and other historic churches in Boston's Back Bay.
- The Lenox Hotel, also convenient to Back Bay sites as well as New England Conservatory's Jordan Hall
Boston Harbor Islands - Free Ranger Tours Plus Much More!
Hop on a ferry at Boston's Long Wharf for a 15-minuted cruise to the Boston Harbor Islands, where free concerts, ranger tours, kayaking trials, clambakes, a Spectacle Island beer garden, Boston Light tours, and even Zumba take place on weekends and weekdays.
Or, enjoy a day of exploring historic sites, photographing birds, enjoying a picnic, hiking, swimming, wading in tidal pools, or simply enjoying the scenery.
When: Late June through Labor Day
Where: Georges Island, Spectacle Island, Peddocks Island
Getting there: Boston Harbor Island ferry information
Ferry cost - round trip to the Islands: $17 adults, $10 children (ages 3-11), $12 seniors 65+, children under 3 free, family (2 adults, 2 children) $43 - you can buy your tickets at Long Wharf ticket booth
Closest hotel to Long Wharf: Boston Marriott Long Wharf
Schedule information: Boston Harbor Islands website or by calling the Park Rangers at 617-223-8666.
Lawn on D - Concerts, Art, Games
Lawn on D, a playground for adults located behind the Convention Center in the South Boston Waterfront, is the site of beanbag and other games plus art installations throughout the summer, along with a rotating series of food trucks.
But even when no special events are underway, the Lawn gives you a perfect place to just chill under the summer sun.
Event schedule and information: Website
A visit to Lawn on D provides the perfect excuse to sample one of the many new restaurants in the Seaport and Fort Point areas of the South Boston Waterfront.
For Boston Harbor views while you dine, visit a Seaport restaurant.
To try the creative cuisine of some of Boston's most innovative chefs, head to a Fort Point restaurant.
Secret Gardens of Cambridge Tour - 2018
The Secret Gardens of Cambridge tour, sponsored by Friends of the Cambridge Public Library, takes place only during alternate years - and this is an ON year. The self-guided exploration typically covers 4 Cambridge neighborhoods and 24 gardens, including many that are new to the tour each year. You'll get tons of gardening ideas, and see a mix of public and private garden paradises.
Date: June 3, 10am-4pm
Where: Cambridge, MA (just across the river from Boston)
Nearest T station: Red Line/Harvard
Cost: Tickets are $25 on day of the tour; available at all Cambridge library branches and numerous Cambridge businesses, including Porter Square Books, Brattle Square Florist, Rodney's Books, Pemberton Farms, Big Picture Framing, Nomad, Clothware, and Bonny's Garden Center. Proceeds benefit the Cambridge Public Library - this is its biggest fundraiser!
Gardens for Charlestown & Summer Solstice Stroll - 2018
When: June 21, 6pm-10pm
Where: Boston's Charlestown neighborhood - stroll includes StoveFactory Gallery, Charlestown Working Theatre, and Gardens for Charlestown at the community garden at the corner of Main and Bunker Hill Streets
More information: www.gardensforcharlestown.com (click on Events)
Stroll the gas-lamp streets of historic Charlestown, first landing spot of the Puritans who settled in Boston in the 1630s, and enjoy art, music, snacks at various neighborhood sites as well as an herbal treasure hunt in the community gardens.
Charlestown Navy Yard "Swinging Summer Nights" Concerts - 2018
Head over to the Commandant's House Lawn in historic Charlestown Navy Yard at 6pm on Thursday nights from June 28 - August 2 for free concerts given by musicians from Berklee College of Music. Each week features a different tradition: Brazilian, Alt Rock, Latin, and more.
Bring a blanket or lawn chair and settle in for a relaxing concert under the stars. Food will be available to purchase nearby; no alcohol permitted.
Fun way to get there from the Downtown Boston Waterfront: Hop on the Inner Harbor Ferry (part of Boston's "T" system) at Long Wharf. But do note: the last ferry back departs shortly after 8pm, so if you miss it, be prepared to walk 10-15 minutes to get back to Boston - you can check the ferry schedule here: http://www.mbta.com
Charles River Festival - Cambridge - 2018
When: Saturday, June 2, 11am - 6pm
Where: Along the Charles River Waterfront on Cambridge Parkway in East Cambridge between Edwin H. Land Boulevard and the Lechmere Canal
Nearest T station: Red Line/Central Square - Please note: many streets near Central Square including Mass Ave will be closed, and performers and vendors will be using the already-scarce parking - so don't even think about driving to this event
Cost: Free - although you'll find plenty to buy from food and crafts vendors
The Charles River Festival is like a huge street party celebrating early summer in the city with outstanding music, the People's Sculpture Race (you push, pull, or pedal your sculpture along the 3/4 mile course), performances, and food. Enjoy the sunshine and lots of excellent folk, Latin, jazz, and world music performances and dance at 6 performance stages, plus poetry, theater, art exhibits, and family-oriented craft-making activities at this huge festival celebrating the arts. Over 100 food vendors and artisans sell their offerings (hint: do your holiday shopping now and you'll be all set in December).