Boston Events Summer 2017

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Boston Calling: Boston Calling has moved!!  The eclectic festival debuted in 2013 and has welcomed performances by more than 100 artists including Beck, Vampire Weekend, Jack Johnson, The Pixies, The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes and more! Starting in 2017 the event will occur in Allston at the Harvard Athletic Complex and feature and expanded lineup of comedy, dance and film.

2017 Dates: May 26-28

Boston Pride: Boston Pride happens in early June and creates change and
progress in society by embracing our community’s diverse history, culture, and identities, promoting community engagement and inclusivity, and striving for visibility and respect in unity. Boston Pride produces events and activities to achieve inclusivity, equality, respect, and awareness in Greater Boston and beyond. Annual events of Pride week include the Flag raising ceremony, Pride Parade, and Pride Festival. 2017 Dates: June 2-11.

Cambridge Arts River Festival: Six dynamic festival stages showcase local music, theater and dance. Community tables, poetry and storytelling tents, interactive areas (including a chalk art tribute to beloved icon Sidewalk Sam), roving performances, and the revival of Peoples Sculpture Racing combine to make the Cambridge Arts River Festival a vibrant celebration of the arts in Cambridge. 2017 Date: June 3.

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl: The Scooper Bowl is a three-day event in early June that dishes out 20 tons of the summer’s finest ice cream to more than 50,000 ice cream lovers from across the nation. Made possible by the generous contributions of the industry’s largest ice cream companies, the Scooper Bowl has raised more than $4.5 million in the past 32 years for cancer research and patient care at the world-renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
2017 Dates: June 6-8.
Dragon Boat Festival: 30-40 teams from the US and Canada compete over a 500-meter course in an energetic race to the finish line. The teams paddle in sleek, colorful 39-foot-Hong Kong-style dragon boats. Along with dragon boat races, the festival also presents performances from various Asian cultures, Asian food, and arts and crafts representing traditions of this ancient Chinese celebration. 2017 Dates: June 10-11.

North End Feasts and Festivals: Boston’s oldest neighborhood, the North
End, plays host to feasts and processions almost every weekend, starting in early June, throughout the summer months. Highlights include the Madonna Della Cava Feast, St. Anthony’s Feast, and the Fisherman’s Feast.

Summer in the City Entertainment Series at BHH: Spend summer
nights with live, waterfront entertainment and al fresco dining at the Boston
Harbor Hotel’s Summer in the City Entertainment Series. Offering over 50 nights of concerts and movies on the harbor, Bostonians and visitors alike can enjoy this quintessential summer experience on Rowes Wharf Sea Grille’s harborside terrace. 2017 Dates: June 8 – September 8.

Free Fun Fridays: Free Fun Fridays is sponsored by the Highland Street Foundation and offers visitors no cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts from late June through late August. 70 museums and cultural venues participate over 10 weeks of fun every summer! 2017 Dates: June 23-August 25.

Harborfest: Boston Harborfest is a Fourth of July Festival that showcases the
colonial and maritime heritage of the cradle of the American Revolution: The
Historic City of Boston. The festival strives to honor and remember the past,
celebrate the present, and educate the future with reenactments, concerts,
historical tours and much, much more. Over 200 Daily Events during the Festival are concentrated in Boston’s historic downtown and waterfront districts. June 30-July 4, 2017.

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular: The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular is a premier Independence Day celebration. Each year, since its inception, hundreds of thousands of people come from all over the country to the banks of the Charles River to celebrate America’s birthday with the Boston  Pops and a scintillating fireworks show! —

Taste of Cambridge: Each year foodies descend upon the Taste of Cambridge to sample the delicious, creative, healthy and award-winning cuisine that comprises our city – one of the most widely recognized restaurant destinations in the area. The Taste of Cambridge transforms University Park Common and Sidney Street into a lush haven for gastronomical and gustatory indulgences of the highest order. 2017  Date: July 11.
Boston Landmarks Orchestra Esplanade Concert Series: Made up of some of Boston’s most accomplished professional musicians, the Orchestra presents free concerts every Wednesday from July 12 through August 23 at the DCR’s Hatch Shell along the Esplanade adjacent to the Charles River. It also offers family concerts and educational programs at no cost in the neighborhoods of Greater Boston.


Shakespeare on the Common: In 2015 the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company put on its 20th year of free Shakespeare plays on historic Boston Common with a production of King Lear. Nightly performances (excluding
Mondays) occur over 2 weeks in late July and early August. Past performances have included great works such as Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo & Juliet, Othello, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. 2017 Dates for Romeo & Juliet: July 19-
August 6.
Revere Beach National Sand-Sculpting Festival: The Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival draws over 800,000 spectators. The event is hosted by the Revere Beach Partnership, a non-profit organization. The event is free and open to the public and draws crowds from all over New England. 2017 Dates: July 21-23.