Events in Boston

The Cultural Survival Bazaar

At Copley Square, the Cultural Survival Bazaar will feature Native American music, arts and crafts, storytelling, and ethnic cooking. The Cultural Survival Bazaar is a display of native people from around the world, where visitors can shop for unique hand-made items. Enjoy a family experience at the Diablo Glass School. The entire family can participate in making their own blown-glass souvenir pendant, plus can make keepsake castings of their children's feet.

Cashunt's Boston Mad Dash Scavenger Hunt Competition

Cashunt's Boston Mad Dash Scavenger Hunt Competition is held at Faneuil Hall. A top Boston event, Mad Dash is where groups of all ages participate in six fun challenges across town. The Boston Zumba Dance Carnivale is held at the Royale Theater Nightclub, a latin-inspired dance party with lessons that are fun and easy to do.

The Four Seasons Run of Hope

The Four Seasons Run of Hope is a family-oriented annual event held along the Charles River Esplanade. Held in June, the mayor will attend the Run of Hope, plus there is a fun run for children and raffle prizes will be awarded. Take a walking tour through The Dark Side of Boston, across old streets on the North End while investigating events from Boston's checkered past.

The Urban Dare Boston

The Urban Dare Boston is an amazing race where participants answer questions, complete tasks, and follow clues from one stage through the next. Urban Dare is a team race, which must stay together and take pictures to prove they were at places directed to by clues as they check in throughout the race.

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular

The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular celebrates Independence Day, with a concert performance by the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra at the DCR Hatch Memorial Shell in Beacon Hill. The Independence Day Tour of The Freedom Trail is sponsored by Boston By Foot. Held throughout the Fourth of July Parade, the Independence Day Tour covers the entire Freedom Trail from the State House to the USS Constitution.

The Spirit of Boston Father's Day Lunch Cruise

The Spirit of Boston Father's Day Lunch Cruise will feature lively DJ entertainment, plus a festive buffet to celebrate Father's Day on the water. At the Courageous Sailing Open House, visitors can enjoy a free sailing tour of Boston Harbor, plus enjoy a tasty barbecue and get a discount on sailing courses.

First Night Boston

Spend your New Year's Eve in downtown Boston at the First Night Boston event Dec. 31 from 1 p.m. to midnight. With the purchase of a First Night button (around $15-$20 or free for kids younger than 4), party-goers gain admission to museums, theaters, churches and performance centers as they host music, dance, visual arts and theater performances. Popular stops include the Family Festival at the Hynes Convention Center, which includes storytelling, puppets as well as a dinosaur display; the giant ice sculptures on Copley Square and the Boston Common; the Mardi-Gras-style Grand Procession through the streets of Boston; and the fireworks display.

Boston Marathon

The Boston Marathon is the oldest annual marathon in the world, founded in 1897. Its reputation as a challenging race over varied terrain is unequaled. It is no wonder that over 20,000 people choose to enter this event every year. It offers a world-class venue in which a runner can test his or her mettle, and earn the bragging rights to say that they completed this arduous, picturesque course in front of the enthusiastic crowds who line the roads cheering the participants through whatever weather takes place that year.

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Anyone who has never been to the St. Patrick's Day Parade in South Boston has never been to a St. Patrick's Day Parade period. Boston, known for its large population of Irish immigrants and their descendants, claims the historic achievement of being the first city in America to host a St. Patrick's Day Parade. Since that first parade in 1737, they have only gotten larger and grander. The parade in New York has since become the largest in America, but Boston's is thought to have the most spirit.

Patriots' Day Parade

Join the celebration for the commemoration of the Battles of Lexington and Concord. These were the first battles of the Revolutionalry War and were fought near Boston. Every year the City of Boston commemorates these battles by having it's own civic holiday: Patriots' Day. Complete with war re-enactments (beginning at 6am at Lexington Green and the Old North Bridge) and Paul Revere and William Dawes' famous warning rides through the town. The festivities culminate with the Patriots' Day Parade that begins at City Hall and travels to Kings Chapel on Tremont Street.