Things to Do

Boston has a rich tradition of history, culture, and sports. From Fanueil Hall to Fenway Park and the Freedom Trail, Boston is a mix of old and new exciting attractions. There are world class museums, musical performances, major sporting events, and incredible shopping and dining experiences right outside your door.

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    Summer Events and Discounts

    Boston offers exciting summer options for residents and visitors of all ages. See a movie in your local park, learn tennis at a neighborhood community center, listen to a concert on City Hall Plaza, or learn to paint on the waterfront. Explore your city this summer!

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    Free and Almost Free Things to Do

    Boston has a variety of activities, museums, and outings that are easy on your wallet.

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    Shopping & Dining

    There are over 2000 businesses in Boston Main Street Districts ready to welcome you. You can shop for unique gifts and household items, browse bookstores and music shops, pamper yourself at salons and spas or dine at award winning restaurants.

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    Concerts, Festivals, & Parades

    The Mayor's Office of Arts, Tourism & Special Events organizes exciting happenings in the city throughout the year, including concerts, festivals, parades, feasts, walks & races and performing & visual arts.

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    Book Talks, Film Series, & Exhibits at the Library

    The Boston Public Library hosts more than 50 programs each week and more tha 150 exhibits a year. Find out more about events at the Boston Public Library and its neighborhood branches.

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    Park Events Throughout the City

    Boston's parks are alive with performances featuring cultural groups from throughout the city. From downtown Boston to neighborhood parks, audiences can enjoy everything from jazz to classical music and children's theater to big screen movies.

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    Shakespeare on the Common

    Each summer the Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents free performances of Shakespeare's work on Boston Common.

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    Boston Common Frog Pond

    In the summer, Boston Common's Frog Pond features a spray pool for children and in the winter a skating rink for all ages.

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  • Harbor Islands Ferry


    Enjoy Boston Harbor with walks, cruises, boating, tours, and art exhibitions.

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  • Boston Open Studios Coalition

    Visit the largest open studios event in the country. Talk to and buy directly from artists, see demonstrations, listen to music, and sample area restaurants in historic art communities throughout the city. All events are free and open to the public.

    Open Studios Schedule


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