12 Jul Must-Try Events for the Second Half of Summer – Boston Edition
Summer is in full swing, with plenty to do, see, taste and enjoy in and around Boston! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite “must-try” events – many of which are free! – to help you squeeze every ounce of fun from this sizzlin’ summer! Click on the event title for complete details.
Boston Calling Block Parties | Thursdays through Aug. 30 | 5-8pm | Dewey Square Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway | Boston, MA
Enjoy beer and wine, games, music, and more every Thursday. The fun starts at 5pm – totally free, all summer long! Must be 21+ to attend.
The Greenway Carousel | Daily through Sept. 30 | 11am-6pm | Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservatory | Boston, MA
Take a spin on this one-of-a-kind carousel featuring animals native to Boston: lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, and harbor seal, among others. This carousel was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive, and sensory disabilities.
JAZZ in the Park | Tuesday Evenings in July | 6-7:30 pm | The Greenway (Hanover Street & Cross Street) | North End – Boston
NEMPAC’s free summer concert series continues with performances by the Marco Pignataro Jazz Quartet (July 17th); Receita De Samba (July 24th) and Dirty Water Brass Band (July 31st). Rain location: the Boston Public Market.
Free Summer Yoga at Frog Pond | Thursdays through Aug. 30 | 6-7:15pm | Beacon Street, Boston Common | Boston, MA
A vibrant group of instructors lead a vinyasa flow class for over 200 students of all levels. Challenge yourself, release stress, expand energy, and tap into the beauty of trees, grass, and water found at Boston’s most historic park. Sessions are held on the lawn adjacent to the Frog Pond Carousel. Bring your yoga mat!
Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival | Fri., July 20-Sun., July 22 | 10am-8pm | Revere Beach, 300 Ocean Avenue | Revere, MA
Sculptors from all over the world come to compete for one of the largest grand prizes in the world and work to create masterpieces on the beach with nothing but sand and water. Live entertainment, amusement rides, fireworks and a food truck festival make this a great event for the whole family!
Free Shakespeare on the Common | Through Aug. 5 | Tues.-Sat., 8pm; Sun., 7pm | Parkman Bandstand (Tremont & Winter Street) | Boston
Commonwealth Shakespeare Company presents Richard III which chronicles the ruthless ascension of a king and the devastation he leaves in his wake as he gains power over the realm. Faran Tahir stars in the title role.
Quincy August Moon Festival | Sun., Aug. 19 | 12-5pm | Coddington Street, Quincy Center | Quincy, MA
The Quincy August Moon Festival is a momentous holiday that celebrates the harvest and the moon as symbols of prosperity, happiness and unity in Asian culture. Enjoy traditional and contemporary performances, a taste of Asia and street fare from local restaurants and vendors, and amusements for all ages. Named Best Street Festival (Best of Boston 2018) by Boston Magazine.
Magic 106.7 Family Film Festival | Saturdays through Aug. 25 | Sundown | Prudential Center’s South Garden | Back Bay – Boston
Pack up the kids, grab a picnic blanket and head to the Prudential Center to enjoy one of these family favorites under the stars: SING! (July 14); Coco (July 21); Wonder (July 28); The Incredibles (Aug. 4); Mulan (Aug. 11); Tarzan (Aug. 18); and, A Wrinkle in Time (Aug. 25).
Saint Anthony’s Feast | Thurs., Aug. 23-Sun., Aug. 26 | Endicott, Thacher & North Margin Streets | North End – Boston
Celebrating its 99th year, this Italian street festival offers something for everyone: parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, and the best Italian street foods.
Cambridge Carnival | Sun., Sept. 9 (Rain or Shine) | 12:30 pm | River Street and Blackstone Street near the Charles River | Cambridge, MA
This colorful and festive celebration rooted in African traditions features live music, a grand costume parade, ethnic foods and crafts from around the world.