Boston is one of the best American cities for out-of-towners to visit. “The Hub” boasts a rich history that has been preciously preserved, as well as the modernity and livelihood of a bustling college town. Boston can be a chilly city, but its summer months are absolutely stunning, which is why now is the best time to visit.
The city’s rich colour and diversity bring foodies, appreciators of music, and craft beer aficionados together, often at the same events. Here are a few of the top events we recommend:
Indie music fans are everywhere, but they’re particularly fond of the New England region – and Boston is arguably the capital of New England. Boston brings together students and young people from more than 60 colleges in the area, so music festivals are taken seriously. The biannual Boston Calling event treats indie music fans to genres ranging from folk to psychedelic rock. Past performers include The Shins, The National, Andrew Bird, Of Monsters and Men, and Dirty Projectors. The festival usually takes place on weekends in May and September. It’s located at City Hall Plaza. Day tickets are about $75; weekend passes are around $130 each.
Boston Calling Dates: May 22 – 24
Salem Culture Fest
Salem, Massachusetts, which is just outside Boston, is mostly known for one thing – its history with witches. While the town still features many museums and relics that illuminate this dark piece of its past, it’s also a bustling centre of culture and art. You can experience this at its finest during the Salem Culture Fest, an outdoor festival taht features music, arts, crafts, performances and of course plenty of food. We highly recommend bringing the kids to this one!
Salem Culture Fest Dates: July 18th and 19th
American Craft Beer Fest
Craft beer has become a worldwide phenomenon. New brewers are popping up everywhere, promising beer with unique flavours and complexity. Those who prefer craft and independent brewers to those of mass market libations will enjoy the two-day American Craft Beer Fest. The event, which is held at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, typically hosts more than 120 American brewers. Past brewers have included Lawson’s Finest Liquids, Sixpoint, Allagash Brewing Co. and Jack’s Abby Brewing. Tickets to the event, which features food in addition to 550 craft beers, cost about $45 each.
Beer Fest Dates: May 29 – 30
Boston LGBT Film Festival / Boston Pride
Members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and questioning community, as well as their allies, will find that Boston is a friendly and welcoming city. Travellers seeking events that are supportive of or supported by this community will find many festivals in the Boston area. Out of everything happening in the city year round, Boston Pride is the top event for LGBTIQ community. The week-long festival, which promotes inclusivity, equality, respect and awareness in Boston features everything from dances to pageants to a roller skating party – and of course there’s a big parade.
Boston Pride Dates: June 5 – 14