The Boston Wine Festival is a Beantown wining and dining staple which has been running for over 20 years. Events begin in January and run through March of each year, and they have a tendency to sell out, so be sure to get your passes well in advance. January is a great month for beer enthusiasts as well, as the Boston Beer Summit hosts its Winter Jubilee beer tasting event each January at the Park Plaza Castle.
Wine lovers have yet another reason to celebrate each winter as the Boston Wine Expo, another 20+ year stalwart Boston tradition rolls around in February. For New Orleans-style action, Wolf’s Mardi Gras Ball, a long-standing Mardi Gras party centering around live music from some of the city’s best veteran musicians is the place to be in the Boston area for Mardi Gras. Not only is it great fun, but all proceeds go to providing quality healthcare to musicians without insurance at the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic.
Boston is known for its Irish-American culture, and there is likely no city in the US more famous for its St. Patrick’s Day festivities than Boston. The holiday as a whole makes for quite a large citywide celebration, making it an excellent time to be in Beantown. One of the bigger St. Patrick’s Day events you will likely want to attend is the famous St. Patrick’s Day Parade which takes place each year in South Boston.
Patriot’s Day is a holiday commemorating the first battles of the American Revolutionary war which is celebrated in Boston each year on the third Monday in April. This patriotic holiday always makes for a fun day of festivities, featuring an annual Patriot’s Day parade and flag-raising. The Boston Marathon is also run each year on Patriot’s Day, and the Red Sox play at Fenway Park on the holiday as a matter of tradition. Beer lovers should also be sure to check out the Boston Beer Summit, a craft beer tasting which has been running for over 20 years. The event is very popular and generally sells out, so be sure to get your tickets early.
The Radio 92.9 EarthFest is a long-standing, free annual music festival featuring major national acts which is held in Downtown Boston in support of environmentally conscious living each year. Past artists to play EarthFest include Collective Soul, The Gin Blossoms, The Lemonheads, and OK Go, and the event draws well over 100,000 people each year.
June in Boston means it’s time for the city’s LGBT community and friends to celebrate Boston Pride Week, featuring a variety of events including a parade, a pageant, and multiple block parties. Another popular June event is the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl, the largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival in the US.
There is no better place to celebrate Independence Day than Boston, and there’s no better place to be in the city over the holiday than the annual Boston HarborFest which runs from July 2nd to July 7th each year. The festival features over 200 events, among the most notable being the legendary ChowderFest competition in which patrons get to sample the best chowders Boston has to offer as competitors vie for the coveted honor of first prize.
The Newport Jazz Festival, taking place each August in Boston, has been one of the best if not the best of all jazz festivals in the US since 1954. The festival features the best-of-the-best names in jazz each year and is a veritable playground for the jazz enthusiast. The August Moon Festival, a traditional Chinese holiday held in Chinatown each year is another excellent summer event, and and a great opportunity to experience Boston’s Chinatown in full-swing.
Late September in Boston means it’s time for the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival, a must-see for the jazz lovers among us. September also brings the Boston Freedom Rally, one of the largest annual gatherings in the country supporting marijuana law reform, featuring live music, speakers, activism, food, and vendors. For the film buffs among us, the acclaimed Boston Film Festival is also held in September each year.
The Boston Vegetarian Food Festival, a long-standing area institution of nearly 20 years which takes place in late October is sure to delight veggie-loving vacationers in Boston. The free annual Boston Book Festival is another late October event you may want to attend if you are a lover of the written word.
When November rolls around, food enthusiasts in Boston rejoice, as that means its time for the annual Boston Magazine “Taste” event during which some of the top restaurants in Boston set up shop and show the city the best of what they have to offer.
The city of Boston does it up big for New Year’s Eve, so be sure to check out First Night Boston and get a handle on all the New Year’s Eve festivities if you plan on ringing in the new year in Beantown.