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Boston Festivals and Events

Stay close to the heart of the action with all of the Boston festivals and events that take place throughout the year near Sheraton Boston Hotel.


  • Chinese New Year - February 10, 2013 - The most important and celebrated Chinese holiday, Chinese New Year is celebrated with family and food, music, costumes and festive decorations. The ceremonies are all believed to bring prosperity to the family throughout the upcoming year. Celebrate in Chinatown Boston with the annual parade and colorful decorations.
  • Boston Wine Expo - February 16-17, 2013 - As the nation's largest trade and consumer wine expo, the New England area brings together 450 wineries from around the world to showcase the best from their vineyards. Celebrity chefs are also in attendance specializing in coupling the best wine for each meal.


  • Seafood Show - March 10-12, 2013 - Each year over 800 exhibitors and over 16,000 buyers and sellers from more than 90 countries come together for North America's largest seafood trade exhibition.
  • St. Patrick's Day - Mar 17, 2013 - Get your green out! With a large Irish population, the city surely celebrates the holiday in style. The most famous Boston St. Patrick's day parade began in 1901 and runs from the Broadway "T" station to Andrew Square, through the traditionally heavily populated South Boston neighborhood.
  • Restaurant Week Spring - March 17-22 & 24-29, 2013 - This two-week long restaurant dining extravaganza offers foodies the opportunity to sample some of the city's best restaurants at phenomenal discounts. Participating restaurants offer both two-course lunches and three-course dinners.


  • Boston Marathon - April 15, 2013 - As the world's oldest annual marathon, this event attracts the world's best athletes for the challenging 26.22 miles. Approximately 20,000 registered runners participate each year, drawing 500,000 spectators from Hopkinton (starting location) to Copley Square (finish line).
  • International Film Festival Boston - April 24 - 30, 2013 - This annual Boston event began in 2002 and has since come to attract some of the industry's best new directors and actors. The Boston film festival is held at various theaters throughout the city including the historic Coolidge Corner Theatre and the Somerville Theatre. Fans are encouraged to speak with the directors and actors at post-screening receptions.
  • Jazz Week Boston - April 26 - May 5, 2013 - Each spring, Boston, Cambridge and Somerville come live with music heard throughout the city. At more than 80 venues, more than 230 events take place over a 10-day span. Popular past events have included Jazz Week in the [Art] Galleries, Chefs Jam for Jazz Week, "Free Friday" and Jazz Week @ The Library.
  • Boston Baseball Season Opener/Fenway Park Opening Day - April - September 2013 - As the snow has melted away and the temperatures begin to rise, Boston's favorite baseball team again takes to the field with a dramatic pre-game ceremony each April. Cheer on the team from "America's Most-Beloved Ballpark", accessible via the Green Line "T" service to Kenmore Station).


  • Bay State Bike Week - May 11-19, 2013 - Ditch your car and celebrate life on two-wheels at this annual state-wide event. Festivities include bike-to-work, bike-to-breakfast and other fun-filled activities for the novice to advanced biker.
  • Faneuil Hall Street Performers Festival - May 25-27, 2013 - Every Memorial Day weekend, Faneuil Hall comes alive with a with a street performers extravaganza. Over the three days of entertainment and interactive activities, enjoy performances by jugglers, magicians, puppeteers, mimes, musicians and over 50 other entertainers.
  • Boston Pops Summer Season - May 2013 - July 4, 2013 - Experience the best musicians in the world at Boston's Symphony Hall. The annual summer season kicks off in mid-May and runs through the July 4 grand showcase along the Charles River. The July 4 event coincides with a firework spectacular and the music is broadcasted up and down the Charles River Esplanade for guests to enjoy.


  • Cambridge River Festival - June 2, 2013 - This one-day annual event attracts 200,000 people to the banks of the Charles River between Central Square and Harvard Square. This Cambridge festival begins with a unique procession from Harvard Square, with jazz, folk, Latin and other world music performances, dance performances, art demonstrations and family-activities and fantastic food choices.
  • Boston Pride - May 31 - June 9, 2013 - Celebrate your pride during Boston Pride week. The week-long party includes events at Faneuil Hall, local bars and clubs and is all capped off with the spectacular parade that ends at Boston City Hall with live-music, vendors and diversity organizations.
  • Harbor Fest - July 2-7, 2013 - America's rich colonial and maritime history comes alive at this week-long festival. Highlights of the six-day festival are Children's Day, with musical sing-alongs, face painting and balloon animals; and the Chowderfest, where "Boston's Best Clam Chowder" is named. The festival also includes over 200 additional events such as free concerts, historical reenactments, walking tours, sunset cruises.


  • 4th of July Fireworks - July 4, 2013 - Celebrate American independence at one of the country's most prestigious and extravagant displays. The Boston Esplanade welcomes visitors and tourists alike for a colorful and magical fireworks display that is coupled with a performance from the famed Boston Pop Orchestra. The music is broadcasted throughout speakers strategically placed up and down the Charles River.


  • Restaurant Week Summer - August 2013 - This two-week long restaurant dining extravaganza offers foodies the opportunity to sample some of the city's best restaurants at phenomenal discounts. Participating restaurants offer both two-course lunches and three-course dinners.


  • Boston Comedy Festival - Setpember 14-22, 2012 - Get ready to laugh. This annual Boston comedy fest attracts both up-and-coming and well-respected comedians from throughout the country. For one week, each night comedians vie to receive the respected title of "Comedian of the Year" at various venues throughout Boston, including The Hard Rock Café, Improv Asylum and others.
  • New England Football Season Opener/Gillette Stadium - September 2013 - February 2013 - The pigskin is back. Each Sunday cheer on one of America's most successful NFL teams at Gillette Stadium, located in the nearby town of Foxboro. Visiting Boston without a rental car or don't want to worry about parking? There is convenient Foxboro train service from the Back Bay Station directly to the stadium.
  • Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival - September 2013- This festival attracts nearly 100,000 jazz enthusiasts to Boston's South End for both free and ticketed concerts. Celebrate the culture and smooth jazz of New Orleans with some of the best musicians in the country.


  • Oktoberfest - Harvard Square & Harpoon Brewery - Various October weekends - No passport required! Enjoy the best of Germany's famed Oktoberfest in Boston. In Harvard Square, sample unique German brews as you stroll through more than 200 stalls with various artists and sidewalk sale items, as well as 50 international food vendors. Over on Boston's Waterfront, the Harpoon Brewery Octoberfest has become one of the largest festivals in New England. Enjoy three stages of live music, German food, dancing and German-style beer.
  • Boston Hockey Season Opener/TD Garden - October 2013-April 2014 - The boys hit the ice at the nearby TD Garden (accessible via the Green Line "T" service to North Station) each season with one the NHL's most storied franchises. See rivalry battles with Montreal, New York, Toronto Chicago and Detroit.
  • Boston Book Festival - October 2013 - This annual Boston literary festival keeps getting bigger, better and more dynamic each year - and still remains free! Enjoy activities ranging from workshops and contests, round-table discussions, live music, book selling and fascinating presentations. The BBF is conveniently located in neighboring Copley Square.
  • Head of the Charles - October 18-20, 2013- As the largest two-day regatta in the world, over 8,000 athletes rowing 1,750 boats attracts 300,000 spectators along the Charles River in downtown Boston. The 3.2 mile course offers several great vantage points along Memorial Drive in Cambridge, or various bridges spanning the Charles River.
  • Boston Basketball Season Opener/TD Garden - October 2013-May 2014 - The green shamrocks have won a record-setting 17 NBA Championships and play at the nearby TD Garden (accessible via the Green Line "T" service to North Station). In recent years the team has been especially competitive and they look to continue their recent string of solid play with pivotal games against rivals Miami, Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and Detroit.


  • Faneuil Hall Tree Lighting Ceremony - November 2013 - Kick off the holiday season with this annual Boston tree lighting ceremony. Special guests including musicians and local sports celebrities provide entertainment throughout the day, with the tree lighting ceremony scheduled soon after sunset.


  • Boston Pops Winter Season - December 5 - 31, 2013 - Experience the best musicians in the world at Boston's Symphony Hall. The winter season is back in time for the holidays and concludes with a special New Years Eve concert.
  • First Night Boston - December 31, 2013 - Ring in the new year with this annual Boston tradition, with community activities taking place from 1pm through midnight at various indoor and outdoor venues throughout Boston. Annual traditions include the Family Festival at the Hynes Convention Center, giant ice sculptures in Copley Square, a Mardi-Gras style street parade and two fabulous firework displays.
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