Here’s a few great call-outs to upcoming festivals and events in Boston and the greater Boston area for the culturally and artistic minded among you. Oh yeah, we include music and food of course, as well as beer and wine but hey, who’s counting. This list largely covers the month of June, so take notes and start planning a long weekend getaway in June to get your Festival Fix on America’s East Coast.
Boston Dragon Boat Festival
On June 9 – 10, the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest showcases locally made beer, cider, mead, and food at the Armory in Somerville. Friday includes unfiltered cask beer.
The Pride Parade & Festival
The highlight of LGBT Boston Pride Month is the Boston Pride Parade, which begins at noon in Copley Square on June 10 and ends at Boston Pride Festival in City Hall Plaza.
Photo credit: BostonPride.org.
Festival by the Lake on June 10 features arts, crafts, live music, and food vendors at the lake in Wakefield Mass, just outside Boston.
Strawberries and Art
Eat strawberry shortcake and browse works by 60 artists on June 10 at the Strawberry Festival in Topsfield Mass, roughly twenty or so miles outside Boston.
From June 9-11, see 200 quilts that range from classic to cutting-edge at Quilters’ Connection Quilt Show, which has guided tours and demonstrations of quilting techniques at Bentley University in Waltham Mass.
From June 10-11, celebrate German Sommerfest with live music, dancing, kids’ games, German food, beer, and wine in a covered pavilion at the German club in Walpole.
The Boston Early Music Festival
Boston Early Music Festival runs from June 11-18 and features three fully staged operas by Monteverdi, concerts, classes, dancers, a family day, and an exhibition of early instruments.
B-52s & Boston Pops
On June 13, starting at 8 pm, the B-52s (Love Shack, Rock Lobster) play some of our favorite 1980s tunes with the Boston Pops at Boston Symphony Hall.
From June 14 – 18, the Boston Tango Festival includes dance classes, dances with live music, and a Saturday show in Somerville Mass.
Photo credit: Image courtesy of · The 11th Boston Festival and 2nd Annual Tango Competition from 2015
Enjoy Greek food, dessert, music, and dance from June 16-18, at the Greek Festival at Annunciation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Woburn, Mass, which is just outside Boston. I used to work there many moons ago, so know it well.
The South Shore Art Center Arts Festival
The South Shore Art Center Arts Festival features 100 juried exhibitors, live music, art demonstrations, and children’s art activities in Cohasset.
The Rendez-Vous Tall Ships Regatta
Roxbury International Film Festival
The Roxbury International Film Festival which runs from June 22-29, shows and honors the work of emerging and established filmmakers of color at the Museum of Fine Arts, with off-site parties.
In late June, Boston GuitarFest includes concerts, competitions, and workshops at the New England Conservatory. The theme in 2017 is Latin America.
This year marks the 12th anniversary of Boston GuitarFest. The event is the dream of visionary guitar virtuoso and Artistic Director Eliot Fisk, and is co-sponsored by New England Conservatory and Northeastern University Department of Music. Guitarists of all ages and levels will participate in a variety of available programs that include lessons, ensembles, workshops, competitions, masterclasses, and concerts.
On June 21, Summer Solstice Celebration includes circus performers, music, dance, food trucks, hands-on activities, and free entry to four Harvard museums.
Photo credit: http://boston.carpediem.cd.
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