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Greater Boston has festivities taking place all through the year including concerts, festivals, fairs and sporting events.


January
College Baseball
From the crack of the bat to the slide on into home, NCAA baseball packs a wallop of home run frenzy for what's oft called America's favorite pastime. Diamond action starts in January, continuing through most of June.
Boston College Eagles, Harvard Crimson, Holy Cross Crusaders, Northeastern Huskies


Boston Wine Festival
Regional wineries exhibit their wines during the last week in January. Each night, a winery provides dinner and the perfect wine to go with it. All dinners are prepared by one of Boston’s chefs. Located at the Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf.Call (617) 439-7000 for more information.
Jazz Festival
Listen to world famous jazz musicians during mid-January. Located at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennet St., in Cambridge, Call (617) 876-7777 for more information.
NTDTV Chinese New Year Gala
The NTDTV Chinese New Year Gala takes celebrants on an exhilarating journey back to the ancient Chinese Legend and Myth. Call (617) 880-9061 for more information.
Boston Wine Expo
As the nation's largest consumer wine event, the Boston Wine Expo uncorks an unparalleled wine and food experience. The Grand Tasting showcases more than 440 wineries from 13 countries pouring some 1,800 wines. Highlights include a Grand Cru Wine Lounge, seminars, celebrity chef demonstrations and two Vintner Dinners. Call (877) 946-3976 for more information.
Cookbook Dinearound
Join Chefs and food critics from all over the country when Boston restaurants bring out their best in this gourmet event. Sample some of Boston’s best food and watch the pros prepare their famous dishes. Beginning the third Friday of every January. Located around the Le Meridien Hotel. Call (888) SEE-BOSTON for more information.
February
Boston Wine Expo
If you enjoy wine, the Boston Wine Expo is a must. It is the largest public wine exposition in the country with over 400 wineries and 1,800 wines to sample. Check out cooking demonstrations by top chefs. Located at The Boston World Trade Center, 164 Northern Ave., beginning the 1st Saturday of every February. Call (617) 385-5000 for more information.
Boston Cooks!
For the latest in cookware and kitchen design, visit Boston Cooks! You can also sample dishes of some of the country’s best chefs. Located the Boston World Trade Center, 164 Northern Ave., starting the 2nd Friday of every February. Call (617) 385-5000 for more information.
Valentines Day Concert
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a concert featuring symphony artists and local talent. Located at the Boston Museum of Fine Art, 465 Huntingdon Ave., early in February. Call (617) 267-9300 for more information.
March
St. Patrick’s Day
on March 17, come out to watch one of the largest St. Patrick’s Day parades. The parade starts on Broadway at the MBTA Station, City Hall Plaza. Call (617) 635-4500 for more information.
International Boston Seafood Show
Delight in fresh fish and explore new seafood products at the annual exposition of seafood vendors. Located at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., in the middle of March. Call (207) 842-5599 for more information.
New England Spring Flower Show
View some of the most beautiful local flowers and gardens at the Bayside Expo and Conference Center. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, this event takes place in the middle of March. Call (617) 536-9280 for more information.
Chi O's ĎA Pot Full of Wishes'
Hosted by the Greater Boston Chi Omega Alumnae Association, 'A Pot Full of Wishes' with a St. Patrick's Day theme benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts. Admission to the event at Coogan's on Milk Street includes a raffle ticket and a complimentary glass of wine. Call (781) 201-9118 for more information.
April
Major League Baseball
Nothing signals advent of spring more than baseball with a capital B, tightly meshed into American culture with historic firsts, icon performances, record-setting events, and traditions from hot dogs slathered in mustard to unexpected curveballs, and seventh-inning stretches. Books and movies about baseball are fine and dandy, but nothing beats Major League Baseball action, playing out each season from April through the World Series.
Boston Red Sox - To book seats to root for your Boston Red Sox, click here.


Major League Soccer
There's no end to the excitement each season as Major League Soccer teams from both the eastern and western conferences vie for glory in regular season matches, on to the play offs and cup finals.
New England Revolution - To get in on the action, and book seats for the New England Revolution, click here.


Boston Marathon
Join other runners in the annual Patriots’ Day race, starting at noon from Copley Square, Boylston and Dartmouth Sts. Sponsored by The Boston Athletic Association, this event takes place during the middle of April. Call (617) 536-4100 for more information.
Art in Bloom
Local garden clubs and area florists show off thier flowers at this annual convention. View hundreds of flower arrangements and garden galleries. Hosted by The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntingdon Ave., on the last Friday in April. Call (617) 267-9300 for more information.
Easter Egg Hunt
Bring the family and enjoy the fun at the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Sponsored by the city, this event is usually held on a Saturday in the middle of April. Located in Buttonwood Park, Rockdale Ave. and Route 6, in New Bedford. Call (508) 991-6295 for more information.
Architecture for Humanity 5K Run/Walk
On banks of the Charles River, the Architecture for Humanity 5K Run/Walk benefits projects in Pakistan, New Orleans, and Boston. Call (617) 576-1154 for more information.
Campus MovieFest
Collegiates across Boston have created amazing short movies during Campus MovieFest, the world's largest student film festival. Here's a chance to see the best of the best, with door prizes from plane tickets to iPods. Call (404) 849-2611 for more information.
May
Farmers’ Markets
Come out and enjoy the local produce. Located at two locations in Boston. The City Hall Plaza market opens on May 20, and the market at Copley Square, Boylston and Dartmouth Sts., opens on May 28. Call (617) 635-4500 (City Hall) and (617) 626-1700 (Copley Square) for more information.
PublishingGame.com Workshop
PublishingGame.com offers insight into securing literary agents, self-publishing and book promotion. Also staged in October and at other intervals, this workshop featuring Publishing Game author/publisher Fern Reiss includes continental breakfast. Call (617) 630-0945 for more information.
Expertizing.com Workshop
Held in May and September, this workshop, featuring Expertizing.com's Fern Reiss, provides insights in achieving fame for your expertise and media attention for your business enterprise. Call (617) 630-0945 for more information.
Tuesday Night Skate
Skate the night away with Boston’s inline skaters. Start at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive and skate through the city streets. Every Tuesday evening, beginning at 7 PM. Your helmet and wrist guards are required. Bright clothing is recommended. Call (617) 727-8855 for more information.
June
Free Friday Flicks at the Hatch Shell
Watch a classsic movie, on Friday nights, for free at the Hatch Memorial Shell, Storrow Drive. Call (617) 227-0627 the day before, to find out what’s playing or for more information.
Party in the Plaza
Enjoy a number of events and free concerts during Harborfest. Located at the City Hall Plaza’s North Stage, on the last weekend in June. Call (617) 635-3400 for more information.
Children’s Day at the Harborfest
Children between 4 and 11 will be entertained with history and marine science displays, games and a face-painting party all celebrating Harborfest. Located at the City Hall Plaza, on the last weekend in June. Call (617) 635-4500 for more information.
Midsummer Revels
Free to the public, this outdoor Summer Solstice celebration at the Children’s Museum has a Grand Parade followed by a 90-minute stage show filled with music, dance and songs from around the world. The evening ends with lighting of a Midsummer Beacon along Boston’s waterfront. Call (617) 972-8300 for more information.
American Liver Foundation Walk for Research
There's free parking and no registration fee for a 3.1-mile walk along the scenic Charles River, with pledges supporting millions of children and adults affected by liver disease. Refreshments, entertainment, music, face painting, clowns and more are at Artesani Park in late June, off Soldiers Field Road in Brighton. Call (617) 527-5600 for more information.
Strawberry Dessert Festival - A Berry Good Cause
During strawberry season, from mid-June through early July, the Massachusetts Farmers Market and area restaurants in downtown Boston present a number of special strawberry presentations by local chefs and bakers, with proceeds going to support local farmers. Call (781) 893-8222 for more information.
July
Chowderfest
Come out and watch the best chefs in Boston compete for the title of “Boston’s Best Chowder”. Taste the recipes and decide for yourself. Tickets are $5. to $7. Located at City Hall Plaza, 11 AM - 6 PM, July 1. Call (617) 635-4500 for more information.
Bastille Day in Boston
Celebrate this French national holiday with a street party featuring Francophone musical guests: Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca, Emeline Michel, and Ousmane Toure, as well as food and other street vendors. Sponsored by the French Library Alliance Francaise (53 Marlborough St., between Berkeley and Dartmouth Sts.). Call (617) 912-0400 for more information.
Multicultural Arts Expo
Boston’s Reggie Lewis Track Center on Tremont Street is the site for this multicultural arts extravaganza where crafters, performers and business owners band together to provide an array of ethnic artwork and performances. Call (617) 442-9912 for more information.
August
Chinatown Festival
Explore Asian culture featuring exhibitions of a variety of arts and foods and martial arts displays. Located in Chinatown (between South Station and the Boston Common), 10 AM - 6 PM, during the first week of August. Call (617) 635-3485 for more information.
August Moon Festival
Celebrate, in Chinatown, the 1368 overthrow of the Yuan dynasty. Enjoy authentic mooncakes with hiden messages. Located at the Gateway Arch on Harrison Ave., on the 3rd Sunday of August. Call (617) 635-3485 for more information.
Revere Beach National Sand Sculpting Festival
Over a long weekend in the middle of July, expert sand sculptors will create masterpices while the kids enjoy Children Village featuring face painting, moonbounce and a touch tank. Call (617) 204-4248 for more information.
Summer Nights: Fenway Lights
Boston Cares celebrates community service with Summer Nights: Fenway Lights, a festive soiree and benefit including complimentary hors d'oeuvres and live entertainment to accompany the silent / live auction action. Call (617) 422-0910 for more information.
Latin Nights
Dance to the Latin beat featuring live bands and dance instructors. Located at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace, on South Market St. Every Thursday night from 6PM - 10 PM, starting the first week in August. Call (617) 523-1300 for more information.
Massachusetts Farmers' Market Week
Celebrate the beginning of the harvest season at Salem Farmers' Market in late August, which will be open each Thursday afternoon and early evening through late October, featuring cooking demonstrations by local restaurants using fresh seasonal ingredients, live entertainment, and presentations by local celebrities. Salem Farmers' Market, 265 Essex Street, Salem. Call (978) 744-0004 for more information.
September
National Football League - New England Patriots
If it's fall and you're ready for some football, count on the National Football League to deliver non-stop grid action, leading to playoffs, and the incomparable Super Bowl. The NFL has come a long way since its 1920 founding in Canton, Ohio at Ralph Hay's Hupmobile dealership. NFL action was first televised in 1939 when NBC broadcast within New York City. The NFL's Longest Day was on Christmas, 1971, in a playoff between the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins, and Miami's 17-0 Perfect Season unfolded the following year. But that's history, and prospects for new milestones start in September.
New England Patriots - To book seats for cheering on your New England Patriots, click here.


College Football
NCAA Football, created in 1997 to promote college football ideals, makes no bones about the importance of each game. Losing at any time during the season can thwart a team's chances for postseason action or an NCAA Championship. No wonder NCAA Football marketers have adopted a tagline of "NCAA Football: Every Game Counts."
Boston College Eagles, Harvard Crimson, Holy Cross Crusaders, Northeastern Huskies
Boston College Eagles - To cheer on your favorites and book seats for the Boston College Eagles, click here.


New England Conservatory
Enjoy free concerts hosted by the New England Conservatory. Located at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., starting the first week of September. Call (617) 536-2412 for more information.
Taste of Boston
City Hall Plaza is the scene for the Taste of Boston, a culinary spectacular for more than two decades featuring music, wine and food from many of Boston's most famous restaurants. A Grand Tasting Area includes more than 20 wineries. Call (617) 779-3496 for more information.
National Recovery Month Picnic
Six Flags New England in Springfield, in conjunction with the Fresh Start Recovery Coalition including the Salvation Army, Saugus and Plymouth House, invites participants to join in this picnic celebration. Tickets include theme and water park admission, an all you can eat buffet, and more. Call (781) 338-9300 for more information.
Braveheart Awards
Wareham Crossing hosts a commemoration of 9/11 with assembly of care packages for the troops, ceremonies honoring everyday heroes, activities for the kids and much more. 2421 Cranberry Highway, Wareham. Call (508) 946-0899 for more information.
Boston Film Festival
View this exhibition of new films where many popular movies have premiered. Located at Loews Copley Place, 100 Huntington Ave., during the first two weeks of September. Call (617) 266-2533 for more information.
MSPCA-Angell Walk for Animals
In mid-September, hundreds of pets and their owners take a 1.5 mile walk around Boston Common, featuring frisbee demos, raffles and contests, and an agility ring where you can teach your dog some new tricks. Call (617) 522-WALK for more information.
Fall Foliage
Join several million people as they observe the change of seasons. From the middle of September through the middle of October, drive through New England and enjoy the colors of autumn. Farm stands, self-pick groves, country fairs and festivals are abound this time of the year. Call (800) 227-MASS for more information.
New Beginnings Art Show
At the Reggie Lewis Track Center, the New Beginnings Art Show is based on the premise that everyone should start anew after domestic violence, major illness, job loss, and other setbacks that affect women from all walks of life. Call (617) 442-9912 for more information.
October
National Hockey League
The National Hockey League's rough and tumble world packs a motherlode of milestones, from 1917's NHL opener, to when Maurice Richard was first to score 50 goals in one season in 1944-45, to when Clint Benedict was the first goalie to put on a mask after a shot knocked him unconscious, to when Manon Rheaume made headlines in 1992 as the first woman playing in one of the four major sports leagues, goaltending for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the St. Louis Blues. From October on, it's non-stop action in the world of hat tricks -- three goals in a game by a player -- and sudden death overtime.
Boston Bruins - To book for the Boston Bruins, click here.


Ciderfest
Take a scenic drive to Burlington, VT in early October for a tasting of the wines and ciders produced locally and provided by area vineyards and apple orchards. Call (802) 897-2777 for more information.
An Evening With Champions
Benefitting the Jimmy Fund of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for pediatric cancer research, this ice skating exhibition at Harvard's Bright Hockey Arena has been a hit for nearly 40 years with such stars as Nancy Kerrigan, Oksana Baiul, Scott Hamilton, Michelle Kwan, Kristi Yamaguchi, Brian Boitano and others. Call (617) 493-8172 for more information.
Vegetarian Food Festival
Enjoy this exhibition of food and cooking for the vegetarian lifestyle. Hosted by The Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in the middle of October. Located at 1350 Tremont Street. Call (617) 541-3535 for more information.
PublishingGame.com Workshop
PublishingGame.com offers insight into securing literary agents, self-publishing and book promotion. Also staged in May and at other intervals, this workshop featuring Publishing Game author/publisher Fern Reiss includes continental breakfast. Call (617) 630-0945 for more information.
Mayor’s Cup Cross-Country Races
Join the U.S. Track & Field Association’s East Region championship in the one-day cross-country run in Franklin Park. Hosted by The Boston Athletic Association, which sponsors the Boston Marathon. Located in Franklin Park, 1 Franklin Park Rd., on the last weekend in October. Call (617) 236-1652 for more information.
November
College Basketball
First devised by James Naismith in 1891, with the first recorded collegiate game in 1893, legions testify there's no sound so soothing as a basketball whooshing through the net after a flick of the wrist. NCAA basketball brings grass roots hoop dreams to an entirely new level each fall, building toward March Madness, the NCAA Division Basketball Championships.
Boston College Eagles - To book seats for the Boston College Eagles, click here.
Boston University Terriers - To book seats for the Boston University Terriers, click here.
Harvard Crimson - To book seats for the Harvard Crimson, click here.
Holy Cross Crusaders - To book seats for the Holy Cross Crusaders, click here.
Northeastern Huskies - To book seats for the Northeastern Huskies, click here.


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Take a tour through the heiress’s turn of the 20th century, million dollar home. See a mixture of periods and styles in the furniture Isabella selected. There is also an art museum. Located at 280 The Fenway. Open Tuedays through Sundays, 11 AM - 5 PM. Call (617) 566-1401 for more information.
New England Aquarium
Check out a multi-level coral reef display inside an ocean tank or take a whale watch boat excursion at one of the nation’s most amazing aquariums. Located at the Central Wharf and open daily 9 AM - 5 PM. The boat excursions are available through the end of November. Call (617) 937-5200 for more information.
Cyberposium
Harvard Business School's Cyberposium facilitates networking of current and future business leaders for provocative dialog on technology and its impact. Call (801) 362-2200 for more information.
Peaceful Expressions
Peaceful Expressions, an annual benefit concert honoring area Nobel Peace Prize nominees, provides an opportunity to recharge emotional batteries. Call (617) 262-1831 for more information.
Avaland
Dance all night at the city’s largest dance club. Call ahead to find out which famous DJs and guests will be appearing. Located at the Avalon, 15 Landsdowne Street. Doors open at 10 PM. Admission is $15. Call (617) 262-2424 for more information.
December
Boston Tea Party Re-enactment
Dress up in a Colonial outfit and see a re-enactment of the December 16, 1773 protest of taxation without representation. Hosted by The Old South Meeting House. Admission is free if you come in costume; otherwise it is $1. Call (617) 482 6439 for more information.
Chanukah Celebration
Join in the celebration of the festival of lights. Located Downtown Crossing. Call (617) 266-1492 for more information.
First Night
Celebrate New year’s Eve, in Boston, at First Night. There is partying in the streets and something for everyone at this fun filled party. Call (617) 542-1399 for more information.
Matzo Ball
From a humble start in a Boston bar, Boston's Matzo Ball bashes at the Boston Avalon have expanded to more than a dozen cities from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco and Seattle as a holiday party for Jewish singles on the night before Christmas. Call (617) 262-2424 for more information.
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