The jackets are lighter, the flowers are blooming and spring has sprung here in Boston. Whether you are here for your spring vacation, visiting friends and family for the weekend or looking to be a tourist in your own city – Boston is the place for you. We’ve gathered together our top reasons to visit Boston this spring.
Celebrate with a Festival
Nothing says good weather, like the return of outdoor festivals.
This year’s Boston Calling Music Festival, held at the Harvard Athletic Complex, has one of the biggest lineups in the festival’s history. Headliners such as the Foo Fighters, The Lumineers and Paramore, returning acts like Alanis Morrisette, and up-and-coming fan favorites such as Noah Kahan, Mt. Joy, Fletcher, and Léon, prove there is a tune for every music fan. And don’t forget about all the amazing food options from local Boston establishments for attendees to enjoy as well.
Join the Boston Public Market and The Pine Bar at the first ever Drink New England Festival. Hosted on April 23rd, celebrate and sample from over 20 local breweries all under one roof. Participating breweries include Castle Island Brewing, Idle Hands, Lord Hobo and Sam Adams.
Kick-off beach season with the whole family during the 8th Annual Kite Festival on Revere Beach. With kite decorating, kite flying, live music and so much more.
And finally – Boston’s Pride for the people has announced the return of the Boston Pride Parade on June 10th! Along with the parade, the weekend and month-long celebration will consist of a festival, block parties, brunch-themed gatherings and so much more.
Catch a Game
Spring might be one of the best times in Boston for sports fans. With the Boston Red Sox back at Fenway, starting on March 30th, our winter sports teams fighting for their spots in the playoffs and New England Revolution kicking it up at Gillette Stadium, there is a team for everyone to cheer on. Want to learn more about the City of Champions? Take a trip to The Sports Museum at TD Garden.
Back on Monday, April 17th, is the world’s largest annual marathon. Traditionally held on Patriots’ Day, the Boston Marathon ranks as one of the world’s best-known racing events. This event attracts 500,000 spectators making it New England’s most widely viewed sporting event. Plan your spectator spot to cheer on runners, find a place to grab a celebratory drink or visit and celebrate Patriots’ Day.
Immerse Yourself in Arts, History, Culture & Special Events
Boston is filled with ways to immerse yourself in new experiences and cultural events, from museum exhibits, to historic tours and special events.
Beginning March 31st, the Wicked Queer: Boston’s LGBTQ+ Film Festival showcases work by and for LGBTQ+ media makers. With screenings until April 9th – find films, videos and other media at the Institute of Contemporary Art, The Bright Family Screening Room at the Paramount Theatre, The Brattle Theatre in Harvard Square and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Along with standing exhibits, there are also so many new and short-term exhibits happening at Boston’s iconic museums. Visit the newly installed María Berrío: The Children’s Crusade at the Institute of Contemporary Arts or learn more about Isabella Gardner by getting a firsthand look through Isabella’s eyes as a traveler in the nineteenth century at the Fellow Wanderer: Isabella’s Travel Albums exhibit on display until May 21st.
Visit the Museum of Fine Arts and see the newly installed Hokusai: Inspiration and Influence exhibit, Painted Tintypes: Photography for the People opening April 1st and Something Old, Something New an exhibit exploring the origins of American wedding customs and looks, and how they’ve evolved opening May 27th. Art in Bloom will also return to the MFA’s galleries on Friday, April 28th, showcasing interpretive floral arrangements of 45 artworks.
With warm weather now on its way, this is the perfect time of year to explore some of Boston’s historic walking and outdoor immersive experiences. Head to Charlestown and visit the USS Constitution Museum or visit the Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum and join in a live theatrical performance reenacting the single most important event leading up to the American Revolution.
Make way for ducklings on Duckling Day in the Boston Public Garden on Sunday, May 14th. And don’t miss out on nostalgic family fun at The Art of the Brick on display on Newbury Street until April 23rd, or during the Jurassic World Live Tour at the Agganis Arena until April 9th and Monster Jam at Gillette Stadium on June 4th.
Get Tickets to a Show
Broadway in Boston starts the Spring season on stage with My Fair Lady from April 18 – 30, Beetlejuice from May 2 – 14 and Jagged Little Pill from June 13 – 25.
Boston’s comedy scene is sure to bring laughs this season, with top performers such as Trevor Noah, Margaret Chao, Tracy Morgan, Samantha Bee and Leslie Jones taking the stage. Looking to dive away from comedy and more into true crime? Then grab tickets to The Psychology of Serial Killers on May 14, and Hunting Whitey with Casey Sherman on May 16 – both at The Wilbur theater.
Plan your next night out with friends by checking out performances and DJ appearances throughout the city such as DJ Snake, Jonas Blue, Disco Cult, DJ Pauly D and 50 Cent.
Looking for some unique fun for the whole family? Then check out Stars on Ice at the Agganis Arena on June 3rd.
With the good weather, comes the opening of some of Boston’s best outdoor music venues. Kick off the Leader Bank Pavilion’s season in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood with Walker Hayes, Charlie Puth, Hippo Campus and Young the Giant. Or take a drive a bit outside of the city and celebrate the opening of the Xfinity Center season with Janet Jackson, Chris Stapleton, Two Friends and Dave Matthew’s Band.
The Return of Outdoor Dining, Waterside Cocktails and Seasonal Flavors
With fewer layers comes more opportunities to enjoy Boston’s dining scene outdoors. Kick off the start of beer and wine garden season with the opening of Cisco on April 13th in Boston’s Seaport neighborhood.
Returning later this Spring is a staple to the East Boston neighborhood, Tall Ships Boston. This 245’ vessel turned floating oyster bar is home to live entertainment, retail, food vendors, pop-up events and so much more.
Excited for the start of rosé season? We recommend grabbing your first seasonal glass at some of Boston’s best wine bars such as haley.henry, Nathalie, Krasi and of course, City Winery. Or take on a sightseeing or dining cruise on the Boston Harbor with Boston Harbor City Cruises.
Looking to wine and dine on a first date, or impress your partner after 30 years? Check out our list of 57 date ideas in and around the Greater Boston region.
A City of Parks and Water
Once dubbed America’s Walking City, Boston has many options for getting outside and getting active in the city. With walking tours old and new returning, there is something for everyone to explore the Boston they want to get to know. Explore Boston’s iconic Freedom Trail through some of the most historic spots in the city, or explore innovative locations and moments in history with the newly formed Innovation Trail. Or grab a pint or a bite with Boston’s City Brew Tours, Bites of Boston Food Tours or Off the Beaten Path Food Tours.
Capture all the amazing sites, sounds and iconic views by visiting Boston’s 15 most Instragrammable locations. Or take a ride on Boston’s Bluebikes, the city’s public bike share system stretches throughout Greater Boston. Take a ride through Back Bay then along the Charles River Esplanade or use it to explore Boston’s 23 neighborhoods.
Boston is in full bloom during the Spring season. Check out our top places to walk and explore all that Spring has to offer in Boston, or walk through Boston’s 2300 acres of green space. Experience the springtime bloom of nearly 400 lilacs on Lilac Sunday at the Arnold Arboretum. Celebrated since 1908, the Arboretum holds one of the premier lilac collections in North America.
Another appeal of Boston is the access to waterfront views, activities, and explorations. Choose from one of the many options for the water experiences Grab the entire family for the return of Boston’s Swan Boats, this April, in the Boston Common. Or head out and explore Boston from the Charles River with Paddle Boston.