Luxury Events 2015

Boston, the city of breweries, throws many festivals for foodies and fans of home crafted brews. Every month is filled with celebrations and parties, and it’s impossible to visit during a time where nothing is going on. There are events for nearly everyone, and if you don’t believe us, book a private jet to Boston and take a copy of our calendar of events with you.

April 2015

Wicked Wine Fest

(April 11th, 2015)

In mid-April, Boston has a festival of wine at great prices. The festival has three main events around lunch, late afternoon, and at night for wine tasting parties. There are plenty of food samples to pair up with your wine, and the entire festival is one large charity event wherein the proceeds go to Project Smile.

ArtBeat

(April 11th, 2015)

In mid-April, a festival for the artists is thrown, and it’s completely free to attend. Throughout the festival, experience some of the most unique and out-of-the-box manifestations by artists of Somerville, two miles NW of Boston. The festival also hosts performances from live bands and dance troupes, as well as exhibits, and arts and craft vendors. Additionally, what festival would be complete without food, because there will be plenty of that too.

John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo

(April 17th – 19th, 2015)

For you athletic champs out there, the Hynes Convention Center holds the sports and fitness expo three days before the Boston Marathon. There are more than 200 exhibitors showing off their newest products and services for sports and fitness. There will also be seminars on fuel for exercise, gear and equipment, etc.

Cambridge Science Festival

(April 17th – 26th, 2015)

Through Boston and other locations during mid-late April, multiple venues will be hosting various scientific exhibits. There are more than 100 events planned for this year, with varying degrees of mental power to make science accessible and fun for everyone. Check out the Robot Zoo, or go to a demonstration and learn how to make your own gadgets, amongst other activities going on this year.

Earth Fest

(April 19th, 2015)

One of April’s large events is also free to attend, with nearly 300 exhibits covering sustainability in celebration of Earth Day. A concert will be held at Hatch Shell, featuring bands such as Morning Parade and the Wailers. There will also be a Kids Planet Stage for family-friendly performances, and numerous activities to enjoy throughout the day.

119th Boston Marathon

(April 20th, 2015)

One of Boston’s longest running events, the Boston Marathon, continues for its 119th year. Since 1989, the marathon has been supporting more than 30 charities each year. Due to an increase of security requirements, you may be asked to go through a security screening if you wish to spectate from the typical viewing areas. However, these are the best places to cheer on the runners.

Wine Riot

(April 24th and 25th, 2015)

It’s time to make a riot in late April for wine. It’s a little pricey to get in, but with over 200 wines to sample, it’s a bit of a bargain in the end. Come and taste wines from all over the world, and enjoy live music entertainment with a DJ. Plus, all that liquid courage is bound to get people hitting the dance floor.

Flash Forward Festival

(April 24th – May 3rd, 2015)

In late April/early May, the Fairmont Battery Wharf in Boston hosts a free photography event festival. There will be panels with representatives from National Geographic and the New York Times, as well as seminars on story telling/narrative and photo book publishing. Surrounding all of this are the stunning photos taken during the past year.

May 2015

Harpoonfest

(May 15th – 16th, 2015)

Spring is a great time for celebrating something new, and Boston celebrates the upcoming season of summer with live music and craft brews. Your ticket price gets you a souvenir cup and one free drink, but after that, food and drinks cost additional. No matter the weather, the event takes place, and most of the space is covered by large tents anyways. Take a tour, grab some great food, and even help with the charity event while you’re there.

Taste of Faneuil Hall

(May 22nd, 2015)

Ringing in the summer as well is the Faneuil marketplace. The admission for this party won’t break the bank, and you’ll get to enjoy a variety of tasty dishes and hot meals from the surrounding restaurants around Faneuil Hall. There will also be live music, craft beer on tap, and plenty of samples to try.

MayFair

(May 22nd – 25th, 2015)

Another free event taking place in May is the MayFair, with live music and international food vendors lining the streets, and plenty of family-friendly activities. For over 30 years, Harvard Square has been the center for the MayFair Festival, and this year, it’s turning out to be even better. It’s usually an early May event, but weather is unpredictable, so the event has been pushed back in hopes for better luck.

Boston Calling

(May 22nd – 24th, 2015)

The very popular spring festival is coming back to Boston. It’s a three day lineup of indie rock, and other live music performers on stage. There will be food and drink available, and artists will be selling limited-edition merchandise at the festival. The lineup is as follows:

  • The Ballroom Thieves
  • Beck
  • Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals
  • Chet Faker
  • DMA’s
  • Gerard Way
  • Grizfolk
  • Jason Isbell
  • Jungle
  • Krill
  • The Lone Bellow
  • Marina and the Diamonds
  • My Morning Jacket
  • Pixies
  • Run the Jewels
  • Sharon Vet Etten
  • Tame Impala
  • Tenacious D
  • Tove Lo
  • TV on the Radio
  • Vance Joy
  • St. Vincent
American Craft Beer Festival

(May 29th – 31st, 2015)

For the 8th year running, BeerAdvocate and Harpoon Brewery are bringing back the American Craft Beer Fest (ACBF) to Boston. With over 600 beers to chose from, from over 100 breweries, over 15,000 beer enthusiasts from around the world attend this event. Be sure to check out the website for more information to see if one of your favorite brewers will be setting up a booth this year.

Faneuil Hall Street Performer Spring Showcase

(May 31st and June 1st, 2015)

Faneuil Hall brings another extravagant event to Boston with its street performer showcase. You’ll be wowed by the variety of performances, from musicians to acrobats. This event is completely free to spectate, but donations are appreciated.

June 2015

Lawn Events at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum

(Every Sunday in June)

The Auto Museum is the perfect place to see all kinds of cars, from antiques to rare and exotic models. Each week will have a different theme of cars on display, throughout June. There will also be international cars from Germany, England, and more.

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl

(June 2nd – 4th, 2015)

If you love ice cream then you’ll love the Scooper Bowl in Boston. It’s the largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival around. After your small entry fee, you can try all kinds of ice cream flavors, some old, some new, from well known brands like Ben & Jerry’s and Edy’s. There will also be frozen yogurt available as well, and all proceeds go towards the Jimmy Fund charity.

Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari

(June 20h, 2015)

This year, the Gourmet Hot Dog Safari will be donating all of its proceeds to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. It’s an indoor and outdoor event featuring parties, and of course, gourmet hot dogs. You’ll get to taste some traditional dogs like the Chicago style, and some not-so-traditional like a chop suey dog. There will also be chicken pot pies for those who don’t enjoy a good hot dog, and ice cream will be served as well.

Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest

(June 12th and 13th, 2015)

Going on four years, Boston is calling all homebrew fans to the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest! It’s a great place to network for entrepreneurs, brewing hobbyists, and professional brewers to congregate, and has plenty of food and drinks for foodies and fans to enjoy. This unique event only showcases local beverage producers to give underdogs a chance to shine, as well as brews with interesting ingredients like apples, grapes, and even oysters.

Dragon Boat Festival

(June 13th and 14th, 2015)

Come to the Dragon Boat Festival for an experience like none other at the largest Asian-American cultural event. Enjoy some of the food from vendors, watch river races, take part in artistic activities, or watch some of the festival performances. There will be dancers on stage as well as martial arts demonstrations going on throughout the day. The river races will consist of 60 teams in 39-foot Hong Kong-style dragon boats.

Boston GuitarFest

(June 17th – 21st, 2015)

For nearly ten years, the five-day Boston GuitarFest brings the tunes of classical guitar to concerts coupled with orchestras. There are several seminars and workshops for young guitarists looking to learn, and classes taught by incomparable musicians. Whether you’re an amateur, a hobbyist, or just appreciate the sound of a great guitar player, you should come to the Boston GuitarFest.

Boston Jerkfest

(June 26h and 27th, 2015)

The Caribbean style foodie festival has grown in popularity in Boston, so much so that it has been expanded into two days for all to enjoy everything spicy and hot. Other than tasting the different food dishes at the festival, you can watch chefs compete in a Seafood Throwdown, and enjoy live musical entertainment. If you’re traveling with family, there are family-friendly activities for the kids, and if you’re of drinking age, you can attend the brew tasting area for specialty rums and Caribbean-themed cocktails.

July 2015

July 4th Celebration

(July 4th, 2015)

The celebrations in Boston for the fourth of July are traditional and unique. There are free live music concerts at the Hatch Shell, Fireworks cruises and sailing, and plenty of Boston Barbecues around town. You can have a romantic getaway and really see some fireworks, or dine out and have some patriotic dishes, or get the family together and enjoy music in the outdoors. Either way, celebrate your freedom together.

Boston Landmarks Orchestra Free Summer Concerts

(Weekends from July – August, 2015)

The popular Boston Landmark Orchestra concerts return for another year of free concerts at Hatch Shell this summer. Being a non-profit program, the Landmarks Orchestra is always looking for contributions, and a great way to get noticed is to become a supporter. If you make a contribution and attend the concert, it’s also a chance to network and do some business on the side.

August 2015

Boston Seafood Festival

(August 2nd, 2015)

The 4th annual Seafood Festival is taking place a little later this summer, but not too late to enjoy the outdoors and fresh seafood. There will be chef demos, an oyster shucking contest, live musical entertainment, and games. Last year, the festival also celebrated the 100th year anniversary of the Boston Fish Pier. With all that history, there has to be something good going on for this festival to come back for the past four years.

Boston Comic Con Expo

(July 31st – August 2nd, 2015)

Boston has its own comic-con, and it’s one of the best events for fans of comic books, anime, games, and more. Over 200 graphic novelists, as well as artists, and Celebrity guests from shows like Firefly and Game of Thrones make an appearance or set up a booth. As always, there are always plenty of dealers, exhibits, seminars, and fans cosplaying around the convention.

Summer Dine Out Boston

(August 17th – 22nd, and 24th – 29th, 2015)

As the traditional pattern goes, Boston is known for its breweries and its food. One of the most sought after foodie events is “Dine Out Boston,” happening twice a year. Some of the best restaurants in the city will be putting together fixed-price lunch and dinner menus for you to try. The event is so popular, people make reservations about a month in advance.

Mass Brewers Fest

(August 29th, 2015)

This 21+ event is definitely something different. There are some very tasty snacks, like lobster rolls and Italian sausage, but they’re all steamed in Harpoon beer. Throw in over 80 beers to sample, and that makes this a true Brewers fest. Enjoy the food, the drinks, and of course, live musical entertainment.

The Boston Arts Festivals

(August 30th and 31st, 2015)

This free event is a great way to find entertainment, or a new masterpiece to add to your collection. There are 40 visual artists, as well as photographers, painters, jewelry artists, and more. The festival is so well-known, it has its own name in Boston, known as “ahts.” There will also be live performers and interactive groups for everyone to enjoy.

September 2015

Cambridge Carnival

(September 7th, 2015)

For 23 years, a taste of the Caribbean comes to Boston with the Cambridge Carnival. It’s the largest festival in the city, celebrating African and Caribbean traditions, so it’s time to party like you’re in the tropics. It’s a free festival to revel in the entertainment of live bands and DJs that keep the atmosphere popping, and as always, bite into something delicious. The highlight of the festival is a large costume parade that promotes the various types of cultures.

Boston Local Food Festival

(September 14th, 2015)

It’s time to taste all things delicious at the Local Food Festival in Boston. Local farmers and restaurants showcase some of the best meals around during this festival. There will also be chef demos, a seafood showdown, and a do-it-yourself demo booth.

South End Open Studios

(September 19th and 20th, 2015)

Feel like strolling through a parade of art galleries? During the South End Open Studios event, more than 200 studios open up and give the city a chance to peer into the minds of Boston’s top artists, and buy from them directly. You’ll also find something a little different, like hand-built bicycles and quilts, amongst photography, letterpress printing, and more.

The Phantom Gourmet Food Festival

(September 19th, 2015)

The Phantom Gourmet Food Festival attracts foodies from all around, with around 100 samples to taste. So many different types of food are made available, just looking at the selection is enough to make your mouth water. Be sure to bring your appetite, because there’s a lot to try in one day.

Boston Fashion Week

(September 27th – October 3rd, 2015)

This year, Boston Fashion starts its third decade of Boston Fashion Week. They’ve built a community, they explore new ideas of fashion, and now they strive to create a large diversity for everyone, be it an audience of 50 or 500 people. This year, they continue to throw runway shows and parties.

October 2015

Harpoon Oktoberfest

(October 2nd and 3rd, 2015)

Celebrating the 26th year, Boston celebrates Oktoberfest with incredible tradition. Enjoy bratwursts, Harpoon beers, and take part in the chicken dance. There will also be three stages for live music performers, and a chocolate cake eating contest. It’s surely a two-day event to enjoy.

Head of the Charles Regatta

(October 18th and 19th, 2015)

A free seaborne event in Boston this fall is the Charles Regatta. Along the Charles River, rowers compete in the annual regatta race. For all spectators, there will be food trucks and concession stands on site. Around the race there will also be a rowing and fitness expo.

November 2015

Boston Ski and Snowboard Expo

(November 12th – 15th, 2015)

For over 30 years, Boston has been hosting a Ski and Snowboard Expo. Anyone involved in snow sports can take part in the expo, whether you’d like to purchase new gear, or donate your old equipment. You can learn about ski trips and book a vacation, or just have a brew and discuss the sports with other attendees at the expo. Plus, there’s plenty of demonstrations and challenges to watch.

Local Craft Brewfest

(November 20th, 2015)

Celebrating the 6th year, the people of Boston come together to socialize, discover new brews, and network with the local brewers. Live music is played during the festival, and popular dishes from around town will also be served. The entire showcase is dedicated to celebrate and highlight the brewers, distilleries, and craft beverages produced in Boston. Come and enjoy more than 80 of the local brews and bites.

December 2015

Blink! A Sound and Light Extravaganza

(All of December)

Throughout the month of December, Faneuil Hall features a synchronized, choreographed light set made up of over 300,000 LED lights. Faneuil Hall is actually a large open marketplace, almost like an urban park, and every night the show starts. If you’ve ever seen those musical performances with blinking lights on houses around the holidays, then you can imagine what it will look like when an entire marketplace is lit up.

The Art of the Brick, Faneuil Hall

(All of December)

During the month of December, the artist Nathan Sawaya is also featured at Faneuil Hall. He is known for his sculptures made of LEGO bricks, and the Art of the Brick exhibit showcases his work. Throughout the month of December, and into mid-January, he builds new LEGO sculptures out of 1 million LEGOS.

Gingerbread Houses for Grownups

(December 10th, 2015)

In the middle of December, everyone can get into the holiday spirit, even those of us a little older that may be missing some of that wonder of the holidays. For those aged 21 and up, people can get together and decorate gingerbread houses at the Fairmont Copley Plaza. Throughout the event, beer, wine, cocktails, and food will be offered as you decorate your gingerbread house. The most festive decoration wins a prize.

SoWa Holiday Market

(December 12th and 13th, 2015)

The SoWa Holiday Market is known around Boston as the center for independent artists and crafters who make merchandise you can’t find anywhere else. Many of the toys, clothing, and accessories are handmade, and you can also find artwork and baked goods. If you want to have dibs, you an get VIP access for a small fee and get in an hour before everyone else.

First Night

(December 31st, 2015)

The city of Boston has a huge New Year’s Eve celebration, with a day-long family-friendly party. You can get into many of the events, and more than 20 venues for a small fee, and for a little extra you can also attend a concert at night. All through the day there are different events going on to enjoy New Year’s Eve with your family.

New Years Parties

(December 31st, 2015; All over Boston)

There are multiple kinds of parties all around the city of Boston. There are concerts by live bands and DJs, dance bashes and balls, orchestra concerts, and many more ways to celebrate. Find out what you’re missing by coming to Boston for New Year’s Eve.