A June Events Guide for Boston

Don't let Summer boredom get you down! Check out some of these events in the Boston-area for what's sure to be the summer of your life!



Free admission to the Museum of Fine Arts
Weekends and weekdays after 3PM for youths 7-17 // The MFA
Visit the work of the first Japanese artist to be internationally recognized: Katsushika Hokusai. Most famous for his work The Great Wave, Hokusai was extremely prolific. Exhibited are a variety of paintings, woodblock prints, illustrated print books and dioramas.

Scooper Bowl Ice Cream Fest
June 2- 4, 12PM – 8PM // City Hall Plaza
Boston’s’ biggest food festival lets you enjoy your favorite ice cream while also giving back! Bring your friends to eat up and help raise money for the Jimmy Fund to benefit children’s cancer research.

Hot Chip
Thursday June 4, 8PM // The House of Blues
Rage with this British electronic band and enjoy their rowdy, improvised performance.

Free Nights at the Institute of Contemporary Art
Thursday June 4, 11, 18, 25 from 5-9PM // The ICA
Hit up the ICA for free every Thursday night this summer! Check out the Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women that’s comprised of paintings, sculptures and photography by iconic female artists.

Astronomy After Hours at The Museum of Science
Friday June 5, 12, 19, 26, 8:30PM- 10PM // Gilliland Observatory on the roof of the Museum’s parking garage
A clear night at the Museum of Science Observatory makes for a perfect night with your significant other. Sit back, relax and watch the stars, planets, and other astronomical phenomena.

Noel Gallaher’s High Flying Birds
Saturday June 6, 8PM // Boston Opera House
Check out the ex-front man of the band Oasis, Noel Gallagher and his new project but also hear some old favorites

Night Nation Run
Saturday June 6, 7:30PM // 600 Belmont St. Brockton MA
The worlds first running music festival starts bumping EDM at 7:30PM, accompanied by a 5K run/walk/dance at 8:30PM, followed by an all night party with DJs, light shows, confetti guns, lasers and fog.

Coolidge Corner Arts Festival
Saturday June 6, 10AM- 6PM // Devotion School in Brookline
Enjoy food trucks and fine art from 75 artists! Support local businesses and artists at the Coolidge Corner Arts Festival.

Cambridge Arts River Festival
Saturday June 6,12- 6PM // Mass Ave. & Sidney St. in Cambridge
Featuring live jazz, folk, and roots music; dance, theater performances, and poetry; art making, workshops, and demonstrations, the Cambridge Arts River Festival kicks off the summer with a celebration of art and culture. Remember to bring some $$$ because vendors will be selling arts, crafts, and international foods.

Beacon Hill Art Walk
Sunday June 7,12- 6PM // 135 Charles Street
View artwork, listen to live music and explore residential courtyards and gardens of Beacon Hill’s North Slope at the Beacon Hill Art Walk.

Mumford and Sons
Monday June 8, 7PM // Xfinity Center
Be sure to check out this British rock band on their Gentleman of the Road tour!

Lana Del Rey
Tuesday June 9, 8PM // Xfinity Center
This all-American Goddess is coming to the east coast for her first headlining tour. It should be a wild show!

Florence and the Machine
Wednesday June 10, 8PM // Blue Hills Pavilion
Stopping by after her Gov’s Ball performance, this babe is kicking of her summer tour in Boston. Chill out and feel the good vibes of the Blue Hills Pavilion.

Best Coast
Friday June 12, 9PM // Paradise Rock Club
Head over to Boston’s music destination, the Paradise Rock Club, for a night of gnarly pop punk.

Pride Parade & Festival
Saturday June 13, 12PM
Starting at Copley Square at noon and ending at the Boston Pride Festival in City Hall Plaza, the Pride Parade is highlight of Boston Pride Week! Enjoy the scene and show your pride!

Chelsea Art Walk
Saturday & Sunday June 13-14, 12-6 PM
Experience the work of local artists, musicians and performers at various art, galleries, studios, and theatres at the Chelsea Art Walk.


Annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday and Sunday June 13-14, 7AM- 5PM // Cambridge side of the Charles River
In it’s 36th year, the dragon boat festival is definitely a highlight of summer in Boston! Watch the races, eat authentic Asian food and enjoy cultural performances.

SoWa Open Markets every other Sunday
Sunday June 14 & 28, 10AM – 4PM // 460 Harrison Ave, Boston's South End
Shop from tent to tent for organic chocolates, DIY crafts, vintage clothing and classic antiques. Don’t forget to get lunch at either a food truck!

MFA Artist Spotlight: Anthony Young
Wednesday June 17, 6-9PM // Druker Family Pavilion 
Young visual artist Anthony Young explores identity, gender and race inspired by black memorabilia and black archetypes from literature and films.  Meet the artist and view his most recent work which examines the image of the black body through various interpretations.

Roxbury International Film Festival
Wednesday June 17–28 // The MFA
This internationally acclaimed festival gives voice to a variety of diverse cultures worldwide. Showing work by both emerging and established filmmakers, the Roxbury Film Festival is the largest New England film festival dedicated to celebrating films by, for, and about people of color.

Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco
Friday June 19, 6-10PM // City Hall Plaza
Get your groove on and celebrate Boston's own "the queen of disco" Donna Summers. Bring your skates and a funky outfit to match the scene of this summer roller disco!

Third Eye Blind
Thursday June 18, 7PM // Blue Hills Pavilion

Feeling nostalgic for the nineties? Enjoy some of TEB’s classic hits as well as new songs from their latest album Dopamine. Also performing: Dashboard Confessional.

Make Music Harvard Square
June 21, 2-10PM, Harvard Square
In honor of International FĂȘte de la Musique Day, Harvard Square invites over 70 musicians playing rock, pop, hip hop, and jazz in 12 outdoor stages. Support local musicians and discover your new favorite up-and-coming artist at Make Music Harvard Square!

Summer Solstice Celebration
Sunday June 21, 5- 9PM // Harvard Square
Celebrate the Summer Solstice in Harvard Square with circus performances, live music, dancing, food trucks, activities, and free entry to four Harvard museums.

Flume
Tuesday June 23, 7PM // House of Blues
This electronic instrumentalist is taking a pit stop in Boston after his big performance at Gov’s Ball in NYC. His stuff is catchy and complicated, and his show is mesmerizing.

Real Estate
Wednesday June 24, 7PM // Paradise Rock Club
This indie-chill band is finally coming to Boston. Check out their retro video for the song Had to Hear, it’s sure to be the song of the summer.

Ingrid Michaelson
Saturday June 27, 7PM // Blue Hills Pavilion
Chill out with this folk goddess at the beautiful Blue Hills Pavilion. Also playing: Jukebox the Ghost and Secret Someones.

Chinatown Festival
Saturday June 27, 9AM- 5PM // Rose Kennedy Greenway
Immerse yourself into a rich culture at Chinatown’s Main Street Festival. Watch dancing, drumming, martial arts, and an amazing lion dance. Enjoy shopping from local vendors as well as authentic Chinese food.



~Katie
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