A September Events Guide to Boston

Start the new school year off right by going to these cool events around Boston! This month is full of free festivals, so get some friends together to check them out!

Melanie Martinez
9/3 Sinclair Music Hall // 7:30 PM
Despite gaining fame from being on The Voice, Melanie Martinez is really good. She’s got a heavy Marina and the Diamonds vibe going on and her songs like "Carousel" and "Dollhouse" are classic lady jams.

9/5-6 Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park
Go check out local art vendors, eat from food trucks and enjoy performing artists on 2 stages. Local artisans will be selling handmade clothing, zines, crafts and so much more! ALSO IT’S FREE.

Nick Jonas
9/10 House of Blues // 6:30 PM
The Jonas Brothers were my first concert when I was 12 and it was amazing. Nick Jonas is a babe. His show will be all about his new stuff, but I bet he’ll throw in some classic Jonas Brothers hits.

9/12 Fenway Park
CALLING ALL COLLEGE STUDENTS! After moving in, get some floor-mates together and head to Fenway for CollegeFest! There will be local and nationally known musicians, student entertainment, prizes, and giveaways. It’ll be a great way to get to know new people during your transition. ALSO IT’S FREE.

Passion Pit
9/16 Lawn on D // 7PM
Freshmen year I went to a Passion Pit concert at Agganis and I’m not even kidding: it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to. There were lights, smoke, and firework-ish shit that blazed to the rhythm of the music. In the pit people were moshing like crazy - I actually fell and got a concussion from moshing too hard (haha). The Lawn on D will also be a perfect venue! There’s nothing like an outdoor concert - especially at the Lawn on D! You’ll trip out to those amazing luminescent swings as you jam to the music.

The Wombats
9/16 House of Blues // 8PM
I’m so glad this British Indie Rock band is finally coming to Boston. Their first album A Guide to Love, Loss and Desperation is one of my top favorite albums ever. At the very least you should check out their single "Greek Tragedy" off their latest album Glitterbug. The song is so good and the video makes it even better.

September 17 - 21
Lineup, venues and tickets announced on September 3rd. The Boston Film Festival is dedicated to supporting evolving filmmakers by screening their films and holding post-screening Q & A sessions with directors. Awards will be presented at the end of the festival at Stuart Street Playhouse.

9/19 DCR Hatch Memorial Shell // 12PM
Check out Mix 104.1’s FREE CONCERT featuring Rob Thomas, Third Eye Blind, Andy Grammer, Vance Joy, and Rachel Platten! The lineup is pretty good for a free show, and THIRD EYE BLIND IS SO GOOD.

9/19 East Broadway between I and L Streets // 11AM-4PM
Enjoy live music and dance performances on two stages, 100 artists and local merchants, fair food and food trucks! Also bring your dog - it’s pooch friendly! FREE.

9/19 - 20 Faneuil Hall
Spend the day at Faneuil Hall to see the street performers’ parade on Saturday. The weekend will be filled with magic, juggling, music, and acrobatic acts. FREE.

Black Market
9/20 Cambridge Community Center // 11AM-6PM
This artsy market attracts the coolest people! With over 90 vendors selling everything from secondhand to handmade goods, you'll definitely find something vintage or crafty that you'll love! Commonly sold items include artwork, zines, records, body care, baked goods, books, patches, pins, T-shirts, leather goods, knits, woodwork, pottery, vintage clothing, jewelry, tea, astrology readings & MORE! $1 entry fee.

9/20 Rose Kennedy Greenway
A FOOD festival??! This is just my speed. The Boston local food festival showcases farmers, local restaurants, food trucks, specialty food producers, fisher folks, and organizations focusing on healthy food and fitness from New England.  $6 servings of locally grown and sustainably produced food will be served; there will also be local music, chef demos, exhibitions, workshops, and food-inspired arts and crafts. It’s also FREEEEE.

The Decemberists
9/23 Blue Hills Bank Pavilion // 7:30 PM
The Decemberists are a modern classic indie rock band. Their sound is sort of sarcastic and brutally honest in a comical way. Their latest album What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World is so filled with cultural references that it’s impossible not to relate to it somehow. The video for their latest single, "Make You Better", features the character Ron Swanson. It’s got a hilarious 70's game show vibe.

GL0W Boston
Students of Boston this ones for you! GLOW Boston is a rage to kick off the school year. The DJs will be spinning EDM and top 40 remixes. 18+.

Boston Calling Music Festival
9/25-27 City Hall Plaza
Ah yes it’s that time of year again. Get your flower crowns ready kiddos, it’s Boston Calling. The lineup this year is pretty mediocre, except for Alt-J! Here’s the lineup:

Ed Sheeran
9/25 Gillette Stadium // 7:30PM
People still like Ed Sheeran right? I don’t even know anymore. I went to his concert a few years ago at the House of Blues and he was really great. Between songs he would beatbox and tell stories about when he got shitfaced at music festivals. It’s kind of strange to imagine him playing at such a huge stadium - his style is perfect for small, intimate venues. I don’t know if he’ll interact with the audience very much at Gillette, but either way it’s sure to be a great show.

Free Museum Day
Every museum in the state is free today so go hit ‘em up! I always recommend seeing the MFA, Isabella Stewart Gardner, ICA and the Arnold Arboretum.

Boston Hempfest Freedom Rally
9/26-27 Boston Common
Legally smoke weed in the park this weekend at the Freedom Rally! Bring a blanket, some bongos, a blunt and some chill friends - it’s sure to be a great day. If you aren’t into smoking, I still recommend dropping by. It’s definitely going to a be wild scene. Last year some friends and I started dancing with street performers and a huge crowd formed. My friend put his hat down and the crowd gave us change & blunt wraps. But then it turned out they weren’t even street performers they were just dirty hippies. It was great.

9/27 Harvard Avenue between Brighton Avenue and Cambridge Street // 12-6PM
“The Urban Mardi Gras” - The Allston Village Street Fair is a multicultural festival celebrating the rich diversity of Allston, Brighton and other surrounding neighborhoods. The event will have music from two stages, an International Food Court, a Vendors Market, a public art Street Mural Area, and Promotional Giveaways! Proceeds from this event will benefit the Allston-Brighton Community as well as local charities. Allston is a funky town, so this is sure to be a great time! FREE.

Text: Katie G
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