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Summer Events Happening Right Here in Boston MA

by Pamela Lawson
May 22, 2018 

We’re right smack in the middle of spring and graduation season, and it’s the perfect time to start putting together your summer! Known for its extreme humid continental climate and hot summers (some would argue this being a ‘breath of fresh air’ from the deep freeze a couple of months back), summer is bright, loud, colorful and bursting with energy. Boston MA has continuously ranked as one of the most tourist-friendly cities in the United States.

Summer is all about fireworks, walks in the park, picnics with the family and close friends, anticipating the July 4th, taking on the Boston Pops concert and then scouring Boston Harborfest for the most delightful local cuisine available.

Fenway Park, home to the Red Sox, is also always expected to be packed and roaring with fans from all over the country, while Friday Flicks shown at the Esplanade is where things get a little more romantic. Here are some top events and activities happening around Boston during the summer months. 

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Awesome Fireworks and Spectacular Concerts

Everywhere around the country, concert halls, ballrooms, event venues and exhibition halls are going to be packed. You’re going to want to be prepared for this one.

No matter how you look at it, you’re going to agree that the July 4th Pops Concerts and its following fireworks display is jaw-droppingly good. The patriotic national holiday is celebrated along the banks of Charles River, people call it a national celebration taken to a whole new level!

It starts with entertainment the night before the big day near The Oval area of Esplanade in front of Hatch Shell, which is then greeted with an exemplary display of fireworks to get the celebration going. After enjoying the firing off of more than 10,000 fireworks, find yourself a comfortable space alongside the river while watching the sky light up with dazzling pyrotechnics. If you’re not keen to rub shoulders with everyone else, an alternative would be to book a hotel room near the Esplanade (Sheraton, Liberty Hotel, Taj Hotel Boston and Marriott Cambridge) where the awesome view would be in plain sight too. It beats catching the action on TV. If you’re game for live concerts, book your spot on the 3rd, and if you’re in for the fireworks, July 4th is the day for it.

You don’t really have to scamper around for too long for a spot if you arrive a few hours earlier at the site of choice. The fireworks are launched between Longfellow and Mass Ave Bridges, so, you can typically see them from miles and miles away. There are also plenty of good spots along the Cambridge side of the river, near BU Bridge, in front of MIT, on top of Bunker Hill, and even from Castle Island 3 miles away.

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Have a Whale of a Time

The ocean is far more inviting during the spring and summer months for marine animals in the surrounding Boston waters. Activities are lined-up for kids, exhibits are displayed for students, adults and curious tourists, and there are tailor-made whale-watching excursions to take you to the front row seats of a spectacular ocean show.

The biggest whale-watching tours are organized by The New England Aquarium together with Boston Harbor Cruises which takes off from Central Wharf. The Stellwagen Bank Marine Sanctuary is the perfect refuge for the marine animals during the season, and the good news is that it is located just a short boat ride away from downtown Boston MA. Being one of the world’s largest and most active marine sanctuaries, it is home to fascinating whales, fun-loving dolphins, hungry seabirds and much, much more. So, get your cameras ready and snap away at humpback whales, finback whales, minke whales and pilot whales when they show off their aquatic acrobatic skills! They guarantee you a whale-sighting experience, so, if you don’t see them, you'll get a free ticket to come back another time.

As a bonus, the ride will take you around to some of the most exceptionally enticing sites around Boston Harbor Islands. Historic lighthouses will be, in the meantime, saluting stoically along the shores. Brainstorm your options below!

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Williamstown Theatre Festival

You don’t have to be an artsy person or know every play that Shakespeare has written in order to appreciate the Williamstown Theatre Festival, also fondly known as WTF. This annual Tony Award-winning festival has been holding it out at Williams College since its idea came to life in 1954, the brainchild of the college’s news director, Ralph Renzi. Like a cannonball, it launched off to a great start and enjoyed an amazing reception. Established Broadway actress, Marcia Henderson who was raised in Williamstown, got the party off to a good start and it was joined by renowned actors and actresses like Sigourney Weaver, Gwyneth Paltrow, Nathan Lane, Richard Chamberlain, Christopher Walken and many more in the years that followed.

It includes both student-led presentations and classic plays, bold presentations by local hopefuls in search for a stage to showcase their works. The festival plays its part in shining the spotlight on educational programs, workshops, readings, talks, and seminars too. By revisiting old classic plays, opening minds with brand bold musicals, reintroducing late-night cabarets and encouraging community work, it has become one of the country’s top training ground for the new generation of homegrown talents.

Williamstown Theater Festival
62 Center for Theatre and Dance
1000 Main Street, Williamstown, MA
(413) 458-3253

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Shakespeare On the Common

First off, it’s free. Second, it outdoors. And thirdly, it’s Shakespeare, therefore, ideal for everyone in the family. I am sure there are MORE reasons why people would enjoy the simple, thought-provoking plays of Shakespeare, whether they’re in a theater or outdoors.

In a world where there are far fewer people all around the world to have encountered a real book, it is all the more important right now to introduce, or reintroduce, the love for the arts. Since Shakespeare is an important educational reference for kids and young, growing adults, it’s a gourmet of literacy and a walk down memory lane for others. Bring a blanket, spread it over the grass, bring your packed sandwiches and drinks, gaze up into the stars and watch the beautiful words of one of the greatest man of literature come to life on stage.

This year, word has it that Commonwealth Shakespeare Company is stepping up the game and we can’t wait to see what they have to bring to the table. They will be ready to take the stage at Boston Commons through to August 6th together with a whole lineup of versed professionals and aspiring newbies. The free performances take place near Parkman Bandstand on the Boston Common, right across from AMC Loews movie theater. They are performed every night except for Monday starting at 7pm on Sunday and 8pm on other nights.

You might also want to check out their ‘Greenshows’ which are sketches eloquently weaved together in a family-friendly way. It aims to teach and induce a few laughs along the way.

Shakespeare on the Common
Boston Common, Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-0863 

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Taking your Break all the Way to Bermuda

If you REALLY want to take a break, take it all the way from Boston to Bermuda. A change of scenery, a new page, and a brand new perspective is what you will get from a cruise to Bermuda.

In the middle of summer, Boston beaches prove popular stomping grounds too and Massachusetts is known for pampering its residents with plenty of wide open space to soak in the sun during summer. The Atlantic Ocean and its many quaint little alcoves have great views, modern amenities, and waterfront facilities. The respites are less than 30 minutes away by car, with a few in the outlying fringes of the Boston border. It would make for a fantastic day trip. Before stepping on it, please visit their website or call them to check on details like admission fees, parking, and availability of hotel rooms if you’re staying overnight.

And here are a few beaches that should be on your trajectory:-
  1. Crane Beach which doubles up as a nature preserve and hiking trail
  2. Good Harbor Beach
  3. Half Moon Beach which sits on Gloucester's first European 1600s settlement
  4. Revere Beach (the oldest public beach in the country)
  5. Spectacle Island which is approximately 25 minutes from downtown Boston.
The good news is that you can expect regular cruises taking off from Boston towards Bermuda from May to early November. Ideally, after spending a few days traversing the white sandy beaches of Boston, your body, heart and mind would be more than ready to expand your boundaries to the cyan-colored waters of Bermuda.

You must have heard of the dramatic pink-sand beaches too, blessed with crescent-shaped coves, blanketed by nothing but fluffed-up clouds in the sky. They’re a little secluded, thanks to its natural geography and shape, but it has modern facilities at-the-ready and great attractions for kids and teens alike. 

For instance, you can hit up Bermuda Railway Trail for a biking expedition, seek out sunken treasures with the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institution, or make a trip to either the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo or Walsingham Nature Reserve for an unforgettable, educational trip.
  • Crane Beach
    290 Argilla Road, Ipswich, MA 01938
    (978) 356-4354
  • Good Harbor Beach
    99 Thatcher Rd, Gloucester, MA 01930
    (978) 281-9785
  • Half Moon Beach
    Western Ave, Gloucester, MA 01930, USA
  • Revere Beach
    350 Revere Beach Blvd, Revere, MA 02151
    (978) 807-0167
  • Spectacle Island
    4 miles from Boston
    15 State Street, Suite 1100, Boston, MA 02109
  • Castle Island
    2010 William J Day Blvd, Boston, MA 02127
    (617) 727-5290
  • Ocean Discovery Centre @ Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute (BUEI)
    40 Crow Lane, Hamilton HM GX, Bermuda
    (441) 292-7219
  • Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo
    40 N Shore Rd, Bermuda
    (441) 293-2727

Get Your Gear On and Run

Running the world’s oldest and most established marathon will take arduous drilling, and summertime is fab for Boston Marathon training. The run is rolled out every year during April or May (please check its official website for registration dates), and it has, indeed, come a long way since being revived from the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. As one of the 6 World Marathon Majors, entrants from all around the world would train and travel to Boston for the event, numbering to the tune of 38,700 entrants and 35,800 finishers.

The reason you would need to begin your training for 2019 Boston Marathon RIGHT NOW is that entrants need to meet their strict qualification guidelines. Its qualifying times, however, have not changed in recent years and is available for viewing on the Boston Athletics Associations website. Please take note that the faster you are, the better your chances of being accepted. Celebrities who qualify for it, therefore, are also known to (deservingly) flaunt their medals on Instagram and other social media platforms at the finishing line. Everyone works hard to reach it and deserve the recognition that it accords.

So, get your gear ready and gun for the finishing line today if you wish to qualify.

Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor, Boston, MA, 02116
(617) 236-1652

Book a Charter Bus for your Summer Group Event in Boston, MA, Right Now!

Run it out, go diving, spend the summer soaking in the sun, or relish the theatrical magnificence of Shakespeare this summer! Whatever your pick, it is always more fun when done in a group and with a rented Boston charter bus. There’s history behind the walls behind the historic and magical Fenway Park, delicious ice-cream at the iconic Hood Ice-Cream stand right outside of the Boston Children’s Museum across Fort Point Channel, and free films like the Muppets, Beauty and the Beast and The Wizard of Oz at the Summer Film Series outside of Davis Museum at Wellesley College.

The right vehicle is waiting just for you right here. The charter bus packages from Charter Bus Boston are competitively-priced after we’ve sifted through our database and each is customized to suit your needs. If you need logistical help, meet-and-greet personnel, dispatchers, administrative help, drivers and event planners, we have the professionally-trained people for you too. Event organizers, wedding planners, organizations, individuals, and groups are more than welcomed to call us at 1-800-304-1993 or contact us via the online form on our website right here. We strongly believe that TOGETHER is how we make an event an AWESOME one!

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