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Annual Boston Wine Festival

The Boston Harbor Hotel plays host to over 50 guest wineries for 3 months of wining and dining on a grand scale. As well as some of the best established names in the world, the festival is renowned for introducing some of the very best new wines available and so is very popular with connoisseurs.

Date: 10 January 2020 - 18 March 2020
Venue: Boston Harbor Hotel.
Website: http://www.bostonwinefestival.net
Cost:

Various.


Boston Celtic Music Festival

This unique event features 100 musicians and performers representing Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, and other Celtic traditions. This is a great opportunity to sample Celtic culture with lots of concerts, ceilidh and workshops for all ages.

Date: 16 January 2020 - 19 January 2020
Venue: Various.
Website: http://www.clubpassim.org/BCMFest
Cost:

Various.


Dr Martin Luther King Jr Birthday Weekend

The city of Boston celebrates the anniversary of Dr Martin Luther King Jr's birth on 15 January 1929 with a series of concerts, exhibitions and special events. The revered civil rights leader was a figurehead of the campaign for equality for African Americans whose famous €œI have a dream€ speech is known throughout the world. King gained a PhD in Systematic Theology from Boston University in 1955 and is enshrined in the city's cultural identity. In 1986, 18 years after his assassination on 4 April 1968, the anniversary of his birth became a public holiday throughout America. Boston marks the holiday weekend with a series of special events, church services and exhibitions in various locations across the city.

Date: 18 January 2020 - 20 January 2020
Venue: Various locations in Boston.
Cost:

Most events are free.


Boston International Film Festival

The Boston International Film Festival is a must for cinema fans.

Date: 16 April 2020 - 21 April 2020
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.bostoniff.com/
Cost:

Various.


Boston Marathon

The Boston race is the oldest annually contested marathon in the world. Beginning in the rural New England town of Hopkinton, the course runs the customary 42.2km (26 miles 385 yards) to the centre of Boston, with Men's Elite, Women's Elite and amateurs starting in turn. Boston's was the first marathon to introduce a wheelchair division. The field limit is 20,000 participants and would-be runners are always advised to get their applications in early. The event enjoys a lively, holiday atmosphere and among the better vantage points are Boston College and Beacon Street, just before the finish line.

Date: 20 April 2020 - 20 April 2020
Venue: Boston streets.
Website: http://www.baa.org
Cost:

Free.


Patriot's Day Celebrations

Forever stamped in history as the place where the American Revolution began, each year the city of Boston marks Patriots Day. It was on this day in 1775 that the first major battle between the British troops and the colonists took place. According to the history books, Paul Revere rode out to Lexington to warn the colonists that the British troops had begun to march towards Concord. A bloody battle ensued and the American Revolution had begun. The day is marked each year with battle re-enactments, formal ceremonies, exhibitions, historic displays and performances and the popular Boston Marathon.

Date: 20 April 2020 - 20 April 2020
Venue: Streets of Boston.
Cost:

Free.


Arts First Cambridge

Arts First presents more than 200 music, theatre, dance, and visual arts events. The festival celebrates all kinds of creative activity at various indoor and outdoor venues including Harvard Yard, Sanders Theatre, the Harvard Museums and the undergraduate houses. It is Harvard's annual four-day celebration of the arts, instigated in 1992 at which undergraduates and graduate students present a great programme of drama, music, dance, film, and literary and visual arts.

Date: 30 April 2020 - 03 May 2020
Venue: Various locations around Boston.
Website: http://ofa.fas.harvard.edu/arts/
Cost:

Many events free.


Cambridge River Festival

The Cambridge River Festival celebrates all things arts-related with a free outdoor event, attracting an enthusiastic audience of 200,000 people annually to the banks of the Charles River. The event starts with a procession from Harvard Square to the river, with a variety of visual and performing art and food which reflects the city's diverse neighborhoods and cultural heritage. Enjoy everything from national and local jazz, folk and world music to dance, poetry and theatre performances.

Date: 01 June 2020 - 30 June 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Memorial Drive.
Website: http://www.cambridgema.gov/arts/Programs/riverfestival
Cost:

Free.


Boston Harborfest

Ending with a bang to coincide with the US's Fourth of July celebrations, Boston Harborfest is a seven-day celebration that gets the city in the party spirit with a packed programme of entertainment. Events show off the city's rich colonial and maritime heritage through a series of re-enactments, exhibitions, guided city tours and historic displays. Always popular with families, Children's Day is one of the main events where younger visitors can enjoy a mix of sports events, performances, jugglers and face painters. With fun, games and entertainment for visitors of all ages, the Boston Harborfest is one of the biggest celebrations in the city.

Date: 29 June 2020 - 05 July 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Boston's downtown and waterfront districts.
Website: http://www.bostonharborfest.com
Cost:

Most events are free.


Independence Day Commemorative Events

As the city inextricably linked with the start of the American Revolution, Boston takes its independence seriously. The day starts at 0900 with an official flag raising in City Hall Plaza. Then a parade begins on route from Tremont, Bromfield, Washington, to Court Street, pausing at the Old Granary Burial Ground to place wreaths on the graves of John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Peter Faneuil, and Robert Paine, followed by reading of the Declaration of Independence in front of the Old State House. There are then 4 July celebrations all over the city followed in the evening by a spectacular fireworks display (10,000 shells and devices are used each year). The Boston Pops have entertained music fans on the Esplanade along the banks of the Charles River since 1930 and the tradition continues with the orchestra providing the soundtrack for the celebration.

Date: 04 July 2020 - 04 July 2020
Venue: Various location in Boston.
Cost:

Most events are free.


Fisherman's Feast of Boston

This is the oldest continuous Italian festival in the North End of Boston. Since 1911, this North End Feast has celebrated the devotion of immigrant Sicilian fishermen to the Madonna del Soccorso di Sciacca (Our Lady of Help). Besides a delicious selection of Italian food and cooking demonstrations, there is also a variety of entertainment, live music, traditional processions and an assortment of children's events, contests, giveaways, and games. In the evening, the fishing waters are blessed, followed by the Cheese Tower building competition, and a procession with the statue of the Madonna.

Date: 01 August 2020 - 31 August 2020
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: North End.
Website: http://fishermansfeast.com
Cost:

Free.


Saint Anthony's Feast

Saint Anthony's Feast is the largest Italian religious festival in New England. This authentic Italian street festival has something for people of every age: parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, contests and daily religious services. Visitors can stroll the beautifully decorated streets sampling the best Italian foods from about 100 different pushcarts. Enjoy arancini, sausage peppers and onion, quahogs, calamari, pizza, pasta and of course zeppole, cannoli and gelato. The highlight of the Feast is the 10-hour procession of the Statue of Saint Anthony through the streets of the North End accompanied by devotees, numerous marching bands and floats.

Date: 27 August 2020 - 30 August 2020
Venue: Streets of Boston.
Cost:

Entry is free.


Head of the Charles Regatta

Each fall, rowers and spectators from around the world gather in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, for the two-day Head of the Charles Regatta. First held in 1965, the race was established by the Cambridge Boat Club members D'Arcy MacMahon, Howard McIntyre, and Jack Vincent, under the guidance of Harvard University sculling instructor Ernest Arlett. Each year the event attracts some 7,000 rowers and crowds in excess of 300,000 who turn out to enthusiastically cheer them on.

Date: 17 October 2020 - 18 October 2020
Venue: Charles River.
Website: http://hocr.org
Cost:

Free to spectate.


Boston Tea Party Reenactment

Relive one of the most iconic public protests in American history - the Boston Tea Party. Gather at Old South Meeting House, the actual historic landmark where the colonists met in 1773, with Boston's infamous rabblerousers like Samuel Adams and Paul Revere, to debate the tea tax and demand liberty from the British crown. It's followed by a procession to Griffin's Wharf accompanied by fife and drums, before the tea is then dumped unceremoniously into the waters at Boston Harbour.

Date: 16 December 2020 - 16 December 2020
Venue: Old South Meeting House.
Website: http://www.oldsouthmeetinghouse.org
Cost:

Various.


First Night Boston

The event First Night Boston is a free two-day celebration to bring in the New Year. Open to the general public, the beloved traditions from 1975 are still carried out, including cultural and musical performances, ice sculptures and light displays. Watch the parade as it passes through the city and enjoy the fireworks display as they count down to the New Year.

Date: 31 December 2020 - 01 January 2021
Venue: Various venues in downtown Boston.
Website: http://www.firstnightboston.org

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The Liberty Hotel

Prison chic is made a reality in the Liberty Hotel. For 120 years, the Charles Street Jail held some of Boston's most infamous criminals but in 2001, Liberty designers converted the building into a classy, unique hotel. Much of the décor mirrors the building's 20th-century charms, including The Clink restaurant which features authentic cell bars and the main lobby that reveals the inner atrium of the original prison. Far from being prison-like, this upscale hotel boasts all the necessary 21st-century amenities along with stunning views of the Charles River and the Boston skyline.

Mandarin Oriental

Located in the cosy Back Bay the Mandarin Oriental combines comfort and style to produce one of Boston's most luxurious and trendy hotels. Rooms resonate with classic oriental styles with a modern flare and boast beautiful views of the Back Bay cityscape. After a long day of touring and shopping enjoy a soak in the oversized Jacuzzi baths or indulge in a massage at the Mandarin Oriental's five-star spa. Perfect for a business retreat or a relaxing holiday the Mandarin Oriental will not disappoint.

Harding House

This classic, baby blue Victorian guesthouse has fourteen handsome rooms decked out in all-American style with quilts, patterned rugs and dark hardwood furniture. The period character of the house gives the place a warm, homely atmosphere which is reinforced by the freely available cakes and coffee, Thursday evening wine tastings and the generous home-cooked breakfast, which is included in the price.

Liberty Clipper

Between June and September only, board one of Boston's elegant tall ships for an alternative, budget accommodation option. Moored in the historic waterfront district of Boston, a block from the North End and Faneuil Hall/Quincy Market, you will be offered a choice of one of six cabins all featuring a skylight, hot/cold water, three shared bathrooms and three shared showers. This is definitely an experience.

Oasis Guest House

This modest 30-room guesthouse is located in one of Boston’s best neighbourhoods and offers simple but comfortable accommodation in a series of attractive brick-fronted buildings. Rooms are simply furnished with queen beds, armchairs, TVs and generic prints. The price includes free internet access, use of the kitchen facilities and a complimentary breakfast.

HI Boston

This cheap and cheerful hostel offers 481 beds in total, and is niftily located in the Theater District/Chinatown area. There is a games room, cafe bar, internet access and laundry facilities. If you're not a member of Hostelling International, you have to pay a daily $3 charge, but this is still one of the cheapest, centrally located accommodation options around.