6/16 Tall Ships @ Boston Harbor (check site for specific locations)
Finally, summer is here in Boston--after another one of those seemingly endless rainy New England springs...March Mudness gives way to April Showers, which bring May...err, May Showers, and then...June showers? Seriously? But then, suddenly, it’s consistently warm and sunny--and it’s time to hit the streets, the parks, catch a few concerts, and see what festivals are in store this year. Honestly, we can’t think of a more iconic way to kick off another Boston summer, than to attend the annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl! This event, running from June 6th through June 8th, brings out some of the region’s super star ice cream scoopers, like Vermont’s Ben & Jerry’s, Hood, Breyer’s, and many more, with proceeds going to the Dana Farber Cancer Research Center. Again, please eat responsibly, folks--ice cream brain freeze is a no laughing matter…
Another fantastic festival taking place this month is the annual Boston/Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, taking place on the Cambridge Side of the Charles River. Though having origins in the historical life of drowned Chinese poet Qu Yuan, whose death was thought to have inspired locals to jump into dragon boats to retrieve his body, the event in Boston/Cambridge has come to be more of an East Asian exhibition, featuring not only the boisterous traditional boat races, but also a host of diverse cultural events and demonstrations, including hypnotic Japanese taiko drumming, Korean martial arts, and delicious foods stalls and trucks, so don’t miss this spectacular event on the banks of the Charles, taking place over the weekend of June 10th- June 11th.
By far one of the most anticipated events of this summer is the iconic arrival of some 50 Tall Ships, hailing from all over the world. June 16th is when the ceremonies will kick off, but be sure not to miss the Grand Parade of Sail as the majestic ships make their way around the harbor with sails drawn, on Saturday, June 17th. Throughout the week, ships will be open for boarding, while a variety of festivals, salutes, sporting events, and festivals involving the international crews will take place until they depart on June 22nd. Check the Sail Boston site for full schedule and location information.
Foodies, don't forget to check out Chefs in Shorts down at the Seaport hotel on June 19th. Some of the city's top-tier chefs will be at the helm of this casual but delicious grilling event. Your ticket covers sample of beer and wine, and goes to the fascinating Future Chefs program, which introduces Boston's urban youth to future in the culinary industry.
This summer, as always, promises our fair share of music events--something for all tastes, being the world-class city that we are. Are over-produced, auto-tuned hip-hop and R&B bad boys your cup of lean? Head over to Jamn’ 94.5’s Summer Jam, where you can catch New Orleans superstar Lil’ Wayne, French Montana, and others, at Mansfield Meadows on June 16th. If groovy vibes, endless guitar-noodling, and ‘60’s nostalgia are more your scene, nobody does it better than The Dead & Company--even long after lead singer-songwriter Jerry Garcia departed this realm for hippy Valhalla. Original surviving members of the Grateful Dead will also be joined by special guests like noted Taylor Swift Ex, John Mayer. Keep Truckin’ over to Fenway Park on June 18th! And if you still haven’t found what you’re looking for…(*ahem*) well, word on the street is those Irish lads, U2, will be filling Foxboro’s Gillette Stadium with the sounds of their classic 90’s album, The Joshua Tree, from start to finish, on June 25th.
The end of June, of course, sees things gearing up for Boston’s biggest holiday, July 4th--and we’ll get into that more in a few weeks--but the annual prelude to the fireworks and the Pops is undoubtedly the Boston Harborfest, a 5 day celebration of Boston’s history as well as maritime geography. Join special walking tours, clambakes, trips to the Boston Harbor Islands, and a lot more!
And, as always, don’t forget--summer in Boston is about baseball! Watching balls fly out of historic Fenway Park onto Lansdowne street while enjoying a classic Fenway Frank is a rite of passage in any New England summer--and this year’s Red Sox are hot on the heels of a revitalized New York Yankee lineup, promising to renew one of sport’s greatest rivalries of all time, so check their home schedule here!