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Boston has fun festive events taking place throughout the year including concerts, festivals, fairs and sporting events.

The list below presents an overview of some the major events in the Boston area.


Boston Wine Festival

Regional wineries exhibit their wines during the last week in January. Each night, a winery provides dinner and the perfect wine to go with it. All dinners are prepared by one of Boston's chefs. Located at the Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf.Call (617) 439-7000 for more information.

Cookbook Dinearound

Join Chefs and food critics from all over the country when Boston restaurants bring out their best in this gourmet event. Sample some of Boston's best food and watch the pros prepare their famous dishes. Beginning the third Friday of every January. Located around the Le Meridien Hotel. Call (888) SEE-BOSTON for more information.


Boston Wine Expo

If you enjoy wine, the Boston Wine Expo is a must. It is the largest public wine exposition in the country with over 400 wineries and 1,800 wines to sample. Check out cooking demonstrations by top chefs. Located at The Boston World Trade Center, 164 Northern Ave., beginning the 1st Saturday of every February. Call (617) 385-5000 for more information.

Boston Cooks!

For the latest in cookware and kitchen design, visit Boston Cooks! You can also sample dishes of some of the country's best chefs. Located the Boston World Trade Center, 164 Northern Ave., starting the 2nd Friday of every February. Call (617) 385-5000 for more information.


International Boston Seafood Show

Delight in fresh fish and explore new seafood products at the annual exposition of seafood vendors. Located at the Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., in the middle of March. Call (207) 842-5599 for more information.

New England Spring Flower Show

View some of the most beautiful local flowers and gardens at the Bayside Expo and Conference Center. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society, this event takes place in the middle of March. Call (617) 536-9280 for more information.


Art in Bloom

Local garden clubs and area florists show off thier flowers at this annual convention. View hundreds of flower arrangements and garden galleries. Hosted by The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntingdon Ave., on the last Friday in April. Call (617) 267-9300 for more information.

Easter Egg Hunt

Bring the family and enjoy the fun at the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Sponsored by the city, this event is usually held on a Saturday in the middle of April. Located in Buttonwood Park, Rockdale Ave. and Route 6, in New Bedford. Call (508) 991-6295 for more information.


Dinner at the Otises

Tour the Harrison Gray Otis house, an 18th century house, owned by one of Boston's early mayors. After the tour, enjoy a multi-course dinner from that period. Dinner served to a maximum of 20 guests. Tickets are $55.00. Located at 141 Cambridge St. Call (617) 227-3956 for more information.

Farmers' Markets

Come out and enjoy the local produce. Located at two locations in Boston. The City Hall Plaza market opens on May 20, and the market at Copley Square, Boylston and Dartmouth Sts., opens on May 28. Call (617) 635-4500 (City Hall) and (617) 626-1700 (Copley Square) for more information.


Party in the Plaza

Enjoy a number of events and free concerts during Harborfest. Located at the City Hall Plaza's North Stage, on the last weekend in June. Call (617) 635-3400 for more information.

Children's Day at the Harborfest

Children between 4 and 11 will be entertained with history and marine science displays, games and a face-painting party all celebrating Harborfest. Located at the City Hall Plaza, on the last weekend in June. Call (617) 635-4500 for more information.



Come out and watch the best chefs in Boston compete for the title of "Boston's Best Chowder". Taste the recipes and decide for yourself. Tickets are $5. to $7. Located at City Hall Plaza, 11 AM - 6 PM, July 1. Call (617) 635-4500 for more information.

Bastille Day in Boston

Celebrate this French national holiday with a street party featuring puppet shows, hatters and other street vendors. Sponsored by the French Library (53 Marlborough St., between Berkeley and Dartmouth Sts.). Call (617) 912-0400 for more information.


Chinatown Festival

Explore Asian culture featuring exhibitions of a variety of arts and foods and martial arts displays. Located in Chinatown (between South Station and the Boston Common), 10 AM - 6 PM, during the first week of August. Call (617) 635-3485 for more information.

August Moon Festival

Celebrate, in Chinatown, the 1368 overthrow of the Yuan dynasty. Enjoy authentic mooncakes with hidden messages. Located at the Gateway Arch on Harrison Ave., on the 3rd Sunday of August. Call (617) 635-3485 for more information.


New England Conservatory

Enjoy free concerts hosted by the New England Conservatory. Located at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St., starting the first week of September. Call (617) 536-2412 for more information.


Vegetarian Food Festival

Enjoy this exhibition of food and cooking for the vegetarian lifestyle. Hosted by The Reggie Lewis Athletic Center in the middle of October. Located at 1350 Tremont Street. Call (617) 541-3535 for more information.

Halloween on the Harbor

Join the party on deserted George's Island. Enjoy Halloween activities and a costume contest. Boston Harbor Cruises leave from Long Wharf, every 15 minutes between 11 AM and 12:30 PM., on the last two weekends in October. Call (617) 227-4321 for more information.


Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Take a tour through the heiress's turn of the 20th century, million dollar home. See a mixture of periods and styles in the furniture Isabella selected. There is also an art museum. Located at 280 The Fenway. Open Tuedays through Sundays, 11 AM - 5 PM. Call (617) 566-1401 for more information.

New England Aquarium

Check out a multi-level coral reef display inside an ocean tank or take a whale watch boat excursion at one of the nation's most amazing aquariums. Located at the Central Wharf and open daily 9 AM - 5 PM. The boat excursions are available through the end of November. Call (617) 937-5200 for more information.


Boston Tea Party Reenactment

Dress up in a Colonial outfit and see a re-enactment of the December 16, 1773 protest of taxation without representation. Hosted by The Old South Meeting House. Admission is free if you come in costume; otherwise it is $1. Call (617) 482 6439 for more information.

Chanukah Celebration

Join in the celebration of the festival of lights. Located Downtown Crossing. Call (617) 266-1492 for more information.

Information from EventGuide