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Boston Events and Festivals
The Marshfield Annual Fair, the Chowderfest, the Boston Pops concerts and St. Patrick's Day celebrations are just a few of the great number of spectacular events that complement this most famous city. There are also many popular festivities that take place in nearby Cambridge.

January
New Year's Day - January 1st, see the L-Street Brownies, a group of elderly swimmers (many in their eighties and nineties) take their annual plunge in the icy waters at South Boston's Carson Beach 

February 
Boston's Chinatown - mid-February, Chinese New Year celebrations 

Boston Wine Festival - held at the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, includes a rare wine auction and the Anthony Spinazzola Gala, New England's premier culinary event 

The Museum of Afro-American History - in conjunction with the New England Conservatory of Music, celebrates Black History Month 

Ice Hockey - several Sundays, the annual Beanpot Hockey Tournament between college teams

March 
St. Patrick's Day Parade - March 17th, big celebrations throughout Boston. Also Evacuation Day, commemorating the expulsion of British troops from South Boston by General Washington in 1776 

April
The Red Sox - another hopeful season at Fenway Park 

Swan Boats - the return of the swan boats in the Public Garden is a real sign of spring 

Patriot's Day - the Monday nearest April 19th, re-enactments of Paul Revere's famous ride from Hanover Street in Boston's North End to Lexington 

Boston Marathon - on Patriot's Day, the Boston Athletic Association fills the streets with runners from Hopkinton to the Back Bay 

May 
Great Boston Kite Festival - mid-May, this event is held at Franklin Park 

Arnold Arboretum - celebrations of the 400 varieties of lilac in bloom, on 'Lilac Sunday' 

Ducklings - from Beacon Hill to the Public Garden lagoon, people 'make way for ducklings' during their Mother's Day waddle 

June 
Boston Early Music Festival - early June, this week-long event takes place biannually in odd-number years. It features dozens of lectures, classes and performance of a rare, fully-staged baroque opera 

Bunker Hill Weekend - mid-June, weekend of activities culminating in a parade on Bunker Hill, remembering the battle in Charlestown 

Boston Globe Jazz Festival - lasting a week, at venues throughout the city 

Fourth of July celebration - late June / early July, Boston's annual Harborfest includes a concert with fireworks over the harbor 

July 
Boston Pops Concert and Fireworks Display - early July, a musical extravaganza at the Hatch Shell 

Chowderfest - sample New England clam chowder from Boston's best restaurants 

Civil War Battle Re-enactments - weekend closest to July 18, held at the Robert Gould Shaw and 54th Regiment Memorial on the Common 

Lowell Folk Festival - late July, more than 100,000 music-lovers make their way to Lowell for this festival 

Marblehead's Race Week - end of July, attracting boats from all along the Eastern seaboard 

August 
Dragon parade - mid-August, this parade through Chinatown is part of the August Mood Festival 

September 
Cambridge River Festival - mid-September, numerous events; takes place along the Charles River 

North End 'Feasts' - the North End honors a variety of saints with great food and music (Italian) 

October 
Columbus Day Parade - early October, this parade travels from East Boston to the North End 

Massachusetts Cranberry Harvest Festival - Columbus Day weekend, held in both Plymouth and neighboring South Carver's Edaville Cranberry Bog. The nation's oldest county fair, the Topsfield Fair, recalls the areaís farm heritage 

The Bruins and Celtics both start their basketball seasons 

November 
Pilgrim's Stroll - weekend before Thanksgiving, modern-day Pilgrims walk through Plymouth's historic homes 

Boston Ballet's Nutcracker - late November to early January, the start of another season 

December 
December Lights - trees in the shopping centers and on Boston Common are covered in thousands of tiny lights - and also on the big evergreen in front of the Prudential Center 

Newbury Street Holiday Stroll - entertains shoppers with music, food and holiday activities 

Boston Tea Party Re-enactment - mid-December, this event takes places at the Boston Tea Party Ship and Museum and also in Cambridge at Harvard's Sanders Theater 

Holiday Celebrations - general festivities, including music at Faneuil Hall, dance and folk plays from around the world 

New Year's Eve - this is a full day and night of outdoor and indoor concerts and festivities, culminating in fireworks over Boston Harbor

Arts and Entertainment
The Symphony Hall 
301 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, 02115
(617) 266 1492
The hall is home to the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Handel and Haydn Society and also the Boston Pops. The acoustics are particularly impressive during the many concerts, which include classical, jazz and popular music.

Berklee Performance Center
136 Massachusetts Avenue
617-266-7455
This Back Bay venue seats 1,220 and hosts jazz, pop, folk, and world music concerts by international performers. 

Hatch Shell
Enbankment Road
617-727-9547
The Boston Pops gives free concerts here in early July. The highlight is the July 4th concert with fireworks.

Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street (one block west of Symphony Hall)
617-536-2412
This acoustically perfect venue in the New England Conservatory, showcases the Boston Philharmonic, Boston Baroque, Cantata Singers, and Boston Gay Menís Chorus.

Sanders Theatre
Quincy Street at Cambridge Street
617-496-2222
A 1200 seat neo-Gothic theater with classical and world music.

Ballet Theater of Boston
400 Harvard Street
Cambridge
617-354-7467
The company performs classical and contemporary ballet.

Boston Lyric Opera Company
400 Harvard Street
617-542-6772
Several productions a year at the Shubert Theater.

Wang Center for the Performing Arts
270 Tremont Street
617-482-9393
A 1920s theater used for performances by the impressive Boston Ballet.

Boston Center for the Arts
539 Tremont Street
617-426-7700
Three stages house several contemporary theater companies.

Shubert Theater
265 Tremont Street
Founded in 1910, and still located in the heart of the theater district, the Shubert produces major pre-and post-Broadway shows.

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