10 Greater Boston Events You Don’t Want to Miss This Spring!

Boston Marathon

Where: 26 mile, 385 yard course between Hopkinton and Boston
Cost: Free
About the event: Get your running shoes on or your lawn chairs out to reserve your side spot to watch your favorite runners!

Opening Day at Fenway Park

Where: Fenway Park in downtown Boston, right next to Brookline.

Cost: $30-$190

About the event: Get your appetite ready for some Fenway Franks, because the Sox are back! ESPN is ranking the Sox as the third best team in the league behind last years World Series Champion Chicago Cubs and last year’s American League Champion Cleveland Indians. So it’s sure to be a fun 182 games of baseball before playoffs start in September!

Patriot’s Day Weekend

Where: Multiple locations including Boston, Cambridge, Arlington, Medford, Lincoln, and the historic revolutionary battlefields of Lexington and Concord.

Cost: Free

Have you ever wondered what is was like during the Revolutionary War? You can experience it all during Patriot’s Day Weekend! The historic weekend events include re-enactments, parades, demonstrations, storytelling, and tours.

John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo

Where: Hynes Auditorium in Downtown Boston

Cost: Free

How fitting, a sports and fitness expo RIGHT before the Boston Marathon! Odds are if you’re running the marathon this year, you will be at this. But if you aren’t – you should be! Although this expo has been dubbed “best runner’s expo in the country” by Runner’s World, you can even find something for you if you’ve never pounded the pavement. Last year about 140 exhibitors attended, so be prepared to spend some time here!

Boston International Film Festival

Where: Multiple Boston Venues

Cost: $12-$250

The Boston International Film Festival is an opportunity to view films that normally wouldn’t be in theaters. You can take it one step further and attend the parties, meet the cast, and open a creative dialogue with the filmmakers.

15th Annual Taste of South Boston

Where: Seaport Hotel Plaza Ballroom in South Boston

Cost: $70

The South Boston restaurant scene is continuing to expand. There’s always new fresh tastes to discover! So bring your family to the Taste of South Boston for a night of auctions, raffles, entertainment, drinks and of course, great Boston local-inspired food!

Banned in Boston

Where: Lansdowne Pub & House of Blues

Cost: $250

Banned in Boston is an annual comedy event that raises money for Urban Improv, an urban youth development program that’s described as a “rehearsal for life” and positive catalyst for youth development and violence prevention. The event is one night of music, comedy, food, and drink. Last year, over $700,000 was raised for Urban Improv! Seats are filling up fast!

Earth Day

Where: Everywhere!

Cost: Free

As Bostonians, we love that dirty water! But it’s Earth Day and we need to make an effort to make that water and land around us less dirty. You’ll find many clean-up events around Boston, like the Charles River Clean up. If you can’t find the time to fully participate in these events, make a conscious effort to be green! Here’s some ideas to help get you started: http://www.earthday.org/take-action/ You can even take this quiz to become more aware of your own carbon footprint http://www.earthday.org/take-action/footprint-calculator/..

Run of the Charles

Where: Various starting points from Dedham to Brighton

Cost: $40-275

Finish the month out strong by participating (or watching) the Run of the Charles! The race is open for canoers, kayakers, paddleboarders at any skill level. Bring your competitive spirit and have fun because there will be a finish-line festival waiting for you at the end of the race complete with tasty food, local Boston music and prizes!

Women in Comedy Festival

Where: 12+ venues all around Boston & Cambridge

Cost: $0-$20

You like to laugh, right? RIGHT!? Well, that’s perfect because the Women in Comedy Festival is 5 days long full of shows, panels, parties and workshops. You can expect to see the week full of improv, sketch, stand up, and musical comedy. Basically you’re going to be laughing all week and your coworkers will be wondering why you’re happy..unless you bring them… You should bring them, because then you can all laugh together!

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