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Summer Selects…Boston

BostonusalogoresizeSummer Selects…YOU to visit Boston!

StanthonysfeastimageSaint Anthony’s Feast in the North End, August 23 – 25

It’s a Season of Sun & a Festival of Fun in BostonUSA! Visitors (and locals alike) have their choice in celebrating summer with their pick of parades, patio dining, street performances, arts & theater, feasts, festivals, fairs, openmarkets, outdoor recreational & water activities, movies by moonlight, concerts and more!

Make the most of summer, check our monthly Summer Selects must see, must hear, must eat, and must do!

Here is a taste of what Boston’s summer has in store for you!

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl,June 4-6
Noon-8pm, City Hall Plaza
Sample more than 30 flavors of ice cream, frozen yogurt, and sorbet at this all-you-can-eat ice cream event!


Boston Pride Week 2013through June 9
A fun filled week for all ages! The Week includes the Flag Raising, Pride Day at Faneuil Hall, Royal Pageant, Pride Parade, Festival, Youth Dance, Block Parties: Jamaica Plain & Back Bay editions.

SUMMER IN THE CITY Entertainment Series
at The Boston Harbor Hotel, June 13-August 30
Spend summer nights enjoying live waterfront entertainment and al fresco dining. With over 50 nights of concerts and movies, gather on the harbor terrace to enjoy this summer’s entertainment lineup which includesdifferent bands performing Monday – Thursday & Films on Fridays.


Boston Harborfest 2013July 2-7
Join us for our Fourth of July Festival that showcases the colonial and maritime heritage of the American Revolution.This award-winning festival honors and remembers the past, celebrates the present, and educates the future with reenactments, concerts, historical tours and much, much more. Over 200 Daily Events are concentrated in Boston’s historic downtown and waterfront districts, with Main Events on City Hall Plaza.

Outside the Box FestivalJuly 13-21
The largest entertainment event of the summer! The lineup features more than 200 performers on the Common, City Hall Plaza, elsewhere, outdoors and in.
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tdoor performances are FREE.  Headlining acts include  Buffalo Tom, Ricky Skaggs, The Lemonheads, Los Labos and the special reunion of the Mighty Mighty Bosstones. The Festival also includes performances by the Boston Ballet, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Italy’s Notte Cella Taranta, Australia’s Strange Fruit and emerging local artists. Non-stop entertainment for children include clowns, puppeteers, escape artists, mask makers. There’s also a Food Fest with pop-up demonstrations, book signings by celebrity chefs and small plate samplings. 


Red Bull Cliff Diving at Fan Pier, August 24
Round five of the 2013 Red Bull Cliff Diving World Tour comes to the roof of the ICA Building in Boston where it’s turned into an urban cliff jump as the best high divers in the world leap into the waters of Fan Pier below.

Some Museum Must See’s this Summer include:
Deadseascrollsmenora Dead Sea Scrolls Exhibit at the Museum of Science
 Through October 31
Enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see fragments of the priceless scrolls (some never displayed in North America), along with the most comprehensive collection of artifacts from ancient Israel. Highlights include a three-ton stone from Jerusalem’s Western Wall, limestone capitals from the first temple period (1000 – 586 BCE), ossuaries from the early Roman period and an ancient signature preserved for millennia on the Archer Seal.


Fabergé Revealed at The Peabody Essex Museum(PEM), June 22-September 29, 2013
Over 230 singular treasures created by the House of Faberge in the late 19th and early 20th centuries are featured, including enameled clocks, gold cigarette cases, hardstone carvings, ruby encrusted brooches and four signature imperial eggs made for Nicholas II and the Romanov family.

Samurai! Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection at the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA).
On view through August 4th
The extraordinary artistry of the armor and weaponry used by samurai – the military elite led by the shoguns, or warlords, of Japan from the 12th through 19th centuries – will be highlighted in Samurai! Armor from the Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller. 


Experience Art of Summer at the ICA with the Barry McGee Exhibition, Waterfront Concerts, Dance and Music Performances, Chef Demos, Dance Nights, and More!Through Labor DayOutdoor programs include First Fridays, Talking Taste, Harborwalk Sounds and DJs on the Harbor.

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Book a weekend shopping getaway and stroll through some of the best shops in Boston!  Our hotel is connected to over 200 shops in the Copley Place Mall and Shops at the Prudential and is just a few blocks from Newbury Street.  To book your shopping package or see more packages, click here.


The Boston Harbor Islands are part of history—and part of the great outdoors.  So if you are looking for an easy, exciting half day trip, the islands offer plenty of choices and free events for individuals and families. for more information. Ferry tickets:



Discover the true meaning of summer at Battery Wharf. Surrounded by unique shopping, fine dining, and spectacular coastal views, our ideal waterfront location provides the perfect summer getaway for visitors and locals alike. From al fresco dining to outdoor yoga, there is something for everyone at Battery Wharf.

Offering the perfect destination for the leisure traveler, theOmni Parker House is nestled in the heart of downtown Boston located along the Freedom Trail and steps away from Boston Common, Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.


Drum roll please…The 2013 Food Truck Festivals of New England are rolling into a town near you featuring gourmet food from your favorite New England food trucks! for more info and tour schedule.

RwlogohorizontalSavor the flavor of summer with the return of Restaurant Week Boston®August 18-23 & 25-30 when our chefs design and prepare dishes made from the season’s finest and freshest ingredientsNecrabcakefb


HubahubalogoSummer Selects HUBa HUBa: the BostonUSA Blog as
your source for wicked good things to do, see, explore, cheer, savor, learn, marvel, and simply enjoy in Boston, the Hub of the Universe (according to Oliver Wendell Holmes). Brought to you by the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau and hosted by area insider, Arthur Levine. Discover for yourself what all the “HUBa HUBa” is about!Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find:

Bruno Mars Selects Boston in June. How about You?
The Stones, The B-52s and others are on their way to the Hub this summer. Why not get some tickets and plan a vacation getaway around a concert?

Summer Selects…Boston Movies Under the Stars
It’s like going to the drive-in (assuming you know what drive-ins are).

(Boston Harbor) Island Getaway
A short ferry ride will get you away from it all.

Free Fun Fridays! Free? For sure!
Nothing quite beats nada, zip, zilch for an admission fee.Learn how to score absolutely free tickets this summer.

FamilyfriendlypassadKIDS LOVE BOSTON and so will you with our Family-Friendly Discounts this Summmer!  Kids Love Boston features over 70 special offers designed for your Boston family vacation. Offers are available with the Family-Friendly ValuePASS.
Cool off on a hot summer day at the Rings Fountain on the Greenway

For more information on these and other events visit our BostonUSA Calendar.
Make a Splash and Stay & Play in BostonUSA with one of our hotel packages that inlclude Red Sox Games, Fenway Park tours, shopping excursions, Swimmin’ with the fishes at the New England Aquarium, tickets to museums and more! You’ll also find other Great Deals for dining out, touring and exploring the City!Summer in Boston – it doesn’t get any better!


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