Monday, September 12, 2016

Fall festivals and events in Boston

Fall is a wonderful time to visit Boston. The air is crisp with temperatures from the low fifties to the mid-seventies. The leaves are brilliant colors of gold, orange, and red. A simple walk along the Freedom Trail turns into a fall foliage tour. With so many fall activities and festivals in Boston, you will need to spend a few days in the area.

One of the best things about the fall in Boston is that the summer crowds have gone home and all the attractions will be less crowded. It is also still nice enough to really enjoy a few last weeks of the outdoors. Fall is the perfect season to walk the Freedom Trail, the weather will be cool, the trees will be bright and the crowds will be much smaller. Boston has plenty of festivals and activities every fall to entertain every member of the family.


If you are visiting before the last day of October, you will be able to take the  Ghost and Graveyards Tour. This is a very entertaining tour and especially as you get closer to Halloween,  it is ever so much more fun as everyone really gets into the spirit.

Every year in September, the Berklee College of Music produces an amazing Jazz festival known as the Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival. 2016 is the 16th year that this has happened.

On September 24th there will be a day long, noon to 6 p.m. free outdoor festival on three stage with lots of additional activities available for the kids and there will be vendors selling items from around the world. To find out who will be performing, check their website.

September is also the time for the Boston Film Festival. 2016 is the 32nd anniversary of the festival which takes place From September 22-25 at the Stuart Street Playhouse. You never know which famous stars are going to show up for this event which features mostly small independent films. This is not a huge venue and of course, it has a finite number of seats so get your tickets early.


Boston's Columbus Day Parade

Italian heritage is an important part of Boston and this North End tradition features military units, colonial militia, entertainers, Duck Boat floats, marching bands and vintage cars with plenty of Italian American organizations represented. The parade is held the Sunday before Columbus Day. The route of the parade changes on odd and even years.

Halloween is a great time to visit the Boston area. There are lots of activities geared toward the children of the family. Head to the Prudential Center the weekend before Halloween for Pru Boo, it is the biggest Halloween Party for kids under 12 in the city with a price of $4.

The Shops at Prudential Center are the hosts and the proceeds go to a non-profit that benefits children. Dress your children in their costumes and bring them to the center for a safe place to enjoy costumed characters, concert, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating, face painting, magic tricks, and much more. Adults will enjoy the opportunity to browse through the shops.

October 20-23th brings the 20th annual Boston International Fine Arts Show at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. The show and sale take place Fri 1-8, Sat 11-8, Sun 11-5 admission is $15 for every over 12. In addition to just enjoy what being displayed, admittance allows guest to enjoy special guest speakers, panel discussions, special exhibitions, dealer booth talks and more. Check out their website for event dates and times.


November brings The Boston Comedy Festival on November 15-19, 2016. The end of the month sees the beginning of the run of the Boston Ballet’s Nutcracker. As fall begins to wane you will find the Common awash in thousands of lights and Quincy Market will feature outdoor entertainment of the musical sort. It is the perfect way to end the fall doing your early Christmas shopping in Boston.

Boston is a great place to visit in any season and fall in no exception. Prices will be lower, there will be fewer other tourists and hopefully, the New England weather will be as magnificent as it can be, but that is never a guarantee. cooperate.