Boston is one of North America’s oldest, and with that near four-century history comes plenty of tradition. Every summer, a slew of local festivals honor these traditions, from culinary events to celebrations of music and art. Discover which ones capture your interest, and check out this short list of Boston’s best summer festivals.

WGBH Craft Beer Festival

On Saturday, July 11th local public broadcasting network WGBH will host their annual craft beer festival. Sample premier brews and brews from around New England, including labels from both local heavyweights like Sam Adams and Harpoon to lesser-known makers, as well as samples from the city’s favorite food trucks will keep this party as tasty as ever.

The event will take place at WGBH Studios in Boston, and tickets cost $50. For more information, check out the event site here.

Boston Harborfest

Focusing solely on the city’s colonial history, Boston Harborfest is a yearly gathering filled with historical tours, reenactments, concerts, cruises, and more. Enjoy sunset sailing on Boston Harbor and architectural tours of the Old North Church at this expansive, 1,000+ event festival is slated to run July1st-5th, with the height of entertainment coming on our nation’s birthday.

Check out the iconic 4th of July Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular, and other Boston Harborfest 2015 happenings at the event site here.

The Fisherman’s Feast

This year will mark the 105th anniversary of the Fisherman’s Feast, the city’s largest Italian festival. Held in Boston’s historic and charming Italian neighborhood, the North End, which is right down the street from Boxer, the festival offers guests a variety of entertainment from live musical performances to a gathering of renowned local food vendors serving up sausages with peppers and onions, baked clams, and more renowned local fare.

To get the scoop on when and where to take part in this delightful tradition, check out the event site here.


Comprised of exhibits, presentations, lectures, and more, Boston Greenfest is a free gathering at City Hall Plaza where guests get an enjoyable and interactive look at sustainability in the United States. While educational and politically relevant, the gathering also entertains with a Wine & Beer Garden, film festival, and kids activities.

Gain insights on how to reduce your carbon footprint, and  learn more about Greenfest here.