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Boston's Best 2014 Summer Festivals

Summer festivals give Bostonians the perfect reason to get together and celebrate. Summer is a time to celebrate the city and its culture, heritage, music and art. Every year, the people of Boston get together to eat, dance or just appreciate the work of local musicians and artists. Whether it is family-friendly fun or an excuse to dance the night away that people are looking for, it can be found in the streets and parks of Boston all summer long.

Boston Pride
Boylston St. and Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02115

Date: June 14, 2014 at 12 p.m.

Every year, the Boston Pride parade heads through Boston so supporters of the LGBT community can come out, spread awareness of rights and just have a good time. The parade ends at City Hall Plaza, which is when and where the festival will take place. Expect family-friendly areas for kids and parents with activities like pet an animal from a local zoo or face painting. There is also a 21+ area for revelers who want to have a drink. There will be many vendors and plenty of entertainment. One new addition to the festival is free massages at the rest and massage area.

Related: Boston's Best Free Summer Music Events

Boston Harborfest
(Photo Credit: Boston Harborfest/Facebook)

Boston Harborfest
City Hall Plaza
City Hall Ave.
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 635-4500

Dates: July 2-7, 2014

Boston Harborfest is a yearly event that surrounds the Fourth of July. Festival events include musical performances, such as the Boston Pops show at the Hatch Shell, and food fests, such as the Chowder Fest at the end of the festival. Every year, vendors and performing artists come out of the woodwork to entertain and feed the massive crowds that come to see fireworks, reenactments and much more in the city where the American Revolution began. Events and activities are virtually everywhere in the city, so be sure to go for a walk and see what is going on.

(Photo from Figment/Facebook)

Rose Kennedy Greenway
Boston, MA 02115

Date: July 26-27, 2014

FIGMENT is an annual community arts festival that takes a hands-on approach to public art. Those looking for something in which they can get involved, meet new people and even create a little themselves will enjoy this two-day festival. Guests are invited to bring along art supplies and everything else they need to spend a day on the Greenway. There are absolutely no sales at FIGMENT and participation is free. Therefore, you'll have to bring your own food and drink. Whatever you bring, make sure it leaves with you, so the Greenway stays as beautiful as it was when the festival began.

Boston Chinatown Gate
(credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Chinatown Main Street Festival
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 350-6303

Date: June 22, 2014

Chinatown Main Street is a nonprofit organization that is focused on the beatification of this historic neighborhood. Similar organizations exist throughout Boston and other cities. In Chinatown, one of this organization's many annual events is the festival. Admission is free for everyone. Activities include martial arts performances and traditional dancing. Vendors will be there so guests can eat and drink while they enjoy the entertainment provided by Chinatown Main Street.

Related: Best Summer Art Activities For Kids in MetroWest

Metropolitan Wind Symphony
File. An outdoor concert at Christopher Columbus Park. (Photo by Metropolitan Wind Symphony/Facebook)

Boston Festival Of Bands
Faneuil Hall
1 Faneuil Hall Square
Boston, MA 02109

Date: June 14, 2014 at 11 a.m.

The Boston Festival of Bands, despite sounding like a battle of the bands, is actually more about the type of bands that sit to play. This free festival was founded by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony. Bands from all over the region participate. A new band will take over filling the building with music every hour from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy the sounds while having lunch, or they can choose to stand in Faneuil Hall to get the best view of the performances.

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at


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