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Boston's Best Spring 2015 Art Events

Another spring will soon be rolling around and Boston is getting ready once again to celebrate art during the most colorful and lively season of the year. All kinds of mediums and styles are represented at this year's best art events and the venues vary from parks to prestigious museums. Artists of all types can find something to do with the public and the public can enjoy a wide variety of artists. Pick an event or several and enjoy festivals and displays around the city.
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Lilac Sunday
Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway
Boston, MA 02130
(617) 524-1718

Date: May 10, 2015

Anyone who has appreciated a professionally manicured garden can attest that tending and arranging decorative plants is an art form. The lilacs of the Arnold Arboretum come in more than 100 types, though it is impossible to mistake the cluster of delicate flowers that droop from every one of the more than 300 lilac bushes in bloom on Lilac Sunday. They are arranged in a highly aesthetic fashion, allowing space for guests to sit between the bushes and enjoy the fragrance that emanates from them. Come from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to get involved in special activities.

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Harvard Arts First Festival
1350 Mass. Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 496-2222

Date: April 30 to May 3, 2015

The Harvard Arts First Festival is a public annual celebration of all the arts performed and created at Harvard. Guests will be entertained by everything from dancing to painting. The young and talented students of the college and, of course, some staff will be showing off what they often have learned right there on campus, though most come bearing significant talent. Many of the performances and activities are free to everyone who cares to come along, so bring friends and family.

art in bloom
Katushika Hokusai, Chrysanthemums and Horsefly, from an untitled series known as Large Flowers, about 1833–34. Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper. William Sturgis Bigelow Collection (Image: Museum of Science)

"Art In Bloom"
Museum Of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
(617) 267-9300

Date: March 13-16, 2015

"Art in Bloom" is an annual event at the Museum of Fine Arts that spans several spaces in and out of the building. There is an amazing flower show/competition, as well as a lunch for the event. General guests will enjoy the floral designs around the museum and especially in its garden. The event is all about spring, plants coming to life and how floral designers can arrange the colors and shapes of flowers to make extraordinary works of art.

CraftBoston Spring 2015
The Cyclorama
539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 426-5000

Date: March 20-22, 2015

CraftBoston is a huge showcase of countless types of crafts from local artisans. Goods include jewelry, ceramics, home decor, furniture, leather pieces, baskets, blankets and much more. Guests can just look or shop for unique pieces that are handcrafted the way they should be. This is a great way to not only see a juried exhibition, but also to buy some of the pieces from the very people who made them.

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boston underground film festival
(Image: Boston Underground Film Festival)

Boston Underground Film Festival
Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle St.
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 876-6838

Date: March 25-29, 2015

The Boston Underground Film Festival is a competition/showcase of bizarre underground film. The festival gives people a chance to appreciate out-of-the-ordinary, alternative, independent films made by artists from all over. The prize is a demonic bunny on a vibrating pedestal. Past years have seen some mainstream, yet artsy filmmakers, such as the great George A. Romero visiting the festival, so be sure to look out for events and appearances scattered among the showings of short, medium and feature-length films.

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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