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Boston — By Maria Olia on June 4, 2010 at 3:35 pm
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Boston’s Early Summer Festivals

Gear up for  festival season. If you are visiting Boston in the summer, you will find lots of special events that will enhance your sightseeing and allow to mingle with Bostonians. And perhaps best of all, these events are free.

Boston Pride Week: 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of Boston’s Pride Week, New England’s largest Gay Pride celebration. Events take place from June 4-June 12 and venues throughout the city and includes an exuberant parade through downtown (good viewing on Charles Street, between the Public Garden and Boston Common) that culminates in the Pride festival at City Hall Plaza (Map).

The Cambridge River Festival on Saturday, June 5 from 12 PM-6PM typically attracts more than 200,000 visitors. There are hands-on arts and crafts demonstrations, house tours, music, and street food that provide fun for the whole family at this city-wide event. Many of the events take place in and around Harvard Square (Map).

Boston Harborfest: Boston celebrates America’s birthday in grand style with Harborfest June 30-July 5  at locations throughout downtown and along the waterfront. There are more than 200 activities scheduled during the 6-day festival  and many events are free.   Highlights include Children’s Fest on July 1, Party on the Plaza on July 3, the Boston Pops 4th of July Esplanade Concert and Fireworks on July 4, and the Boston Chowderfest on July 5.

North End Feasts and Processions:   Boston’s North End is known for its great Italian food and killer cannoli and espresso. Need another reason to visit? Nearly every weekend from mid-June through August , Boston’s North End hosts a festa honoring an Italian patron saint with a procession and a celebration in the street that features dancing, music, and food.

Image Credit: Boston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau

Related places:
  1. A
    Boston City Hall Plaza
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  2. B
    Harvard Square Business Association
    18 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA
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