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Jul28 THRU Aug 2

Talk   |   Workshop

Garden Walk and Library Lecture

  • Free

Award-winning garden educator, Kerry Ann Mendez, is hosting a lecture “Gardening Simplified: Exceptional Plants and Design Solutions for Time-Pressed and Maturing Gardeners” at the North End Library after a perennial garden walk in Christopher Columbus Park. This event is sponsored by FOCCP (Friends of Christopher Columbus Park) and FONEL (Friends of the North End Library).

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Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park

Atlantic Avenue and Cross Street
Boston, MA United States

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Jul28 THRU Aug 4

Food + Drink

The Traveller Bar

  • a la carte

This summer, when it comes to booze, we’re throwing it back. No, we don’t mean the dubious return of Zima. We’re talking way back, to the “golden age of the cocktail,” at The Traveller Bar, a pop-up cocktail bar serving classic libations for a limited time at the Loews Boston Hotel. Fashioned from a repurposed elevator car and featuring just four leather stools and an antique cash register, the bar will pour a menu of retro tipples like an 1895-style whiskey cocktail and a circa-1922 daiquiri, recipes inspired by the vintage books that line the shelves. The Traveller Bar is stopping in Boston for just three weeks on its two-year cross-country tour, so claim a barstool at the Loews now through Aug. 4

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Loews Boston Hotel

154 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

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Jul28 THRU Aug 6

Romeo & Juliet

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of Romeo & Juliet. For more information visit www.commshakes.org or call 617-426-0863.

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Parkman Bandstand at the Boston Common

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Jul28 THRU Aug 20

Theater

Blood on the Snow

  • $35

The Boston Society presents this dramatic re-enactment of the events immediately after the Boston Massacre. Directed by Courtney O’Connor.

Old State House

206 Washington St.
Boston, MA United States

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Jul29 THRU Jul 30

Festival   |   Food + Drink

2017 New England Food Truck Festival

  • $7; $5 advance

You don’t have to wander far in this town to get a good meal. Heck, you can find some of the tastiest bites on any given street corner, at one of many of Boston’s top-notch food trucks. But we don’t have the monopoly on the meals-on-wheels scene. Catch a ride out to Springfield for the 2017 New England Food Truck Festival, where more than 40 of the best food trucks in the region will park it for a two-day food fest. The third annual festival is set to feature grub from our own Chubby Chickpea alongside area favorites like Chicopee’s Nom Nom Hut, Malden’s Makin’ Jamaican, Medford’s the Roving Lunchbox, Connecticut’s Poutine Gourmet and Fried Chicken Chompers, and many more, with a few outsiders joining the party from as far out of town as Brooklyn. The festival will feature live music and plenty of family-friendly activities (plus booze for grownups), so hit the road when it hits Western Springfield on July 29 and 30.

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Eastern State Exposition

1305 Memorial Ave.
West Springfield, MA 01089 United States

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Jul29

Comedy

Moshe Kasher + Natasha Leggero: The Endless Honeymoon

  • $29

Moshe Kasher and Natasha Leggero have been married for more than a year, but the honeymoon isn’t over yet. Kasher, a standup comedian and memoirist, and Leggero, a former Chelsea Lately panelist and current creator/star of Comedy Central’s reality TV parody Another Period, are airing all their dirty laundry for laughs on their joint tour, The Endless Honeymoon. The funny couple will wax comedic about domestic life and offer relationship advice to the crowd, so bring your romantic conundrums to the Wilbur on July 29. 

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Wilbur Theater

246 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 248-9700

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Jul29

Festival   |   Music

Briggs Fest

  • $50-$149

Local beverage start-up Briggs Original Boston Cranberry presents this inaugural music fest featuring performances by Sammy Adams, Waka Flocka Flame, B.o.B, Hotel Garuda, Pham, Khary, Caye, Aziz the Shake and more. 18+.

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Lawn on D

420 D St.
Boston, MA 02210 United States

(877) 393-3393

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Jul29

Music   |   Parade

Marching Orders: Street Band Parade

  • Free

Boston Harbor Now will host a parade of Boston’s favorite brass ensembles to help fill Fort Warren with big band music. Join crafting activities like making New Orleans-style masks and noise makers and join in the fun.

Georges Island

Georges Island
Boston, MA United States

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Jul30

Festival   |   Shopping

The Central Flea

  • Free

This Brooklyn Flea-style fair featuring wares from vintage and antique vendors, artists and designers, import and fair trade vendors and specialty food vendors, plus food trucks, live music, graffiti art and more.

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Central Flea

95 PROSPECT STREET
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

(800) 401-6557

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Aug4

Music

Coldplay

  • $29.50-$225

Coldplay just might be the biggest little band in the world.  When Chris Martin and company first hit the airwaves with melancholy power ballad “Yellow” off their 2000 debut, Parachutes, they were just a little  indie band who’d formed at uni. Fast-forward four years and the band was shuffling onstage at the Grammys to accept the golden megaphone for Record of the Year. But they’ve maintained a certain unassuming “aw shucks” likability, which makes their undeniable status as one of rock’s foremost arena bands seem surreal (refer to the band getting unceremoniously upstaged at their own headlining Super Bowl gig by Queen Bey). But mega-stars they are, and their just-released EP Kaleidoscope finds the band expanding their pop palette on collabs with the likes of Big Sean and the Chainsmokers. Catch ’em when they headline a little venue known as Gillette Stadium on Aug. 4. 

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Gillette Stadium

1 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035 United States

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Aug4

Theater

Partners for Youth with Disabilities' Access to Theatre Summer Institute Performance

  • Free

The Access To Theatre Program (ATT) of Partners for Youth with Disabilities perform an original production featuring improv, storytelling, dance/movement, visual art, music and comedy. Performances at 1 and 6 pm.

Cyclorama at the BCA

539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 426-5000

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Aug5 THRU Aug 6

Dance

Roaring Twenties Lawn Party

  • $32-$70

Dance the Charleston at the fifth annual Roaring Twenties Lawn Party presented by Boston Swing Central and the Trustees of Reservations. Celebrate vintage culture with guests in Gatsby-esque apparel, and enjoy a retro picnic featuring live music, dancing, performances, lawn games and more.

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Castle Hill on the Crane Estate

290 Argilla Rd.
Ipswich, MA 01938 United States

(978) 356-4351

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Aug8

Benefit   |   Food + Drink

roofTOP Chefs at the Colonnade Hotel

  • $30

For this edition of the cookout-style, poolside summer pop-up series to benefit Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry chef Rich Garcia of Crescent Hotels will create and serve a tasting menu of 2-4 dishes, with a complementing dish from Brasserie Jo chef Nick Calias. 100% of proceeds benefit Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry.

The Colonnade Hotel

120 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 424-7000

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Aug11

Music   |   Party

Tapestry's Pre-Concert Parties: James Taylor

  • Free; drinks a la carte

This summer, Tapestry will host pre-parties before every Fenway Concert Series concert, featuring music and videos from the evening’s artist and signature cocktails inspired by the performers’ music.

Tapestry

69 Kilmarnock St.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(617) 421-4470

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Aug13

Fifth Annual Boston Seafood Festival

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of the Fifth Annual Boston Seafood Festival on the historic Boston Fish Pier. This family-friendly event will be taking place from 11:00 AM until 7:00 PM. It will be a day of sensational seafood tastings, clambakes and chef demos, educational events, and family fun. For more information visit bostonseafoodfestival.org.

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Aug18

Benefit   |   Food + Drink

roofTOP Chefs at the Colonnade Hotel

  • $30

For this edition of the cookout-style, poolside summer pop-up series to benefit Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry chef Josh Ziskin of La Morra and The Heritage of Sherborn will create and serve a tasting menu of 2-4 dishes, with a complementing dish from Brasserie Jo chef Nick Calias. 100% of proceeds benefit Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry.

The Colonnade Hotel

120 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 424-7000

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Aug19

Benefit   |   Fitness

Against the Tide Brewster

  • $40-$120

Enjoy the family-friendly, multi-sport event to benefit the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC), which aims to expand their prevention education program Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures and the MBCC Research Video Series. 

DCR Nickerson State Park

Brewster, MA 02631 United States
(516) 571-7700

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Aug20

Party

Get Lei'd Aloha Party

  • $5 cover

Tapestry hosts a luau-themed party featuring Hawaiian cuisine like Hawaiian Pizza and Spam and pineapple dishes, tiki drinks and live Island music by Big Party Orchestra.

Tapestry

69 Kilmarnock St.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(617) 421-4470

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Aug20

Fitness

Let’s Get Active! Fitness Day

  • Free

Boston Harbor Now will host an opportunity for adults to enjoy an afternoon of gentle fitness like trail walks, tai chi, and more.

Peddocks Island

Peddocks Island
Boston, MA United States

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Aug27

Festival   |   Shopping

The Central Flea

  • Free

This Brooklyn Flea-style fair featuring wares from vintage and antique vendors, artists and designers, import and fair trade vendors and specialty food vendors, plus food trucks, live music, graffiti art and more.

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Central Flea

95 PROSPECT STREET
Cambridge, MA 02139 United States

(800) 401-6557

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Aug29

Benefit   |   Food + Drink

roofTOP Chefs at the Colonnade Hotel

  • $30

For this edition of the cookout-style, poolside summer pop-up series to benefit Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry chef Fred Bisaillon of B-ACK Yard BBQ and Surfside Smoke will create and serve a tasting menu of 2-4 dishes, with a complementing dish from Brasserie Jo chef Nick Calias. 100% of proceeds benefit Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry.

The Colonnade Hotel

120 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 424-7000

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Aug30

Music   |   Party

Tapestry's Pre-Concert Parties: Billy Joel

  • Free; drinks a la carte

This summer, Tapestry will host pre-parties before every Fenway Concert Series concert, featuring music and videos from the evening’s artist and signature cocktails inspired by the performers’ music.

Tapestry

69 Kilmarnock St.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(617) 421-4470

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Sep1 THRU Sep 2

Music   |   Party

Tapestry's Pre-Concert Parties: Lady Gaga

  • Free; drinks a la carte

This summer, Tapestry will host pre-parties before every Fenway Concert Series concert, featuring music and videos from the evening’s artist and signature cocktails inspired by the performers’ music.

Tapestry

69 Kilmarnock St.
Boston, MA 02215 United States

(617) 421-4470

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Sep2 THRU Sep 4

Benefit   |   Theater

The Amazing Acro-cats featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats

  • $21-$39

The Amazing Acro-cats Featuring Tuna and the Rock Cats, the only all-cat band in the world, will be performing at the Regent Theatre. A portion of the proceeds benefit mobile foster and rescue efforts.

Regent Theatre

7 Medford St
Arlington, MA 02474 United States

(781) 646-4849

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Sep12

Benefit   |   Food + Drink

roofTOP Chefs at the Colonnade Hotel

  • $30

For this edition of the cookout-style, poolside summer pop-up series to benefit Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry chef Jen Royle of Dare to Tastewill create and serve a tasting menu of 2-4 dishes, with a complementing dish from Brasserie Jo chef Nick Calias. 100% of proceeds benefit Share Our Strength No Kid Hungry.

The Colonnade Hotel

120 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02116 United States

(617) 424-7000

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Oct7 THRU Oct 8

Bruno Mars brings his 24K Magic Tour to Boston

  • $45-150

Sponsored

Grammy Award winner and world-renowned, multi-platinum selling singer/songwriter/producer/director/musician, Bruno Mars, revealed details behind his massive upcoming global headline tour – The 24K Magic World Tour. This show comes to Boston for two shows, October 7 and 8, 2017.

You can buy tickets online at livenation.com.

The 24K Magic World Tour marks Mars’ first full-length tour since 2013’s hugely successful Moonshine Jungle World Tour, an international blockbuster that sold 2 million tickets worldwide across 155 sold-out dates.

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TD Garden

100 Legends Way
Boston, MA 02114 United States

(617) 624-1050

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Nov10 THRU Nov 12

"Amadeus" Live

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of “Amadeus” Live”. Complete film with soundtrack performed live by the Handel and Haydn Society Orchestra and Chorus. For more information visit handelandhaydn.org.

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Symphony Hall

301 Mass. Ave.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

(617) 266-1200

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Dec2 THRU Dec 4

CraftBoston Holiday

The Improper Bostonian is pleased to be a sponsor of CraftBoston Spring and Holiday, presented by The Society of Arts and Crafts. This twice annual show features artists showcasing one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearables, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, and wood. For more information go to societyofcrafts.org.

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Hynes Convention Center

900 Boylston St.
Boston, MA 02115 United States

(617) 954-2000

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