It’s easy to have Boston Summer FOMO when friends are heading off to Nantucket or the Cape every weekend, but there’s still plenty to do in town during the hottest month of the year. Most of them involve eating and drinking, so stay hydrated, friends.
July 8 and July 9 — 10 a.m. — SoWa Open Market — Back in action for the first time since 2010, the Boston Lobster Party’s food trucks will be creating special lobster-themed dishes. There will also be plenty of craft beers, cider, and wine to help wash all that seafood down. Free.
July 8 and July 9 — 12 p.m. — City Hall Plaza — Boston’s first ever Pizza Festival will bring local and international pizza vendors, live music, beer, and wine, to City Hall Plaza. Attendees will have the opportunity to try some of the best, mouth-watering pizza by the slice, prepared fresh by 30 handcrafted pizza ovens. $15.
July 8 — 12 p.m. — Various Locations — The city’s most creative neighborhood will crackle with excitement as Jamaica Plain Porchfest returns for a 4th year. The daylong event will include theatre, dance, spoken word, storytelling, comedy, circus, arts, a Politicians porch, and 205 bands performing on 95 porches. Free.
July 13 — 6 p.m. — HarborPark at John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse — Pine Street Inn’s 5th annual summer fundraiser moves from the South End to HarborPark at the Moakley Courthouse, which means breathtaking views of the city overlooking the harbor. Tickets include a full-service bar, food from Gourmet Caterers; and live tracks from DJ Tone Terra & Vanessa Hale from 103.3 FM. Funds raised from Summer Inn the City support Pine Street Inn’s efforts to move homeless men and women from the streets and shelter to permanent homes. $70.
July 14 — 6 p.m. — Marlborough Street (between Berkeley and Clarendon) — Spend your Friday night with a couple thousand of your closest friends in the spirit of liberté égalité fraternité. The celebration of France’s national holiday will fill Marlborough Street with live music and dancing. Food from some of Boston’s best French restaurants and drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for sale. $33.
July 14 and July 15 — 6 p.m. — Davis Square — One of the area’s largest and most innovative arts festivals, ArtBeat will bring more than a dozen bands, dance troupes, 75 craft vendors, food, and all-age activities to the heart of Davis Square. On Friday night from 6-10 p.m. the festival will feature music and interactive performances, and then on Saturday they will shut down the square for craft vendors, two stages of music, dance performances at Somerville Theater, and a host of interactive performances. Free.
July 16 — 11:30 a.m. — New England Aquarium — Ditch your usual brunch plans and join The Tide (the New England Aquarium’s community of young supporters) for a delicious buffet spread and Island Creek Oysters raw bar overlooking Boston Harbor. You’ll also have a chance to meet one of the aquarium’s beloved African penguins and learn how the Aquarium is helping this endangered species. Want to spend the rest of the day exploring the Aquarium? Tickets to the event also include admission to the aquarium. $55.
July 18 — 2:30 p.m. — The Esplanade’s Fiedler Dock — Do you really love that dirty water? Here’s your chance to prove it. City Splash is an exciting opportunity to safely swim in the Charles River which is — believe it or not — the cleanest urban river in the United States. The annual state-sanctioned community swim is only held after water quality tests are done at the event site to ensure the public’s health and safety at the swim. Sign up for the Conservancy’s e-newsletter to receive an alert when registration opens. Free.
July 19 — 7 p.m. — M/V Provincetown II at World Trade Center Pier — The Boston Bruins Foundation and Bay State Cruise Lines are partnering to raise money for the 2017 Boston Bruins Foundation Pan-Massachusetts Challenge Bike Team. While on board, Bruins fans will be able to interact with Bruins alumni and enter to win one-of-a-kind silent auction and raffle items. $25.
July 19 through August 6 — Tuesday through Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 7 p.m. (Off Mondays) — Parkman Bandstand, Boston Common — One of Boston’s most beloved summer traditions, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company’s Free Shakespeare On the Common takes up residence once again with The Bard’s timeless drama, ‘Romeo & Juliet.’ Bring a picnic and a blanket. Free.
July 21 through 23 — Revere Beach — The Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival has grown into one of the largest sand sculpting festivals in the country. Each year sculptors from all over the world come to compete for one of the largest grand prizes in the world. Sculptors work for four days creating masterpieces on the beach with nothing but sand and water. The Festival also features a full lineup of live entertainment, amusement rides, fireworks, a food truck festival, and more. Free.
July 23 — 10 a.m. — 420 D. Street — You’ve talked up your cornhole game at backyard BBQ’s and trash-talked with the best of them, and now it’s time to put your money where your mouth is. The Cornhole Classic is a 64-team double elimination tournament organized by Boston Ski & Sports Club, Buds of Boston, and Boston Cornhole. When your team isn’t playing, grab a drink at the outdoor bar and enjoy Lawn on D’s swings, ping-pong, and bocce courts. The winning team will take home $500. $50 entry fee per team.
July 23 — 10 .m. — Newbury Street — After last year’s success, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston invite you again to experience a car-free Newbury Street. Shoppers, diners and pedestrians can explore new restaurants, local boutiques, and international brands from a different perspective. In addition to the first Open Newbury on July 23, visitors can also enjoy the experience on August 13 and September 10. Free.