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Good news, Boston: I know TV commercials might be trying to convince you otherwise, but it’s definitely still summer. With temps hovering around 90 the majority of this week, you just know there are a ton of events in and out of doors to take advantage. Below, a selection of our favorites …


Dine Out Boston – Aug. 16-21 & Aug. 23-28 – The event formerly known as Restaurant Week is back this summer for another series of foodie deals all over Greater Boston. If you’ve always wanted to try bone marrow – or that cute Italian place down the street – this could be your shot. Prices vary.

G. Love and Special Sauce – 6 p.m. (doors open at 5) – Lawn on D – I struggle to think of a better event than the sweet crooning of “Baby’s Got Sauce” while sipping a cold one outside, surrounded by friends, the world at your feet. If you don’t know, now you know. Tickets $44 day of show.

Allagash Beer Dinner – 6:30-8:30 p.m. – Local 149 –  As a Maine native, you better believe I’m pushing events that promote the brews of the Motherland. But, again, this one sort of sells itself. A four-course dinner designed to pair perfectly with four different beers AND a keepsake glass? Check please. Sold out. (But maybe give them a call to double check?)

Dining With Design: The Sinclair – 5:30-7:30 p.m. – BSA Space – “Dine with designer Stephen Martyak Assoc. AIA, owner of studioTYAK, and Josh Bhatti, general manager of The Bowery Presents: Boston, as they talk about the music-infused design process that led to Harvard Square’s groundbreaking restaurant/rock-club hybrid, The Sinclair.” Admission is free.

Assembly Row Summer Music Series: Acoustic Mondays – 6:30-8:30 p.m. – You’ve been meaning to hit the outlets, anyway. Admission is free.


Sunrise Yoga at The Dock – 6:30-7:30 a.m. –  Stop saying you’re going to get up early and work out and actually do it, ok? Sunrise yoga by the Charles sounds like the perfect excuse to me. Admission is free.

Quincy Market History Tour – 11:00 a.m. Faneuil Hall Marketplace – Raise your hand if every time you hear the phrase Quincy Market you shudder and roll your eyes. Ok everyone put your hands down. I’m the worst offender – the BostInno office is in the belly of the beast, after all. Instead of avoiding the tourist madness, maybe it’s time to take an early lunch and embrace it? Admission is free.

15 Minute Crash Courses – Aug. 18-Oct. 6, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. – Boston Center for Adult Education – Every Tuesday for eight weeks the BCAE will be hosting a series of crash courses on topics as far-ranging as stand-up comedy, fiction writing and … how to draw a square. Admission is $5. Education is priceless.

Giant Beach Bubbles – 3:00-5:00 p.m. – M Street Beach – A bunch of people attempting to create car-sized bubbles on the beach. I mean, what else do I need to say here? Admission is free.

The North Face Free Outdoor Training – 6:30-7:30 p.m. – Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Boston Common – I’m not entirely sure what a “mountain athletics training session” on The Common entails, but color me intrigued. Admission is free.

Get Creative with Sriracha! Free Cooking Demo – 7:00-9:00 p.m. – Trident Booksellers and Case – Ok, so Trident’s event coordinator, Matt LaBombard, is also a serious home chef with an even more serious love for hot sauce. Can’t make this stuff up. Admission is free.


Wine Down Wednesday – 5:30-7:30 p.m. – Aboard the Roseway, Rowes Wharf – The Roseway is a historic and lovely tall ship, wine is delicious (and mid-week wine even more so) and sailing is a good skill and something you can brag to your friends about later. Win-win-win. Admission $50.

Berklee Summer in the City Concerts – 5:00-7:00 p.m. – Rose Kennedy Greenway – Get some sun while supporting some of Boston’s best musical talent. You really can’t  put a price on culture. But yeah, admission is free.

Yappier Hour at The Liberty Hotel – 5:30-8:00 p.m. – Guzzle some dranks under the guise of “walking the dog.” And that’s all I have to say about that. Admission is free.

Downeast Running Club – 6:30-8:00 p.m. – 20o Terminal St., Charlestown – I live in Charlestown and I know the Downeast guys, so yeah this one is Alex Weaver approved. Great reason to check out the operation and sip some cider. Oh and run and stuff. Admission is free.


Birds of Prey – 12:00-2:00 p.m. – Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center – Grab an ice cream sandwich from the Cookie Monstah truck next door and settle down for a close-up look at owls, falcons and other birds of prey. I’m not even sure why I need to sell this to you. Admission is free. You’re welcome.

Boston Harbor Distillery Tours & Tastings – 4:00-8:00 p.m. – It’s been far too long since you got to Dorchester, and probably never since you’ve seen a distillery this cool. Go for the decor, stay for the New England Whiskey. Admission is $10.

Free Thursdays at the ICA – 5:00-9:00 p.m. – If you’re struggling to come up with what ICA stands for, you might need this. Get your art fix for free this Thursday. I hear the Seaport is lovely this time of year.

BGNio Board Game Night – 6:00-10:00 p.m. – WeWork Fort Point – Organized each month at a different location, Board Game Night is put on to benefit Resilient Coders, a program that offers web tech education to urban youth. HOW YOU LIKE THEM APPLES TO APPLES?!?! Admission is $5.