Did it rain every weekend in May in Boston? It sure felt like it did. I’m ready for good weather and a run of sunny weekends and I bet you are too. While a lot of Bostonians start to leave town for vacations, there’s plenty to do this month if you’re sticking around, especially if you’re interested in the pairing of beer and food. Let’s cook.
June 2 — 6 p.m. — Boston Public Market — Chef Alexis Daniels will teach you how to cook new flavors with a seasonal and local twist on the traditional flavors of Egyptian, Persian, and Indian cuisine. The class will utilize produce and products from the Boston Public Market and include tastes of three local wines that pair with recipes. $48.
June 2 and 3 — Two sessions still available — Seaport World Trade Center — Hosted by the BeerAdvocate gang, Microbrew Invitational is celebration of small-batch brewing and a showcase for some of the newest, most promising beer companies in the US. Each small producer will make a beer, cider, mead, sake, or kombucha to premiere at the fest, guaranteeing you first taste of dozens and dozens of brand new creations. $55.
June 3 — 7 p.m. — Harvard Stadium — Now in its second year, Cannons Fighting Cancer will unite the lacrosse community to raise funds towards finding a cure for cancer and raise awareness of individuals providing services, support and care for patients and families who are impacted by the disease. This special event with the Boston Cannons will benefit the Boston Children’s Hospital’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. $33 and up.
June 3 — 12 p.m. — Meet at John Copley Statue — Did you know Boston is the home of the chocolate chip? Me neither! Join an expert guide for two hour stroll through the Back Bay with stops at artisanal bakeries, luxurious boutiques, and a candy land funhouse. $50.
June 4 — 12:30 p.m. — Bar Mezzana — Bar Mezzana is celebrating one year at Ink Block and Chef Colin Lynch, Heather Lynch, and Jefferson Macklin are celebrating with a summer soirée. From 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., VIP ticket holders will enjoy tastes from Bar Mezzana’s friends in the hospitality world. Afterward, the party continues with Ryan Lotz making Aperol Spritzes and seasonal blender drinks. A portion of the proceeds of the event will benefit More Than Words. $85 for general tickets, $125 for VIP.
June 6 – 8 — Noon to 8 p.m. — City Hall Plaza — The annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl is the nation’s largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival and an annual rite of spring in Boston. Skip lunch and don’t forget to hydrate. Pre-event tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for ages 3 – 9, and kids under 3 are free.
June 7 — 6 p.m. — Prudential Center South Garden — Presented by Under Armour, free fitness classes return to the Prudential Center taught by some of Boston’s top fitness instructors. Classes will be held every Wednesday at 6 p.m. Stick around after class and enjoy a selection of healthy snacks and beverages, fitness displays, and more. Free.
June 8 — 6 p.m. — Milk Street Cooking School — Celebrity chef Barbara Lynch and Milk Street’s Christopher Kimball meet on stage for conversation and a cooking lesson. After their cooking lesson and conversation, attendees will eat and drink together while Chef Lynch signs your copy of her memoir, “Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire.” $75.
June 9 — 6:30 p.m. — On the Greenway at High St. — Hosted by the Greenway Conservancy, Glow in the Park is back for its 3rd year. Spend Friday night in one of Boston’s most beautiful and contemporary green spaces while enjoying live music, lawn games, your favorite Greenway food truck, beer, wine, and more. Proceeds benefit the non-profit Greenway Conservancy. $95.
June 10 – 12:30 p.m. – Fenway Park – Does this really need selling? Drink beer and eat bacon from participating restaurants including Blue Ribbon BBQ, Brewer’s Fork, City Tap House, and Puritan & Co. Participating breweries include beers currently sold at Fenway, plus about 15 special breweries invited in just for the day. $52.
June 10 — Noon — Copley Square to City Hall Plaza — Come out and show the rest of the country — especially the guy living at 1600 Pennsylvania — how Boston feels about equality. There are a myriad of Pride events happening before and after the parade, so be sure to check out the entire Pride schedule. Free.
June 10 — 9 p.m. — Museum of Fine Arts — The MFA’s annual black-tie gala will draw inspiration from the exhibition “Matisse in the Studio.” The Shapiro Family Courtyard will be transformed with décor inspired by vintage travel posters Henri Matisse would have seen while working in the South of France. Guests will enjoy an open bar and late-night bites. DJ Rich DiMare will spin music all night long, and party-goers can bid on art and one-of-a-kind experiences in the silent auction. $225.
June 11 — 11 a.m. — Exhale Boston Battery Wharf — Brunches of Boston is celebrating the launch of a new cycling studio at Exhale Battery Wharf and you’re invited. The event starts at the new Exhale Battery Wharf Cycling studio with a challenging ride and continues with the fun part — brunch and a complimentary mimosa next door at Aragosta. $39.
June 14 — 6 p.m. — Harvard University (Memorial Hall) — Take a trip to Harvard’s historic campus to discover how the Extension School can help you achieve your academic and professional goals. A free Extension School course will be raffled off at the event. Free.
June 15 — 6 p.m. — The Boathouse on Pier 4 — Celebrate the arrival summer with music by DJ Ryan Brown, dancing, food, and drinks under the big tent on Boston Harbor.. A regatta just off the end of Pier 4 will take place between 6 p.m. and sunset, with racers joining the party after sunset. The event routinely sells out, so don’t sleep on tickets. Proceeds benefit the Courageous Sailing Center. $70.
June 17 — 2 p.m. — SPACE (423 West Broadway in South Boston) — Celebrate the summer with The Parlor Ice Cream Co. scoops based off your favorite Polar seltzer flavors. Tickets include one scoop of each flavor so you can try them all: Raspberry Rosé, Pineapple Passion, and Mango Berry, plus bottles to take home. $15.
June 21 — 6:30 p.m. — Boston Children’s Museum — The Boston Children’s Museum is throwing open the doors of the museum to those who are young at heart. Bring friends and meet new ones as you explore interactive exhibits, interact with Pickles the animatronic Dilophosaurus, and explore your inner artist in the Art Studio. A full cash-bar will be available along with tasty treats for purchase. All the fun of summer camp with no parental interrogations at the end of the summer. $25.
June 22 — 6:30 p.m. — House of Blues Boston — On the eve of his jersey being retired at Fenway Park, Big Papi will get the Friars Club Roast treatment from some of the biggest names in comedy. Joining in on the fun will be former teammate Dustin Pedroia and Patriots party guy Rob Gronkowski. Proceeds will benefit The David Ortiz Children’s Fund. $34 to $300.
June 23 — 7 p.m. — Seaport World Trade Center — Chefs in Shorts brings together a group of the area’s leading chefs who will fire up the grills and create their favorite dishes for this smoky outdoor summer-in-the-city barbecue. Tickets include complimentary beer, wine and tastings, and guests will vote for their favorite dish. Proceeds benefit Future Chefs. $90.
June 23 — 6 p.m. — City Hall Plaza — Roller skate disco returns to City Hall Plaza for the fourth annual tribute to Boston-born disco legend Donna Summer. A roller skating rink will be set up on the plaza for all to enjoy and free skate rentals will be available on a first-come, first served basis. This year’s event includes a performance by Mary Gaines Bernard and music by DJ Roy Barboza. Free.