Boston in the summer is glorious. The crowds leave, the cold is replaced by—well, the warm—and opportunities for fun bloom just as quickly as the tulips in the Public Gardens. This summer, check out some of what Boston has to offer.

Boston Kite & Flight Festival

Franklin Park, Seaver St. Dorchester, MA

Saturday, May 19th 12pm-4pm

An annual tradition since the 60s, the Boston Kite & Flight Festival is an occasion for good old family fun. Featuring bikes, food, games, and of course kites, the Boston Kite & Flight Festival is a perfect start to a Boston summer. Grab your kite (or buy one there if you don’t have one) and get flying.

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Boston Carnival Village

Events begin August 19th, 2012

A Trinidad-style carnival held on the streets of Boston, Boston Carnival Village offers a plethora of fun events beginning in mid-August. Starting with a Kiddies Carnival, Boston Carnival Village continues to offer a King and Queen show, Jouvert, and—last but not least—a parade. Put on a costume and get ready to feast on Caribbean treats and entertainment.

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Boston Pops

The Esplanade

July 4th, 8pm

A Boston tradition, the Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular is something every Bostonian has to do at least once. Located on the picturesque esplanade, the Boston Pops Fourth of July event features fireworks blast in accompaniment to the sweet sounds of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. It’s a tradition that brings people from all over the country to our corner of the Charles—if you’re lucky enough to already be here, and you haven’t already been, it’s definitely worth checking out.

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Movies by Moonlight

Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf

Fridays at dusk from July 15th-August 31st

Sitting outside on a cool summer night watching a movie and relaxing with friends—nothing could be better. While options for outdoor movies are sparse in Boston, the Boston Harbor Hotel has some great flicks on its schedule this summer. With films like Princess Bride and Dirty Dancing shown every Friday, Movies by Moonlight is a great start to a fun Friday night out in Boston.

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Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl

City Hall Plaza 1 Congress St. Boston, MA

June 5th-June 7th

Another great way to start the summer is to gorge yourself on ice-cream. This year marks the 30th anniversary of sweetness at City Hall. The Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl not only provides all-you-can-eat frozen treats, but also helps raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. As the nation’s largest all-you-can-eat ice cream festival, the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl is a summer kickoff everyone can enjoy while also helping fund an important cause.

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TEDxBoston

Seaport World Trade Center

Friday, June 22

TED talks are coming to Boston. Featuring an incredibly impressive list of speakers, TEDxBoston promises to be a great intelectual event. Show up, and get smart.

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Besides these events, there are a million options for fun in Boston over the summer. Once the warmth hits the pavement, it becomes apparent why Boston is known as such a great walking city. The Common and Gardens become littered with blankets full of people enjoying the weather. The Red Sox bring Boston-pride and drunken crowds. And those illusive snow covered roofdecks thaw into perfect spots to grill and relax with friends.

I’m excited just thinking about it.

-Carly Loman, Future Boston Intern

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About Future Boston Alliance

Future Boston Alliance is a non-profit organization seeking to revolutionize our city's creative economy. By advocating for new talent and businesses and holding educational events, we aim to make Boston a hub for collaboration, innovation, and culture.

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