Events Calendar - 2023

Find a multitude of fun events and great things to do, including weekend events, throughout the year, like music; festivals; comedy; outdoor fun; boat cruises; excursions for families and kids; food, wine and beer tastings. Weather is no problem; lots of things to do happen indoors.
Be sure to check out the listings of year-round Fairs & Festivals throughout New England. See also, Great Things to Do.

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Harpoon Octoberfest 2023 – Boston MA

Sep 29, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 Harpoon Brewery - 306 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 02110

Get your oompah on at Harpoon’s 33rd annual Octoberfest Sept. 29 and 30. In addition to live oompah music (check the website for a list of bands), you can try your hand in the stein-hoisting competition, pretzel-eating contest and chicken dancing. Raise your stein (filled with Harpoon, Clown Shoes or UFO Beer, hard cider or hard seltzer) under open-air tents alongside thousands of fellow beer-lovers. The space is bigger this year, with a tented area with limited seating. Buying tickets in advance is advised, but tickets will also be sold at the door. This is a 21+ event, and dogs are not permitted.

Harpoon Dogtoberfest 2023 – Boston MA

Oct 1, 2023 - Oct 1, 2023 Harpoon Brewery, 306 Northern Avenue Boston, MA

This fundraising event welcomes dog lovers and their furry friends to the Harpoon Brewery to celebrate Octoberfest. The event features a fun run, dog costume competition, on-site adoption meet and greet, food trucks and drinks.


Neil Gaiman – Boston MA

Oct 2, 2023 - Oct 2, 2023 106 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

Neil Gaiman returns to the Colonial to lead attendees into his fantastical worlds once again. As one of the most celebrated writers of our time, his popular and critically acclaimed works bend genres while reaching audiences of all ages. He is the bestselling author of Neverwhere, Anansi Boys, Good Omens (with Terry Pratchett), Smoke and Mirrors, Fragile Things, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances, The Ocean at the End of the Lane, The Sleeper & the Spindle, Hansel and Gretel, Norse MythologyThe View from the Cheap Seats (non-fiction essays), and more.


Creating Cape Cod – Sandwich MA

Apr 23, 2022 - Oct 15, 2023 Heritage Museums & Gardens, 67 Grove Street, Sandwich, MA

Henry David Thoreau once described Cape Cod as a “Yankee backwater,” but how did this once-struggling area transform into a picturesque and popular tourist destination? This exhibit explores how the Cape was lifted out of an economic depression in the later 19th-century by the construction of a train and the invention of automobiles, bringing tourists back to the National Seashore. What has been gained, or lost? And how can it be persevered for future generations?

Parties & Dances

Boston Public Market Harvest Party

Oct 12, 2023 - Oct 12, 2023 100 Hanover Street, Boston, MA

Celebrate the Boston Public Market’s mission to cultivate a diverse community around food. Guests will be invited to celebrate a “taste of the Market” with delicious bites from our food entrepreneurs, two drink tickets featuring craft beer and creative cocktails from The Pine Bar, live music and dancing, raffles, silent auction prizes, and photos with BPM’s annual GIANT pumpkins. A cash bar will be available for additional beverage purchases. 

Performing Arts and Theater

A Conversation with Ira Glass & Jad Abumrad – Boston MA

Sep 30, 2023 - Sep 30, 2023 106 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

It’s a public radio dream event when two of the most iconic national public radio hosts, Ira Glass (This American Life) and Jad Abumrad (Radiolab), come together to take you on a journey of insight, investigation and humanity in a way that only they can. Join these public radio luminaries for a live onstage event – layered with cinematic video, audio clips, original music composition, and their unique voices – taking us on a journey through their careers in audio journalism and podcasting.