This post is about the best things to do in Boston in June, including family-friendly, free, as well as nighttime activities and attractions, all updated for 2021.
Be sure to check out our master guide on things to do in Boston at any time of the year.
TOP 10 EVENTS AND THINGS TO DO IN JUNE
This section covers our top ten list for June. You might also read our post on things to do in Boston (at any time of the year).
For more ideas on popular things to do in Boston, check out our popular posts:
Some of the items listed in this post are included for free with the purchase of a tourist discount pass.
As you may have expected, there are a few great bands performing in Boston this month.
Unfortunately, until there are enough people vaccinated and the numbers for Covid-19 begin to drop significantly, chances are that concerts will be more of a rare occurrence in Boston and around the world.
These are some of the most notable concerts coming to Boston in June. Keep in mind that some of these events could still be canceled or postponed due to the pandemic.
Check StubHub's calendar to see who else is performing in Boston this month.
Summer is the perfect time to go see a baseball game! You can combine your outing with a tour of Fenway Park.
For all the sports events this June, check StubHub for Boston sports tickets.
NOTE: The MLB has announced plans to allow fans into the stadium in 2021 in limited capacities, which means tickets will be more difficult to get.
It should be noted that this arrangement could change if teams or the MLB decide the risk of spreading Covid-19 is too great.
If you are traveling with children, going to a sports event is a good way to keep them entertained. For more family-friendly things to do, check out the section below!
Check for other Boston sports events in June.
Now that the weather is getting nice, you may want to consider going out on the water to see some whales.
Several companies offer this service, and although they might be operating at reduced capacity, they are still open for business.
This is a very fun activity, and in the summer you should be able to see at least one or two whales while out on the Boston Harbor.
For more details, please check our full post covering Boston Whale Watching.
4. Go on a Sightseeing Tour
June weather makes it an ideal time to discover Boston on foot. Consider taking one of our pay-what-you-wish walking tours.
You can learn about the city’s history and the country’s history on our pay-what-you-like Freedom Trail Tour.
Or if you’re interested in Little Italy, we have a pay-what-you-like North End Tour too.
If you need help finding your way around the city, the following pay-what-you-wish walking tours will be available in June:
- Freedom Trail Tour
- Cambridge/Harvard Tour
- Chinatown Tour
- Back Bay Tour
- Beacon Hill Crime Tour
- Little Italy Tour
This would also be a great option for anyone who wants to avoid large gatherings of people to prevent the spread of Covid-19.
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5. Head to the Aquarium
The New England Aquarium has officially been re-opened at limited capacity, and it's one of the best places to visit during the summer.
Due to the reduced capacity, tickets are actually selling out quite fast, so you may want to purchase them ahead of time if you're interested in visiting.
Even if you can't afford a ticket, you might still want to head over to the aquarium for their one free attraction: Atlantic Harbor Seals!
This exhibit is entirely free to enjoy and it's located outside of the building in the front plaza.
TIP: Don't forget that you can save money on tickets using the Boston CityPASS.
If you want to see multiple popular attractions while in Boston, you could save a significant amount of money by purchasing a city pass upfront.
Boston currently has several different types of passes to choose from, and they each include a lot of popular activities including tours, museums, cruises, and other things to do.
Here are a few of the most popular tours, museums, and other things to do included with these passes:
- Hop-On-Hop-Off Trolley
- Harbor Cruises and Tours
- Skywalk Observatory
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Fenway Park Tour
Depending on which type of pass you choose, you should be able to save at least 20% – 50% off or more from retail prices.
For additional details, please read our post covering Boston tourist passes.
7. Go to the Theatre
Boston has plenty to offer in the theatre department and you can see some of the best musicals and plays this month.
From June 8th-20th, Ain't Too Proud: The Life and Times of the Temptations will be hosted at the Citizens Bank Opera House.
This is currently the only scheduled theatrical event in Boston during the month of June, but that could change if Covid-19 numbers drop precipitously before the summer.
Check these theaters to see if there will be anything else is showing during your visit:
See what other performances are happening in June.
8. Celebrate Father’s Day
Falling on June 20th, 2021, Father’s Day is one of the biggest holidays of the month. There are several great activities you can enjoy with your dad, and we’re going to cover a few of the better opportunities in Boston.
Boston Harbor Sail – The best time to go sailing around Boston is during the summer when the weather is nice. What better way to show some love for your dad than to take him on a sail?
Check our post about Boston sailboat tours for more information.
Father’s Day Dinner – Many restaurants will be offering special menu items and discounts for fathers on this day. If you’re interested, check this list of Boston restaurants that will be celebrating this special day.
Visit a Brewery – Although the Samuel Adams Brewery will be closed on Sunday, the Cambridge Brewing Company will be open and offering plenty of different craft beers on tap.
Alternatively, you can also take a tour of Night Shift Brewing for free!
NOTE: Some of these activities may offer limited seating/tickets depending on city regulations related to Covid-19.
9. See a Movie in the Park
Summer is one of the most popular times to watch a movie, and it’s also the time of year when you’ll have several opportunities to see movies in the park.
There are at least a few locations where you’ll be able to enjoy a free film outdoors in Boston this June.
This relatively small park just so happens to be one of the most popular places for community events and activities in Boston.
Every summer, the Coolidge Corner Theatre offers free film screenings at Greenway’s Wharf District Park. In years past, they have shown Rear Window and Raiders of the Lost Ark.
This popular venue on the Esplanade offers free movies every Friday night during the summer. Films have included Thor: Ragnarok, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, and Coco.
Most of the films shown during these events are family-friendly, free, and they are screened after the sun goes down. For more free things to do, check out our section below.
NOTE: Some of these activities are either going to be canceled or altered in response to the pandemic and city-wide regulations regarding Covid-19.
Taste of the Nation invites award-winning chefs from all over the region to show off their best meals.
Proceeds go to No Kids Hungry, a charity designed to help end child hunger in the United States. There will also be live music.
Unfortunately, this event has been put on hold until further notice as a result of the pandemic. However, you might want to consider taking a food tour instead!
If you are a 'foodie' or just someone looking to discover one of the most interesting (and delicious) Boston neighborhoods, look into taking a Secret Food Tour.
This tour takes you to try some of the best Boston foods including lobster rolls, cannoli, brick oven pizza and more!
Even Harvard gets into the spirit of summer with this fun and interesting activity. The Summer Solstice Celebration is a free event that is open to the public.
From 5 pm to 9 pm on June 21st, you can get free admission to the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, the Harvard Semitic Museum, the Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments.
There will also be several outdoor activities such as circus performers, an animal farm, and a raffle to win museum memberships and other gifts. If you get hungry, there will be food trucks nearby.
Harvard also offers free guided tours throughout the year. Even if you happen to visit during a time when they aren’t available, you can still take our free self-guided tour of Harvard University or join us on our pay-what-you-wish walking tour of Cambridge and Harvard.
NOTE: Due to the pandemic, this event may either be postponed, canceled, or altered depending upon the regulations enforced by the city.
If you’re looking for things you can do after the sun goes down, this section will provide a few different activities you can enjoy in Boston during the month of June.
For even more ideas, check our post about things to do at night in Boston.
These take place on Wednesdays (provided the weather is cooperating!) The starting time in June is 8:30 pm.
Note that you will need to reserve tickets ahead of time. There is limited space available, so they won’t be able to let everyone in. Get free tickets here.
TIP: Don’t forget that you can also attend Astronomy After Hours for free at the Boston Museum of Science.
NOTE: This event is currently not taking place in response to the pandemic. Keep an eye on their calendar to find out whether or not this will be changing before you visit.
Attend an Event at the Hatch Shell
When summer rolls around, the Hatch Shell opens up for business – and most of the shows they offer are entirely free to enjoy!
The following activities will be available to the public starting in June:
- Charles River Swim Course – Show off your swimming skills with a 1-mile race in the Charles River.
- Children’s Hospital Walk – This fundraising walk has raised over a million dollars in years past, and that trend is sure to continue upwards each year!
- Free Friday Flicks – Starting in late June, you can expect this free movie series to begin at the Hatch Shell around sunset. These screenings are almost always family-friendly and include fairly recent films.
NOTE: These events may not take place in 2021 due to the pandemic.
Enjoy a Music Festival
In addition to all of the great art festivals taking place during June, there will also be a handful of wonderful music festivals to attend as well.
You may also want to consider going to one of the concert series events that will be offered during this time of year.
- Boston Early Music Festival
- Boston Tango Festival
- Boston Guitarfest
- Concerts in the Park
- Concerts in the Courtyard
While some of these activities will be free to attend, others may require a ticket.
NOTE: Each of these events has either been canceled or postponed in 2021 in response to the pandemic.
Check Out the Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest
The annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest includes beers, hard ciders, meads, and a variety of different food options. The festivities typically begin sometime after 12 pm and run until 9-10 pm at night.
Tickets sell out every year, so you may want to get them as early as possible. Early bird admission is $40, but it’ll be $50 at the door.
TIP: The Samuel Adams Brewery offers free tours to the public most days of the week, and they also have premium tours you can take which are included with the Go Boston Card.
For more details, make sure to read our post about free things to do in Boston at night.
NOTE: This event has yet to be announced for 2021.
This section will focus on things you can do with your entire family during the month of June. Be sure to look at all the sections of this post as you will find other family-friendly activities, like seeing a show, going to a festival or seeing an outdoor movie.
If you’re looking for affordable attractions that your kids will enjoy, make sure to check our list of free family-friendly activities.
Visit the Frog Pond in Boston Common
During the summer, Boston Common turns on the water at their Frog Pond, allowing young kids to splash around and cool off on a hot day.
If you’re looking for something else to do, consider heading to the Boston Public Garden on the Western side of the park where you can get Swan Boat rentals for a very low price. Tickets are included with the Go Boston Card.
NOTE: The Freedom Trail will take you right through Boston Common, so you may want to consider making a stop here while you’re walking the historic trail.
Go to the New England Aquarium
The summer is a perfect time to visit an aquarium with your family. The New England Aquarium includes a lot of great exhibits and fun things to see and do.
In addition to all of the interesting aquatic wildlife on display, there is also an IMAX theatre which provides screenings of various different films.
Your kids may also be interested in their animal encounter program, allowing them to visit with harbor seals, sea turtles and even go whale watching.
Have Fun at Faneuil Hall Marketplace
There are a lot of fun things for kids to see and do at Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Many of the family-friendly activities are outdoors, so the summertime is actually a perfect time to visit.
There will be more street performers than usual, storytellers, and puppet shows. If you’ve got a creative child, there are also art classes available in the area.
The best part about all of these activities is that they are entirely free for kids, though donations are accepted.
If you or your children get hungry, it’s worth noting that the shops in the International Market often offer free samples.
NOTE: Some of these activities may be limited or canceled because of the pandemic.
Go to a Red Sox June Home Game
Take the family out to the ballgame in June! This month the Boston Red Sox will be playing several home games.
If you want to learn more about the famous ballpark that the Red Sox call home, consider taking a Fenway Park tour on one of the days when they are playing an away game.
While there are tours available on game days, it’s much quieter and easier to enjoy when there isn’t as much going on at the venue.
NOTE: If the games are still open to the public, tickets will be limited, and it will be important to purchase them well ahead of time.
The following section will include a selection of activities you can enjoy for free in Boston throughout the month of June.
If you’re looking for even more great ideas, check out our post about free things to do in Boston.
Visit the U.S.S. Constitution
Also known as “Old Ironsides,” the U.S.S. Constitution is one of the most famous vessels in the history of the United States. You can still hop on board and take a tour of the ship.
In addition to the free tour, the U.S.S. Constitution Museum is also technically free to enter. They do request a donation, but it isn’t required. Even so, we do recommend offering a little something for the work they do to keep this historic attraction in good shape.
NOTE: This landmark is included on our Freedom Trail tour.
It should also be noted that admission to the museum might be limited in response to the pandemic.
Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States, and Boston is filled with historic locations related to the abolition movement.
In honor of Juneteenth, the Museum of Fine Arts usually has free events scheduled. In past years, they have provided movie screenings, arts & crafts, musical performances, art tours, and much more.
Most of these activities will be free, but you might want to bring some cash for food and drinks. Read more about the event.
NOTE: Some activities and locations may have reduced capacity or be canceled to help prevent the spread of Covid-19.
Go to a Free Museum
If you’re looking to beat the summer heat, consider going to an air-conditioned museum to enjoy some wonderful artwork and/or historic artifacts.
While some are free during all available hours, others offer free hours during certain days of the week. See our post on free Boston museums.
- Bunker Hill Monument/Museum
- Boston Fire Museum
- Institute of Contemporary Art
- Fuller Craft Museum
- Museum of Fine Arts
- Museum of Bad Art
- Waterworks Museum
- Warren Anatomical Museum
- The Plumbing Museum
- Harvard Museum of Natural History
- Harvard Art Museum
- MIT Museum
- Commonwealth Museum
- Boston University Art Gallery
- Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology
Some of these museums might offer reduced capacity, while others could be closed as a result of the pandemic.
Take a Walk on the Charles River Esplanade
What better way to spend a nice summer day than by walking around the 3-mile stretch along the Boston harbor known as the Charles River Esplanade.
This is the location of the Hatch Shell, but they also have a lot of great things you can see and do for free. For example, you can take a free Esplanade Walking Tour offered by the Esplanade Association.
Be sure to check out the Patterned Behavior Art Mural, a fantastic mural created by Silvia Lopez Chavez. You’ll find this wonderful work of art just west of the Massachusetts Avenue bridge, visible from the walking path along the river.
If you’re looking for even more great ideas, check out our post about free things to do in Boston.
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