Looking for things to do in august in boston? Here are some ideas on how to enjoy a Boston Vacation or Boston Staycation in August:
Free Outdoor Shakespeare in the Park
Every year we show up early around 6pm to see Shakespeare in the Park for free on Boston Common. When they open the rope, we rush to the front by the stage and steal the best seats of the show. You can bring a yummy picnic and while they don’t let you bring your own tall chairs, those little foldable mountain chairs are perfect for the occasion. Commonwealth Shakespeare Company performs the show every day but Monday but check the weather to see if it’s still on.
Take a Food Tour or Chocolate Tour with Off The Beaten Path Food Tours
We run our Food Tours and Chocolate Tours year-round and our friendly guides can’t want to meet you! Our Union Square Food Tour is a cool addition to the calendar, and we have lots of stories to share about the neighborhood foodie haven. So check the Tour Calendar for something fun going on this week.
Dine Al Fresco or Gather Lunch At Various Farmers Markets
Here’s our list of the best Outdoor Dining in Boston. Want a picnic lunch instead? In all of the neighborhoods that we tour, there is a local farmers market. Check out this aggregator to find the Massachusetts Farmers Market near you!
Cheer on the Red Sox and sit near the Lone Red Seat!
Food and sports go hand in hand, we think you’ll agree. Our Fenway Food Tour (reopening soon) which explores the best and most iconic eats in this historical neighborhood that’s now a foodie hotspot. We love this new tour, full of American Ballpark eats! Check out our post of our Favorite Boston Sports Bars, and catch the game after one of our tours this weekend.
Smell the Roses
Scoot your way around the city! You can also rent an electric bicycle to help you up the hills in nearby Somerville. Some of our favorite places to walk around and enjoy nature include:
- The Fens
- Minuteman Bike Path – Somerville to Bedford, MA
- Jamaica Pond
- Boston College/Chestnut Hill Reservoir
- Fresh Pond in Cambridge, MA
- Charles River in Cambridge, MA (Sundays closed to vehicles)
You can pick the most gorgeous flower bouquets straight from the field at Parlee Farms which is a 30 minute drive north!
For fruit picking, we recommend the most delicious nectarines at Carlson Orchards in Harvard, MA.
Try A Bar Crawl with our Craft Breweries
Check out our blog post about our favorite craft breweries in Boston. There’s so much creativity in the Boston brew scene, from the label to the process/recipes to the names of the local bottles, these are truly labors of love. On our tours we often sample beer, and you can email us for specific recommendations if you want more recommendations.
Make It a Bubble Tea Date or Late Night Dessert
Check out our list of our Favorite Bubble Tea in Boston. From avocado shakes to unique frozen creations, you won’t want to miss these fun and inventive spots. Dessert more your thing? Our Chocolate Tours are a perfect adventure or check out our Most Indulgent Desserts in Boston. Boston in August weather is variable but typically hot, so refreshing drinks are welcome!
Enjoy Music or Theater including Live Shows and Movies
Lift your spirits with a performance that wows. There are so many awesome music venues in Boston, from outdoor to indoor beats! Check out our list of our favorite music venues in Boston. Year after year, we love the free movies at the Hatch Shell (Friday Flicks). On August 18, 2023 they are showing Mario Bros. at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Boston Harbor Hotel is showing movies and tunes (and grab a 7:45pm dinner reservation at the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille to get the best seat by the pier!) Lots of August Boston concerts.
Plan a Bachelor or Bachelorette Party: A Food or Chocolate Tour!
It’s “wedding season” and our Food Tours and Chocolate Tours make perfect bachelor or bachelorette parties. We’ll create some special surprises at each stop. Contact us to find out more.
The Usual: Art Galleries, Restaurants, Historical Sites are all open
- Take photos in all of our most instagrammable places in Boston!
Check out some of our other recs of things to do in Boston like this blog post on Off The Beaten Path Things To Do in Boston. Enjoy our city and explore all of its off the beaten path finds. That was top 10 things to do in boston in august!
Our Food Tours and Chocolate Tours of interesting Boston neighborhoods are a can’t-miss August activity in Boston. So whether you’re a local or tourist, start practicing saying “wicked cool” and check our Tour Calendar for what’s going on this week.