Skip to primary navigation Skip to content Skip to footer
Back to News & Updates

Top 5 April Events in Boston



Happy April eve, everyone! Yes, that’s a thing. (Or, it is now…) Nothing goes together better than springtime and Boston, and we’ve rounded up all the best things to do this month in the Hub.

1. Boston Marathon 
It wouldn’t be an April list if we didn’t mention the marathon! This year marks the 120th anniversary of the Boston Marathon, and it is sure to be quite the event. The race kicks off on April 18th, and spectators are free to watch anywhere along the 26.2-mile route (but maybe steer clear of Heartbreak Hill, where runners may or may not be in tears…).


2. Patriot’s Day
A wee bit overshadowed by Marathon day, Patriot’s Day commemorates the Battles of Lexington and Concord, which were fought near Boston in 1775. There are a couple ways to celebrate this year: the Old North Church commemorates the event with a Lantern Celebration (since 1875, in fact), and there will be a parade and full reenactment in Lexington.


3. Boston LGBT Film Festival 
Running through April 10th, this film festival features an eclectic selection of LGBT cinema from around the globe. Dubbed “Wicked Queer,” the festival includes wicked awesome events like parties, talks, screenings, and more! Be there or be very, very square.


4. Boston Common Carousel & Swan Boats Return
The official welcoming party for spring! The Boston Common Carousel will be back in action starting tomorrow, and tickets are only three bucks a pop, so there’s no excuse not to hop on. The famous Swan Boats make their debut on April 16, and this event is such a big deal, they’ve even booked Mayor Marty Walsh to host the first ride of the season. How’s that for a swan dive into spring?


Good Wharf
5. Take a Spring Bike Tour
Celebrate the return of spring with your first bike tour of the season! Whether you’re simply visiting or playing tourist in your own city, an Urban AdvenTours ride is the perfect way to say hello to warmer weather. From our City View Tour to our Tour de Boston, you’ll have such a blast, you’ll be using #IBikeBoston in no time!