Although summer is winding down, exciting Boston events are in full swing! Here are a few of our suggestions for the month of August:
North End Feasts
For over a century, Italians have lived in Boston’s North End neighborhood, and each year Italian Feasts and Festivals take place throughout the summer. Each Feast is dedicated to a Saint; an enormous block party celebration with food, music, religious ceremonies, and parades. Opening ceremonies typically take place on Friday evenings, and festivities will recommence around 1pm on Saturday and Sunday, continuing long into the night. High Mass takes place on Sunday morning. Three of the most famous take place this month:
8/3 – 8/5: St. Agrippina’s Feast – 459 Hanover Street.
8/16 – 8/19: 101st Annual Fisherman’s Feast of the Madonna – Fleet and North Streets.
8/26 – 8/29: St. Anthony’s Feast – The largest Italian religious festival in New England. Endicott, Thatcher, and North Margin Streets
Boston Summer Restaurant Week
Sunday 8/19 – Friday 8/24, and Sunday 8/26 – Friday 8/31
Twice each year, everyone in the city looks forward to the best restaurants in Boston and Cambridge going “on sale”. Sample the affordable “prix fixe” menus offered by the best chefs in the city everywhere from 5-star restaurants to favorite mom-and-pop shops. A two-course lunch runs you $15.12, and three-course lunch $20.12 (get it?), and a three-course dinner $33.12. Make reservations as soon as possible to ensure you get a spot at every restaurant you want to try – Tables fill up fast!
Films at the Gate – Free Chinese Film Festival
This popular end-of-summer event draws crowds to the vacant lot on Hudson St between Beach and Kneeland (8/23-24) and the Chinatown Park Plaza on the Greenway (8/25-26). Each venue becomes host to a pop-up movie theater featuring Kung-Fu Classics (with English subtitles). Some seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis – or bring your own folding chairs with carryout from your favorite dim sum spot!
Thursday 8/23 – Master of the Flying Guillotine – A cult classic! (Mandarin)
Friday 8/24 – The Young Master – Starring Jackie Chan in his younger years (Cantonese)
Saturday 8/25 – Shaolin Temple – Jet Li’s first movie (Mandarin)
Sunday 8/26 – IP Man 2 – Depicting 1950s Hong Kong (Cantonese