Music Festivals in Boston – Plus Other Annual Events

The Best Music Festivals in Boston

And Other Festivals, Too!

Some of the biggest music festivals in Boston take place every year in the spring and summer. These festivals attract music lovers from all over the world and feature a wide variety of genres.

We think that festivals are some of the best things to do in Boston or any city – large or small. But we’re focusing on the best festivals in Boston. Our list includes the biggest annual events like Boston Calling. But we’ve got a calendar of all upcoming Boston events and festivals and a handy list of 20 annual gatherings you don’t want to miss!

Some of the Best Music Festivals in Boston – and More!

Boston Calling Music Festival

The Boston Calling Music Festival is one of the most popular music festivals in Boston. It takes place over Memorial Day weekend at the Harvard Athletic Complex. Boston Calling is a biggie for locals, but it also attracts visitors from all over the US with an impressive line-up.

This festival has something for everyone, with a mix of rock, pop, hip hop, and electronic music. Nine Inch Nails and Metallica headline the 2022 event. Other notables include Avril Lavigne, Cheap Trick, Weezer, Paper Tigers, and Paris Jackson.

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Levitate Music & Arts Festival

Marshfield Fairgrounds is home to the Levitate Music and Arts Festival – a three-day annual celebration. Food trucks and more than 100 local artisans are enough to keep you busy, but the music line-up is also impressive.

Jack Johnson headlines this 2022 Boston music festival with other artists including Stephen Marley, Vulfpeck, Phil Lesh and Friends, Dirty Heads, Stick Figure, Umphrey’s McGee, and Old Crow Medicine Show. Three-day passes are available while they last.

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Harborfest events and activities in Boston

Boston Harborfest

We’re highlighting more than just music festivals in Boston, so want to include another annual event that should be on your calendar – although it has music, too.

Boston Harborfest is a family-friendly Fourth of July celebration with four days of non-stop activities. You can catch the Classic Car Showcase and Independence Pooch Parade. There are fireworks, puppet shows, lunch and dinner cruises, an ice cream social, downtown doo-wop, chowder fest, and that’s just a taste of Harborfest.

Oh, and we almost forgot – the Boston Pops and Fireworks show on the 4th!

Festivals & More – the Boston Events Calendar

Our official Boston Events Calendar powered by Evvnt features the best of what the area has to offer. You’ll find festivals for this upcoming weekend and the following weeks. There are also other things to do including plays, musicals, concerts, comedy, and much more!

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More Festivals in Boston Throughout 2022

Here’s a handy list of websites for some of the area’s fun festivals throughout 2022. If you’ve missed some, you can look forward to them in 2023 and beyond!

Boston FestivalsWebsite
Boston Arts Festival
Boston Calling
Boston Film Festival
Boston Harborfest
Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival
Boston Jerk Festival
Boston Wine and Food Festival
Cambridge Arts River Festival
Charles River Jazz Festival 2022
First Night Boston
Fisherman's Feast
Head of the Charles Regatta
Holiday Market at Snowport
Levitate Music and Arts Festival
My Caribbean One World Expo
New England Boat Show
New England Christmas Festival
St. Anthony's Feast
The Boston Christmas Festival
Water Lantern Festival

Did we leave your festival off the list? Send us the info and we’ll be sure to add it.

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Boston Festivals – FAQs

What are some of the biggest music festivals in Boston in 2022?

Boston Calling is an annual event with an impressive line-up year after year. It takes place over Memorial Day weekend. Another music festival in Boston featuring three days of bands and solo artists is the Levitate Music and Arts Festival. It also has more than 100 artisan booths.

How can I find out about festivals in Boston this weekend?

The Boston Guide on has a fairs and festivals calendar that updates hourly. You can search specifically for fairs and festivals or take a peek at all kinds of things to do in Boston, Massachusetts.

What are the best festivals in Boston for families?

Most Boston festivals have something to offer eventgoers of all ages. But some of the best for families include Boston Harborfest, the New England Christmas Festival, and St. Anthony’s Feast (one of many Italian festivals in Boston).