What are the best festivals in Boston?

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Melanie Nayer

If you're visiting Boston during the summer months, you won't want to miss the festivals in the North End. 

Starting mid-July and running every weekend through Labor Day, the North End of Boston (otherwise known as Little Italy), pays respects to one of the patron Saints by honoring them with a feast for all the senses!

The festivals take place from Friday to Sunday in various parts of the neighborhood (just follow all the signs and you'll find them). Live music plays around the clock, and you'll also find carnival games for the kids, as well as food carts featuring some of the North End's favorite delights. Enjoy canollis, calzones, arancinni balls, fried clams, lobster rolls and much more. When you hear the band start to play, get your dollar bills ready. Throughout the weekend, the band will grace the Saint being honored as its statue parades through the streets of the North End. It's customary to pin a dollar on one of the streamers that flows from the saint. The Feast of Saint Anthony is the largest and most popular festival in the North End, typically taking place the last weekend of August. 

Other festivals in Boston typically occur on the Esplanade or at City Hall Plaza. Here you'll find everything from Harborfest - a weekend celebration of live music; to Earth Day and Life is Good festivals, celebrating our planet and everything that makes it wonderful

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