Posted By: Noreen Anastasia

With the official start of summer just last week (there were times we thought it would never happen), it's time to take a look at all the wonderful things to do in Boston during our hottest months. We waved goodbye to the Tall Ships already, but there are still plenty of ways to enjoy yourself around town.

Shakespeare in the Park – Boston Common

Commonwealth Shakespeare Company began its twenty-year run of free performances on Boston Common with Romeo & Juliet. The Company returns this year with the same iconic play. Performances run from July 19 – August 6th, with shows Tuesday-Saturday at 8pm, and Sunday shows at 7pm. With the cost of admission always free, this is a great way to spend an evening with a picnic basket, a bottle of wine, and good friends. For more information and weather updates regarding show times, please visit www.commshakes.org.

Fenway Park

Fenway Park, home of the first place Boston Red Sox (at time of posting), is America's oldest ballpark, having been around since 1912. Located in the Fens area of Boston, the Park sits in the middle of a vibrant neighborhood featuring a diverse group of restaurants, shops, and ever-changing architecture. You don't have to wait for a game day to experience the "cozy confines of Fenway Park". With tours happening on most off-days, it's always a good time to head to Yawkey Way. Want to hold a function or event there? They've also got you covered! www.fenwaypark.com holds all the information on ticketing, tours, events, and the fascinating 100+ year history.

Food Festivals

While we love Boston's food year-round, summer seems to have the biggest crop of fun and delicious food festivals. The first ever Boston Pickle Fair is being held this Saturday June 24th from 11am-5pm in the Seaport. But it's not just all pickles, people, there's so much more to this outdoor country fair with beer & pickle pairing, games for the family, live bands, and plenty more! If pickles aren't your thing (although, I don't know how they couldn't be), that same weekend is also featuring a Beer Garden Block Party themed "tacopocalypse" at SoWa open markets. Whether you're a hard shell or soft shell person, this party is sure to satisfy. July brings us even more amazing food festival options. Among them are the Harpoon Beers & Bites in the booming Fort Point/Seaport area, the 15th Annual Taste of Cambridge held just across the river, and the weekly Shuck Instruction at B&G Oysters in the South End. August brings in the heat and a packed schedule of deliciousness. A highlight for many will be the 107th Fisherman's Feast in August in the North End. An annual event, this feast lasts 3 days and is noted for the delectable Italian food the North End is so famous for. If these festivals aren't to your liking, head on over to the Mass Vacation site for more culinary events.

While we chose just a few things to highlight for this season's post, Boston's summer events are hugely popular and varied. Get on out there (or visit a museum's air-conditioned interior), and experience all our beautiful city has to offer!