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Feasts and festivals abound as Boston plunges into summer

July 11, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — There’s a lot more to Boston this summer than the Freedom Trail, the route that links historic landmarks including the Bunker Hill Monument and Paul Revere House.

Summer festivals, which kicked off last weekend with Harborfest, will be followed by the Outside the Box performing arts festival, July 14-19; Revere Beach National Sand-Sculpting Festival, July 24-26; and the Boston Seafood Festival, Aug. 2.

There are also a series of feasts and festivals in the famous North End neighborhood, including the St. Agrippina di Mineo Feast, July 30-31 and Aug. 1-2; the Madonna Della Cava Feast, Aug. 7-9; Fisherman’s Feast of the Madonna Del Soccorso di Sciacca, Aug. 13-16; and St. Anthony’s Feast, Aug. 28-30.

Other outdoor events include Wednesday concerts on the Esplanade with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra (July 15-Aug. 26), Shakespeare on the Common’s “King Lear” (July 22-Aug. 9), and the Boston Summer Arts Weekend in Copley Square (July 25-26). A free weekend shuttle to Columbia Point takes visitors to the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate, The Commonwealth Museum and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

A replica of the ship that carried the Marquis de Lafayette to Boston, the Hermione, docks at Rowes Wharf for free public tours the weekend of July 11-12. The city’s twice-yearly restaurant promotion, Dine Out Boston, takes place Aug. 16-21 and Aug. 23-28. At the Boston Opera House, “Kinky Boots” plays Aug. 11-30.

And a gigantic psychedelic pinwheel called “Fenway Deity” by Ken Smith hangs on the exterior of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum through Sept. 28.

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is encouraging visitors to post their experiences on social media with the hashtag #VacationBoston.

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