10 Things to Do in Boston this September

Visit Beantown this month to celebrate the invention of Marshmallow Fluff, watch a baseball game and party in a museum


Boston’s storied history, delicious local cuisine and scenic landscapes are just a few of the reasons this New England city is such a great place to visit. Here are 10 things you should do in Boston this month.

Attend an overnight party at a museum

Experience the city’s Museum of Fine Arts after hours with its #mfaNOW Overnight fall programming. September 17 marks the first of four overnight parties hosted in the museum’s Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art. From 6 p.m. until 9 a.m., check out contemporary exhibits like Christian Marclay’s 24-hour video collage, The Clock. You can also grab a snack from a food truck, listen to live music, play games and watch artist demonstrations.

Celebrate the invention of Marshmallow Fluff

If you love Marshmallow Fluff, you’ll want to make the 20-minute drive to Somerville on September 24 for the annual What the Fluff? festival. This one-day event at Union Square celebrates the creation of Marshmallow Fluff at the very spot it was invented nearly 100 years ago. Sign up for the Marshmallow Fluff cooking contest, do some Fluff jousting and eat plenty of Marshmallow-y goodness.

Drink beers from across the world

For delicious beers and great live music, head to the Copenhagen Beer Celebration at City Hall Plaza on September 23 and 24. Normally held in Copenhagen, Denmark, this is the first time the festival is being hosted by a U.S. city. Sip brews from places like Massachusetts, Belgium, and Sweden while listening to live music from bands like The Barr Brothers, Lucero and Caroline Rose.

Eat tinned fish and drink wine at haley.henry

Boston is known for its fresh seafood, but at the newly opened haley.henry, tinned fish is king. The wine and beer bar serves up tins of tuna, smoked oysters, trout and more from places like Portugal, Spain and Washington State. Ceviche, charcuterie, salads and toasts round out the menu, which is complemented by a great list of beers and wines.

Get your creative juices flowing at ArtWeek

From September 30 to October 9, Boston will be full of creative energy during its biannual ArtWeek. Since 2013, this creative festival has offered hands-on and behind-the-scenes artistic experiences throughout the city. This year, choose from more than 150 different experiences ranging from tours of the Boston Opera House to glass-art workshops.

Go back in time on a tour of the Freedom Trail

Even if you’re not going back to school this month you can still brush up on some history with The Freedom Trail Foundation’s 90-minute Walk Into History tour that explores the key role Boston played in the American Revolution. Follow your guide, who will be dressed in 18th-century garb, to 11 of the Freedom Trail’s 16 sites, including Park Street Church, Old Corner Bookstore and the site of the country’s first public school.

Stuff your face at a local food festival

Support Boston’s homegrown food scene at the annual Boston Local Food Festival on September 18. Residents, farmers, producers and chefs will fill the Rose Kennedy Greenway to celebrate Boston’s delicious and sustainable food scene. Snack on servings of locally grown fare, watch a “seafood throwdown” between two chefs and learn how to live a more sustainable life in the Family Fun Zone.

Take in a multicultural festival in Cambridge

Just across the river from Boston, the streets of Cambridge will come alive with colourful costumes and live music during Cambridge Carnival International on September 11. The city’s biggest festival, this multicultural event celebrates Afro-Caribbean cultures with plenty of music, dancing, food, vendors, and activities for kids. Be sure to catch the grand costume parade, which starts on Blackstone Street and ends at Kendall Square.

Walk through the city’s Emerald Necklace

Experience Boston’s foliage as it fades from green to orange by taking a walk through the city’s extensive park system known as the Emerald Necklace. Boston is home to nine parks stretching across 1,100 acres that are connected by parkways and waterways. If you’re feeling ambitious, you can walk the whole system from downtown’s historic Boston Common all the way to Franklin Park.

Watch a Boston Red Sox game at Fenway Park

You have until October 2 to see the Boston Red Sox play a game on home turf before the playoffs start. Book a pre-game tour of the historic Fenway Park to see Pesky’s Pole and the Green Monster wall up close, then stick around to watch the Red Sox play teams like the Baltimore Orioles and Toronto Blue Jays.