Spring into Summer in Boston Arts

May brings with it a long-awaited thaw in Boston as the city transitions into summer. So begins the most vibrant season in the city, packed with events as everyone takes advantage of the warm weather to get out and about. Missed the Met Gala? May and June bring some of the Boston arts community's most anticipated annual events. Stay in the loop!

April 28 - May 7: ArtWeek Boston

ArtWeek Boston is already in session! Experience art events all over Boston. View their full calendar of events.

May 6 - 7: SoWa Art Walk
11 am - 5 pm

The SoWa Arts and Design District, Boston's premier destination for artist and design studios, fine art galleries, and artisan boutiques rings in the season with its annual Art Walk. All studios, shops, and galleries will have their doors open, and the SoWa Vintage Market will be up for the whole weekend starting this year.

May 13: Somerville Porchfest
12 - 6 pm

Every year Somerville opens its porches to one of the most unique music festivals in the city. This decentralized celebration travels across Somerville throughout the day, with nearly a hundred acts in every genre imaginable, all performing, quite literally, on porches. 


May 19: ICA Gala
7 pm

Image Courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art

Image Courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art

The ICA's annual fundraiser at the Drydock brings together the contemporary art community in Boston. The event transforms the Drydock into an immersive arts experience, including dinner, drinks, pop-up performances, and a live DJ.

June 3: Cambridge River Festival
11 am - 6 pm

The Cambridge River Festival is a public, open festival of the arts, featuring multiple stages with live performances across genres, public and participatory art, family-friendly activities, food vendors, and art markets. All of this along the Charles at the East Cambridge Waterfront.

June 10: MFA Summer Party
9 pm - Midnight

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston's annual black tie fundraising gala, hosted by the Museum Council in the Shapiro Family Courtyard. A full night of art, dancing, and celebration in support of one of Boston's oldest and most established arts institutions. The night will include a private viewing of "Matisse in the Studio" and a juried silent auction.