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Boston's Chinatown is the third largest Chinese neighborhood in the country. Enjoy Chinese New Year in the winter, while the summer brings the Chinatown and August Moon Festivals to the streets.

Jamaica Plain

Popularly known as JP, this dynamic neighborhood is characterized by diversity in race, ethnicity, economic class and sexual orientation. Check out Center Street for its multi – ethnic restaurants and funky shops.


Boston's largest neighborhood and its oldest, Dorchester now is home to increasing numbers of Asian, Latino and Haitian immigrants who have put their stamp on the neighborhood.


Roxbury, Boston's thriving African-American community, is home to the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists and Roxbury Center for the Arts at Hibernian Hall. Today Roxbury is undergoing a renaissance symbolized by the revitalization of historic Dudley Square.


Primarily residential, Mattapan is home to much of Boston's Haitian community and other West- Indian groups. Check out the ethnic restaurants and stores, which line Blue Hill Avenue, a major artery that connects Boston communities of color.


Across the Charles River to Cambridge visit the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center at Bullfinch Square in East Cambridge. This year the Center's theatre and two galleries will host special presentations and exhibitions of more than 400 multicultural artists to a diverse Greater Boston audience.

South End

A national historic district that is filled with our famous brownstones, the South End is a diverse mix of families, young professionals and a gay and lesbian community. Sample spicy soul food and cool sounds at Bob the Chef's Jazz Café and Wally's.


Get on the Good foot Boston is America's Walking City so take time for these cultural sojourns: the Black Heritage Trail, the Chinese Heritage Trail in Chinatown and the Cambridge Black History Trail.

One of a kind summer tours include MYTOWN , which offers special youth-led tours of the historic South End, Fenway and lower Roxbury neighborhoods and Discover Roxbury, which provides special trolley tours of Boston's historic Black community.

Don Quijote Tours of N.E., Inc. provides f oreign language tour guide service of Greater Boston - in Spanish / English / Portuguese.


Calling All Sports Fans. Visit the home of the world champion Red Sox at Fenway Park. Soak up the history of Boston's legendary Celtics and the Bruins hockey team at the TD BankNorth Garden (formerly known as the Fleet Center). Take a trip to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro where the Revolution soccer team plays and the “threepeat” New England Patriots reign. Come watch the Boston Marathon and the Head of The Charles Regatta.

Film Festivals

View the complexity of various cultures through the Boston Asian-American Independent Film Festival, the Boston Latino International Film Festival and the Roxbury Film Festival.


The Caribbean Carnival takes place every August and is the largest festival in Boston. The Caribbean Carnival winds its way through the streets of historic Roxbury to Franklin Park in Dorchester.

The Dominican Festival in August, dance like the bachata and move gracefully throughout the Dominican Republic Independence Day and Festival at White stadium in Franklin Park.

The Puerto Rican Festival in July is an annual weeklong celebration that takes place in Franklin Park and features the dynamic culture of one of Boston's largest Latino communities.

Cape Verdean Festival, experience the culture of Creole and speak Cape Verde at the annual Cape Verdean Independence Celebration and Festival in July at City Hall Plaza.

Dancing on Land & Sea…The Beantown Jazz Festival in September brings Boston's historic South End to life with jazz music, food, arts and crafts. Join this daylong jam session showcasing local, national and international artists.

Jazz June at the Dragon Boat Festival, which turns the Charles River into a colorful regatta of 40-foot teak boats, decorated with elaborate dragon heads and tails.

Cambridge Carnival International and Cambridge River Festival makes global diversity the theme of these cultural celebrations, which feature elaborate costumes, live music, ethnic foods and authentic arts and crafts.

North End Italian Festivals

Boston's oldest neighborhood - the North End - the first neighborhood for wave after wave of Boston's immigrant population continues to celebrate the Catholic Feast Days of the Italian saints dear to the last large immigrant population in the North.

Multi Cultural Music Festival is an annual festival that showcases culture, arts and crafts, food, dance, and dress from countries around the world.

Chinese New Year is the most important Chinese festival and is the only time when the unrelenting business pace slows in the City of Life. Local people visit friends and relatives and celebrate the arrival of the new lunar year.

Mid-Autumn Festival. When the harvest moon is full, Chinese families gather together with brightly illuminated lanterns and festive moon cake, and head to parks, beaches and hilltops to gaze at the night sky.

August Moon Festival is held annually around the Chinatown Gateway arch on Harrison Ave. The celebration is also traditionally a time for families and neighbors to gather for moon-watching parties and children to carry brightly-colored lanterns.

On St. Patrick's Day come and watch one of the largest St. Patrick's Day parades. The parade starts on Broadway at the MBTA Station, City Hall Plaza.

Celebrate Bastille Day in Boston, a French national holiday with a street party featuring puppet shows, hatters and other street vendors. Sponsored by the French Library.

Multicultural Arts Expo at Boston's Reggie Lewis Track Center on Tremont Street is the site for this multicultural arts extravaganza where crafters, performers and business owners band together to provide an array of ethnic artwork and performances.

Midsummer Revels outdoor Summer Solstice celebration at the Children's Museum has a Grand Parade followed by a 90-minute stage show filled with music, dance and songs from around the world. The evening ends with lighting of a Midsummer Beacon along Boston's waterfront.

Join the Chanukah Celebration in the celebration of the festival of lights. Located Downtown Crossing.

Matzo Ball came f rom a humble start in a Boston bar and has expanded from the Boston Avalon to more than a dozen cities from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco and Seattle as a holiday party for Jewish singles on the night before Christmas.

A Taste of Eastie on East Boston Main Streets is the largest dining event in East Boston with over 30 restaurants participating. Restaurants specializing in Italian, Latin American, American, Polish and Asian cuisine will provide samples of their most popular foods.

Taste of the South End brings together over 40 South End restaurants for one spectacular evening of food, wine and fun!

Boston Celtic Music Festival (BCMFest) features Massachusetts-based performers and musicians active in the Boston Celtic music scene.

Boston Carnival is Boston's Caribbean American community has been celebrating a traditional Trinidad and Tobago style carnival since 1973, and since that time the venues and parade route have changed several times.

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