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2018 Best Festival, Film

Boston Underground Film Festival

Staying ahead of the curve is no small feat—but this plucky homegrown cine-fiesta has been doing it for 20 years and shows no sign of [...] read more»
2018 Best Festival, Street

August Moon Festival

Warm breezes, vibrant dragons and lions, and fresh-baked mooncakes filled with lotus-seed paste for the taking: This is the August Moon Festival, an always-boisterous street [...] read more»
2017 Best Festival, Arts

Cambridge Arts River Festival

This annual extravaganza isn't just about seeing contemporary work—it's about immersing yourself in it. Along with musical, dance, and theater acts, you'll find a poetry [...] read more»
2017 Best Festival, Street


Ever like a marching band so much that you wished you could pound the pavement with them? At Somerville's Honk!, that's actually encouraged. From klezmer [...] read more»
2017 Best Festival, Film


The glowing reviews keep pouring in—not only for the movies IFFBoston shows, but for the festival itself. Highlights this past year included Dean, a dark [...] read more»
2017 Best Festival, Music

PorchFest Somerville

Bands of all genres playing on hundreds of porches and enjoyed by thousands of revelers. It's not your wildest musical dream—it's PorchFest, a Somerville staple [...] read more»
2016 Best Festival, Literature

Boston Book Festival

The Boston Book Festival is highly worthy of a city that prides itself on its lengthy literary history. It’s a packed weekend of end-to-end panels [...] read more»
2016 Best Festival, Film

Independent Film Festival Boston

With a growing list of celebrity attendees and a painstakingly selected roster of movies each year, IFFBoston is your best chance, and sometimes your only [...] read more»
2016 Best Festival, PerformingArts


West African drummers, punksters, Bollywood funksters, and space rockers, all jamming out on porches, patios, and more across Somerville. This outdoor festival just might be [...] read more»
2016 Best Festival, Music

Boston Calling

Okay, so maybe this isn’t a surprising choice. But when a three-year-old music festival is already bringing the likes of Sia and Janelle Monáe to [...] read more»