Boston’s Best Spring Arts Festivals

February 3, 2014 6:00 AM

(Photo from Independent Film Festival)

With all of the trees blossoming and the flowers blooming, the colors and smells of spring reek of inspiration. On top of that, Boston is thawing out from a cold winter, and that brings people out of the warmth of their homes. This all combines to make a great time of year for arts festivals. Whether outside or indoors, these gatherings give visitors a chance to see what local artists from all walks of life have been up to all winter, while welcoming the colors of spring back into the city.
(Photo from: Boston College Arts Council Arts Festival)

(Photo from: Boston College Arts Council Arts Festival)

Boston College Arts Council Arts Festival
O’Neill Plaza, Stokes Lawn & Gasson Hall
Beacon St.
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
(617) 552-4757

Date: April 24-26, 2014

The Boston College Arts Council Arts Festival is an indoor and outdoor demonstration of the skills learned by the students at Boston College. There is music, dancing, films and hands-on creating in three locations on campus. Moreover, the festival encourages visitors to get involved in such activities as pottery. There will be performances, art for sale, interaction between visitors and around 1,000 students and the giving of the Arts Alumni Award.

(Photo from CraftBoston)

(Photo from CraftBoston)

Craftboston Spring Show
The Cyclorama At The Boston Center For The Arts
539 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02216
(617) 266-1810

Date: April 4-6, 2014

About 90 artists will be presenting and selling their work at the Cyclorama this spring. Visitors will have the opportunity to see a number of different pieces in a variety of styles. They will also have the chance to speak to the artists who are presenting at the show. Like many Boston art festivals, Craftboston supports local artists by allowing them to sell their wares to a large crowd. Come down and bring something home that is an authentic Boston creation.

Related: Top Arts & Crafts Classes And Activities For Kids In Boston

(Photo from Boston Calling)

(Photo from Boston Calling)

Boston Calling
1 City Hall Ave.
Boston, MA 02201
(617) 635-4000

Date: May 23-25, 2014

2014 marks the second year of the Boston Calling music festival. It is three days of music in the City Hall Plaza. Ticket holders get to enjoy the music, enjoy each other’s company and check out the vendors. This is not an overnight festival. People can get weekend passes, but must leave each night and come back in the morning, so booking accommodations is important. It is an all-ages event and children under 10 get in for free with an adult. This is a relaxed event that families can enjoy, unlike so many other music festivals, so try not to miss it!

(Photo from Independent Film Festival)

(Photo from Independent Film Festival)

Independent Film Festival
Multiple independent theaters in Boston

Date: April 23-30, 2014

This year is the 12th year of the Independent Film Festival in Boston. Small theaters around the city are opening up to the festival for a full week and playing independent films chosen from the many entries received. Not only are some of these films of great quality, but just by attending a showing, viewers are supporting independent filmmakers both in Boston and elsewhere. Guests do not have to attend every movie showing. Individual passes are available.

(Photo from Boston Flower And Garden Show)

(Photo from Boston Flower And Garden Show)

Boston Flower And Garden Show
Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center
1 Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 385-4000

Date: March 12-16, 2014

Those looking for an art form that is more natural and involves growing the materials can check out the Boston Flower and Garden show. This show is not just a few flower arrangements or even beds of plants. The pieces that are shown at this show are full garden arrangements, including garden structures, greenery and flowers. Many even have water features, such as frog ponds and waterfalls. The landscaping and floral designs at this show bring to mind a luxurious garden party more than an exhibition of art pieces.

Related: Boston’s Best Art Walks

Shelly Barclay is a professional freelance writer and amateur author. She writes on a variety of topics from food to mysteries. She loves to share the culture and rich history of her birthplace and home, Boston, with the rest of the world. Her work can be found at