This weekend pop music heavyweights Justin Timberlake and Jay Z bring their Legends of the Summer tour to Fenway Park for two nights. Tickets for this star-powered tour range from $64.50 to $255 and there are still a handful of seats left (mostly at the upper pricing tier much to the frustration of cash-strapped fans). The artists recently collaborated this year with Jay Z featured on Timberlake’s “Suit and Tie” and JT lending his voice to Hov’s single “Holy Grail” from his latest album. Of course, the real Legends of the Summer this year are the Red Sox, who currently lead the AL East by two games, despite last night’s upset in Kansas City. Whether you’re coming to Fenway for a concert or a ballgame, our Brookline hotel is located just a 10-15 minute walk from the park. We have limited rooms available for Justin and Jay Z this weekend and all the remaining Red Sox home games, so book your room today to be steps from the action in a historic Boston bed and breakfast!
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Boston Comic Con 2013 is coming to the World Seaport Trade Center this weekend on August 3 and 4. In the world of comic fandom, this is A BIG DEAL. Used to be (at least, in the 1980’s—as far back as this Beacon Inn host can recall), if you spent your free time reading comics, you probably also spent school time avoiding getting stuffed into a locker. These days, comic characters are a big part of pop culture.
Beginning in the late 1980s with the release of Tim Burton’s Batman, and snowballing in the early aughts with Hellboy, X-Men, Spiderman, and a number of other Marvel and DC Comics-adapted films, comics went mainstream. Today, if you haven’t seen the Batman movies, you risk being an outcast, but without superpowers.
Boston Comic Con brings hope to Brookline and Boston residents of learning the ins-and-outs of comic cool. If you saw a Batman movie but don’t know what a Hellboy is, this convention is for you, as Hellboy creator Mike Mignola will be there to discuss his work, including work on The Hobbit. Surely, you’ve heard of The Hobbit?
Book a room to stay with us at the Beacon Inn in Brookline for Comic Con 2013, and our front desk hosts will throw in directions to all of the best comic shops in Boston for free. Don’t be the last kid (or adult) on your block to find out what it means to be retconned!
This weekend the Boston Globe and WGBH bring the free Summer Arts Weekend to Copley Square in downtown Boston. The three-day event runs Friday through Sunday and presents a diverse array of musicians from New Orleans’ jazz greats Dr. John and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band to bluegrass-country singer-songwriter Alison Krauss, the most awarded female artist in Grammy history. Each day focuses on a different musical theme. Friday presents a lineup of blues, bluegrass, and jazz, Saturday focuses on international musicians, and Sunday represents the classical music tradition. In addition to the main stage events, a second stage will feature an spectrum of local artists and organizations from the Harney Academy of Irish Dance to Emperor Norton’s Stationary Marching Band. So if you’re visiting the Beacon Inn this weekend, take the T to Copley Square to enjoy these great free weekend concerts!
It’s almost Independence Day which means that Boston’s annual Harborfest celebration. This week’s festivities run from July 2nd through July 7th offering reenactments, concerts, historical tours, and more, culminating in Chowderfest on the final day. Harborfest, now in its 32nd year, attracts visitors from all over the region. Chowderfest brings the area’s best chowder from Boston and beyond to City Hall Plaza for a tasting and competition. Other events during the six-day celebration include early 19th century gun drills aboard the USS Constitution, sunset sails aboard the Liberty Clipper and Liberty Star, guided walking tours of historic boston, and much more.
Of course, our 4th of July celebrations in Boston wouldn’t be complete without fireworks, which you can watch on the Esplanade with the Boston Pops Orchestra! This is truly one of the greatest fireworks displays in the nation as befitting the Cradle of Liberty. Come explore Boston’s colonial history during your stay with us at our Boston bed and breakfast.
Summer is still just around the corner. Are you looking for a fun, enlightening way to bring in the Summer Solstice with your family? Why not make your way to the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, located just a short T ride from both Beacon Inn locations. They will be opening their doors for free from 5-9pm on June 21st for a celebration that observes the solstice rituals and traditions of many cultures.
The night kicks off at 5:00pm in their new Plaza located next to the Harvard Science Center at One Oxford Street in Cambridge. You will be welcomed by the dance troupe Red Herring Morris, who will be performing English ritual dances and erecting a May pole in honor of the new season. Dancing is encouraged!
Guests will also be awarded a rare cosmic treat, as Harvard Science Center opens their roof deck observatory to the public. Here you can watch the sun fade across the Boston skyline following its longest day in the sky.
Other fun activities to check out include traditional Aztec dances, planetarium shows especially for kids, and even the opportunity to navigate using a sunstone, just like the Vikings! We guarantee you’ll be tired after learning ancient dances and voyaging until the Normans have conquered, so return to the Inn and relax in one of our comfortable, spacious rooms.
This details of year’s Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular lineup have finally been announced. The festivities will feature New England performers including Grammy-winner Susan Tedeschi, singer/songwriter Howie Day, national recording artist Ayla Brown, and multi-instumentalist and vocalist Ellis Hall. These guests will share the stage with Maestro Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. And, of course, the celebration will culminate with one of the greatest fireworks displays in the nation over the Charles River!
While the event will be televised, there’s no substitute for the real thing. The free concert is held in the Hatch Shell on the beautiful Charles River Esplanade. Visitors and locals alike camp out all day for a prime spot in the park. It’s a fantastic event and the fireworks are a must-see if you’re thinking about visiting Boston for the 4th. Come stay with us in one of our two Boston bed and breakfast locations for a Fourth of July you won’t forget!
Today we celebrate Flag Day. Though not officially recognized as a national holiday, Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the United States Flag by the Second Continental Congress in 1777. One of the oldest Flag Day celebrations in the nation is held annually in Quincy, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston. And there are few better places to salute Old Glory than right here in Massachusetts, where you can still see the remnants of America’s colonial history and the American Revolution. If you’re planning a Massachusetts vacation this summer, consider staying in one of our 19th century Boston brownstones at the Beacon Inn!
If you find yourself in Brookline this weekend, be sure to stop by the Devotion School in Coolidge Corner for the 35th annual Coolidge Corner Arts Festival. From 10am to 6pm on Saturday, June 8, the festival will host over 75 artists from Massachusetts working in disciplines ranging from ceramics and jewelry to painting and photography and everything else in between. A quick perusal of the participating artists demonstrates the wide variety of artistic talent on display this weekend (we’re particularly fond of the abstract, sculptural jewelry crafted by Somerville artist Dev Bennett).
While the MFA and ICA are always open for business (alongside the many other wonderful art museums throughout Boston), this is a great opportunity to see some unique local talent on display. Stop by the festival for a taste of what Massachusetts has to offer. And if you’re more in the mood for a literal “taste” of Massachusetts, Brookline will also be celebrating the sixth annual Brookline Food Festival adjacent to to the CCAF, with all proceeds benefitting the Brookline Food Pantry. With the good weather finally here, there’s a lot to experience just steps from the doors of our cozy Brookline hotel.
Thousands of music fans will gather at the TD Garden tonight for the Boston Strong benefit concert. Organized as a fundraiser for One Fund Boston, a charity organization set up in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the star-studded event will host a variety of performers and musical acts.
The diverse range of artists featured at tonight’s event include Aerosmith, the Dropkick Murphys, Jason Aldean, Boston, Jimmy Buffett, Extreme, the J. Geils Band, New Kids on The Block, James Taylor, Godsmack, Carole King, and comedians Dane Cook and Stephen Wright. Many of these stars launched their careers performing in and around Boston. Though the Dropkick Murphys were not originally slated to perform, local automotive dealer magnate Ernie Boch Jr. offered to fly them in on his own private jet to ensure they’d be in attendance for the event.
Tickets sold out within five minutes earlier this month, but you can always watch the livestream of the concert, which starts at 7pm. Even if you won’t be attending, you should consider making a donation to One Fund, as they could certainly use your support. And if you’re thinking of “shipping up to Boston” anytime soon, consider a stay at our Boston bed and breakfast for a taste of old Boston charm.
The first Boston Calling Music Festival may have come and gone this past weekend, but festival organizers have already announced plans to return in September with another festival headlined by Vampire Weekend and Passion Pit. Like this past event, the fall concert will bring several national touring artists (and a few local favorites) to City Hall Plaza for two days on September 7 and 8.
If the success of this past weekend is any indication (the festival brought in nearly 20,000 attendees), this upcoming festival should be another big hit for the organizers. Other artists scheduled to appear include Kendrick Lamar, Major Lazer, Solange, Flosstradamus, and Bat for Lashes. This diverse genre-spanning lineup promises to bring a wide variety of music fans to Boston for the weekend.
Early bird festival and VIP passes go on sale this Friday and those of you coming from out of town for the concert are going to want a place to crash for the weekend. We’re located just a short T ride from downtown, so if you’re looking for a cozy place for a reasonable price, book your room for the weekend at our Boston bed and breakfast. Call us at 617-566-0088 for rates and availability or book your room online today.