Events in Boston's North End will be the highlight of the end of Summer.
August is the best time of year to visit Boston as crowds from around the country will gather to celebrate two of the city's greatest traditions. The crisp New England weather of late summer and fall is the perfect setting for the North End's two famous feasts.
The Fisherman's 2015 Feast will be celebrated from August 13 - 16. Celebrating an old Italian tradition for the success of the fishermen, the feast was brought to Boston in 1910 by immigrants from the old country. This year's festival includes parades on Thursday and Sunday, live music throughout the weekend, and some of the best Italian sausage you can find in the United States. The feast concludes with the famous "Flight of the Angel," widely recognized as one of Boston's most famous cultural events.
Like the earlier feast, St. Anthony's Feast in Boston is a tradition that comes from Italian immigrants; it was first celebrated in 1919. National Geographic has dubbed it "the Feast of All Feasts," and it's easy to understand why. From August 28 - 30, 2015, parades, contests, concerts and other events will occur throughout the North End. Try traditional Italian food like calzones, arancini and cannolis; this feast brings out the best vendors in Boston.
If you're looking to celebrate one or both of these summer & fall festivals in Boston's North End, the Residence Inn by Marriott Boston Harbor on Tudor Wharf is an affordable hotel within walking distance of the festival sites. Located just over the Charles River, the Residence Inn also provides easy access to Boston Common and the Mystic River at Assembly Row. The hotel's suites were renovated in 2012, providing up-to-date accommodations for groups of all sizes. With events happening all day in the North End, you'll want to be close to the action.