5 Ways to Savor What’s Left of Summer in The Fenway

Breaking news: Summer’s still in full swing! Back-to-school messaging may be bombarding you, but there’s at least a few weeks left to soak up all the fun, sun and sounds of summer in The Fenway. Hence, this handy end-of-summer bucket list.


1. Party on the Patio

The Fenway is loaded with incredible outdoor dining spots—Audubon, Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama, Citizen Public House and Oyster Bar for starters. But have you lounged, sipped and savored summer at these three fresh air locations yet?

Sol Azteca

Sip sangria and get your fill of authentic Mexican food from Sol Azteca’s Prix Fixe Menu during Boston’s Restaurant Week August 6th-11th and 13th-18th.

The Yard House

Happy hour and “late happy hour” apps under $10 and drinks on the patio? That’s a whole lot of happiness.

Eastern Standard

We’ve got the perfect companion to a lazy summer weekend: All-day brunch in the shade of East Standard’s awning. A plentiful late-night cheese plate and sparkling wine works too.


2. Be a Culture Vulture  

What do world-class art, culture and cinema have in common? This dynamic neighborhood! So, you might want to consider stopping by one of these awesome museum-hosted events.

Concerts in the Courtyard

Every Wednesday from 7:30-9:30 pm, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hosts concerts in the Norma Jean Calderwood Courtyard. Bring a blanket and pack a picnic. August’s stellar line-up of musicians includes Ruby Rose, Banda Magda, Patty Larkin, Debo Band and Traveller.

Neighborhood Night: Block Party

Outside the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and into Evans Way Park, the last Neighborhood Night Block Party of the summer will be held August 10th from 5 to 9pm. It’s free and packed with an interactive array of art, dance and performances. See also: food trucks!

Sunset Cinema

Atmosphere is everything—and the Museum of Fine Arts nails it with its Sunset Cinema Series under the stars. On August 17th, they’re showing the classic Paul Newman film Cool Hand Luke, and games, snacks and drinks for purchase start at 6:30 pm. The movie gets going around 8 pm.


3. Play in the Park

Soon all this summer air will turn from crisp to downright cold. Let’s enjoy The Fenway’s many gardens while they’re green! Head to MassArt’s Evans Way Park and play frisbee with friends. Saunter over to the Kelleher Rose Garden in the Emerald Necklace. Or drop by one of the fun events happening in The Fenway Victory Gardens, including a potluck dinner and lawn games in the Central Meadow on Thursday, August 17th from 6:30-8:30 pm, the “Busy, Buzzing Bees Workshop” Saturday, August 19th from 12-1 pm, or Movie Night August 22nd and August 29th from 6:30-9:30 pm.


4. See a Show

Last month sure was a killer time to kick it at a concert in The Fenway, but there are plenty of awesome shows left to enjoy. Here are some highlights:

·           August 9th – Lifehouse & Switchfoot at House of Blues

·           August 11th – James Taylor & Bonnie Raitt at Fenway Park

·           August 30th – Billy Joel at Fenway Park


5. Catch a Sox Game (Duh)

As if you needed another reason to grab a pre-game drink in The Fenway, snap a selfie on David Ortiz Drive, and sway to Sweet Caroline during the 7th-inning stretch. Before the summer sun sets on the Green Monster, be sure to see Chris Sale throw down Ks, Pedroia rack up RBIs, and Mookie make a crazy catch. There are 14 home games this month, and if you’re lucky, you’ll snag tickets to the last home series against Yankees (August 18th-20th). Can’t snag tickets? No problem! Here are the best spots to watch the Red Sox rivalry unfold, and three more chill spots to drink and dine in The Fenway after the game.

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