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Discover sightseeing attractions and things to do in Boston Massachusetts

With Hotel Commonwealth as its grand cornerstone, Kenmore Square is a charming neighborhood of the Back Bay and the true gateway to the many things to do in Boston. In addtion to being the landmark of historic site Red Sox Fenway park, Kenmore Square provides close proximity and easy access to Boston’s many neighborhoods as well as cultural, historic and leisure attractions, the area has an allure all its own.

Fenway Park: Home of the Red Sox

Overlooking historic Fenway Park, Hotel Commonwealth is the perfect choice for baseball fans and is within a short walking distance from the beloved home of the Boston Red Sox. 

Boston University:  Hotel Commonwealth's Avenue Neighbor

Home of the Boston Terriers, Boston University is the largest university in the city, founded in 1839. With over 16,000 full time undergraduates and over 8,500 full time graduate students, as well as a faculty of nearly 4,000, the University spans more than 13 acres right in the heart of Boston. 

With more than 100 colleges and universities located within its metropolitan area, Boston has been appropriately dubbed, "The Athens of America". Boston area schools include some of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the world. 

World Renowned Hospitals and Medical Centers

The Boston area is world renowned for its state-of-the-art hospitals and medical facilities. From teaching hospitals associated with the area's most prestigious universities, to community health centers, Boston offers the cutting-edge treatment and research that breaks new medical ground and expertly delivers successful patient care. 

Recognized as one of Boston's most upscale neighborhoods and attractions, the Back Bay stretches from the Charles River on the north to Newbury Street on the south and encompasses some of the city's most historic homes, businesses and high-end shopping and dining destinations.

Events
Guide - Events - Best of the City

August Moon Festival

Harrison Ave and Beach St, Chinatown Gateway Arch, Boston, MA 02111 617-350-6303

Description: It's not often that Americans have the chance to participate in a 3,000-year-old cultural tradition, but this August, Chinatown Main Street brings the popular Chinese Moon Festival to Boston for a measure of exotic celebration. With authentic foods, music, and dance, the festival celebrates the harvest moon and is one of the most important holidays on the Chinese calendar. So, grab a mooncake, do the fire dragon dance, and consider it cultural education.
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Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival

Columbus Ave, Boston, MA 02116 866-442-7995

Description: Disc Jockey Greg Sarni started this festival in 1996. Performances are free and feature many talented jazz musicians, including The Love Dogs, The Jones Brothers, and Johnny and The East Coast Rockers. Many establishments that support the two-day jazz fest will offer discounts to customers sporting the Bean Town Jazz Festival Buttons. Usually held the last week in September.
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Boston Film Festival

1 Kendall Sq, Kendall Landmark Theatre, Cambridge, MA 02139

Description: The Boston Film Festival has evolved over the years to include such illustrious premiers as Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Prime, Matchstick Men, American Beauty and the Piano. And with Massachusetts fast becoming an epicenter of big budget filming, this year's festival is bound to draw in some big names. From shorts to documentaries to feature films, the festival has something for everyone. Evening receptions hosted by renowned chefs and restaurateurs is a great place for budding filmmakers and talent to network and mingle among veterans of the industry. Check out the website for tickets.
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Boston International Film Festival

175 Tremont St, AMC Loews Boston Common, Boston, MA 02111 617-423-3499

Description: A variety of short and feature films are presented during this festival. Many entries are works that were completed by students from nearby arts schools. The event is non-competitive, and some films that are shown become big hits at the box office. One example is \\\\"American Beauty,\\\\" which ended up winning an Oscar.
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Boston Pops Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular

Storrow Dr, Charles River Esplanade, Boston, MA 02114

Description: Independence Day has never been celebrated as it is in Boston. Nearly half a million people gather each year to enjoy a concert performed by the famous Boston Pops Orchestra. The evening ends with a bang as cannons are shot, bells are rung, and the perfectly choreographed fireworks and music display (called a "pyromusical") lights up the sky and entertains the crowd.
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Christmas Festival & Gingerbread House Competition

200 Seaport Blvd, Boston, MA 02210 617-385-4212

Description: Over 350 vendors sell art, crafts, flavorful foods and more at this holiday market. Aside from getting your shopping done, the main appeal is the annual gingerbread house competition. Pastry chefs and decorators from many local businesses enter their unique creations ... many of which look more like palaces or villages than houses. In previous years, the Cambridge School of Culinary Arts, Legal Seafoods and the Westin Hotel at Copley have participated.
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First Night Boston

138 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02111 617-635-4500

Description: Bring in the New Year with your neighbors, all three million of them. First Night is Boston's most celebrated party of the year with more than 40 indoor and outdoor venues throughout downtown Boston. Museums, theaters, churches and performance centers all over the city open their doors for events like the Family Festival at Hynes Convention Center, giant ice sculptures on Copley Square and Boston Common, fireworks, a Mardi Gras-style procession that weaves through the streets of Boston and, of course, you can't bring in the New Year without a countdown.
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Harvard Square Oktoberfest

Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA

Description: Food, beer, live entertainment, and shopping equal fun during this lively German festival. Clowns, rides, and face painting entertain children. Adults enjoy tasting foods and beers from around the world. Numerous vendors set up shop along the streets for those looking to go home with a memento. Multiple musical concerts are provided along the square. There is something for everyone during this popular local event.
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The Fisherman's Feast

North, Fleet and Lewis Sts, Boston's North End, Boston, MA 02113

Description: Founded in 1911, the Fisherman's Feast is a religious festival introduced to Boston by Italian immigrants. The festival begins with a religious ceremony in which the Madonna statue is carried from the Fisherman's Club to the feast chapel. The rest of the festival revolves around music, food and drink. Vendors sell yummy treats like Italian sausages, pizzas, pasta and calamari, and DJs, live music and fun contests provide entertainment from the stage. At the end of the festival, the Madonna is lifted back to an upper window of the Fisherman's Club is a final ceremony. Lovers of food and wine and those who enjoy mingling with the locals will appreciate this long-standing feast.
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Veterans Day Parade

Beacon St, Boston, MA 02108

Description: Be sure to take part in this meaningful parade, commemorating the sacrifice of the men and women who've served our nation in the armed forces. The parade begins at Beacon and Tremont Streets and proceeds to Boston Common. It's a wonderful opportunity to pay tribute and see first-hand the people who have helped earn our nation's freedoms.
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