Arts & Culture Event Notices

Your North End / Waterfront Guide to Marathon Weekend & Patriots’ Day 2019!

Orders in hand, Paul Revere rides down Hanover Street in the annual reenactment, 2017.

Saturday, April 13

Boston Athletic Association 5K and Invitational Mile. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. on Charles Street near the Center Gate of the Public Gardens. Charles Street between Boylston and Beacon Streets will be closed beginning at 6 a.m. The Invitational Mile begins at 10:30 a.m. on Boylston Street prior to Dartmouth Street. Portions of Boylston, Newbury, and Exeter Streets will be closed. All streets expected to be open by 3 p.m.

Patriot Fife and Drum at the Paul Revere House, North Square. From 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., enjoy a lively concert of the music that accompanied colonists as they marched, danced, wooed their beloveds, and waged war. David Vose and Sue Walko provide fascinating insight into each selection they perform.

Sunday, April 14

6:30pm – Outdoor concert conducted by the 1st Michigan Fife & Drum Corps adjacent to the Prado on Unity Street that kicks off the ceremony events.

At 7 p.m., the Old North Church and Historic Site will host its 244th Lantern Ceremony. The ceremony celebrates the events of the night of April 18, 1775, when two signal lanterns were hung in the Old North Church steeple, alerting Paul Revere that the British were invading by sea and launching the American Revolution. Get tickets.

Monday, April 15 – Patriots’ Day & Marathon Monday!

Boston will celebrate the fifth annual One Boston DayThis day encourages random acts of kindness and spreading goodwill to recognize the good in our community, celebrate one another, and reflect on the spirit and resilience of the people of Boston. Share your plans for One Boston Day here and on social media by using the hashtag #OneBostonDay.

The Patriots’ Day Parade will begin at 9 a.m. at City Hall Plaza following a brief speaking program at the flag poles. Participants will march from Cambridge Street to Tremont Street, left on Bromfield Street, left on Washington Street, right on State Street, left on Congress Street, right on Hanover Street, ending at the Paul Revere Mall in the North End. Streets along the route will be closed to traffic briefly as the parade proceeds. Hanover Street at the Paul Revere Paul will close at 7 a.m.

Around 10:00 a.m, the National Lancers will reenact the midnight ride of Paul Revere on Hanover Street in Boston’s North End. They will depart from Hanover Street near the Paul Revere Mall and travel through Charlestown, Somerville, Arlington and Medford before arriving at the Lexington Battle Green around 12:45 p.m.

The 123rd Boston Marathon kicks off at 9 a.m. in Hopkinton, MA. Participants will start the race in waves, with the final wave beginning at 11:15 a.m. Streets in downtown Boston will be closed as early as 3:30 a.m. and will remain closed until 7 p.m. (Boylston Street until 8 p.m.). See a full list of street closings here.

A reminder that on Patriots’ Day / Marathon Monday, all city buildings including schools and libraries are closed. Parking meters, if you can find one, are free with no time limit. North End / Waterfront trash and recycling is still operating under the regular Monday morning collection schedule.