Are you looking for some fun ways to spend your time while also increasing your knowledge and culture? If so, you might want to check out one of the many expos and festivals taking place throughout the Boston area throughout the next month.
John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo
Taking place prior to the race during Marathon Weekend, the John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo is the perfect place to visit if you love running. Called the “best runner’s expo in the country” by Runner’s World magazine, the event is attended by 100,000 enthusiasts each year. In addition to hosting a popular Runners Seminar Series, the expo will also feature exhibits from nearly 200 of the top companies in the running industry. This means you can find virtually any type of running gear you desire.
The John Hancock Sports and Fitness Expo will take place April 17th through the 19th at the Hynes Auditorium. Marathon participants can also pick up their bib number at the expo. The expo is open from 10:00 am until 7:00 pm on Friday and from 9:00 am until 6:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday. The Green Line B/Hynes is the closest T station to the event. The expo is free and open to the public.
Boston Flash Forward Festival
The 5th Annual Flash Forward Festival in Boston will take place at the beginning of May, with the possibility of some exhibits continuing to be available throughout the summer and into early fall. Showcasing New England and international photographers, the festival gives visitors the opportunity to enjoy indoor and outdoor exhibits at a variety of locations throughout the area. Among these are exhibits at the Battery Wharf Hotel, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and various art galleries throughout Boston.
The Boston Flash Forward Festival is a free event taking place from May 1st through the 8th.
Japan Festival Boston
Taking place near the end of April, the one-day Japan Festival celebrates Japanese culture in Boston. As such, the event features Japanese athletes, singers and other entertainers as well as food vendors, arts and crafts, a raffle and many booths. Traditional Japanese portable shrines, including children’s versions, will also be brought on to the site by volunteers. Started in 2012, last year’s festival saw approximately 30,000 visitor. This year, organizers expecting this year’s event to bring in 40,000 people. As such, the festival is the largest festival promoting Japanese culture in all of New England.
The Japan Festival takes place on Sunday, April 24th from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm at the Boston Commons near the Beacon Street/Charles Street corner. The Red/Green Line/Park Street is the nearest T station.
This is just a small sample of the many activities, expos and festivals taking place in and around the Boston area throughout the year. Simply put, there is never a shortage of great ways to spend your time when living or visiting Boston.