The doorstep to fall, September is one of the busiest months on the Boston calendar. Arts, film, jazz, and food festivals crowd the events calendar. Labor Day Weekend Events The Student Invasion may be in full swing, but these area events promise to make it an exciting and/or relaxing Labor Day Weekend. Boston Arts Festival
Sept. 7-9, 2012
Now in its 10th year, the Boston Arts (or, ahts) Festival features the best of the Boston arts scene over a two-day event at Christopher Columbus Park which has featured local artists such as Blue Man Group, Boston Ballet, and Boston Pops.
New England Dessert Showcase
Sept. 8, 2012, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., $25-$35
Experience the region’s best designer desserts, chocolates, and ice cream at the Sheraton Hotel featuring some of the finest chefs and artisans in New England. The $25 tickets are for general admission per session; the $35 tickets are to attend all day.
Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
Sept. 9, 2012
Walk the 26.2 mile course of the Boston Marathon in an effort to raise money and awareness for the Jimmy Fund. Over the past 24 years, the walk has contributed more than $80 million to support cancer research and care at Dana-Farber.
Taste of the NFL Kickoff
Sept. 12, 2012, 6-9 p.m., $25
Some of Boston’s top chefs get together for this NFL-themed gala to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank.
South Boston Street Festival
Sept. 15, 2012, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Over 100 local merchants, artists, and other organizations will be present at the 13th annual festival on East Broadway (between I and L Streets), featuring food, live music performances, and children’s activities.
Boston Arthritis Walk
Sept. 16, 2012
This annual walk aims to raise funds to fight the nation’s most common cause of disability.
Boston Film Festival
Sept. 20-24, 2012
Hop on over to the Stuart Street Playhouse and Revere Hotel to catch some of this year’s best indie films at this popular film festival. Some of the films that have premiered at this festival in the past include American Beauty, The Piano, and Reservoir Dogs.
Suffolk Downs Food Truck Festival
Sept. 22, 2012, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., 10 tickets for $13, 20 tickets for $25
Food trucks gather at Suffolk Downs, where 24 of the area's most popular trucks will serve up samples with the backdrop of live horse racing. In need of a food truck pin up calendar for 2012? Yes, those will be available too benefit Community Servings.
Samuel Adams Octoberfest
Sept. 22, 2012, 12:30-9:30 p.m., $16.25
Enjoy this annual German Beer Hall event held at the Park Plaza Castle, featuring live bands, table games, and over 10 different styles of Sam Adams beer. There is also a Friday night preview reception being held. Tickets for that event are $37.50. The Friday night event includes the ceremonial tapping of the first keg with a Sam Adams brewer. Click here for ticket information. T
Hub On Wheels
Sept. 23, 2012
The city’s annual celebration of biking features the Mayor’s Cup, which will feature a city-wide biking outing – along a closed Storrow Drive - and more than two hundred top professional racers - including Olympians and national champions. Registration fee is $45.
Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival
Sept. 29, 2012
More than 20 bands and 130 musicians will perform at this outdoor festival celebrating women in jazz.
Phantom Gourmet Food Festival
Sept. 30, 2012, Noon- 4 p.m., $40 in advance, $50 at the door
Sample more than 80 of the local hit TV show’s favorite foods at this popular event on Lansdowne St. Tickets can be purchased online, or at participating restaurants.
Fenway Park Bridal Festival
Sept. 30, 2012, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., $15
The way the Red Sox are going, it might be the hottest thing to hit Fenway this September. Where else would you expect to find the perfect dress for your wedding day? Four lucky couples will win a Fenway Park wedding ceremony. Ticket also includes free parking (first-come, first-served) and a ballpark tour.