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83º | 0% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 5:15 a.m. | Sunset 8:09 p.m.

Your guide to Boston Calling
Crowds standing in front of the Red and Green Stages at Boston Calling
Check the Fenway-inspired green signage for set times over the next three days. | Photo by Ben Adams
Boston Calling is here. If you’re heading to the Harvard Athletic Complex (65 North Harvard St.) from Friday, May 24-Sunday, May 26, good news — we’ll be there with you.

Follow along on Instagram for live coverage of the festival of what’s new and what you can’t miss.

First up, check out the food line up for the 2024 festival featuring a variety of delicious eats.

While you’re on the festival grounds, don’t miss out on these experiences:
  • House of Dunkin’ serving up free iced coffee, munchkins, and other giveaways.
  • Stay hydrated at the Liquid Death Country Club with a complimentary tallboy of water airbrush tattoos, and “Horrorscope” readings.
  • Keep your eyes open for the Happy Valley scavenger hunt for a chance to win prizes.
Plus, free subs from Jersey Mike’s, pollinator flower seeds from Subaru, and two merch tents this year.

The Boston Calling Ferris Wheel at sunset with a crowd of people.

Bonus: Riding the ferris wheel supports Music Drives Us, which works to keep music in our schools.


Photo via Boston Calling

Here are a few more things to keep in mind.
  • Gates for Day One open at 1 p.m. + the first performer takes the Red Stage at 1:45 p.m.
  • Download the Boston Calling app to receive performance notifications, explore the festival map, and get real time alerts.
  • Pack up your approved small purses, fanny packs, or clear bags. Lockers can be reserved.
  • Drink plenty of water. Bring a sealed water bottle, empty container, or hydration backpack to use at the free water refill station.
  • The three-day festival is cash free. Pre-load your wristband or visit the information booth to do a cash exchange.
Pro tip: Bring your ID to check in at registration and don’t forget — you can’t bring chairs, blankets, strollers, drones, or cigarettes into the venue.
Friday, May 24
  • CAMPFIRE. Festival | Friday, May 24-Monday, May 27| Passim, 47 Palmer St., Cambridge | $15-$30 | See new artists at this intimate festival where new artists get on stage and shine.
Saturday, May 25
  • The Killers | Saturday, May 25 | 7 p.m. | Paradise Rock Club, 967 Commonwealth Ave., Boston | Prices vary | See The Killers at this surprise pop-up show before they close out Boston Calling on Sunday.
  • Juntos Beer Release Party | Saturday, May 25 | 5-9 p.m. | Roundhead Brewing Company, 1 Westinghouse Plaza, Ste. i107, Hyde Park | Free entry | Enjoy live music and try two new releases in partnership with Hot Plate Brewing from Pittsfield and Cerveceria del Callejon in Cjón, Puerto Rico.
  • Afternoon of Brass | Saturday, May 25 | 4:30-6:30 p.m. | Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston | $25 | Enjoy an afternoon with brass players from BSO and Pops as they showcase their skills in this special Memorial Weekend performance.
Sunday, May 26
  • Taproom Yoga | Sunday, May 26 | 11 a.m. | Night Shift Brewing Taproom, 87 Santilli Highway, Everett | $15 | Bring your own mat this this all-levels flow and enjoy a beer or non-alcoholic beverage after.
  • SoWa Open Market | Sunday, May 26 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | SoWa District, 500 Harrison Ave., Boston | Free entry | Shop vendors for produce, crafts, books, and local goods — plus, check out the rotating food truck line up.
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News Notes
  • The MBTA will roll out the new fare collection system this summer, including using credit cards and your smartphones to pay MBTA subway and bus fares. MBTA officials are hiring 16 fare engagement officers that will eventually be able to issue citations. (Boston Globe)
Coming Soon
  • A new Italian restaurant called The Red Fox is expected to open in June, thanks to All Day Hospitality Group behind Tony & Elaine’s and Farmacia. This North End location will also feature a separate martini lounge and the menu will include North End classics and seasonal Italian flavors. (
  • Narrative Bookshop in Somerville will open to the public on Sunday, May 26. Visit the new woman-owned shop in Davis Square from 12 to 6 p.m. at 387 Highland Ave.
  • The seasonal CapeFLYER train will return for the summer this weekend. The weekend passenger train runs from South Station to Hyannis, with stops in Braintree, Brockton, Middleborough/Lakeville, Wareham Village, Buzzards Bay, and Bourne through Labor Day weekend. Reservations are not required, but encouraged.
  • Beacon Hill’s Bin 26 Enoteca is closing after 18 years on Charles Street. The upscale restaurant and wine bar was known for its Italian fare. The final service will be on Saturday, June 1. (Boston Restaurant Talk)
  • Celtics forward Jayson Tatum was selected to the 2023-2024 All-NBA teams. The only Boston player this year, Tatum was the first Celtics player to be voted first-team All-NBA in three seasons. Tatum has averaged 26.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 4.9 assists per game this season. (NBC Sports)
  • MassMutual is donating ~10 acres of land to Baystate Health to build a new 90,000-sqft community health center in Western Massachusetts. The Springfield project is expected to cost between $45-$50 million and be completed in 2027. (Boston Business Journal)
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
Boston Public Market welcomes three new vendors
Three New Vendors at the Boston Public Market.
Now guests can shop rare spices, specialty chocolates, and fine jewelry at the Boston Public Market. | Photo by Chris Haynes
Just in time for spring, downtown’s Boston Public Market has welcomed women-owned and operated businesses. Let’s get to know the new artisans and food producers.

Curio Spice Co. is expanding to the downtown market from its longtime flagship store in North Cambridge. Dating back to 2015, this specialty spice store will offer expert-guided experiences as you discover Sri Lankan cinnamon, Turkish magic salt and Maine seaweed mixes, Chai teas, and pickling kits. Find the stall next to George Howell Coffee.

Parlott Chocolatier will create truffles, bars, barks, and assorted chocolate candies. The owner, Lu Parlott, grew up making chocolates with her mom, using cocoa beans farmed by her dad — so you can say it’s a family business.

Oohjacquelina Jewelry is owned by Boston artist and musician Jacquelyn Wells. Known for its hand hammering, wire wrapping, thread earrings, and permanent jewelry pieces, there is something for everyone. Guest can also shop bridal and everyday jewelry using semi-precious stones, genuine pearls, and hypoallergenic-waterproof metals.

Ready to shop? Visit these vendors and ~30 others at 100 Hanover St.
The Buy
The ultimate kitchen appliance for summer: the Cuisinart 2-Quart Ice Cream Maker. No ice, salt, or hand-churning required — simply freeze the bowl and pour in your custom creation. We’re thinking black raspberry or chocolate chip…
The Wrap
Jess Burton in a blue shirt and gold necklace Today’s edition by:
From the editor
Trident Booksellers is hosting a summer drink contest for the four new sips.

Each drink was crafted with a book in mind like the “Liv’s Sunset On The Cape” for the book “Beach Read” — made with club soda with raspberry and cherry syrup. Or there’s the “Polin” for the third Bridgerton read — featuring Haus Rosé and sparkling rosé with glitter and a handmade strawberry ice cube.

The good news is everyone wins, so you can sip all of these new drinks all summer long.
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