Kick start the summer semester with these 10 events in and around the Boston campus.

Warm temperatures are starting to move in, and you know what that means? Ice cream! Northeastern is hosting a “Keepin’ It Cool” event all summer long, so make sure you head over to Centennial Common starting June 1. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University

Are you spending your summer in Boston and looking for ways to have fun while you’re away from the classroom? Whether you’re faculty, staff or a student at Northeastern, there’s plenty to do across New England this semester. 

Northeastern’s Center for Student Involvement has a packed schedule for those looking to soak up some sun, watch a movie outdoors or enjoy some live music across the city.

‘Keeping it Cool’

Warm temperatures are starting to move in, and you know what that means? Ice cream! Northeastern is hosting a “Keepin’ It Cool” event all summer long, so make sure you head over to Centennial Common starting June 1. There you’ll be able to enjoy free novelties and cool off from the sunny weather with free ice cream and chill tunes. The recurring event runs every Wednesday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. until Aug. 10.

Cirque du Soleil

Do you want something a bit more exciting? Grab your tickets now for Cirque du Soleil’s CRYSTAL. The first acrobatic performance on ice is making its way to Boston on June 1-12. This unique performance pushes all boundaries as skating mixes with acrobatic feats. Cirque du Soleil is ready to redefy the experience of ice skating this summer.

P-Town Pride 2022

Are you looking for ways to celebrate Pride Month this June? Look no further than Provincetown. Annual P-Town Pride 2022 runs June 2-6. The week is chock full of events ranging from tea dances, comedy showcases, pool parties, and a 5K Pride Run & Walk. So make sure you get your pride on this summer!


Any Broadway lovers out there? Try Wicked! The Broadway sensation won’t be in Kansas this summer as it makes its way to Boston’s Citizens Bank Opera House from June 8 to July 24. Audience members will be able to take a look at what happened in the Land of Oz before Dorothy arrived as they are introduced to another girl born with emerald-green skin and black fiery hair. Enjoy the thrilling score that includes some of Broadway’s biggest musical hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good.” The untold story of the Wicked Witch of the East will be a tale you won’t forget. 

Dragonboat Festival

Are you interested in something that’s still fun, but also free? Grab your paddles and get those steering oars ready because the 43rd Boston Dragonboat Festival is making its way back to the city June 12. This five-hour race launches at the John W.Weeks Bridge on Memorial Drive from noon to 5 p.m. Event goers will have the chance to see a colorful 39-foot-long Hong Kong-style dragon boat make its way across the Charles River as it heads toward the JFK and Western Avenue Bridges.

CX Summer Nights

Do you still want to listen to some music, but want it to be outdoors? Well you’re in luck! CX Summer Nights will be at Cambridge Crossing this summer. This free concert will take place in June, July and August, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., so there are plenty of dates for people who want to attend. For those joining in on the fun, there will be a lineup of local brews, food trucks, lawn games featured at each event.

Embrace Ideas Festival

Plan ahead for King Boston’s Nubian Square Juneteenth Celebration. The Embrace Ideas Festival, a week long event from June 13-17, will feature local, state, and national leaders to amplify anti-racism that’s rooted in racial equity, healing, wellbeing and joy. This year’s theme for the event is “Building A New Boston Together.” Those attending will be able to listen to keynote speakers, panelists and live music that shines light on racial justice and showcases the vision for transforming Boston by 2030 into a city of radical inclusion and equity. 

Films at The Greenway

Any movie lovers out there? The Greenway is hosting a free outdoor film series throughout summer. 

On June 16, the Greenway will present Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, the terrifying story of nature gone wrong when thousands of birds flock to San Francisco attacking school children and residents while you follow the story of two people fighting for their lives against the deadly animals.

On July 14, the Greenway will also invite audience members to experience the cinema classic ‘90s film, Tremors, a story of two handymen and a local seismology student discovering that their little town in Perfection, Nevada, is infested with stinky subterranean man-eating worms.

The last screening at the Greenway will take place Aug. 11 and will feature the movie Fast Five, which follows an ex-cop who helps a woman break her brother out of custody, but it’s not long before they are hunted by a relentless federal agent across Rio de Janeiro as they attempt a $100 million heist. 

Each screening will take place at 8 p.m. at the Greenway’s Wharf District Park between Boston’s Milk and India Streets.

Double features in Cambridge

But that’s not the end of movie nights in and around Boston this summer. On June 30 and July 28 in Cambridge, guests will be able to enjoy family-friendly, double-feature movie nights while enjoying popcorn and other tasty snacks from nearby food trucks, provided by the East Cambridge Business Association. For both dates, the outdoor movie experience is scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Those looking to attend will need to head to Baldwin Park at 222 Jacobs St. in Cambridge.

Mayor’s movie nights

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is planning her own movie nights this summer. The first screening takes place Aug. 2 at Jamaica Way on Moraine Street. There guests will be able to watch The Mitchells vs. The Machines. It’s a story about a newly enrolled college student trying to pursue her dreams while dealing with her wacky family who wants to take part in the adventure.

On Aug. 9, come on down to Healy Playground in Roslindale at 160 Florence St. Movie goers will be able to watch Sing 2, a story about theater owner Buster Moon who’s set on producing a brand-new musical in the alluring Redshore City. 

On Aug. 15, guests will join in on the journey of Luca, a Pixar famous film that follows the story of 13-year-old boy Luca Paguro who finds himself near the beautiful Italian seaside town of Portorosso. The free event will take place at East Boston Memorial Park at 143 Porter St. 

On Aug. 16, Mayor Wu family and friends will be able to watch the story of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. This Marvel origin story about a superhero trained in hand-to-hand combat by his infamous father will be shown at Ronan Park at 92 Mt. Ida Road in Dorchester. The last film, Space Jam: A New Legacy, will take place the next day on Aug. 17. This fast-paced sports film lets viewers tag along as NBA star LeBron James joins the Looney Tunes in a computer simulation as they overcome the evil Goon Squad basketball team. The screening will take place at Marcella Playground on Highland Street in Roxbury.