May 26-28, 2017
Often touted as one of the best music festivals in the country, Boston Calling is a treasure trove of diverse talent and sounds. The lineup is incredibly extensive, but has included artists like Sia, Disclosure, Robyn, Sufjan Stevens, Haim, Miike Snow, Janelle Monáe, City and Colour, Courtney Barnett, and Elle King, to name a few.
The event has grown so large that it’s migrating over to the Harvard Athletic Complex for extra space, and now will also feature a film experience curated by Natalie Portman. Come ready to dance, shout, watch, and eat–because the event also has a vast array of delish food. You really can do everything here. Pro tip: book your tickets early! Seriously.
Where to Stay
With the city bursting at the seams with festival-goers, we went to work and located some of the best hotels for Boston Calling fans. From
Here is our cool, boutique hotel option of the lot. The Kendall is housed in a Queen Anne-style former firehouse, and is a member of Historic Hotels of America. This spot is beautiful inside and out, and sits on the edge of Cambridge, alongside MIT and right over the bridge from Beacon Hill (downtown Boston). It’s not far from the Harvard Athletic Complex, and will assist you in getting a true Boston culture-fix.
The Charles Hotel
If you want to be right in Harvard Square, just across the river from the Festival, then The Charles Hotel is for you. This spot is perfect for travelers who want to be in the thick of Cambridge culture–restaurants, academia, bars, and the Harvard Athletic Complex are all nearby. The hotel is super cozy, and rooms have awesome views of Harvard Square, Cambridge, and Boston.
Doubletree Suites by Hilton
Location, location, location. Doubletree Suites by Hilton is basically just around the corner from the Festival location. If you want to be right near the Harvard Athletic Complex and don’t care about fancy hotels or glitzy hospitality, this is the spot for you. Bonus: Their Over The Charles Roofdeck Bar has amazing views of the city.
Situated in the midst of the Fenway neighborhood, Boston Hotel Buckminster offers the best of both worlds for Festival-goers who want to explore beyond Cambridge. Fenway is popular for a multitude of reasons–baseball games, bars, restaurants, and lots of missing “R’s.” But fortunately, it isn’t far from the Harvard Athletic Complex.