Boston tends to hibernate when temps drop. But if you’re still hibernating at the start of May, you’re going to miss out on A LOT.
Because it’s (finally) starting to feel like spring around here. Which means it’s the perfect time for running, especially if there’s beer waiting at the finish line (see below!). You can take your yoga practice outdoors…or even on the water. And if you like to cruise around on two wheels, May was made for you.
But no matter what you’re into, these 14 events are making it easy to have fun and get fit this May in Boston.
Finishing a workout feels great. But working out while raising funds for a great cause feels even better. Join 40,000 of your fellow Bostonians in May for the annual Project Bread Walk for Hunger & 5K Run and get your heart pumping while giving back to the community. Choose from the scenic 10-mile walking course along the Charles or take part in the event’s first ever 5K run. Either way, you’ll have fun while doing good. May 1.
Gillette Stadium usually plays host to some of the world’s best football players, but on May 1, the stadium’s Empower Field House will be full of yogis. You can join them at the New England YogaThon, a day-long festival of fun and fundraising. Yoga rockstar Kathryn Budig will join local teachers in leading mat sessions alongside music, a marketplace, and a halftime dance performance. May 1.
Bostonians know spring has really sprung each year when the South End Open Market kicks off its new season. Early May means it’s time to forage for fresh and local goods. But we’ll point you in the right direction to the market’s new location at Ink Block in the South End. The market may be moving, but the three markets you’ve come to know and love: the Arts Market, the Food Truck Market, and the Farmers Market, will be staying the same. Head down every Sunday from now through October. May 1.
Did you know Somerville has a waterfront? Discover it when you bring your yoga mat to Baxter Waterfront Park at Assembly Row to get your down dog on. May 7 marks the kick-off for Yoga in the Park, which takes place on the shores of the Mystic River every Saturday at 9 a.m. from now until September. As if outdoor yoga on the water on a Saturday morning wasn’t enough, these sessions are completely FREE. Just make sure you register on Friday afternoons to secure your spot. May 7.
What do you get when you combine technology + climbing + local beer? Visualize Somerville 2! It’s an interactive art show at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville on that you can participate in as a spectator or climber. All you need is your smartphone, which you’ll use to control various projections on the climbing gym’s massive walls. And if you want to really get in on the action, you can tackle climbing routes while others make the art. After you’ve taken it all in, head next door to Aeronaut Brewing Company for more art and, of course, their delicious craft brews. May 7.
Get Fit. Fight Cancer. That’s what the Jimmy Fund Fit Fest this May promises participants. After raising money to support cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber, you get to attend a day-long fitness festival at the Hatch Shell that’s sure to make you sweat. Choose from CrossFit, Bootcamp, Combat, Sh’Bam, Reebok Spartan, or Yoga classes. Or take all six from some of Boston’s top trainers! Refuel with free food and drinks, and rock your complimentary T-shirt and JUNK headband with pride. May 14.
By now you’ve probably run a ton of 5Ks, so that probably doesn’t sound too challenging. But throw in nearly 20 obstacles with names like Shake & Quake, Walk on Water, and Mt. Muck-Imanjaro and you’ll soon realize the MuckFest MS is not your typical 3.1-miler. This muddy fun run is best tackled as a team, so gather your crew and get ready to get dirty on May 14 and 15 in Devens, about an hour outside the city. After your cross the finish line, relive your adventures with perks like a free beer and free race pics. May 14 + 15.
Whether you’ve been biking to work for years or have never cycled on your commute, Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival is for you. Kick off the morning by meeting up with one of the many convoys cycling into the city from places like Concord, Medford, and Winchester, among many others. It’s a chance to ride into Boston on a set route with experienced cyclists, perfect for first-timer road riders. No matter where you come from, all the cyclists will end up at City Hall Plaza, where you’ll find free food and T-shirts. May 20.
You’ve likely been to plenty of bar crawls in the past, but have you ever been to a Sweat Crawl? …it sounds a lot stranger than what it really is. On May 21, you’ll join Social Boston Sports for an epic afternoon of fitness challenges that move from one studio to the next, with some extra sweat in between. The day kicks off at Radiant Yoga, then moves on to Everybody Fights and Handle Bar Cycling, before finishing at Coppersmith, where you can relive this super sweaty day. The event is sold out, but if you add your name to the waitlist, you’ll have a shot at being added to the second wave. May 21.
If you’ve ever ridden your bicycle down Beacon Street, you’ve likely wished it was car-free. Well for one day only, your will is granted. Join the Brookline Bicycle Parade on May 22 for a five-mile ride (at 8 miles per hour) for all ages (8-88+) up and down Beacon Street. There’s even a shorter, less challenging ride for newbies and kids who’d rather not tackle the long hill in Coolidge Corner. Stick around after the ride for a fun afternoon at Armory Park filled with music and free popsicles and ice cream sandwiches. May 22.
Few things go together better than running and beer. So the springtime Harpoon 5-Miler is the perfect place to celebrate both. Get in stride with a few thousand of your fellow Boston runners, then hit Harpoon’s massive after-party, where you can refuel with two free brews and post-race eats. And if you want a tip: Carb load on May 20 and 21 before the race at HarpoonFest, where you can take a tour of one of Boston’s OG craft breweries and nosh on nibbles from Boston’s favorite food trucks. May 22.
There are lots of ways to do yoga outdoors in Boston in the warmer months, but this next event takes the cake for unique locations. Yoga Around Town is taking it harborside with Yoga on the Pier on Tudor Wharf on May 26. Get your flow on during this one-hour all levels vinyasa class set to music by DJour Entertainment and stay for the after-party at this one-of-a-kind locale. It’s not every day that the sun actually greets you during your sun salutation. May 26.
Calling all fans of the Amazing Race. There’s now a chance for you to get a taste of the test right in Boston. Questival is bringing its 24-hour adventure race to the city on May 27, so now’s the time for you and your crew to start training. During Questival, teams of two to six people tackle outdoor challenges for a chance to win trips and gear. Fortunately, everyone goes home with race swag and a few stories to tell. May 27.
Save your sleeping in for Memorial Day because you won’t want to miss this race that happens the day before. The Run to Remember Half-Marathon and 5-Miler honors first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The energy at the start is positively contagious and is sure to carry you through five or 13 miles around the city. You’ll run by Boston landmarks like the State House, Faneuil Hall, and Boston Common, so the race is a great way to stay in touch with what makes Boston Boston. May 29.
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