After a ridiculously hot summer, we’re looking forward to some crisp, cool days. Fall just might be the best season to be active in Boston – the weather tends to be perfect for long runs and bike rides. So we can’t wait to get outside to enjoy it all month long.
We’ve rounded up 13 of the best food and fitness events happening in or near Boston in September. We think you’ll love them, especially if the weather cooperates. So get out there and get after this full list of beaches, brews, trails, and tacos. Glad we have your attention.
We’re all about fitness and community, so we love events that combine the two. Bike to the Beach is a charity ride in early September that raises money for those affected by autism. You can tackle the 100- or 60-mile cycling routes solo or on a team. Either way, you can feel good knowing that you’re giving back while staying in shape. September 3.
Regular yoga classes at your local studio are awesome, but sometimes it’s fun to take your mat on the road. Do that this month with PopUpAsana when the group heads to Castle Island Brewing Co. for Bend & Brew. Expect a one-hour, all-levels Vinyasa yoga class followed by a tour of the brewery and one free beverage, plus snacks. If Saturday suds aren’t your thing, check out PopUpAsana’s two other events in September: Yoga, Wine & Chocolate at Taza Chocolate and Yoga at World’s End. September 8, 10, and 20.
Veggie lovers, this next one is for you. Food Truck Festivals of America is bringing some of the best mobile eats together in one place for the Vegetarian Food Truck Festival. So get ready to nosh on tasty treats from Bon Me, Taco Party, and Frozen Hoagies. And you’ll be able to pair your meal with craft brews from places like Downeast Cider, Wachusett, and Bad Martha’s. It all goes down at the up-and-coming Arsenal Project in Watertown. September 10.
You don’t have to go far outside the city limits to find killer spots to do your trail running (or hiking, if that’s more your speed). And one of the best is hosting a race this month. The Middlesex Fells Trail Running Festival had two options, five or 10 miles, that wind through its beautiful and challenging terrain. No matter which route you choose, you’ll get a sweet finisher’s medal and T-shirt, plus a post-race party sponsored by Notch Brewing, Slumbrew, and Bantam Cider. September 11.
Most obstacle runs involve getting wicked muddy, but Survival Beach flips that on its head and gets you wicked sandy instead. Our very own Revere Beach is the scene of this 3.1-mile challenge that’s unlike any obstacle race you’ve tried before. Get ready for CrossFit-style tests, inflatable obstacles, and maybe even a little water play. The best part? You can tackle the race solo or as a team, so round up your squad for a beach day like no other. September 17.
Pack up your yoga mat for a totally unique experience when you join Yoga Around Town for a class on Georges Island. After hopping on the ferry at Long Wharf in the morning, you’ll soon find yourself out in the harbor looking back at our fine city. The day includes a one-hour, all-levels Vinyasa practice with live music on the island. And you can feel free to stick around to explore what Georges has to offer long after savasana. September 17.
If you’re as psyched as we are about the popularity of local food, you’re going to love the Boston Local Food Festival that’s happening this month. It’s all going down on the Rose Kennedy Greenway and it’s absolutely free. Yes, you read that right. For exactly zero dollars you can sample local food and check out chef demos, live music, and organizations dedicated to food and fitness in New England. All we can say is, come hungry. September 18.
Boston shines all year, but fall is when the city is at its best. So it’s hard to imagine anything better than running through the historic streets of Cambridge in September. You can do just that at the Fall Classic 5K happening this month. This fast and flat course is perfect for first-timers or anyone looking to notch a new personal best. September 18.
We’ve already told you about how you can do yoga on one of the Harbor Islands this month, and now we’ve got the details on how you can race there too. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts and Boston.com are teaming up for the Island Run. The first leg of the race involves taking the ferry from Long Wharf out to Spectacle Island (just kidding, that part isn’t timed). Then choose from the 5K or five-mile option. Either way, you’ll be rewarded with post-race eats from b. good and a cold beer. September 18.
This triathlon features three race options – a sprint, Olympic, or half ironman tri (plus a relay option) – in scenic Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth. Because the Pilgramman Triathlon competes in mid-September, water temperatures hover around 60 to 70 degrees – probably the latter this year since it’s been so hot, but wetsuits are allowed. The entire course for all the distances is in the state forest, so it’s an especially scenic and peaceful late-season race. September 18.
If there’s a theme to this month’s events, it’s that three take place on Harbor Islands. This time it’s Thompson Island that plays host to a 4K Trail Run to benefit Boston Public School youth, which use the island for hands-on learning, team building, and spending time in nature. You can tackle the trails as part of a corporate team or as an individual on one of two consecutive days. And with Boston Marathon legend Bill Rodgers sounding the starting gun, you’ll be extra inspired to run your heart out. September 21 and 22.
The Duxbury Beach Triathlon might be one of the most stunning local swim, bike, run races…but it’s also not as easy as it looks. It’s basically a series of terrible (yet awesome) surprises. The half-mile swim course is a straight shot, but with the tide going out, it’ll be a challenge to racers. The bike course seems simple, but with some rolling hills, you’re sure to be huffing and puffing along the way. The run is pretty flat, but a few inclines will keep you on your toes. This is a great end-of-the-season tri so you can finish with a bang…and then you finally rest. September 24.
After all these races, rides, and yoga classes, you’re going to need some down time. Take it at Night Shift Brewing’s Oktoberfest. The Everett-based brewery is setting up a bier garden tent and brewing German-style beers so you can get the authentic Oktoberfest experience. Live music from The Mad Bavarian Band and Boycott Brass, plus special guests MF Dulock Pasture-Raised Meats, Company Picnic, and Munch round out the day. September 24.
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