Late summer offers an equally full calendar of special events and seasonal favorites. So make the most of September with its sunny days and cooler temperatures, because despite the calendar, it’s still summer in the city!

Labor Day weekend kicks off with the Deutsche Bank Championship when top PGA Tour golfers compete for the FedEx Cup. The boys of summer have 14 home games remaining in the regular season, beginning with the Evil Empire on Sept. 1. But it will be the Dropkick Murphys scoring the hits at Fenway on Sept. 8 and 9.

You can sit front row and center for Bernstein’s glorious musical “Candide” at the Huntington through Oct. 16, the return (76 years later) of the Gershwin brothers “Porgy and Bess” through Oct. 2 at the ART or enjoy Celtic Thunder when it storms the Wang Theatre, Sept. 23.

The Revels RiverSing celebrates the autumnal equinox along the banks of the Charles at the Weeks Footbridge on Sunday, Sept. 18. Boston’s biggest block party, the 11th annual BeanTown Jazz Festival jams all day long on Columbus Avenue, Sept. 24. Opening night is Sept. 30 for the Boston Symphony, showcasing an All-Mozart Program.

The coming fall is also heralded by the annual Cambridge Carnival International, a colorful and festive celebration. On Sept. 10., Kendall Square hosts the Grand Costume Parade, musical performances, with food and crafts from around the world. Film buffs will delight in feature films, documentaries and shorts during the 27th Boston Film Festival from Sept. 16-22. Make plans for Rumble on the River, on Sept. 18, for a daylong festival of head-to-head races, music, games and barbecue.


I invite you to get closer to nature at the Peabody Essex Museum’s exhibition, “Painting the American Vision,” on display until early November. The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum offers free admission weekdays through Sept. 2. And in honor of the opening of the Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art, the MFA is free for all on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Before you put away the sun block and sandals, ferry to the Boston Harbor Islands for a day of exploring, kayaking or touring Boston Light. Boats still cruise the Harbor and the Charles, but you might bring along a jacket. The Boston Harbor Hotel’s summer music and movies series closes the first week of September with “Raiders of the Lost Ark” showing on Sept. 2. Stroll the Esplanade or the

HarborWalk while sailboats still catch the wind. Grab a table at a sidewalk cafe and enjoy al fresco dining in the warm September sun.

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