October 18

The leaves are changing! Here’s what’s happening around Boston this season

By Stacey Milton

Lake Wannapowitt in Wakefield, MA, courtesy of our own Rachel Boyle.

Lake Wannapowitt in Wakefield, MA, courtesy of our own Rachel Boyle.

Boston University has students from all over the country, and all over the world. With that said, whether you are from Los Angeles, Chicago, or Mumbai – or even from right here on the East Coast – it’s hard not to love Boston in the fall. The leaves are changing, the air is cool and crisp, and the sweaters are coming out. We are right in the midst of my favorite season, and there is so much to take advantage of as a student in the Boston area this time of year! Many students take it upon themselves to head out and find fun ways to spend a crisp October day, but you will also find that Resident Assistants and student groups often organize some pretty awesome day trips around the Boston area.

Here are just a few of the things you could look forward to!

Check out the beautiful fall foliage at the Arnold Arboretum – you don’t even need to leave the city! Take a tour of the “marvelous maples”, or learn about autumn fruits. Even better, it’s only a short T ride from campus.

Chill out with the Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival. This annual event is generally scheduled toward the end of September along Columbus Avenue in downtown Boston. Listen to some great tunes, eat delicious food from all over the world and even check out the “instrument petting zoo”!

Spend a day at the Harvard Square Oktoberfest. You can take a hot air balloon ride over Cambridge! Among other activities, there is a parade, lots of arts and crafts, tasty fall food, and several music stages.

Take a Halloween Haunted Beacon Hill Tour! Learn some fun history, hear some ghost stories, and spend a night walking around one of Boston’s most beautiful areas.

And…one cannot miss a trip up to historic Salem, MA for some Haunted Happenings! You’ll find haunted cruises and ghost tours by trolley and candlelight. Home of the infamous Salem Witch Trials (there’s even a museum!) this is a wonderfully spooky way to spend an October day.

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