Boston Calling is an incredible event that takes place at the Harvard Athletic Complex in Allston, Massachusetts. At least fifty acts are typically booked, playing three outdoor stages and an indoor arena. The event books famous musicians from many different genres and even some comedy acts. Since the event takes place in May, the temperature is normally in the high 60s during the day and the low 50s at night. The New England weather will be perfect for the festival. With so many people around, the cool temps will keep things comfortable.
Along with great acts, there will be plenty of other activities to enjoy. Hop on the Ferris wheel to get a birds-eye view of the action and stages below, check out art installations, and hang around for the fireworks show. The event is kid-friendly and has plenty going on, so there will be something for everyone.
RV parks are located around the greater Boston area, so you’ll be able to find a great place to make camp and enjoy all three days of the festival. Some good spots are located up to an hour’s drive away from the festivities–perfect if you’re looking for an outdoor escape while you’re in the area, or some quiet time away from the commotion of this event.
Tickets to Boston Calling are sold in multiple tiers: general admission, VIP, and Platinum. You can choose whatever experience you want, and from single-day or three-day passes. Tickets go on sale up to six months in advance and sell out pretty quickly, so keep an eye out and watch for details at the Boston Calling website. Prices range from $100 to $300 for GA, $200 to $700 for VIPs, and $300 to $1200 for the Platinum tier.
Getting your rig to your campground of choice outside the city should be no problem, but driving directly to the event in a large vehicle is not recommended. If you do choose to drive into Boston with your RV, be prepared for busy streets, hustle and bustle, and slim parking options.
There is no parking on the street in front of the complex, but there are up to twelve different parking garages located a little over two miles from the event. To get the closest garage to the festival, be sure to arrive early.
Hands down, the best way to get to the venue is to take the “T”– the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority subway (MBTA). The festival is located right off of the Red Line. There are many stops along the way, so you should have no problem using your car or a hired ride to pick up a train near your campground.
Boston Calling is a city event, and there is no camping inside the complex. There are, however, multiple campgrounds located within an hour’s drive from the event. Many are in state parks with beautiful views. These campgrounds provide some silence away from the crazy festivities going on in town.
There are many campgrounds in the area that allow for RV camping, some with space for larger RVs with pull-through sites available. If you really want a break from the city, check out a state park, like Wompatuck State Park or Harold Parker State Forest. In addition to peaceful camping spots, the parks provide hiking trails, pond access, and plenty of areas to explore. This is an amazing way to enjoy the Boston area before, during, or after the festival. If you’d like to enjoy more creature comforts while in town, you’ll find plenty of full-service campgrounds and RV parks within easy reach of the event or MBTA lines.
Boston Calling is located in a huge event space beside the Harvard Athletic Complex. Once on site, the best way to get around the festival is to walk. Expect big crowds, but no vehicles of any type on the grounds. If you are staying close to the event, you can ride the MBTA, bike, scooter, or other options to get to the venue.
It will be slightly warm in Boston in May so be sure to wear cool clothing. New England weather can be unpredictable, so layers are recommended. Wear a hat and sunglasses, as the sun could be out in full force. Because of all the walking, your choice of shoes will be critical. Whether you prefer sandals or tennis shoes, wear something comfortable to make sure your feet don’t hurt during or after the event.
To avoid sunburn, it is recommended that you pack and wear plenty of sunscreen. You can carry a clear bag of essentials with you to during the festival, and this is something to include! Also, be sure to have your Driver’s License or ID to get in and out of the event with your wristband. You can bring a non-pro camera and refillable water bottle, but you won’t be able to bring in chairs, umbrellas, tents, or strollers. Lockers are available for you to store items you might need access to throughout the event.
To be sure that you don’t become dehydrated, drink plenty of water throughout your time at Boston Calling. You’ll be allowed to bring a water bottle that you can refill at water stations and fountains throughout the site.
There is no camping at Boston Calling, so you won’t be able to bring your gourmet game and cook on site, but you can go all out back at your campground. Whether you use the oven in your camper or grill some hotdogs at the campfire, the opportunities are endless. Since campgrounds are farther out, you’ll find multiple stores where you can pick up groceries and supplies. Some RV parks have stores on site where you can buy some firewood or anything you might need.
If you choose to eat in Boston, there are many excellent places all around the Harvard Athletic Complex. Whether you want ramen, seafood, oysters, Italian, Indian, or hamburgers–there is something for everyone. The options are endless, and most of these options are located less than a mile away, so walking is the best way to go.
While you are at Boston Calling make sure and check out the vendors. Rest assured, you’ll find an incredible variety right at the venue. You can expect a variety of fair-type foods at the festival, such as pizza, funnel cakes, pretzels, hamburgers, corn dogs, and hot dogs. You may also find specialty and street fare from gourmet donuts to Mexican bowls and even sushi. The food here will definitely satisfy you while taking in the show, and you can keep things simple by linking a credit or debit card to your wristband.
Boston Calling takes safety seriously, so you’ll see lots of security posted at the festival. There are also many things that you can do to keep yourself safe. Be sure to stay with your group and store your belongings in the available lockers. Remain aware of your surroundings, and seek out security personnel if you notice anything of concern.
Because the spring weather in Boston can be pretty warm and sunny, start your day hydrated. Staying hydrated in the heat is easier than trying to catch up later in the day when you are more interested in music and activities. There’s not a lot of shade on site, but take advantage of it when you can, and sit down and rest when needed.
If you need care or medical help at Boston Calling, you’ll find plenty of security and EMS personnel at multiple tents. If you have an emergency, you’ll be just a couple of miles away from major hospitals. There are multiple pharmacies located within in walking distance and medical tents and water stations easy to spot if and when you need assistance.