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Social fitness festival

The Boston Social Fitness Festival will be held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16 at City Hall Plaza.

This free daylong festival is designed to get Boston moving. Festivities will start with sunrise yoga at 7 a.m. and continue with Bollywood dancing, an open-air spin ride, aerial yoga, kickboxing, CrossFit, sports playground and more. There will also be special kids’ programs.

The fitness classes are free, but many require advance registration.

Visit for further information and to register.

Seafood throwdown

The Boston Local Food Festival Seafood Throwdown will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 17 at the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

The event will feature a friendly cooking competition between executive chef Kevin Conner of Community Servings in Jamaica Plain and chef Amanda Parks, co-founder and fisherman of the NE Fishmongers, both creating dishes that will tantalize the senses. Each chef will receive a mystery fish and then produce a delicious dish to serve the community.

Attendees can enjoy the total experience of tasting, touching, seeing, hearing and smelling the local seafood and produce cooking outside under the tent in this all-access community setting.

Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance is sponsoring this event.

Visit or call 978-281-6934 for more details.

Cycling celebrations

The 13th annual Hub on Wheels citywide ride and Finish Line Festival will be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17 at City Hall Plaza.

Hub on Wheels will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., exploring the shoreline and neighborhoods on 10- or 40-mile rides. Cyclists will leave City Hall Plaza at 8 a.m., head down car-free Storrow Drive and pedal through the Arnold Arboretum, Franklin Park, West Roxbury, the Emerald Necklace, Jamaica Pond and beyond. Registration is $50 for adults and $25 for youth between ages 12 and 17, and will include ride support, snacks and gift bags.

The festival will be in full swing all day long and will include food, free concerts, bike stunt shows, a beer garden and more.

Proceeds will benefit Boston Children’s Hospital.

Visit or call 617-262-3424 for more information.

Puritans and Native Americans

The Partnership of the Historic Bostons will present “Epidemics, Conflict and Care Giving Among Native Americans and Puritans,” a free program as part of the annual Boston Charter Day celebrations, at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 18 at the Old State House, 206 Washington St.

The arrival of Europeans brought unprecedented suffering for the native tribes living in 17th century southern New England and epidemics killed many Massachusetts and Wampanoag. There were also many examples of empathy and care giving between the groups during these times of illness. Dr. David S. Jones of Harvard University and Dr. Nathaniel Sheidley, director of the Bostonian Society, will talk about both the causes of the epidemics and the human reactions, which were much more nuanced and humane than most people realize.

For more information and a schedule of further programming during the Charter Day celebrations, visit

Women’s dissent

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will present a lecture, “Artifacts of Women’s Dissent” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

In 1917, New York State women won the right to vote, an event that would help bring on passage of a federal women’s suffrage amendment in 1920. As the nation prepares to celebrate this centennial, Ashley Hopkins-Benton, senior historian and curator of social history at the New York State Museum in Albany, NY, will show how her museum has been exploring artifacts of the fight for women’s rights in the 19th and 20th centuries from across the state, while also collecting materials from the Women’s March, and other 2017 protests.

Further information is available at or by calling 617-482-6439.


The Fort Point Theatre Channel will present “The Three Births of Wadih Alwani,” a monodrama written and read by Mahmoud Nowara and translated by Julia Gettle, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22 at the Midway Studios, 15 Channel Center St.

Nowara is a Palestinian journalist and creative writer who spent 12 years working for news outlets across the Arab world while also publishing creative pieces. After the eruption of the Syrian conflict, he fled to Beirut, where he composed the original Arabic version of this monodrama.

Admission is free and light refreshments will be served.

Visit or call 617-780-8900 for further details.

Art installation

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Kneeland St., is displaying “Resilient Current” now through Oct. 7.

The community is invited to an opening reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22.

The exhibition embraces the past and present immigrant communities that have transformed Chinatown. A printmaking installation in the shape of a fan contains over 130 original relief prints from the fifth graders of the Josiah Quincy Elementary School.

Since the Chinese character for “fan” and the character for “kindness” share the same sound (Shàn), lead artist Salvador Jimenez-Flores thinks of kindness and generosity as a central to the project, using it to speak against hatred, misogyny and xenophobia.

Jimenez-Flores is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised is Jalisco, México. He was recently selected to be a 2016-2017 Boston Artist in Residence through Mayor Martin J. Walsh's office.

Visit or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.

Oak Street fair

The 32nd annual Oak Street fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Josiah Quincy School playground, corner of Oak Street and Shawmut Avenue.

Families will enjoy arts and crafts, games and activities, balloon animals, playground, face painting and the famous watermelon-eating contest. There will also be musical entertainment, health screenings, great food and community resources and information.

The rain location is Josiah Quincy School cafeteria, 895 Washington St. The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center is sponsoring this program.

Call 617-635-5129, ext. 1054, or visit for more details.

Photography exhibit

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center’s Pao Arts Center, One Greenway Building, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Living in Color” now through Saturday, Dec. 16.

This is a collaborative mother-son photography project by David Kong and Wen Yuan Kong that celebrates the movement, color and light of the living world.

Wen Yuan Kong is a retired math professor who loves traveling and taking photographs. She is inspired by the interplay of light and reflections, by interesting perspectives of everyday objects and by the changing of scenery in sunlight. David Sun Kong is a synthetic biologist, community organizer, musician and photographer.

Visit or call 617-635-5129 to register and for more details.

Hub of literacy

Boston by Foot will offer tours “The Hub of Literacy America” from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays during September. Participants will meet at the plaza at School and Washington Streets.

By the 19th century, Boston had earned the nickname “The Athens of America” as an important center for literature and as home to many of the country’s greatest writers. It was the launch pad of American Romanticism, Transcendentalism, the Fireside Poets and American Realism.

This literary tour will highlight the homes and haunts of such prominent writers as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau, Louisa May Alcott, Henry James, Charles Dickens and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. These great minds gave rise to philosophical discussions that greatly influenced not only their own literary work but also 19th century society at large and our culture today.

Tickets are $15 or $5 for members and can be purchased online in advance or from the guide.

Visit or call 617-367-2345 for more details.

Reinventing Boston

Boston by Foot is offering a guided walking tour “Reinventing Boston: A City Engineered” from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays during September.

From the first subway to Long Wharf through the Big Dig, Boston has led the nation in transforming its cityscape. Tour-goers will discover all the layers of the city and look at how and why it changed – to accommodate a growing population, the needs of industry, public and private transportation and public health and safety.

Tickets purchased online are $13 for adults and $8 for children or $15 for adults and $10 for children if purchased on the day. Members are free.

To purchase tickets, call 617-367-2345 or visit

Art market

Summer Street Art Markets is being held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays along the pedestrian zone on Summer Street.

Selected artists will sell their original artwork, including paintings, handcrafted clay, blown glass, stained glass, furniture, photography, clothing, toys, jewelry and locally produced food. Live musical performances will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and 4 to 6 p.m.

Visit for additional information.

Made in Fort Point

The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.

Call 617-423-1100 or visit for more information.