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Transportation planning

The Boston Street Railway Association will present a talk “Avoiding Liability in Transportation Planning: Streetcars, Bicycle and the Roadway” at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 at the Midtown Hotel, 220 Huntington Ave.

Franklyn Salimbene, senior lecturer in law at Bentley University, will talk about a Seattle lawsuit involving cyclists who sustained injuries when their wheels were caught in the flange of streetcar tracks on the new West Lake Avenue North streetcar line. He will look at the development of streetcars and bicycles as means of transportation in the late 19th century, the legal underpinnings and decision regarding the Seattle case and methods being developed in three cities to resolve the dangers of the interface between streetcars and bikes on urban roads.

The program is free and open to the public.

Visit or call 508-673-3047 for more details.


The 11th annual Boston GreenFest will be held from noon to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5 at Boston City Hall Plaza and Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

The weekend will offer music, dance, food and drink, solar energy workshops, testing an electric car, a Green Film Fest for kids and adults, forums and fitness classes as well as lots of children’s fun with the Museum of Science, soloists will take place on three stages throughout the weekend. A beer and wine garden will be available for those ages 21 plus.

For a complete schedule, call 617-477-4840 or visit

Seafood festival

The Boston Fisheries Foundation invites the community to the seventh annual Boston Seafood Festival on the historic Boston Fish Pier from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5.

This family-friendly day will feature seafood tastings, battle of the shuckers, fish cutting contest, lobster and clambakes, chef demonstrations, educational programs and family fun with face painting, games and more.

The Boston Seafood Festival is a celebration created to enrich the cultural, economic and social vitality of Boston by promoting all aspects of the local seafood economy.

For more information, visit

Stories and dance

Children and families are invited to “Story Dance” from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5 at the Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress St.

This free creative movement story hour is organized by Channel Dance. Water and light snacks will be provided. In case of rain the program will move inside.

Visit for more information.

Dining out

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting Dine Out Boston from Aug. 5 to 10 and Aug. 12 to 17.

Dine Out Boston will feature a more flexible pricing structure for restaurant owners and guests. At lunch and dinner, restaurants will now have the option to customize their menus by choosing to offer lunch for $15, $20 or $25 and dinner for $28, $33 or $38.

Participating downtown restaurants will include Boston Chops Downtown, Good Life, The Marliave, Serafina Boston, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, State Street Provisions and more.

Restaurants will donate gift certificates to be auctioned, with proceeds going the nonprofit MLK Boston.

For more information and reservations, visit

Concerts in the park

The Norman B. Leventhal Park summer acoustic music series will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 7 and 9 at the park on Franklin, Pearl and Milk streets.

Tuba player Rick MacWilliams returns to the park on Tuesday and jazz guitarist Phil Steffen will entertain on Thursday.

Admission is free. Visit for more information.

Arts and crafts talk

The Societies of Arts and Crafts will host a talk with artist-in-residence Laura Petrovich-Cheney from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9 at 100 Pier Four Blvd.

Petrovich-Cheney’s recent artistic practice is a dialogue between environment, feminism and history/innovation. Her works take many different forms including sculptural installations and wooden quilts. She has recently exhibited at the International Quilt Study Center and Museum in Lincoln, NE and the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton.

Admission is free.

Call 617-266-1810 visit for more information and to register.

Music and beer party

The 19th annual Tour de Fat will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 11 at Boston City Hall Plaza.

The afternoon will feature a mix of musicians, circus performers, vaudeville acts, magicians, comedians and more with Fat Tire beer and music. This year will combine favorite past ensemble acts like Sedan Halen, the Handsome Little Devils, Daredevil Chicken and KOLARS plus new and emerging musical talent from around the country.

Now in its 19th year, the Tour de Fat has raised more than $5 million dollars for local bike non-profits since its inception.

General admission is $15 and children, ages 12 and younger, are admitted free.

Further information can be found at or by calling 1-888-598-9552.

Gospel festival

The 17th annual GospelFest, New England’s largest gospel showcase, will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12 at City Hall Plaza, North Stage, 1 City Hall Plaza.

Dozens of the country’s finest gospel choirs and soloists will be on hand to entertain on the plaza. For the third year in a row, the Mayor’s Community Gospel Choir will open the concert and wow with their vocals. This special group is organized by the Mayor’s Office’s own Edna Wilkie.

Admission is free. For more information, call 617-635-3911 or visit

Carousel is open

The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for the summer season.

This one-of-a-kind carousel features animals native to Boston such as lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, oarfish, whale, rabbit, harbor seal and more. It was designed to be accessible to individuals with physical, cognitive and sensory disabilities.

Rides are $3 each or $25 for a book of 10. Visit for more information.

Textile exhibitions

The Societies of Arts and Crafts is displaying “The Cover Up,” artwork by Donna Rhae Marder, and “Infinite Vibration,” works by Niho Kozuru, at the Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier 4 Blvd.

Marder creates textiles using resurrected garments from her own family. In this solo exhibition, her work reverberates with issues of identity, tradition, authority and comfort. This exhibition will close on Aug. 18.

Kozuru’s buzzing resin sculptures and wall pieces feature layers of visual intrigue created by glossy materials and high-key color. This exhibit is open through Sept. 29.

Visit or call 617-266-1810 for more information.

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 and from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays during July and August. Participants will meet the guide at the corner of Tremont and Court Streets, at the Government Center MBTA station.

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

Boston’s literary scene

Boston by Foot offers tours featuring Boston’s literary scene from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturdays during August. 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.

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.