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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

Children’s concert

Alex Mitnick will perform “Alex and the Kaleidoscope” at the Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St., from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 13.

Emmy award-winning children's entertainer Mitnick will take the audience on a journey that leads to the treasures of the world. His sensitivity, humor and ability to connect with adults and children alike make these shows a wonderful experience for the entire family. This uplifting, feel-good concert will leave audiences more connected to themselves, each other and the world around them.

Admission is free. Call 617-807-7186 for further details.

Performance and workshop

Fort Point Theatre Channel will take their production of “Cloud Tectonics” to the Fort Point Room at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St., at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 14.

This production written by Academy Award-nominated Jose Rivera tells the humorous story of Celestina, a hitchhiker, and Anibal, a baggage handler for LAX, who meet in the rain for a life-altering encounter in the backdrop of post-apocalyptic Los Angeles.

The workshop will feature live music and Foley effects by musician Olivia Brownlee and is presented by actor/director Jaime Carrillo.

To reserve seats, email

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. 14 and 16 at the park on Franklin, Pearl and Milk streets.

Guitarist Joe Weinberg returns to the park on Tuesday and harpist Mary Jane Rupert will entertain on Thursday.

Admission is free. Visit for more information.

Soul sounds

ParkARTS will host a free concert with Charlie Thomas’ Drifters at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at City Hall Plaza, as part of the Dorothy Curran Concert Series.

The popular R&B and soul band leapt to stardom in the ’60s with hits such as “There Goes My Baby,” “Up on the Roof,” “Saturday Night at the Movies” and “Under the Boardwalk.”

Series sponsors include Bank of America and New England Coffee, with support from Interstate Rentals, which will provide a dance floor for the shows.

For more information, call 617-635-4505 or visit

Musical showcase

Songstress Ali McGuirk will headline the Paper Garden Showcase from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 15 at the Innovation and Design Building, 21 Drydock Ave.

McGuirk recently released her debut album “Slow Burn,” that ranges from ’70s-style quiet storm to ’90s neo-soul to modern alternative R&B.

Further information can be found at

Shakespeare in the Park

The Brown Box Theatre Project will host its eighth annual Shakespeare in the Park program from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 17 at the Waterfront Plaza at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St.

In this free outdoor performance, the Forest of Arden will come alive in Shakespeare’s comedy “As You Like It.” When a motley cast of characters finds themselves banished from the court, misdirection, desire and serendipity unite to form a tangled web of identity and love.

For further details, call 443-808-1215 or visit

Celebrating Phillis Wheatley

The Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St., will celebrate Phillis Wheatley Day from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Participants will discover the life and poetry of Wheatley, who joined OSMH on this day in 1771. She was sold as a slave in Boston to the Wheatley family, who taught her to read and write and later emancipated her. She became a celebrity in England and the American colonies with the publication of her book of poetry in 1773, the first female African American poet. Wheatley, portrayed by a Freedom Trail Foundation Player dressed in full 18th century costume, will share her experiences as a writer, churchgoer and enslaved woman in colonial Boston at noon and 1 p.m.

This program is free with museum admission.

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

Dining out

The Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau is hosting Dine Out Boston from 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

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 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.