Here are the latest East Boston neighborhood notes:

Musical festival

Zumix will take part in the annual Honk Festival and will join with musicians from 12:30 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 in Davis Square. Zumix members will also take part in the Honk Festival Parade from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 12, that strolls down Massachusetts Avenue from Davis Square to Harvard Square, followed by the all-band concert from 2 to 6 p.m. in Harvard Square.

The street bands are inspired by folk music traditions, New Orleans second line brass bands, European klezmer, Balkan and Romani music, Brazilian Afro Bloc and Frevo traditions, as well as the passion and spirit of Mardi Gras and Carnival.

Further information can be found at the website or by calling 617-383-4665.

Oasis for birds

A free nature walk will be held from 8 to 9 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6 at Belle Isle Marsh. Walkers will meet at the main parking lot on Bennington Street.

Walkers of all ages can discover the abundant birdlife at Belle Isle Marsh Reservation, a restored wildlife sanctuary. They will walk while birding for a distance of a mile on easy level terrain.

Some binoculars and a spotting scope will be provided but please bring these items if you have them. Dress for the weather in warm layers of clothing, sturdy hiking boots or shoes. Inclement weather may cancel; call 978-937-2094, ext. 121 one hour before the start time.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh.

Visit or call 781-485-2804, ext. 105 for more details.

Museum tour

The Institute of Contemporary Art’s Watershed, a new seasonal space in East Boston, will host a free, guided tour from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 6 in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Mariana.

Visitors will join a bilingual ICA educator for a free tour in Spanish at the ICA Watershed. This conversational tour will include an introduction to the history of the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina and close looking at the artwork on view by contemporary artist Diana Thater.

Pre-registration is not required, and all ages are welcome. The Watershed is always free and ferry service is included with ICA admission.

For more information, visit or call 617-478-3100.

Columbus Day parade

The 65th annual Columbus Day parade will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7. The parade will kick off from Suffolk Downs and go Bennington to Chelsea to Meridian Street.

The parade will include children’s characters, members of Italian societies, dozens of floats, dance performances, Colonial re-enactment groupsl classic and antique cars, food vendors, as well as many school, military and civic marching bands.

The Honorary Chief Marshal is Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Chief Marshal is Joe Ruggiero and the Veteran of the Year is Francisco A. Urena.

The parade is sponsored by the East Boston Veterans Council.

Call 857-615-2549 or visit the website for more information.

Salary negotiations

The Mayor's Office of Women’s Advancement and AAUW will host a free talk “Work Smart in Boston” as part of the HubWeek programming from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, 250 Sumner St.

The Mayor’s Office of Women's Advancement & AAUW in partnership with the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center are partnering with innovative locations across the city to help close the gender pay gap. The evening will feature a free salary negotiation workshop where attendees can learn to evaluate, articulate and negotiate their value in the job market.

All Open Doors sessions require either a free or paid pass to HUBweek 2018.

Visit to register and for more details.

Music for kids

Little Groove will present a fun, free musical morning for children at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at the East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St.

Toddlers and preschoolers can sing, move, play instruments and more with staff from Little Groove. Caregivers must accompany children.

Call 617-569-0271 for further information.

Farmers’ market

A farmers’ market sponsored by the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center is being held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Oct. 31 at Central Square Park.

The produce, herbs, vegetables and fruit are all Massachusetts-grown. Fresh baked goods and fresh fish will also be available. The market will also feature performances by local musicians, information on healthy eating and activities for children.

For more information, visit

Fun at the library

The East Boston Branch Library, 365 Bremen St., will offer free, fun programming for children during October.

The programs will include Story Time for children, ages 1-5, at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays; baby lap-sit for children, younger than two, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays; and Yu-Gi-Oh Club at 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Caregivers must accompany children to these programs.

For more details, call 617-569-0271.