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‘Dabble! Doodle! Dance!’
Fort Point Theatre Channel (FPTC) invites children and families to dance, paint and create in the open air on Saturday mornings in July along Fort Point Channel.
Each week “Dabble! Doodle! Dance!” will feature music by guest musicians, painting experiences with guest visual artists, and a “doodle wall” equipped with washable markers. The event runs from 10 a.m. to noon with dance demonstrations and lessons beginning at 11 a.m.
- July 13: Dance with Hoops and Props with Circe Rowan
- July 20: Flamenco Dance with Laura Sánchez of LS Flamenco
- July 27: Bomba with Eli Pabon of MetaMovements
The activities take place at Waterfront Plaza at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St. along the grassy area of the Fort Point Channel near Smith and Wollensky across from the Children's Museum. Participants will go inside to Waterfront Square if the weather is bad.
At the end of the summer, FPTC will display the group paintings and share them on social media.
Water and light snacks will be provided and restrooms will be available.
For more information, visit http://www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org/dabble-doodle.
Artist in residence exhibition
The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St., is displaying “Leavings/Belongings,” an exhibition by artist in residence Yu-Wen Wu, now through July 13.
Over the past six months, more than 150 community members have participated in the Leavings/Belongings project with Wu. Participants created symbolic cloth-wrapped bundles while sharing stories about their own and their family’s immigration journeys. These bundles represent what is left behind and what may be carried in migration – survival, hope and dreams.
The exhibition includes photographs, videos and a site specific sculptural installation of the bundles. Through the act of making together, participants shared their narratives of migration, generating dialogue that bridges across experience, generations and ethnicity.
Admission to the exhibition and reception are free.
For more details, call 617-863-9080 or visit www.bhcc.edu.
Join Professor John Shirley from UMass Lowell and Newburyport music staple Jason Novak to learn and jam in a friendly, open environment. All ages and experience levels welcome, from beginners through experienced players.
Harmonicas will be available on site from $2 to $20 (free for kids under 12 years old while supplies last), with the sponsorship of Hohner Music or bring your own (10-hole in C).
Classes will be running through July 16, meeting Monday nights at 6 outside the south entrance of Cheers at the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Come early to hear harmonica performances or to jam with instructors or other participants (starting at 5:30 p.m.).
For more information, visit https://faneuilhallmarketplace.com/event/john-shirley-harmonica-6.
Moonlight Yoga will take place at the lawn on Dewey Square (across from South Station) on July 16 and Sept.14.
Balance your summer chakras, root into the earth, float under the stars and be in good company with this hour long Vinyasa flow, created as an inclusive and diverse program for people of all levels.
Registration is from 6:15 to 7 p.m. and classes are from 7 to 8 p.m. People should bring their own mats.
There will be a raffle and some fun little gifts.
Dorothy Curran concert series
The Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series will be held on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. July 17 through Aug. 14 at the City Hall Plaza.
Celebrating 47 years as Boston's longest-running outdoor concert series, on July 17 Total Access will pay tribute to Chicago; July 24 will be a Rock and Roll reunion with the classic soul of Charlie Thomas’ Drifters and La La Brooks; Aug. 7 will feature an evening of Motown funk with the Hipshot Band; and the grand finale on Aug. 14 will showcase Disco Night with Tavares.
The series is presented by Mayor Walsh in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and the Mayor's Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment. The media sponsor is WROR 105.7 with sponsorship support from Capital One and Polar Beverages.
Net Impact Boston (NIB)’s informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals will be held on Wednesday, July 17 between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. at Pret a Manger, 101 Arch St. to provide networking, discussion and moral support.
NIB combines members’ talents, energy and commitment with the wealth of business, educational, nonprofits, public sectors and other resources to make a positive social, environmental and economic impact.
For more information, visit https://www/eventbrite.com/e/boston-sustainability-breakfast-tickets-50422428842.
Chinatown block party
BCYF Quincy Community Center, 885 Washington St., will be hosting a citywide summer block party from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 18.
There will be games, hands-on-activities, a cookout as well as information about their programs.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-968-4920 or contact the Quincy Community Center at 617-635-5129.
Free Fun Friday
The Boston Children’s Museum at 308 Congress St. will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 19 for Free Fun Friday.
There will be hands-on exhibits that focus on science, culture, environmental awareness, health and fitness and the arts. Programs and activities will address literacy, performing arts, science and math, visual arts, cultures, plus health and wellness.
TJX Friday night will not be happening.
For more information, visit bostonchilrensmuseum.org or call 617-426-6500.
Free Fun Fridays is supported through the Highland Street Foundation.
Professional storytellers, that are kid-tested and parent-approved, will perform free shows from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in July and August on South Market Street (Faneuil Hall Marketplace) outside Wagamama.
For the storytelling line up and other information, visit Faneuilhallmarketplace.com.
Local ceramics artist Linda Huey plants seeds of environmental concern in the form of a traditional garden landscape in her large-scale installation, "Linda Huey: Dark Garden," which makes its Boston debut at the Society of Arts and Crafts' (SA and C) Seaport gallery through July 21.
This event is free and open to the public.
The Society of Arts and Crafts is located on the second floor at 100 Pier Four Blvd. on the corner of Seaport Blvd.
For more information and hours, visit societyofcrafts.org.
Open art studio
Open Art Studio will be held on Wednesdays in July and August at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S Market St.
A kid-friendly project, recommended for children, ages 5-11, will be offered from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. during Kids' Art.
A group-making activity will be available from 1 to 2 p.m. for people of all ages during Collaborative Art.
Paint, draw or color with free-to-borrow art supplies from 3 to 5 pm. Instructors will be on hand with pointers and encouragement.
De-stress from 5:30 to 7 p.m. while learning a new painting technique or style during Apres Work Painting, recommended for people, ages 12 and up.
In the event of rain, these events will be moved into Quincy Market's rotunda.
For more information, visit Faneuilhallmarketplace.com.
Concerts at Macy's
Catch Berklee performers beside Macy's on Summer Street in the heart of the Financial District from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and from noon to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays through October.
The performers will present a variety of musical genres, including jazz, R&B, world, pop, electronic, and classical.
For a full schedule of performers, visit https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer/downtown-boston.
Learn how to fold and display origami from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursdays through July 25 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S. Market St., located in front of Cheers.
For more information, visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace.com.
Lessons and tournaments
Learn the game of table tennis and then participate in a tournament from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through July 25 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 S. Market St.
For more information on this family friendly event, visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace.com.
Listen to music from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the Norman B. Leventhal Park at l30 Congress St., now through Aug. 29.
The events are sponsored by the Friends of Post Office Square.
For more information visit normanbleventhalpark.org or check the facebook/twitter pages for rainouts and cancellations.
"The Patios" at City Hall Plaza introduces Sunday Grilling from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Each Sunday, guests will have access to four electric grills (available free of charge) on a first-come, first-served basis.
Visitors are invited to bring along coolers with their own grilling favorites and accouterments, or they can purchase the basics such as hot dogs and hamburgers on site from local vendor, Bittersweet Homestead, located at the front entrance of The Patios.
The Patios is open seven days a week from 5 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit http://cityhallplazaboston.com.
Carousel is open
The Rose F. Kennedy Conservancy’s Greenway carousel is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sundays to Thursdays, for the summer hours.
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 www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.
Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island will be held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Join other park stewards to enhance native ecosystems and natural processes by studying and influencing changes in park plant biodiversity. People will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology, natural history and cultural significance of landscapes in the park as stewards work side-by-side to improve habitat for the native birds, bugs, trees and flowers of the Boston Harbor Islands.
For more information about the program (which happens rain or shine), what to wear and bring, directions to the EDIC Ferry Terminal (which is notoriously difficult to find the first time) and confirmation (program destination is subject to change based on field conditions), call 617-913-5349 or call/ text email@example.com.
Walk to the Sea
The Walk to the Sea encompasses four centuries of Boston history.
Beginning at the State House on Beacon Hill, overlooking Boston Common, the Walk passes among historic landmarks and skyscrapers. The Walk crosses ground that, centuries earlier, was not ground at all, but an active harbor.
Boston's history is tied to the sea, whose smells and sounds once pervaded the town. The Walk from summit to sea, spanning one mile and descending 100 feet, brings that history to life.
Mayor Thomas Menino dedicated the Norman B. Leventhal Walk to the Sea in 2008.
For more information, visit walktothesea.com.
Take off your shoes and step into an authentic silk merchant's home from Kyoto, Japan.
Visitors can learn about the rainy season (tsuyu) in Japan and create a fine weather doll (teru teru bozu) from 11:10 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. every day until the end of June at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.
During busy times, the museum offers guided tours instead of a seasonal activity, to accommodate the crowds and protect this fragile, historic house. During the ongoing tours, experience Japanese family life, customs, ceremonies, art, architecture and seasonal events in this 100-year-old house.
Visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org for more information about the tours and activities (including dates and times).
The Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and Berklee have partnered for more than 10 years for Harborwalk Sounds at the ICA.
Performances are free and open to the public on Thursday at 6 p.m. through August.
Experience the museum’s exhibitions, then head to the ICA’s outdoor grandstand to enjoy standout talent from Berklee students.
For more information, visit icaboston.org or https://www.berklee.edu/events/summer/institute-of-contemporary-art.
Boston public market
The Boston Public Market Association will be at Seaport Common from noon to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through October and from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 19 at City Hall Plaza.
Among the selections are fresh, seasonal food from local and New England vendors offering produce, meat, seafood, bread, prepared food and more.
Residents, workers, and commuters alike will find groceries, lunch on-the-go and picnic fare.
For more information, visit http://cityhallplazaboston.com or https://www.bostonseaport.xyz/event/boston-public-market-seaport-2/2019-07-03.
Visit Thompson Island
Hike the trails, explore the salt marshes or relax along the beautiful beaches of Thompson Island on Saturdays and Sundays through Labor Day.
Remember to pack water and snacks before you board the ferry as there are no concession facilities on the island.
For trail maps and other information, visit https://thompsonisland.org/visit.
Visit the Harbor Islands
Hop on a ferry at Boston's Long Wharf from late June through Labor Day for a 15-minute cruise to the Boston Harbor islands – Georges Island, Spectacle Island and Peddocks Island.
Enjoy free concerts, ranger tours, kayaking trials, clambakes, a Spectacle Island beer garden, Boston Light tours and Zumba.
Enjoy a day of exploring historic sites, photographing birds, enjoying a picnic, hiking, swimming, wading in tidal pools or simply appreciating the scenery.
The round trip ferry cost to the Islands: $17 for adults, $10 for children (ages 3 through 11), $12 for seniors (ages 65 and older), children under 3 are free, $43 family (2 adults, 2 children). Tickets can be purchased at Long Wharf ticket booth.
For more information about the islands and schedules, visit www.BostonHarborIslands.org or call the Park Rangers at 617-223-8666.
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 www.fortpointarts.org for more information.
‘Stories from the Soul’
“Stories from the Soul” is an open mic-style storytelling event hosted at HI Boston Community.
These events are held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at HI Boston in the Community Room at 19 Stuart St.
People are invited to share their stories based on a selected theme and learn by hearing others’ stories.
To sign up as a storyteller, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit bostonhostel.org.
Berklee concert series
The Berklee College of Music’s “Summer in the City” free concert series is now underway and continues through Aug. 31.
Music ranges from jazz to classical, Latin to funk and folk to world.
They will perform at 100 Summer St. from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursdays.
Visit www.berklee.edu for more information.
South Station History Tour
The South Station History Tour is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month through Dec. 7 (at South Station, 700 Atlantic Ave).
Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Meet at the tour sign inside the Grand Concourse, by Teddy Ballgames. No reservations are necessary. Private group tours can be arranged for a fee.
The free South Station tour is a lively hour-long walk through the 20th century, glimpsing into the railroad past and peeking into its future.
Points of discussion include: geography of the area, architecture, history of the railroad, and historic events that shaped the railroad and South Station Terminal in particular.
The tour covers three levels of South Station, accessed via escalator and elevator.
For more information, visit south-station.net.
Hostel Takeover improv night
The Hostel Takeover is a free night of improv comedy held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Friday of every month.
The event is hosted by My Dinosaur Life and is held at HI Boston Hostel at 19 Stuart St.
For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/MyDinosaurLifeImprov.
Little free libraries
Little Free Libraries at Readers Park (School and Washington streets) and 175 Federal Street Plaza are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (weather permitting)
Now through the end of the year, anyone can take a book and leave a book.
Rosalita’s Puppets will charm kids and adults with new productions of lively storytelling and colorful characters each week at 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays through Aug. 31 on South Market Street (outside Wagamama) at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.
Rosalita's Puppets will move inside to the Rotunda if it is raining.
For more information, visit rosalitaspuppets.com or Faneuilhallmarketplace.com.
Free fitness classes are held on the lawn of the Norman B. Leventhal Park at l30 Congress St. in Post Office Square.
For more information about the classes, visit https://www.normanbleventhalpark.org/calendar.
In the event of rain, classes will be cancelled. Check their facebook page for notices – posted by noon for afternoon classes and by 9 p.m. the night before for morning classes.
Compete against chess expert, Corey Tolbert, as he plays multiple games simultaneously at 6 p.m. on Fridays through Sept. 6 at South Market Bldg. outside Uniqlo.
For more information, call 617-523-1300 or visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace.com.
Yoga for adults
Adults of all ages and experience levels are invited to join the weekly yoga class with instructor Gigi at the Chinatown Library, 2 Boylston St from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursdays (except holidays).
Wear comfortable clothing. Limited mats will be provided or bring your own.
For more information, call 617-807-8176.
Urbanism and emerging technologies
The Boston Society for Architects is displaying the exhibition, “Balancing Act: Urbanism and Emerging Technologies” now through Sept. 27 at the BSA Space, 290 Congress St.
The exhibition explores the idea of this balance by posing a series of questions about how to focus emerging technologies towards the human experience and develop best urban practices to make cities more livable, equitable and sustainable.
It provides a thoughtful lens to examine the current conditions of urban environments and the future of emerging technologies on the design and development of cities around the world.
Further information is available at www.architects.org or by calling 617-391-4000.
Model room tours
The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.
Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th Floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.
For more information, visit bostonplans.org.
For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at eventbrite.com.
For groups larger than 15 people email email@example.com to arrange a tour.
$1 night at museum
Admission to the Boston Children’s Museum at 308 Congress St. is $1 per person every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.
For more information, visit bostonchildrenmuseum.org or phone 617-426-6500.
Seaport Transportation Management Association and @seaportbos have teamed up with Landry’s Bicycles to offer complimentary bike check-ups on select Wednesday mornings through Oct. 16. There will also be treats from local businesses to thank you for commuting sustainably.
Sign up for a 15-minute slot for your preferred Wednesday at https://www.bostonseaport.xyz/event/bike-seaport-common/2019-06-26.
For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.