Here are the latest Waterfront - North End - Financial District neighborhood notes:

Boston Arts Festival

The Boston Arts Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 7 and Sept. 8 at Christopher Columbus Park.

Affectionately dubbed as the “ähts,” the festival will feature more than 70 juried local visual artists, craftspeople and local musicians performing on the Waterfront Stage throughout the day.

Meet the artists and craftspeople who will be sharing a wide variety of art and high-end craft work, including painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, sculpture and more.

The event, run by the organizers of the Beacon Hill Art Walk and Artists Crossing Gallery, will launch the Arts Open Studios season. For more information, visit

Carnival of Dogs

The 5th annual Carnival of Dogs will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday Sept. 7 at North End Park on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

There will be a variety of dog-friendly activities and vendors at this celebration of furry friends.

For more information, visit

Sensory-Inclusivity at the Aquarium

On Sept. 8 and Dec.8, the New England Aquarium will open at 8 a.m. exclusively for people with special sensory processing needs and their families. Although the building will open to the public at 9 a.m., building modifications will remain in place until 10 a.m.

Designed specifically for those with special sensory processing needs, these events allow for early access to the Aquarium and a quieter experience with all your favorite marine animals.

There will be soft lighting, limited use of microphones, and other modifications to ensure a comfortable environment for all participants.

Sensory bags, which include fidget items, noise-canceling headphones and other resources, will be available to borrow at the Information Desk.

Aquarium admission tickets will be available to purchase online in advance.

For more information visit or contact the New England Aquarium at 617-973-5200.

Charter Day Service

The First Church in Boston (66 Marlborough St.) will hold the Charter Day Service, which begins the annual celebration of the founding of Boston, from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Sept. 8.

Rev. Stephen Kendrick will deliver a sermon exploring the theme of Puritan kindness to strangers and simultaneous persecution of the “other:” a complex picture that colors today’s crisis.

There will be a chowder lunch following the sermon (reservations are requested at for planning purposes).

This program is part of the lecture series organized by Partnership of Historic Bostons, Inc.

For more information and registration, visit

Kids’ art afternoon

Kids, ages 6 through 12, are invited to the North End Branch Library (25 Parmenter St.) from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 10 to explore painting using a variety of materials as your paintbrushes.

For more information, email or phone 617-227-8135.

Augmented Reality tour

A tour of The Augmented Reality exhibit, led by a Greenway Park Ambassador, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Sept. 26 and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 and Oct. 10. The tour will meet in front of the Super A Mural on Dewey Square.

In partnership with Boston Cyberarts, the Greenway Conservancy commissioned three prominent AR artists and a local historian to conceptually explore the themes of transportation and the automobile superimposed with views of The Greenway, combining the past, the present and the future.

Before the tour, download the Hoverlay app for apple or android; during the tour, participants will learn how to use the app to view, engage with and document Augmented Reality through the mobile device as well as view some of the other 16 public art stations along the greenway.

Registration is required and tours may need to be cancelled in the event of poor weather. For more information and to register, visit

‘Never Too Late for Love’

The North End Branch Library (25 Parmenter St.) will host the “Never too Late for Love Film Series” from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Fridays during Sept which will include:

Sept. 13: “Harold and Maude” (1971) starring Ruth Gordon, Bud Cort and Vivian Pickles;

Sept. 20: “The Rose Tattoo” (1955) starring Anna Magnani, Burt Lancaster and Maris Pavan;

Sept. 27: “Moonstruck” (1987) starring Cher, Nicolas Cage and Olympia Dukakis.

To learn more, visit or phone 617-227-8135.

Lawn games

The Friends of Christopher Columbus Park will be hosting lawn games, such as giant Jenga and cornhole, from noon to 4 p.m. through Sept. 14 on the West Lawn of the Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park at 110 Atlantic Ave.

For more information, visit

‘Joseph Sciorra: Built with Faith’

I AM Books at 189 North St. (North End) will be hosting “Joseph Sciorra: Built with Faith” from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Sciorra spent thirty-five years researching community art and architecture and interviewing Italian immigrant and U.S.-born Catholics. By documenting the folk-life of this group, Sciorra reveals how Italian Americans in the city use expressive culture and religious practices to transform everyday urban space into unique, communal sites of ethnically infused religiosity.

To learn more visit or phone 857-263-7665.

Milk Street tours

Milk Street Cooking School at 177 Milk St. will be offering a behind-the-scenes look at Christopher Kimball's Milk Street from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Sept. 16, Oct. 21 and Nov. 11.

The tour will include a visit to the kitchen, a small cooking lesson and sample of a favorite Milk Street recipe.

These 30-minute tours are limited to 30 people and must be reserved in advance.

For further information, visit or register at

Harbor cruise to Boston Light

Save the Harbor will be hosting a free cruise to Boston Light on the evening of Sept. 16. The Provincetown II will board at 5:15 p.m. for a prompt departure at 5:30 p.m. from the World Trade Center dock at 200 Seaport Blvd. and will return at 7:30 p.m.

Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase on this Inner Harbor cruise while listening to the wheelhouse narration about the history of lighthouses.

The cruise ship will not be docking and disembarking onto Boston Light.

For directions on how to find the Provincetown II, visit

Greenway art tour

A Greenway Park Ambassador will lead the Greenway Public Art Tour from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. The tours will meet at The Greenway Carousel.

The tours include Karl Unnasch’s OPERANT (An Oldowonk Cataract), which explores the history of construction both in the human and animal kingdoms; Julie Libersat’s No Direction, which explores roadside signage and the experience of losing our way; Chris Labrooy’s series of CGI Graphics of contorted cars in the North End; Elliott Kayser’s Year of the Pig, which celebrates the current Chinese zodiac animal and honors the Chinatown community with hidden pieces throughout The Greenway.

Registration is required and tours may need to be cancelled in the event of inclement weather. For registration and other information, visit

Boating safety

The Mariners House at 11 North Square in the North End hosts boating safety courses and boating license preparatory courses on-site.

Call 617-227-3979 for details or visit

Greenway play sessions

The Kennedy Conservancy will be hosting Greenway Play Sessions from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 26 at Chin Park featuring books, games and special surprises.

For more information about the Greenway Play Program, visit

Mah Jongg

Mah Jongg is played from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Thursday (except holidays) throughout the year at the North End Branch Library, 27 Parmenter St.

All adults of all ages are welcome to join the American-style variant of this tile-based game that originated in China and requires skill, strategy and calculation. Beginners are welcome. No sign up is required.

For more information, visit or phone 617-227-8135.


Build whatever you can imagine with LEGOs and DUPLOs at the LEGO Club from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the North End Branch Library, 25 Parmenter St.

For more information, email or phone 617-227-8135.

Artisans market

The Greenway Open Market takes place in the Wharf District Parks (between Atlantic Avenue and High Street) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays through Oct. 26 and the second and fourth Sundays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Oct. 20.

Explore the parks, stroll tree-lined promenades, take in the city sights, soak up the sunshine, play in the Rings Fountain, grab a bite to eat at a food truck and shop local in the open-air artisan market featuring area artists, crafters and independent designers.

For more information, visit

Dark side of Boston

Boston by Foot is currently presenting guided walking tours of the darker side of Boston from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Participants should meet the guide at the corner of Hanover and Cross Streets, across from the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. Reservations are not required.

Visitors will hear the stories of misery, misfortune and murder based on true, historical events, such as the Great Influenza, the vandalizing of the Royal Governor’s House, the Molasses Flood and the infamous Brink’s robbery, all against the backdrop of Boston’s oldest neighborhood.

Tickets are $13 for adults, $8 for children if purchased online in advance and free for members. Add $2 for tickets purchased from the guide on the day.

For more information, visit or call 617-367-2345.

Public art tour

The Greenway Public Art tours, led by a Greenway Park Ambassador, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 18. The tours will meet at the Chinatown Gate.

The tours will include: Elliott Kayser’s “Year of the Pig in Chin Park,” the annual artwork which celebrates the current Chinese zodiac animal and honors the Chinatown community; Mia Cross’s “We the People II,” which captures the eyes of people who live, work, or pass through the Leather District; “Super A’s Resonance,” a large scale landscape mural that invites new views of landscape painting and Erwin Wurm’s UFO, a floating car that evokes the future.

Registration is required and tours may need to be cancelled in the event of poor weather. For more information and to register, visit

Farmers Market

Stop by the Dewey Square Plaza for produce and products from local farmers, fishers and food entrepreneurs from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 19. The Boston Public Market on The Greenway is organized and run by the Boston Public Market Association.

For more information, visit

Concerts on Atlantic Wharf

Berklee bands will perform Latin music and/or jazz at noon every Thursday through October on Atlantic Wharf, situated on the Boston Harborwalk.

For a full schedule of performers, visit

Visit the Old North Church

The historic Old North Church is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from April 1 through Oct. 31 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 1 through March 31.

The church is located at 193 Salem Street in Boston’s North End. The main entrance is located at the intersection of Salem and Hull streets.

Founded in 1723, the Old North Church is the oldest standing church in Boston, made famous by Paul Revere’s midnight ride and, “One if by land, two if by sea.” Step into Boston’s history and explore the historic site.

For more information, check online at

The tale of the infamous ghost

The Legend of the Lady in Black will be held from 12:30 to 12:45 p.m. and from 2:15 to 2:30 p.m. every day through Oct. 14 on Georges Island.

Visitors are invited to meet at “The Dark Arch” to hear the haunting fable of Mrs. Andrew Lanier, wife of a Confederate soldier imprisoned at Fort Warren in 1861 and then explore the dark tunnel – for those who dare!

For more information, visit

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

Fur seals

Discover the life of fur seals at a new exhibit at the New England Aquarium on Central Wharf. This is just one of three aquariums in the United States that is home to super furry, long-flippered, happy-splashing northern fur seals.

Watch these seals fly through the water and interact with their trainers on the deck of the mammal center. Shows start at 9 a.m.

“Life according to Fur Seals,” will splash through the end of the year.

For more information, visit

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

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at

For groups larger than 15 people email to arrange a tour.

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

Growth Rings

A new public art project, Growth Rings, will be on display through March 15 at Central Wharf Park across from the New England Aquarium at 250 Atlantic Ave.

The art project features three rings suspended between the trunks of the oak trees in the square which creates a series of portals that provide a defined corridor and sight-line through the park to the historic Boston Harbor.

These “growth rings” are meant to recognize mankind’s connectivity with nature and the trees, to celebrate the cycle of life, and to foster harmony within the landscape of the park.

The project was produced by Now + There, designed specifically for this site by Oscar Tuazon, and guest curated by Pedro Alonzo.

Learn more at

Free Reiki

A free Reiki Clinic hosted by Reiki Master, Maxine Bornstein is held from 6 and 8 p.m. every second Wednesday of the month in the second floor Chapel of the Mariners House at 11 North Square in the North End.

Call 617-227-3979 for details or visit