Here are the latest Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes:

HarborWalk celebration

Join Boston Harbor Now in a series of four walks celebrating the 35th anniversary of Boston’s HarborWalk. The walks will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays:

Oct. 12 - Walk Two: South Boston – Fan pier; Oct. 19 - Walk Three: Fort Point Channel – Downtown – North End; and Oct. 26 - Walk Four: Charlestown – East Boston.

The registration includes a guided adventurous walk of the waterfront; pre-walk coffee and post-walk refreshments; fanny pack with snacks; and an opportunity to make new friendships and memories.

There will also be a panel discussion about the future of the waterfront public access on Thursday, Oct. 24 (part of the Boston Harbor Speaker Series).

For more information and tickets, visit For questions, email


The 10th anniversary season will open at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre (219 Tremont St.) with the US premiere of “Passengers” marking the return of The 7 Fingers (Reversible, Cuisine & Confessions, Traces, Sequence 8, PSY) and their signature electrifying and endearing mix of circus, theatre, illusion, music and dance through Oct. 13.

For tickets and show times, visit

Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Indigenous Peoples’ Day will be celebrated from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14 with free admission at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.

Get timed – first come, first served – tickets for the new Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING and Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama exhibitions, on view through Feb. 7, 2021.

For more information, visit

Volunteer for SLM

Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) at 727 Atlantic Ave. (3rd floor) will be hosting a Volunteer Informational Session from 6 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 15 and Dec. 17 and on Wednesday, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 20 and Dec. 4.

SLM empowers youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential skills.

Some of the volunteer opportunities include mentoring youth, joining the Board of Ambassadors, supporting annual events and fundraisers plus skills-based positions to lend expertise to SLM.

These opportunities range in commitment from one-off projects or consulting to multiple years of committed mentoring.

The session will include information about the organization, the range of opportunities available and ways to identify best fits.

For more information, contact

To register, visit

Rosie’s Place luncheon/ fundraiser

The annual Funny Women… Serious Business luncheon will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center Ballroom, 415 Summer St.

This year’s event will feature a conversation with Glennon Doyle, author of “Love Warrior.” Visit for tickets.

All proceeds will benefit Rosie’s Place for poor and homeless women.

Bike check-ups

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

For questions, email

‘Augusta and Noble‘

Performances of “Augusta and Noble” will be held from Oct. 17 through Oct. 20 at the Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington St.

This play for young audiences tackles family secrets and immigration from all sides.

For tickets and show times, visit

Green Tie Gala

The Green Tie Gala will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, 1 Seaport Lane.

The NECEC’s Green Tie Gala is the region’s premier clean energy networking event of the year, featuring a keynote address by Maine Governor Janet Mills; an awards ceremony; networking opportunities with clean energy executives, investors, policymakers and thought leaders, and other interested parties; dinner, libations and fun.

For tickets and other information, visit

Brunch Battle

The 5th annual Brunch Battle will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 at District Hall Boston, 75 Northern Ave.

Enjoy your favorite brunch dishes as Boston’s best restaurants duke it out to see who will be voted this year’s Brunch Battle Championship.

Proceeds from this event will benefit Community Servings, a non-profit food and nutrition program dedicated to help those living with critical and chronic illnesses in Massachusetts.

For more information and tickets, visit

To learn more about Community Servings, visit

Fort Point Open Studios

The Fort Point Open Studios will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 18, and from noon to 6 p.m. on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 in the artists’ studios, in the galleries, on the streets and in the water around Fort Point.

FPAC’s Open Studios (including the Friday Preview and Opening Receptions) will feature the diverse collection of painting, sculpture, photography, jewelry, pottery, textiles, fashion, graphics and industrial design.

There will also be music, performances, demonstrations, children’s art-making activities and public art installations, including a one-of-a-kind floating public art program.

For a list of participating studios, visit or pick up a map at FPAC Gallery at 300 Congress St.

A Cappella Competitions

The A Cappella Competitions will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 19 and Oct. 20 on the West End of the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

More than 40 groups will entertain the audience as they compete for a chance at the winning title and cash prizes.

For more information, visit


The ILLUMINUS Festival will take place from 5 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19 in Downtown Crossing, at Washington and Summer streets.

This free nighttime festival will feature original installations, video projections and performances by artists who manipulate light and sound to create immersive experiences that turn city streets into an installation gallery.

For more information, visit

Marvelous Metals

The Boston Children’s Museum (308 Congress St.) in collaboration with the New England Chapter of the American Chemical Society will present Marvelous Metals from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19.

Learn about the chemistry of the metals that are all around you, from the ones you wear to the ones you eat, at this family-friendly event that celebrates National Chemistry Week.

To learn more, visit

Architectural walking tour

The House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston will present the 5-4-3-2-1 Architectural Walking Tour - 5 Houses, 4 Centuries, 3 Neighborhoods, 2 Hours, 1 Amazing Walking Tour – from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 19 starting at The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square.

Admire the exteriors of five landmark historic houses, experience four centuries of architecture, and explore three of the city’s iconic neighborhoods on this two-hour walking tour that winds its way across picturesque downtown Boston, making for one special experience.

From Colonial to Federal to Victorian, the stylistic intricacies of the Paul Revere House, Otis House, Nichols House, Prescott House, and Gibson House will be highlighted.

Additionally, show your ticket to receive free admission at all five houses during the month of October.

Visit for more information and the required advance ticket purchase ($12-$25).

Freedom Trail Tour

The Freedom Trail Tour will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday from Oct. 19 through Mar. 31.

Join Boston by Foot and stroll the Freedom Trail’s ancient streets, past historic cemeteries and colonial stone houses all the while hearing tales of rebellion, war, and independence of a nation.

It is the epic stories of Boston’s rise and America’s birth.

The tour will meet outside the Park Street MBTA station on the Park Street side of the Boston Common and end at Faneuil Hall.

For more information and to reserve a spot on this “name your price tour,” visit

ATK Boston Eats Festival

The ATK Boston Eats Festival will be held from Oct. 24 through Oct. 26 at 21 Drydock Ave.

“The Chef’s Table” will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 24. A first-ever – cocktails followed by an intimate seated dinner at their set kitchen hosted by the cast of their TV shows.

“Cheers to 20 Years” will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. with a VIP seating at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25. The show’s hosts and cast will be on hand, celebrated chefs will be cooking up amazing food and the area’s most innovative bartenders will serve signature drink creations along with picks from the test kitchen’s new cookbook “How to Cocktail.”

“ATK Boston Eats: Main Event” will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. with early access/entry at 1 p.m. Enjoy unlimited food from Boston’s best chefs, craft cocktails, beer and wine, and a test kitchen stage with multiple cooking demos featuring the TV hosts. An on-site pop up shop offers cookbooks and limited edition merchandise and book signings and photo ops are scheduled throughout the day.

Mix and mingle with the hosts and test cooks and see demos up close in their working and on-set kitchens at “The Backstage Experience” from 7 to 9 p.m.

The proceeds will benefit Community Servings and Future Chefs (

For more information and tickets, visit

Resilience and Change Series

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a three-part series on Resilience and Change at the Old South Meeting House at 310 Washington St.

The series will conclude on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. with “Submerged: Boston Sites and The Threat of Climate Change.” As part of Massachusetts’ Archaeology Month, this session will consist of current and proposed efforts to document archaeological sites in Boston (including intact Native American sites and landscapes) before they are lost.

To learn more about each program, free ticket opportunities for the Oct. 25 session, and to reserve a seat for each presentation, visit

Quincy Market history tour

A free historical walking tour of the architecture, politics, people and geography of Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall is held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Dec. 28 and on Tuesdays through Oct. 28, rain or shine.

This spot at the heart of the Freedom Trail tells the story from the Puritan settlement through the American Revolution into the 21st century.

Meet the guide at the property directory near Anthem Restaurant.

For more information, visit

District Hall tour

The District Hall Weekly Community Tour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on most Tuesdays throughout the year.

District Hall is the world's first freestanding public innovation center, designed to inspire innovation, foster collaboration and make great ideas come to life is located at 75 Northern Ave.

District Hall operates a free, public workspace, rentable event space and runs free programming that's open to everyone.

For event bookings, visit

To learn more about District Hall, visit:

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

Sustainability breakfast

Net Impact Boston (NIB) holds a monthly informal breakfast meetup of sustainability professionals on Wednesday mornings. Drop in anytime between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. at Pret a Manger, 101 Arch St. for 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

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

Boston Fire Museum

The Boston Fire Museum at 344 Congress St. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays or by appointment.

The Boston Fire Department is one of the oldest in the country and the Museum occupies the historic Congress Street Fire Station.

The Museum collection comprises fire alarm displays and artifacts, firefighting equipment, antique fire apparatus and photograph that were used in the Greater Boston area.

Sparky the Dalmatian, a real-life fire house dog, is always welcoming and ready to assist the guide during the tours.

Admission is free; donations are always welcome.

To learn more, visit

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 or

HUZZAH! Tavern Nights

HUZZAH! Tavern Nights – Boston’s only colonial tavern experience – will be held the first Friday of the month at Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum at 306 Congress St. (on Congress Street Bridge).

Revel with Sam Adams, John Hancock, Dorothy Quincy and other prominent Bostonians as they lift their glasses in celebration, raise their voices in song and determine the fate of Colonial America. Sample rustic fare, play authentic games, learn boisterous songs and cheerful dance in a spirited colonial tavern atmosphere. Let joy be unfettered and laughter unchained with the Sons of Liberty and Daughters of Freedom.

From April through October, the doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. From November through March the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Visit for details and tickets.

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.

‘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

For more information, visit

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


Nearly 30 artists from the Artists Group Kogei-Kyoto crafts collective in Kyoto, Japan will contribute exquisite handmade items to the Group’s first American exhibition, which will be on display at the Society of Arts + Crafts gallery, 100 Pier Four Blvd., 2nd Floor through Nov. 10.

“Kogei-Kyoto at SA+C Boston: Contemporary Innovators in Japanese Arts and Crafts” is co-presented by the Japan Society of Boston and part of a city-wide celebration of Boston’s 60-year sister city relationship with Kyoto.

For more information, visit

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

BTU Homework Help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays through May 28 at the Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

For more information, visit

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.

Foster Prize Exhibition

The 2019 installment of the biannual James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition highlighting the work of Boston-area artists will be on view through Jan. 5 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.

This intergenerational group of artists works across media including painting, sculpture, film and video to explore questions of place, portraiture and belonging and demonstrates the breath and ecology of contemporary art practices in Boston.

For more information, visit

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.

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.

$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 or phone 617-426-6500.

Community Karaoke Nights

Community Karaoke Nights, presented by Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Nov. 21 at the Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St.

For more information, visit, phone 617-863-9080 or email

Play with a dinosaur

The first-ever hands-on dinosaur exhibit, Explore•a•Saurus, will be at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., through Dec. 31.

Highlighted by a life-size animatronic Dilophosaurus, Explore•a•Saurus introduces clues that dinosaurs left behind and how those clues are used to tell the stories of these amazing prehistoric animals.

Building a three-dimensional dinosaur bone puzzle is only one of the interactive activities that this event offers.

For more information, visit

Learn Mandarin

Learn to speak Chinese (Mandarin) via the Mango Languages group from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 31 at the Chinatown Branch Library at 2 Boylston St.

Mango Languages is an interactive language-learning resource supporting dozens of languages, including Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), English, Hindi and Spanish.

This class is for adults.

Visit or phone 617-807-8176 for more information.

Community Circles

The “Community Circles” Exhibition will be on view at the Boston Children’s Museum (308 Congress St.) through Dec. 31.

Children and staff from the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) created this community art piece led by artist Chaina Lu.

For more information, visit or