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Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal
Internationally renowned Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal will present the Boston premiere of “Dance Me” at 8 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St.
“Dance Me” is an exclusive creation inspired by the rich and profound work of Montréal-based Leonard Cohen that evokes the grand cycles of existence, as described in his deeply reflective music and poems.
For tickets to this Global Arts Live presentation, visit emersontheatres.org.
The annual CreatedBy Festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Oct. 26 at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.
This family-friendly festival of ingenuity, imagination and cross-disciplinary creativity will feature exhibitor showcases, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, talks, performances, food and more and is free with museum admission.
To learn more, visit bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Halloween Pet Parade/Costume Contest
The Halloween Pet Parade and Costume Contest will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 26 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace West End.
Pets and their owners are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and parade around the Marketplace, and then walk the red carpet in front of a panel of judges.
Prize baskets featuring gift cards and goodies provided by Faneuil Hall Marketplace merchants will be awarded for Best of Show, Best Owner and Pet Combo, Best Local Representation, Most Creative, Best Group and Spookiest.
Visit faneuilhallmarketplace.com for more information.
Celebrate Halloween from Oct. 27 through Nov. 1 at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.
Come in costume and go trick-or-treating for “all inclusive” non-candy items in the Museum’s exhibits.
For more information, visit bostonchildrenmuseum.org.
Ladder Blocks tour
The Boston by Foot Ladder Blocks Tour will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 27. The group will meet on Boston Common at the corner of Tremont and Boylston Streets, outside the Boylston MBTA stop.
Boston’s Ladder Blocks are bounded by Washington and Tremont Streets south of School Street. The streets that connect them create a street grid shaped like a ladder, giving the district the name by which it was once known. These blocks have a rich history, from life as a residential neighborhood to a hub of small specialty retail and more.
This tour is presented in partnership with the Boston Preservation Alliance.
For tickets and other information, visit bostonbyfoot.org/tours/ladder-blocks-0.
King’s Chapel concerts
The King’s Chapel Concert Series will be held at 5 p.m. at King’s Chapel Parish House, 64 Beacon St.
The Sunday series will include the following: Oct. 27: “Mortal Musings;” Dec. 1: “Advent Baroque;” Feb. 23: “Sonata;” Mar. 29: G.F. Handel: “Alexander’s Feast.”
The doors will open at 4:30 p.m.
For more information and tickets, visit kings-chapel.org.
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 faneuilhallmarketplace.com/boston-things-to-do-in-boston-today-what-to-do-in-boston/historic-quincy-market-tour.
Fall Fest will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29 at GA Boston, 125 Summer St.
In celebration of autumn, join GA instructors, current students, alumni, and fellow Bostonians for some Fall-inspired fun – including bobbing for apples, mini tech and design workshops, a trail mix bar, special autumn drinks, and a campus scavenger hunt.
Visit generalassemb.ly to reserve a spot.
Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St. will present “Triptych (Eyes of One on Another)” from Oct. 30 through Nov. 3.
Through music and large-scale projections of Mapplethorpe’s work, “Triptych” is a bold take and close examination of one of the most brilliant photographers of the 20th century.
For tickets and show times, visit artsemerson.org.
Doggone Halloween Parade
The annual Doggone Halloween Parade will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31 at Downtown Crossing, 9 Summer St.
Bring your well-behaved pups in their Halloween costumes and win awards for the Scariest, Most Creative, Best Dog & Human Duo, and Best in Show.
There will be treats for all and even a few tricks during this wooftastic time.
Visit eventbrite.com to register all participants.
Halloween relay race
The Midnight Runners and Reebok will be hosting a 4-mile boot-camp style relay race from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.
Each relay team will consist of four co-ed costumed runners who will run a 1-mile leg around the innovation Design Building, starting and stopping in front of the Reebok Gym/Store (25 Dry Dock Ave.), completing an exercise before the next runner sets off. After the team collectively completes the fourth exercise, the team will cross the finish together.
An award ceremony will follow.
Spectators and cheering is strongly encouraged.
For more information and registration, visit eventbrite.com.
‘Flora, The Red Menace’
Emerson Stage will present “Flora, The Red Menace” from Oct. 31 through Nov. 3 at the Emerson Tufte Performance & Production Center, Greene Theater, 10 Boylston Place.
This Kander and Ebb musical is set in 1935 when the world faces an uncertain political and economic future. At the height of the Great Depression, the government-funded Federal Theatre Project gathers a group of performers to tell the story of optimistic Flora Meszaros, a newly graduated art student. She embarks on a career as a fashion illustrator in Manhattan and soon falls in love with Harry, a fellow artist. But Harry has a secret – he turns out to be an idealistic communist. Is Flora herself a “red menace” or just that good ol' classic Broadway standby – a gal in love?
For more information, including show times and tickets, visit emersontheatres.org.
Smoke and Mirrors
First Fridays: Smoke and Mirrors will be held from 5 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.
Do you believe in magic? Keep your ooky-spooky Halloween costumes on (no masks) because you’re in for a spellbinding treat.
In honor of Yayoi Kusama: LOVE IS CALLING, this abracadabra extravaganza will be sure to have you enchanted by contemporary art, specialty cocktails, dancing and more.
Don’t let your tickets disappear.
The LOVE IS CALLING exhibition will be on view through Feb. 7.
For tickets and other information, visit icaboston.org.
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 www.districthallboston.org/host-an-event.
To learn more about District Hall, visit: www.districthallboston.org.
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.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, visit eventbrite.com.
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 eventbrite.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.
Freedom Trail tour
The Freedom Trail Tour will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays 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 freetoursbyfoot.com.
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 bostonfiremuseum.com.
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.
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 bostonteapartyship.com 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 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 email@example.com.
For more information, visit bostonhostel.org.
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.
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 Societyofcrafts.org.
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.
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 bpl.org/events.
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 ica.org.
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 bostonplans.org.
For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at eventbrite.com.
For groups larger than 15 people email firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 bcnc.net, phone 617-863-9080 or email email@example.com.
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 bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
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 bpl.org/events or phone 617-807-8176 for more information.
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 bcnc.net or bostonchildrensmuseum.org.
Migration and walls
Interactive tours of the exhibition “When Home Won’t Let You Stay: Migration through Contemporary Art” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. will be held at select times through Jan. 26.
Enjoy a live performance by three storytellers followed by a talk back about Suitcase Stories and the importance of amplifying immigrant and refugee voices at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 7
“A Wall is a Wall” will be shown at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10, at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1 and from 11 a.m.to 4 p.m. on Jan. 20 in conjunction with the exhibition. The selection presents abstract meditations on, and sobering documentation of, border walls and the lived experiences of those who journey from one side to another.
Visit icaboston.org for additional information including other related programs.