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New Narratives Series: Past and Present

Performances featuring Cynthia Lin, Lani Asuncion, Subdrift Boston, and others will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 16 at the Mary Soo Hoo Park (near Chinatown Park) at the Greenway. (RD: July 17)

Visit for more information.

Boston Reconsidered Tour

Boston is known for its role in the American Revolution, but there’s more to the story.

Join Revolutionary Spaces in exploring the diverse historical landscape surrounding Old State House and Old South Meeting House with histories spanning from Boston’s founding to the present.

The tours will be held daily at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. beginning in the Old State House. Tickets include all-day admission to the Old State House and Old South Meeting House.

Visit for more information and tickets (Free to $22).

Boston Fire Museum Has Reopened

The Boston Fire Museum at 344 Congress St. will be open from 9 to 2 p.m. on Saturdays.

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

Visit to learn more (Free; Donations welcome).

Lion Dances at the Chinatown Gate

Lion Dances will occur at the Chinatown Gate in Chin Park on The Greenway, welcoming everyone to Chinatown and parading through the streets at noon on Saturdays through Aug. 27 (weather permitting).

Visit for more details.

‘Wiild Wonderland’ Opening Reception

FPAC invites everyone to HipStory and Cliff Notez opening reception for “Wiild Wonderland” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, July 17 at Assemblage Art Space, 70A Sleeper St. Refreshments will be served.

The exhibition will be on view through Thursday, Aug. 11.

Visit for more information and (optional) reservations.


Please join the ADA Day celebration on City Hall Plaza from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 19 to honor the ADA and celebrate the rights of people with disabilities. There will be a resource fair, food, music and a free t-shirt (while supplies last - get there early).

Go to for more information and registration.

Summer in the City: Music + Movies

Enjoy live entertainment and al fresco dining at the 23rd annual Summer in the City Entertainment Series through Friday, Aug. 26 at the Harborwalk Terrace and Rowes Wharf Sea Grille as follows:

– Pop Soul Tuesdays (6 to 10 p.m.):

July 19: SweetBeats | July 26: Ray Greene | Aug. 2: SugarBabies | Aug. 9: Concetta | Aug. 16:  World Premier Band | Aug. 23: Virtue Band

– Rat Pack Wednesdays (6 to 10 p.m.):

July 20: Vince – Sinatra | July 27: Mike Dutra | Aug. 3: Alex MacDougall | Aug. 10: Patrick Tobin | Aug. 17: Vince – Sinatra | Aug. 24: Rich Dimare

– Blues Barge Thursdays (6 to 10 p.m.):

July 21: James Montgomery | July 28: Racky Thomas | Aug. 4: The Gravel Project | Aug. 11: 

Gracie Curran | Aug. 18: Racky Thomas | Aug. 25: Jeff Pitchell

– Movie Night Fridays (Movies begin at dusk):

July 22: Wizard of Oz | July 29: Luca | Aug. 5: Crazy Rich Asians | Aug.12: Guardians of the Galaxy | Aug. 19: Encanto | Aug. 26: Dune

Visit for more information.

Climate Cart with the Stone Living Lab

Learn about climate change, research and ecology through fun, hands-on activities led by the Stone Living Lab. The Climate Cart will be at the Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center on the Rose Kennedy Greenway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday, July 22, Aug. 5, Aug. 19 and Sept. 2.

Visit for more information.

Friday Afternoon Concert Series: Grace Pehrman

Grace Pehrman will perform at Sam Adams Park at Congress Street/Faneuil Hall from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, July 22, as part of the City of Boston's Friday Afternoon Concert Series in partnership with Berklee College of Music.

Visit for more information. 

‘The Collective Imaginary’

“The Collective Imaginary,” part of the New Narratives, will be on view at the Pao Arts Center Gallery, 99 Albany St. through Friday, July 22.

Visit for more information.

Chinatown Farmer’s Market

A new farmers market at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 23; Aug. 6 and Aug. 20; Sept. 10 and Sept. 17; Oct. 8 and Oct. 22.

Local vendors will offer fresh produce, Chinese vegetables, bakery items and fresh seafood.

This market is produced by Chinatown Main Street in collaboration with the City of Boston Food Access Program. Boston residents receiving unemployment benefits can quality for a Chinatown Farmers Market coupon booklet worth $25.

For more information, visit

Donate Blood at Flynn Cruiseport Boston

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 7 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 26 at Flynn Cruiseport Boston, 1 Black Falcon Ave. Black Falcon Cruise Terminal.

Visit or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

Sunset Lobster Clam Bakes on Spectacle Island

Cruise to Spectacle Island for a classic New England lobster clambake with Brato Brewhouse + Kitchen, sip a drink, walk on the beach, enjoy lawn games and let the ocean breeze and sunset transport you from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 18, Aug. 25 and/or Sept. 1.

Visit for more information and reservations ($99; drinks extra).

Fitness on the Greenway Series

A variety of fitness programs will be held at various days and times on the Greenway through Sunday, Oct. 2.

Visit for more information.

Boston Parks Summer Fitness Series: Virtual Classes

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom through Saturday, Oct 1.

Here are the virtual classes:

– Virtual Dance Fit: Mondays from 5 to 6 p.m.

– Virtual HIIT Training: Tuesdays from 7 to 8 a.m.

– Pre- and Postnatal Friendly Barre from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays

– Fit Fusion: 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. on Thursdays

– Virtual Chair Yoga: Fridays from noon to 1 p.m.

– Virtual Zumba: Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

– Virtual Yoga: Sundays from 6 to 7 p.m.

Visit for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

BCYF Summer Program Registration is Open

A variety of land and pool programs will be offered at the BCYF community centers across the city this summer.

Go to for more details and registration.

Boston Summer Camp Listings

For a comprehensive listing of and links to Boston Summer Camps – Art, Sports, Academic and Specialty – visit

BPDA's Model Room is Open

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.

Visit the model room on the 9th floor of Boston City Hall at One City Hall Square - open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays.

Visit for more information.

ICA Watershed is Open

A new exhibition that features immersive installations by six international artists, “Revival: Materials and Monumental Forms,” will be on view at East Boston’s ICA Watershed at the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina on Marginal through Sept. 5.

Entry to the Watershed is free. Timed tickets are required for ICA Water Shuttle between the ICA and the Watershed and can be purchased in advance at

Seaport Sweat

Seaport Sweat will take place daily on Seaport Common through Thursday, Sept. 29.

The community driven series will offer a variety of new classes and instructors along with returning favorites plus special weekend classes. All fitness levels welcome.

Go to for more information and registration.


Kids are invited to drop by the Mary Soo Hoo Park from 1 to 2 p.m. on the last Saturday of the month through Oct. 29 for games, crafts and activities with high school youth from A-VOYCE.

Visit for more information.

Bike Seaport: Tune Ups

Join Seaport Boston and Seaport TMA for a complimentary bike tune-up by Landry’s Bicycles on Seaport Common from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays through Sept. 28.

Sign up for a 15-minute slot at

Parks Summer Fitness: Strength & Conditioning

Free fitness classes will be held in neighborhood parks and on Zoom through Saturday, Oct 1 including Strength & Conditioning from 9 to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at Eliot Norton Park, 295 Tremont St. in Chinatown.

Visit for full details/schedule and Eventbrite registration. 

Kids' Story Hour

Beloved storyteller Doria Hughes will be at Porter Square Books: Boston Edition, 50 Liberty Dr. at 10:30 a.m. on the last Wednesday of the month to read to the community. 

Children of all ages welcome, no RSVP required.

Visit for more information.

Chinese Books Discussion Group

The Chinese books discussion group will meet at the Chinatown Branch Library and on Zoom from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on the last Wednesday of the month.

Everyone is welcome to share their own monthly readings.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Greenway Play Session

Free play sessions in Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park by the Greenway PlayCubes featuring books, games and more will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 29.

Visit for more information.

Harborwalk Sounds: Berklee College of Music at the ICA (hybrid)

A summer classic returns live at and streaming on Vimeo from the ICA at 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 25.

Grab a drink, enjoy the cool ocean breeze and hear some of Berklee College of Music’s outstanding musicians perform on the waterfront.

Visit for more information.

ICA Summer Sessions

Join the ICA on the waterfront from 6 to 9 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 26 for an evening of art and live music.

Grab your friends and enjoy contemporary art, critically acclaimed musicians and breathtaking views - all in one evening. Explore the galleries, the ICA Store, and kick back on the harbor with cocktails and live musical performance. 

Visit for more information and tickets (Members: Free | Non Members: Free with museum admission).

MA: Climate Action Call

Make a difference for the climate by taking action at the statewide Climate Action Call - at noon on the third Thursday of each month. Join Mothers Out Front for this 45-minute online “actionar” to learn about a specific climate issue and take focused and impactful action together.

People don’t have to be experts to advocate for just solutions to the climate crisis. At these events, seasoned volunteers will provide the background information and clear instructions for actions you can take with others during the call.

Visit for more information and registration.

BPM Happenings

Check out the Boston Public Market at 100 Hanover St. at Haymarket Station for monthly classes, events & happenings - all supporting local, small business vendors.


Downtown Boston Arts Market

The Downtown Boston Arts Market will feature 20+ vendors selling handcrafted products ranging from jewelry to sculptures to clothing and more on Summer Street Plaza from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Oct. 28.

Additional programming, such as live music and entertainment, will be held at various times.

Visit for more information.

Greenway Artisan Market + 

The Greenway Artisan Market, operated by Somerville Flea, will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and the first and third Sunday of each month through Oct. 31.

Continue the adventure with spinning on the Greenway Carousel, splashing in the Rings Fountain and strolling along to see the art.

Visit for more information.

Boston By Foot Tours

Boston By Foot offers a variety of daily tours throughout the neighborhoods for adults, little ones and/or families.

Visit for the schedule and tickets ($8 to $17).

Massacre & Memory Tour

Join a member of the Revolutionary Spaces Visitor Experience team in exploring the area surrounding Old State House and Old South Meeting House through the lens of the Boston Massacre. Find out how it happened, what happened next and what it has meant to the people of Boston and America since.

This 75-minute, half-mile tour also includes general admission all day to Old State House and Old South Meeting House. The tour will begin at Old State House at 1:30 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Sunday, Sept. 4.

Go to for more information and reservations (Free to $22).

Critical Blood Shortage – Donate at the Boston Blood Donation Center          

Donate blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. (inside the Tufts Medical Center) to help end the critical shortage status with the Red Cross:

– Saturdays and Sundays from 7:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m.

– Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 8:15 p.m.

– Thursdays from 11:30 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

– Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Visit or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

BCYF Programs and Services                                                        

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities,

recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit for more information and registration.

Virtual YMCA                                                                     

Go anytime, anywhere with an all-access pass to health and fitness from the YMCA of Greater Boston which includes access to all YMCAs across the Commonwealth.

Get the full YMCA GO experience for free.

Go to for more information and registration.

MassHire Career Center

The MassHire Downtown Boston Career Center, 75 Federal St. is currently offering all services, including webinars, coaching and employment services, by appointment only, both virtually and in person.

Visit for more information.

The Greenway Carousel open and accessible

The Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Take a spin on an animal native to Boston: lobster, cod, fox, squirrel, grasshopper, peregrine falcon, turtle, butterfly, skunk, oarfish, whale, rabbit, owl and harbor seal. There is also a wheelchair accessible spot.

The Greenway Carousel participates in the EBT Card to Culture program; present an EBT card for up to four free rides.

The Greenway Carousel Coloring Books are also available for purchase online.

Visit for more information and tickets.

Boston Children’s Museum onsite/online                          

Boston Children’s Museum will be open on Wednesdays through Sundays; timed tickets 

(purchased online) will be required for the two time slots: 9 a.m. to noon and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Virtual tours and a host of resources are also available online.

Visit for more information and reservations.

ICA Onsite/Online Perks                                                                

– The Institute of Contemporary Art is open – advanced timed tickets and face masks required.

– When accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under, up to two adults per family are admitted free from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the last Saturday of every month (except December). 

– ICA is free for all visitors from 5 to 9 p.m. on Thursdays - Tickets available at 10 a.m.

– ICA is free for all visitors on select holidays

– Bank of America cardholders are eligible for one free admission ticket during the first full weekend of every month through Museums on Us

– ICA provides virtual programs and at-home art activities for kids and families, including Virtual First Fridays

– ICA online Store is open

Go to for more information.

Old State House and Old South Meeting House open                

The Old State House and Old South Meeting House are open for general admission. One ticket grants entry to both sites.

Go to for more information.

Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum onsite/online

The Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum will be open on select days and times and will hold periodic virtual events as well.

Visit for more information.

The Boston Cyclists Union                                                                          

The Boston Cyclists Union invites people to get involved and join a working group or committee.

– Volunteer working groups (Activist Group and Programming Group) meet monthly and play an important role in planning and organizing the Bike Union programs and campaigns. Participation in these groups offers a more active, “on-the-ground” influence than traditional volunteer opportunities.

– The three board committees (Development, Finance and Operations, and Governance) support the staff in long-term planning and strategy. Each committee meets monthly.

All meetings are open to all interested parties. Dates and locations along with other information can be found on their website at

Food Access and Resources Information                           

The Mayor's Office of Food Access works to improve the accessibility and affordability of healthy food that reflects the diversity of the residents of Boston.

– Visit for a list of programs and initiatives, including food pantries, soup kitchens, farmers markets, school meal and summer eats sites, among others.

– Visit for a list of current food pantries, food closets, food banks, soup kitchens, congregate meal locations, food boxes, vouchers, etc.

– Visit or contact Project Bread’s Food Source Hotline at 800-645-8333 if you need additional food resources.

Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed                   

There are times when we could all use a helping hand and other times when we could lend one, and that’s the underlying sentiment behind Neighbors in Need/Neighbors in Deed (NIN NID) – a program that connects St. Joseph’s parishioners with neighbors who could use a little assistance or just some cheering up.

If you are in need of anything - or are willing to assist them in outreach - please email or call the office at 617-523-4342 with your name, phone number, email and a list of items needed or availability to serve.

Help Support MANNA Community Program      

Although many other programs have closed during this pandemic, the feeding ministry of the MANNA Community at Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 138 Tremont St. has expanded its ministry to accommodate the growing number of people in need.

In addition to serving individually-packaged meals at the Monday Lunch Program from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., they are also serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays to a larger number of people in need which comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this 30-year program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.

Visit for more information.

Help Support Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.)       

From 5:30 to 7:45 p.m. on Thursday nights and from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturdays, the Homeless Outreach Ministry and Engagement (H.O.M.E.) at Park Street Church prepares hot meals and packages of socks, underwear and toiletries for men and women and then distributes them outside their church to their vulnerable neighbors who live on the streets of Boston.

If you would like to volunteer or make a donation of money, food, toiletries, gift cards, or clothing or would like additional information on ways to make a difference, visit

Help Support St. Francis House

St. Francis House, 39 Boylston St. - the largest day shelter in Massachusetts - continues to welcome more than 500 poor and homeless men and women a day for emergency refuge services.

Here are ways you can help support the St. Francis House mission:

– Make a monetary donation

–  Support their basic services by purchasing clothing and toiletries for their guests through their Amazon Wishlist

–  Volunteer and/or attend events

Your gift has the power to rebuild lives; St. Francis House is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization; all donations are tax deductible.

Visit to learn more, including links to support their mission.