Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes

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The old Boston City Hall was built in 1864 on School Street. This is what it looked like in the late 19th century. It was quite different than what the current City Hall looks like today.

Salt-Water Fly-Casting Clinic

Instructors from L.L. Bean Seaport Square will be teaching the basics of salt-water fly-casting on the Spectacle Island beach for visitors, ages 12 and older, from noon to 1 p.m. and from 2 to 3 p.m. on Aug. 10.

August Moon Festival

The 50th August Moon Festival, hosted by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) of New England, will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11 in Phillips Square (1 Harrison Ave.) Chinatown.

There will be two stages filled with cultural performances, such as lion dancing, Chinese opera, Asian folk dance, martial arts.

The street fair will include booths for arts and crafts, including Chinese calligraphy, Chinese food and merchandise vendors and sponsor tables.

To learn more about this Chinese holiday and festival, visit


The19th annual Gospelfest, which blends contemporary and traditional gospel melodies while showcasing national and local gospel talent, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 11 at City Hall Plaza.

This event will feature Todd Dulaney with performances by Tamar St. Julien and Phil Thompson.

For more information, visit or phone 617-635-3911.

Dorothy Curran concert series

The Dorothy Curran Wednesday Night Concert Series will be held on Wednesdays from 7 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 14 at the City Hall Plaza.

Celebrating 47 years as Boston's longest-running outdoor concert series, 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.

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 Aug. 14.

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 more information about the organization, the range of opportunities available and ways to identify best fits.’

For more information, contact

To register, go to

‘Measure for Measure’ play

The Brown Box Theatre Project will perform “Measure for Measure” from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 16 and Aug. 25 at Atlantic Wharf - Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress St.

“Measure for Measure,” Shakespeare’s timeless – and timely – tale of power, corruption, virtue and honor is best suited for audiences, ages 13 and older with the advisory of a parent.

No tickets are required. Lawn seating, blankets and chairs are welcome.

India Day Festival

IAGB (The India Association of Greater Boston) will be celebrating Indian Independence Day at the India Day Festival from 3 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17 at City Hall Plaza.

To showcase the strength of the growing Indian-American community there will be Indian music and dance plus opportunities to interact with local exhibitors and vendors.

Food will be provided by One World Cuisine.

To learn more, visit

Belonging in Boston and Beyond

“Belonging in Boston and Beyond: A Story-Share” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6 at Analog Garage, 125 Summer St. (near South Station) as part of the F.U.N – Fierce Urgency of Now – Festival.

Everyday Boston will offer a safe place to explore the theme of belonging in Boston (and beyond) through the sharing of stories in small groups with such prompts as "Tell me about how you found your people," "Tell me about a time when you felt invisible," "Tell me about a person or a place you call home."

The event will end with a collective brainstorm about ways to strengthen belonging for all Bostonians, and in particular for millennials of color. Those interested can also share their thoughts via video for circulating on social media.

To reserve your seat by Aug. 14, visit


Professional storytellers, that are kid-tested and parent-approved, will perform free shows from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in August on South Market Street (Faneuil Hall Marketplace) outside Wagamama.

For the storytelling line up and other 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:

Printmaking workshops

Printmaking workshops will take place on select Thursdays from 5:30 to 7 pm. at Faneuil Hall Marketplace South Building.

On Aug. 22, create traditional monoprints using acrylic plexiglass plates and a variety of mark making materials at Monoprints.

These workshops are open for participants, ages 11 and older, all experience levels are welcome.

For more information about these and other events, visit

Music Hall review

The Great Atlantic Wharf Music Hall Review will be held on Aug. 29 and Sept. 26 at 5 p.m. at Waterfront Square at Atlantic Wharf.

The Great Atlantic Wharf Music Hall Review marshals Fort Point Theatre Channel’s collective of multidisciplinary artists to produce three after-work cabaret performances, offering a smorgasbord of contemporary perspectives, stories and songs.

Tapping into the dynamic vibe of an old-school music hall, each Great Atlantic Wharf Music Hall Review features an engaging emcee, dynamic storytelling, musicians, singers, dancers and other lively, surprising and interactive variety acts.

For more information, visit

Harborwalk Sounds

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 or

Open art studio

Open Art Studio will be held on Wednesdays in 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

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

OpenGym workouts

OpenGym Workouts will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 29 on Fan Pier at 1 Harbor Shore Drive in Seaport.

The workouts will be led by trainer and ex-professional baseball player, Jon Shepard. Each session will be different, but will always include a strength based program that focuses on education, moving properly in circuit style training and ending with a conditioning circuit.

Equipment and promotion is offered by OpenGym Inc.

To learn more, visit

To register on a mobile phone, go to or visit

Midday music

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 or check the facebook/twitter pages for rainouts and cancellations.

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 for more information.

Rosalita's puppets

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 or

Sunday grilling

"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

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 for more information.

Stewardship Saturday

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

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

Moonlight Yoga

Moonlight Yoga will take place at the lawn on Dewey Square (across from South Station) on 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.

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

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

Visit the Harbor Islands

Hop on a ferry at Boston's Long Wharf 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 (two adults, two children). Tickets can be purchased at Long Wharf ticket booth.

For more information about the islands and schedules, visit 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 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

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

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.

P.O. fitness

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

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.

Chess simuls

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

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 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

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.

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

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