Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes
Boston Christmas Festival
The Boston Christmas Festival will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd.
The Boston Christmas Festival is the largest arts and crafts festival in New England, featuring roughly 350 pop-up boutiques by American Artisans with all price ranges.
Adult admission is $16; children under 14 are free; $2 coupons and other information are available at bostonchristmasfestival.com.
A special Veterans Day cruise will be held from 11 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9. The vessel will depart from the dock at Long Wharf.
Enjoy a narrated boat ride to Georges Island, followed by guided tours of historic Fort Warren, reflections on service and fun activities for all ages.
Participants should dress for the weather, be prepared for walking with sturdy shoes and bring a lunch and water. Admission is free for veterans, active military people and up to three family members and $10 for the general public.
For further information, visit online at www.bostonharborislands.org or call 617-223-8666.
‘The Magic Flute’
South Africa’s celebrated Isango Ensemble triumphantly will return to Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre, 219 Tremont St. with a reprisal of Mozart’s classic opera, “The Magic Flute” through Nov. 10.
For tickets and show times, visit artsemerson.org.
NEP Chamber Players at BCM
The New England Philharmonic Chamber Players will present a series of three concerts from 2 to 2:30 p.m. on Sundays at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.
Bring the kids to hear the sections that make up an orchestra in a fun, interactive performance as follows: The Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass) on Nov. 10; The Woodwinds (Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, French horn) on Nov. 17; and The Brass (Trumpet, French horn, Trombone, Tuba) Nov. 24.
The concerts are free with Museum admission.
Visit nephilharmonic.org and/or bostonchildrensmuseum.org to learn more.
Holiday Pop-Up Series
The Godfrey Hotel Boston will kick off their Holiday Pop-Up Series from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays, starting on Nov. 9 in the hotel’s lobby at 505 Washington St. with the grand finale on Dec. 21.
Designed to help Godfrey's guests and Boston natives discover thoughtful gifts uniquely made in New England, the pop-ups will feature an assortment of locally made and beloved items ranging from luxury handmade knits to cocktail kits and specialty baked dog treats for furry friends.
The Holiday Pop Up Series will feature the following stores: Nov. 9: Bedlam Street; Nov. 16: 9000Things; Nov. 23: Third Piece + PolkaDog Bakery; Nov. 30: Rusty and Ingrid Creative Company; Dec. 7: Crush Boutique; Dec. 14: Sarah Bertochi; and Dec. 21: Sheperd’s Run Jewelry + Basic Batch Donuts.
For more information on the Holiday Pop-Up Series, visit www.godfreyhotelboston.com.
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.
“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.
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.
Veterans Day/Veterans for Peace parades
The city’s annual Veterans Day Parade, to celebrate and honor veterans, will kick off at 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 featuring an assortment of military units, high school ROTC groups, honorary militias, marching bands and veteran’s organizations.
The Veterans for Peace and The Leftist Marching Band will proudly walk behind this first parade to honor and celebrate the original intention for Armistice Day – A Day of Peace.
Both parades will march around Boston Common along Boylston and Tremont Streets and on to City Hall Plaza.
The Veterans for Peace will continue on to the front of Faneuil Hall next to the statue of American Revolution patriot Samuel Adams.
The Armistice/Veterans Day for Peace rally will begin at 2 p.m. where veterans from different eras will present speeches, anti-war poetry readings and music.
A Veterans Town Hall will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company Museum, 4 Faneuil Hall, 4th floor, to honor veterans by listening to their voices, their words and their experiences while in service to our country.
Everyone is welcome to attend, to listen and to learn at these events.
For Veterans Day Parade information, phone Amy Yandle at 617-635-3911.
For Veterans for Peace/Rally information, visit masspeaceaction.org.
Veteran’s Day at Tuscan Kitchen
Tuscan Kitchen Seaport, 64 Seaport Blvd. will host a complementary lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 to all veterans as a small way of saying “thank you” to the brave and selfless individuals.
Complementary lunches will also be served at their other locations in Burlington, MA and Portsmouth and Salem, NH.
Visit tuscanbrands.com for other information.
Winter Cycling Clinic
A Winter Cycling Clinic will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at Digital Lumens, 374 Congress St. 6th floor.
Veteran winter cyclists will talk about winter riding topics including lighting, clothing, equipment, and routing and share tips and techniques for a safe, comfortable and enjoyable ride.
Visit eventbrite.com for more information.
The Boston Lyric Opera (BLO) will present “Fellow Traveler” at 7:30 p.m. from Nov. 13 through Nov. 16 and at 3 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington St. This political thriller is based on Thomas Mallon’s 2007 historical novel of faith, love and politics during the 1950s McCarthy-era “lavender scare” when homosexuals were blackmailed and purged from U.S. government positions.
For more information and tickets, visit BLO.org.
Rasa String Quartet
The Society of Arts and Crafts, 100 Pier Four Blvd. will welcome in the holiday season with a living room groupmuse at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 14.
The Rasa String Quartet will perform String Quartet in G Major, Op.77 by Joseph Haydn, Autumn Leaves by Joseph Kosma arr. by Toru Takemitsu, and String Quartet No. 2 in A Minor by Felix Mendelssohn.
Visit societyofcrafts.org to learn more.
Fort Point Theatre Channel announces “Tempest Reconfigured,” a collaboration with Boston arts and community organizations and performance venues to explore the contemporary relevance of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest.”
“Tempest Reconfigured” culminated in community-based performances in October, followed by citywide performances in November at Codman Square Health Center in Dorchester and the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.
The project is funded in part by a Live Arts Boston grant from the Boston Foundation, Fort Point Theatre Channel’s second Live Arts Boston award.
“The Tempest Reconfigured” project will then continue into the fall with presentations developed by the community partners.
The culmination of all the “Tempest Reconfigured” endeavors will be revealed in November when all the partners come together to present their works in a joint presentation. The second performance will be held at the Copley Square branch of the Boston Public Library on Nov. 14. All Tempest Reconfigured performances will be free and open to the public, with discussions to follow.
For more information, visit www.fortpointtheatrechannel.org/tempest-reconfigured.
Non-Event of Jamaica Plain will host an evening of original site-responsive works in the concrete cavernous confines of the interior mezzanine of Boston City Hall from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 15 featuring the solo sets of Forbes Graham and Kate Village.
The doors will open at 6:30 p.m.
To learn about the musicians and to reserve a spot, visit nonevent.org.
“Quixote Nuevo” will be presented from Nov. 15 through Dec. 8 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave.
One of literature’s most vibrant and memorable characters, Cervantes’ Don Quixote is boldly brought to life in this hysterically funny and exceptionally poetic adaption of the classic novel.
Transported to a border town in Texas, the eccentric, brilliant knight embarks on a cross-desert quest to reunite with a long-lost love. Chased by Death himself – in the form of roving bands of guitar-playing Calacas – Quixote always leads with his heart in a world of people led astray by their brains.
Visit huntingtontheatre.org for tickets and show times.
Tea Party reenactment
Celebrate the 246th Anniversary Boston Tea Party Reenactment with Old South Meeting and the Boston Tea Party Ships Museum from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 16.
The event will begin at the Old South Meeting House, 310 Washington St. and end at the Harborwalk behind the Intercontinental Boston Hotel, Congress Street Bridge (rain or shine).
Visit oldsouthmeetinghouse.org for an event schedule and tickets.
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.
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. 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 email@example.com.
To register, visit eventbrite.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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: 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.
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.
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, rain, snow 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.
‘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.
“Kusama: Infinity” will be shown on select dates through Mar. 1 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.
The film explores artist Yayoi Kusam’s journey from a conservative upbringing in Japan to her brush with fame in American during the 1960s (where she rivaled Any Warhol for press attention) and concludes with the international acclaim she has finally achieved within the art world. Now in her 90s, Kusama has spent the last 30 years living in a mental institution in Japan.
The “Beyond Infinity: Contemporary Art after Kusama” exhibition will be on view through Feb. 7.
For other information, visit icaboston.org.
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.
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.