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Here is a nighttime view of the Exchange Conference Center on the Boston Fish Pier.

Discover Engineers Week at BCM

Engineers Week will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 throughout the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St.

Explore different fields of engineering and see how creative you can be as you engage in activities that will help you be a “Pioneer of Progress,” the theme for EWeek 2020.

This program is geared for all ages.

Visit for other details.

‘Homeward Bound’ exhibition/opening reception

Homeward Bound: Global Intimacies in Converging Chinatowns – an exhibition curated by queer Chinese American scholars, organizers, and artists Mei Lum, Diane Wong, and Huiying B. Chan – will be on view from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St. An Opening Reception will be held at 6 p.m.

The installation uses photographs, oral histories, and multimedia archives to highlight stories of migration, displacement, and intergenerational resilience in Chinatowns around the world.

This exhibition is the first of its kind to honor, preserve, and build on the history and present day issues of Chinatowns through community-led and curated narratives from residents globally.

Visit for reservations. Suggested donation: $10.

Snowport Sweat/Ice Flow

Ice Flow will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on Feb. 22 at Snowport, 65 Northern Ave. in Seaport.

Ice Flow is a gentle, yoga-inspired class designed specifically for skaters of all skill levels. Skaters stretch, breathe, and glide together to music doing simple skating ovesm. Similar to yoga, the focus is on the breath – how it connects to movement, and helps us enjoy the present moment.

IceFlow encourages people to discover the joy of skating.

Visit for other details.

Family Design Day: Animal Habitats

Like us, animals need their own habitats, places, and spaces where they can lead healthy, happy lives. Rabbits burrow into the ground, squirrels nest in tree tops, fish cover themselves in mud of a river bottom. Some birds even cohabitate with humans by building nests in chimneys and on top of telephone poles.

Explore the wonders of animal architecture, and design your own structure for a special creature at Family Design Day: Animal Habitats from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Boston Society for Architects (BSA), 290 Congress St.

Visit for tickets ($2-$10) and other information.

Learn to Curl at Snowport

Learn to curl with the North End Curling Club from 1 to 3 p.m. on Feb. 22 at Snowport, 65 Northern Ave.

At Learn to Curl, you will learn the basics of the sport and practice with real games on the iceless curling lanes.

These lessons will occur in 30-minute increments throughout the time period. No experience is required. Warm, loose-fitting, comfortable clothing is recommended.

Visit for other details.

Opera Gala 2020

The Opera Gala 2020 will be held on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the State Room, 60 State St.

The Opera Gala will celebrate the tremendous achievements of Stanford General and Artistic Director Esther Nelson’s first decade of leadership and launch the next decade of bold, exciting music at Boston Lyric Opera (BLO).

Featuring elegant cocktails (at 6 p.m.) and delectable dining (at 7 p.m.) and tribute performances you can’t see anywhere else, this evening is not to be missed.

Visit for tickets and other information.

For sponsorship information or other inquiries, email or phone 617-702-8975.

‘Swan Lake’

The National Ballet Theater of Odessa, Ukraine will perform “Swan Lake” at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 and at 3 p.m. on Feb. 23 at the Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St.

Visit for tickets (starting at $49) and other information.

Reggie Wilson/Fist and Heel Performance Group: POWER

Reggie Wilson and his Fist and Heel Performance Group will present POWER at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.

Wilson and his Fist and Heel Performance Group will explore the spiritual and mundane traditions of Africa and its diaspora through contemporary dance. POWER considers how the Black Shaker community might have lived and worshipped and takes inspiration from notable Shaker women leaders from Africa and Philadelphia. Featuring a thrilling cast of dancers and musicians, POWER examines and enlivens Shaker values, contributions, practices and history through a postmodern American lens.

Tickets: $15 for ICA members/students; $25 for nonmembers (ICA Admission included with all performance tickets).

Visit to learn more.


The theatrical performance of “Sweat” will be held through Feb. 23 at the Huntington Avenue Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave.

“Sweat,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Lynn Nottage weaves a tale of trust and doubt, longtime bonds and short-term possibilities while exploring what the American dream means today.

Visit for tickets and show times.

Cypher like a spy

A Patriot leader might be secretly sending information to the British Army! Can you crack the code and solve the mystery?

Kids, ages 9 and older, are invited to try from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day during School Vacation Week through Feb. 23, at Faneuil Hall Visitor Center.

Free; no reservations required. Visit for other information.

Color Your Park

Want to make Faneuil Hall pink and Bunker Hill Monument orange? Want to color outside the lines? Go right ahead.

Kids, ages 4 and up, are invited to drop by the lower level of Faneuil Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day during School Vacation Week through Feb. 23.

Free; no reservations required. Visit for other information.

‘The Wedding Gift’

Emerson Stage presents “The Wedding Gift” through Feb. 23 at the Emerson Tufte Performance & Production Center, Semel Theater (3rd floor), 10 Boylston Place.

Doug, an average guy, finds himself at a wedding – not as a guest but as a gift surrounded by people who speak a language he’s never heard before. He quickly realizes he’s little more than a pet in this situation and when the bride grows dangerously fond of him, the prospect of returning home becomes even more remote. Chisa Hutchinson’s provocative and uproariously funny new play asks: What does it mean to be the only “outsider” in a community? How does it feel to be the “other?”

The production contains sensitive subject matter regarding race relations and instances of nudity; therefore, this show is intended for audiences, ages 14 and older. For more information, including show times and tickets, visit

‘The Audience’ film screening

The National Theatre Live production of “The Audience” starring Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II will be shown through Feb. 23 at the Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington St.

For 60 years, Queen Elizabeth II has met with each of her 12 prime ministers in a private weekly meeting known as The Audience. No one knows what they discuss, not even their spouses. From the old warrior Winston Churchill, to Iron Lady Margaret Thatcher and finally David Cameron, the Queen advises her prime ministers on all matters both public and personal. Through these private audiences, we see glimpses of the woman behind the crown and witness the moments that shaped a monarch.

Visit for show times and tickets ($5-$19) and other details.

Fabled Gardens of Long Island’s Gold Coast

ICAA New England will present Beyond Gatsby: The Fabled Gardens of Long Island’s Gold Coast from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at the Boston Design Center, One Design Center Place.

Discover the gardens of Longs Island’s “Gold Coast,” learn about their history, landscape design, and present condition. A favorite retreat of the rich and famous, the Gold Coasts houses elaborate gardens by notable architects and landscape architects: Delano and Aldrich, Carrere and Hastings, the Olmsted Brothers, and Beatrix Farrand.

Visit and/or for reservations and other information.

Snowport: Mardi Gras

Celebrate Mardi Gras all day on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at Snowport Winter Village, 65 Northern Ave.

Enjoy authentic king’s cake, artisan-made sustainable Mardi Gras beads, and other fun.

Visit for other information.

Boston Veterans Career Fair

The Veterans Career Fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at the Courtyard Marriott Boston Downtown, 275 Tremont St.

Anyone who served in military active duty, in the National Guard or in the Reserves and their spouses are invited to meet and interview with hiring managers at companies ranging from local businesses to Fortune 500 corporations.

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A Revolutionary Harbor: Boston’s Maritime Underground Railroad

During the years preceding the American Civil War, Boston served as one of the most important stops on the Underground Railroad. Did you know that many of the fugitives escaping from enslavement came to Boston by stowing away on ships from southern ports?

Join NPS Ranger Shawn Quigley from 5:45 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb.26 at Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St. as he explores the untold stories of men and women making daring escapes to freedom through Boston Harbor.

Visit for registration.

Advocacy Hour with CLF

Come and learn how the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), 62 Summer revolutionizing recycling, transforming transformation, saving the sea, and rethinking resiliency from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27.

CLF Advocates will be available to answer questions and talk about their current work across New England.

Enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres in their fossil-free building.

Visit for reservations and other details.

'DURABLE: Sustainable Material Ecologies, Assemblies and Cultures'

The opening reception for "DURABLE: Sustainable Material Ecologies, Assemblies and Cultures" will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Boston Society for Architects (BSA), 290 Congress St.

The visual information, the interactive 3D material displays, the public engagement, and the educational outreach offer a broad array of experiences for people of all ages and interests to engage with the cultural and environmental benefits of design that embraces the full material life cycle of architecture.

For reservations and other information, visit

The Naked Magicians

The Naked Magicians will perform at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St.

The show features magic, mirth, and more than a touch of mayhem as these two hot and hilarious Aussie magicians say abracadabra and take magic to a whole new level.

This boisterous R-rated magic show strips away the top hats and caps, promising full-frontal illusions. Left without sleeves or pockets, their saucy magic is baffling and entertaining, bringing a new meaning to “now you see it.”

This program includes coarse language, sexual references and male nudity: 18+ only, get ready to have some fun.

Visit for tickets (starting at $29) and other information.

Eros Ramazzotti World Tour

Eros Ramazzotti will bring the songs of his new VITA CE N’E album along with other smash hits to the Wang Theatre, 270 Tremont St. at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27.

Visit for tickets (starting at $49.95) and other information.

‘Parks and the City’ exhibition

The “Parks and the City” photography exhibition will be on view from Feb. 27 through Apr. 8 at the Fort Point Arts Gallery, 300 Summer St.

On Mar. 28 at 5:30 p.m. the five artists will speak about the general context of their photographic project within the history of urban landscape photography, followed by their separate interpretations of the urban park as a site of conflict and change through the presentations of their work.

Visit for other information.

The Music of Jennifer Walshe at ICA

The Music of Jennifer Walshe will be presented at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.

Irish composer and vocalist Walshe presents two recent compositions performed by the acclaimed Mivos Quartet and improvisational musicians M.C. Schmidt, of the electronic duo Matmos, and Wobbly, an experimental electronic musician from San Francisco.

Visit for information on the program pieces: “Everything is Important” and “An Gléacht” along with other details.

$10 ICA members/students; $20 general admission.

National Golf Expo Boston

National Golf Expo Boston will be held from noon to 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28; from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29; and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Mar. 1 at the Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd.

The National Golf Expo features tons of golf-related exhibits, displays, and interactive features, as well as the Northeast’s largest driving range and demonstration stage.

Visit for tickets ($12 to $14; kids under 12 free) and other details.

Play Date: Crafting Community

Play Date: Crafting Community will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.

“Wee the People,” a social justice project for kids, will explore themes from current exhibitions through storytelling and making.

Books and Looks (picture book readings that connect to artworks) will take place at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and casual family tours will be held at 2 p.m.

Admission is free for up to two adults per family when accompanied by children, 12 years of age and younger (who are always free).

Visit for more details.

Winterfest 2020

The Spaulding Professional Council will present Winterfest 2020 from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 29 at 100 Federal Street, 100 Federal St.

This seasonal celebration brings together a vibrant group of Boston-area professionals for an evening full of chilled cocktails and warm conversation. Slip into some festive party attire to savor tasty treats and enjoy live entertainment – all while supporting a very special life-changing cause. Proceeds from the 5th annual Winterfest will benefit Spaulding Research Institute, which is advancing rehabilitation science at a record-breaking pace to make impossible recoveries possible.

Visit to learn more and to purchase tickets: $100-$150.

‘Kusama: Infinity’ film

“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.

For other information, visit

Volunteer with SLM

Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) at 727 Atlantic Ave. (3rd floor) will host a Volunteer Informational Session from 6 to 7 p.m. on Mar. 3 and from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Mar. 12 and Mar. 26.

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

Fight United

United Way’s Emerging Leaders challenge you to “FIGHT UNITED” for BoSTEM, United Way’s STEM program for local youth.

Train like a fighter with your team and compete in two hours of intense conditioning workouts from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Mar. 7 hosted by George Forman III’s local boxing gym and fitness center, EveryBodyFights, 15 Channel Center.

All funds raised will go directly toward helping the young students of BoSTEM get exposure to high-quality science, technology, engineering, and math education outside of school.


Boston Fight for Air Climb

Boston Fight for Air Climb will take place from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Mar. 28 at One Boston Place, 201 Washington St. sponsored by the American Lung Association.

Participants climb solo or form teams to tackle the 789 stairs of One Boston Place. The first participant will start at 8 a.m. and every climber thereafter will start in 10 second intervals. The Firefighter Division will begin around 12:30 p.m. with firefighters across the country climbing in full gear.

Visit for more information and registration.

In the Kitchen: Spring 2020 Series

The Pao Center, 99 Albany St. will hold Spring 2020 In the Kitchen classes as follows:

On Thursday, Apr. 2: Sizzle, simmer, and enjoy a delicious dinner that carries the flavors of home: egg and tomato stir fry, soy-braised pork belly, and seaweed egg drop soup at Homestyle Favorites from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

At Family-Friendly Eats held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 2 learn how to make chicken fingers with sweet and sour sauce and stir-fried rice, two simple and tasty meals for kids and adults alike. Tickets are for one adult plus up to two children, ages five and up.

Visit for additional information and registration. Tickets are $30 for each class or $70 for the series.


“Who? What? Why?” The LI+TLE Lab at Emerson College, 216 Tremont St. wants to learn more about question-asking in young children. Bring your 3-, 4-, or 5-year old to their lab for some fun games and activities – at the end of the visit, your child will receive a small prize and parents will be offered a $40 Amazon gift card and reimbursement for travel. The lab visits last about 2.5 hours.

Visit to learn more and/or email to arrange a visit.

Mindful Monday

Mindful Monday will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first Monday of the month at GA Boston, 125 Summer St.

Come for an evening of mindfulness activities – such as meditation and yoga. Start your week off right, clear your headspace, and recharge for the rest of your work/life week.

Visit for other information.

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:

Cyclists activist group

The Boston Cyclists Union will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at Northeastern University, 157 Ryder Hall to discuss and develop organizing strategy for city-wide campaigns.

To join the Activist Group, email

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

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.

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and Meditation is held from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Hyatt Regency Boston, One Ave de Lafayette.

Accessible to all levels, with a power class on the first Wednesday of every month, this is a great way to add some self-care and fitness to your weekly routine. Stretch, move, breathe, and get centered with YogaPro Anna Saluti. Your body will thank you.

Bring your own mat, and arrive early as the class starts promptly at the appointed hour.

Visit to sign up.


KidsJam, a monthly family dance party for children, ages 10 and younger, which features a live DJ, dance lessons, games and other fun, is held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the last Friday of the month through June at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St. free with admission.

Visit for other information.

$1 night at BCM

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.

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.

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

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

South Station History Tour

The South Station History Tour is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month (at South Station, 700 Atlantic Ave).

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.

Comfortable walking shoes are 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.

Visit for more information.

Support St. Monica’s Good Samaritan Ministry

The Good Samaritan Ministry at St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston supports individuals and families who are often overlooked by others. Violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness, and other injustices often isolate victims and survivors from the blessings of a safe and welcoming community.

Their Peace Ministry offers monthly Peace Breakfasts, winter Pasta and Peace dinners, summer Peace Picnics and other gatherings where compassion and kindness heal hearts and spirits wounded by violence, and healthy food nourishes the body.

Their Recovery Ministry offers a sanctuary of support and spiritual nourishment for those seeking recovery from addiction and for their families and friends.

Their Food Security Ministry provides monthly groceries and emergency food for nearly 300 individuals and families living with hunger a month.

For more information, to volunteer and/or to make a financial/food/supplies donation to support this ministry, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit “St. Monica’s Kitchen” at

Fighting for Freedom: Lewis Hayden and the Underground Railroad

Lewis Hayden was born enslaved in Kentucky and escaped with his family on the Underground Railroad. He settled in Boston and became one of the most active fighters in the abolition movement.

This free 20-minute film plays on-demand in the Find Your Park space, Lower Level, Faneuil Hall every day from 9:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 18.

Visit for other information.

Cradle of Liberty

Discover the importance of Faneuil Hall as a meeting place and site of protest and debate from the 1740s to present. Free ongoing discussions and talks take place daily from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through May 24 in The Great Hall, Second Floor at Faneuil Hall when the Great Hall is not closed for other events.

Visit for other information.

Free English classes for adult immigrants

Catholic Charities Labouré Center, 275 West Broadway offers free English classes for adult immigrants.

Morning classes are held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. four days a week and evening classes are held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. three days a weeks.

They also offer English, Math and Computer Classes.

Drop by Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. or call 617-464-855l for more information.

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

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.

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)

Anyone can take a book and leave a book.