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The message on this beam at the construction on Summer Street in Fort Point says, “It was all a dream.” Someday the dream of a new bridge will become reality.

Lion Dances at the Chinatown Gate

Celebrate Chinatown with a new weekly tradition from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through Sept. 18, weather permitting. 

Lion Dances will occur at the Chinatown Gate in Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway, welcoming everyone to Chinatown and parading through the streets.

Visit for more information.

Lighthouse cruises                                                                                                                           

Delve into history while traveling to the edge of Boston Harbor on an exciting two-hour cruise and encounter three iconic lighthouses, and enjoy onboard narration provided by the Boston Harbor Islands’ park staff and volunteers from the United States Coast Guard.

Learn about the maritime traditions of Boston Harbor, enjoy unforgettable views of the park and city, and experience one of the most unique and historically significant ports in the country.

– Lighthouse tours at 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11

– Sunset cruises at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10.

Visit for more information and reservation (Ticket prices vary).

'We Sing: Boston'                                                                  

The Boston Children’s Chorus, in partnership with the Friends of the Public Garden, will host "We Sing: Boston" - a summer series of community singing events in parks throughout the area.

 “We Sing: Boston” invites community members of all ages and skill levels to join in singing, games, prizes and socializing (following COVID guidelines) from 2 to 3:30 p.m. as follows:

– Saturday, Aug. 14: We Sing: Mattapan – Harambee Park, 930 Blue Hill Ave.

– Sunday, Aug. 15: We Sing: Chinatown – Chin Park on The Greenway, Surface Road and Beach Street

This summer series will culminate with a special, city-wide event on the Boston Common in September.

Visit for more information and a link to register for each of the events.

Intro to Kung Fu by Wah Lum

An intro to Kung Fu by Wah Lum for adults and kids, ages 12 and older, will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15 in Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway.

Designed to introduce the participant to Kung Fu training, this class will provide a general introduction to Kung Fu warm-up exercises (calisthenics/stretches), basic stances and drills, beginner self-defense combinations.

Visit for more information.

Intro to Lion Dancing by Woo Ching

An Intro to Lion Dancing by Woo Ching for kids, ages 6-13, will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Aug. 15 in Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway.

Visit to learn more about Lion Dance and this event.

BLO Opera Camp

All rising students entering third through eighth grade are invited to attend Opera Camp from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 16 through Friday, Aug. 20.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn about opera, create their own musical, and perform their own original songs with Boston Lyric Opera Master Teaching Artists and VOICES Boston. 

Throughout the week they will learn how to design and create costumes, props, sets and lighting and enjoy theater games, singing, acting and creating their own performance.

Visit for more information and registration ($500 Tuition with aftercare and early drop off options available for $75 per option).

Everything You Need to Know to Kickstart Your Career

Starting a career can be incredibly overwhelming - no matter if you know exactly which path to take or whether you’re just figuring it out.

There are many moving parts in the job hunt process - from interview strategies to nurturing a professional network. It’s normal to feel an abundance of anxiety and stress as a result of the countless unanswered questions.

However, resources to combat those feelings are available which is why GA Boston is partnering with local colleges, universities and career coaches to equip young professionals with the tools necessary to ensure successful career beginnings.

Takeaways: Receive career advice from subject matter experts; master actionable techniques to enforce throughout your career; and diversify your professional network.

Visit for more information and registration for this workshop slated from noon to 1 pm. on Monday, Aug. 16.

Free August Adventures with Highland Street Foundation

The Highland Street Foundation will partner with special Massachusetts cultural institutions to provide one free activity each day for 31 days in August. Here is a list of the Boston venues:

Aug. 17: Institute of Contemporary Art/ ICA Boston

Aug. 18: Boston Children's Museum

Aug. 28: Out of the Park, Boston Red Sox & City of Boston

Aug. 31: John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum

For safety reasons, many of the participating venues have limited capacity and are requiring advanced registration.

Available spots are distributed on a first come, first served basis.

Visit for a downloadable August Adventures calendar, links to the venues and more information.

Youth Music and Movement on The Greenway

Join the Boston Music Project for family-friendly music and movement programming for children and families of all ages at the Rings Fountain on the Greenway.

Music and Movement sessions will be 25 minutes long and take place on the half-hour from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, Aug. 24 and Aug. 31.

Visit for more information.

HI USA Presents Traveling with Children

Looking to give your children a unique opportunity and once-in-a-lifetime experiences? Join HI USA from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17 as they talk about traveling with children.

They will talk about how children benefit from domestic and international travel experiences and cover practical tips and tricks for taking young people on adventures.

Traveling with Children teaches parents and children how to look at (and live) life with an open mind, how to be socially responsible when traveling, and how to have fun while doing it.

Visit for more information and registration.

Peace Picnic                                                                            

The Good Samaritan Ministry will serve a Peace Picnic from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 18 at St. Monica-St. Augustine Church, 331 Old Colony Ave. in South Boston.

The Good Samaritan Ministry offers a safe place for those often overlooked by others, where compassion and kindness heal hearts and spirits wounded by violence, addiction, poverty, oppression, chronic mental illness, and other injustices, and healthy food nourishes the body. All are welcome.

For more information, to volunteer and/or to make a financial donation to support this ministry, contact Deacon Paul at 617-268-8100 or visit

Project Pipeline Virtual Summer Camp

Project Pipeline Virtual Summer Camp will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19 through Saturday, Aug. 21 for young designers, ages 11-15, interested in learning more about buildings, cities, design and architecture.

Over three days of virtual activities, architecture and design professionals will teach drawing, modeling, and design thinking in a fun online environment. They will guide students through their own design projects, set in the context of the city around them.

Registration is free and all students will receive a free art supply kit mailed to their home.

Visit for more information and registration.

Kit Yan and Melissa Li’s Work-In-Progress Boston Chinatown Musical

Join Company One Theatre and Pao Arts Center for a virtual concert and moderated conversation featuring songs of a new musical written and performed by Kit Yan & Melissa Li, the 2020-21 C1 PlayLab Pao Fellows online from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 19.

Artists and community members will come together to share and celebrate the vibrant Boston Chinatown community, whose stories underpin Li and Yan’s creative process. Together they address the unique and challenging conditions of creation against the backdrop of COVID-19 and the rise in anti-Asian racism, while exploring how community-centered, civically engaged arts practices can combat these forces.

Visit for more information and registration.

Berklee Summer in the City: Nia Ashleigh                                                           

Inspired by her Jamaican and Canadian roots, Nia Ashleigh is an up-and-coming R&B artist from Newark, New Jersey. After making her debut as Nala in The Lion King on Broadway at age 10, she went on to sing for greats such as Dionne Warwick, Clive Davis and Andra Day. With her first single, "Kevin," spotlighted by Spotify (on the Fresh Finds: The Wave playlist), Ashleigh has a bright future ahead of her.

Ashleigh will perform at noon on Friday, Aug. 20 at City Hall Plaza as part of the Summer in the City concert series.

Visit for more information.

Boston GreenFest Hybrid                           

Boston GreenFest will be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 22 along the Rose Kennedy Greenway live with more programs streamed online.

This three-day multi-cultural family-friendly environmental music festival will include interactive exhibits such as eco-solutions, eco-chic fashion designs and jewelry, robotics, electric vehicles, micro-mobility, oceans, eco-landscaping, green designs, robotics and innovation as well as live performances, games, art, film, yoga, martial arts and meditation and world cuisine.

This is a space for conversation, connections and celebration. 

Let’s find ways to make a difference to the city, planet and ourselves - be inspired to take action,

Visit for more information, including a daily schedule.

Craftivism 101: Embroidery Workshop with Shannon Downey

Get acquainted with “craftivism,” learn to embroider, stitch something brilliant, and make friends - all in just two hours. Craft-based activism (“craftivism”) has been used as a tool of resistance, coalition building, and even espionage.

Fiber artist Shannon Downey will provide an introduction to the history of craftivism and ways people can get involved in the current phase of movement from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21, hosted by Society of Arts + Crafts.

Downey will then teach how to embroider. She guarantees everyone walk away feeling better than when they logged in.

Visit for more information and registration ($30 per participant; materials not included).

Critical Shortage - Donate blood to ARC                                                 

Help save a life by donating blood with the American Red Cross. Every blood donation will be complimentary tested for the coronavirus antibody.

Give blood at the Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. The Center is open from 7 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. – time slots vary by day.

Sign up at or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767).

Lyric Stage To-Go: ‘The Walking Plays’ Series 2            

In this new series, three intertwining stories – “Walking It Off,” “Hummingbird” and “Mother’s Day” – unfold along the Greenway from the Chinatown Gate to the North End.

Visit for more information and access to the plays.

Boston Harbor Hotel: Summer in The City series

The Boston Harbor Hotel’s 22nd annual Summer in the City Entertainment Series will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. on select nights through Thursday, Aug. 26.

As the sun sets, the harbor will come alive with different bands performing nightly on the hotel’s floating barge stage. With each night sporting a different theme including Pop Soul Tuesdays, Rat Pack Wednesdays and Blues Thursdays, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Relax on the Harborwalk Terrace to enjoy this summer’s complimentary lineup or dine at Rowes Wharf Sea Grille during one of Boston’s most anticipated summer traditions.

Visit for more information, including the schedule.

Boston Children Museum Summer of Play                                              

Join the Boston Children Museum for a summer of fun, making, creating, playing and learning. Some activities will be held at the Museum (both inside and outside) while others are available to do at home.

Summer of Play Highlights include:

– Cardboard-Palooza - The possibilities are endless when you play with cardboard and paper. Create a new world, add to the world’s longest chain, and more.

– Outdoor programs (Magic Light Box, Dramatic Play, Mini River, Paper Airplanes and Whirligigs)

– Special STEAM and Art Lab activities

Remember to keep a journal or memory book of how you played during the Summer of 2021.

The Museum is open from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Sundays. Advanced registration and ticketing required.

Visit for more information.

Boston By Foot tours and Architectural Cruises resume

Boston By Foot has resumed their in-person public walking tours as well as the popular 

Architecture Cruises, presented in partnership with the Charles Riverboat Company.

Visit for more information, including a full schedule and list of tours/prices.

2021 Greenway Fitness Season                                          

A variety of fitness classes will be offered throughout the week at various spots along the Greenway. All classes will require pre-registration.  

Visit for a schedule and links to register.

Seaport Sweat online/onsite                                                             

Seaport Sweat will offer classes at various times throughout the week through Friday, Oct. 29.

Join in-person on Seaport Common or at @seaportbos on IG Live.

All classes are free and all levels of fitness are welcome.

Visit to view the schedule and sign up for the classes.

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.

Bike Seaport: Weekly check-ups                                                                            

Calling all city bikers. The Seaport TMA has teamed up with Amazon and Landry’s Bicycles to offer complimentary bike check-ups.

Join them from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays on Seaport Common and enjoy treats from local businesses to thank you for commuting sustainably.

Registration is required at

Arts and Culture Open Exchange

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council's Arts & Culture Department is holding a monthly Arts & Culture Open Exchange from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on the third Wednesday of each month through Dec. 15.

This is a new opportunity to virtually connect with others in Greater Boston interested in art, culture, placemaking and art-centered engagement.

Register at

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.

Greenway Play Sessions

The Greenway Play Sessions will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursdays through October in Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway in Chinatown.

The free play sessions will feature books and games and other fun by the Greenway PlayCubes.

Visit for more information.

Harborwalk Sounds: Berklee College of Music at the ICA

A summer classic returns with the sounds of some of Berklee College of Music’s outstanding musicians performing on the waterfront. 

Harborwalk Sounds will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Aug. 26 and is free with a ticket to Free Thursday Nights, available at at 10 a.m. the morning of the event. Harborwalk sounds will also stream on Vimeo from 6 to 7 p.m.

Parks Fitness: Tai Chi with Joseph

Tai Chi with Joseph will be held from 7 to 8 a.m. on Thursdays through Sept. 30 at Elliot Norton Park, 295 Tremont St.

Visit for more information.

Birds of Prey

Join a Mass Audubon bird specialist from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays through Sept. 3 for a close-up look at live owls, falcons and other birds who call New England home.

Meet live animals and learn about their habitats, hunting techniques and more during a fascinating presentation at Boston Harbor Islands Welcome Center, 191 W. Atlantic Ave.

Visit for more information.

From Art to Alliums: A Tour of The Greenway                                      

Explore The Greenway with a free walking tour of this contemporary public park in the heart of Boston.

During the tour, people will learn about the Greenway Conservancy’s Public Art Program, including seeing the current installations by Daniel Gordon and Andy Li and hearing about the motivations behind their work. People will also find out a little more about their garden design and favorite plants, and dive into the exciting history of the urban oasis. 

Tours run at 5 p.m. on Thursdays and at noon on Fridays, last approximately an hour, and cover approximately half of The Greenway (from Chinatown to the Wharf District). 

Tours start at the Chinatown Gate at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway and are led by Greenway Conservancy volunteers.

Visit for more information.

ICA Summer Sessions                                                                                             

Join ICA on the waterfront from 5 to 9 p.m. on Fridays through Aug. 27 for an evening of contemporary art, live music and breathtaking views.

Explore the galleries, shop at Virgil Abloh’s pop-up “Church & State,” the ICA Store, and kick back on the harbor with cocktails and live musical performances.  

Access to Summer Sessions is included with regular museum admission and free for ICA members. Timed ticket entry is required.

Summer Sessions welcome people of all ages. 

Visit for more information, including a list of performers, and reservations.

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 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 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 your 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.

Explore Boston Harbor: A Waterfront-wide Scavenger Hunt       

Boston Harbor Now and partners will host “Explore Boston Harbor” scavenger hunts in six locations around the Waterfront: George’s Island, Spectacle Island, Charlestown, Downtown Boston, East Boston and South Boston through Friday, Oct. 1.

Each hunt has been carefully crafted to reflect the unique history and culture of the area and includes multiple choice, short-answer, and open-ended questions, as well as photo submissions. Participants can play by themselves or as a team and experience the harbor in a completely new way.

To play, visit, select your hunt. Participate as much or as little as desired.

BCYF summer programs and classes                                            

Arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips and workshops will be among the many options that will be offered both remotely and in person at BCYF community centers across Boston.

Visit for more information and registration.

Chinatown Farmers Market

The Chinatown Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug, 21, Sept. 4 and Sept. 18 at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway.

This outdoor market will feature local vendors offering 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 $75. 

Visit for more information.

Seaport Farmers Market

The Seaport Farmers Market (at Sea Green Park, 21 Stillings St. near Boston Wharf Road) will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 28.

The Seaport Farmers Market accepts SNAP benefits.

Learn more at

Shop AFH                                                                 

Artists for Humanity is a powerhouse of art and design – offering a fresh perspective from talented teen artists and designers. Each art work is a way to value the voice of young people.

Explore their online collections. Become inspired and transform your space.

Shop at

CraftBoston: Fiber Stories

CraftBoston: Fiber Stories is an exploration of storytelling through fiber arts and fiber-inspired techniques in a variety of materials. Discover the diversity of this popular art form.

Shop fine handmade wares at the Society of Arts + Crafts store, explore artists’ profiles for direct access to their latest work, and get to know the people who make the treasures by participating in live events streamed straight from their studios through Sunday, Aug. 29 at for more information.

Downtown Boston Arts Market

Browse, shop and enjoy Downtown Crossing (Summer Street Plaza) where numerous local vendors will be showcasing artisan products such as jewelry, woodcarvings, metal sculptures, clothing and more from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 29.

Learn more at

Boston Children’s Museum onsite/online                          

Boston Children’s Museum will be open on Wednesdays through Sundays and timed ticketing (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 and/or follow their social media accounts for more information and reservations.

ICA onsite/online perks                               

– The Institute of Contemporary Art is open - advanced timed tickets. Face masks required if not fully vaccinated.

– 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.

ICA Watershed open                                                           

The ICA Watershed, 256 Marginal St. will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Sundays through Monday, Sept. 6.

Visit 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 has opened for the season. It will also continue to hold virtual events year-round.

Visit for more information.

‘desert in’                                                      

Lost souls are found, love is rekindled and secrets are exposed at a mysterious motor lodge in the American West.

Commissioned and produced by Boston Lyric Opera, as well as produced in association with Long Beach Opera, desert in, a groundbreaking, new eight-part opera miniseries that reveals a supernatural story of love, loss and the price of memories, is available on BLO’s streaming service,

Visit for more information and registration ($30).

A 250-foot-long photo exhibition at Fan Pier

The Boston Camera Club invites the public to view 88 large-scale photographs displayed in a series at the intersection of Northern Avenue and Marina Park Drive at Fan Pier on the Public Green in Boston’s Seaport District. The Focused Eye: Our Unique Views will be on view through November.

For more information on club activities and membership, visit or connect with the BCC on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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

Free meals/food resource information                               

Boston Eats will provide free nutritious breakfast and lunch to city kids and youth – 18 years of age and under – through 2021. No ID or registration required.

Visit or phone 1-800-645-8333 for a list of meal locations. A list of food pantries and soup kitchens, along with other information is also included.

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

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 the Monday Lunch Program, they are now serving breakfast and giving out water on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

Serving these individually-packaged meals to a larger number of people in need comes at a greater expense to the church. Help keep this program alive by donating money to help purchase food and supplies.

Visit for more information.

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, contact, email or visit

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 gift to the SFH COVID-19 Emergency Fund

–  Donate disposable masks, homemade masks, and materials for staff to make masks

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

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.