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This art by Daniel Gordon showing lobsters and ferns can be seen on the Rose Kennedy Greenway at Dewey Square on Atlantic Avenue across from South Station. This large piece of art will be on display until May 2022.

Films at the Gate Festival

Join Asian Community Development Corporation (ACDC) and the Chinatown community for the 15th anniversary of Films at the Gate Festival through Sunday Aug. 29.

The festival program, free and open to community members of all ages and backgrounds, will highlight the stories and work of Asian immigrant and Asian American filmmakers and artists.

Games and activities for the families will start at 5:30 p.m. and the Kung Fu and classic Chinese films will begin at approximately 8 p.m.

Visit for more information.

Play Date: Summer Stories Series

Explore the ICA galleries with self-guided activities available on-site with free admission from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28. 

Continue to enjoy downloadable activities designed by artists to do on your own time from Summer Stories: Chapter 3.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration (free; $5 donation to support the event appreciated).

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.

Boston Jazz Fest                                                                               

The Boston Jazz Festival will be held from noon to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 at Maritime Park, in the Seaport District of South Boston.

The festival pays homage to the genre’s African American roots and also draws together a diverse array of contemporary jazz artists from around the world in a day of musical brotherhood.

Visit for more information (Donations welcome).

Black Owned Bos. Market on Seaport Common

The Seaport x Black-owned Bos. Market will take place outside on Seaport Common, 85 Seaport Blvd. and will feature Black-owned businesses from throughout the Greater Boston area from 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 29, Sept. 26 and Oct. 31.

From gifts and apparel to packaged foods and beauty & skincare products, the Seaport x Black Owned Bos. Market will offer something for everyone as it raises awareness for and support of Black entrepreneurship. Live local DJ Knszwrth will also perform at the market.

Stop by to shop, tap your toes to the music, and drink in the awesome views of the Boston Harbor.

Visit for more information.

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults series: Chrysanthemums                 

Relax, create and meditate with Chinese brush painting from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28 with the Pao Center.

Chrysanthemums start blooming early in the autumn. In Chinese culture, they are commonly used in food and herbal medicine.

Learn to paint the radial, disk-like blooms of the yellow chrysanthemum flower along with butterflies.

The class will be taught Online in Mandarin; English-friendly. Supplies can be picked up at Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St. or delivered for an additional price.

Visit for more information and registration ($15 per class).

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. 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.

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.

Taverns to Tea Houses

Just as Boston grew from its pastures and wharfs, so did a hunger to create and establish epicurean success begin with breaking bread on some of the cities’ most well-traveled streets. Discover who and what fed this new nation and how the evolution of dining out became not only social commentary, but also one of the integral ways that Boston created our nation’s diverse palate and continues to remain on the culinary forefront.

Learn the birthplace of some well-known kitchen enhancements, how, why and where ladies had separate dining rooms, and why ethnic acceptance first began in these same downtown kitchens with a Boston By Foot tour guide from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29. Meet at Union Street Park across from The Union Oyster House Restaurant, 41 Union St.

Visit for more information and registration (Adult: $17 | Child $10 | Under 6: Free).

Berklee Summer in the City: The Mar Fayos Project                                         

Mar Fayos is a jazz fusion vocalist from Barcelona, Spain. The Mar Fayos Project will perform at City Hall Plaza at noon on Monday, Aug. 30 as part of the Summer in the City concert series.

Visit for more information.

ARC Blood Drive                                                     

A blood drive will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 30 at 125 High St.

Visit for more information and registration.

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. 31.

Visit for more information.

Artist Fellow Opening: James Coleman

Join Revolutionary Spaces and inaugural 2021 Artist Fellow, James Coleman, for the official opening of “Heard,” an audio-visual contemporary art installation at the Old State House, 206 Washington St. at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1.

Coleman’s piece explores questions of colonial government, community and prejudice through the lens of the colonial to the contemporary deaf community. Drawing from New England’s diverse history, Coleman re-imagines a group of peoples kept at the periphery of government and life.

Visit for more information and registration.

Illuminate The Harbor Fireworks Celebration                             

The Illuminate the Harbor Fireworks Celebration will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Join the celebration before the fireworks 8 p.m. showtime in one of three recommended viewing areas at Fan Pier in the Seaport, Christopher Columbus Park and Piers Park in East Boston for pre-show programs:

Chalk the Walk event  

Chalk the Walk features mini-sidewalk chalk art murals created by both local artists and you, located close to the transit stations across all major subway lines.

– ZUMIX at Piers Park from 6 to 8 p.m.

Pack a picnic and blanket and join ZUMIX for a final Summer Concert at Piers Park as East Boston celebrates the return of Illuminate the Harbor.

Honk on the Harbor from 7 to 8 p.m. at Long Wharf

School of HONK will descend upon the Boston Harborwalk, filling the Waterfront with music.

Stomp your feet to the infectious beat of New Orleans jazz, swing and big band music brought to you by Boston’s favorite community brass ensemble. Meet the band at the Harborwalk in front of the New England Aquarium as they process down the Harborwalk towards Christopher Columbus Park.  

– Harbor Fireworks begin at 8 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public, weather permitting, and will follow CDC guidelines for the health and safety of staff and guests. 

Visit for more information.

The History of Pop Culture Design and Animation 

Pop culture directly influences design and design directly influences animation. Known for its comic book, colorful and graphic themes, the pop culture art movement took off in the U.S. in the 1960s and has since influenced many different industries - ranging from UX design to marketing and advertising.

Learn about the history of pop culture design and how it has directly influenced creative careers from 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 2. Attendees will walk away with a greater understanding of design, animation, and techniques they can implement into their own creative endeavors.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

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.

Berklee Summer in The City: Brandon Harris                                        

Brandon Harris will perform at noon on Friday, Sept. 3 at City Hall Plaza as part of Berklee's Summer in the City Concert Series.

Harris is a singer-songwriter full of rhythm and soul; his creative lyricism and impeccable musicality make him a one-of-a-kind artist. 

Visit for more information.


FAN EXPO Boston will be held at the at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) from Friday, Sept. 3 through Sunday, Sept. 5.

Experience the ultimate playground for Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, Anime and Gaming. Three days of citywide events, family-friendly attractions and world-renowned celebrities await you.

Show hours: 4 to 9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Visit for more information, including schedules and ticket packages – starting at $35). 

ICA x Boston Caribbean Fashion Week

Join ICA Boston on the Waterfront from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 3 for a special preview of the hottest styles from Boston Caribbean Fashion Week.

Enjoy island-inspired cocktails, live fashion styling, carnival costume presentations, and music by the sea.

Visit for more information and reservations (Members: Free Nonmembers: Free with admission).

Tuesday Tunes – AfroDesiaCity

Unwind with free lunchtime concerts curated by AfroDesiaCity from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays through Oct. 26. Performances will be held at Dewey Square on the Greenway.

Visit for more information.


If you are separated or divorced and need healing, the Park Street Church invites you to attend DivorceCare, a 13-week support group, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursdays from Sept. 9 through Dec. 16 via Zoom.

You’ll find a warm, caring environment and will come to see the group as an oasis in this difficult season of life. There are three key elements to this experience: video seminar, group discussion and a personal workbook.

Each Biblically-based session is self-contained. Unless you’ve been there, it’s hard to understand the hurt that comes from separation and divorce. That’s why many of friends and family might not fully understand what you are going through and may not know how to best help you.

If you are interested in attending, please register by emailing to receive the link for the meeting.  

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.

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.

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.

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 led by Greenway Conservancy volunteers.

Learn about the Greenway Conservancy’s Public Art Program, including the current installations by Daniel Gordon and Andy Li; garden design and favorite plants; and 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). 

Visit for more information.

‘Fort Point Rock the Block’

In a unique collision of teen artistic expression, the AFH EpiCenter and the adjacent A Street Park will come alive in a beautiful collage of art, music, dance, spoken word and more.

In honor of Artists for Humanity’s (AFH) 30 years of empowering Boston's youth through paid employment in art and design, enjoy a first of its kind, indoor-outdoor, day-to-night, free to all "Block Party" from 4 to 10 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 12. (Rain Date: Sept. 19).

Food and drink from loved local vendors, immersive art and music all day and night, and amazing video projections after dark on the surrounding buildings.

Join them and support the next 30 years of AFH collaborations in Boston and beyond.

Visit for more information and sponsorship opportunities.

‘Spectacle on Spectacle’

Boston Harbor Now presents “Spectacle on Spectacle,” a celebration of the waterfront and islands, on Tuesday, Sept. 14.

This year, “Spectacle on Spectacle” kicks off a year-long commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park. This outdoor event will feature a cruise to Spectacle Island, food and drinks prepared by local vendors, and a scenic sunset over the Boston skyline for sponsors and guests.

This annual fundraising event allows BHN to offer free and low-cost access for underserved communities to enjoy the Islands and waterfront, prepare for the impacts of climate change, and support Boston’s working port.

Visit website for more information on the event and sponsorships.

‘Boston 1-Million Steps 4 OCD Walk’                                           

The “1-Million Steps 4 OCD Walk,” a fundraising and community-engaging event that connects all those affected by OCD and related disorders, will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18 at Carson Beach.

This walk is an opportunity for members of the community to come together, support each other and raise funds and awareness about what it really means to have obsessive compulsive disorder.

Visit for more information and registration.

2021 Samaritans 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention                          

The Samaritans will hold its annual 5K Run/Walk for Suicide Prevention from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. The event will be a hybrid of in-person at Artesani Park, 5 Soldier's Field Rd. in Brighton and virtual activities.

All proceeds help fund Samaritans’ free lifesaving services, including their 24/7 Helpline, suicide prevention workshops, and grief support services for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.


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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.

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

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, through Oct. 31.

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 through Sept. 30 at various spots along the Greenway. All classes 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.

The Greenway Carousel open and accessible

The Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept. 30.

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: Georges 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 programs and services                                                         

The Boston Center for Youth and Families offers a variety of arts and computer activities, recreational programs, virtual field trips, workshops and services both remotely and in person for children, youth, individuals and families at 36 facilities, including community centers and pools.

Visit for more information and registration.

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.

Chinatown Farmers Market

The Chinatown Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, 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

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.

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, 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 monetary donation

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

–  Volunteer and/or attend events

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

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