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The Boston Opera House is located at 539 Washington St. It was originally built as the B.F. Keith Memorial Theatre, a movie palace in the Keith-Albee chain. The chain became part of RKO when it was established just before the theater opened on Oct. 29, 1928, and it was also known as the RKO Keith's Theater. After operating for more than 50 years as a movie theater, it was rededicated in 1980 as a home for the Opera Company of Boston, which performed there until the company closed down in 1990 due to financial problems. The theater was reopened in 2004 after a major restoration, and it currently serves as the home of the Boston Ballet.

Fierce Urgency of Now Festival                                          

Hosted by City Awake and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce through Saturday, Sept. 18, the Fierce Urgency of Now Festival brings Boston’s diverse young professionals together with business leaders, organizations and their peers to build connection, advance careers and ignite positive change.

With a mix of virtual and in-person events held across spaces throughout the city, this festival offers opportunities to engage in peer networking and intimate discussion, expert-led professional development and inspiring talks from today’s thought leaders.

Over half a century later, the Fierce Urgency of Now Festival strives to carry the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King’s message and mission forward by forging a more equitable, inclusive future for Greater Boston.

Visit www.cityawake.org/events/2021-festival-calendar for more information and registration.

‘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 https://support.iocdf.org/event/boston-1-million-steps-4-ocd-walk/e343864 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, 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 www.chinatownmainstreet.org for more information.

Lion Dances at the Chinatown Gate

Celebrate Chinatown with a new weekly tradition from noon to 1 p.m. on Saturday, 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 www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events for more information.

Boston Seafood Week

The Massachusetts Seafood industry and the restaurant industry are teaming up to create nine days of seafood specials for the region’s residents and visitors.

An array of restaurants, wholesalers and retail locations will provide discounted specials on the freshest seafood through Sunday, Sept. 19.

Visit www.bostonseafoodfestival.org for more information.

Annual Boston Local Food Festival                                   

The 11th annual Boston Local Food Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19 along the Rose Kennedy Greenway from Mercantile Street down to High Street. This year’s theme is “Healthy Local Food for All.”

This free outdoor event will feature farmers, specialty food producers, fisher folks, local restaurants, food trucks and organizations focusing on healthy food from New England. Festival goers of all ages, races, and socioeconomic levels can learn about the benefits of sustainably grown and produced food, shop the market, eat delicious local food, meet local food producers and farmers and engage in family fun educational activities and exhibits that promote composting, recycling and sustainable practices.

Visit www.bostonlocalfoodfestival.com for more information and optional registration.

Startup Boston Week

SBW2021 is hosting 70+ events and 200+ speakers on Monday, Sept. 20 through Friday, Sept. 24. 

​This is an opportunity to get involved with the startup community in New England - ​they have something for everyone - founders, startup employees, investors, mentors, students and startup curious folks. All panels, workshops and presentations are virtual.

Ready to make some new connections, work on skills and scale your startup or department?

Visit www.startupbos.org/startup-week for more information, including a schedule and registration.

Wandering Wednesdays                                         

As part of the Rediscover the Greenway Programmatic Series, explore The Greenway with free lunch time musical performances curated by the Boston Music Project from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays as follows: 

-          Sept. 22: String Trio at the Rings Fountain

-          Sept. 29: World Music Trio at the Trillium Garden on The Greenway

-          Oct. 6: String Trio at Pearl Street and Purchase Street 

-          Oct. 13: Violin/Flute Duo at Pearl Street and Atlantic Avenue

-          Oct. 20: String Quartet & BMP Students at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.

Berklee Summer in The City: Martin Guas                                             

Martin Guas will perform at noon on Thursday, Sept. 23 at the Atlantic Wharf Waterfront Plaza, 290 Congress St., as part of Berklee's Summer in the City Concert Series.

A captivating singer, as well as a versatile guitarist and pianist, Guas's music and lyrical writing are deeply rooted in Latin American folk.

Visit www.berklee.edu/events/martin-guas-8 for more information.

Fort Point Film Night

Bring a beach chair or blanket for a free screening of Coco and music from DJ Troy Frost from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24 on Fort Point Channel (Channelside Lot, 45 Binford St.)

Food will be available for purchase from the Northeast of the Border food truck on the waterfront.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/fort-point-film-night-tickets-171305157337 for more information and registration.

‘The Late Wedding’

Emerson Stage presents The Late Wedding from Thursday, Sept. 23 through Sunday, Sept. 26 at the Jackie Liebergott Black Box Theater, Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington St.

Performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with 2 p.m. matinees on Saturday and Sunday.

In a series of disjointed vignettes of marriage and workworn love, The Late Wedding travels through space and time (quite literally) to depict the core of what makes a successful partnership and what subtly chips away at its foundation.

Go to https://emersontheatres.org/Online/default.asp for more information and tickets ($12 GA | $8 Emerson).

Experience Chinatown Arts Festival

Pao Arts Center will celebrate its fourth annual Experience Chinatown Arts Festival throughout September – See, hear, create and connect – Together, experience the rich cultural fabric of Boston Chinatown through free creative activities for all as follows:

Visual Arts installations:

Watch the storefronts of Chinatown comes alive as artists add their creative flair to the neighborhood through Saturday, Sept. 25 (see website for specifics)

Performances:

– Thursday, Sept. 23 from 5 to 6 p.m.: performances with music by W.A.G 

– Saturday, Sept. 25 from noon to 3 p.m.: music and performance by Jennifer Lin (noon); ConArts Performance + Workshop (12:15 p.m.); Mikahely (1 p.m.); Continuum Dance Project (2 p.m.); Juk Sing (2:15 p.m.)

All performances will be held at Auntie Kay & Uncle Frank Chin Park on The Greenway with support from Greenway Conservancy

Visit www.paoartscenter.org/events/2021/experiencechinatown for more information.

Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF)  

ArtsEmerson will present the Boston Latino International Film Festival (BLIFF) from Friday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Oct. 3.

BLIFF uses the power of film to break stereotypes, bring cultures and communities together and reveal the complex issues that affect the Latinx community in the United States, Latin America and Spain.

Visit www.bliff.org for more information, including the lineup and tickets.

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.

Visit https://support.samaritanshope.org/event/2021-5k-run-walk-for-suicide-prevention/

e329864 for more information and registration.

‘We Sing: Boston’ Celebration                              

Join the Friends of the Public Garden and Boston Children’s Chorus (BCC) for “We Sing: Boston,” a citywide special celebratory finale at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25 at Brewer Fountain on the Boston Common.

The event will feature a concert by BCC singers and choirs following the traditional interaction with the audience. The program will include some of the songs learned and taught in multiple languages at the earlier events, to reflect the diversity of the Greater Boston communities where they took place.

Visit www.bostonchildrenschorus.org/our-programs/we-sing for more information.

Design Night LIVE

Design Night LIVE – a night filled with all things design – will be livestreamed from 8 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25.

Design Night LIVE filled with prizes, familiar faces, networking, a silent auction, live entertainment and more. During this interactive virtual event, attendees from all over will come together to celebrate design and the effect that storytelling has on all of us. They will be sharing the vision and impact of Design Museum Everywhere and hearing from designers from around the world about how storytelling can be so transformative.

The keynote speaker will be Debbie Millman, designer, author, educator, and host of Design Matters.

Visit https://designmuseumfoundation.org/event/designnightlive-2021 for more information and reservations (Members: free | Non-members $75 | Sponsors: prices vary).

CraftBoston: Cups of Good                                    

Join Society of Crafts for CraftBoston: Cups of Good, a six-week online celebration of handmade vessels and the treasures they carry through Sunday, Oct. 31.

Discover containers that can hold anything from favorite beverages to a sprouting houseplant, crafted by artists from across the country and paired with recipes selected by the makers. 

Shop for one-of-a-kind mugs, bowls, boxes, pots, baskets and more from the Society of Arts + Crafts store, explore artists’ profiles for direct access to their latest work and get to know the people who make these wares by participating in live events streamed from artist’s studios right to your home. 

Visit https://societyofcrafts.org/cups-of-good-coming-soon for more information.

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 www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events for more information.

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 http://seaporttma.org/bikecheckup.

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 https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIufuuorjopGNbR3La3l_tzPCIxDgK3aFiO.

Takeout Thursdays on The Greenway

Grab some lunch and join Berklee College of Music and the Greenway Conservancy for a series of concerts and performances at Dewey Square Park from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursdays through Oct. 14.

Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org for more information.

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 www.mothersoutfront.org/events/ma-action-call-2021071 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 www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events for more information.

DivorceCare

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 to 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 divorcecare@parkstreet.org to receive the link for the meeting.  

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 boston.gov/events for more information.

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 www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/find-drive or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767).

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 www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events for more information.

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 www.lyricstage.com/to-go/walking-plays for more information and access to the plays.

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 www.bostonbyfoot.org 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 rosekennedygreenway.org 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 www.bostonseaport.xyz/seaport-sweat 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 ymcago.org 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 www.rosekennedygreenway.org/carousel 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 https://edventurebuilder.com/BHN, 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 www.boston.gov/departments/boston-centers-youth-families 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 https://masshiredowntownboston.org 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 https://seaportfarmersmarket.org.

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 https://artists-for-humanity.myshopify.com/collections/all.

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 www.downtownboston.org.

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 bostonchildrensmuseum.org 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 and face masks required.

– 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 www.icaboston.org 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 www.revolutionaryspaces.org 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 bostonteapartyship.com 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 www.bostoncameraclub.org 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 https://bostoncyclistsunion.org.

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 www.boston.gov/departments/food-access/boston-eats 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 foodpantries.org 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 office@stjosephboston.org 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 www.stpaulboston.org/manna-donations 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 www.parkstreet.org/events/home.

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 stfrancishouse.org to learn more, including links to support their mission.