Downtown - Fort Point - Leather District - Seaport neighborhood notes
Boston Design Week's Special Fall Season
Boston Design Week’s Special Fall Season, is a three-week art and design festival taking place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Saturday, Oct. 16.
Featured events include nationally-known speakers in architecture, interior design and other design fields, along with both in-person and virtual design events and openings.
Also included are numerous outdoor and special walking tours and museum exhibitions.
Boston Design week serves to draw more attention to the importance of Boston as a hub for design innovation, showcase the prevalence of design in our day-to-day lives and to expand the design community, ultimately making information more accessible.
All events are open to the public and the majority are free with reservations.
Visit BostonDesignWeek.com for a complete calendar of events.
STOMP is explosive, inventive, provocative, witty and utterly unique - an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.
The eight-member international troupe uses everything except for conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms.
STOMP will be presented by the Emerson Colonial Theatre at the Emerson Colonial Theatre, 106 Boylston St. from Friday, Oct. 8 through Sunday, Oct. 10 with evening and matinee performances.
Go to www.emersoncolonialtheatre.com/Online/default.asp for more information and tickets (39-$124).
Chinatown Farmers Market
The Chinatown Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Oct. 23 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.
Thompson Island Public Access Days
Take a free ferry from South Boston to Thompson Island on Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 31. A dedicated ferry will depart from the EDIC dock at 10 a.m. and depart the island at 3 p.m.
Visitors will be able to enjoy all of the natural areas of the island (conservation area, shoreline and beach) and will have access to restrooms. Access to the educational campus and ropes course areas is strictly prohibited.
On Saturdays, join an NPS ranger for a naturalist walk of island habitats.
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/unescorted-public-access-tickets-173551666707 for more information and registration.
Free Ferry Day
Explore Spectacle’s sandy beaches and winding trails and make the most of the last weekend on the Islands on Saturday, Oct. 9.
First come, first serve free tickets are available at the Boston Harbor City Cruises Ticket Office at Long Wharf. Ferries will depart at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. from Gate 3, so arrive early to ensure a seat on the boat.
Visit www.bostonharborislands.org for the ferry schedule and things to do on the island.
Graffiti class at Recreation Station
This class will provide insight into the art and process of graffiti, guided by South Boston artist Alex Borgella of Impeccable Scoop. Canvases and spray paint will be provided. Paint clothes are strongly recommended for this class.
People of all ages and levels are welcome to attend this free event from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9 on the greenspace at Pappa’s Way. (Rain date: Oct. 10)
Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/art-class-at-recreation-station-graffiti-class-tickets-168987091941 for more information and registration.
‘This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing’
Emerson Stage will present their annual Theatre for Young Audiences Production, “This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9.
The performance will occur live in-person at the Robert J. Orchard Stage in the Emerson Paramount Center, 559 Washington St.
Three young sisters are left in a forest by their woodcutter father and forced to find their own way in the world. From this fairytale beginning, three resolutions are made – one sister walks one way to find purpose, one the other to find adventure, and the third stays right where she is to create a home.
Visit www.emersonstage.org/this-girl-laughs for more information and tickets ($20).
Morningstar Access at Boston Children’s Museum
To accommodate different needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Boston Children’s Museum will offer two different versions of the Morningstar Access Program for all staff and visitors, ages two and older:
– All Masks On!
Families with any needs are welcome as long as they can follow this strict mask rule, which is in place to create a medically safer environment.
Monday, Oct. 11 (Columbus Day) from 10 a.m. to noon
Monday, Dec. 27 from 10 a.m. to noon
– Mask Exceptions Considered!
Mask exceptions will be considered in advance at registration for children who have sensory needs or other types of needs that prevent them from keeping their masks on.
Monday, Oct. 11 (Columbus Day) from 1 to 3 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Visit https://bostonchildrensmuseum.org/morningstar-program-registration-form for more information and registration.
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:
- 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.
Bright Lights: United States vs. Reality Winner
A state of secrets and a ruthless hunt for whistleblowers – this is the story of 25-year-old NSA contractor Reality Winner who disclosed a document about Russian election interference to the media and became the number one leak target of the Trump administration.
On Demand Streaming will be available at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 13 until the live 45-minute moderated discussion with director Sonia Kennebeck and producer Ines Hoffman Kanna begins at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.
Conversations will stream within the film viewing platform and on Zoom.
Visit https://artsemerson.org/events/bright-lights-united-states-vs-reality-winner for more information and registration.
ARC Blood Drive at 125 High Street
A blood drive will be held at 125 High St. from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.
Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to reserve a space.
Dewey Square Movie Series
As part of the Rediscover the Greenway Programmatic Series, unwind on the Dewey Square lawn with a free series of spooky movies on The Greenway. In partnership with the City of Boston, movie showings will take place in front of The Greenway mural beginning at 6 p.m. on Thursdays as follows:
Oct, 14: The Nightmare Before Christmas (PG)
Oct, 21: Get Out (R)
Oct, 28: Hocus Pocus (PG)
Visit www.rosekennedygreenway.org/events/dewey-square-movie-series-2021-10-21 for more information.
Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island
Join the park biologists and volunteer stewards from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 for Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island.
Help control non-native invasive plants and enhance native ecosystems and natural processes in the park. The group will explore the local flora and fauna and discuss the ecology, natural history and cultural significance of landscapes in the park as they work to understand and improve habitat for the native birds, bugs, trees and flowers of the Boston Harbor Islands.
A ferry will depart from the EDIC pier in South Boston.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/stewardship-saturday-at-thompson-island-tickets-178364692597 for more information and registration.
Berklee Summer in The City: Aiida
Aiida will perform at noon on Thursday, Oct. 14 at Dewey Square Park on the Greenway (Atlantic Avenue and Summer Street), as part of Berklee's Summer in the City Concert Series.
Aiida is a pop artist, singer, songwriter and topliner from Oslo, Norway. With a voice and performance skills like no other, catchy hooks and clever lyrics, she wants to depict ambivalent and unbalanced emotions to make people feel less lonely when going through the waves of life.
Visit www.berklee.edu/events/aiida for more information.
Salsa Dance Party
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a free family-friendly salsa dance party with DJ Big O from 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14 by The Patios on City Hall Plaza.
Go to www.boston.gov/calendar/salsa-dance-party for more information.
Destination Boston Harbor 2021
Save the Harbor/Save the Bay invite everyone to join their Board of Directors, corporate and philanthropic supporters, civic and community partners as they celebrate their shared success, honor their 2021 Harbor Heroes and raise the funds needed to continue their work.
Enjoy great company, live music, delicious food, auction prizes and ocean experiences at The Lawn on D (420 D St.) from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14.
Your participation will support Save the Harbor’s policy and advocacy work plus free youth and beach programs, which connect Bostonians from every neighborhood, the region’s residents and especially youth and teens to Boston Harbor, public beaches and the Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park.
Go to www.eventbrite.com/e/destination-boston-harbor-2021-tickets-176504749457 for more information and registration.
Teen programs fall kick off
Join teens from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14 at the ICA to check out the galleries, hang out with each other, eat pizza and get creative making giant bubbles.
Interested in film, photography, music production, creative leadership or visual arts? ICA will share more about the programs they offer.
Grab a ticket at www.eventbrite.com/e/teen-programs-fall-kick-off-tickets-178832220987.
ARC Blood Drive at Flynn Cruiseport Boston
Flynn Cruiseport Boston, 1 Black Falcon Ave. Black Falcon Cruise Terminal will host a blood drive from 7 a.m. to noon on Monday, Oct. 18.
Visit www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time or phone 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to reserve a space.
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 Monday, Oct. 11.
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 a hunt. Participate as much or as little as desired.
¡Atrévete! I Latinx Heritage Month at GA
In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the General Assembly is hosting a month-long fiesta to showcase Hispanic and Latinx communities by recognizing and celebrating the positive impact that they have made to modern US history.
GA will provide inclusive education spaces, and host conversations around the many intersections of being a Latinx /Hispanic in the USA and will offer their award-winning tech workshops in Spanish, taught by Latinx leaders.
The programs will be offered at select times and days through Friday, Oct. 15.
Visit https://generalassemb.ly/education/atrevete-i-latinx-heritage-month-at-ga/online/193335 for more information and Zoom registration.
‘Out of Order’
Boston’s favorite modern circus troupe rises up by going underground. The 7 Fingers are back with a theatrical film that plays with the notions of poverty, power and pleasure.
This show, recommended for all ages, is in French with English subtitles and will be available to stream on-demand through 10 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 17.
Visit https://artsemerson.org/events/out-of-order for more information and registration (Pick Your Price).
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/craftboston-cups-of-good 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
The Boston Blood Donation Center, 274 Tremont St. 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com 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.