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Outdoor Halloween Party

70th annual Outdoor Halloween Party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 between Hanover and Battery streets, beginning with the Parade through the streets at 1 p.m.

Other fun will include games and activities, inflatables, face painting and music by D.J. Amo. Tickets for prizes will be given to every child. (Rain date: Oct. 31)

‘inPUBLIC Festival’ coming next weekend

The Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI) presents the 2021 “inPUBLIC Festival,” bringing the social-justice-inspired work of 60 local and national artists to the Downtown Crossing steps at Washington and Franklin streets for a three-day interactive art experience that will transform the area with art and art-making centered on solidarity and healing, with powerful messages of resilience and interdependence.

This will run from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5 and 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 6 and Sunday, Nov. 7.

The DS4SI team will construct a site-specific experience around the Downtown Crossing steps, including a stage area for opening/closing ceremonies and performances, and a gallery-like atmosphere designed to encourage reflection and interaction.

Members of the public will participate, watch and be moved by a mix of vibrant visual and performance art, sound installations and participatory art-making fueled by the question, “What will you tend to?”

“inPUBLIC Festival” curators Letta Neely and Sheila Novak put out a national call to artists for work that addressed the question, “What are you tending to?”

Local artists are from Boston neighborhoods (Allston, Dorchester, Downtown Crossing, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roslindale, Roxbury, the Seaport and the South End) as well as Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville.

There are also artists from other parts of Massachusetts and country as well as Canada.

Learn more at

Boo-Tanical Garden

A new experience is coming to Boston Children’s Museum. Are you brave enough to enter the Boo-tanical Garden – Owned and Operated by Ghosts – and encounter strange and unusual plants?

This spooky experience will feature two different options through Sunday, Oct. 31: a lights-on, hands-on experience perfect for littles and a spooky experience for kids and families who want a spookier encounter with these wild and wacky plants.

– Lights on Experience for Littles will occur on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Admission for this specific-timed, 8-to-10-minute experience is $2 per person with museum admission or $4 per person without museum admission.

– The Spooky experience for those who want a little fright will occur on Saturdays and Sundays. Admission for this specific-timed, 10-to-12-minute experience is $7 per person with museum admission or $10 per person without museum admission, recommended for ages 4+.

Visit for more information and tickets.

The Boston Asian American Film Festival

The Boston Asian American Film Festival (BAAFF) empowers Asian Americans through film by showcasing Asian American experiences and serving as a resource to filmmakers and the Greater Boston Community. BAAFF is a co-production of Asian American Resource Workshop and ArtsEmerson.

The shorts program will be available through Sunday, Oct. 31.

For a complete list of featured films/shorts program and registration for on-demand-streaming, visit (ticket prices vary).


Emerson Stage will present "Baltimore" at 8 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 30 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 31 at the Tufte Performance and Production Center Semel Theatre, 10 Boylston Pl.

"Baltimore" tells the story of Shelby Wilson, a Black resident advisor for a group of first year students at a college in New England. Shelby is focused on rebuilding her résumé after losing her job in the athletics department, but when a racist caricature is drawn on the dorm door of one of her residents, she is forced to reevaluate her naive belief that she lives in a post-racial society.

Go to for more information and reservations (General Admission: $12 | Emerson: $8).

Million Dollar Quartet at Shubert Theatre

The Million Dollar Quartet performances will be held at 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 29 and at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Shubert Theatre, 265 Tremont St.

Million Dollar Quartet is the Tony Award®-winning smash-hit musical inspired by the famed recording session that brought together rock ‘n’ roll icons Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins for the first and only time. On Dec. 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest rock ‘n’ roll jam sessions ever.

They’ll bring those musical moments to life with timeless and enduring hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Sixteen Tons,” “I Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog,” and more.

Go to for more information and tickets (Starting at $35).

Stewardship Saturday at Thompson Island                                  

Join the park biologists and volunteer stewards from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 30 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 for more information and registration.

Play Date: Spellbound Sights!

It’s Halloween Eve at ICA with free admission for families when accompanied by kids, ages 12 and under, with up to two adults per family from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Get inspired by bedazzled and costume-like artworks in the exhibitions “The Worlds We Make: Selections from the ICA Collection,” Raúl de Nieves: “The Treasure House of Memory” and 2021 James and Audrey Foster Prize.

Request free family admission tickets for a special activity in the galleries. Explore artworks, interact with Visitor Assistants, then collect a take home art kit. Halloween costumes are welcome, but read through costume rules on their website to ensure a safe and fun visit.

Visit for more information, timed tickets, and other activities. ($5 donation appreciated).

Doggone Halloween Dog Parade

Get creative with your four-legged friend and win big. The annual Doggone Halloween Parade will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 in Downtown Crossing.

Presented by Downtown Boston BID, this annual event awards prizes to the Scariest, Cutest and Best Dog & Human Duo as well as Best in Show. All (well-behaved) breeds are welcome.

Bring your pups in their Halloween costumes and you will have a wooftastic time. There will be treats for all, and even a few tricks. Free samples and celebrity judges, too.

Visit for more information and pre-registration (two links: one for people and one for pups).

Trick or Treat & Peace!

St. Monica Parish, 311 Old Colony Ave. will host a Family Halloween Peace Picnic and Children's Trick or Treat from 3 to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30.

Visit for more information.

Crossing: Stories of Immigration

Continuum Dance Project, in collaboration with visual artist Myrna Balk, will present a free performance of their new evening-length dance/theatre work examining contemporary stories of immigration. This family-friendly event will be done in English from 8 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St.

All stories are true as remembered by project participants. Storytellers are originally from nine countries including: Columbia, The Dominican Republic, Honduras, Italy, Jamaica, Kenya, Russia, The US Virgin Islands, and Vietnam. 

Visit for more information and registration (Suggested donation: $10).

CraftBoston: Cups of Good

Warm your home with wood – CraftBoston: Cups of Good features vessels – mugs, vases, boxes, and more – in wood and all media that evoke a feeling of warmth and comfort for the cooler seasons and beyond. View and purchase online through Sunday, Oct. 31.

Visit for more information.

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 noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, 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.

Visit for more information.

Arrive as Strangers, Leave as Friends: A Brief History of US Hostels

During the past 80 years, the American hosteling experience has offered millions of people young and old an affordable and engaging way to see the United States and make new friends.

In this talk by author and frequent hosteller Max Grinnell from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, people will learn about the origins of hostels in the United States, see some unique documents from hosteling history and find out about the American Youth Hostel archive at the University of Massachusetts at Boston.

Along the way, Grinnell will share some of his memories from his first solo trip around the United States, which found him spending time at hostels in Boston, Chicago, and New Orleans.

Go to for more information and registration.

Drop-In Beat Share

Do you make music? Are you looking for beats? Want to meet Boston's best young artists?

Come from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3 for the first Drop-in Beat Share at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr. All are welcome: any skill level, any genre. Showcase your own work to build a audience or get feedback. Connect with other creatives to collaborate. 

To join the family and learn the basics or improve, check out AMP, also on Wednesdays. 

Visit for more information (free for teens).

Midweek Mindfulness

Everyone could use a little more mindfulness in their lives. Sometimes simply taking a deep breath to ground yourself in the present moment or performing a quick body scan can work wonders to calm the mind.

Join Boston Public Library YA librarian Paul to discuss mindfulness, dedicate some time to meditation and practice a few exercises that will help you live more fully in the now.

The program will be held from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, Nov. 10 and Nov. 17. Suitable for teens and young adults.

Visit for more information and Zoom registration.

Bright Lights: ‘Soy Cubana’

In 2017, the all-female Cuban quartet, Vocal Vidas, were invited to perform their first show in America, just as US-Cuba relations were closing. What began as a concert became a journey across physical and ideological borders: an affirmation of the connective power of music, even in the most uncertain times.

On Demand Streaming will be available for viewing from 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 3 until the live 45-minute moderated discussion with directors Jeremy Ungar and Ivaylo Getov and producer Robin Miller Ungar (‘74) starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4.

Conversations will stream within the film viewing platform and on Zoom.

Visit for more information and registration.

ARC Blood Drive at  District Hall

District Hall, 75 Northern will host a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5.

Visit or phone 1-800­-RED CROSS (1-800­-733-2767) to reserve a space.

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.

BBF November walking tours                                

The Boston by Foot Heart of the Freedom Trail tours will be offered at 11 a.m. and The Road to Revolution will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays in November.

Visit for more information and reservations (Adults: $15 | Child: $8 | Child under 6: Free).

Embodied Identities exhibit at POA Arts Gallery

Embodied Identities – part of the New Narratives – will be on view at the Pao Arts Gallery, 99 Albany St. through Dec. 17. 

Curator: Leslie Anne Condon – Artists: Maria Fong, Eugene La Rochelle, Brenda Lau, Mel Taing and Jennifer Okumura

Go to for more information.

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.


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 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 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.

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.

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.

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

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 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 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.

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.