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Experience Chinatown Arts Festival

The Chinatown Arts Festival will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St.

For a lineup of the featured artists, performers and workshops at BCNC’s annual family-friendly celebration, visit

Boston Local Music Festival

The Boston Local Music Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 28 and Sept. 29 at City Hall Plaza.

There will be a variety of musical genres from rock, pop, and indie music by established local bands and emerging talents, as well as artists and artisans, food trucks and beverages.

For more information, including full music line-up, visit


Boston Pride Movie Night featuring “Rocketman” will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

For more information, visit

‘Between Day and Night’

The performance of “Between Day and Night” by Greg Kowalski will be held from 8 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 and 4 to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 29 at FPAC Art Space at The Envoy, 70 Sleeper St.

On Nov. 15th 1948 at the age of 77 the French master Georges Rouault burned 315 of his paintings in a factory furnace. Astonishingly, the event was filmed and footage survived to this day.

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Experience Chinatown

Discover a new take on Asian American Cultures from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Chinatown Gate, John F. Fitzgerald Surface Rd.

See, hear, create and connect together by celebrating the rich cultural fabric of Boston Chinatown through free music and dance performances, family-friendly workshops, and pop-up happenings throughout Boston’s Chinatown.

This event is presented by Pao Arts Center.

Juvenile court competency issues

The Youth Advocacy Division/CPCS will hold a training on the topic “Digging Deep: Select Issues on Competency to Stand Trial in Juvenile Court” from 2 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29 at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St.

Dr. Robert Kinsherff and Barbara Kaban will lead the discussion and other attorneys will talk about how they handled issues arising in their cases.

To reserve a seat, visit eventbrite.

‘The Petition’

“The Petition” can be viewed on Monday Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. through Sept. 29 at the Old State House (206 Washington St.).

Two actors take on half a dozen characters in this immersive theatrical experience staged in the Council Chamber (on second floor). Audience members will have the opportunity to offer testimony of real Boston colonists in the room where Prince Hall met with the Royal Governor to push for and end the slave trade in Massachusetts.

Each performance features an opportunity to discuss the content of the play with the cast and a member of the Bostonian Society Staff.

The program runs for about 30 minutes and is free with general admission to the Old State House.

To learn more, visit

BTU Homework Help

The Boston Teachers Union will provide homework assistance for students in grades K-12 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Mondays from Sept. 30 through May 28 at the Chinatown Branch Library, 2 Boylston St.

There will be no assistance when Boston Public Schools are not in session (vacation week or snow days).

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Digital care

HealthTechBuild will host a panel discussion on how new technologies are impacting care for chronic conditions from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at WPI Seaport, 303 Congress St.

To learn more, visit

Environmental justice

“Civil Rights and the Environment: Breaking Down Environment Justice” will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1 at Suffolk University Law School, 120 Tremont St.

A panel discussion with Q&A will explore the role of the law in advocating for healthy communities throughout Massachusetts. The event will include networking, light food and refreshments.

For more information and reservations, visit

Textile Stroll

The Boston Design Market will be held on Oct. 2 and Oct. 3 at the Boston Design Center in Seaport.

The inspirational design experience will begin with a Textile Stroll from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2. The showrooms will feature textile designers, artists and artisans discussing the design process. as well as the 2019 Fall fabric collections.

The stroll will begin on the second Floor Designer Lounge for coffee and pastries.

For more information and registration, visit

Citizens Challenge Hackathon

The second annual Citizens Challenge Hackathon will be held from Oct. 4 through 6 at District Hall, 75 Northern Ave.

The Citizens Challenge is open to developer teams, early-stage startups, students and other innovators. The event will be a fast-paced, 24-hour challenge aimed at developing data-driven solutions to overcome daily operational challenges. Participants will access simulated data in a mock environment to tackle one of three hackathon challenges that correspond to consumer and commercial banking issues, plus a shared challenge.

This event, in conjunction with District Hall and the Open Bank Project, will include coaching, workshops, mentoring sessions, get-togethers and prizes.

For more information, including an agenda and registration, visit

Architectural walking tour

The House Museum Alliance of Downtown Boston will present the 5-4-3-2-1 Architectural Walking Tour - 5 Houses, 4 Centuries, 3 Neighborhoods, 2 Hours, 1 Amazing Walking Tour – from 10 a.m. to noon on Oct. 5 and Oct. 19 starting at The Paul Revere House, 19 North Square.

Admire the exteriors of five landmark historic houses, experience four centuries of architecture, and explore three of the city’s iconic neighborhoods on this two-hour walking tour that winds its way across picturesque downtown Boston, making for one special experience.

From Colonial to Federal to Victorian, the stylistic intricacies of the Paul Revere House, Otis House, Nichols House, Prescott House, and Gibson House will be highlighted.

Additionally, show your ticket to receive free admission at all five houses during the month of October.

Visit for more information and the required advance ticket purchase ($12-$25).

HarborWalk celebration

Join Boston Harbor Now in a series of four walks celebrating the 35th anniversary of Boston’s HarborWalk. The walks will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on select Saturdays:

Oct. 5 -Walk One: Dorchester – South Boston Waterfront; Oct. 12 - Walk Two: South Boston – Fan pier; Oct. 19 - Walk Three: Fort Point Channel – Downtown – North End; and Oct. 26 - Walk Four: Charlestown – East Boston.

The registration includes a guided adventurous walk of the waterfront; pre-walk coffee and post-walk refreshments; fanny pack with snacks; and an opportunity to make new friendships and memories.

There will also be a panel discussion about the future of the waterfront public access on Thursday, Oct. 24 (part of the Boston Harbor Speaker Series).

For more information and tickets, visit For questions, email

Quincy Market history tour

A free historical walking tour of the architecture, politics, people and geography of Quincy Market/Faneuil Hall is held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturdays through Dec. 28 and on Tuesdays through Oct. 28, rain or shine.

This spot at the heart of the Freedom Trail tells the story from the Puritan settlement through the American Revolution into the 21st century.

Meet the guide at the property directory near Anthem Restaurant.

For more information, visit

District Hall tour

The District Hall Weekly Community Tour will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. on most Tuesdays throughout the year.

District Hall is the world's first freestanding public innovation center, designed to inspire innovation, foster collaboration and make great ideas come to life is located at 75 Northern Ave.

District Hall operates a free, public workspace, rentable event space and runs free programming that's open to everyone.

For event bookings, visit

To learn more about District Hall, visit:

Concerts at Macy's

Catch Berklee performers beside Macy's on Summer Street in the heart of the Financial District from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursdays and from noon to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Fridays through October.

The performers will present a variety of musical genres, including jazz, R&B, world, pop, electronic, and classical.

For a full schedule of performers, visit

Sunday grilling

"The Patios" at City Hall Plaza introduces Sunday Grilling from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Each Sunday, guests will have access to four electric grills (available free of charge) on a first-come, first-served basis.

Visitors are invited to bring along coolers with their own grilling favorites and accouterments, or they can purchase the basics such as hot dogs and hamburgers on site from local vendor, Bittersweet Homestead, located at the front entrance of The Patios.

The Patios is open seven days a week from 5 to 10 p.m. For more information, visit

Volunteer for SLM

Silver Lining Mentoring (SLM) at 727 Atlantic Ave. (3rd floor) will be hosting a Volunteer Informational Session from 6 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 9.

SLM empowers youth in foster care to thrive through committed mentoring relationships and the development of essential skills.

Some of the volunteer opportunities include mentoring youth, joining the Board of Ambassadors, supporting annual events and fundraisers plus skills-based positions to lend expertise to SLM.

These opportunities range in commitment from one-off projects or consulting to multiple years of committed mentoring.

The session will include more information about the organization, the range of opportunities available and ways to identify best fits.

For more information, contact

To register, visit

Resilience and Change Series

The Boston Harbor Islands will host a three-part series on Resilience and Change at the Old South Meeting House at 310 Washington St.

On Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. the presenters will discuss fascinating highlights of the islands past, present and future at “Peddocks Island: Rich History, Vital Future” – free and open to the public. There will be a celebration of Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands’ 40th anniversary with light refreshments and interactive exhibits at 6 p.m.

The series will conclude on Oct. 25 at 1 p.m. with “Submerged: Boston Sites and The Threat of Climate Change.” As part of Massachusetts’ Archaeology Month, this session will consist of current and proposed efforts to document archaeological sites in Boston (including intact Native American sites and landscapes) before they are lost.

To learn more about each program, free ticket opportunities for the Oct. 25 session, and to reserve a seat for each presentation, visit


The 10th anniversary season will open at Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre (219 Tremont St.) with the US premiere of “Passengers” marking the return of The 7 Fingers (Reversible, Cuisine & Confessions, Traces, Sequence 8, PSY) and their signature electrifying and endearing mix of circus, theatre, illusion, music and dance through Oct. 13.

For tickets and show times, visit

Walk to the Sea

The Walk to the Sea encompasses four centuries of Boston history.

Beginning at the State House on Beacon Hill, overlooking Boston Common, the Walk passes among historic landmarks and skyscrapers. The Walk crosses ground that, centuries earlier, was not ground at all, but an active harbor.

Boston's history is tied to the sea, whose smells and sounds once pervaded the town. The Walk from summit to sea, spanning one mile and descending 100 feet, brings that history to life.

Mayor Thomas Menino dedicated the Norman B. Leventhal Walk to the Sea in 2008.

For more information, visit

Boston Fire Museum

The Boston Fire Museum at 344 Congress St. will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays or by appointment.

The Boston Fire Department is one of the oldest in the country and the Museum occupies the historic Congress Street Fire Station.

The Museum collection comprises fire alarm displays and artifacts, firefighting equipment, antique fire apparatus and photograph that were used in the Greater Boston area.

Sparky the Dalmatian, a real-life fire house dog, is always welcoming and ready to assist the guide during the tours.

Admission is free; donations are always welcome.

To learn more, visit

Boston public market

The Boston Public Market Association will be at Seaport Common from noon to 7 p.m. every Wednesday through October and from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays through Nov. 19 at City Hall Plaza.

Among the selections are fresh, seasonal food from local and New England vendors offering produce, meat, seafood, bread, prepared food and more.

Residents, workers, and commuters alike will find groceries, lunch on-the-go and picnic fare.

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HUZZAH! Tavern Nights

HUZZAH! Tavern Nights – Boston’s only colonial tavern experience – will be held the first Friday of the month at Boston Tea Party Ships and Museum at 306 Congress St. (on Congress Street Bridge).

Revel with Sam Adams, John Hancock, Dorothy Quincy and other prominent Bostonians as they lift their glasses in celebration, raise their voices in song and determine the fate of Colonial America. Sample rustic fare, play authentic games, learn boisterous songs and cheerful dance in a spirited colonial tavern atmosphere. Let joy be unfettered and laughter unchained with the Sons of Liberty and Daughters of Freedom.

From April through October, the doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. From November through March the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m.

Visit for details and tickets.

Made in Fort Point

The Made in Fort Point store at 315 A St. is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

The store sells and exhibits art, craft and design of more than 75 Fort Point Arts Community members and hosts special events and community meetings. Visitors can find paintings, jewelry, prints, photography, ceramics, furniture, lighting, artists’ books, wearables, greeting cards and more, all made by local artists.

Call 617-423-1100 or visit for more information.

‘Stories from the Soul’

“Stories from the Soul” is an open mic-style storytelling event hosted at HI Boston Community.

These events are held on Wednesdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at HI Boston in the Community Room at 19 Stuart St.

People are invited to share their stories based on a selected theme and learn by hearing others’ stories.

To sign up as a storyteller, email

For more information, visit

South Station History Tour

The South Station History Tour is held from 1 to 2 p.m. on the first Saturday of each month through Dec. 7 (at South Station, 700 Atlantic Ave).

Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Meet at the tour sign inside the Grand Concourse, by Teddy Ballgames. No reservations are necessary. Private group tours can be arranged for a fee.

The free South Station tour is a lively hour-long walk through the 20th century, glimpsing into the railroad past and peeking into its future.

Points of discussion include: geography of the area, architecture, history of the railroad, and historic events that shaped the railroad and South Station Terminal in particular.

The tour covers three levels of South Station, accessed via escalator and elevator.

For more information, visit


Nearly 30 artists from the Artists Group Kogei-Kyoto crafts collective in Kyoto, Japan will contribute exquisite handmade items to the Group’s first American exhibition, which will be on display at the Society of Arts + Crafts gallery, 100 Pier Four Blvd., 2nd Floor through Nov. 10.

“Kogei-Kyoto at SA+C Boston: Contemporary Innovators in Japanese Arts and Crafts” is co-presented by the Japan Society of Boston and part of a city-wide celebration of Boston’s 60-year sister city relationship with Kyoto.

For more information, visit

Hostel Takeover improv night

The Hostel Takeover is a free night of improv comedy held from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the first and third Friday of every month.

The event is hosted by My Dinosaur Life and is held at HI Boston Hostel at 19 Stuart St.

For more information, go to

Little free libraries

Little Free Libraries at Readers Park (School and Washington streets) and 175 Federal Street Plaza are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (weather permitting)

Now through the end of the year, anyone can take a book and leave a book.

P.O. fitness

Free fitness classes are held on the lawn of the Norman B. Leventhal Park at l30 Congress St. in Post Office Square.

For more information about the classes, visit

In the event of rain, classes will be cancelled. Check their facebook page for notices – posted by noon for afternoon classes and by 9 p.m. the night before for morning classes.

Foster Prize Exhibition

The 2019 installment of the biannual James and Audrey Foster Prize Exhibition highlighting the work of Boston-area artists will be on view through Jan. 5 at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 25 Harbor Shore Dr.

This intergenerational group of artists works across media including painting, sculpture, film and video to explore questions of place, portraiture and belonging and demonstrates the breath and ecology of contemporary art practices in Boston.

For more information, visit

Yoga for adults

Adults of all ages and experience levels are invited to join the weekly yoga class with instructor Gigi at the Chinatown Library, 2 Boylston St from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m. on Thursdays (except holidays).

Wear comfortable clothing. Limited mats will be provided or bring your own.

For more information, call 617-807-8176.

Model room tours

The BPDA’s model room houses a 1:40 inch scale, physical, basswood model of Boston’s downtown and portions of Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, Back Bay and the South Boston Waterfront.

Free tours are conducted in the BPDA Model Room at Boston City Hall, One City Hall Square, on the 9th floor every Wednesday at 10 and 11 a.m. in two 30-minute sessions.

For more information, visit

For individuals or groups of up to 15 people, register at

For groups larger than 15 people email to arrange a tour.

$1 night at museum

Admission to the Boston Children’s Museum at 308 Congress St. is $1 per person every Friday from 5 to 9 p.m.

For more information, visit or phone 617-426-6500.

Bike check-ups

Seaport Transportation Management Association and @seaportbos have teamed up with Landry’s Bicycles to offer complimentary bike check-ups on select Wednesday mornings through Oct. 16. There will also be treats from local businesses to thank you for commuting sustainably.

Sign up for a 15-minute slot for your preferred Wednesday at

For questions, email

Community Karaoke Nights

Community Karaoke Nights, presented by Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), will take place from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays through Nov. 21 at the Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany St.

For more information, visit, phone 617-863-9080 or email

Play with a dinosaur

The first-ever hands-on dinosaur exhibit, Explore•a•Saurus, will be at the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress St., through Dec. 31.

Highlighted by a life-size animatronic Dilophosaurus, Explore•a•Saurus introduces clues that dinosaurs left behind and how those clues are used to tell the stories of these amazing prehistoric animals.

Building a three-dimensional dinosaur bone puzzle is only one of the interactive activities that this event offers.

For more information, visit

Learn Mandarin

Learn to speak Chinese (Mandarin) via the Mango Languages group from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Dec. 31 at the Chinatown Branch Library at 2 Boylston St.

Mango Languages is an interactive language-learning resource supporting dozens of languages, including Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese), English, Hindi and Spanish.

This class is for adults.

Visit or phone 617-807-8176 for more information.

Community Circles

The “Community Circles” Exhibition will be on view at the Boston Children’s Museum (308 Congress St.) through Dec. 31.

Children and staff from the Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC) created this community art piece led by artist Chaina Lu.

For more information, visit or