Tucked away on the roof of the Museum's parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory is a wonderful resource for our starry-eyed public. On clear nights, you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena. On cloudy nights, tour the inside of the Observatory, and participate in astronomy-related activities run by our knowledgeable staff. Astronomy After Hours is the perfect place to kick off your weekend with your family.
The Boston Public Market is an indoor, year-round marketplace featuring 40 New England artisans and food producers housed under one roof offering fresh foods, prepared meals, crafts, and specialty items. Residents and visitors alike can find seasonal, locally sourced food from Massachusetts and New England, including fresh produce, meat and poultry, eggs, dairy, seafood, baked goods, specialty items, crafts, and prepared breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. Everything sold at the Market is produced or originates in New England.
Visit for kids activities, cooking demos, classes, events, and fresh food all year long.
Each year the people of the North End of Boston invite you to celebrate with them as they honor their patrons Saint Anthony and Saint Lucy with colorful parades, religious services, strolling singers, live entertainment and of course an abundance of great Italian and American food.
Named the “Feast of all Feasts” by National Geographic Magazine, this authentic Italian street festival has it all for people of every age: parades, strolling singers, live entertainment, contests and religious services are held daily.
Visitors stroll the beautifully decorated streets sampling the best Italian street foods from 100 pushcarts enjoying arancini, sausage peppers & onion, quahogs, calamari, pizza, pasta and of course zeppole, cannoli and gelato.
Calling all ice cream lovers! The 36th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® presented by Valvoline Instant Oil Change℠ is on June 4, 5 & 6, at Boston City Hall Plaza. More than 30 flavors will be served for three consecutive days to support cancer care and research The Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Join us for the magical fusion of circus and live orchestral music.
Cirque de la Symphonie’s aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers, strongmen, and other talented artists take the stage as the Boston Pops perform their own spectacular musical feats. Critics say these ‘must-see’ performances “mesmerize adults and children” with “a breathtaking display of agility and incomparable beauty.”
Celebrate the sport, history and culture of Chinese Dragon Boat Racing at the Weeks Footbridge on Memorial Drive, along the Charles River in Cambridge.
Watch the race and trials on Saturday, June 8 - Sunday, June 9, from the MIT Pierce Boathouse.
The Public Garden may be one of the most ideal picnicking locations in Boston. Well-groomed and overflowing with tulips, cherry-trees, with willows cascading over the duck pond, the Boston Public Garden is a great place to relax during Boston's most beautiful season.
Enjoy a summer on the water while making new friends and learning to sail. We offer sailing, paddling and windsurf lessons, STEM programs, games, and other activities to Greater Boston’s youth aged 10-17 who can swim 50 yards.
21 David G Mugar Way
Boston, MA 02114
Visit a galaxy not so far away to celebrate the art, science, and design of Star Wars! All weekend long dress up as your favorite Star Wars character, test your Jedi skills on the training course, build an X-wing or the Death Star with KEVA blocks, and meet some of your favorite characters. Make a lightsaber, explore robotics, design a costume, and maybe even meet R2D2! Check the daily calendar with specific times and additional activities. Costumes encouraged! But please, leave your blasters at home. Your saga begins at Boston Children’s Museum!
Join us in Copley Square for the Boston Book Festival 2019. The Boston Book Festival celebrates the power of words to stimulate, agitate, unite, delight, and inspire by holding year-round events culminating in an annual, free Festival that promotes a culture of reading and ideas and enhances the vibrancy of Boston.
The presenter lineup for BBF 2019 will be announced over the summer.
Some of the presenters in 2018 include:
- Kate DiCamillo - Why Children's Book Should Be a Little Sad
- Tayari Jones
- Doris Kearns Goodwin
- Michael Pollan
- Becky Albertalli
- Adam Silvera
The street fair at the Boston Book Festival has something for everyone. Exhibitors range from independent publishers and literary magazines to performance companies, arts organizations, media outlets, food vendors, and even a kids area with a popular Passport to Imagination scavenger hunt. Books are just the beginning of what kids and families will discover at the Boston Book Festival. Families will enjoy free programs for kids and families, including music, dance, visual arts, science & technology, and much more!
Sunday, June 16
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