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Future Fest

Transforming Boston's City Hall Plaza into an interactive playground of the future through music, light art, and dance!

August 3, 2024
  • 8:00pm - 11:00pm
  • 1 City Hall Square
    City Hall Plaza
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Posted:
2024-08-03T20:00:00 - 2024-08-03T23:00:00

Welcome to the future of art experiences!

MF Dynamics and the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture are collaborating to transform City Hall Plaza into an interactive playground of the future. Featuring multi-sensory live performances, participatory light art, and good vibes, the plaza will be activated by a cohort of incredible multidisciplinary regional artists.

Flyer for FUTURE FEST happening on City Hall Plaza Sat. August 3 from 8 - 11 PM

August 3, 2024
  • 8:00pm - 11:00pm
  • 1 City Hall Square
    City Hall Plaza
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Posted:
2024-08-03T20:00:00 - 2024-08-03T23:00:00
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'If You Can Feel It You Can Speak It' Event

"If you can feel it you can speak it" is a dedicated LGBTQ+ artists of color open mic series that includes all art forms and expressions.

October 13, 2024
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • 5 Congress Street
    Civic Pavilion
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Event Type:
    Art
  • Posted:
2024-10-13T18:30:00 - 2024-10-13T21:30:00

Formerly at the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain, the series includes 12 adult open mics and four youth open mics. This will be their 14th annual series since losing their host space at the Milky Way due to COVID-19.

Flyer for "If you can feel it you can speak it" open mic

October 13, 2024
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • 5 Congress Street
    Civic Pavilion
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Event Type:
    Art
  • Posted:
2024-10-13T18:30:00 - 2024-10-13T21:30:00
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'If You Can Feel It You Can Speak It' Event

"If you can feel it you can speak it" is a dedicated LGBTQ+ artists of color open mic series that includes all art forms and expressions.

September 8, 2024
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • 5 Congress Street
    Civic Pavilion
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Event Type:
    Art
  • Posted:
2024-09-08T18:30:00 - 2024-09-08T21:30:00

Formerly at the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain, the series includes 12 adult open mics and four youth open mics. This will be their 14th annual series since losing their host space at the Milky Way due to COVID-19.

Flyer for "If you can feel it you can speak it" open mic

September 8, 2024
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • 5 Congress Street
    Civic Pavilion
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Event Type:
    Art
  • Posted:
2024-09-08T18:30:00 - 2024-09-08T21:30:00
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'If You Can Feel It You Can Speak It' Event

"If you can feel it you can speak it" is a dedicated LGBTQ+ artists of color open mic series that includes all art forms and expressions.

August 11, 2024
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • 5 Congress Street
    Civic Pavilion
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Event Type:
    Art
  • Posted:
2024-08-11T18:30:00 - 2024-08-11T21:30:00

Formerly at the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain, the series includes 12 adult open mics and four youth open mics. This will be their 14th annual series since losing their host space at the Milky Way due to COVID-19.

Flyer for "If you can feel it you can speak it" open mic

August 11, 2024
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • 5 Congress Street
    Civic Pavilion
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Event Type:
    Art
  • Posted:
2024-08-11T18:30:00 - 2024-08-11T21:30:00
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GLD FSTVL '24

GLD FSTVL is a free annual festival held in Boston, specifically at City Hall Plaza, with the overarching vision of celebrating Hip-Hop culture.

August 10, 2024
  • 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • 1 City Hall Square
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Posted:
2024-08-10T12:00:00 - 2024-08-10T22:00:00

This event features live music performances, DJ sets, dance showcases, and various food and retail vendors. It serves as a platform to amplify Hip-Hop culture, particularly highlighting the contributions of regional artists alongside national acts. The festival aims to provide fair compensation, media visibility, and professional stage and sound systems for all performers. Additionally, it promotes inclusivity and celebrates the beauty of Black culture through Hip-Hop. The inaugural free festival in August 2023 hosted 15 artists and DJs honoring and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop.

GLD FSTVL '24 graphic

August 10, 2024
  • 12:00pm - 10:00pm
  • 1 City Hall Square
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Posted:
2024-08-10T12:00:00 - 2024-08-10T22:00:00
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Slam Theatre

Slam Theatre will present four to six 10-minute plays, written by Fabiola Decius and other local playwrights.

July 11, 2024
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • 1 City Hall Square
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Posted:
2024-07-11T18:00:00 - 2024-07-11T20:00:00

Join the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture for an evening of Slam Theatre centered on themes of American culture and values and Afrocentricity.

Slam Theatre flyer

July 11, 2024
  • 6:00pm - 8:00pm
  • 1 City Hall Square
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Posted:
2024-07-11T18:00:00 - 2024-07-11T20:00:00
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'If You Can Feel It You Can Speak It' Event

"If you can feel it you can speak it" is a dedicated LGBTQ+ artists of color open mic series that includes all art forms and expressions.

July 14, 2024
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • 5 Congress Street
    Civic Pavilion
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Event Type:
    Art
  • Posted:
2024-07-14T18:30:00 - 2024-07-14T21:30:00

Formerly at the Milky Way in Jamaica Plain, the series includes 12 adult open mics and four youth open mics. This will be their 14th annual series since losing their host space at the Milky Way due to COVID-19.

"If you can feel it you can speak it" flier

July 14, 2024
  • 6:30pm - 9:30pm
  • 5 Congress Street
    Civic Pavilion
    Boston, MA 02201-2006
  • Contact:
    Arts and Culture
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
    Downtown
  • Event Type:
    Art
  • Posted:
2024-07-14T18:30:00 - 2024-07-14T21:30:00
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Open Newbury 2024

Every Sunday from June 30 - September 1, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

July 14, 2024
  • 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Repeats weekly on Sunday, starting from June 30, 2024, 10 times
  • Newbury Street
    Boston, MA
  • Contact:
    Open Newbury
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Back Bay
  • Posted:
2024-07-14T10:00:00 - 2024-07-14T20:00:00

 We’re so excited about the upcoming season, and hope that you’ll join us on the street to shop, play, and connect this Summer. 

July 14, 2024
  • 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Repeats weekly on Sunday, starting from June 30, 2024, 10 times
  • Newbury Street
    Boston, MA
  • Contact:
    Open Newbury
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Neighborhood:
    Back Bay
  • Posted:
2024-07-14T10:00:00 - 2024-07-14T20:00:00
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Juneteenth Freedom Fest

June 30, 2024
2024-06-30T12:00:00 - 2024-06-30T16:00:00

Join us for a day of celebration, education, and community at the Boston Juneteenth Freedom Fest! This free public event commemorates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans and celebrates African American culture and contributions.

June 30, 2024
2024-06-30T12:00:00 - 2024-06-30T16:00:00
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Embrace Ideas Festival

June 18 - June 21, 2024
2024-06-18T10:00:00 - 2024-06-21T15:00:00

The City of Boston is proud to partner with Embrace: The Embrace Ideas Festival, a yearly celebration grounded in arts, ideas, culture, and public scholarship, leading up to the Juneteenth holiday. This multi-day gathering brings together local, state, and national leaders to amplify anti-racism and envision a transformed Boston by 2030.

The Embrace Ideas Festival features keynotes, panels, and live music, shining a light on interrupting zero-sum game thinking regarding racial justice and realizing a democracy worthy of us all. The annual Fest is intentionally wrapped around Juneteenth, an essential holiday we uplift for those who have long celebrated it and invite those who may not have had the opportunity yet to join us in building a new national "monument" together.

Juneteenth marks the day in 1865 when Union soldiers, led by General Gordon Granger, arrived in Galveston, Texas, and declared the end of the Civil War, freeing all enslaved persons. Although the Emancipation Proclamation had been official for over two years, slavery persisted in areas beyond Union control. The Union's takeover of Texas effectively liberated the remaining slaves in the state, ending this specific form of slavery in America.

We look forward to coming together as a community for this momentous occasion and honoring this significant day in our history. Join us in celebrating Juneteenth and envisioning a more just and equitable future for all.

June 18 - June 21, 2024
2024-06-18T10:00:00 - 2024-06-21T15:00:00
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