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Dorchester Center Siting Study

Join the first meeting to explore a new community center for Dorchester.

Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services, and the Public Facilities Department are exploring options for a new community center in Dorchester. A community meeting will explore options for a new community center and introduce the study and the study team. More meetings will be held in the future.

Register for the event

7:00pm - 8:30pm
Virtual event
Boston,
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Centers for Youth & Families
Neighborhood:
Dorchester
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House Music Dance Party

Come to City Hall Plaza for a free house music dance party on Friday, October 22!

DJ Bruno will be providing the music. Dance the night away to house music at this free, family-friendly dance party by The Patios on City Hall Plaza.

The City of Boston is also hosting a pop-up Beer and Wine Garden, showcasing local businesses, in The Patios space on City Hall Plaza from 4 - 8 p.m. On the night of the event, Distraction Brewing will be vending at the Beer and Wine Garden.

About DJ Bruno

DJ Bruno has been a DJ in Boston since 1987. He became known in the college scene in the late 80s to early 90s for mixing hip hop, reggae, R&B, and house music. In 1991, he began a residency at the Boston Loft after-hours club with Armand Van Helden. The following year, he started the Legendary Utopia Parties. Utopia still remains as one of Boston’s hottest deep house music events.

In 2006, Boston Magazine named DJ Bruno “DJ of the Year'' and in 2007, Weekly Dig awarded Utopia Sundays the “Best House Night in Boston.” With clubs not opened to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, DJ Bruno decided to take his music virtual on Mondays from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. and on Fridays from 7 - 9 p.m. His motto is, “If we can dance together, we can live together." He is on a mission to spread this motto all over the world, whether it be virtually or in person. Follow DJ Bruno on Instagram @djbruno30.

5:00pm - 8:00pm
1 City Hall Square
Boston, 02201-2006
Price:
FREE
Contact:
TOURISM, SPORTS, AND ENTERTAINMENT
Neighborhood:
Citywide
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Salsa Dance Party

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with a free salsa dance party!

Show off your salsa dance moves at this free, family-friendly dance party by The Patios on City Hall Plaza! DJ Big O will be providing the music and free salsa lessons will also be offered.

  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. | Free salsa lesson by Salsa y Control Dance Studio
  • 6:45 - 7 p.m. | Special salsa dancing performance by the Hyde Square Task Force

The dance floor will be open 5 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The City of Boston is also hosting a pop-up Beer & Wine Garden, showcasing local businesses, in The Patios space on City Hall Plaza from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. On the night of the event, Essex Park, a collaboration between Savvor Lounge and District 7 Tavern, will be vending at the Beer & Wine Garden.

5:00pm - 8:00pm
City Hall Plaza
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment
Neighborhood:
Citywide
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About DJ Big O

Born in Venezuela, and raised in Massachusetts, Oscar ‘DJ Big O’ Nunez, has used his knowledge of many different genres of music to create a larger than life persona as a top DJ and emcee in Boston. DJ Big O is a true expert when it comes to any Latin genre, and he is always able to captivate his guests by his exceptional mic presence. DJ Big O is outstanding at interacting and engaging with guests... and does so in a way that makes guests feel welcomed, and ready to have fun and dance all night long!

About Salsa y Control Dance Studio

Salsa y Control, a local small business with locations in both Allston and Cambridge, is one of the most beloved dance companies in the area, offering top quality and easy-to-follow instruction to get you on the dance floor in no time. Their classes provide a fun and welcoming environment for everyone of all levels. They also have performance opportunities where dancers are inspired to gain more confidence and reach their fullest potential. “Salsa y Control” originated in 1999 with Johnny and Andres, two brothers who perform amazing duets with unique, intricate salsa footwork combinations. Salsa y Control later expanded to include partner dance performances with Johnny and Felicita. In 2003, the three established what we know today as "Salsa y Control Dance Company." Their drive came from the desire to inspire others to express inner emotion through the art of dance. In 2008, the Salsa y Control Dance Studio opened its doors in Allston under Andres and Leah. Today, Salsa y Control has grown to be one of the biggest dance companies in Boston with over 80 performing members for multiple dance teams and they continue to offer classes in Allston and Cambridge. Learn more on the website.

 

About the Hyde Square Task Force

The Hyde Square Task Force amplifies the power, creativity, and voices of youth, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage so they can create a diverse, vibrant Latin Quarter and build a just, equitable Boston. The Hyde Square Task Force supports youth as they explore, master, and celebrate Afro-Latin culture through art; learn, grow, and achieve academically and in life; and develop into changemakers and advocates for themselves. Learn more on the Hyde Square website.

National Hispanic Heritage Month

Join us from September 15 - October 15 to celebrate the history and culture of Latinos around Boston.

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About the Latinx ERG

The Latinx Employee Resource Group (ERG) serves as a network of employees at the City of Boston. The ERG promotes the cultural diversity and professional development of its members. By doing so, they hope to create a supportive environment for the Latinx community.

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Heal Boston/BPD Art Exhibit Reception

Two Dorchester programs, Heal Boston and Saints & Scholars, Inc., have joined forces to develop an art exhibit created by Heal Boston youth at the Strand Theatre.

This event is free to the public. The show is called, “From Where I Stand”. Sculptures represent the viewpoints of the artists or “artivists” about common social determinants and stressors facing communities of color in Boston. These pieces are powerful statements about gentrification, crime, addiction, police brutality, poverty, the achievement gap, abuse of women, trauma, mental health, racial profiling and more.

Learn more about the exhibit

Heal Boston reception flyer

5:00pm - 8:00pm
Strand Theatre
543 Columbia Road
Boston, MA 02125
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Dorchester
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Meet the Artist: Sobek

Join us at the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library to meet the artist Sobek.

Meet artist Sobek on the front terraces of the Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library in Nubian Square, where he'll share his developing design for a City-commissioned artwork inside the branch. Come share about your experiences in Roxbury and your connection to the library!

Sobek event flyer

4:00pm - 5:00pm
Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library
149 Dudley Street
Boston, MA 02119
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture
Neighborhood:
Roxbury
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Shirley-Eustis Place Landmark Designation

Join Mayor Kim Janey and The Boston Landmarks Commission Friday, August 20, at 1:30 p.m. to honor the too often untold, unrecorded, and unrecognized history of enslaved people in Boston and on the Shirley-Eustis Place grounds.

Mayor Kim Janey, the Boston Landmarks Commission commemorates the designation of Shirley-Eustis Place in Roxbury as a historical landmark. With the Shirley-Eustis Houses well-known historical significance of former Governors Shirley and Eustis comes a hidden history that is often untold, unrecorded, and unrecognized. Ongoing research and oral history in Roxbury suggests that the lands were built, kept, and managed by enslaved people. Mayor Janey’s support and commemoration of the designation expands the history that is often centered in Boston.

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1:30pm - 3:00pm
33 and 32-34 Shirley Place
Roxbury, MA 02119
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Landmarks Commission
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Downtown
Roxbury
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City of Boston's 245th Independence Day Celebration

Celebrate the Fourth of July in the City of Boston with a parade downtown, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and more!

Participate in the July 4th Independence Day Celebrations, joining other elected officials and dignitaries for a series of events!

9 - 9:20 a.m. - Official Ceremony, City Hall Plaza
  • Master of Ceremony: Colonel (R) Lee Fife, US Army
  • National Anthem sung by Dana Whiteside, accompanied by the Zarba Military Band
  • Pledge of Allegiance by Robert Santiago, Commissioner of Veteran’s Affairs
  • Welcoming Remarks by Mayor Janey
  • “Stars and Stripes Forever” by Zarba/Shea Military Band
  • Col. Fife:  Instructions and calls marching units to order

After this brief ceremony and speaking program, the parade steps off City Hall Plaza at 9 a.m., passing Granary Burial Ground, then continuing through Downtown Crossing to the Old State House for the traditional reading of the Declaration of Independence by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company. There will be parade viewing available along the route and in Downtown Crossing.

9:20 - 9:45 a.m. - Parade from City Hall Plaza to Tremont Street, with Halt for Honors at Old Granary Burial Ground

The parade will include the 7th Mass Regiment, the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company, the Honor Guard, City of Boston officials, Commonwealth of Massachusetts officials, Middlesex Fife and Drum, Wilmington Minutemen Co., and the Zarba Military Band. The parade route is as follows:

  • step off from City Hall Plaza
  • process down Tremont Street
  • halt for honors at Granary Burial Grounds
  • reform and take a left on School Street
  • left on Washington Street, and
  • stop at the Old State House where the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company reads the Declaration of Independence from the balcony. 

During the Halt for Honors at Old Granary Burial Ground, Col. Fife reads a bio. of each Patriot as wreaths are placed by the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company on the graves of Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Robert Treat Paine, Peter Faneuil, and Crispus Atticus. Taps & Salvos will follow the wreath ceremony.  

9:45 - 10:30 a.m. - Reading of the Declaration of Independence, Old State House Balcony

The conclusion program includes:

  • Trumpet call
  • Pledge of Allegiance by Commissioner Robert Santiago
  • “God Bless America” sung by Dana Whiteside
  • Reading of the Declaration of Independence by Captain Robert A. Imlach 
  • Stars and Stripes Forever by the Zarba Military Band and confetti release

The event should conclude by 10:30. 

Note: This year, the event ends at the Old State House, not Faneuil Hall.

9:00am - 10:30am
1 City Hall Square
Boston, 02201-2006
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment
Neighborhood:
Citywide
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Mayor's Movie Nights: 'Hotel Transylvania'

Mayor Kim Janey's Movie Nights give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in city parks.

The film tells the story of Count Dracula, the owner of a hotel called Hotel Transylvania where the world's monsters can take a rest from human civilization.

All shows begin at dusk. This series is hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with Soxcessful.

No pre-registration is needed to attend!

5:45pm
Boston Common
38 Beacon Street
Downtown, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Chinatown/Leather District
Citywide
Downtown
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Canceled:
Jamaica Plain Movie Night: 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World'

Reason for cancellation: rain

The inhabitants of Berk enjoy firm friendships, new responsibilities and great relationships with their dragons as they co-exist happily. However, once an evil dragon trafficker threatens their peace, seeking to rob and deceive them emotionally and wipe out the dragons entirely, they must join forces to overcome this newfound foe.

All shows begin at dusk. This series is sponsored by Highland Partners Charitable Fund and hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.

No pre-registration needed to attend!

7:45pm
Jamaica Pond - Pinebank
345 Jamaica Way
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
Jamaica Plain
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Hyde Park Movie Night: 'Toy Story 4'

Mayor Janey's Movie Nights give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy popular films under the night skies in City parks in August and September.

A new toy named "Forky" joins the gang when Bonnie turns a spork into a toy. But when he disappears, Woody, Buzz, and company set out into the world to find him, resolve his existential crisis, and reunite with Bonnie.

All shows begin at dusk. This series is sponsored by Highland Partners Charitable Fund and hosted by Boston Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment.

No pre-registration is needed to attend!

7:45pm
Iacono Playground
150 Readville St
Hyde Park, MA 02136
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
Hyde Park
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