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Bike to Work Day Festival 2020

Reason for cancellation: We are postponing this year's festival. We hope to have a new date soon!

Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival celebrates National Bike to Work Day and is our way of saying, “Thanks for riding your bike today.” We think it’s important to celebrate everyone who rides in Boston, and we want to make it fun for experienced and new bike commuters.

* Please note that this year Boston's National Bike to Work Day Festival celebration has been moved to Pemberton Square.

On Bike to Work Day, you can join a commuter convoy as it rides through one of dozens of locations throughout the Boston metro area. These convoys are guided by experienced ride leaders and follow a fixed schedule and route. Everyone finishes together at Pemberton Square! Because you rode your bike, you’ll get a free breakfast and coffee amid an expo at Pemberton Square. Join a convoy, or just show up for the fun at Pemberton Square. Going to work after the event is optional.

Registration is free but it ends on Tuesday, May 12, at 5 p.m. We encourage you to register so we know to expect you. It will also help us ensure that we have enough food and free t-shirts for everyone. Breakfast is only for cyclists, so please be prepared to show us your bike, helmet, or Bluebikes key.


More Bike to Work info

Want to help out as a convoy leader? Want to exhibit at the event?

7:00am - 9:00am
1 Pemberton Square
Boston, MA 02108
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Daniela Sanchez Zamora
Neighborhood:
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Citywide
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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Children's Winter Festival 2020

The Children's Winter Festival returns to the Boston Common!

Looking for some fun & free activities during BPS February school vacation week?

Join us on Thursday, February 20th from 11 a.m - 2 p.m on the Boston Common for our annual Children's Winter Festival! Hosted by Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Parks & Recreation Department in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation, this is the perfect afternoon activity for kids of all ages.

This year's festival will feature music, giveaways, various winter attractions, treats, crafts and much more! This event is FREE and open to all. Make sure to dress warmly!

Attractions include:

  • a 45-foot-long Toboggan Tunnel mountainous adventure
  • Snow Mazing maze
  • Snowzilla Jr., an inflatable winter-themed slide
  • a three-car Trackless Train
  • hands-on games including Giant Connect4, Baggo, Giant Horseshoes, Inflatable Skee Ball, and much more.
  • L.L. Bean's Bootmobile will be on-site for a photo-op and their Outdoor Discovery Program team will offer sledding and snowshoeing (weather permitting) or a Maps and Compass Challenge if there is no snow.
  • Free giveaways from Disney's Frozen 2 and a chance to win a copy of the movie
  • XFINITY is providing a vintage 1960s Volkswagen bus converted to a photo bus, so bring your best pose and let XFINITY’s Photobus take your group’s photo.
  • The Magic 106.7 street team will be there with giveaways
  • Additionally, there will be activities with the Girl Scouts of Eastern MA, the Mayor’s Mural Crew, the New England Aquarium, a family Zumba class, and hot tea from DAVIDsTEA.

For more information, please call the Boston Parks & Recreation Department at 617-635-4505 or visit Boston.gov/Parks

11:00am - 2:00pm
Boston Common
Parade Ground (Corner of Beacon & Charles Street)
Boston, MA 02111
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Nora Doherty
Neighborhood:
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Citywide
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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2019 Copley Square Tree Lighting

Please join us in celebrating our annual tree lighting at Copley Square.

Weather Update Monday, December 2, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.: We are still on for tonight's tree lighting in Copley Square, with a shortened program due to the inclement weather. We will light the tree promptly at 5 p.m. and families are invited to the Fairmont Copley Plaza immediately afterward (approximately 5:10 p.m.)  for treats, activities, and photos with Santa.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting on Monday, December 2, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Fairmont Copley Plaza will host a family reception immediately following for all in attendance.  The reception will include cookie decorating, photos with Santa, and treats from the Fairmont Copley Plaza.

For additional information, please call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505.  To learn more, about The Friends of Copley Square, please visit their website.

5:00pm
560 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Parks and Recreation Department
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
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Employment and Resource Job Fair

Learn about local opportunities and get a professional headshot taken on-site. 

Join us Thursday, October 24 for a CORI friendly job fair hosted by the City of Boston's Office of Returning Citizens. 

Employers attending:

  • NECAT (New England Center for Arts and Technology)
  • Dorchester Bay
  • Duane Wrecking 
  • People Ready
  • Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • BFIT (Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology)
  • Volunteers of America (Veterans)
  • IBEW Local 7 (Electricians)
  • and many more!

 

Sponsors:

  • City of Boston
  • Office of Returning Citizens
  • Suffolk County District Attorney's Office
  • Suffolk County Sheriff's Department
  • MassHire
10:00am - 2:00pm
650 Dudley Street
Boston, MA 02125
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Office of Returning Citizens
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Allston
Back Bay
Bay Village
Beacon Hill
Brighton
Charlestown
Chinatown/Leather District
Dorchester
Downtown
East Boston
Fenway/Kenmore
Hyde Park
Jamaica Plain
Mattapan
Mission Hill
North End
Roslindale
Roxbury
South Boston
South End
West End
West Roxbury
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Fall Crafts Fair

Stop by BCYF Paris Street Community Center on November 16 and check out the crafts!

BCYF Paris Street Community Center is hosting a Fall Crafts Fair on Saturday, November 16. In addition to great local crafts there will be food, door prizes and more. While you're there, check out all the center has to offer and see the plans for the renovation of BCYF Paris Street Pool across the street!

Are you a Boston crafts person who wants to host a table? Call Elaine at the center at 617-635-5125.

11:00am - 3:00pm
112 Paris Street
Boston, MA 02128
Price:
FREE
Contact:
BCYF Paris Street Community Center
Neighborhood:
East Boston
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Mattapan Square Pop Up Plaza

Experience a street transformed into additional pedestrian space in Mattapan Sq on Sunday July 28th

Join the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) and the Solomon Foundation in partnership with #MattapanLove for the Mattapan Square Pop-Up Plaza. We hope the pop-up in front of a local favorite, Brothers Deli & Restaurant, will be a space for the community to play, gather, and connect.  The plaza will be up from 12 pm to 6 pm. Feel free to come in and out of the space, stop by for a quick look or sit down and enjoy.

 

We are excited to be a #MattapanLove collaborator this summer! #MattapanLove is a series of community events sponsored by Boston's Food Forest, Farmer's Collaborative, Greater Mattapan Neighborhood Council and Ideal Mixer. The purpose is to promote Mattapan as a destination and activate vacant spaces with art & culture with events in Ryan Park on July 28th and August 18th. Visit linktr.ee/mattapan.love for more information.

 

12:00pm - 6:00pm
1638 Blue Hill Ave
Boston, MA 02126
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Justin Brazier
Neighborhood:
Mattapan
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Open Newbury Street

Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston invite you to experience a car-free Newbury Street.

On July 14, August 25, and September 15, 2019 shoppers, diners and pedestrians can explore new restaurants, local boutiques, and international brands — or rediscover your favorite Newbury Street gems on a street transformed and free of cars. Find meaning in the melodies of local musicians, challenge your friends to an outdoor game, or simply stroll along enjoying the festive atmosphere of Open Newbury Street. Celebrate Newbury Street, a uniquely treasured place in the heart of Boston.

HOW TO GET THERE

There are multiple MBTA stations in the vicinity of Newbury Street including Arlington, Copley and Hynes on the Green Line and Back Bay Station on the Orange Line and commuter rail. Ride your bike to Newbury Street and lock it to bike corrals stationed throughout the event. Take BlueBikes and dock at stations located throughout Back Bay. Multiple parking garages are located in the Copley Square area south of Boylston Street.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Newbury Street will be car-free from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue. The intersections of Exeter Street, Fairfield Street, Gloucester Street and Hereford Street will be car-free with the remainder of the intersections open to traffic for public safety access. Parking will be restricted beginning at 5 am.

BUSINESS PARTICIPATION

The City of Boston encourages all businesses to take part in Open Newbury Street by activating outdoor spaces and taking advantage of the reclaimed public space. All outdoor activations are restricted only to those businesses that have brick and mortar locations on Newbury Street. If you are representing a business that is located on Newbury Street and would like set up an event outside, please fill out the online form or contact Jacob Wessel at jacob.wessel@boston.gov or 617-635-0025. We are excited to hear about what you're planning and look forward to helping make this year's Open Newbury Street days successful for your business!

10:00am - 6:00pm
10 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Jacob Wessel
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
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Day Square Pop-Up Plaza

Experience a temporary pedestrian plaza demonstration in East Boston's Day Square

Join the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM) and the Solomon Foundation for the Day Square Pop-Up Plaza. We hope this plaza helps to show the community the possibilities for future public space possibilities in Day Square and the rest of East Boston. The plaza will be up from 10 am to 6 pm with programming scheduled throughout the day. Feel free to come in and out of the space and also just hang out and bring lunch to enjoy in the space.

(programming pending)

10:00am - 6:00pm
288 Bennington Street
Boston, MA 02128
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Justin Brazier
Neighborhood:
East Boston
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Austin Street Pop-Up Plaza

Experience a street transformed into a pedestrian plaza on Wedensday July 17th

Join the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM), the Boston Transportation Department, WalkBoston, and the Solomon Foundation for the Austin St. Pop-Up Plaza. We hope to demonstrate the possibilities for enhanced public space for seating and activities in Charlestown's Thompson Square. The plaza will be up from 10 am to 8 pm with programming scheduled throughout the day. Feel free to come in and out of the space and also just hang out and bring lunch to enjoy in the space.

10:00 am to 12:00 pm- Age-Friendly Summer Sidewalk Series Events (organized by the Age Strong Commission)
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm- Games out on the Plaza
6:00 pm- BPD Ice Cream Truck (Free)

(more programing pending)

10:00am - 8:00pm
Austin Street and Main Street
Boston, MA 02129
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Guadalupe Garcia
Neighborhood:
Charlestown
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Open Newbury Street

Mayor Walsh and the City of Boston invite you to experience a car-free Newbury Street.

On July 14, August 25, and September 15, 2019 shoppers, diners and pedestrians can explore new restaurants, local boutiques, and international brands — or rediscover your favorite Newbury Street gems on a street transformed and free of cars. Find meaning in the melodies of local musicians, challenge your friends to an outdoor game, or simply stroll along enjoying the festive atmosphere of Open Newbury Street. Celebrate Newbury Street, a uniquely treasured place in the heart of Boston.

HOW TO GET THERE

There are multiple MBTA stations in the vicinity of Newbury Street including Arlington, Copley and Hynes on the Green Line and Back Bay Station on the Orange Line and commuter rail. Ride your bike to Newbury Street and lock it to bike corrals stationed throughout the event. Take BlueBikes and dock at stations located throughout Back Bay. Multiple parking garages are located in the Copley Square area south of Boylston Street.

ADDITIONAL DETAILS

Newbury Street will be car-free from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. from Berkeley Street to Massachusetts Avenue. The intersections of Exeter Street, Fairfield Street, Gloucester Street and Hereford Street will be car-free with the remainder of the intersections open to traffic for public safety access. Parking will be restricted beginning at 5 am.

BUSINESS PARTICIPATION

The City of Boston encourages all businesses to take part in Open Newbury Street by activating outdoor spaces and taking advantage of the reclaimed public space. All outdoor activations are restricted only to those businesses that have brick and mortar locations on Newbury Street. If you are representing a business that is located on Newbury Street and would like set up an event outside, please fill out the online form or contact Jacob Wessel at jacob.wessel@boston.gov or 617-635-0025. We are excited to hear about what you're planning and look forward to helping make this year's Open Newbury Street days successful for your business!

10:00am - 6:00pm
10 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Jacob Wessel
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
Event Type:
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