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2020 Food Truck Lottery

We are hosting the City of Boston's annual Food Truck lottery on Tuesday, February 25, for 2020 food truck site assignments.

The lottery will begin promptly at 6 p.m., so please plan on arriving at 5:30 p.m.

  1. To participate, please submit your completed application by midnight on Friday February 14, 2020. Your annual Food Truck permit application can now be submitted online!
  2. Inform us that you will be participating in this year’s lottery by filling out this RSVP form for the Lottery by 4 p.m. on February 21, 2020.
  3. We will send out the Q1 available sites to you on February 19.
  4. Attendance at the lottery is MANDATORY. Please send a representative if you are unable to attend. If you are not present, your truck will not be able to participate in the lottery.
5:30pm - 8:00pm
Kroc Center
650 Dudley Street
Boston, MA 02125
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Small Business Unit
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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Grand opening: We Grow Microgreens Urban Farm and Greenhouse

Join us for the grand opening and ribbon cutting for the We Grow Microgreens Urban Farm and Greenhouse.

Join Mayor Martin J. Walsh and community members to celebrate Hyde Park's newest small business, bringing healthy greens to farm stands across the City. The City of Boston's Department of Neighborhood Development made an acre of land available to create this urban farm. Adjacent to the farm is a new public walking path built with City of Boston Community Preservation funds for neighbors to enjoy the site and connect to nearby parks.

10:00am
21 Norton Street
Hyde Park, MA 02136
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Christine Poff
Neighborhood:
Hyde Park
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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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Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals - Mattapan

We offer free and nutritious breakfast and lunch to youth 18 and under at more than 100 locations across the City. This summer we are bringing Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals to you!

Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals is a pilot program. We're going out into communities to serve meals to kids 18 and under. Our goal is to fill the meal gap in the summer when school is not in session.

Neighborhoods we cover include East Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals is a partnership between Food Access, Boston Public Schools, and Love Your Block.

Summer Eats Mobile Meals dates:
11:30am - 1:30pm
Repeats weekly on Friday, starting from July 19, 2019, until August 23, 2019
350 River Street
Mattapan, MA 02126
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Food Access
Neighborhood:
Mattapan
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Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals - East Boston

We offer free and nutritious breakfast and lunch to youth 18 and under at more than 100 locations across the City. This summer we are bringing Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals to you!

Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals is a pilot program. We're going out into communities to serve meals to kids 18 and under. Our goal is to fill the meal gap in the summer when school is not in session.

Neighborhoods we cover include East Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals is a partnership between Food Access, Boston Public Schools, and Love Your Block.

Summer Eats Mobile Meals dates:
11:30am - 1:30pm
Repeats weekly on Thursday, starting from July 18, 2019, until August 22, 2019
799 Bennington Street
(Take the ramp up to the beach parking lot)
Boston, MA 02128
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Food Access
Neighborhood:
East Boston
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Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals - Roxbury

We offer free and nutritious breakfast and lunch to youth 18 and under at more than 100 locations across the City. This summer we are bringing Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals to you!

Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals is a pilot program. We're going out into communities to serve meals to kids 18 and under. Our goal is to fill the meal gap in the summer when school is not in session.

Neighborhoods we cover include East Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals is a partnership between Food Access, Boston Public Schools, and Love Your Block.

Summer Eats Mobile Meals dates:
11:30am - 1:30pm
Repeats weekly on Wednesday, starting from July 17, 2019, until August 21, 2019
1400 Tremont Street
Roxbury, MA 02120
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Food Access
Neighborhood:
Roxbury
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Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals - Dorchester

We offer free and nutritious breakfast and lunch to youth 18 and under at more than 100 locations across the City. This summer we are bringing Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals to you!

Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals is a pilot program. We're going out into communities to serve meals to kids 18 and under. Our goal is to fill the meal gap in the summer when school is not in session.

Neighborhoods we cover include East Boston, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury. Boston Summer Eats Mobile Meals is a partnership between Food Access, Boston Public Schools, and Love Your Block.

Summer Eats Mobile Meals dates:
11:30am - 1:30pm
Repeats weekly on Tuesday, starting from July 16, 2019, until August 20, 2019
1 Franklin Park Road
Dorchester, MA 02121
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Food Access
Neighborhood:
Dorchester
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Plant the City

We're seeking youth volunteers to help us plant fruits and vegetables in their communities.

Did you know that there are farmers in the City?

Join Youth Engagement and Employment and Food Access on May 18 to help provide healthy food options for your community by planting fruits and vegetables to be harvested and shared with your neighbors this summer. Come learn about urban farming and plant healthy food for your community! 

Free breakfast and lunch, and free swag. These are volunteer hours.

RSVP for the event

10:00am
1483 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02120
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Ruth Georges
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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Boston Common tree lighting

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and guests from the Province of Nova Scotia will celebrate the 78th Annual Tree Lighting on Boston Common on Thursday, December 5. 

The official holiday season kick-off in Boston includes the lighting of the City of Boston's official Christmas tree and trees throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden. Generations have enjoyed and continue to treasure Boston's tree lighting celebration. Twenty-five thousand people of all ages attend the event, which has grown to include a festive stage show with nationally known talent. Join us in the countdown as Mayor Walsh illuminates Boston's official tree and trees on Boston Common and the Public Garden bridge.

The celebration is presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, title sponsor The Province of Nova Scotia, signature sponsor Encore Boston Harbor, Jumbotron sponsor Geico Local Office, presenting sponsors Exelon and the Coca-Cola Company, and media sponsors WCVB Channel 5, Magic 106.7 FM, and the Boston Globe.   The holiday lights throughout both parks will light up in sequence shortly before 8 p.m. when Mayor Walsh is joined onstage by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Santa Claus, Rudolph, and Frosty.  The show will close with a pyrotechnic display by Atlas PyroVision. 

The holiday decorations throughout Boston Common and the Public Garden include the City of Boston’s official 2019 Christmas tree, a 45-foot white spruce tree donated by Desmond Waithe and Corina Saunders of Chance Harbour, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. 

WCVB Channel 5’s CHRONICLE Co-Anchors Anthony Everett and Shayna Seymour will once again host Channel 5’s live broadcast of the event beginning at 7 p.m. featuring multi-platinum singer-songwriter and Lexington native Matt Nathanson, award-winning Nova Scotian alt-pop stars Neon Dreams, Nova Scotian R&B singer-songwriter Zamani, performances by cast members from the new musical “Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas Carol” and  “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas: The Musical,” as well as Dorchester’s Holy Tabernacle Church Choir.

The lighting of the trees on the Common is made possible through the generosity of the Lynch Foundation, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority, the Herb Chambers Companies, and contributions from other individuals and institutions.  The annual holiday display includes the official Christmas tree from Nova Scotia and trees throughout Boston Common.  Refreshments and additional support will be provided by promotional sponsors Dunkin’, Capital One, Xfinity, H.P. Hood LLC, Power Crunch Bars, Drake’s Cakes, perfectly free fruit bites, and Nature’s Path Foods. 

This is the 48th year that Nova Scotia has given a tree to the people of Boston as thanks for relief efforts following the December 6, 1917, explosion of a munitions ship in Halifax Harbor.  Within 24 hours of the disaster a train loaded with supplies and emergency personnel was making its way from Boston to Nova Scotia.  For more information, please call 617-635-4505. Check out the Boston Common website for parking information.

6:00pm
139 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
Beacon Hill
Chinatown/Leather District
Downtown
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2018 Copley Square Tree Lighting

Welcome the holidays and join us for the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and The Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting on Monday, November 26, from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The free event will feature appearances by Mayor Walsh, NECN’s Jenny Johnson, Santa Claus, and Rudolph along with musical performances by vocalist Mark “Sing” Robertson, the Boston Children’s Chorus, the Boston Pops Brass Quintet, and Berklee College of Music's own Natalie Daniela Castro Diaz.

Light refreshments will be provided by Drake’s Cakes, KIND Snacks, HP Hood LLC, and the dairy farm families of New England and Must Be The Milk. 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. You can learn more about The Friends of Copley Square online.

5:00pm
560 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Boston Parks & Recreation Department
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
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