COVID-19 information
/
For the latest updates, please visit our coronavirus (COVID-19) website:
Back to top
Last updated:

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2021

Join us in proudly honoring the lives and legacies of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights leader, author, and activist Coretta Scott King.

Join the City of Boston, the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground at Boston University, and New England Conservatory in proudly honoring the lives and legacies of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and civil rights leader, author, and activist Coretta Scott King.

This annual event has adapted this year to a virtual format with public health and safety guidelines in mind. We invite you to view the full program, featuring live and pre-recorded content, which will be aired live on the City of Boston TV channel (Xfinity: channel 24, RCN: channel 13, and Fios: channel 962) and via livestream on Boston.gov and Boston University's website.

12:00pm - 2:00pm
VIRTUAL EVENT
BOSTON, MA
Price:
FREE
Contact:
TOURISM, SPORTS, AND ENTERTAINMENT
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Posted:

About the event

FEATURED SPEAKERS:

Eddie S. Glaude Jr. is the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. In a year when many are reading James Baldwin’s essays, Dr. Glaude helps us to understand Baldwin’s excursion to understand racism in Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for Our Own

Ibram X. Kendi is a bestselling author, the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and the founding director of the BU Center for Antiracist Research. Professor Kendi is a contributing writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News correspondent. He is also the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University.

READINGS:

Selections from Baldwin’s essays and introduction of speakers will be done by graduates of Boston Public Schools now attending Boston University and New England Conservatory, including NEC's David Norville.

ADDITIONAL SPEAKERS:

  • Karen Holmes Ward, Director of Public Affairs and Community Services at WCVB and host/executive producer of CityLine
  • Karilyn Crockett, Chief of Equity, City of Boston
  • Martin J. Walsh, Mayor, City of Boston
  • Andrea Kalyn, President, New England Conservatory
  • Katherine Kennedy, Director, Boston University Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground
  • Jean Morrison, Provost and Chief Academic Officer, Boston University
  • Dr. Robert A. Brown, President Boston University 

MUSIC:

  • "Come Sunday" – Duke Ellington | performed by NEC's Naledi Masilo '22 (voice), Eden MacAdam-Somer (violin), and Hankus Netsky (piano)
  • "Delights and Dances" – Michael Abels | performed by NEC Philharmonia; Hugh Wolff, conductor
  • "Striving for God" – Undine Smith | performed by NEC Chamber Singers; Erica Washburn, conductor
  • "Unity Medley" | performed by Boston University's Inner Strength Gospel Choir
  • "Summerland" – William Grant-Still | performed by Isabel Garita-Chin (violin) and Lorena Tecu (piano)
Last updated:

Boston GospelFest: A virtual experience

New England’s largest Gospel music celebration will be streamed online on Sunday, August 9, at 5 p.m.!

The City of Boston’s annual GospelFest event, presented in partnership with Event Gospel, will be streamed online at 5 p.m. on Sunday, August 9. For more than 20 years, this annual gospel festival showcases both national and local gospel talent, blending contemporary and traditional gospel melodies.

Performers include the Mayor’s Community Gospel Choir, The Worship Bandits, Todd Galberth, Maranda Curtis, and Jonathan McReynolds! This virtual event will be hosted by Commissioner Gross of the Boston Police Department, Bishop Bobby Perry of Kingdom Builders Church, Bishop John Borders of Morning Star Baptist Church, and Pastor Ray Hammond of Bethel AME Church.

Attendees are encouraged to register to attend the event. The show will premiere on Sunday, August 9, at 5 p.m. on the Boston GospelFest websiteand on the City of Boston’s YouTube channel.

5:00pm - 8:00pm
Virtual Event
Boston, MA
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Event Type:
Posted:
Last updated:

Canceled:
BCYF Girls Open House

Reason for cancellation: Contact the organizer

Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact erika.butler@boston.gov.

12:00pm - 3:00pm
BCYF Vine Street Community Center
339 Dudley Street
Roxbury, MA 02118
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Erika Butler
Neighborhood:
Citywide
Roxbury
Posted:
Last updated:

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
Posted:
Last updated:

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
Posted:
Last updated:

As You Were concert at Boston City Hall

Please join Mayor Walsh and the United States Army on Saturday, August 10, at 7 p.m. for the band, As You Were.

The U.S. Army’s national touring pop-rock band As You Were is comprised of active-duty soldiers. They play approximately 230 shows yearly across the country at high schools, colleges, and music festivals.

Performances include covers of top 40 music and original songs from the band’s brand new album, scheduled for release this summer.

7:00pm - 9:00pm
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment
Neighborhood:
Downtown
Event Type:
Posted:
Last updated:

Canceled:
Family Gym at BCYF Gallivan

Reason for cancellation: All Family Gym dates have been canceled to keep our members and their families safe and to adhere to the event and programming guidelines established by the City of Boston.
Please note:
  • Drop-in, no pre-registration required.
  • We require a caregiver to participate during Family Gym. Fun and safety are our priorities.
  • Caregivers must remain in the gym with their children at all times.
  • Legal guardian must sign a waiver before child can participate.
  • Children of all abilities welcome
  • Immigrant-safe space.

Learn more about BCYF Gallivan

10:00am - 11:30am
Repeats weekly on Saturday, starting from March 21, 2020, until April 11, 2020
61 Woodruff Way
Boston, MA 02126
Price:
FREE
Contact:
BCYF Family Gym
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
Posted:
Last updated:

Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series

The North End Music and Performing Arts Center will return to Boston’s Greenway North End Parks for their Jazz in the Park concert series. The concerts take place Tuesday evenings in July, from 6 - 7:30 p.m.

The North End Music and Performance Arts Center is kicking off their 2019 Jazz in the Park Summer Concert Series this July! All four concerts are free, family-friendly, and open to the public. 

performers 
  • July 9 — MIXCLA (Blend of sounds from the mountains of Chile, traditions of Japan, and fires of Cuba)
  • July 16 — Gabrielle Godoman (Jazz, R&B, Classic, and Gospel)
  • July 23 — Scanzonati (Blend of Italian Leggera with Jazz harmonies) 
  • July 30 — Sawaari (Mix of Indian taals, Arabic maqams, and trance music from North Africa and Italy)
6:00pm - 7:30pm
Repeats weekly on Tuesday, starting from July 9, 2019, until July 30, 2019
North Street and Cross Streeet
Boston, MA 02113
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Rose-Marie Gomez
Neighborhood:
North End
Posted:
Last updated:

Tanglewood in the City

Join us for a live simulcast on Boston Common of the Boston Symphony Orchestra from their summer home Tanglewood in the Berkshires.

Bring your lawn chair and picnic to enjoy music Tanglewood-style!

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Andris Nelsons, conductor
Gautier Capuçon, cello

Music

Betsy JOLAS A Little Summer Suite
SAINT-SAËNS Cello Concerto No. 1
DEBUSSY La Mer
RAVEL La Valse

8:00pm
139 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02111
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Parks and Recreation
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
Posted:
Last updated:

Canceled:
Cavern Club Beatles Concert

Reason for cancellation:

The Cavern Club Beatles are a Beatles cover band. We'll have more details about this event as the date approaches.

7:00pm
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment
Neighborhood:
Downtown
Event Type:
Posted:
Subscribe to Music