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Grove Hall mural tour

Get outside and make City of Boston's mural map come to life in Grove Hall!

Art SPARKs, the 2021 SPARK Boston Council's subcommittee at the intersection of art and civics, is pleased to present the Grove Hall Mural Tour. Join us for a (hopefully pleasant) fall day in the Grove Hall neighborhood, where Dorchester and Roxbury meet.

Register for the event

We'll be meeting outside the Grove Hall Branch Library and handing out curatorial guides for groups to do self-guided tours and interact with community members along the route. Come learn more about the City of Boston, public art, and the amazing businesses and community groups in Grove Hall!

11:00am - 2:00pm
Grove Hall Branch Library
41 Geneva Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02121
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Spark Boston
Neighborhood:
Dorchester
Roxbury
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Talk to us about Cummins Highway at Mattapan Square Farmers Market

Come talk to us in person about Cummins Highway.

We will be at the Mattapan Square Farmers Market (888 Cummins Highway) every Saturday in October from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

10:00am - 1:00pm
Repeats weekly on Saturday, starting from October 2, 2021, until October 31, 2021
Mattapan Square Farmers Market
888 Cummins Highway
Mattapan, MA
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Jeff Alexis
Neighborhood:
Mattapan
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Hero Square Dedication for Lester A. Burton

Please join us for a Hero Square Dedication for Lester A. Burton on October 18 at 2 p.m.

Lester A. Burton was born on October 12, 1918, in Albany, New York. As a resident of Boston, Lester was very active in his community, and around the age of three he began tap dancing lessons. Later, Lester enlisted into the United States Army and began active duty on September 16, 1942.

With the 318th Regiment of the 80th Infantry Division, he fought his way across France, until he reached the Moselle River. There his company spearheaded an attack on a key terrain as part of Patton’s Lorraine Campaign. During the night, the Germans counterattacked Lester's company. Ironically, Private Burton, who loved dancing, died of a wound to his leg on September 8, 1944.

For the heroism he displayed in his service to our country, Lester was awarded the Purple Heart. Lester was survived by his parents Rose M. McCabe, Lester H. Burton, and five siblings.

2:00pm - 3:00pm
Intersection of Westland Avenue and Hemenway Street
Fenway, MA 02114
Price:
FREE
Contact:
John Allison
Neighborhood:
Fenway/Kenmore
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2021 Boston Veterans Parade

We're honoring the service and sacrifices of all who have served and those who continue to serve. The parade starts at 12 p.m. (noon) on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

We're assembling at the corner of Charles Street and Boylston Street (Boston Common) and marching to Government Center. This is a new and exciting parade designed to honor the service and sacrifice of veterans and their families, as well as a thank you to all who continue to serve.

We are seeking veteran, military, and civic organizations as well as musical groups to headline this all-star salute to service. If you would like to participate, please register below.

Register for the event

Map of the parade route

The deadline to register is October 31, 2021.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

Due to COVID-19, our organization does not have funding to pay any organization to participate in this event. We respect if this will change your ability to support our veterans and families at this celebration. We are working to see if we can provide a small honorarium to groups but we can not guarantee this at this time. We are just excited to be able to come together once again to honor the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families and those who continue to serve our nation.

If you have any questions, please email Bryan Bishop at bryan.bishop@boston.gov.

12:00pm - 3:00pm
Assemble at the Corner of Charles Street and Boylston Street (Boston Common)
March to Government Center
Boston , MA 02114
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Bryan Bishop
Neighborhood:
Downtown
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Map of the parade route

2021 Veterans Day Parade route

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Run Out the Vote

You've probably heard of people running for a charity or cause. What if that cause is for getting out the vote (GOTV)? Want to help make a difference? Join us!

SPARK Boston is partnering with Boston Road Runners and Athleta Newbury to celebrate Boston's vibrant running community and this year's historic election by hosting a casual run (and walk if there's interest) to GOTV on Wednesday, October 13, at 5:30 p.m.

Come dressed in red, white, or blue, or a combination of them, or join us in your nonpartisan go vote gear! We'll be taking photos and videos to help spread the GOTV message, going for a fun run around the Charles River, serving refreshments afterwards, and giving away neck gaiters (swag!), thanks to a donation from Hoo-Rag.

Plus, there will be a physical therapist on-site for advice on staying injury-free and GOTV material you can take home to spread the word. If you stick around to shop, Athleta is also offering a 20% discount on one item. Please know you can store personal belongings at Athleta while you're out and about getting your #GOTV on. Masks are also required to be worn in the store.

IMPORTANT: All runners must fill out this participant waiver from Boston Road Runners before you take off.

5:15pm - 7:00pm
92 Newbury Street
Boston, MA 02116
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Spark Boston
Neighborhood:
Back Bay
Bay Village
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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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Upham's Corner RFP Site Visit

The City of Boston and the BPDA will host a site visit for potential RFP respondents.

The site visit will be held on October 19, 2021 at 1:00 PM for two RFP sites in Upham's Corner:

  • Site 1: 555-559 Columbia Road and the Strand Theatre
  • Site 2: Hamlet Street

Please use the form below to register. More details will be shared via email a week before the site visit.

Register for the site visit

1:00pm - 2:00pm
Uphams Corner
Boston, MA 02125
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Morgan McDaniel
Neighborhood:
Dorchester
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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.

Learn more

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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City Hall lighting ceremony for Hispanic Heritage Month

Join the City of Boston's Latinx Employee Resource Group for a virtual and in-person celebration to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month on Wednesday, September 15, from 6 - 8 p.m.

Agenda
  • 6 p.m. - Music and Celebration
  • 7:30 p.m. - City Hall Lighting Ceremony

Register for the event

Or join us in person at City Hall!

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Boston City Hall
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201
Price:
FREE
Contact:
Natalia Urtubey
Neighborhood:
Citywide
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Downtown Crossing Street Improvements Pop Up

We want to hear from you! Come learn about proposed improvements to some of the key streets in Downtown Crossing and let us know what you think.

The Boston Public Works and Transportation Departments are planning to make improvements to the streets of Downtown Crossing. We want to improve the experience of walking in the district for all who live, work, visit, study, and shop here.

Please consider joining a virtual or in-person conversation to learn about the project and to provide your input!

We plan to make improvements to the following streets:

  • Washington Street (from Temple Place to School Street)
  • Bromfield Street
  • School Street
  • Summer Street (from Washington Street to Hawley Street)
  • Winter Street

Downtown Crossing Streets

11:00am - 6:00pm
Summer Street between Washington Street and Hawley Street
Boston, MA 02108
Price:
FREE
Contact:
William Moose
Neighborhood:
Chinatown/Leather District
Citywide
Downtown
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