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Donna Summer Disco Party

Get your groove on at our annual summer disco party honoring five-time Grammy winner and Boston native, Donna Summer!

Boston-born disco legend Donna Summer was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a five-time Grammy winner, and sold over 140 million records worldwide. She was born in Dorchester and was raised in Mission Hill before rising to stardom in the 1970s. She passed away at the age of 62 years old on May 17, 2012. This annual event honors her life and celebrates her music and legacy in Boston. 

Donna Summer Disco Party will feature:

  • music provided by DJ Vince 1,
  • a musical performance by July, Donna’s Summer great-niece, and
  • appearances by Donna Summer’s nephew, O’Mega Red, and other members of Donna Summer's family. 

All attendees are encouraged to follow public health guidance and get vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated yet, find a location near you. Hand sanitizer will be available on-site at this entirely outdoor, open-air event. It is encouraged, but not required, to wear masks.

Please note: This year, the event will not feature a roller-skating rink, but guests will be able to dance the night away to Donna Summer’s greatest hits in a groovy atmosphere complete with glow sticks, colorful lights, and a disco ball!

  • 6:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Copley Square
    Boston, MA 02116
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Contact:
    Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment
  • Neighborhood:
    Citywide
  • Event Type:
  • Posted:
2021-06-24T18:00:00 - 2021-06-24T21:00:00
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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.

2021-01-18T12:00:00 - 2021-01-18T14:00:00

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)
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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.

2020-08-09T17:00:00 - 2020-08-09T20:00:00
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Canceled:
BCYF Girls Open House

Reason for cancellation: Contact the organizer

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

2020-03-28T12:00:00 - 2020-03-28T15:00:00
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Children's Winter Festival 2022

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

Mayor Michelle Wu and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department present the annual Children's Winter Festival on the Boston Common Parade Ground on Thursday, February 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This family school vacation event is hosted in partnership with the Highland Street Foundation and L.L. Bean. The free and open to all festival will feature music, giveaways, various winter attractions, treats, and crafts.. Additional support is provided by the Boston Globe, Dunkin’, Xfinity, and Soxcessful.

The festival will feature treats, promotions, and giveaways from Dunkin’, L.L. Bean, the Boston Globe, Cabot Cheese, and Soxcessful. Attractions include a funhouse maze, the Snowzilla Jr. inflatable winter-themed slide, a Ski Lift photo op, an inflatable curling lane, All Star Challenge obstacle course, rides in the park on the Trackless Train, family dance classes, and hands-on games including Connect Four, Skee Ball, cornhole, horseshoes, Jenga, chess, and field games facilitated by Knucklebones.

The Boston Common Parade Ground is located at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets. To stay up to date with news, events, and improvements in Boston parks, call 617-635-4505, visit the Parks Department website, join our email list, and follow our social channels @bostonparksdept on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

  • 11:00am - 2:00pm
  • Boston Common
    Parade Ground (Corner of Beacon and Charles Street)
    Boston, MA 02111
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Contact:
    Shannon Murphy
  • 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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2022-02-24T11:00:00 - 2022-02-24T14:00:00
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Boston's official holiday tree arrival 2021

The annual gift of an evergreen Christmas tree from Nova Scotia will arrive by police escort at Boston Common. Please note: The tree has been delayed in transit, the arrival is now scheduled for Thursday (originally Wednesday).

This year commemorates the 104th year of friendship between Nova Scotia and the people of Boston after our City provided emergency assistance when Halifax, Nova Scotia’s capital, was devastated by a wartime explosion in 1917.

Boston’s official 2021 Christmas tree is a 60-year-old, 48-foot white spruce that was donated by land owner L’Arche Cape Breton, a nonprofit organization that creates safe, supportive homes, and meaningful work for people with disabilities.

Boston Parks Commissioner Ryan Woods, Santa Claus, and local schoolchildren will greet the tree at its final destination near the Boston Visitors Center at 139 Tremont Street. The tree will be lit at approximately 7:55 p.m. on Thursday, December 2, as the City of Boston’s Official Tree Lighting is celebrated on Boston Common from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

  • 11:00am
  • 139 Tremont St
    Boston, MA 02111
  • Price:
    FREE
  • Contact:
    Parks and Recreation Department
  • 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:
2021-11-18T11:00:00
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2021 Copley Square Tree Lighting

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

The City of Boston, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, and the Friends of Copley Square welcome the holidays with the annual Copley Square Tree Lighting starting at 5 p.m.  

This free event will feature appearances by Santa Claus, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer along with musical performances by vocalist Ackeem Hill, the Boston Children’s Chorus, the Boston Pops Esplanade Brass Ensemble, and Berklee College of Music’s own Esperanza Delgado.

Additional support provided by AT&T Mobility and H.P. Hood, LLC. Light refreshments provided by H.P. Hood, LLC. Event production partners include Boston Properties, Encore Global, and Fairmont Copley Plaza.

Other 2021 holiday celebrations hosted by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department include the lighting of the trellis at Christopher Columbus Park on the Boston Harbor waterfront November 22, the lighting of the ship in Martin’s Park at the Children’s Wharf Harborwalk on November 27, and the Boston Common Tree Lighting followed by the lighting of the trees on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall on December 2. The arrival of Boston’s official 2021 Christmas tree, a 48-foot white spruce tree donated by L’Arche Cape Breton of Orangedale, Nova Scotia, will be celebrated on Boston Common at approximately 11 a.m. on November 18.  

Visit the Boston Parks programming page or call 617-635-4505 for more information.

2021-11-29T17:00:00
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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:
2019-08-10T19:00:00 - 2019-08-10T21:00:00
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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:
2020-03-21T10:00:00 - 2020-03-21T11:30:00
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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:
2019-07-09T18:00:00 - 2019-07-09T19:30:00
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