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October Events

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk

Date: October 1st 

Time: 7:30am – 10:00am 

Location: DCR Hatch Shell, 47 David G Mugar Way, Boston

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The American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is a celebration of courage and hope, a movement uniting communities to end breast cancer as we know it, for everyone. Whether you’re on a team, leading a team, or even participating solo, get friends and family to join you – more people means more power to end breast cancer.

Strides For Action!

Date: October 1st 

Time: 8:00am

Location: Carson Beach, 125 William J Day Blvd, Boston

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Join our LGBTQIA+ fundraiser, Strides for Action for a 5k walk or fun run this year at Carson Beach in South Boston. Your participation in this event will help support HIV/AIDS research and care, gender-affirming care, mental and behavioral health services, teens and young adults experiencing homelessness, and aging LGBTQIA+ adults. Strides for Action unites hundreds of participants of all ages in support of Fenway Health and AIDS Action’s essential programs and services. You can participate as an individual walker, runner, or rider, or as a team! Please register at the link.

La Belle Epoque: Debussy and Ravel at the Harvard Art Museums

Date: October 1st 

Time: 2:00pm – 3:30pm 

Location: Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street, Cambridge

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Please join us for an afternoon in the light-filled Calderwood Courtyard to experience chamber music performances inspired by late 19th- and early 20th-century paintings in the museums’ collections. Cellist Guy Fishman, violinist Renée Hemsing, and pianist Renana Gutman will perform sonatas by Claude Debussy and a piano trio by Maurice Ravel. Before and after the concert, guests are invited to visit the galleries to see the artwork linked to each piece of music.

Boston Parks Fitness Series

Date: September 24th – November 4th

Time: Various

Location: Various

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The Boston Parks Fitness Series offers free fitness programming in Boston parks. Join us for both in-person and virtual classes led by certified fitness instructors. Please consult the complete class list below. Everyone is welcome at our free classes, regardless of your fitness level. For more information and cancellations, please click the link above.

Succulent Paint Party

Date: October 3rd 

Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm 

Location: The Anchor Boston, 1 Shipyard Park, Charlestown

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Get creative with The Anchor’s craft Tuesday. Everyone will receive a potted succulent to decorate and take home! As always, the event is completely free! Space is limited so you must reserve a spot by emailing or register on Eventbrite.

SoWa First Friday 

Date: October 6th

Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm 

Location: 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston

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The SoWa Artists Guild invites you to “First Friday” where from 5pm – 9pm over 80 artists open their doors to the public. Meet the artists, get inspired, buy some art, and celebrate summer. If you can’t make it to “First Friday”, they are also open every Sunday from 11am to 4pm! 

44th Annual Apple Country Fair

Date: October 7th

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm 

Location: Historic Brookfield Town Common, Common Street, Brookfield

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Showcasing the work of more than 90 local crafters, this year’s fair will also feature live music, lawn games, baked goods and food trucks, raffle drawings, and an apple pie baking contest. Fair-goers can browse and buy hand-knit sweaters and blankets, carved wooden bowls and décor, beaded jewelry, specialty soaps and lotions, hand-crafted toys, locally-produced honey, and more. The raffle will offer chances to win prizes including the community-stitched Quilt, family passes to local museums and attractions, and gift certificates to local restaurants and stores. Rain or shine!

3rd Annual Indigenous Peoples Day Event

Date: October 7th

Time: 10:00am

Location: Waterfront Park, Newburyport

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Imagine Studios is pleased to be partnering with city leaders, schools, organizations, businesses and individuals to commemorate Indigenous Peoples Day. Opening ceremonies start at 10am, followed by music, drumming, dance, cultural presentations, artisans, advocacy, hands-on workshops and more. This free family-friendly outdoor gathering celebrates traditional and contemporary Indigenous cultural arts, knowledge and diversity, honoring all Native Peoples, and supports recognition of Indigenous Peoples Day at the city, state and national level.

44th Annual Harvard Square Oktoberfest

Date: October 8th

Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm 

Location: Harvard Square, Cambridge

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The 44th Annual Oktoberfest in Harvard Square’s will hit the streets in the heart of the square on Sunday, October 8th! Live music on multiple stages, food vendors, crafts and of course, festive beer gardens will be located throughout the Square. Come be a part of a legendary tradition – it will be wunderbar to see you again!

MFA Free Admission

Date: October 9th

Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm 

Location: Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue

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Enjoy free admission all day and special events at MFA Boston’s Indigenous Peoples’ Day celebration. 

Indigenous Heritage Film Festival

Date: October 10th and 11th 

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: Shalin Liu Performance Center, 37 Main Street, Rockport

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The new Indigenous Heritage Film Festival is presenting two critically acclaimed films: Smoke Signals and Rumble. The films are both free, but reservations are required.

Tuesday, October 10 at 7 PM – Smoke Signals

Wednesday, October 11 at 7 PM – Rumble

All screenings in this festival are free of charge but because the Festival is presenting in different venues with different capacities, tickets must be reserved online through Eventbrite

Sensory-Friendly Trunk-or-Treat Bash

Date: October 11th

Time: 5:00pm – 6:30pm 

Location: Bierman Autism Center, 15 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph

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A sensory-friendly fun evening with carnival games, spooky treats, craft stations, and more. Whether you’re a familiar phantom or a new specter, join us in our moonlit revel! It’s a FREE fest, designed to impress, so come and be our spooky night guest! Please RSVP.

Fall Festival on the Greenway

Date: October 13th  

Time: 5pm – 10pm

Location: Rowes Wharf Plaza

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Join us for a Fall Festival on Friday, October 13 from 5p-10 on Rowes Wharf Plaza. Taste your way through 10+ Food Trucks, enjoy a free round of Glow in the Dark Mini Golf, take a dance break with beats by @everybodyloves.djo, sip on local brews from @trilliumbrewing, and enter our costume contest for a chance to win free Carousel tickets! 

Boston Book Festival 2023

Date: October 14th

Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm 

Location: Copley Square, 560 Boylston Street, Boston

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Join 200 fiction, nonfiction, YA, and kids authors for a day of readings and discussions, book signings, workshops, and other lively literary events. The BBF will also feature kids activities, walking tours, the Copley Square Street Fair, live music, food trucks, and more. And it’s all FREE. Celebrate the power of words, together once again.

Boston Veg Fest 2023

Date: October 14th and 15th

Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday; 11:00am – 4:00pm Sunday

Location: Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St, Boston

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Boston Veg Food Fest brings together an amazing array of providers of 100% plant-based food and lifestyle products, notable speakers and chefs, and educational exhibitors in a fun and welcoming environment. It is a chance to talk directly to food producers, learn about new items in the marketplace, taste samples, and shop at show-special discounts. Learn from experts in the fields of plant-based nutrition, culinary arts, athletics, climate, and sustainable, animal-friendly living. Fun for kids, too!

The Head of the Charles Regatta 2023

Date: October 20th – 22nd 

Time: 8:00am – 5:00pm 

Location: Charles River Reservation, Boston

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The world’s largest 3-day rowing event returns. Since its inception in 1965, The Head of the Charles Regatta has attracted hundreds of thousands of rowers to the banks of the Charles River. In addition to the exhilarating rowing action, the Regatta offers a number of family-friendly activities for all ages. Along the three-mile course, spectators can celebrate at the Regatta’s rowing and fitness expo, take in all the action at the boisterous Reunion Village and indulge in some of New England’s best fare from local chefs and restaurants.

Boston Choral Ensemble – PopUp Boston!

Date: October 21st  

Time: 3:00pm – 3:30pm 

Location: Deferrari Hall of the Central Library in Copley Square, 700 Boylston Street, Boston 

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Boston Choral Ensemble returns with a free-to-all pop-up concert in DeFarrari Hall at the Central Library in Copley Square. The 30-minute family-friendly program bursts with joyful music from the many diverse communities that call Boston home. Pieces include “Kalinda” in Haitian Creole; “Balelaikka,” a Tamil tongue-twister from India; “Salseo,” a Venezuelan song with a salsa beat; and the stirring “Song for the People” by Melissa Dunphy. No registration required. Standing room only.

Day of the Dead Celebration

Date: October 26th   

Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm 

Location: Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave, Cambridge 

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Learn more about this joyful holiday, a national symbol of Mexico. Enjoy craft activities for the young and young at heart. Personalize a sugar skull (extra fee), learn about the natural history of Mexico, watch live folk dance and mariachi performances, purchase traditional pan de muerto, hot chocolate or specialty cocktails. Contribute your message of love to honor and celebrate the lives of the departed at the museum’s altars.Free admission. Activities are free except where noted. Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage. Space is limited; please RSVP by October 25 at 12:00 pm and check in on arrival.

Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair

Date: October 27th – 29th 

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm 

Location: Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston Street, Boston 

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Celebrating its 45th year, this three-day event features 100+ booksellers offering treasures from around the globe! Fine and rare printed materials, including illuminated manuscripts, modern first editions, children’s books, ephemera, photographs, maps and autographs, as well as antiquarian books on a vast array of topics will be on view. Rare book dealers from around the world will exhibit an alluring treasure trove for seasoned bibliomaniacs and first-time attendees. Prices range from the millions to the eminently affordable. Attendees will have the unique chance to view rare and historic museum-quality items, offered by some of the most prestigious members of the trade. 

Fall Fest at Kendall/MIT Open Space

Date: October 28th

Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm 

Location: Kendall/MIT Open Space, 292 Main Street, Cambridge 

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Join friends and neighbors from around Cambridge, MIT, and Kendall Square on Saturday night for music, drinks, delicious food, games, and more! Free snacks will be available for all (while supplies last!) and 21+ drinks will be available for purchase. All minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Responsible adults, please keep a close eye on your kids.       

Family Trick-or-Treat at The Anchor

Date: October 28th

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm 

Location: The Anchor Boston, 1 Shipyard Park, Boston

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Our Anchor family is SO excited to announce the return of one of our most popular Halloween festivities – Family Trick or Treat! Join us on Saturday October 28th for another day of FREE trick or treating around The Anchor featuring multiple candy stops, live entertainment, a live pumpkin carving by Paul Dever along with our regular food and beverage service featuring fall specials! Costumes are encouraged! As always, this event is free and open to the public – see you soon!


Date: October 29th

Time: 11:00am – 1:00pm 

Location: Prudential Center, Boston

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Get your costumes ready and join us for a Spooktacular day of fun at our 29th annual PruBoo event. Parents, bring your children to trick-or-treat at over 50 participating stores and restaurants. Other activities include face painting, pumpkin decorating, magic shows and more! All activities are free and open to all. Visitors are encouraged to purchase a Prudential Center trick-or-treat bag for a $5 donation benefitting our nonprofit partner, FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education.