August Community Calendar

August Community Calendar Events:

Cosmic Origins

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://hmnh.harvard.edu/cosmic-origins

On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped down from the Apollo 11 lunar lander and impressed the Moon’s dusty surface with the first human bootprint.

This singular moment—when humanity set foot on a world outside Planet Earth—inspired a vibrant new age of scientific and technological research that has vastly improved the understanding of our planet, solar system, and wider universe.

On July 20, 2019, the Harvard Museum of Natural History will mark the 50th anniversary of the first manned mission to the Moon with the unveiling of Cosmic Origins.

Visitors to this new small exhibit—located within their Earth & Planetary Sciences exhibition—will investigate the origins of and processes shaping planetary bodies and stars by using touchable specimens, colorful visuals, and interactive media.

Body Worlds: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Sunday, December 1, 2019

Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Science Park, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://bodyworlds.com/exhibition/cycle-of-life-2/

BODY WORLDS, the most visited traveling exhibition in the world, comes to the Museum of Science with a new chapter, Gunther von Hagens’ BODY WORLDS & The Cycle of Life.

Don’t miss this truly unique opportunity to look within yourself and gain a whole new perspective on what it means to be alive.

More than one hundred preserved human specimens reveal the wonders of human development and demonstrate how poor health, good health, and lifestyle choices can shape your body.

Whole-body plastinates, created from people who have donated their bodies for Plastination, the advanced scientific technique invented by pioneering anatomist Dr. Gunther von Hagens, with the express purpose of educating future generations about health, teach us the story of our lives like no textbook can.

Experience this life-changing exhibition, designed by BODY WORLDS’ creative and conceptual designer, Dr. Angelina Whalley, and look inside to find out what makes us human.

SoWa Open Market

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: 460 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.sowaboston.com/sowa-open-market/?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIqP_QkszV4gIVkshkCh2G3wPIEAAYASAAEgJPRfD_BwE

Now in its 16th season, the award-winning SoWa Open Market is Boston’s largest celebration of local art, food and music. Every Sunday, shop from over 175 makers and kick back with a drink at our Beer + Wine Garden, curated by Craft Collective and Josh Cellars.

You can find them in the SoWa Art + Design District, amidst a vibrant landscape of art studios, galleries, boutiques, and vintage shops. Meet the makers, explore the neighborhood, and shop local this weekend.

Frog Pond & Spray Fountain

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Boston Common, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://bostonfrogpond.com/

The City of Boston welcomes the children of Boston back to cool down in the summer heat on Boston Common as the Frog Pond reopens for summer activities.

A year-round recreational facility, the Frog Pond offers a spray pool and supervised wading for youngsters in the summer. Just over the hill on the other side of the common kids of all ages can catch a Carousel Ride on the Boston Common Carousel.

The Frog Pond spray pool and wading program is open daily from 11:00am to 6:00pm until Labor Day. The facility is managed by the Boston Common Frog Pond Foundation and staffed by youth workers from the Boston Youth Fund.

Coolidge Corner Kids Shows

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

For More Information: http://www.coolidge.org/programs/kids-shows

All shows start at 10:30 am. All presentations take place in 217-seat second floor theatre unless otherwise indicated; stroller parking is available in the downstairs lobby and the theater is fully accessible. Booster seats are also available for the tiny ones.

Mother Goose on the Loose

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Friday, December 20, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

Location: 2 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://mgol.net/

An interactive story time that uses rhymes, songs, puppets, musical instruments and more to stimulate the learning process of babies and toddlers. Followed by free play.

Storytellers at Faneuil Hall

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Location: Quincy Market Colonnade, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://faneuilhallmarketplace.com/event/storytelling-6/all/

On Tuesdays in July and August, their favorite professional storytellers perform free shows that are kid-tested and parent-approved.

Stories, Stories, Stories at BPL Codman Square Branch

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Friday, December 20, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: 690 Washington Street, Dorchester, MA

For More Information: https://dorchester.macaronikid.com/events/5c1c5e6213302270816b32fd/stories-stories-stories-codman-sq

Join them for pre-school storytime. There will be picture books, songs, and a craft. For kids ages 2-5.

This event takes place at the BPL Codman Square Branch.

Summer Sundays at HMSC Museum

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Sunday, August 25, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: 6 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://hmsc.harvard.edu/event/summer-sundays-0?delta=1

Free, fun, family activities allow visitors to explore arts from the ancient Near East. Activities change daily: construct models of an Egyptian pyramid, inscribe clay tablets, or decode hieroglyphics. Drop in for five minutes–or 30–to see what is new every day.

Activities take place on the first floor of the Harvard Semitic Museum. This HMSC museum explores the rich history of cultures connected by the family of Semitic languages.

Exhibitions include a full-scale replica of an ancient Israelite home, life-sized casts of famous Mesopotamian monuments, authentic mummy coffins, and tablets containing the earliest forms of writing.

Don’t miss this truly unique opportunity to look within yourself and gain a whole new perspective on what it means to be alive.

Meet the Crew at USS Constitution Museum

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Thursday, August 29, 2019

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Location: Navy Yards, Charlestown, MA

For More Information: https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/exhibits/todays-crew/

Learn from US Navy sailors who serve on USS Constitution in this weekly program at the USS Constitution Museum. Crewmembers will be in the Meet the Crew exhibit to showcase their skills and stories.

Free First Thursday at the Fitchburg Art Museum

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019

Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: 185 Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA

For More Information: https://fitchburgartmuseum.org/free-first-thursdays/

On the first Thursday of every month, Fitchburg Art Museum has free admission from 3 to 7pm. This month will feature Artist Talks from some of their prize winners from the 84th Regional Exhibition of Art and Craft, on display now, beginning at 6pm.

Come enjoy the Museum’s permanent collection as well as its current exhibitions.

STEAM Crafternoon Playgroup at BPL West End

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Friday, December 20, 2019

Time: 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: 151 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.downtownboston.org/explore-downtown-boston/downtown-boston-events-calendar/steam-crafternoon-playgroup/

Each STEAM Crafternoon, children have access to an abundance of art supplies, simple science manipulatives, and toys galore! Drop by the library to try out materials and meet friends. Ideal for children of all ages. Groups and individuals welcome. This event takes place every Thursday afternoon at the West End Branch of the Boston Public Library.

Wrestling with Angels: Icons from the Prosopon School of Iconography and Iconology

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Sunday, October 27, 2019

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Location: 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA

For More Information: https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/event/exhibition-opening/

Join them to celebrate the opening of this extraordinary exhibition of contemporary icons by the Prosopon School of Iconography and Iconology. Light refreshments and wine will be served.

SoWa First Fridays

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Location: 450 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.sowaboston.com/sowa-first-fridays/

On the first Friday of every month, 200+ artists, galleries, shops and showrooms of the SoWa Art + Design District open their doors to the public for an evening of art, culture, and inspiration. Meet the artists in their element, view the latest gallery exhibitions, shop small, and dine at one of SoWa’s world-class restaurants.

 “THE BLOCK” Downtown Street Party

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Saturday, August 24, 2019

Time: 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: Cabot Street, Beverly, MA

For More Information: https://www.beverlymainstreets.org/events/block-downtown-street-party/

Join Beverly Main Streets at THE BLOCK, their downtown street party. One block of downtown will be closed so guests can walk around, meet up with friends and listen to live music.

Food, beer and wine will be sold by local restaurants set up on the street in the middle of the festival.

Live bands will perform all night!

Summer Sundays in the Park

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Sunday, August 11, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: Pinebank, Jamaica Pond, Jamaica Plain, MA

For More Information: https://www.emeraldnecklace.org/events/summer-on-the-emerald-necklace/

Under the direction of Lewis J. Buckley, this 66-piece orchestra will present a traditional band concert featuring both classical and popular music. Sponsored by the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Boston Parks & Recreation Department, and is co-presented by Friends of Jamaica Pond.

MFA Summer Concerts in the Courtyard

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.mfa.org/programs/series/elaine-and-jerome-rosenfeld-concerts-in-the-courtyard

Tucked inside the Calderwood Courtyard, the season-long series showcases musical acts from the Boston area and around the world.

Concerts in the Courtyard will take place on Wednesday evenings from July to August.

Concertgoers are invited to pack a picnic and purchase wine, locally brewed craft beers and concession snacks in the courtyard.

MFA members and their guests can choose to enjoy the concerts from the patio of the Museum’s fine dining restaurant.

Providence Pizza and Parsha

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Monday, November 18, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: Congregation Beth Shalom, 275 Camp Street, Providence, MA

For More Information: https://www.yachad.org/newengland/events/series/2295/providence-pizza-and-parsha

Join them for an inspiring discussion of the Parsha along with delicious freshly made pizza. This event is free, and open to ages 16 and older. Gluten free and dairy free pizza will also be available.

Harborwalk Sounds at the ICA

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Thursday, August 29, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 25 Harbor Shore Drive, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.icaboston.org/calendar/harborwalk-sounds

On ICA Free Thursday nights, visitors can enjoy outdoor concerts on the waterfront as part of Harborwalk Sounds, a collaboration between the ICA and Berklee College of Music.

These popular evenings include free admission to the galleries, free concerts by some of Berklee College of Music’s best bands, and summer-inspired food and drink.

Sudbury Summer Concert Series 2019

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Monday, August 12, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM

Location: Hudson Road and Fairbanks Road, Sudbury, MA

For More Information: http://freedomsway.org/summer-concerts-on-the-common/

Sudbury Parks and Recreation is pleased to be offering a free Summer Concert Series this summer. Enjoy music & a special family fun night with the whole family.

Archery at Gore Place

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Monday, August 19, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

For More Information: https://goreplace.org/event/on-the-mark-archery/2019-07-22/

The beautiful grounds of Gore Place will be the setting for a series of fun classes in archery with On the Mark Archery on 5 consecutive Monday evenings beginning July 22.

Whether you’ve never held a bow or you’re an experienced archer, you’ll enjoy and learn from the wonderful instructors from On the Mark Archery.

Classes begin at 6:30 pm and last one hour.

The Woods Hole Film Festival

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Saturday, August 3, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Woods Hole, Cape Cod, MA

For More Information: http://www.woodsholefilmfestival.org/

The 28th Woods Hole Film Festival will take place from Saturday, July 27th through Saturday, August 3rd, 2019. The Woods Hole Film Festival is dedicated to presenting the best independent film from emerging filmmakers. This summer over 8 days, the Festival will present more than 160 films from around the world in the quaint village of Woods Hole and Falmouth. Filmmakers and patrons alike will travel to Woods Hole from around the world to see great films, meet interesting filmmakers, support their sponsors and bask in the best of summertime on Cape Cod.

Beyond Walls Street Arts Festival 2019

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Saturday, August 3, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Lynn, MA

For More Information: https://www.beyond-walls.org/

Big Walls. More Events. All Love.

They are back for their annual two week arts and culture fest in downtown Lynn. Over these two weeks, locally and internationally renowned artists will produce large scale pieces of public and mixed medium street art. Lynn is the place to be with exclusive events, live music, artist talks and a legendary Closing Block Party.

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Sunday, August 4, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/toulouse-lautrec-and-the-stars-of-paris

Toulouse-Lautrec and the Stars of Paris explores the artist’s enthusiastic participation in the celebrity culture of his day and how, to a remarkable degree, he defined it for generations to follow.

In addition to his famous lithographic prints and posters, which distilled the defining gestures, costumes and expressions of “les stars” of the day into instantly recognizable images, the exhibition features never-before-displayed early drawings and a selection of paintings by Toulouse-Lautrec.

Wild Designs at Peabody Essex Museum

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Sunday, August 4, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: East India Square, Salem, MA

For More Information: https://www.pem.org/exhibitions/wild-designs

Wild Designs features works by artists and other creatives who are looking to nature and living systems for new ideas and creative solutions to human problems. Explore bio inspired innovations in design, technology, and art that either model or engage nature to generate more sustainable solutions. The exhibition includes mixed media sculptures, artist installations and drawings, as well as design projects ranging from preliminary concepts to realized products and buildings.

Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park 2019

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Franklin Park, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.franklinparkcoalition.org/featured-events/elma-lewis-playhouse-in-the-park/

Every Tuesday, July 14th through August 18th at 11am for summer camps and families – dance with OrigiNation youth troupe. 6:00pm concert for everyone with local favorite, the E-Water Band. Bring a lawn chair and all your friends!

Organized by the Franklin Park Coalition, with support from the Parks & Recreation Department the Elma Lewis Playhouse in the Park is a beloved Franklin Park event with free performances from local artists for all ages. Bring a picnic, food from food trucks, and enjoy a lively concert in the park!

Elm Park Free Concert Series

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Park Avenue, Worcester, MA

For More Information: https://www.parkspirit.org/elm-park-summer-concert-series

The Elm Park Summer Concert Series is Park Spirit’s Headline Summer event. Their shows are free to the public and last approximately an hour and a half, from with start times varying. Parking is available along Russell Street and also available adjacent to the Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Cathedral.

On Thursday nights during the summer, they take over Elm Park to provide you with free, fun, and, largely local, music at our Elm Park Summer Concert Series!

BPL Concerts in the Courtyard series

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Friday, August 30, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 700 Boylston Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.bpl.org/concerts-in-the-courtyard/

If you’re looking to catch a free outdoor concert this summer, visit the Boston Public Library.

The BPL is hosting a Summer Concert in the Courtyard series, which brings musical acts from a variety of genres to the tranquil McKim Courtyard twice a week.

FREE FUN FRIDAYS Boston 2019

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Friday, August 30, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Various

For More Information: http://highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays-2019

The Highland Street Free Fun Fridays program invites you to visit a designated museum or attraction in the Greater Boston area (and beyond) for free over during the summer of 2019.

Classic Movies by Moonlight: Boston Harbor Hotel

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Friday, August 30, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.bostonchefs.com/events/friday-movies-by-moonlight/2019-06-07/

The Boston Harbor Hotel will once again transform its harbor side terrace into an outdoor cinema beneath the stars for its Annual Movies by Moonlight series on the waterfront.

The Movies by Moonlight series offers guests a chance to revisit Hollywood’s silver screen and modern classics.

The cool evening breeze and view from Intrigue Café set the stage for the perfect opportunity to view these classic films under the stars.

Duxbury Historic Houses Public Tours

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Saturday, August 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 931 Tremont Street & 120 King Caesar Road, Duxbury, MA

For More Information: http://duxburyhistory.org/events/june-2019-historic-houses-open-to-the-public/

The re-imagined Bradford House: The Bradford House features the exhibition, Four Bradford Daughters: Lives Well Lived. Contemplate the tumultuous changes of the 19th century, as experienced by the Bradford women. The Bradford House is a 2018 recipient of the Award of Merit (Leadership in History Award) for the project to “Re-imagine Bradford,” from the American Association of State & Local History.

King Caesar House: A guide-led experience through the home of Ezra Weston II (“King Caesar”), Duxbury’s largest shipbuilder, furnished with antiques and maritime treasures exemplifying Duxbury’s shipbuilding era. Stroll the grounds, including the remnants of King Caesar’s wharf, now called Bumpus Park.

All the World Is Here: The Invention of American Anthropology

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Saturday, August 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 11 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://www.peabody.harvard.edu/all-the-world

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology celebrated its 150th anniversary year by opening All the World Is Here: Harvard’s Peabody Museum and the Invention of American Anthropology. Unveiled within a beautifully restored 4th floor gallery, this new exhibition will feature an astonishing array of over 600 objects from Asia, Oceania, and the Americas, many on display for the very first time.

Cambridge Arts: Summer in the City Performances

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Saturday, August 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Magazine Beach, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://www.cambridgema.gov/arts/Programs/summerinthecity

Each summer, Cambridge parks come alive with music, dance, storytelling, theater, puppetry, movies and more!

Cambridge Arts’ ‘Summer In The City’ program offers a wide array of free, multicultural, interactive arts programs, performances, and activities both day and night for children, families, and the entire community.

Lowell Summer Music Series 2019

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Saturday, August 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 40 French Street, Lowell, MA

For More Information: http://www.lowellsummermusic.org/page.php?wpage=home/home.htm

Lowell Summer Music Series presents the very best in blues, folk, roots and rock music in the most beautiful and intimate outdoor amphitheater in New England at the very best prices possible.

The Anchor at Shipyard Park

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Sunday, September 1, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 1 Shipyard Park, Charlestown, MA

For More Information: https://blog.visitnewengland.com/2019/04/17/new-outdoor-gathering-space-the-anchor-to-open-may-1-at-shipyard-park-in-charlestown-ma/

The Anchor at Shipyard Park in historic Charlestown Navy Yard is the Boston area’s newest community gathering space for all ages.

With unparalleled panoramic views of Boston Harbor and the downtown skyline, this two-story public outdoor venue features an open-air wine and beer garden, multi-level fountain, waterfront mezzanine, lush grass lawns, swing chairs and cozy lounge seating nestled in a historic Navy Yard structure.

Wicked Big BUGS! At Franklin Park Zoo

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Monday, September 2, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.zoonewengland.org/wickedbigbugs

Visitors to Wicked BIG Bugs will encounter an array of fascinating giant animatronic insects all nestled within the trees, bushes and undergrowth for a truly realistic, albeit larger-than-life, experience.

Butterfly Hollow at Franklin Park Zoo

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Monday, September 2, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: One Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.zoonewengland.org/franklin-park-zoo/exhibits/butterfly-hollow-seasonal/

At Butterfly Hollow, guests have the opportunity to stroll through this tranquil environment filled with butterflies.

This tented, outdoor exhibit also features several garden beds, a pond, soothing surround-sound music, and new fairy houses to discover throughout the space.

Masters of Flight: Birds of Prey

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Monday, September 2, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA

For More Information: https://sampan.org/2019/05/birds-of-prey-take-flight-at-stone-zoo-during-masters-of-flight-from-may-4-sept-2/

Visitors who attend the Stone Zoo will watch in awe when the wildly popular seasonal bird show returns on June 1.

Masters of Flight: Birds of Prey features bird species from around the world in an engaging, memorable and educational experience for visitors of all ages.

These birds will fly in from overhead and demonstrate natural behaviors including unique survival techniques and food foraging, as well as specialized physical adaptations.

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to watch these acrobats of the sky!

Arlington Astronomy Nights at Robbins Park

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Saturday, September 7, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 61 Eastern Avenue, Arlington, MA

For More Information: https://www.arlingtonastronomy.org/

This summer there will be a series of Astronomy Nights at Robbins Farm Park. Each night they’ll have at least one telescope out to view objects in the night sky. There’ll be plenty to see — the sky is the limit!

MFA Sunset Cinema Series: Summer Movies

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Thursday, September 12, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.mfa.org/programs/series/sunset-cinema

With the return of summer comes the next wave of Sunset Cinema! Their free outdoor film series features a diverse lineup of recent hits, perfect for viewing under the stars.

Aussie Aviary at Franklin Park Zoo

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Monday, September 30, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.zoonewengland.org/franklin-park-zoo/exhibits/aussie-aviary-(seasonal)

You won’t believe your eyes in the Aussie Aviary, where hundreds of brightly colored budgerigars, affectionately called budgies, flit and flutter through this free-flight, warm-weather exhibit.

In the Aussie Aviary feeding the animals is encouraged! Guests can purchase seed sticks and feed the budgies, a variety of small slender parrots with long tapering tails.

If you’re lucky the birds will land on your seed stick and let you keep them company while they enjoy a little nibble.

Summer Winds

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Monday, September 30, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 21 Barkers Lane, New Bedford, MA

For More Information: https://datma.org/summerwinds/

To mark the launch of The Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA), the non-collecting museum and its partners will kick off a city-wide, collaborative venture called “Summer Winds” from July 1 to September 30, 2019.

Open and free to the public, DATMA has commissioned the centerpiece of “Summer Winds,” a large-scale, site specific architectural art installation called “Silver Current” created by internationally celebrated and Los Angeles, CA based artist Patrick Shearn and his Poetic Kinetics team.

“Silver Current” will feature an 8,000-square foot kinetic net sculpture, in Shearn’s signature style, installed over Custom House Square in New Bedford, MA throughout the “Summer Winds” season.

DATMA has chosen the theme of wind to highlight a natural element of the Southcoast geography that has inspired and brought prosperity to many in the past and will do so again.

MFA Community Arts Initiative: Mindful Mandalas

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Sunday, October 13, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 465 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/community-arts-initiative-mindful-mandalas

Mindful Mandalas, showcasing the culmination of seven months of work by approximately 100 young artists from the Museum’s ten Community Arts Initiative (CAI) partners in the Boston area.

Students collaborated with Boston-based, Nepali artist and educator Sneha Shrestha to create a wall mural inspired by mandalas, or graphic symbols used to aid in meditation.

Garden in the Woods

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 180 Hemenway Road, Framingham, MA

For More Information: http://massbotanicgardens.org/new-england-wild-flower-society-garden-in-the-woods/

This ever-changing living museum – New England’s premier wildflower garden – has more than 1600 kinds of plants, with many rare and endangered native specimens throughout the gardens, as well as the unique New England Garden of Rare and Endangered Plants.

Lawn Days at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Sunday, October 20, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 15 Newton Street, Brookline, MA

For More Information: https://larzanderson.org/lawnevents/

Lawn Events have been hosted at the Museum for over 85 years. From Alfa Romeos to Volkswagens, please join them for the beloved Lawn Event Season.

Friday Night Stargazing: Museum Of Science

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Friday, October 25, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Science Park, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://www.mos.org/drop-in-activities/astronomy-after-hours

Tucked away on the roof of the Museum’s parking garage, the Gilliland Observatory is a wonderful resource for our starry-eyed public.

Join them on the roof every Friday night from mid-April thru mid-October for a stellar presentation equipped with a computer-controlled, Celestron CGE 1100 Schmidt Cassegrain telescope and staffed by knowledgeable Museum employees.

On clear nights, visit the Gilliland Observatory on the roof of the Museum’s parking garage, where you can view stars, planets, the Moon, and other astronomical phenomena.

During inclement weather or less ideal stargazing conditions, join them indoors to discuss astronomy and perform hands-on activities near the entrance to the parking garage on Level 2. Look for the clear glass doors and their friendly Observatory staff members.

King’s Chapel Art & Architecture tours

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 58 Tremont Street, Boston, MA

For More Information: http://www.kings-chapel.org/guided-tours.html

Explore the sanctuary from new perspectives, focusing on themes of continuity and change throughout King’s Chapel’s 332 year history! On this tour, guests explore both floors of the sanctuary to experience the stories the building itself can tell us about the church’s history. From what they know about the first wooden chapel to why the church is no longer painted pink like it was 200 years ago, there is so much to learn about the architecture and material culture that construct how people experience the space today.

Birds of the World Gallery

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Thursday, November 21, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA

For More Information: https://hmnh.harvard.edu/birds-world-gallery

In celebration of these beaked and feathered marvels, the Harvard Museum of Natural History has opened the new Birds of the World gallery. This exhibition is the culmination of months of cleaning and restoring mounted bird specimens from the ornithology collection of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, completely refurbishing antique cases, and redesigning the exhibit displays.

All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Monday, November 25, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Navy Yards, Charlestown, MA

For More Information: https://ussconstitutionmuseum.org/exhibits/all-hands-on-deck/

All Hands on Deck: A Sailor’s Life in 1812′ is a hands-on, minds-on exhibition where families can step into the shoes of a sailor by furling a sail, firing a canon, scrubbing a deck, and snoozing in a hammock. Sailors from the past, represented in full-scale photographic cut outs, convey the emotional highs and lows of life at sea through first person narrative. The exhibition is designed to encourage families to make personal connections and to promote conversation among family members about what each might have felt or done if he or she was a Constitution sailor in 1812.

Forbes House Museum Tours

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Sunday, December 1, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 215 Adams Street, Milton, MA

For More Information: http://www.forbeshousemuseum.org/visit/

Tours cover the 1870’s kitchen and the first and second floors of the house, and they last about 1 hour. With its interior restored to a circa 19th-century appearance, the house and the rooms are furnished with original objects owned and used by four generations of Forbes Family members dating back to the 1830’s.

Public Telescope Stargazing Nights at New England Sci-Tech

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 16 Tech Circle, Natick, MA

For More Information: https://www.nescitech.org/public-telescope-nights/

The public is invited to join the New England Sci-Tech community for an evening of astronomy at 16 Tech Circle, Natick.

Public Telescope Hours – Tuesday and Friday evenings 8:00–9:00 pm in the spring, summer, and fall, weather permitting. See website for occasional variations for astronomical events or special children’s programs.

Depending on conditions and season, they will point their larger telescopes toward a variety of planets, the Moon, and stars.

Visitors also can borrow smaller “Starblast” telescopes to hunt sky objects on your own.

Ecotarium Budding Scientists Program

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 22 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA

For More Information: https://www.ecotarium.org/events-activities/kids-programs

Curious little explorers (ages 4-6 years) conduct simple, safe, science and nature experiments in the EcoTarium’s Budding Scientists program. Held on the first Thursday of every month, you and your child will learn basic scientific principles while having fun with hands-on activities.

Guided History Tours on the Esplanade

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 376 Boylston Street #503, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://esplanade.org/guidedtours/

There are countless stories behind Boston’s most iconic park and they want to share them with you! The Esplanade Association’s free guided history tours will walk participants through the fascinating history of the Esplanade. The guided tours last about an hour-and-a-half and cover about a mile of the Esplanade and over 150 years of history!

Drop-in Art Making at PEM

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Sunday, December 29, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: East India Square, Salem, MA

For More Information: https://www.pem.org/

Saturdays and Sundays from 1-3pm (and select Monday holidays), come to the Art & Nature Center galleries to investigate and create art inspired by the natural world. Each month they explore a different scientific phenomenon and art-making process.

Sea Squirts – Ocean Babies: Programs for Children 2-4 yrs.

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Central Wharf, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.neaq.org/learn/for-families-teens/programs-by-age/sea-squirts/

Sea Squirts classes introduce your child to the wonders of the aquatic world while focusing on their developing motor and language skills and encouraging the development of early science skills such as observation and exploration. Classes run for one hour and include free play, circle time with songs, stories and activities, art projects and a visit to the Aquarium exhibits.

Daily Tours & Talks at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.gardnermuseum.org/

Join their lively public tours and talks, which are a great way to enhance your Gardner experience. Whether you’re a first-time visitor who wants an introduction to the Museum or a returning visitor who is looking for a deeper understanding of the collection, one of their lively talks or tours will fill the bill.

Mapparium Tours

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 200 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/project/mapparium/

The Mapparium’s three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935 is enhanced by A World of Ideas, an original presentation that features a rich orchestration of words, music, and LED lights to illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world.

Behind the Scenes Tours at New England Aquarium

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Central Wharf, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.neaq.org/exhibits/animal-encounters/behind-scenes-tour/

Learn exactly what it takes to run the New England Aquarium day to day. From making sure the animals are healthy to inspecting the tanks and introducing new animals into the exhibits, Aquarium biologists work hard every day to make sure the Aquarium runs smoothly. (After all, the animals still need to eat on weekends and holidays!)

Now it’s your chance to get a peek at the life behind the glass. Join an educator for a personalized behind-the-scenes tour of one of our many galleries. You will learn what the animals eat, how their tanks are maintained, how sick animals are nursed back to health, and other insider tidbits.

Arnold Arboretum Tours & Discovery Packs

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 125 Arborway, Jamaica Plain, MA

For More Information: https://www.arboretum.harvard.edu/

Families can take the self-guided tour with a plant treasure map in celebration of Ernest Henry Wilson’s first Arnold Arboretum expedition to Asia.

Nautical Overnights at Battleship Cove

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Friday, January 31, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 5 Water Street, Fall River, MA

For More Information: https://battleshipcove.org/nautical-nights/

If your family is seeking a different kind of experience to enjoy together, the Nautical Nights Program is just what you’re looking for!

GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes

Event Date: Thursday, August 1, 2019 – Sunday, February 2, 2020

Time: Varies

Location: 222 Harrington Way, Worcester, MA

For More Information: https://ecotarium.org/exhibit/gear-up-the-science-of-bikes/

The EcoTarium museum of science and nature will present GEAR UP: The Science of Bikes, organized by Carnegie Science Center (Pittsburgh).

From schoolyards and mountain trails to bustling city streets, you encounter bicycles nearly every day. Since its inception in the late 19th century, the bicycle has affected how people live, work, and play. Its popularity has only grown over time, and it is as relevant today as it was 100 years ago.

Visitors learn how bikes work; what the history/evolution of the bike is; the science and technology behind the machine; and how bikes have impacted our culture. Like the bicycle itself, the exhibit has been designed to appeal to people of all ages and with diverse interests, from STEM to design to history to art.

Beverly Homecoming Days 2019

Event Date: Friday, August 2, 2019 – Sunday, August 11, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: Various

For More Information: https://www.beverlyhomecoming.org/

The annual Beverly Homecoming offers concerts, a carnival, contests, picnics, a lobster festival, flea markets, barbecues, arts shows, and fireworks!

First Responders Day at Franklin Park Zoo

Event Date: Saturday, August 3, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/first-responders-day/

Franklin Park Zoo is proud to honor those who risk their lives to keep our community safe. On Saturday, August 3, first responders will receive free admission to the Zoo.

Accompanying family members will receive $5 off admission, up to five people.

First responders include employees of an emergency service who are likely to be among the first people to assist at the scene of an emergency such as an accident or natural disaster.

This would include personnel such as firefighters, EMTs, and police officers.

In order to receive free admission, please present a valid ID that identifies you as a first responder.

First Sunday at the Museum of Russian Icons

Event Date: Sunday, August 4, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: 203 Union Street, Clinton, MA

For More Information: https://www.museumofrussianicons.org/event/first-sunday-11/

Just a sample of what you can view at the Museum: The Museum of Russian Icons will premiere Wrestling with Angels, an exhibition of forty-six luminous contemporary icons by sixteen iconographers from the Prosopon School of Iconology and Iconography, July 19 – October 27.

Exploring the recent renaissance of this ancient tradition, the exhibition will feature icons by the founder of the Prosopon School, Vladislav Andrejev, along with works by master iconographers, instructors, and apprentices.

Boston Seafood Festival

Event Date: Sunday, August 4, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Location: Boston Fish Pier, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.bostonusa.com/event/boston-seafood-festival-2019/42194/

The Boston Fisheries Foundation welcomes you to join them for the 8th Annual Boston Seafood Festival on the historic Boston Fish Pier on Sunday, August 4th, from 11:00am to 6:00pm.

It will be a day of sensational seafood, clambakes and chef demos, educational events, and family fun.

Come enjoy the food and festivities and learn about the oldest industry in the United States!

Red Sox Foundation Golf Tournament

Event Date: Monday, August 5, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM

Location: 181 Winter Street, Belmont, MA

For More Information: https://www.redsoxfoundation.org/event/red-sox-foundation-golf-tournament-hosted-tim-wakefield/

You may have heard the rumor that the only thing MLB players love almost as much as baseball is golf – and it’s entirely true.

Any day out on the greens is a good day, and if you can combine it with time spent with close friends and the ability to raise funds for the great work done by both the Red Sox Foundation (RSF) and Franciscan Children’s, then it’s a home run for all of us.

This year’s 6th Annual Red Sox Foundation Golf Tournament will be held at the Belmont Country Club, which was the home of the 2015 PGA Constellation Senior Players Championship.

Proceeds from this fun-filled day of golf will benefit the Red Sox Foundation’s charitable programs.

Babywearing Tour of Gore Place

Event Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

For More Information: https://goreplace.org/event/babywearing-tour-4-2018-11-06-2018-12-04-2019-03-05/2019-08-06/

Are you a new parent?

Looking to get out of the house and be with other adults in a museum?

Come to a special Babywearing Tour on Tuesday, August 6 at 10am led by a veteran babywearer.

You’ll see the gorgeous 1806 mansion, and they won’t mind if your baby sleeps – or cries – through their tour!

Peaceful Parenting

Event Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2019 – Thursday, August 8, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 435 Central Street, Acton, MA

For More Information: https://saint-matthews.org/events/vbs-2019/

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church is excited to announce that Beth Foley, a licensed school psychologist, and family therapist, will be leading parents in a three evening discussion about raising children with a heart of peace.

Beth brings extensive experience helping children and families navigate through times of chaos and uncertainty.

Accompanying Beth will be Lady, her certified therapy dog.

The evening will begin with dinner and then children will rotate through a program learning about bringing peace to the world through crafts, music, and movement.

There will also be a biblical study group for adults focused on bringing peace to the world.

Why They Marched: A Conversation with Susan Ware

Event Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM

Location: 200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA

For More Information: https://concordmuseum.org/events/untold-stories-why-they-marched-with-susan-ware/

The history of how American women won the right to vote has too-oft been told as the tale of a few iconic leaders, all white and native born.

In her new book, Why They Marched, Susan Ware uncovers a much more diverse story of the women who worked tirelessly to achieve their right to full citizenship.

Join in a conversation between Susan Ware, Honorary Women’s Suffrage Historian at Radcliffe’s Schlesinger Library, and historian Ellen Fitzpatrick.

Co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters.

Movie Night: Rio

Event Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Time: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Location: 361 Centre Street, Jamaica Plain, MA

For More Information: https://www.hydesquare.org/get-involved/event-calendar/

Create a macaw mask, then grab some popcorn and move inside to watch Rio.

Rio is the story of Blu, a domesticated macaw, who goes on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

They will also have free ice cream from J.P. Licks!

This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force’s Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series.

Don’t Tell Jack – Family Fun Concert!

Event Date: Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Time: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Location: 25 Ledge Rock Way, Acton, MA

For More Information: https://merrimackvalley.org/event/dont-tell-jack-family-fun-concert/

This free concert will be held at the NARA Park Amphitheater.

All seating is general admission lawn seating. Bring your own lawn chairs or blankets. Refreshments are available for purchase.

PJ Library Shabbat in the Park

Event Date: Friday, August 9, 2019

Time: 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Location: 2 Oak Street, Framingham, MA

For More Information: https://www.bostonjcc.org/classes-and-events/pj-library-shabbat-park

They will light the candles, share some challah, and then have some fun listening to retro classic rock music and getting to know one another!

137th Bolton Fair

Event Date: Friday, August 9, 2019 – Sunday, August 11, 2019

Time: Varies

Location: 318 Seven Bridge Road, Lancaster, MA

For More Information: http://www.boltonfair.org/m/index.html

Great attractions such as the Lumber Jack Show, and Demolition Derby will be part of the festivities this year.

Kid’s Country, The Old MacDonald’s petting farm, livestock exhibits, midway rides and lots of animals provide fun for kids.

Great fair food, shopping, crafters, exhibits, farmers’ market are here for your enjoyment as well.

Awesome entertainment in the form of bands, fiddlers, and acoustical performances.

Art & Action for Suffrage

Event Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location: 200 Lexington Road, Concord, MA

For More Information: https://concordchamberofcommerce.org/event/concord-museum-art-action-in-suffrage/

Explore the activism and debate around women’s suffrage in Concord.

Using primary materials from the Concord Museum Collection, participants will examine the variety of printed materials from both sides of the debate.

Through close-looking and thinking routines, participants will determine what makes effective and convincing propaganda.

100 years after women gained the right to vote, what are we still fighting for?

Design your own political button with a pithy slogan and striking graphics.

16th Annual Flip Flop Regatta

Event Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Location: Pier 4, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown, MA

For More Information: https://e.givesmart.com/events/dLJ/

Join one of the largest NE regattas of the year — a pursuit race from Broad Sound, around the Brewster Islands and back to the finish in Boston Harbor.

After the race, join them for one of the best harbor-side parties of the summer at Courageous Sailing Center on Pier 4 in the Navy Yard.

The Mount Gay Tent party will be in full swing from 6:00-10:30PM, this year featuring live music from Hot Mess, drinks, food and awards.

All proceeds will support Courageous Sailing’s youth programs and further their mission to transform children’s lives through sailing programs that inspire learning, personal growth, and leadership.

Wild, Wonderful, Wiggly World of Snakes!

Event Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: 1904 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA

For More Information: https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/blue-hills/67624-wild-wonderful-wiggly-world-of-snakes

This program begins in the museum’s auditorium with a hands-on investigation of snake artifacts, an up-close visit with one of their resident snakes, a story, and a snake craft.

They then go on a short guided walk to visit the snake exhibits in the museum, followed by a guided hike to forest and field habitats to look for local snake species.

World Lion Day at the Franklin Park Zoo

Event Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Time: 10:30 AM – 2:00 PM

Location: 1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA

For More Information: https://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/world-lion-day/

Visitors of all ages have the opportunity to see 10-year-old lion brothers Dinari and Kamaia at the lion exhibit located within Kalahari Kingdom.

There will be lion themed crafts and activities for children, as well as the opportunity to learn more about these incredible animals by visiting with the Zoo’s education staff.

During special zookeeper talks, guests can learn what it’s like to care for these animals each day as well as the threats lions face in the wild.

Stars, S’mores, and Meteors

Event Date: Saturday, August 10, 2019

Time: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Location: 1904 Canton Avenue, Milton, MA

For More Information: https://www.massaudubon.org/program-catalog/blue-hills/67625-stars-s-mores-and-meteors

Enjoy the sunset from the top of Chickatawbut Hill while you toast marshmallows around the campfire and enjoy some celestial stories.

As twilight descends, you’ll spread out your blankets and star gaze.

If you’re lucky, you may see some early falling stars from the Perseid meteor showers.

Please bring bug spray, a blanket, and a jacket or sweater.

Bowl 2 Cure JDM for Liam

Event Date: Sunday, August 11, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Location: 52 Second Avenue, Burlington, MA

For More Information: https://patch.com/massachusetts/burlington/calendar/event/20190811/591269/bowl-2-cure-jm-for-liam

Join Liz and Luke, Liam and Olivia on August 11th for the First Annual Bowl 2 Cure JM event at King’s Bowl in Burlington, MA, 10am to 1pm. In addition to bowling, there will be video games, face-painting, pizza, and soft drinks.

All proceeds benefit the Cure JM Foundation.

Tot Times at Gore Place

Event Date: Monday, August 12, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM

Location: 52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA

For More Information: https://goreplace.org/event/tot-time-at-the-nature-playscape/2019-08-03/

Explore nature with rocks, sticks, water, and more.

Provocations to explore different elements of nature are open-ended and allow children to do as little or as much of an activity as they like.

There will be a different focus each month with new activities.