Happy (almost) Columbus Day weekend! As many of you have the day off from work, this long weekend will be an excellent opportunity to explore the city and participate in the many celebrations happening in Boston. Columbus Day weekend is a lively time in Boston, full of parades, festivals, and other events - and may of them are free! If you're unsure of how you'll spend this (somewhat controversial) holiday, don't worry, here is a list of all the happenings this weekend so you can celebrate the discovery of America right!
Friday October 7th (through Sunday October 9th): HONK! Street Music Festival
Where: Davis Square, Somerville
Time: Varying times
Music appreciation meets activism at the HONK! festival in
Davis square. This lively three day event draws brass bands from all over the
world to Somerville in celebration of not only music, but the community as a
whole. This is event is special because it is organized entirely by volunteers
and is already in its tenth year. The
festival begins Friday and kicks off with a lantern parade through Davis square
neighborhoods followed by a band showcase. On Saturday over twenty five bands
will take over Davis Square bringing live music and a dance party! On Sunday,
many local community groups join the band members in a large parade from Davis
Square to Harvard Square via Mass Ave. These local groups include activists
working for extremely important causes such as economic justice, protecting the
environment, world peace and ending racism. HONK! Also features a Day of
Action, on which bands convene to play on behalf of a cause. For more
information including schedule and times click here.
Sunday, October 9th: East Boston Columbus Day Parade
Where: East Boston
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
The Boston Columbus Day Parade is an old tradition in the North End and East Boston neighborhoods. How old?? Since 1937. The parade celebrates Christopher Columbus's expeditions to the Americas as well as Boston's Italian heritage (in case you didn't know Columbus was from Italy) and the commitment if Massachusetts military units to American freedom. In even numbered years (aka 2016) the parade begins in the Suffolk Downs parking lot in East Boston, marches down Bennington Street and ends at Maverick square near the waterfront. Where to watch? The best viewing spots are along Bennington Street (Blue Line / Maverick). Get there early to claim a good spot!
Monday, October 10th (aka Columbus Day) : Columbus Park Fall Festival
Time: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: Christopher Columbus Park, Boston's North End (100 Atlantic Avenue - next to the Marriott Long Wharf Hotel)
Public Transportation: Blue Line / Aquarium T stop
I can't think of a more appropriate place to celebrate Columbus Day than at a park named after the explorer himself. This festival, which is sponsored by many local North End and Waterfront businesses, has become an annual event for the city and Columbus Day tradition for many families in the Boston area. The festival begins with a children's parade through the park, followed by a ceremony at the Christopher Columbus statue. There will also be a lot FREE entertainment and games (i.e. magicians, storytellers, musicians) My lunchtime suggestion: Bring a blanket and grab food from one of the nearby North End Italian bakeries or pizza joints, one of the many food stalls at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, or The Boston Public Market.
Opening our Doors Day
Time: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Where: Multiple locations around the Fenway neighborhood
More information: Find a complete events schedule for Boston's Fenway neighborhood here
The Fenway Alliance is inviting Boston residents to participate in the city's biggest single day of free arts, cultural, and educational events. The special festival will feature over sixty different activities, performances, tours, music shows, and games (did I mention for free??) Festivities will begin on the Mass Ave side of the Christian Science Plaza at the intersection of Huntington and Mass Ave with a kids parade (featuring a brass band), many performances, and...FREE CUPCAKES!! Also, as an added plus the event includes free admission into several Fenway museums (think: Museum of Fine Arts, Isabella Stuart Gardner Museum and the Mary Baker Eddy Library Mapparium)
Find more fun things to do this weekend in Boston here and on our facebok page