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Boston Arts & Cultural Events for Kids and Families

Calendar of family and kids events that involve cultural arts activities, happening near Boston.

May Stevens: My MothersBoston, Free
Thu, January 26, 2023  -  Sun, July 30, 2023   
Behold May Stevens’ provocative, beautiful, and distinctly contrarian portraits that juxtapose her birth mother Alice Dick Stevens and her “spiritual mother” Marxist revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg in celebration of women’s rights.
Free First Thursdays at The Gardner MuseumBoston, $
Thu, February 2, 2023  -  Thu, December 7, 2023   
The Museum invites visitors to enjoy the Gardner with free admission on the first Thursday evening of every month from 3 pm through 9 pm.
Adam Pendleton: Untitled (Giant not to scale)Boston, Free
Tue, February 7, 2023  -  Tue, June 13, 2023   
On the Anne H. Fitzpatrick Façade Adam Pendleton sheds light on forgotten history – His multifaceted projects, which include painting, collage, film, and publishing, re-contextualize historical and theoretical positions on abstraction, Blackness, and the avant-garde.
Fellow Wanderer: Isabella’s Travel AlbumsBoston
Thu, February 16, 2023  -  Sun, May 21, 2023   
Experience the world through Isabella Gardner’s eyes as a traveler in the nineteenth century. Isabella collaged photographs, found papers, and botanical samples into albums peppered with watercolors and annotations in her own hand.
CALL for Youth Artists: Mural Painting ProjectNewton, Free
Thu, February 16, 2023  -  Tue, March 28, 2023   
Call for Middle and High School artists to paint a temporary mural in the City of Newton. All student artists are paid for their time and talents.
Of Many MindsBoston, Free
Thu, February 23, 2023  -  Fri, December 15, 2023   
This free exhibit brings museum quality art to the public realm and offers a welcome outdoor activity while walking, biking and enjoying views of the City of Boston skyline.
Jace Clayton: They Are PartBoston, Free
Thu, February 23, 2023  -  Sun, July 30, 2023   
Engage with three multisensory experiences created by Jace Clayton that interweave memories, sound, and public spaces, to create what he describes as “those waves of magic that happen when the human spirit joins with technology.”
SoWa SundaysSouth End, Free
Sun, March 5, 2023  -  Sun, March 26, 2023   
As we approach spring, there are four SoWa Sundays to love in March. Be the first to see new works. Share your experience with friends and loved ones.
The 5th Year Retrospective For Why I Write. Why I Create. (2015–2019)Boston, Free
Thu, March 9, 2023  -  Fri, April 14, 2023   
In the 5th year retrospective for why i write. why i create., a collection of expressive stories represents the creative journey of young artists and designers from more than 10 countries and various backgrounds.
Doubt, A ParableNewburyport, $$
Fri, March 10, 2023  -  Sun, March 26, 2023   
In this brilliant and powerful drama, Sister Aloysius, a Bronx school principal, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects the young Father Flynn of improper relations with one of the male students.
THE CANNON THEATRE Proudly Presents “The Real Inspector Hound”Devens, $$
Fri, March 17, 2023  -  Sun, April 2, 2023   
The Cannon Theatre is pleased to present The Real Inspector Hound, a fabulous British comedy by Tom Stoppard that parodies the classic murder mysteries of Agatha Christie.
Speculative FuturismsBoston, Free
Sat, March 18, 2023  -  Sun, April 23, 2023   
Behold Speculative Futurisms, the inaugural Graduate Faculty and Staff Exhibition of MassArt x SoWa that creatively reflects on where we are going. This two-part exhibition is curated by Kelsey Halliday Johnson.
2023 MassArt AuctionBoston
Wed, March 22, 2023  -  Sun, April 2, 2023   
Join us for the 2023 MassArt Live Auction on Saturday, April 1, 2023, and be a part of a highly anticipated Boston tradition. Live and Silent Auctions are open for a two-week period of bidding.
CHARRETTE: Supporting Portable Play in Displaced CommunitiesBoston, Free
Sat, March 25, 2023  -  Sat, March 25, 2023   
Join students, faculty, designers, and artists across the Colleges of the Fenway at our design charrette to conceptualize portable play products through drawings and concept models.
Sunday Spotlight: Conversation with Jasmine ChenFramingham, Free
Sun, March 26, 2023  -  Sun, March 26, 2023   
Join Boston-area artist Jasmine Chen in conversation with Katherine Tako-Girard, Danforth's Learning & Engagement Coordinator, as they discuss her painting and her process. She will also share the inspirations behind her work.
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Amazing Archaeology Fair at HarvardCambridge, Free
Sun, March 26, 2023  -  Sun, March 26, 2023   
Experience an epic day of archaeological events with the family! Activities are scattered across two museums so explore Native North American, Central American, Egyptian, Mesopotamian, and Mediterranean archaeology.
Drawing Together: Noodle & DoodleBoston, Free
Thu, March 30, 2023  -  Thu, March 30, 2023   
Bring your drawing materials or use what MAAM has on hand to create as the music inspires you at Noodle & Doodle, a free live music drawing event featuring the one-man-band Eric Royer.
Teen Saturdays at the Museum! / ¡Sábados de Jóvenes!Cambridge, Free
Sat, April 1, 2023  -  Sat, April 1, 2023   
Fossils have been taken from Sioux lands without consent starting in the 1800s. In this free talk, Dr. Bradley covers this history, offering solutions to disputes between Tribes and paleontologists.
ElitaBoston, $
Fri, April 7, 2023  -  Fri, April 7, 2023   
Canadian artist Elita went from writing a single to releasing her EP, ‘Sick Girl’ and gaining over 30M streams. Catch her on April 7th at the Red Room at 7 pm!
Lerner & Loewe's My Fair LadyBoston, $$$
Tue, April 18, 2023  -  Sun, April 30, 2023   
Broadway In Boston is pleased to announce that the Lincoln Center Theater’s critically acclaimed production of Lerner & Loewe’s MY FAIR LADY is coming to the Citizens Bank Opera House April 18 – 30, 2023
The Larger Conversation: Traveling InwardBoston
Thu, April 20, 2023  -  Thu, April 20, 2023   
An evening at the Gardner Museum - Join poet johnette marie, art historian Siddhartha V. Shah, and journalist Cristela Guerra to unpack the personal and spiritual dimensions of travel.
Lanterns & Luminaries Celebrates the Anniversary of Paul Revere’s RideBoston, $$
Thu, April 20, 2023  -  Thu, April 20, 2023   
“One if by land, two if by sea.” On Thursday, April 20, Old North Illuminated in Boston’s North End will re-enact the famous signal that lit the way for the American Revolution.
Wicked Comic ConBoston, $
Sat, April 22, 2023  -  Sun, April 23, 2023   
Wicked Comic Con celebrates our 2nd year with a 2-day convention at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston's Back Bay! Join us on April 22-23 as we host comic creators and cosplayers from around the world.
Wicked Comic Con 2023Boston, $
Sat, April 22, 2023  -  Sun, April 23, 2023   
Wicked Comic Con celebrates our 2nd year with a 2-day convention at the Hynes Convention Center on April 22nd-23rd with vendors, local artists, cosplayers, and comic creators from across the country and around the world.
Sam MacPherson at BerkleeBoston, $
Sat, April 22, 2023  -  Sat, April 22, 2023   
New Jersey based singer-songwriter Sam MacPherson will be performing live at The Red Room at Cafe 939 on April 22 at 7 pm . Don't miss out! Get your tickets now!
Boston Design Week 2023Boston, Free
Tue, April 25, 2023  -  Sat, May 6, 2023   
The Annual Boston Design Week (BDW) takes place April 25-May 6, 2023, featuring 80+ virtual and outdoor events citywide, including the annual Design Week Awards, Friday May 7th.
Boston Design WeekDorchester
Tue, April 25, 2023  -  Sun, May 7, 2023   
Come explore and celebrate Boston's signature Innovation and Architecture. This is a week highlighting everything from interior design to clothing with fun for the whole family.
Let’s Get Saucy! Adult Cooking Class at Powisset FarmDover, $$
Thu, April 27, 2023  -  Thu, April 27, 2023   
You will create Curried Sweet Potato Simmer Sauce with Chicken, Salsa Verde Simmer Sauce with Braised Pork and Spiced Tomato Butter Simmer Sauce with Garam Masala, Potatoes and Farm Vegetables.
BeetlejuiceBoston, $$$
Tue, May 2, 2023  -  Sun, May 14, 2023   
The ghost-with-the-most will make his Boston debut in this edgy and irreverent Broadway musical comedy. Limited two-week engagement at the Citizens Bank Opera House May 2 – May 14, 2023.
Derrick Brown Live Album RecordingBoston, $
Tue, May 9, 2023  -  Wed, May 10, 2023   
Derrick Brown is a comedian, poet, and founder of Write Bloody Publishing. His mission is to blend poetry and comedy, to show people that poetry doesn’t have to be annoying and soul crushing.
Libète: Celebrating Haitian Art & CommunityBoston
Mon, May 15, 2023  -  Mon, May 15, 2023   
Celebrate Haitian Heritage Month with an evening of music, art-making, and conversation on liberty and empowerment with Haitian-American artists: Jean Appolon Expressions (JAE), renowned Haitian composer and Afrofuturist Val Jeanty, and other guest artists.
ICA Free Admission - Memorial DayBoston, Free
Mon, May 29, 2023  -  Mon, May 29, 2023   
In honor of Memorial Day the ICA is offering FREE admission for all on Memorial Day. Peruse four outstanding exhibitions as well as an interactive art studio.
Rebecca Anne NagleGloucester, Free
Sat, June 3, 2023  -  Sun, June 4, 2023   
The Annual Studio Tour is one of our best ideas, and remains a favorite of our friends, community, and visitors to Cape Ann. We welcome you to our studios and our works!
PippinNewburyport, $$
Fri, June 9, 2023  -  Sun, July 16, 2023   
Heir to the Frankish throne, the prince Pippin is in search of the secret to true happiness. He seeks it in the battlefield, the temptations of the flesh and the intrigues of political power
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(ähts) The Boston Arts Festival 2023Boston, Free
Sat, September 9, 2023  -  Sun, September 10, 2023   
Affectionately dubbed ähts, The Boston Arts Festival features more than three dozen juried visual artists showing and selling original paintings, sculpture, pottery, woodwork, jewelry, glasswork, photography, and mixed...
Pacific Islands Family DayFitchburg, Free
Mon, May 19, 2031  -  Mon, May 19, 2031   
Travel to the Pacific Islands through art projects, a dance performance, and live animals at Fitchburg Art Museum. FREE for everyone. We hope you can join us!
Burgundy & Bonbons: An Evening at Cocorico Featuring Valrhona ChocolateBoston
Thu, August 25, 2033  -  Thu, August 25, 2022   
Join us on August 25 for “Burgundy & Bonbons,” where Cocorico's Head Pastry Chef Mai Nguyen will join forces with Valrhona Executive Pastry Chef Guillaume Roesz for a one-night-only event!
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