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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.


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WOW: Wind on Water Public Art ExhibitCharlestown, Free
Thu, April 15, 2021  -  Mon, October 11, 2021   
WOW: Wind on Water, a yearlong outdoor public art exhibit of Wind Sculptures™ by internationally renowned artist Lyman Whitaker, is on display in the Charlestown Navy Yard along the Boston Harbor.
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Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated at the MFABoston, $$$
Sat, April 17, 2021  -  Sun, October 17, 2021   
'Monet and Boston: Legacy Illuminated” highlights 25 masterpieces by the artist—selections drawn from the MFA’s extraordinary holdings of his work alongside select loans from local private collections.
WATER 2021 - Harvesters of the Deep: Portraits of Fisherwomen from South Korea,New Bedford, Free
Thu, June 17, 2021  -  Sun, October 17, 2021   
DATMA and its partners will kick off a city-wide, collaborative venture called “WATER 2021” this summer and offer free, public art to all in New Bedford.
WATER 2021 - Sea Scallops: Sentinels of the DeepNew Bedford, Free
Thu, June 17, 2021  -  Sun, October 17, 2021   
DATMA and its partners will kick off a city-wide, collaborative venture called “WATER 2021” this summer and offer free, public art to all in New Bedford.
Harvesters of the Deep: Portraits of Fisherwomen from South Korea, America...New Bedford, Free
Thu, June 17, 2021  -  Sun, October 17, 2021   
DATMA and its partners will kick off a city-wide, collaborative venture called “WATER 2021” this summer and offer free, public art to all in New Bedford.
Free First Thursdays at The Gardner MuseumBoston, $
Thu, July 1, 2021  -  Thu, October 7, 2021   
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.
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Free Thursday Nights at ICA BostonBoston, Free
Thu, July 1, 2021  -  Fri, December 24, 2021   
ICA, Boston is free for all visitors every Thursday from 5 - 9 pm during ICA Free Thursday Nights. And is always free for youth 17 and under.
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ICA WatershedBoston, Free
Sat, July 3, 2021  -  Fri, October 8, 2021   
Located in the Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina in East Boston, the ICA Watershed transforms a 15,000-square-foot, formerly condemned space into a new civic and cultural asset. This exciting new cross-harbor...
'In Sight' Art ShowArlington, Free
Sun, August 8, 2021  -  Sun, September 26, 2021   
'In Sight' art show at the Cutter Gallery Arlington. Come see original charcoal and pastel drawings by local artist Robert Raposa. Come meet the artist at all listed dates and times.
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Titian: Women, Myth and Power ExhibitBoston
Thu, August 12, 2021  -  Sun, January 2, 2022   
“Titian: Women, Myth and Power,” at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, represents a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to view the six “poesie” paintings together in one place, including the Gardner’s own “The Rape of...
Art Ramble: Something in the AirConcord, Free
Wed, September 1, 2021  -  Sun, November 14, 2021   
Art Ramble Finds 'Something in the Air', September 1 through November 14, 2021. Sixth Annual Exhibition in Hapgood Wright Town Forest Emphasizes 'Drama, Mystery, Change, Movement', Concord, MA
Abelardo Morell: Projecting ItalyFitchburg, $$
Sat, September 4, 2021  -  Sun, January 2, 2022   
Obscura No More! Get your telephoto and macro lenses. Photographer, Abelardo Morell's works are on view at the Fitchburg Art Museum! Even if you're camera shy, be sure to check out Abelardo Morell: Projecting Italy.
The September Art ExhibitWayland, Free
Mon, September 6, 2021  -  Sat, October 2, 2021   
The September Art Exhibit at The W Gallery (57 Andrew Ave, Wayland - across from Russell’s Garden) will be open for viewing from September 6th through October 2nd.
Reflection/Reawakening/ResilienceLexington, Free
Fri, September 10, 2021  -  Sun, October 3, 2021   
Join LexArt in celebrating both the grand opening of our gallery and our collective spirit in the face of challenging times. All are welcome to visit and enjoy the art.
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Soulful Bliss: Arts & Music Festival on Spectacle IslandBoston, $$
Sat, September 18, 2021  -  Tue, September 28, 2021   
Sunset Boston Harbor Cruise meets Soulful Bliss: Art & Music Festival! Join this vibrant evening filled with art, music, connecting, wellness, and many more. Stay Soulful!
53rd Annual Memorial Day Weekend PowwowCentral Mass, $
Sat, September 25, 2021  -  Sat, September 25, 2021   
The 53rd Annual AIS Memorial Day Weekend Powwow features dancing, drumming, kids' events, vendors, crafts, and educational sessions. Overnight camping is available to powwow participants.
'Strength, Perseverance, and Hope in Beverly' Community Art Show Open HouseBeverly, Free
Sat, September 25, 2021  -  Sat, September 25, 2021   
Free: Historic Beverly's 4th Annual Community Art Show Open House. This juried art show draws over 40 local artists who submit over 60 works of art from pastels and drawings to paintings and photography.
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Afrika Gente with Cornell ColeyJamaica Plain, Free
Sat, September 25, 2021   
Don’t miss a performance by Afrika Gente with Cornell Coley to celebrate Latinx Heritage Month! Get ready to dance and enjoy an Afro-Latin music performance as a part of JP Open Studios.
Blacksmith Art & Renaissance FestivalFitchburg
Sat, September 25, 2021  -  Sat, September 25, 2021   
We love promoting the craft of blacksmithing and the arts for everyone to enjoy! Apply to compete or just come for the show! We can't wait to see you there.
Joyride: Cars in American Art from the Terry and Eva Herndon CollectionFitchburg, $$
Sat, September 25, 2021  -  Sun, January 9, 2022   
Get ready to rev your engine! Cruise on over to Joyride: Cars in American Art from the Terry and Eva Herndon Collection at the Fitchburg Art Museum!
Uncovering the Human Condition: The Arthur S. Goldberg CollectionFitchburg, $$
Sat, September 25, 2021  -  Sun, January 9, 2022   
Get ready to murmur 'om' and feel equanimity upon examining this exploration of the human condition. Visit Uncovering the Human Condition: The Arthur S. Goldberg Collection on September 25th.
Mystic River CelebrationMedford, Free
Sat, September 25, 2021  -  Sat, September 25, 2021   
In its 10th year, The Mystic River Celebration is an arts festival in Medford featuring live music, artisans, food vendors, activities for kids and much more!
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Opening Our Doors 2021: Celebrating the Fenway Cultural DistrictBoston, Free
Sat, October 9, 2021  -  Sat, October 9, 2021   
Join us for the 20th Annual FREE art + cultural festival Opening Our Doors! Visit locations throughout the Fenway for art exhibitions and activities, cultural experiences, musical and dance performances, and more!
Indigenous People's Day at the MFA: Free AdmissionBoston, Free
Sat, October 9, 2021  -  Sat, October 9, 2021   
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with free general admission to the MFA on Saturday, October 9, part of the Fenway Alliance’s annual Opening Our Doors Day.
The 24th Boston International Fine Art ShowBoston, $
Thu, October 21, 2021  -  Sun, October 24, 2021   
The 23rd Boston International Fine Art Show at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. There are 3,000+ original works of art that are going to be exhibited, from classical to contemporary.
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Imagine Van Gogh! The Original Immersive Experience: BostonBoston, $$
Tue, December 21, 2021  -  Sun, February 20, 2022   
Imagine Van Gogh, the ORIGINAL immersive exhibition in Image Totale featuring more than 200 of the Dutch artist's paintings, is making its debut in Boston at the iconic SoWa Power Station centrally located in the city’s...
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!
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