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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.


SoWa First FridaysBoston, Free
Tue, January 1, 2019  -  Tue, December 31, 2019   
On the First Friday of every month, the artists, galleries, shops & restaurants of the SoWa Art & Design District open their doors to the public for an evening of art, culture and inspiration.
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Gender Bending Fashion at the MFABoston
Thu, March 21, 2019  -  Sun, August 25, 2019   
“Gender Bending Fashion” examines a rich history of fashion disrupting, blurring, and redefining conventions and expectations around the relationship between gender and dress.
King's Chapel Art & Architecture toursBoston, $$
Mon, April 1, 2019  -  Wed, October 30, 2019   
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...
Boston By Little Feet Walking TourBoston, $
Sun, May 5, 2019  -  Mon, October 28, 2019   
This child's-eye view of the Freedom Trail's architecture and history is especially designed for young walkers from ages 6-12 years of age. Children will experience the historical sites that played key roles in American independence.
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ICA WatershedBoston, Free
Sun, May 26, 2019  -  Mon, October 7, 2019   
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...
401 Park Art Unveiling & Community DayBoston
Mon, June 3, 2019  -  Sun, June 3, 2029   
Celebrate the unveiling of 401 Park's large-scale outdoor installation 'Grouping of Works from Fountain' by celebrated contemporary artist, Nicole Eisenman. View the work, participate in art activities for the whole family, and enjoy food and drink.
Quincy Market History TourBoston, Free
Sat, June 8, 2019  -  Sat, December 28, 2019   
A FREE one hour historical tour of the architecture, politics, history, and geography of Quincy’s Market. Come hear this Boston story! Meet your guide at the property directory near Anthem Restaurant.
Steve's Ice Cream at ICA this Summer!Boston, $
Sun, June 9, 2019  -  Fri, August 9, 2019   
Crave the Unexpected with Steve's Ice Cream at ICA this Summer! Steve's is partnering with acclaimed artist Dan Lam & ICA to create unexpected installations and give out ice cream samples.
Danforth Art School Summer Arts 2019: What's the Story?Framingham
Mon, June 24, 2019  -  Fri, August 23, 2019   
Weekly, full day, fine art program for children and teens. Students enjoy weekly themes, tour the museum, exhibit their work each Friday, and go home with a portfolio of artwork.
From Our Hands: White Mountain Woolen Magic Rughooking Guild ExhibitNew Hampshire, Free
Fri, June 28, 2019  -  Fri, September 13, 2019   
The League is happy to welcome White Mountain Woolen Magic, the NH chapter of ATHA (Association of Traditional Hooking Artists) to our Exhibition Gallery for this guest exhibition titled “From Our Hands”.
'Growth Rings' by Oscar Tuazon June 28 2019 through Spring 2020Boston, Free
Fri, June 28, 2019  -  Sun, March 15, 2020   
Growth Rings recognizes our interconnectivity with trees, celebrates the cycles of life, and seeks to foster harmony in our contemporary urban landscape in Central Wharf Park.
Summer Winds Kinetic SculptureNew Bedford, Free
Mon, July 1, 2019  -  Mon, September 30, 2019   
The Massachusetts Design Art and Technology Institute (DATMA) Launch Brings World-Renowned Art, Design, and Technology to Southcoast Massachusetts alongside premier art installation of “Silver Current”.
Tito Puente Latin Music Series 2019Boston, Free
Fri, July 5, 2019  -  Fri, August 9, 2019   
The Tito Puente Latin Music Series takes place in July and August at outdoor locations across Boston. The six-concert series is an infectious soundscape of salsa, bolero, danzón, Afro-Latin, Caribbean, jazz, funk, R&B, and more. Performers include Berklee faculty, students,...
Dabble! Doodle! Dance!Boston, Free
Sat, July 6, 2019  -  Sat, July 27, 2019   
Fort Point Theatre Channel invites children and families to dance, paint, and create with us in the bright summer sunshine on Saturday mornings in July along Fort Point Channel!
Summer Sundays at HMSC MuseumCambridge, Free
Sun, July 7, 2019  -  Sun, August 25, 2019   
Free, fun, family activities allow visitors to explore arts from the ancient Near East. Sunday, July 7, 2019, 11:00am to 4:00pm. Repeats every week every Sunday until Sun Aug 25 2019
Morningside Music BridgeBack Bay, Free
Mon, July 8, 2019  -  Sat, August 3, 2019   
Morningside Music Bridge (MMB) brings the best emerging and established international classical artists (strings + piano) in a splendidly engaging summer concert season. Hear today’s great artists and meet tomorrow’s defining performers.
One World, 2019Back Bay, Free
Wed, July 10, 2019  -  Sun, August 18, 2019   
Join us each Tuesday as we explore a different corner of the globe. Each morning will include live performances, sing-alongs, crafts, storytimes, face painting, and book giveaways—in addition to free admission to the Mapparium.
Harborwalk Sounds at the ICABoston
Thu, July 11, 2019  -  Thu, August 29, 2019   
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...
Candlelight Tours at Hammond Castle MuseumGloucester, $
Thu, July 11, 2019  -  Thu, August 29, 2019   
Guided tours are the only way to see the Castle on Thursday evenings and are offered at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 P.M. Come and immerse yourself in that lost era of quiet luxury and candlelight.
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New Horizon: A Multifaceted Hot Air Balloon Art Event7 Locations, $$
Fri, July 12, 2019  -  Sun, July 28, 2019   
In July 2019 Doug Aitken will present NEW HORIZON, a multifaceted art event centered around a stunning reflective hot air balloon and gondola that challenges the notion of art in the 21st-century.
Jamaica Plain Garden TourJamaica Plain, $$
Sat, July 20, 2019  -  Mon, July 20, 2020   
Join a tour of lush private gardens in the Sumner Hill and Central JP neighborhoods in the inaugural year. Proceeds support our community gardens city wide.
Hollywood in the days of Silent FilmMaynard, Free
Today  -  Tue, July 23, 2019   
Author Juliette Fay will introduce her latest book City of Flickering Light with photos and information about the silent film beginnings and the start of Hollywood. A fascinating look at the movie industry beginnings.
Puerto Rican FestivalBoston, Free
Fri, July 26, 2019  -  Sun, July 28, 2019   
This three day event is held at the City Hall Plaza honoring our history, values, traditional music, typical Puerto Rican food, and local arts and crafts for the entire family.
Free Fun Friday at Fitchburg Art MuseumFitchburg, Free
Fri, July 26, 2019  -  Fri, July 26, 2019   
Join us on July 26 for our FAMily-friendly Free Fun Friday! Browse our galleries, make giant bubbles, have your face painted, adopt a balloon animal, enjoy fun art projects, and hunt through the galleries for treasure!
Free Fun Friday at the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States SenateBoston, Free
Fri, July 26, 2019  -  Fri, July 26, 2019   
Join the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for Free Fun Friday on Friday, July 26. The Institute will be open for free all day with special programs, activities, and exhibits.
NPR's From the Top - Live TapingBoston, Free
Wed, July 31, 2019  -  Wed, July 31, 2019   
NPR's From the Top presents a free concert/taping of its popular radio program, celebrating outstanding young classical musicians, at NEC's Jordan Hall in Boston on Wednesday, July 31 at 7:00 PM.
Free First Thursday - August at the Fitchburg Art MuseumFitchburg, Free
Thu, August 1, 2019  -  Thu, August 1, 2019   
On the first Thursday of every month, the Fitchburg Art Museum has free admission from 3PM to 7 PM. This month there will be Artist Talks that will begin at 6PM.
Chess SimulsBoston, Free
Fri, August 2, 2019  -  Fri, August 2, 2019   
Come compete against our chess expert, Corey Tolbert on the first Friday of each month. Watch as he plays multiple games simultaneously. Find him on South Market Street, right outside Uniqlo.
Free Fun Friday at Museum of Russian IconsClinton, Free
Fri, August 2, 2019  -  Fri, August 2, 2019   
Free Fun Friday at the Museum of Russian Icons! Please join us for this wonderful annual event brought to you by the Highland Street Foundation.
SoWa First FridaySouth End, Free
Fri, August 2, 2019  -  Fri, August 2, 2019   
Summer in the city is a live event! SoWa First Friday welcomes you into the studios of more than 80 artists, where you'll see original contemporary art.
First Sunday, Museum of Russian IconsClinton, Free
Sun, August 4, 2019  -  Sun, August 4, 2019   
Explore our current exhibitions and our permanent collection. Enjoy free admission all day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation, on the first Sunday of every month!
Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter FansBoston, $
Sat, August 10, 2019  -  Sat, August 10, 2019   
Join Watson Adventures on a unique Harry Potter-themed family scavenger hunt at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston! It’s a fun new way to explore the museum.
Pa' la CalleJamaica Plain, Free
Wed, August 14, 2019  -  Wed, August 14, 2019   
Jóvenes en Acción is bringing arts to the street! Come through for an evening filled with performances and food. We will also have free ice cream from J.P. Licks!
Lecture Balancing Creativity and Tradition in IconographyClinton, $
Sun, August 18, 2019  -  Sun, August 18, 2019   
Maureen McCormick is a latter-day iconographer, affiliate instructor of the Prosopon School of Iconology and Iconography, and iconographer in residence at Trinity Church, Princeton (NJ).
First Sunday: Free Museum Admission and CraftClinton, Free
Sun, September 1, 2019  -  Sun, September 1, 2019   
Enjoy free admission all day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation. Explore the exhibition Wrestling with Angels and head downstairs to the auditorium to make your own angel-inspired craft.
Free First Thursday - SeptemberFitchburg, Free
Thu, September 5, 2019  -  Thu, September 5, 2019   
Explore the galleries at night and see them in a different light. Enjoy free admission and exhibition tours. Each month features a special activity or event. Shop at the Fitchburg Farmers Market starting in November.
Chess Simuls at Faneuil HallBoston, Free
Fri, September 6, 2019  -  Fri, September 6, 2019   
Come compete against our chess expert, Corey Tolbert on the first Friday of each month. Watch as he plays multiple games simultaneously. Find him on South Market Street, right outside Uniqlo.
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(ähts) The Boston Arts Festival 2019Boston, Free
Sat, September 7, 2019  -  Sun, September 8, 2019   
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...
Celebrate the Apples at Our Free Community DayConcord, $
Sat, September 7, 2019  -  Sat, September 7, 2019   
Press cider and bake pie at the Museums colonial hearth. Contribute to the community art mural, which asks: what can you add to our apple orchard.
Lecture The Ancient of Days: Depicting God the Father in Orthodox IconographyClinton, $
Sun, September 8, 2019  -  Sun, September 8, 2019   
This informative presentation by Christopher Helali focuses on depictions of God the Father, the fountainhead and source of the Holy Trinity, in Orthodox Christian iconography.
An Evening with Champions 2019Cambridge, $
Fri, September 20, 2019  -  Sat, September 21, 2019   
Each fall, An Evening with Champions puts on a world-class skating exhibition to benefit The Jimmy Fund, the fundraising arm of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
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Smithsonian Museum Day Live! 2019Boston, Free
Sat, September 21, 2019   
For one day only, museums across the country will join the Smithsonian Institution in its long-standing tradition of offering free admission to visitors. Check out a new museum or an old favorite and enjoy the day!
Opening of the Fitchburg Art MuseumFitchburg
Sat, September 21, 2019  -  Sat, September 21, 2019   
Celebrate the opening of the new Fitchburg Art Museum exhibitions including Daniela Rivera: Labored Landscapes (where hand meets ground), David Katz: Earth Wares, Adria Arch: Reframing Eleanor, Sohier/Hilliard: Our Parents, Ourselves.
Free First Thursday - OctoberFitchburg, Free
Thu, October 3, 2019  -  Thu, October 3, 2019   
Explore the galleries at night and see them in a different light. Enjoy free admission and exhibition tours. Each month features a special activity or event. Shop at the Fitchburg Farmers Market starting in November.
Conversation CaféFitchburg
Wed, October 23, 2019  -  Wed, October 23, 2019   
To coincide with their exhibition, Sohier/Hilliard: Our Parents, Ourselves, join professional photographers Sage Sohier and David Hilliard for a[c][d] discussion about their inspirations and techniques. Beverages and snacks provided. Cash bar.
The 23rd Boston International Fine Art ShowBoston, $
Thu, October 24, 2019  -  Sun, October 27, 2019   
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.
Free First Thursday - NovemberFitchburg, Free
Thu, November 7, 2019  -  Thu, November 7, 2019   
Explore the galleries at night and see them in a different light. Enjoy free admission and exhibition tours. Each month features a special activity or event. Shop at the Fitchburg Farmers Market starting in November.
Artists’ Talks: Pushing the BoundariesFitchburg
Sun, November 10, 2019  -  Sun, November 10, 2019   
A painting made of ash? Wet clay that stretches across a gallery? Daniela Rivera and David Katz discuss the astounding ways they approach painting and ceramic sculpture and installation. FREE with Museum admission.
Free First Thursday - DecemberFitchburg, Free
Thu, December 5, 2019  -  Thu, December 5, 2019   
Explore the galleries at night and see them in a different light. Enjoy free admission and exhibition tours. Each month features a special activity or event. Shop at the Fitchburg Farmers Market starting in November.
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Boston Tea Party Annual Reenactment 2019Boston, $$
Mon, December 16, 2019  -  Mon, December 16, 2019   
The Annual Boston Tea Party Reenactment is a chance for the public to join in on one of Boston’s most iconic protests. Re-enactors from across New England come together to tell the story of the Boston Tea Party and...
Free First Thursday - JanuaryFitchburg, Free
Thu, January 2, 2020  -  Thu, January 2, 2020   
Explore the galleries at night and see them in a different light. Enjoy free admission and exhibition tours. Each month features a special activity or event. Shop at the Fitchburg Farmers Market starting in November.
Closing Tour of Labored Landscapes and Earth WaresFitchburg
Sun, January 12, 2020  -  Sun, January 12, 2020   
Take a guided tour of the special exhibitions Daniela Rivera: Labored Landscapes (where hand meets ground) and David Katz: Earth Wares on the closing day.
Free First Thursday - FebruaryFitchburg, Free
Thu, February 6, 2020  -  Thu, February 6, 2020   
Explore the galleries at night and see them in a different light. Enjoy free admission and exhibition tours. Each month features a special activity or event. Shop at the Fitchburg Farmers Market starting in November.
Opening Reception for After Spiritualism: Loss and TranscendenceFitchburg
Sat, February 8, 2020  -  Sat, February 8, 2020   
This exhibition will use the history of Spiritualism in New England as inspiration to consider mourning and transcendence in contemporary art. This event is the opening reception open to all for this show.
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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