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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.
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.
'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”.
Great Bear Rainforest at the Museum of ScienceBoston, $
Fri, July 5, 2019  -  Tue, December 31, 2019   
Experience one of the planet’s most diverse wildernesses – Canada’s Great Bear Rainforest – with the new giant-screen documentary at the Mugar Omni Theater at the Museum of Science!
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.
The Boston Printmakers 2019 North American Print BiennialWellesley, Free
Mon, August 26, 2019  -  Sun, September 29, 2019   
The Jewett Art Gallery at Wellesley College hosts the 2019 North American Print Biennial, showcasing printmaking work from over 100 artists from throughout the US, Canada, and Cuba.
Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s HorizonsWellesley, $
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
Join the Davis Museum at Wellesley College as we present Fatimah Tuggar: Home’s Horizons, a major solo exhibition that investigates history, technology, and the home.
Kanishka Raja: I and IWellesley, Free
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
Kanishka Raja: I and I transforms a hybrid inheritance—an urban Indian childhood, familial roots in textile manufacture and clothing design, liberal arts and studio education in the US—into ravishingly patterned and painted work.
Recent Acquisitions: New Photographs: Haley Morris-Cafiero and Habiba NowroseWellesley, Free
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
In the 1970s, the institutionalization and historicization of photography began. Since then, the Davis Museum has stewarded and grown a robust photography collection that represents a range of approaches, uses, and interpretations of the medium.
Hidden Histories: Revealing the Life of a PaintingWellesley, Free
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
A mysterious 16th century Venetian Sacra Conversazione featuring the holy family with a donor and saints Sebastian and Catherine was recently donated to the Davis Museum.
WINDOWS INVITATIONAL: Alexandria Smith: Seed to HarvestWellesley, Free
Fri, September 13, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
The Windows Invitational engages artists in transforming the dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows that articulate the lobby and courtyard plaza of our signature Rafael Moneo building. The third commission in the series is by Alexandria Smith.
An Evening with Champions 2019Cambridge, $
Today  -  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.
WORKSHOP Beyond the Classroom: A Prosopon Workshop for Aspiring IconographersClinton, $$$
Today  -  Sun, September 22, 2019   
This workshop is designed for those who have completed at least one icon with the Prosopon School of Iconology and would like to continue building their skills.
Special Lecture Event: The Birds of Cuba, A New Era for KnowledgeNatick, $
Today  -  Fri, September 20, 2019   
Cuba, the Caribbean's largest and most ecologically diverse island, is a paradise for birds. Nils will be presenting selections from his latest book The Birds of Cuba, featuring beautiful photographs and newly updated information.
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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.
Smithsonian Magazine Museum DayClinton, Free
Sat, September 21, 2019  -  Sat, September 21, 2019   
Museum Day is an annual celebration of boundless curiosity hosted by Smithsonian magazine. The Museum of Russian Icons, participating museums, and cultural institutions across the country provide free entry with a Museum Day ticket.
Celebrate World Gorilla Day at Franklin Park ZooBoston
Sun, September 22, 2019  -  Sun, September 22, 2019   
Celebrate one of our closest relatives and learn how you can help protect this endangered species. Meet a zookeeper who cares for our western lowland gorillas during a chat.
StoryArt: Children's Book Illustration ExhibitionConcord, Free
Thu, September 26, 2019  -  Sun, November 3, 2019   
An exhibition of work by eight award-winning Massachusetts-based illustrators: Priscilla Alpaugh, Sarah S. Brannen, Shawn Fields, Wayne Geehan, Brian Lies, Julia Miner, Ilse Plume, Nicole Tagdell
Bolton & Harvard Open StudiosBolton, Free
Sat, September 28, 2019  -  Sun, September 29, 2019   
Come drive around beautiful Bolton and Harvard and visit 31 artists throughout both towns. Kid-friendly event, with farm stands, pick-your-own apple orchards, and quaint art studios.
Curator’s Talk Why wrestle angels? Who’s asking? with Exhibition Curator LynetteClinton, $
Sat, September 28, 2019  -  Sat, September 28, 2019   
Wrestling with Angels explores how God relates to man and how man wrestles with God in order to understand life’s meaning. Come discover the unspoken assumptions behind the icons and why they matter.
iPad Ensemble for Students with Disabilities at Berklee College of MusicBoston, $$
Sat, September 28, 2019  -  Sun, May 5, 2019   
Students with disabilities ages 9 and up create and perform music using iPads, Skoogs, Rolli Blocks, Coding Jam, and other technologies in a unique ensemble on Saturdays at Berklee College of Music.
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.
Watson Adventures’ Wizard School Scavenger Hunt for Harry Potter FansBoston, $
Sat, October 5, 2019  -  Sat, October 5, 2019   
Follow in the footsteps of young wizards on a scavenger hunt at the Museum of Fine Arts in search of art that echoes the characters, objects and places in the Harry Potter books and movies.
First Sunday/Drop-In CraftClinton, Free
Sun, October 6, 2019  -  Sun, October 6, 2019   
Enjoy free admission all day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation, on the first Sunday of every month. Stop in a make a craft, or visit our temporary exhibits and permanent collection!
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Molly of Denali Bookfest at BPL Copley BranchBoston, Free
Sun, October 6, 2019   
Join WGBH at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square for the MOLLY OF DENALI Bookfest! Come test your knowledge of Alaskan animals, take a picture in front of the Denali Trading Post, make a beaded bracelet, see how...
Walk Together Children- a choral concertQuincy, Free
Tue, October 8, 2019  -  Tue, October 8, 2019   
Two choruses - from Quincy, MA and from Jena Germany- in a joint concert of spirituals and other classical great music. Enjoy live choral singing with the whole family!
Bring your bottles and cans to Stone Zoo!Stoneham, Free
Sat, October 12, 2019  -  Sat, October 12, 2019   
Have some empty bottles and cans on your hands? Skip the trash barrel and head to Stone Zoo during the Bottle and Can Drive on October 12th!
Opening Our Doors Festival in the Fenway 2019Boston, Free
Mon, October 14, 2019  -  Mon, October 14, 2019   
Discover your inner culture maven at The Fenway Alliance's annual Opening Our Doors in the Fenway Cultural District. Dance, make art, listen to music, and experience the cultural gems of the Fenway for free!
Harvard Ballet Company presents: she isCambridge, $
Fri, October 18, 2019  -  Sun, October 20, 2019   
The Harvard Ballet Company's Fall 2019 production at Farkas Hall centers on the experiences and voices of womxn, inspired by the personal stories and experiences of our members.
MORI After-Dark Lore and Legend: Storied Histories of the SaintsClinton, $$
Fri, October 18, 2019  -  Fri, October 18, 2019   
Join us for an Interactive Tour after dark at the Museum! Ticket includes tour, drinks, and light refreshments. Limited to 13 participants, registration required by Tuesday, October 15.
Conversation CaféFitchburg
Wed, October 23, 2019  -  Wed, October 23, 2019   
To coincide with their exhibition, Sohier/Hilliard: Our Parents, Ourselves, join professional photographers Sage Sohier and David Hilliard for a[c][d] discussion about their inspirations and techniques. Beverages and snacks provided. Cash bar.
The 23rd Boston International Fine Art ShowBoston, $
Thu, October 24, 2019  -  Sun, October 27, 2019   
The 23rd Boston International Fine Art Show at the Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts. There are 3,000+ original works of art that are going to be exhibited, from classical to contemporary.
Sensory-Friendly Jack-O-Lantern SpectacularRhode Island
Thu, October 31, 2019  -  Sun, November 3, 2019   
The nationally acclaimed Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular presented by Citizens Bank at Roger Williams Park Zoo. Over 5000 pumpkins will light up the Zoo’s Wetlands Trail in a sensory-friendly display
Take it to the CuratorClinton, $$
Fri, November 1, 2019  -  Fri, November 1, 2019   
An icon assessment program provided by the Museum of Russian Icons curatorial staff. $20 per object, limit four objects per 20-minute time slot Please note that registration is required.
Cooking Class: Healthy Basics of Russian CuisineClinton, $
Sat, November 2, 2019  -  Sat, November 2, 2019   
Come learn about the healthy properties of Russian recipes with this cooking class, part of our 3-part fall Russian Wellness series. Limited to 15 participants, registration required by Friday, October 25
First Sunday, Museum of Russian IconsClinton, Free
Sun, November 3, 2019  -  Sun, November 3, 2019   
Enjoy free admission all day, courtesy of the Nypro Foundation, on the first Sunday of every month. Stop in to visit our temporary exhibits, make a craft and enjoy the Museum's permanent collection!
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.
Weavers' Guild of Boston Annual Exhibit & SaleWeston, Free
Fri, November 15, 2019  -  Sun, November 17, 2019   
The Weavers Guild of Boston, the country's oldest weavers' guild, will hold its Annual Exhibit and Sale from Nov 15 through Nov 17, 2019. The admission is free.
Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Christmas CarolBack Bay
Tue, December 3, 2019  -  Sun, December 29, 2019   
Dickens’s classic characters and Parton’s one-of-a-kind songwriting expertise are certain to make this a holiday event you’ll want to experience here first.
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.
Cultural Survival BazaarCambridge, Free
Sat, December 14, 2019  -  Sun, December 15, 2019   
Enjoy demonstrations by artists, Indigenous cuisine, and live music from around the world. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to exchange, connect, and build great community
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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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