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Free First Thursdays at The Gardner MuseumBoston, $
Thu, January 4, 2024  -  Thu, December 5, 2024   
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.
Framing The Domestic Sea: Photographs by Jeffery C. BectonNew Bedford, $$
Fri, January 12, 2024  -  Sun, May 5, 2024   
Framing the Domestic Sea: photographs by Jeffery C. Becton presents a new body of work by this celebrated Maine artist. His digital photographic collages are surreal and panoramic in scope.
First Friday Open Mic NightHopkinton, $
Fri, February 2, 2024  -  Fri, May 3, 2024   
Join us for a night of music and fun at HCA's First Friday Open Mic Night! Whether you're a seasoned performer or love listening to live music, this event is perfect.
Scavenger Hunt at Isabella Stewart Gardner MuseumBoston, $$
Thu, February 15, 2024  -  Sun, May 12, 2024   
We welcome you to participate in a scavenger hunt, and encourage you to take a closer look at the detailed and extremely labor-intensive works featured in our current special exhibition, Raqib Shaw: Ballads of East and West.
Saturday Open StudioBoston, $
Sat, February 17, 2024  -  Sat, May 11, 2024   
Stop by the Education Studio and join us for lively drop-in art-making activities inspired by the Gardner collection. Experiment and explore a variety of skills, materials, and creative processes!
Mediterranean Marketplaces: Connecting the Ancient WorldCambridge, Free
Thu, February 22, 2024  -  Fri, February 21, 2025   
Thousands of years ago, ancient people across the Mediterranean were connected to faraway places and cultures through trade. Learn more in this exhibition at the Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East.
MAAM in 15: HighlightsBoston, Free
Fri, February 23, 2024  -  Fri, May 17, 2024   
Join a student educator for a journey through our current exhibition, The Myth of Normal: A Celebration of Authentic Expression, which investigates social and emotional norms that have been codified over our collective past.
Destiny Doorways: Creating the Doors We Walk ThroughBoston, Free
Sat, March 9, 2024  -  Sat, June 15, 2024   
Get creative with us in Destiny Doorways, an installation by Boston artist Mithsuca Berry in the Bank of America Art Lab. Enter a bright, colorful, nature-inspired space where you can design your own visual.
Arts Wayland Presents: The April Online ExhibitVirtual/Online, Free
Mon, April 1, 2024  -  Tue, April 30, 2024   
Take some time to view the spectacular collection of art in our online April exhibit. The genres range in style, and the talent on display is second to none.
SoWa SundaysSouth End, Free
Sun, April 7, 2024  -  Sun, April 28, 2024   
You know we’re open every Sunday of the year, 11am-4pm. Be the first to see new works. Experience the rewards of buying direct from the makers. Share your experience with friends and loved ones.
Creating Communal Gifts with Chanel ThervilActon
Mon, April 15, 2024  -  Fri, April 19, 2024   
Discovery Museum is a hands-on museum for families that blends science, nature, and play. Advance reservations are required to visit the museum. Visit to learn more.
April School Vacation Week: Earth Day ActivitiesGloucester, Free
Tue, April 16, 2024  -  Fri, April 19, 2024   
Celebrate the return of spring with a visit to the Cape Ann Museum during April School Vacation Week! The Museum will be free for school-age children, 18 and under, and their guardians.
Touching the VoidChelsea, $
Today  -  Sun, May 19, 2024   
Life-affirming and often darkly funny, Touching the Void takes the audience on an epic adventure that asks how far you’d be willing to go to survive.
Musical Improv Workshop by The Nova Comedy CollectiveWatertown, $$
Sat, April 20, 2024  -  Sat, April 20, 2024   
This two-hour workshop will help you to start meaningfully incorporating music into improv scenes! From warming up, supporting scene partners, and exploring self trust and silliness- prepare to launch into the world of improvised musicals!
Eric Concert and Symposium on the Future of Jazz CultureCambridge, Free
Sat, April 20, 2024  -  Sat, April 20, 2024   
Join Longy for the Eric Concert and Symposium on the Future of Jazz Culture, an afternoon in remembrance of WGBH’s Eric Jackson, the “dean of Boston Jazz Radio.”
Boston Design Week 2024Boston, Free
Tue, April 23, 2024  -  Sun, May 5, 2024   
The 11th Boston Design Week, features in-person, virtual, and outdoor events. This year's festival's theme is 'Designing for the Future – Preserving for the Future,' which showcases speakers, discussions, and exhibitions by many design organizations.
The Larger Conversation: Migration and MemoryBoston, $
Thu, April 25, 2024  -  Thu, April 25, 2024   
Join the Gardner Museum for a conversation on how a group of Asian American artists and leaders redefine identity through their work with memory and imagination.
Vastness| April 7 – October 12, 2024 | ClipArt Gallery & Atlantic Works GalleryBoston, Free
Thu, April 25, 2024  -  Thu, April 25, 2024   
In East Boston, a collaboration between the ClipArt Gallery and the Atlantic Works Gallery (AWG), curated by AWG artist member Sandrine Colson, four Massachusetts artists present “Vastness” – abstract paintings, landscapes, and textile works.
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Art in Bloom at the MFA BostonBoston, Free
Fri, April 26, 2024  -  Sun, April 28, 2024   
Enjoy exquisite art from across the MFA’s collection paired with magnificent floral interpretations created by New England-area garden clubs. Professional designers delight with creative designs in Museum entrances and...
Gloucester Zine FestGloucester, Free
Sat, April 27, 2024  -  Sat, April 27, 2024   
Gloucester Zine Fest, presented by the Sawyer Free Library, is a celebration of artistic expression and community fun! Browse the Zine marketplace, craft your own zine, enjoy live music, ice cream and more.
JoyWalk: A Fenway Cultural District Art CrawlBoston, Free
Thu, May 2, 2024  -  Thu, May 2, 2024   
The Fenway Alliance’s FIRST EVER JoyWalk: A Fenway Cultural District Art Crawl will be held on Thursday, May 2nd from 12pm-8pm! Visit the Fenway Cultural District for FREE admission at locations throughout the neighborhood.
A Benefit Concert with Parker QuartetBelmont, Free
Thu, May 2, 2024  -  Thu, May 2, 2024   
May 2 at 7:00pm, attend A Benefit Concert with Parker Quartet, a special performance dedicated to supporting the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence (ATASK).
SoWa First FridaySouth End, Free
Fri, May 3, 2024  -  Fri, May 3, 2024   
First Friday is May 3rd, and this year it’s part of Design Week, with artist talks and demos from 5pm-9pm. That same weekend is our annual SoWa Art Walk.
SoWa Art WalkSouth End, Free
Sat, May 4, 2024  -  Sun, May 5, 2024   
On Sunday, May 5th, we’re extending Sunday hours from 11am-6pm, because it’s our annual SoWa Art Walk! You’ll also find many artists in their studios Saturday, May 4th for this event. 00000
Sound & Spirit Presents: 'Magic to Do!'Natick, $$
Sat, May 4, 2024  -  Sun, May 5, 2024   
'We’ve Got Magic to Do” will delight every generation of audience! From music to thoughtful choreography and visual arts elements, S&S is known for heartwarming shows with their own special kind of magic.
Watercolor Spring FlowersBoylston, $$
Sat, May 4, 2024  -  Sat, May 4, 2024   
Learn easy and fun watercolor techniques like masking, wet-on-wet, brush strokes, and more in this fun beginner's workshop. Suitable for adults and teens, no experience necessary.
Picture + Panel: Mental Health with Cara Bean + Jonell JoshuaSomerville, Free
Mon, May 6, 2024  -  Mon, May 6, 2024   
This month, Picture + Panel opens up a profound and compassionate conversation about mental health between Cara Bean and Jonell Joshua. Graphic Medicine advocate Matthew Noe will moderate.
Fresh Seasonal Floral ArrangementsLexington, Free
Wed, May 8, 2024  -  Wed, May 8, 2024   
Come see Kathy Leva create a seasonal floral arrangement using spring flowers There will be a raffle for this arrangement. So come and enjoy. Bring a friend too!
Sogetsu IkebanaBoylston, $
Thu, May 9, 2024  -  Thu, May 9, 2024   
This course introduces Japanese flower arranging and gives students experience making arrangements in low containers (moribana) using a pin holder (kenzan). Beginning and continuing students are welcome.
Second Saturdays: Free Admission for Cape Ann Residents (05/11)Gloucester, Free
Sat, May 11, 2024  -  Sat, May 11, 2024   
Join us for Free admission for residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex. Explore the galleries to learn see the story of the place where you live.
GREEN, Contemporary Paintings Inspired by the GardenBoylston, $
Sat, May 11, 2024  -  Sun, August 11, 2024   
This spring, join us at New England Botanic Garden to celebrate the work of Marie Anthony, a Boston-based abstract painter whose vivid works are inspired by floral forms.
SoWa SundaysSouth End, Free
Sun, May 12, 2024  -  Sun, May 26, 2024   
We’ll be open 11am-4pm on Mother’s Day and the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend. On Sunday, May 5th, we’re extending Sunday hours from 11am-6pm, because it’s our annual SoWa Art Walk!
Toni StoneBoston, $$
Fri, May 17, 2024  -  Sun, June 16, 2024   
Join us for the 2023-2024 season - The Huntington is Boston's leading professional theatre, with two venues (Huntington Theatre and the Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA). Your seat is waiting! Discounts available.
The Greater Roxbury Book FairRoxbury, Free
Sat, May 18, 2024  -  Sat, May 18, 2024   
A community book fair in Roxbury, MA at the Roxbury branch of the Boston Public Library including author talks, workshops, storytimes, activities, and more, featuring award-winning authors Ibram X. Kendi and Jacqueline Woodson.
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ICA WatershedBoston, Free
Wed, May 22, 2024  -  Fri, October 4, 2024   
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...
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Free Thursday Nights at ICA BostonBoston, Free
Fri, May 24, 2024  -  Fri, December 27, 2024   
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 Free Admission - Memorial DayBoston, Free
Mon, May 27, 2024  -  Mon, May 27, 2024   
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.
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Memorial Day Open House: Museum of Fine Arts (MFA)Boston, Free
Mon, May 27, 2024   
Celebrate Memorial Day at the Museum of Fine Arts and visit the Museum for a fun-filled day of vibrant activities your whole family will enjoy. Join us for a day of celebration with free general admission for all,...
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Salem Arts Festival 2024Salem, Free
Fri, June 7, 2024  -  Sun, June 9, 2024   
For three days each June, this free, fun family-friendly festival transforms downtown Salem, MA, into an opportunity for the arts community to showcase their talents.
Coolidge Corner Arts FestivalBrookline, Free
Sat, June 8, 2024  -  Sat, June 8, 2024   
42nd Annual Coolidge Corner Arts Festival, this free outdoor event features 70+ arts and crafts booths, live DJ, food trucks, beer and wine garden, patio dining.
Annual Memorial Day Weekend PowwowCentral Mass, $
Sat, June 8, 2024  -  Sun, June 9, 2024   
The Annual AIS Weekend Powwow features dancing, drumming, kids' events, vendors, crafts, and educational sessions. Overnight camping is available to powwow participants.
Second Saturdays: Free Admission for Cape Ann Residents (06/08)Gloucester, Free
Sat, June 8, 2024  -  Sat, June 8, 2024   
Join us for free admission for residents of Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester, and Essex. Explore the galleries to learn see the story of the place where you live.
Juneteenth Unlimited: Blackness, Buttons, and Flag-Making GaloreBrockton, Free
Sat, June 15, 2024  -  Sat, June 15, 2024   
Get ready for a summer celebration of freedom, resilience, and hands-on creativity -- it’s Juneteenth Unlimited, with special flag-making crafts celebrating the exhibition of artist Beau McCall!
Juneteenth - Forever FreeNewton
Wed, June 19, 2024  -  Wed, June 19, 2024   
All-American composers' program, Forever Free- works by Florence Price, H.T. Burleigh, David Baker, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, & more. Part of the Cherry Street Music - 2023-2024 Season collection.
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Juneteenth at MFA BostonBoston, Free
Wed, June 19, 2024  -  Wed, June 19, 2024   
Come together to celebrate creativity, community, and freedom. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), invites the community to enjoy a free open house honoring Juneteenth, the oldest nationally recognized commemoration of...
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Imagine Van Gogh! The Original Immersive Exhibition: SoWa BostonBoston, $$
Fri, June 21, 2024  -  Sun, August 18, 2024   
Imagine Van Gogh, the ORIGINAL immersive exhibition in Image Totale featuring more than 200 of the Dutch artist's paintings, is returning to Boston at the iconic SoWa Power Station centrally located in the city’s...
Kids' Cabaret and Play Me: Intro to Instruments available at the New School of MCambridge
Mon, July 8, 2024  -  Fri, August 16, 2024   
Register for The New School of Music’s two summer programs, Kids' Cabaret musical theater program (Ages 7-14) and Play Me: Intro to Instruments (Ages 5-9) by March 15 to receive early bird discounts!
New Musical Festival: Boston Conservatory Composers Wind EnsembleBack Bay, Free
Fri, August 2, 2024  -  Thu, February 8, 2024   
Boston Conservatory’s at Berklee Composition Department presents a program of world premieres written by students of the Conservatory. The ensemble is directed by Vimbayi Kaziboni.
Wicked Comic Con 2024Boston, $
Sat, August 10, 2024  -  Sun, August 11, 2024   
Wicked Comic Con celebrates another year with a 2-day convention at the Hynes Convention Center on August 10-11 with vendors, local artists, cosplayers, and comic creators from across the country and around the world.
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Opening Our Doors: Celebrating the Fenway Cultural DistrictBoston, Free
Mon, October 14, 2024  -  Mon, October 14, 2024   
Join us for the 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
Mon, October 14, 2024  -  Mon, October 14, 2024   
Celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day with free general admission to the MFA as part of the Fenway Alliance’s annual Opening Our Doors Day.
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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