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A potpourri of things to do, places to go and celebrations outdoors with people and the elements of Boston and New England culture and heritage.

Free events on the Charles River

The New England Aquarium has teamed with the Boston Landmarks Orchestra on these events held Wednesday’s at 7 p.m. at the Hatch Shell located on the Charles River Esplanade. Free Seating is outdoors on the lawn.

BOSTON POPS 4th of July on the Esplanade, the annual big boom fireworks event and televised concert performances. The featured guests this year are Queen Latifah, Arlo Guthrie, The Texas Tenors and others.
Bostonpopsjuly4th.org

Symphonic Space Odyssey:
50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing – July 17th

The Longwood Symphony Orchestra performs – July 24
Mercury (Irish) Orchestra – August 7
Annual Green Concert – August 14 (climate change )
Landmarks Dance Night – August 21


Experiences

Black Boston Tour Sprint

Perfect for new visitors to Boston, curious airport layovers with a few hours on their hands, for Black Boston explorers who know nothing about it, and for Back Bayers who desire a guided experience. This tour starts at the MBTA Back Bay Station in the South End. Scroll down to read about the Black Restaurants and Jazz Speakasy on this tour.


Newport jazz festival is Aug 2-4th
act on this offer before 7/15

two bus trip options from Boston

Boston American History Tour (walking)

$15 – Buy tour ticket here online from a partner to support us.
Guided, narrated tour with tour guide in period clothes (1775.) Begin your journey at the Boston Common Visitor’s Center located at 139 Tremont Street and conclude at the USS Constitution in Charlestown.

this tour covers

  • Boston Common
  • Massachusetts State House
  • Park Street Church
  • Granary Burying Ground
  • King’s Chapel
  • King’s Chapel Burying Ground
  • Benjamin Franklin Statue & Boston Latin School
  • Old Corner Bookstore
  • Old South Meeting House
  • Old State House
  • Site of Boston Massacre
  • Faneuil Hall
  • Paul Revere House
  • Old North Church
  • Copp’s Hill Burying Ground
  • Bunker Hill Monument
  • USS Constitution

Black Heritage Trail Beacon Hill
no sign-up required

This free tour guided, narrated tour is provided by the National Park Service Rangers. It begins at the corner of Park Street and Beacon opposite the Massachusetts State House. You meet the tour guide at the Robert Gould Show 54th Regiment Monument 15 minutes before tours. Tours start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m when weather permits. The tour takes about 2.0 hours to walk the Black Heritage Trail.


our curated event list download (PDF)


Portsmouth New Hampshire – The African Burial Ground
Portsmouth, NH 03801
(603) 610-7226

Notable

When YELP selected the Top 100 Places to Eat in America in 2019, #3 on the list is Ciao! Pizza and Pasta, Chelsa, MA – the only restaurant in Massachusetts to make the list.


Event highlight feature: Barbados Boston

A clip from the visitbarbados.com Welcome to Boston reception on the Seaport with DCI-Platinum Vines at the Benjamin Residence Tower

View our Barbados Summer Calendar of Events advisory.



recent events coverage

From Boston Calling 2019 coverage
Lil Nas X performs Old “Town Road”

Micheal Che of SNL. Live highlights from Boston Calling 2019

The BLACK VIOLIN April 7th show at Berklee Performance Center was awesome. We’ll treat you to a segment from the performance here.

Black Violin is lead by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin), and joined onstage by DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. Their most recent album release, Stereotypes, hit #1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover chart and #4 on Billboard’s R&B Charts.


mystery landmark

What do you know about Richard Potter?

About Richard Potter | Biography.
On Route 4 between the Concord and Connecticut Highway 11 is Potter Place. The Amtrak train stop is in he area. Richard and his wife’s gravestones can still be seen at Potter Place. 


Black-owned restaurants
and night club spots

BRED Sandwiches
Its customers say BRED is the best black-owned take-out
sandwich shop in Boston. The shop is located on Dorchester Avenue in Dorchester Lower Mills near Ashmont MBTA station.

MIDA RESTAURANT – The black-owned new kid of the block. Mida Restaurant is the first Black-owned Italian cuisine full liquor bar restaurant in Boston. Formulated by downtown restaurant investors and the influence of ACCELERATE BOSTON Incubator, MIDA is located in the South End.

Boston’s Wally’s Jazz Cafe / CLUB on Massachusetts Avenue (casual) http://www.wallyscafe.com/index.html
For the New York Coltranish, Sonny Fortune, Grover Washington loving jazz stylists. Wallys attracts Berklee College of Music players who in turn attract masters who come teach them, live, in front of you–the audience.. and there may be a cover charge when it goes down because you will not know they are coming when they come. Wally’s Jazz Cafe is a small space, there is a small number of tables. Live performers mount the stage. It’s not crowded until nightfall. Serving Guinness Beer and drinks.

Slades Bar and Grill, South End / CLUB a great hang out place for all things soul and R&B. Full bar with sports TV, Wednesday Night Black Comedy Explosion, Saturday night parties, club scene.

SAVVOY R&B Lounge on Lincoln Street in downtown Boston where you chill out downtown in style but never leave that soul vibe and food far behind.

Dorchester Fish Market in Codman Square for families is a working class stop offing  lunch sized sandwich meals and as much bulk fresh fish you may ever want to buy. The market was started by a school teacher.

Nu Soul Food Cafe is a restaurant that received rave reviews for Boston sould food.

Coast Cafe in Cambridge’s Cambridgeport area off Memorial Drive near Harvard Business School was the 2018 TravelNoire web site Best Soul Food Restaurant in Massachusetts pick. web site www.coastsoulcafe.com

art

Cooper Gallery http://www.coopergalleryhc.org/about/
features contemporary and historical exhibitions and installations of African and African American art organized by the gallery and will often feature guest curators, faculty, artists, students, and distinguished visiting scholars. It hosts a wide range of dynamic workshops, artist talks, symposia, lectures and performances that engage audiences with diverse art archives and cultural traditions from all over the world.

National Center for Afro-American Artists www.ncaa.org

Cultural District

The new ROXBURY CULTURAL DISTRICT  is a brand new earned arena for the part of Black Boston named Roxbury, where Dudley Square and Malcolm X have a heart.  Go to the site and click links to see businesses, associations and arts and cultural programmers associated with buildup of the Roxbury Cultural District.

Black Marker Pop-up Shops and Community Space
Black Market on Dudley Square, Roxbury offers its space to makers and vendors offering middle-class and family priced products, crafts, Black-made items in Massachusetts vendors, a cultural scene, a shopping mall with music and entertainment, all the goods, the popcorns, bean pies and more. Its Black Faneuil Hall in the heart of the hood.

THE SOUTH END
In Phyllis Wheatley Stature Park -THE FIRST LADY OF AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE is memorialized in Boston’s South End near the Simon Mall exit street and Charlies Sandwich Shop, a famous watering hole for breakfast and political talk. Her papers are at the Massachusetts History Society.

Museums

National Center for Afro-American Artists www.ncaa.org
The National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA) is a private, not-for-profit institution founded in 1968 by Dr. Elma Lewis who remained its Artistic Director until her passing.

Edmund Barry Gaither serves as NCAA’s Director and Curator of its Museum division. The museum remains the largest independent black cultural arts institution in New England. It has forged an unbroken record of public service in the celebration of the world heritage of black people since 1968. Commitment to excellence in the arts and wholesome cultural development remains its hallmark.

www.maah.org — Museum of African American History, a National Parks Service site on Beacon Hill in Boston has exhibits plus The African American Meeting House. The Abiel Smith School and is on the Black Heritage Trail – an 18-point destination walking tour of famous people, places and things in ancient and modern Black Boston.

Museum of Fine Art www.mfa.org
The Museum of Fine Arts is located on South Huntington Avenue between North Eastern University and the Harvard Medical School Campus. The MFA has African American art and cultural exhibitions and items from ancient Africa.

Massachusetts Historical Society ( slave collections )
https://www.masshist.org/

The National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture – Mansfield, MA

Boston Black Radio and Church

The Basic Black TV series – www.wgbh.org
Basic Black is the longest running African American issues and affairs program on television. You can view all episodes over the Internet or from its Facebook page. Basic Black is produced in Cambridge at the WGBH Public network studios.

Boston Black Church Music and Gospel, and Ministering and Preaching http://www.churchline.com/ – Churchline.com is a web-based portal for Church Centered Events. Everything you would want to know about Black Churches in New England is there.

THE BASS RADIO
Bass of Boston Radio has local fan faves New Edition live call in and DJs spinning music all day. The station broadcasts on air and over the Internet. Hip Hop and R&B is the key genre play.

Boston Praise Radio and TVwww.bostonpraiseradio.tv
Boston Praise Radio and TV is an independently-owned broadcaster going out on the radio, the internet and Boston public access channel 23. The station books show producers who offer a variety of program topics. A call-in talk show starts off the morning. Listeners dial in to discuss Black politics, community business and Black issues of the day. The station is on air 24/7 and can be accessed on Facebook, Roku, telephone and more.

ZOO and Golf Course Plaza

Zoo – the Franklin Park Children’s Zoo and Golf Course is in Black Boston, Roxbury. The site and complex have White Stadium for Performing Arts and music concerts outdoors, picnic areas in the heart of Black Boston, flower gardens, the Olstead Emerald Necklace, rolling hills and open space, the Franklin Park Golf Course Club House, Children’s Zoo, ponds, walking trails, putting green and more.

Franklin Park is located in Black Boston zip codes near Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Dorchester, Roxbury and faces the Kennedy Library area via Columbia Road.