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There’s plenty to do while we’re gone


The dog days of August have arrived and summer’s winding down. That means that BU Today is going dark for a couple of weeks. We’ll be back on August 27, in time to cover Move-in and FYSOP and provide all the other back-to-school news you’ll need.

There’s still a lot going on in and around Boston, so we’ve compiled a list of events you won’t want to miss. Enjoy the next two weeks!

There may be no better way to unwind at the end of a long week than the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf’s Music and Movie Fridays. Music begins at 6 p.m. and plays until dusk, when the Movies by Moonlight features begin. Note, however, that if you want to enjoy the DJ and watch the film on the Rowes Wharf Sea Grille terrace, you’ll need to order a minimum of $25 worth of food and/or beverages. Otherwise, you can sit on the stairs next to the terrace, with cushions provided, and enjoy the festivities for free.

In honor of the 25th anniversary of the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, all of the August showings are films made in 1987. The schedule is as follows: Moonstruck, August 10; Planes, Trains & Automobiles, August 17; Dirty Dancing, August 24; and Roxanne, August 31.

To get to the Boston Harbor Hotel at Rowes Wharf, 70 Rowes Wharf, Boston, take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Government Center. From there, turn left onto Court Street, continue onto State Street, turn right on Broad, then right on John F. Fitzgerald Surface Road, left on High Street, and finally, right on Atlantic Avenue. Movies and performances are weather permitting and subject to change.

Sports Museum, TD Garden, mural

Hall of Fame mural, Sports Museum at TD Garden. Photo courtesy of Lorianne DiSabato

If you are looking for a leisurely way to spend a Friday morning or afternoon, check out the Highland Street Foundation’s Free Fun Fridays schedule. Committed to supporting the needs of nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts and Southern California, the foundation has provided grants so many Boston-area museums and cultural institutions can offer free admission to the public on select Fridays.

Upcoming events include free admission to Battleship Cove, a world-class maritime heritage museum in Fall River, Mass., featuring the world’s largest collection of U.S. naval ships, on August 10; the Sports Museum, in Boston’s TD Garden, which focuses on local sports history, on August 10; the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Ave., Boston, on August 17; the USS Constitution Museum, at the Charlestown Navy Yard, on August 24; and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Columbia Point, Boston, on August 31. Find more Free Fun Friday events here.

Free Fun Friday events are happening all over. Check here for additional details.

If you’re looking to “go green,” head to City Hall Plaza August 16 to 19 for Boston GreenFest. Organized by the Foundation for a Green Future, Inc., Boston GreenFest is the region’s largest multicultural environmental festival.

The festival kicks off on Thursday, August 16, with a concert, eco-friendly world cuisines, and an EcoBazaar. Other events and attractions during the weekend event will include an EcoFashion shop, an EcoGallery, a Green Film Fest, performances on the GreenSouleStage, big inflatables in the EcoKids’ section, and a Movement Festival on the plaza offering free dance and movement classes.

To get to City Hall Plaza, take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Government Center. Find a complete schedule of events here.

Boston GreenFest, environemental festival

Boston GreenFest, organized by the Foundation for a Green Future, will take place August 16 to 19 at City Hall Plaza. Photo by Lazarusworks Photography

Are you hungry? Looking for a deal? Who isn’t? Be sure to take advantage of Boston Restaurant Week, August 19 to 24 and 26 to 31. Hundreds of participating Boston-area restaurants will offer fixed-price meals at substantial savings. A two-course lunch is $15.12, a three-course lunch is $20.12, and a three-course dinner is $33.12 (prices are per person and exclude beverages, tax, and gratuities).

Among the restaurants taking part are Eastern Standard in Kenmore Square, the Chart House at Long Wharf, Elephant Walk in South Campus, Top of the Hub at the Prudential Center, and Legal Sea Foods in Copley Square. A complete list of restaurants is here.

You can always count on Boston’s North End for delicious food, friendly people, and a great time. And there’s no better time to stop by the neighborhood known as Boston’s Little Italy than August, when the community celebrates the feast days of several Catholic saints.

From August 16 to 19, the North End holds its annual Fisherman’s Feast street festival. The festival dates back to 1300, when an Augustinian monk is said to have had a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who told him she would help the people of Sciacca, Sicily. In 1503, a huge statue of the Madonna was carried by sea from Palermo to Sciacca. Since that time, the festival has been associated with fishermen. The North End festival, which begins with a blessing of the harbor and ends with a procession of the statue of the Madonna del Soccorso through the streets of the North End, features lots of great Italian cuisine by local bakeries and restaurants and attracts more than 100,00 visitors each year. Find a detailed schedule of events and vendors here.

If you can’t make it to the Fisherman’s Feast, don’t worry. You’ll have a chance to attend another festival the following weekend, when the North End celebrates its annual Saint Anthony’s Feast, the largest religious festival in New England, from August 24 to 27. Begun in 1919 by Italian immigrants from the town of Montefacione, the feast honors Saint Anthony of Padua and Saint Lucy and is celebrated each year on the last weekend of August. The festival includes an open air mass, live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, food from more than 100 pushcarts, and a 10-hour procession of the statue of Saint Anthony through the streets of the North End. See the full schedule of events here.

To get to the North End, take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Government Center, walk through City Hall Plaza, and continue down Hanover Street. Locations vary by festival and event. Check the specific festival websites for further detail.

If you’re looking for something with a bit more culture, be sure to visit the Boston Contemporary Dance Festival on Saturday, August 18, at the Back Bay Events Center. The event will feature performances by nearly two dozen of the nation’s best modern dance companies, including the People Movers Dance Company, from New York City, the Overseas Outlanders, from San Francisco, and the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company.

The Boston Contemporary Dance Festival will put on two shows: an afternoon performance at 2 p.m. and an evening performance at 7:30 p.m. Order tickets here. Including service fees, a one-show ticket is $21.69, a two-show ticket is $32.04, and a VIP ticket is $52.74. The festival will be held in the Back Bay Events Center’s John Hancock Hall, 180 Berkeley St., Boston. By public transportation, take an MBTA Green Line trolley to Arlington, walk one block down Boylston Street, and turn left on Berkeley Street.

And finally, if you are looking for something to do more locally, head to the Photographic Resource Center (PRC) right here on campus and take in its most recent exhibition, NEPR Showcase. From now through August 25, the PRC hosts a showcase of work by six photographers from the New England Portfolio Reviews (NEPR). The exhibition features an eclectic mix of works, all promoting talented New England photographers.

The Photographic Resource Center at Boston University, 832 Commonwealth Ave., is close to the BU West MBTA Green Line B trolley stop. Admission is always free to Boston University students, members, and students from member schools; there is a suggested donation of $3 for others.

Andreia DeVries can be reached at adevries@bu.edu; follow her on Twitter at @andreia_dev

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