Opening Our Doors

Festival Guidebook is now live, click on the link below!

OPENING OUR DOORS FESTIVAL GUIDEBOOK

OCTOBER 14, 2019, 10AM – 4PM

Boston’s largest day of free art + cultural experiences!

The Opening Our Doors Festival takes place at 18 locations rain or shine throughout the Fenway Cultural District. For full schedule, program descriptions, and festival map, please click on the link above to go to the Opening Our Doors Festival Guidebook.

Below is a simple timeline to provide you with an overview of the festival. We will also note any changes to the schedule here as well as rain date re-location information if needed. Note, the festival goes on rain or shine! 

Festival Locations: There are two anchor locations for the festival: The Christian Science Plaza and Evans Way Park (across from the Gardner Museum) and 16 additional locations throughout the Fenway Cultural District. 

NOTE: in the event of RAIN, please check back here for rain day locations for Christian Science Plaza and Evans Way Park. All other festival locations will go on as scheduled. 

Transportation: The best way to navigate the festival is by walking or by bicycle. New this year is festival transportation sponsor Bluebikes. Use code: OPENINGOURDOORS2019 to receive a 50% off discount on your all day Adventure Pass. 

ANCHOR LOCATION: CHRISTIAN SCIENCE PLAZA

10 – 10:45AM – Kick Off Ceremony at the Christian Science Plaza overlooking the newly restored Reflecting Pool with: Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola; 826Boston Students; Boston Children’s Chorus; Elected Official; Children’s Parade with Hot Tamale Brass Band; Free Cupcakes from OakLeaf Cakes! 

Christian Science Plaza

10:45 – 11:15AM 4Star Dance Studio Dorchester Performance

1 – 2PM Eon Dance Troupe Performance

3 – 4PM Zili Misik Performance 

1 – 4PM Urban Sketchers Boston Sketchwalk

All Day – Art Resource Collaborative for Kids “I am…YOU” interactive mural activity

All Day – BlickArt Booth 

First Church of Christ, Scientist 250 Mass Ave

9:30 – 10AM Chiming Concert

2 – 2:30PM Organ Concert

10AM – 5PM Sunday School Open House and Church Tours

Mary Baker Eddy Library 200 Mass Ave

11AM – 3PM Singalong with Jeff Jam 

10AM – 4PM Art Activities with Mass Historic Society

11AM – 2:30PM Churchill’s Architectural Tour (Half hour tours, please see Mary Baker Eddy Library Website for times) 

11AM – 3PM Build Mass Ave

10AM – 4PM Mapparium Tour

11AM – 4PM Baja Face Painting

3:15 – 4PM Neapolitan Barber Shop Quartet Performance

ANCHOR LOCATION: EVANS WAY PARK 25 Evans Way

COMMUNITY TABLES

10AM – 4PM Moosik Learn to Play Guitar 

10AM – 4PM Painting Activity with Brendan Cobb

10AM – 4PM 826 Boston Students

2 – 4PM Everyday Boston Story PopUp

ON STAGE:

*Schedule change: Step About Boston – Canceled

10:30 – 11AM Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts

11- 11:30AM  Colleges of the Fenway Dance Project

12 – 1PM Grooversity

1 – 1:30PM Northeastern S.O.A.L. 

1:30 – 2PM Urbanity Dance Studio

2 – 2:30PM Madrigal Singers

2:30 – 3PM Kaliente Dance Troupe

3 – 4PM Veronica Robles

SMFA at Tufts 230 The Fenway

10AM – 4PM Open House – Tour galleries, participate in art projects, live music + performances.

10AM – 3PM NEW CAFE will be open for lunch or snacks from 10AM – 3PM

11AM – 2PM Interactive art projects – sticker making & chalk drawing

1 – 3PM Live Musical Performances

10AM – 4PM Faheem Majeed Exhibit

10AM – 4PM Artists Response Exhibit

10AM – 4PM Students Curate Students Exhibit

GREATER FENWAY NEIGHBORHOOD

Massachusetts Historical Society 1154 Boylsten Street

10AM – 4PM Fenway Connections exhibit with Fenway Studios Artists

11AM – Historic Tour of the Fenway (Advance tickets required on the Massachusetts Historic Society Website)

2PM – Historic Tour of the Fenway (Advance tickets required on the Massachusetts Historic Society Website)

Berklee College of Music 939 Bolyston Street

1 – 3PM Berklee Ensemble Rehearsals 

BSO Symphony Hall 301 Mass Ave

10AM – 1PM Open House

10AM – 12PM BSO Instrument Playground

10AM – 12PM Tours of Symphony Hall

10AM – 12PM Photo “booth”

12PM Boston Symphony Children’s Choir Concert

The Huntington Avenue Theater 264 Huntington Avenue

11AM – 2PM Open House, Behind-the-Scenes Tour

11:30AM – 12:30PM YMCA Youth Performance

1 – 2PM Zumix DiverCity Band Performance

Kaji Aso Studio 40 Saint Stephan Street

2 – 2:45PM Japanese Tea Ceremony

2:50 – 3:30PM Koto Musical Performance

New England Conservatory, Jordan Hall 30 Gainsborough Street

3 – 4PM Jazz50 Concert

Huntington Avenue YMCA 316 Huntington Avenue

10AM – 3PM Indoor Kite Flying with Archie Stewart

Emerald Necklace Conservancy Shattuck Visitor Center, 125 The Fenway

11AM – 12PM Historic Gems of the Back Bay

11AM – 4PM Open House and Nature Walk

Fenway Victory Gardens 100 Park Drive

2-4PM Open House and Garden Tour

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 465 Huntington Avenue

10AM – 4PM

Open House & Indigenous Peoples’ Day

See Museum of Fine Arts Website for full schedule and details.

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 25 Evans Way Park 

11AM – 5PM

Open House & Indigenous Peoples’ Day

See Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum website for full schedule and details.

Simmons University Trustman Art Gallery, 300 The Fenway

12PM – 4PM Greg LaMarche Exhibit

Emmanuel College Gallery 5, 400 The Fenway

12 – 4PM Theresa Monaco Exhibit

Fenway Community Center 1282 Bolyston Street

11AM-2PM Open House and Art Exhibit

The day kicks off at 10am at the Christian Science Plaza at 235 Huntington Avenue / Avenue of the Arts overlooking the newly restored iconic Reflecting Pool. After enjoying a complimentary cupcake from Oakleaf Cakes,walk or bike with official transportation sponsor Bluebikes to visit locations throughout the Fenway for art exhibitions and activities, cultural experiences, musical and dance performances, and more! Festival events will be held everywhere from Berklee College of Music, Massachusetts Historical Society, the First Church Plaza, and Mary Baker Eddy Library to institutions down the Huntington Avenue / Avenue of the Arts corridor with programs at Boston Symphony Orchestra, New England Conservatory, YMCA at Huntington Avenue, Museum of Fine Arts, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, SMFA at Tufts, Simmons University, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Emmanuel College and Evans Way Park. Opening Our Doors invites the community into the Fenway – the cultural heart and soul of Boston.  

 Featured Content:

  • Kick-off Ceremony with: Boston Poet Laureate Porsha Olayiwola, 826Boston students celebrating the life of  Scottish poet Robert Burns, a performance by Boston Children’s Chorus, a New Orleans style parade with the Hot Tamale Brass Band, and cupcakes from Oakleaf Cakes!  
  • Featured performances by: New England Conservatory Jazz ensemble at Jordan Hall, Bow Sim Mark Tai Chi Arts Academy, Eon Dance Troupe, Kaliente Dance Troupe, Madrigal Singers at Northeastern University, Zili Misik, and more!
  • Performance by the Boston Symphony Orchestra Children’s Choir of Last Words
  • Urban Sketchers Boston Sketchwalk sponsored by Blick Art
  • Japanese Tea Ceremony and Koto performance at Kaji Aso Studio 
  • Interactive I am …YOU community mural with ARCK (Art Resource Collaborative for Kids) 
  • Build Mass Ave interactive sculpture activity with the Boston Society of Architects at the Mary Baker Eddy Library
  • Acrylic Painting with local artist Brendan Cobb
  • Rhythm + Dance with Grooversity at Evans Way Park 
  • Veronica Robles All Female Mariachi Band at Evans Way Park 
  • Historic Walking Tour of the Fenway led by Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Indoor Kite Flying by Archie Stewart + Co. at the YMCA on Huntington Ave/Avenue of the Arts
  • Indigenous People’s Day and Open House at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston + the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum 

How to Get Around:

Festival is accessible by MBTA Orange line, Green (E) line, and 39 Bus. Starting this year, the official transportation sponsor of Opening Our Doors is Bluebikes! We encourage festival goers to ditch their cars and hop on Bluebikes with a special $5 All Day Adventure Pass – a 50% discount!  

 

Family-Friendly Fun for all Ages!

Nature Walks | Art + Craft Activities

Dance + Music Performances | Behind-the-Scenes Visits | Historic Tours