locations and times subject to change as the festival date approaches
Chiming Concert 9:40am-10:00am
Kick Off Ceremony 10:00am-11:00am, Christian Science Plaza Main Stage
The Boston Children's Chorus
For the last 15 years, the Boston Children's Chorus (BCC) has harnessed the power and joy of music to unite our city's diverse communities and inspire social change. Our singers transcend social barriers in a celebration of shared humanity and love of music. BCC is excited to kick off the Open Our Doors day again!
- Boston City Council President Michelle Wu
- Performance by the Boston Arts Academy
- Children's Parade by Hot Tamale Brass Band
Join in the Annual Kids Parade led by the Hot Tamale Brass Band. They take their audience on an exciting excursion into New Orleans jazz, festive Mardi Gras, funky second line parades, traditional Dixieland jazz and reverent New Orleans jazz funeral traditions.
- Free Cupcakes by Oakleaf Cupcakes
Bristol Studios 11:00am-12:00pm, Christian Science Plaza Main Stage
Featuring performances by Kayla Silverman, Claire Sully, Zac Graves, and Sarah Murray
Hyde Square Task Force: Ritmo En Accion 12:30pm-1:10pm, Christian Science Plaza Main Stage
Ritmo en Acción (REA) is a youth arts leadership program of Hyde Square Task Force that was started in 2002 by a youth leader after she saw a lack of culturally relevant dance programming in the community. Ritmo engages close to 40 teens and engages over 2000 community members each year through culturally relevant performances and projects that bring vibrancy to Boston's Latin Quarter, Boston and beyond. By challenging their physical and mental stamina, youth become cultural ambassadors sharing the beauty and richness of Afro-Latin culture through dance. Ritmo will perform a piece on immigration, combining merengue, salsa and Afro cuban movement.
ZUMIX 1:10pm-2:00pm, Christian Science Plaza Main Stage
ZUMIX is an East Boston-based nonprofit organization dedicated to building our community through music and creative technology. A core belief is that music is the most powerful means of developing adolescent self-identity. Our award-winning music and creative technology programming is designed to equip youth with the tools necessary to reach their full potential, while creating a safe space for youth to explore who they are and who they want to be. Divercity Band is composed of ZUMIX Youth Participants who a play a wide variety of groovy pop and soulful rock tunes.
Organ Concert with Bryan Ashley 2:00pm-2:30pm, The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist
The organ, built by the Aeolian Skinner Company of Boston, is one of the largest in the world with a total of 13,370 pipes ranging from the size of a pencil to 32 feet in length. The organ is played from a four-manual console located in front of the platform. Currently serving as Organist of The Mother Church, Bryan has recorded two CD's pm The Mother Church organ titled, "Glorious" and "Majestic."
Sociedad Latina Youth Alumni Band 2:30pm-3:00pm, Christian Science Plaza Main Stage
The Sociedad Latina Youth Alumni band is a group of highly trained young musicians from the Boston area. All members have attended Sociedad Latina's Youth Music Ambassadors program for the majority of their High School career and continue to support the organization by performing at community events after they've graduated. They play a variety of Latin Jazz, Salsa, Pop, and funk songs both covers and originals.
Zili Misik 3:00pm-4:00pm, Christian Science Plaza Main Stage
All Day EventsCommunity Chalk Mural 10:00am-2:00pm
All are invited to help create a chalk mural using stenciled motifs that reflect the neighborhood tradition of community gardens.
Paint & Play Piano 10:00am-4:00pm
Visitors are invited to play a piano donated by Berklee College of Music with paint design by Brain Arts.
Origami Workshop 10:00am-4:00pm
Northeastern DIY Crafts invites visitors of all ages to learn the art of paper folding.
ARCK Dry Erase Mural 10:00am-4:00pm
Art Resource Collaborative for Kids will be hosting a mural painted on giant dry erase boards and welcome all to contribute to the ever-evolving imagery with dry erase markers.
Sunday School Open House 10:00am-4:00pm, The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Church Tours 10:00am-1:30pm and 2:45pm-4:00pm, The Mother Church, The First Church of Christ, Scientist
Boston Under Construction All Day, Mary Baker Eddy Library
Inspired by Mary Baker Eddy’s appreciation of great thinkers and in partnership with the Boston Society of Architects Foundation, visitors can participate in Box City, a hands-on interactive learning project to redesign the Fenway Cultural District’s beloved Massachusetts Avenue. Keying off of ongoing construction at the Christian Science Plaza and throughout Boston, the Library invites visitors to create their own small-scale buildings from donated materials, including shoe boxes, milk cartons, cardboard tubes, and fabric.
Mapparium All Day, Mary Baker Eddy Library
The Mapparium’s three-dimensional perspective of the world of 1935 is enhanced by A World of Ideas, an original presentation that features a rich orchestration of words, music, and LED lights to illustrate how ideas have traversed time and geography and changed the world. The Library is also showing a complementary exhibit, “The Mapparium: An Inside View,” featuring letters, documents, and artifacts never before made public.