Featured Fenway Sites 2017

We will be following our rain plan. Please note any changes in location or time.

locations and times subject to change as the festival date approaches

Bakalar & Paine Galleries @ MassArt

As part of the Opening Our Doors Gallery Walk, Bakalar & Paine Galleries will present three unique exhibitions.
Chinese Dreams

12:00pm-6:00pm, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Organized by Lisa Tung, Director of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, in partnership with Arne Glimcher ’60 and Pace Gallery, this exhibition brings together the work of 8 contemporary Chinese artists who were shaped by the Cultural Revolution: Hai Bo, Song Dong, Zhang Huan, Liu Jianhua, Fred Han Chang Liang, Ma Qiusha, Li Songsong, and Zhang Xiaogang. 

12:00pm-6:00pm, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
The perennial exhibition, Selections, showcases the current work of faculty who are newly hired or returning from sabbatical. Exploring aesthetic, sociopolitical, cultural, and design issues, 14 members of the MassArt faculty exhibit their work this season: Nancy Aleo ’79, Jarrett Min Davis, Taylor Davis, Paul Hajian, Nona Hershey, Marc Holland ’00, Adriana Katzew, Daniel Rowe ’07, Tamara M. Roy, Ben Ryterband, Gretchen Skogerson, Anjali Srinivasan, Keith Morris Washington ’93, Leland Burke, Jessica Tam, and Soon-Mi Yoo M’99. 
Everybody, Everything: Photographs by Andy Warhol

12:00pm-6:00pm, 621 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
From 1958 until his death in 1987, Andy Warhol chronicled his daily life, the people who surrounded him, and his diverse interests by taking thousands of photographs. This exhibition of Polaroid and black-and-white images offers a glimpse into Warhol’s obsessions and the fascinating world he built for himself in New York. 

Berklee College of Music

The Berklee College of Music will present a day of ensemble performances along with student recitals produced by the Performance Division in collaboration with the Office of Community and Government Relations. Student Ensemble Performances and Recitals are free and open to the public.

The Rainbow Allstars Jazz Ensemble led by Tia Fuller

1:00pm-2:00pm, at the Red Room, 939 Boylston St. @ Berklee College of Music
Jazz Ensemble performance of Harlem Suite led by Jacques Schwarz-Bart

2:00pm-3:00pm, at the Red Room, 939 Boylston St. @ Berklee College of Music
Afro Caribbean Jazz Ensemble led by Jacques Schwarz-Bart

3:00pm-4:00pm, at the Red Room, 939 Boylston St. @ Berklee College of Music

Student Recitals @ David Friend Recital Hall

3:00pm-4:00pm, 5:30pm-6:30pm, and 8:00pm-9:00pm at 921 Boylston Street @ Berklee College of Music
Student Recitals @ Berk Hall (1A) and Colvin Hall (1W)

4:00pm and 7:00pm, at 1140 Boylston Street in Berk Hall (1A) and Colvin Hall (1W) @ Berklee College of Music

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tours of Symphony Hall

9:00am-2:00pm, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Symphony Hall will open its doors for behind-the-scenes Tours every half hour between 10am and 2pm.  Explore the concert hall and areas beneath the stage and hear the stories of one of Boston’s most cherished landmarks. Enjoy a snack before you head back out to other events of the day.

Bristol Studios

Open House Activities

1:00pm, 169 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Intro to Rock, Pop, and R&B Vocal Training
2:00pm, 169 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Getting Started as a Recording Engineer

3:00pm, 169 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115>
Starting or Expanding a Career in Music

4:00pm, 169 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Open Mic

Emerald Necklace Conservancy Visitor Center

Open House

11:00am-4:00pm, 125 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Stroll among scented blooms, take a walk into history, and discover hidden gems.
Muddy River Tour

11:00am, 125 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Join an Emerald Necklace Conservatory docent on a 90-minute tour of the Back Bay Fens.

Fenway Victory Gardens

75th Anniversary After Party Picnic

4:00pm-7:00pm, 1200 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
Visit the historic Fenway Victory Gardens for lawn games, garden viewing, and an after Party Picnic! The Victory Gardens are celebrating their 75th anniversary this year and we’d love for you to be a part of it! Meet at the Flag pole for self guided tour, snacks, and lawn games. A short walk from the Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Massachusetts Historical Society!

Houston Hall @ 8 the Fenway

The Boston Conservatory Cabaret

1:00pm, 8 Fenway, Boston, MA 02215
The Boston Conservatory Cabaret ensemble is a touring company of students performing cabaret style shows for schools and community organizations throughout the Boston area. The Cabaret performance showcases a collection of musical theatre tunes and well-known popular songs. Come see tomorrow’s Broadway stars today! 

Huntington Avenue YMCA

Indoor Kite Flying with Archie Stewart

10:00am-3:00pm, 316 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Join us at the YMCA where you can make your own kite and learn how to fly it INSIDE the gymnasium. After building and decorating your kite, join Archie and members of Kites Over New England, (KONE), as we perform ballets to music.

Huntington Theatre

Open House

11:00am-2:00pm, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Visitors are invited for self-guided tours of the theatre, dressing rooms, and backstage areas.

A Conversation with Managing Director Michael Maso

11:00am, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Playwrighting Workshop led by Huntington Playwriting Fellow Sam Marks

11:45am, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Production demonstration with Costume Director Nancy Hamann

12:30pm, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Songs performed from Stephen Sondheim’s Merrily We Roll Along

1:00pm, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Education Presentation

1:15pm, 264 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Opening Our Doors Day — Abundant Voices

11:00am-4:30pm, 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
Bring the whole family for a day of fun, creativity and culture. As part of the Opening Our Doors Gallery Walk, visitors are invited to enjoy music, hands-on making, gallery games, and dance inside the Museum and out as we celebrate Opening Our Doors!

In the Bertucci Education Studio
Through hands-on creative experimentation, explore how we can use the arts to present ourselves to the world. 

In Calderwood Hall
Leslie Salmon Jones and Jeff Jones Zone of Afro Flow Yoga present interactive movement and voice workshops for the whole family.

In the Living Room
African Tea Creator/Performer Obehi Janice shares stories of Colonialism and identity through the lens of tea and Malta Goya.   “Under certain circumstances there are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” -The Portrait of a Lady Henry James
In the Courtyard
Electric violin with Josh Knowles.

In the Galleries
Chanel Thervil offers her personal response to the Collection.  

Gardner Grounds and Evan’s Way Park
Jamaica Mi Hungry Food truck, lawn games, art, and live music. 

Justine Mee Liff Park

2017 #Muddyisms Award Ceremony

2:00pm, across from the Landmark Center
***In the event of rain, the Award Ceremony will take place at the same time in the Fenway Room (Administration Building 232) at Emmanuel College
Our Muddy is more than a river. It’s a daylighting success and a delighted state of mind. Over the spring of 2017, Muddyists (champions of environmental justice, community activists and fun) daylighted their creative expressions of support via an online competition sponsored by the Muddy River Restoration Project Maintenance and Management Oversight Committee (MMOC). Join us to celebrate the winning entry #SHOWMETHEMUDDY! and our 2017 winner CJ Kiley!!

FREE #Muddyisms t-shirts for the first 20 to arrive!

Kaji Aso Studios

Kaji Aso Open House

1:00pm-4:00pm, 40 St Stephen St, Boston, MA 02115
Visitors are invited to tour the faculty exhibition and tea gardens as part of the Opening Our Doors Gallery Walk.

Japanese Calligraphy Demonstration

2:00pm-2:45pm, 40 St Stephen St, Boston, MA 02115
Faculty, Michiko Imai, will perform a demonstration of Japanese calligraphy in our gallery. 

Mary Baker Eddy Library

Boston Under Construction

All Day, 200 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
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.


All Day, 200 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115

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.

Massachuestts College of Art and Design

Paint & Play Piano

All Day, 621 Huntington Ave
MassArt Students will be painting a piano and invite the public to participate in playing this outdoor musical installation!

Massachusetts Historical Society

Yankees in the West

All Day, 1154 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02215
For generations Americans have been fascinated with the American West. Depictions of the western landscape flooded New England in the mid-19th century, spurring a stream of western tourism. As part of the Opening Our Doors Gallery Walk, Yankees in the West will draw from the Society’s collections of letters, diaries, photographs, drawings, and artifacts to explore the ways New Englanders experienced the trans-Mississippi west in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Painted Umbrellas on the Lawn

All Day, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
Colorful umbrellas painted by SMFA students will dot the lawn of the Museum, inviting visitors to enjoy a free day at the MFA.

MFA Open House

All Day, 465 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02115
As part of the Opening Our Doors Gallery Walk, stop by the Museum to enjoy our Fall Open House. Come celebrate Hispanic Heritage month with a day of free admission open to all. Dance with MetaMovements and Silent Ryhthms at the entrance, and then enjoy musical performances by Edwin
Pabon y Su Orquesta. Take inspiration in the Pre-Columbian galleries then join the art-making activities to carve your own special animal. Explore rivalries and showdowns in art on a special tour in English or ASL. There is always more to see and do at the Museum for families.

New England Conservatory

The Carr Consort Chorus

1:00pm-1:30pm, Jordan Hall, 290 Huntington Avenue
Come hear a diverse program of vocal music from renaissance to contemporary works, sung by a chorus of NEC students and alumni and led by NEC choral conducting major Holly Druckman.
NEC Preparatory Students in Recital

2:00pm-2:30pm, Burnes Hall at New England Conservatory’s new Student Life & Performance Center, 255 St. Botolph Street
Every week, over 1600 students, from tots to teens, participate in lessons, classes and ensembles. Come hear a sampling of these young artists in recital, at our new Student Life & Performance Center.

Parkway Stop


Green Links Walking Tours

The City of Boston in partnership with LivableStreets Alliance and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy is organizing a discussion on Parker Street about the proposed Roxbury to Fenway connector with residents and visitors. There will be a guided walk/bike ride, Q&A about the project, and information about the city’s Greenlinks program and the Emerald Network. The Roxbury to Fenway Connector is a proposed 1/4 mile family-friendly bicycle and pedestrian connection between two of Boston’s most iconic greenways –  the Southwest Corridor in Roxbury and the Emerald Necklace in the Fenway. The connection is a missing “Green Link” in the regional network of greenways called the Emerald Network.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts

The School of the Museum of Fine Arts will present three unique galleries as part of the Opening Our Doors Gallery Walk.
Dream States: Video and the Political Imaginary

All Day at Grossman Gallery @ SMFA, 230 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Drawing Annual and the Painting Biennial

All Day at Weems Atrium @ SMFA, 230 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
New Student Salon Show

All Day at Dean’s Gallery @ SMFA, 230 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Open House

All Day, 230 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
What makes an Art School an Art School?  Join SMFA students on a tour of the Graham Gund designed building and check out the studios and galleries.

Paint & Play Piano

All Day, 230 Fenway, Boston, MA 02115
Come participate in an interactive piano drawing with SMFA students and alumni artist Barry Freedland. Piano donated by Berklee College of Music. 

Wheelock College

Parts and Holes by Linda Leslie Brown

10:00am-2:00pm at Towne Art Gallery, Lower Level of Wheelock Family Theatre, 180 Riverway, Boston, MA 02215
As part of the Opening Our Doors Gallery Walk, the Towne Art Gallery will hold special hours featuring Linda Leslie Brown’s mixed media sculptures that draw upon the transformative exchanges between nature, objects and the viewers’ creative perception.