Opening Our Doors

POSTPONED UNTIL FALL 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and many uncertainties around “live” gatherings at this time, we have made the difficult decision to postpone Opening Our Doors scheduled for October this year to next October 2021.  The Opening Our Doors festival — Boston’s largest day of free cultural experiences — was  conceived of and founded by the Fenway Alliance in 2001 with this central mission: to “open the doors” of Boston’s most iconic & historic institutions for a free day of music, art, creativity, performances, and cultural experiences.  

In fact, the very first Opening Our Doors was a recognition and celebration of the literal opening of the doors of the Museum of Fine Arts on Huntington Avenue/Avenue of the Arts.  What started in 2001 with 12 locations and 16 programs grew by 2019 into a festival that spanned the entire Fenway Cultural District with 18 locations, including a temporary stage at Evans Way Park, 88 cultural experiences, 31 participating community partners, and 12,000 attendees. 

Each year the Fenway Alliance works with our member institutions and many community partners on this day of free programs and performances in some of Boston’s most historic and iconic spaces: Huntington Theatre, Boston Symphony Hall, Mary Baker Eddy Library, Massachusetts Historical Society and many other institutions up and down Huntington Avenue/Avenue of the Arts. 

Since 2003, the Opening Our Doors Opening Ceremonies found a wonderful collaborator and generous home on the historic grounds of the First Church of Christ, Scientist. We are grateful to all of our Alliance members for their ongoing support of this festival. Opening Our Doors has cultivated many long-standing relationships and collaborations with a diverse representation of Boston artists from all neighborhoods, backgrounds, and disciplines.

We look forward to continuing in this work, with renewed focus on elevating the voices and creativity of Black Artists working in Boston.  Next year will be our 20th anniversary and we are already in talks with our collaborators, institutions, performers, and members on a joyous celebration of the Fenway Cultural District in Fall 2021. Please see below for highlights from last year’s Opening Our Doors.  

We can’t wait to fling open those doors in Fall 2021!

See below for Opening Our Doors 2019 Guidebook, Photos, and Video

OPENING OUR DOORS 2019: A Celebration of the Fenway Cultural District

All free, all access to Boston’s art + cultural HUB. Performances, activations, art, music, dance, crafts, spoken word – interactive + participatory. Now in its 19th year, Opening Our Doors is Boston’s longest running & largest day of free cultural experiences!

OPENING OUR DOORS 2019 FESTIVAL GUIDEBOOK

OPENING OUR DOORS 2019 PHOTO GALLERY ON FACEBOOK

OPENING OUR DOORS 2019 VIDEO