Boston’s Waterfront on Labor Day Weekend

The unofficial mark of the end of summer is upon us. Transitioning from summertime to fall brings with it both stress about new beginnings at school or other endeavors, and excitement about what is to come.

The Boston Harbor Association and Mayor Martin J. Walsh invite all to celebrate this moment with an incredible fireworks display at the Harbor. Position yourself along the HarborWalk – at Christopher Columbus Park, Fan Pier and Piers Park – for a spectacular view.

This third annual Labor Day weekend fireworks show will take place on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm.

If you want to start the party early, check out the Mass Brewers Fest on Friday, September 4, from 6:00 – 9:30 pm. Sample over 100 local craft beers from more than 40 Massachusetts breweries while listening to live music. The Fest, open to those 21 and older, will be held at the World Trade Center Head House Concourse, 200 Seaport Blvd, along South Boston’s Waterfront. Tickets are $40, with food (curry coconut shrimp or hot dogs steamed in Harpoon beer, for example) available at additional cost.

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Restaurant Week/Dine Out in South Boston

Restaurant Week South Boston

It’s August so that means it is time for Restaurant Week! Actually, for two weeks – August 16th  – 21st and 23rd  – 28th — not just one, we’ll have a chance to explore the awesome range of cuisines in our midst with special menus at select establishments around town. Let’s begin with the “B”s:

  • Barlow’s , 241 A Street, South Boston.  Offering a two-course lunch plus non-alcoholic beverage for $15 and a three-course dinner for $33. Menu highlights include rock shrimp gazpacho, Korean two-shell taco, bourbon BBQ chicken, blueberry peach cobbler, and so much more.
  • Bastille Kitchen , 49 Melcher Street, Seaport District.  The three-course dinner is $38. And what a dinner: Appetizers (grilled watermelon is just one of them), entrées (an escargot omelette anyone, or salmon, or steak?), and desserts (among the choices, a mélange of all-things-strawberry — muscadet mousse, strawberry tarragon granita, strawberry rhubarb jam).
  • Blue Dragon , 324 A Street, South Boston. Presenting a five-course dinner menu for $38. Snacks you won’t find elsewhere (Japanese sweet potato chips with charred scallion and meat jus dip; whipped edamame hummus with spiced pita chips; etc.), tapas galore (for example, tamarind-glazed lamb lollipops with glass noodle salad and teriyaki bison burgers with smoked gouda, caramelized onions & shiitakes) and a deep-dish chocolate cookie await.

We’ll throw in a couple from the rest of the alphabet as well. All are excellent.

  • M.C. Spiedo , 606 Congress Street, Seaport District. Lunch is available at $20 for a three-course menu. A three-course dinner is $38. From summer vegetable soup and gnocchi sardi/herb pesto to veal saltimbocca and marinated shrimp pizza to sweet corn panna cotta and summer berry sorbet, this Italian spot covers all the bases.
  • Tamo, 1 Seaport Lane Boston, Seaport District. The two-course lunch is $20. The three-course dinner is $33. Contemporary American cuisine with a flair: Grilled avocado with mango salsa; fisherman’s stew (chef’s choice of fish with mussels in fennel and bell pepper stew with a roasted red pepper rouille), Nepalese dal bhat (lentil stew served with wild and red Himalayan rice), flat iron steak and even “s’mores in a crock.”

Check out these and other local “restaurant week” specials this month, and be sure to make a reservation. Tables go quickly. The Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau and American Express bring us Restaurant Week/Dine Out Boston twice a year. For the August 2015 event, all participating restaurants will donate a $100 certificate to be auctioned off at Proceeds from this auction go directly to the charitable partner, The Rose Kennedy Greenway.

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Boston Seafood Festival

Seafood Festival

For four years in a row, Bostonians have been treated to a festival that both promotes sustainable seafood and offers unlimited opportunities for fun. Organized by the non-profit Boston Fisheries Foundation, the Boston Seafood Festival includes entertainment, demonstrations by renowned chefs, vendors galore and contests. The 2015 edition of the Festival is set for Sunday, August 2nd, from 11:00 am – 6:00 pm at the Boston Fish Pier, 212 Northern Avenue, Boston 02210. The opening ceremony will include a Lion Dance performance by the Gund Kwok Dance Troupe – the only Asian women’s Lion Dance ensemble in the U.S. Chef cooking demonstrations take place all day, while a fish-cutting contest is on the schedule from 1:30 – 3:30. Be sure to check out the “Blessing of the Fleet” at 2:00 pm.

What else will you find at the Festival?

* Acrobats, jugglers, dancers and balloon twisters.

* Face painting, origami making and sidewalk chalk mural drawing.

The Boston Fisheries Foundation educates the public and the media about the critical role that fishermen play in preserving wild ocean stocks, and about the enormous benefits of sustainably harvested seafood – to our bodies and our planet. New England’s economy is tightly tied to fisheries, and supporting and expanding sustainable fisheries is at the center of the Foundation’s work. Come out and enjoy the Festival, and learn a bit about fisherfolk and the sustenance they bring us.

Get your tickets before they sell out: General admission tickets are $15.00, Children 6 – 12 get in for $5.00, and younger kids enter free of charge. There are also special Lobster Bake and VIP tickets available.

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Outdoor Concerts and Movies in South Boston

Outdoor Concert in South Boston

A movie, perhaps some music, maybe even a bit of dancing – all can add some spice to the already pleasant evenings of summer. Listed below are a few summer series that bring the old and the new, the classic and the edgy, right to our neighborhood.

Summer in the City” at the Boston Harbor Hotel, 70 Rowes Wharf: Enjoy live concerts, al fresco dining and classic movies on the big screen four nights a week from now through the first week of September. Tuesday evenings feature Soul music; Wednesdays showcase Rat Pack tunes; Thursdays it’s the Blues; and on Fridays, cinema (including, for example, The African Queen on July 17th and Young Frankenstein the next week)! The bands play from 6:00 – 10:00 pm, and movies start at dusk.

Wavelengths” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 100 Northern Avenue: A wonderful selection of waterfront concerts and D.J. nights awaits. Doors open at 6:30 pm for the ICA’s new Friday music series. They are giving the stage over to both well-established and newly-blossoming acts whose music spans an exciting style spectrum.

“Lunch Breaks, Dance Parties and DJs” at Lawn on D, 420 D Street: Take a lunch break between noon and 2:00 pm any (or every) Friday through October 9th, and head over to hear concerts presented by the prestigious Berklee College of Music’s Summer in the City program. Until the end of July, Friday nights feature D Street Dance Parties, where everyone, regardless of age or dance experience, comes together for fun. Amazing DJs play a range of tunes from 6:00 – 9:00 pm to get people in the groove. And on Saturdays, check out the local DJs, musicians and music industry luminaries sharing rock, r&b, punk and more. Beer and wine is available for purchase, as is food from Lincoln Tavern. There are even food trucks set to stop by. Saturday evening events begin at 6:30 or 7:00. Look at the calendar for updated information.

Mayor Walsh’s Movie Nights” at Moakley Park, 1005 Columbia Road: The Boxtrolls will be shown under the stars in one of South Boston’s lovely parks on Monday, August 10th. Presented by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department and Northeastern University, in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of Tourism, Sports and Entertainment, all movies in this family-friendly series – held in a different park each week — begin at dusk.

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Celebrating July 4th in South Boston

USS Constitution Departs in South Boston

History and summer fun meet next weekend, when the entire country celebrates the birth of our independent nation. Some towns will be hosting parades with floats, marching bands and local heroes like firefighters and police officers taking in the applause from onlookers. Some will put on spectacular fireworks displays. Let’s see what South Boston has up its sleeve for July 4th:

Boston Harborfest 2015 is a renowned festival that brings the history of the American Revolution into focus through reenactments, concerts, and walking tours. Presented by the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Harborfest begins with an opening ceremony on Wednesday, July 1st, and continues through Sunday, July 5th. Check out the Boston Harbor Sunset Tall Ship Cruise, setting sail daily at both 6:00 and 6:30 pm.

Castle Island, at 2010 William J. Day Blvd., boasts a wealth of activities from which to choose. There’s Pleasure Bay, with a lovely beach and spectacular views of the city; there’s the Harborwalk, plus a fenced-in playground for little kids, and Sullivan’s, a restaurant famous for its fried clams and ice cream. And then there’s Fort Independence. The fort overlooks Boston Harbor’s islands. On July 4th, the USS Constitution – the world’s oldest commissioned naval vessel still afloat — will come to rest at the fort, just as it does every year. Upon reaching Fort Independence, a 21-gun salute will be fired from the great ship in commemoration of the struggle for independence. You can even watch the July 4th fireworks from Castle Island, as they light up behind the city skyline. Fort Independence and Castle Island are on the State and National Registers of Historic Places, and charge no admission fees.

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Boston Taste of the Nation

Here’s what makes “Boston Taste of the Nation” even more magnificent than we imagine this spectacular culinary event to be: 100% of Taste of the Nation ticket sales support No Kid Hungry’s efforts to end childhood hunger! No Kid Hungry is an initiative of an organization called Share Our Strength. One in five children in the United States struggles with hunger on a regular basis. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is working to end hunger among children in our country by getting nutritious food to those in need, and offering guidance in the preparation of healthy meals.

Boston Taste of the Nation, scheduled for Tuesday, June 9, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm, is Boston’s hottest food and beverage affair.  More than 60 Boston-area chefs (a number of superstars among them) will convene at Cruiseport Boston (1 Black Falcon Avenue/Black Falcon Pier, Boston 02210) where guests will have an opportunity to taste splendid creations and sample recommended pairings of food with beer, wine and spirits.

General admission tickets are $95. Pay $150 for VIP admission, and arrive an hour earlier (at 6:00) for special access to all the offerings (and the chefs) at the gathering, including the silent auction. Only VIP guests receive a mini bottle of Mionetto Prosecco! Tickets are going fast. Join us as we support efforts to end the scourge of childhood hunger around the country.

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Southie Family Fun Day

Southie Family Fun Day

South Boston continues to polish its reputation as very family-friendly: On Saturday, June 6th, local families and their friends will be coming together for a day of simple family-oriented fun. Here’s a way to celebrate one another, and our great town.

From 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at Marine Park on Farragut Road, join the MOMS Club of South Boston as they host Southie Family Fun Day. Free and open to the public, the event features face painting and arts and crafts as well as performances and a range of other kid-focused activities. Local businesses and community groups participate by highlighting some of their good work.

Southie Family Fun Day had its debut in 2009. As the MOMS Club (which boasts over 200 members) explains, “We are passionate about making South Boston a community where children and families feel free to play, engage in their community, and connect with each other.”

Here’s to a fabulous day of fun- both with and for families!

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Support the Donny Higgins Memorial Fund

True friends take notice of what matters to each other and, when possible, help support the efforts and dreams of their pals. Exceptional friends devote themselves to making sure those dreams are realized when obstacles get in the way. South Boston native Donny Higgins passed away in July of 2010. His childhood friends and his brother, modeling what extraordinary friendship can be, have been working to sustain Donny’s legacy, including his commitment to the South Boston Youth Sports Program.

The Donny Higgins Memorial Fund was created by those friends, and now co-chaired by his brother, to do just that: Its focus is the maintenance of a street hockey rink on Farragut Road, the one available for local kids during the summer when Murphy Rink – an ice rink – is closed. This past December, Governor Deval Patrick signed a bill that officially designates that street hockey rink as the Donald F. Higgins Memorial Street Hockey Arena.

The Memorial Fund is currently inviting potential arena sponsors to donate $500 for a sign with a company name and logo, or family name, which will be posted inside the rink for two years. The Donny Higgins Memorial Fund is a nonprofit charitable organization, so donations are tax deductible. For more information about sponsorships, contact Billy Higgins at, or Paul Kostas (Co-chair) at

In addition, EVERYONE in South Boston is invited to celebrate “Family Fun Day,” on Saturday, June 13, at the Donald Higgins Memorial Arena, which is between Broadway and East Second Street on Farragut Road. Come to play in or cheer on teams during the street hockey tournament, from 8:00 am to 5:45 pm. There will be all kinds of family-friendly activities from noon until 4:00 pm, followed by a dedication of the Memorial Arena at 6:00. (June 1st is the registration deadline for individuals or teams to compete in the tournament. Contact Joe Burke at See you there!

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Memorial Day 2015

American Flag

Memorial Day weekend always marks the unofficial beginning of summer, which we’ll celebrate with special joy this year, given the trying winter we experienced. Memorial Day is also a time to celebrate something else – the efforts of those who died while fighting as part of the U.S. military.

To pay tribute to the fallen, Southie residents can visit the South Boston Vietnam Memorial, located in the M Street Park. A formal tribute is to take place this Sunday, May 24th at 9:15am. Members of the Thomas J. Fitzgerald Post #561 will march to the South Boston Vietnam Memorial, where they will conduct a ceremony and lay a wreath in remembrance. South Boston residents are invited to attend this event.

On Monday, May 25th, Honor and Tribute: Memorial Day Concert, will be presented on Boston Common. Through music and song, Bostonians will recall the sacrifices of all who served our country and didn’t make it home, and honor their memory. Come hear the Boston Children’s Chorus and the Metropolitan Wind Symphony Orchestra in a spectacular setting, where you can also view the Garden of Flags. The concert, presented by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the City of Boston Veterans’ Services in collaboration with the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, is a free event.

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South Boston Spring Stroll

Some of us stopped paying attention to the date on the calendar marked “first day of spring,” because late March simply hadn’t seemed very spring-like. But, now, it’s just about time for true springtime to take hold. And South Boston is celebrating big-time.

On Thursday, April 16th, from 5:00 – 9:00 pm, join the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation and members of the South Boston Chamber of Commerce as they present the first-ever Spring Stroll. With weather as forbidding as we had this winter, local businesses suffered. Customers stayed inside, or couldn’t find a place to park! This event invites us to come together to give a boost to our neighborhood entrepreneurs, and to find out what we’ve been missing while we were holed up at home. Many of the businesses participating in the Spring Stroll will be offering specials to customers who wander in.

With more than 30 South Boston businesses from the East and West Broadway shopping district involved, there will be plenty of boutiques and eateries to visit. In addition to established businesses, you’ll be able to experience two pop-up shops. At one, passers-by can stop in for a photo shoot. You’ll be well taken care of by the local photographer and makeup artist manning the “store.” At the other pop-up, you can view works of art made locally – and purchase them directly from the artists themselves.

And here’s an added treat: At participating businesses, you’ll be able to pick up a South Boston “Bingo” card, and try your luck at winning gift certificates from the Urban Art Bar, Ku De Ta and other local places. You’ll have until 5:00 pm on April 21st to submit your completed card.

Check out the on-line list of businesses taking part in the Spring Stroll. Among those taking part is Dew Luxe, South Boston’s exclusive consignment shop with a unique, well-curated collection of clothing, shoes and accessories.

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