Get Creative This Columbus Day Weekend with Free ArtWeek Events

ArtWeek, an award-winning creative festival, kicked off its fall lineup on September 30 with more than 180 creative events happening now through October 9, including many free and affordable events over Columbus Day weekend. ArtWeek events can be found in more than 50 neighborhoods and towns across Eastern Massachusetts.

This weekend's ArtWeek lineup includes:

Allston Arts and Eats

Lead Partner: Bites of Boston Food Tours

Price: $44

Location: Near Harvard Avenue, Allston (exact location confirmed with ticket purchase)

Wednesday, October 5 through Saturday, October 8 from 2:00 to 4:30PM

Join us for this walking food tasting and public art tour of Boston's Allston Neighborhood! During this tasty stroll, you will tantalize your taste buds with food samples from local eateries and feast your eyes on some of Allston's most vibrant public art. You'll also enjoy a hearty helping of information about the respective local chefs and artists behind the delicious foods and delightful public art displays in the neighborhood. Bites of Boston Food tours normally offers a neighborhood tour of the South End - experience this "special for ArtWeek" tour while you can and experience a new neighborhood's visual and culinary offerings. Please come with an open mind and palate, as well as a bottle of water to enjoy along the way! Suitable for all who enjoy walking, exploring and eating!

Art of the Automobile

Lead Partner: TINSFE Consulting

Community Partners: European Auto Solutions, Larz Anderson Auto Museum, The Art of John Scullin, Northeast Exposed

Price: FREE

Location: Copley Square, Boston

Saturday, October 8 from 8:00AM - 12:00PM

Come celebrate the 'Art of the Automobile' to benefit the Disabled American Veterans - Department of Massachusetts, hosted by TINSFE Consulting and European Auto Solutions. Starting in the late 1800's with the 'Horseless Carriage' to today's hybrids, the automobile has played such an important role in integrating technology into our everyday lives. Whether it be for necessity, aerodynamics, safety, driving enjoyment, or status, automotive design is an unmistakable art form. Come take a walk through decades of design with this free showcase of over 200 vehicles from Antiques to Supercars from around the world.

Special for ArtWeek, a lecture led by Ed Owen, owner of European Auto Solutions, will begin at 11:00 AM.

Beth Williams Glass Beadmaking Demos

Lead Partner: Beth Williams Studio

Community Partner: Cape Ann Artisans

Price: FREE

Location: Beth Williams Studio, 17 Pleasant Street, Gloucester

Saturday, October 8 from 10:00 to 11:00AM

Working with an oxygen and propane powered torch, artist Beth Williams creates intricate miniature sculptures and beads that later become components of her jewelry creations. Each piece is created one at a time, and becomes a unique, wearable treasure. Come watch Beth Williams walk you through her process starting at 10:00 AM; glass beadmaking demonstrations will be ongoing through the Cape Ann Artisans Open Studio Tour, as time permits. The Cape Ann Artisans, now in their 33rd year, are planning a great Open Studio Tour for local and visiting art lovers. The Fall tour is Saturday and Sunday, October 8-9 10-5PM each day. The tour is self-guided around Gloucester and Rockport where visitors are able to stop in for as long as they like in to 17 studios offering works of art in pottery, painting, sculpture, mosaics, weaving, printmaking, jewelry, and much more! Many of the artists will be doing demos during the tour.

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage: Hojalata Workshops

Lead Partner: Boston Children's Museum

Price: $16 - Free event included in price of admission

Location: Boston Children's Museum, 308 Congress Street, Boston

Sunday, October 9 from 11:00AM to 1:45PM (Workshops begin at 11:00, 12:00 and 1:00 and last 45 minutes each).

In honor of Hispanic Heritage, make creations known in Mexico as hojalata, inspired by tin objects from Boston Children's Museum collection. Tin work in Mexico goes back to the 16th Century. Artists use natural, oxidized and brightly laquered paints to create ornaments, nichos, mirrors, lanterns and other decorative pieces. Geat for ages 6+. The Museum will celebrate Hispanic culture Friday October 7th through Monday October 10th with live music, dance, arts, and stories in Spanish and English. During the entire month of October in the Art Studio we will make art inspired by local contemporary Boston Hispanic Artists: Carlos Hernández Chávez, Vela Oma, Raúl Gonzalez III and Silvia López Chavez.

These hands on workshops bring together elements of visual arts as children and adults explore the medium of tin and create their own designs, with the cultural experience of seeing authentic hojolata from Mexico from the museum collection. The workshops will be part of a weekend celebration of visual and performing arts, science and literacy inspired by Hispanic culture.

DemosPopuli (Skywriting)

Lead Partner: Museum of Contemporary Cuts

Community Partners: National Park Service and Arts Administration Program of Boston University

Price: FREE

Location: Various, Boston

Wednesday, October 5 through Sunday, October 9

The Director of the Arts Administration program at Boston University, Lanfranco Aceti is proud to announce, DemosPopuli (Skywriting). This virtual installation series consists of writings in augmented reality that will be placed in the sky above the Massachusetts State House, the Old South Meeting House and other historical locations throughout Boston. This is a site specific virtual installation realized by artists Will Pappenheimer, who is an internationally shown artist and has exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and Zachary Brady.

Visit the following historic locations, download the augmented reality app "Layar," find the sign with the special QR code to scan, and look up at the sky Locations confirmed so far: Old State Meeting House, Museum of African American History, and other locations along the Freedom Trail.

First Friday Open Mic & Workshop at Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Lead Partner: Hopkinton Center for the Arts

Price: FREE

Location: Hopkinton Center for the Arts, 98 Hayden Rowe Street, Hopkinton

Friday, October 7 from 6:30 to 9:00PM

Join us at the Hopkinton Center for the Arts for our First Friday Open Mic with host and singer-songwrirter Barbara Kessler. Singers, players, songwriters, poets and storytellers of all ages and the general public are invited to attend. Sign-ups for performers will begin at 6:30PM with music starting at 7:30PM. Special for ArtWeek, Barbara will lead attendees in a community songwriting/improv exercise at 7:00PM. Kessler is a former national touring singer-songwriter with five albums and numerous awards and song credits in both television and film. She co-wrote, performed and produced the end credit theme song "Dreaming My Way Home" for the Sony Playstation game Rogue Galaxy and her songs are featured on shows "The Voice," "All My Children," "NCIS," "Jag" and "One Life to Live" among others. In addition to coaching artists of all ages, she also produces and record demos and EPs for other singer-songwriters and bands. Kessler's latest album "What you Keep" was self-produced and features ten new songs. For more information and additional dates, visit

Harvest Festival and Crafts at Fruitlands

Lead Partner: Fruitlands Museum

Community Partner: The Trustees

Price: $14

Location: Fruitlands Museum, 102 Prospect Hill Road, Harvard

Saturday, October 8 from 10:00AM to 4:00PM

Enjoy the abundance of the New England landscape in this celebration of the autumn harvest! Learn about Native American gardening and how local Native peoples prepared for the winter long ago. See examples of livestock raised at local farms and find fresh food sources near you. Taste local fruits and vegetables and quench your thirst with switchel - a refreshing tonic used by farmers of old.

Special for ArtWeek, make seasonal crafts for your hearth or front door such as dream catchers, pin wheels, autumn leaf sun catchers, and sun prints.

Jedi Lego Workshop

Lead Partner: Wenham Museum

Community Partner: Play-Well TEKnologies

Price: $35

Location: Wenham Museum, 132 Main Street, Wenham

Sunday, October 9 from 1:00 to 4:00PM

The Force Awakens in this introductory engineering course for young Jedi! Explore engineering principles by designing and building projects such as LEGO X-Wings, R2 Units, Energy Catapults, Defense Turrets, and Settlements from a galaxy far, far away. Create motorized and architectural projects with imagination and engineering to defeat the Empire! For ages 5 and over.

Participants, inspired by the museum's Lego at Large exhibit, can learn to engineer moving pieces of their own. Get expert help from PlayWell instructors in connecting motors and other moving parts to your Lego creations.

Literary Beacon Hill: the 20th Century

Lead Partner: Boston By Foot

Price: $15

Location: Meet outside the entrance to the MBTA Park Street Station, Corner of Park and Tremont Streets, Boston

Sunday, October 9 from 2:00 to 3:30PM

After the likes of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Louisa May Alcott in the 19th century, another literary scene evolved on Beacon Hill in the 20th century. But, how did it compare to the Victorian "flowering of New England"? Come explore a sampling of what some later writers with Beacon Hill connections brought to American literature. See where these literary lights lived, wrote, and worked on the Hill. Discover how their colorful, if not always happy lives and their highly personal style differed from their repressed and proper (or properly repressed) predecessors.

MIT Museum's Idea Hub - Paper Circuits

Lead Partner: MIT Museum

Price: $10

Location: MIT Museum, 265 Mass Ave., Cambridge

Saturday, October 8 from 12:00 to 4:00PM

Celebrate ArtWeek at the MIT Museum! Join us in the Idea Hub - our creative technology space - for Paper Circuits. Use copper tape and LEDs to create your own artistic light up cards, paper models, and more!


Lead Partner: The Fenway Alliance

Price: FREE

Location: The Fenway Alliance, 337A Huntington Avenue, Boston

Sunday, October 9 from 11:00AM to 5:00PM

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of The Opening Our Doors Festival, we invite you to join us in OOD Go! The Fenway Cultural District's premier scavenger hunt! The public is invited to search for The Opening Our Door's "Matilda", which will be hidden in 6 different locations throughout the Fenway Cultural District on Sunday, October 9 and culminating at the kick off ceremony of Opening Our Doors on Monday, October 10 at 11am!

The Art of Dressing You!

Lead Partner: The Confidence Building Coach

Price: FREE

Location: High Voltage Wellnes, 417 Hyde Park Avenue, Roslindale

Saturday, October 8 from 10:00AM to 12:00PM

Who says art only belongs on a museum wall or at fancy pants art galleries? You are a work of art and as such ought to dress and highlight your inner beauty. Fall is just around the corner, so let's talk color, style, and layering. During this interactive workshop you will learn how to unleash your inner artist and dress in ways that highlight your fabulous self. Bring a friend, or two or three and let's dress you into Fall with Style! Have a favorite item you can't figure out how to wear, or have a look you'd like to recreate but don't know how? I will help you! There will be door-prizes, a makeup artist and a jewelry person onsite - both will talk about Fall trends. This is a must-attend event!

The Beatles: Band of the Sixties

Lead Partner: Hyannis Public Library

Community Partner: John F. Kennedy Hyannis Museum

Price: FREE

Location: Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main Street, Hyannis

Friday, October 7 from 7:00 to 8:00PM

The Hyannis Public Library will host Aaron Krerowicz (the USA's only full-time professional Beatles music scholar) as he presents a 60-minute multimedia presentation spanning the full 1960's history of the legendary Beatles. He begins with the band's seminal visits to Hamburg, continues through Beatlemania, and ends with Abbey Road. Part history and part musical analysis, the program will be supplemented with audio clips of music and excerpts from interviews with the Fab Four. Join us for the memories. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Presented by Highland Street Foundation and produced by Citi Performing Arts Center, ArtWeek is an award-winning innovative festival featuring more than 150 unique and creative experiences that are hands-on, interactive or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process. Celebrated twice per year, ArtWeek was born in Boston in 2013 and has since expanded to serve communities across Eastern Massachusetts. To learn more about the festival and its growth, watch this highlight reel.

Designed to drive neighborhood economic impact and build awareness of the area's creative economy, ArtWeek works with hundreds of community partners throughout Eastern Massachusetts and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. ArtWeek also has a network of generous media partners each year that have contributed almost $2 million in advertising and promotional support since its launch including from WCVB, Greater Media, Intersection, Overdrive, and CMT Group for the 2016/17 season. It also has a great network of Community Collaborators, including City Awake, Harvard Business School Art Society, Hubway, HUBweek, Kendall Square Association, New England Foundation for the Arts, New England Museum Association, and Women's iLAB. ArtWeek has received recognitions from the Boston Globe, BostInno, the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, and Americans for the Arts. For more information, visit

Since its establishment in 1989, Highland Street Foundation has donated more than $165 million to many worthy non-profit organizations. It is committed to addressing the needs and concerns of children and families primarily in Massachusetts and California specifically in the areas of education, housing, mentoring, health care, environment and the arts. To learn more about Highland Street Foundation, visit

Citi Performing Arts Center, which includes the Wang and Shubert Theatres, is one of the nation's foremost nonprofit performing arts institutions. As New England's largest cultural venue, it honors all aspects of the performing arts offering theatre, opera, classical and popular music, comedy, dance, and Broadway musicals. Its education/public programming initiatives present the City Spotlights Leadership Program and ArtWeek Boston.

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization located in Boston's historic Theatre District, Citi Performing Arts Center offers a diverse mix of educational workshops and community activities; collaborates with artists and local performing arts organizations; and, acts as a champion for the arts in the Greater Boston community by aggressively helping to make the arts an integral part of the community's collective, daily experience. For more information, visit

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