This month, residents are rewarded for their winter endurance with a variety of outdoor activities. But first, we extend a special congratulations to some of our neighbors at MIT for their endurance. Investiture of Doctoral Hoods takes place on Thursday, June 4 and the Commencement for class of 2015 will be held the next day. The Kendall wishes everyone the best on their next step!
Summer is synonymous with ice cream, and thanks to the Scooper Bowl you can eat as much as you can manage at this popular ice cream festival. On June 2 – 4 at City Hall Plaza in Boston, $10 [for ages 10+, $5 for 3-9 years old] allows you to eat various flavors of sugary, creamy goodness from midday to dusk.
The weekend of June 13-14, North America’s longest running Dragon Boat Festival takes place on the Charles River. The seeding trials on Saturday leave from the Pierce boathouse at MIT, and races, finals and a festival on Sunday can ben enjoyed on the Charles near Harvard Square. The festival includes arts and crafts demonstrations, performances and food. Admission is free for this race and festival that is in its 36th year! For more information, please visit http://www.bostondragonboat.org/
On Saturday June 27 [10am – 5pm], the Chinatown Main Street Festival will host colorful folk dances, Lion dances, martial arts performances, Chinese Opera and vendor booths in Chinatown. This year will also see the first annual Karaoke Contest. The festival is free and centered around Harrison Ave and the surrounding streets in Downtown Boston.
Chefs in Shorts features over 40 of the city’s top chefs competing behind the grill. For $80, guests can sample the grilling skills of each chef, complimented by wine and beer. The event is a fundraiser for Future Chefs, a local non-profit that helps prepare Boston-area youth for opportunities in the culinary food. June 19 from 7 – 9.30pm at Seaport Boston Hotel. As this event sells out, be sure to get tickets well in advance. For more information, please visit www.seaportboston.com
For those who stop to smell the roses, the South End Garden tour begins this year at the South End Branch of the Boston Public Library on Tremont St. There will be numerous gardens open for this self-guided tour, along with select artists creating works of art. The tour is Saturday June 20 from 10am-4pm, and benefits the South End/ Lower Roxbury Open Space Land Trust.