Boston’s Chinatown Main Street is an area that has long offered a variety of sites and attractions for residents and visitors to enjoy. Among these are a number of different events, festivals and attractions that take place each year. One of the most-anticipated of these annual events is the Chinatown Main Street Festival.
Taking place this year on Saturday, June 27th, the one-day event will be sure to provide participants with a variety of options for exploring the Chinese culture. While the exact details for this year’s event have not been released yet, the event is sure to offer martial arts performances, Lion dances, Chinese folk dances and the opportunity to enjoy the Chinese Opera. The event also boasts numerous vendors offering food, crafts, Chinese dough art, health information, plants and even animals. In fact, it is not unusual to find pet turtles for sale at the festival. Or, if you are interested in exploring the art of bonsai trees, you are likely to find some great specimens at the festival to help get you started.
If you enjoy stretching your vocal muscles, the Chinatown Main Street Festival will also provide you with the opportunity to show off what you have. Last year marked the first year of the festival’s annual Karaoke contest, which was well-received by last year’s participants.
The Chinatown Main Street Festival will take place in Chinatown on Beach, Harrison, Hudson and Tyler Streets. The event itself is organized as part of the Main Street program, which was brought to the city in 1983 by then Boston City Councilor Thomas M. Menino. The mission of the organization, which was established as a 501(c)3, was to support the work of the Chinatown community through beautification and recruiting businesses to the area. The organization was also designed to strengthen existing businesses while also attracting people to the area to shop and enjoy neighborhood activities.
Other events that traditionally take place at Chinatown Main Street each year include:
- Chinese New Year Annual Fundraising Gala (takes place in January): A fundraising event featuring Chinese food, Lion Dance, martial arts, Chinese calligraphy, Chinese dough arts and Chinese folk dance.
- Boston Shines (takes place in May): A neighborhood clean-up day where volunteers meet at the Chinatown Gate Archway for supplies before getting to work at cleaning up and beautifying the neighborhood.
- Dinner and Dance Night (takes place in June): An evening of dinner and dancing with proceeds going to benefit the Chinatown Main Street organization
- National Night Out (takes place in August): A free evening offering food, balloons, activities, games, health screenings and special presentations.
- Chinatown Lantern Festival (takes place in September): Free festival offering music, folk dance, martial arts demonstrations, Lion Dancers, Chinese food, arts and crafts.
- Fall Cleaning Day (takes place in November): A morning of cleaning, with volunteers meeting in front of the Chinatown Gate.
The organization also frequently offers special workshops throughout the year, such as U.S. Customs workshops and other similar workshops that are relevant to Chinatown and its residents.