If you are a creative person or you simply enjoy appreciating the art in its many different formats, you will be happy to know that there are plenty of opportunities to explore this interest in Boston. In fact, this month alone, you will find an open studios event in the South End as well as film festivals and opportunities to enjoy live music with free concerts. Here are a few events you might want to explore.
South End Open Studios
The 31st annual South End Open Studios will take place on September 16th and 17th from 11:00 am until 6:00 pm. Offering a glimpse into more than 200 studios and galleries of some of the city’s top artists, the event offers the opportunity to buy directly from the creators of a piece that is on display. Everything from hand-built bicycles to home décor and installation art can be found at this fun event. Other activities include in-studio demonstrations involving crafts such as quilting, photography and letterpress printing.
Free printed guides with maps for the event are available at the information tables at Boston Center for Arts, which is located at 551 Tremont Street. They can also be found on the sidewalk in front of 560 Harrison Avenue. Information booths can be found at Tremont and Milford streets, Harrison and Waltham and Albany and Plimpton. A free shuttle is also available to transport guests to the South End’s major studios and art buildings throughout the event.
Boston Film Festival
Taking place September 21st through the 24th, the Boston Film Festival is http://www.bostonfilmfestival.org/ an annual event that features an array of diverse documentaries, shorts and features ranging from emerging artists to world-famous award-winning filmmakers. The event also features question and answer sessions, discussions and evening receptions hosted by top restaurants. The event takes place at multiple locations throughout downtown Boston, so be sure to check out the website for details.
Berkelle BeanTown Jazz Festival
The Berkelle BeanTown Jazz Festival is scheduled to take place on Saturday, September 30th from noon until 6:00 pm. Throughout the day, local musicians, Berklee College students, faculty and a number of celebrity musicians will perform jazz, blues, groove, funk and Latin music. Taking place on three stages along a six-block stretch of Columbus Avenue the free event will also feature food, arts and crafts along with an instrument “petting zoo” where kids can learn more about a variety of instruments.
Boston Latino International Film Festival
The Boston Latino International Film Festival will take place from September 28th through October 1st, with films being shown at two different locations. These include the Tsai Auditorium at Harvard University, which is located at 1730 Cambridge Street in Cambridge, and the John O’Bryan African-American Institute at Northeastern University located at West Village F, Room 20, Leon Street in Boston. The event will feature documentaries and short films focused on issues that are of interest and importance to members of the Latino community in the United States as well as in Latin America and Spain.