First Friday Fun in Boston

shutterstock_157388459-1024x512Are you looking for a fun way to spend you’re the first Friday of May in Boston? Whether you are hanging out on the North End or the South End, you have a couple of great options to choose from. Here’s a look at what May 1st has to offer in 2015.

Taste of the North End

On the North End, you might want to take a day to enjoy the Taste of the North End event. Founded by Donato and Nancy Frattaroli in 1993, Taste of the North End originated as a means to raise money for Casa Monte Cassino. Inspired by the story of a family that was utilizing the services of the Casa Monte Cassino while their four daughters received medical treatment at Boston’s Children’s Hospital, the Frattaroli’s wanted to find a way to give back. Today, the popular food festival still serves to raise funds for the charity while also be providing visitors with the opportunity to sample some of the best foods Boston has to offer.

While participating in the Taste of the North End, visitors are invited to sample from more than 35 North End eateries. Available foods include entrees, appetizers, desserts, cheeses and even beer and wine from local distributors. The event will also feature a high-end silent auction including items such as hotel and restaurant packages, memorabilia, Boston sporting tickets and other items.

This year’s Taste of North End event will take place on Friday, May 1st at DCR’s Steriti Memorial Rink. The Orange and Green Lines/North Station is the closest T Station. Proceeds from the event will be split among a variety of local non-profit organizations, including those that serve the elderly and those that support health and education programs serving the entire community. In recent years, the event has raised nearly $100,000 for these organizations.

SoWa First Fridays

If you want to hang out on the South End, the SoWa First Fridays ongoing event is something that is worth looking into. The SoWa First Fridays in Boston’s South End takes place on May 1st from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the area south of Washington Street and at the Artists Guild located at 450 Harrison Avenue. During the event, more than 60 galleries as well as numerous nearby restaurants and businesses keep their doors open late. In this way, you have the opportunity to enjoy the community’s vibrant arts community well into the evening.

If you can’t make it to the SoWa First Fridays event in May, you have plenty of opportunity to enjoy this special event. In fact, as the name suggest, it takes place on the first Friday of every month. There are no fees to participate in the event, though you may find yourself spending a little bit of money on the tasty cuisine being offered by area restaurants during the event. Simply follow the gallery lights and signs as you make your way through the neighborhood and enjoy the art galleries the South End has to offer.

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