Sept. 30: Real life Parks and Rec


Real life Parks and Rec

Boston’s Parks and Recreation department was formed in 1875 to create the city’s park system. Now, they manage more than 2,300 acres of park land throughout Boston, including 217 parks, playgrounds and athletic fields (surely more than Pawnee). The department has all of its park design and construction projects mapped, from Edwards Park in Charlestown to the Amatucci Playground in Hyde Park.  And if you want to be a real Leslie Knope, you can host an event in a city park (from an urban wild to a cricket field). All it takes is requesting a reservation online

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If your Instagram’s been invaded by polka dots and infinity mirrors, you may have been exposed to the works of Yayoi Kusuma. If you’re desperate for your own brush with infinite whimsy, the good news is her exhibit, Love Is Calling, will be open at the ICA through early February. The bad news is that timed tickets are sold out until Halloween, so pay attention to the upcoming sale dates. Becoming a member is a great way to get first dibs on tickets and support the arts, but if that’s not in your budget, the ICA is free every Thursdays from 5-9 p.m.! (Bonus: here’s a full list of free museums and free days at the not-free museums around town.)

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Roxbury is getting a new playground, and you can see the proposed designs — and let the City’s parks and rec department know what you think. 6 p.m.//free

Put rock 'n' roll and true crime together, and you’ve got the podcast Disgraceland. Now, the creators have an upcoming book and will be discussing it and playing some songs at the Coolidge. Ticket includes the book.  6 p.m.//$30



Jill Lepore, history book author, New Yorker staff writer, and Cambridge resident joins Here & Now host Robin Young to talk about her latest book, "These Truths: A History of the United States." 7 p.m.//$10

Plan ahead!


Join Marathon Sports, New Balance, and a whole stack of cider donuts for a 3-5 mile fun run around Cambridge. 6:30-9 p.m.//free

Whitney brings their chill indie folk to Royale to play their new album that might just be the fall soundtrack you’ve been waiting for. 8 p.m.//$25


The Coolidge Corner Theatre is celebrating its 30th birthday this year, but it's a birthday that almost didn't happen. The Brookline Public Library has a special exhibit on how the beloved cinema was saved from demolition and thrives today. 6-8 p.m.//free

The Great Yarn Crawl, a four-day tour of local yarn shops, kicks off at gather here. 6 p.m.//free


Lamplighter Brewery will be launching their Pink Drink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month with proceeds headed to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. 5-11 p.m.//free

BU’s Global Music Festival kicks off two days of art from around the world with performances by Gamelan Çudamani (Bali, Indonesia) and Saraswathi Ranganathan (India/US). 7 and 8:30 p.m.//free


The Boston Harborwalk is turning 35, and Boston Harbor Now is celebrating with a series of walks covering the entire length of the urban waterfront park. Today's the first one, tracing the Dorchester and South Boston shoreline. 9 a.m.//$25

Greta got you angry and amped to tackle climate change? Start the fight in your backyard and get to know Somerville’s local candidates and their plans for reducing emissions and preparing the community for a more sustainable future. 10:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.//free

Girlfriends Boston, a community centered around young women figuring it out in our lovely town, turns one year old this Saturday! Join for raffles, snacks, and of course, girlfriends. 2-4 p.m.//$10 (refunded at door)


Everyone in Boston knows about Harpoon’s insane Oktoberfest. But are you aware that the brewery turns the lot over to the good boys of the city to become Dogtoberfest? Now you are, so go forth and pet every last pup for the grandest finale to your oompa-filled weekend. 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.//$0-30

As part of the Somerville Museum’s “Faith in a City” exhibit, check out a showcase of local religious music. 7:30 p.m.$5