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Pride Parade

This year’s Boston Pride Parade travels from Copley Square to City Hall Plaza at noon on Saturday, June 8. The staging and lining-up of participants around Copley Square takes place from 7:30 to 11 a.m. Then, the Boston Pride Festival takes place at City Hall Plaza from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. (rain or shine).

Pride Week schedule

Boston Pride Week continues the celebration of LGBTQ communities with multiple festivities, parties and celebrations around the city. This year’s Boston Pride theme, “Looking Back, Loving Forward,” represents the recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and is meant to encourage the community to reflect on the many challenges and victories of the LGBTQ+ community in that time. Two block parties are slate for June 9: The Back Bay block party on St. James Avenue is from 1 to 8 p.m. and the JP block party at 1 Perkins St. (entrance is at Hyde Square) is from 1 to 8 p.m. Highlights include: Pride Night at Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m. on June 11 and “You Can Feel It, You Can Speak It” open mic from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on June 13 at Bela Luna Milky Way in Jamaica Plain. For more events and information, visit

‘Flower Power’

The Gibson House Museum at 137 Beacon St. is hosting “Flower Power” from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, June 8. Children, ages four and older, are invited to make tissue-paper flowers in the courtyard to bring home and find flowers in the scavenger hunt throughout the 19th century townhouse. Refreshments will be served. The event is free with $5 suggestion donation. Visit for more information.

Dragon boat races

The annual Boston Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival is the largest-running dragon boat race in North America with more than 60 teams competing. Enjoy the spectacular dragon boats from the Boston and Cambridge sides of the Charles River. There will be rowers ranging from novice to expert. Race seeding trials take place from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 9 and the races occur from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.  There will also be a cultural festival from noon to 5 p.m. (Cambridge side of the Charles), featuring Asian arts, crafts, martial arts and dance performances. For more Dragon Boat Festival information, check

ASD workshop

Has your child recently been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? Boston Children’s Hospital offers a 90- minute workshop for parents and caregivers to connect with each other and to learn more about your child’s diagnosis, including: common recommendations, therapies and services plus resources and tips. The next workshop is at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11. Others will follow: 1 p.m. on Monday, July 29 and Aug. 12; 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 and Oct. 3; 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 and 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 9. The workshops are held at Boston Children’s Hospital Longwood Campus at 300 Longwood Ave. in the Byers Conference Room B (in the Enders Building, to the right of the main hospital emergency department entrance). For more information, call Kelly Federico at 617-355-5999. Parking validation is provided for the main Children’s Hospital parking garage.

Guided garden walking tours

Learn about the history and plants that make up six of the Esplanade’s 13 ornamental gardens. This free tour begins at 10 a.m. on June 12 at Community Boating, 21 David G. Mugar Way. The Esplanade Association’s guided garden walking tours last about an hour-and-a-half and cover about a mile of the Esplanade. For more information, visit To register for this event, go to

‘A Night with Friends’

“A Night with Friends” is a fundraiser to support the Boys and Girls Club of Boston’s summer camp programs. The Friends Council’s 10th annual summer benefit party will be held from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13 at the Hyatt Regency at 1 Ave de Lafayette. Join youth supporters of the Boys and Girls Club of Boston for a celebratory evening with a silent auction, fun games, DJ dancing and a special performance by the Boys and Girls Club members. Proceeds will support affordable summer camp for 2,300 Boston and Chelsea youth. The Friends Council is a young philanthropy group that supports the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston.  For sponsorship opportunities and additional information, contact Gena Ricciardi at For more information, including ticket prices, check on line at

Bicycling renaissance

The Central Library at 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square will present an author talk with historian and cyclist Lorenz J. Finison from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. Finison will share stories of cycling hobbyists, racers, commuters, bike builders and others who participated in the resurgence of bicycling in Boston in the 20th century. For more information and to register, visit

‘Boys Can’t Be Princesses’

In honor of Pride Month, The Pineapple Project will present “Boys Can’t Be Princesses!” at the Central Library, 700 Boylston St. in Copley Square from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 13. Mal and colleagues Becca A. Lewis and Renee Farster-Degenhardt created this play for children to broaden the gender conversation and validate each child’s identity. This event is recommended for children, ages 1 through 12. For more information, stop by or call the library at 617-536-5400 or visit

10K Race

The Boston Athletic Association’s next 10- kilometer race will be at 8 a.m. on Sunday, June 23. Limited to 10,000 runners, the race will follow a course that begins and ends from Boston Common at Charles Street, and winds through the Beacon Hill, Back Bay and Fenway neighborhoods. No qualifying standard is required for this race. Go to, for more information and to register. The registration fee is $65.