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Pride Week schedule

Boston Pride Week continues the celebration of LGBTQ communities with multiple festivities, parties and celebrations around the city. 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. Other highlights include: Pride Night at Fenway Park at 7:10 p.m. on June 11and “If 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

Elevating diversity

Boston-based designer Melissa Hines will be stopping by the Upstatement offices at 137 Portland St. (4th floor) from 4 to 5 p.m. on Friday, June 14 to talk about “Elevating Diversity and Inclusion Values through Design.” She will discuss real ways teams can incorporate diversity and inclusion values into their culture and outputs. There will be time for Q and A. Stay for drinks and discussion at 5 p.m. To register, visit

‘Out of the Park’

The City of Boston, Highland Street Foundation, L.L.Bean, and the Boston Red Sox will host the sixth annual “Out of the Park” from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 15 on the Boston Common. “Out of the Park” is a free, family-oriented event that brings the Fenway Park experience out to the community. The event will begin with the Red Sox Mobile Showcase bringing a batting cage, virtual reality station, pitching accuracy and other games for families to enjoy. This will also include many of the signature elements and amenities that can be found in and around Fenway Park and Jersey Street during home games, such as caricaturists, balloon artists and face painters. Red Sox Mascot Wally the Green Monster, his sister Tessie, along with a live DJ, will be present throughout the day. Attendees will also have a chance to take rides on the carousel with free vouchers and participate in giveaways. “Out of the Park” includes free food, provided courtesy of Red Sox partners. For more information, visit

Swan boats return

The famous swan boats have returned to the Public Garden. Established in 1877, the swan boats are a family-owned and -operated business with a unique tradition and place in the history and beauty of the city. A ride on a swan boat lasts about 15 minutes and provides a picturesque voyage on the waters of the lagoon. Hours of operation are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. through June 19 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 20 through Labor Day. For more information, visit or call 617-522-1966.

Native people monument

Enjoy free dance and music performances by the Wampanoag Nation Singers and Dancers on Mondays throughout June during school hours at Boston Common. Each year, members of the local Wampanoag and Massachusetts Nations collaborate with about 1,000 Boston public school students to build a 150-foot fishweir sculpture on the Common to commemorate those built by local Native people about 5,000 years ago to catch alewife, herring, smelt and salmon in the tidal flats then covering the area. Remnants of these still exist, buried in layers of clay 28-35 feet under the city’s streets. This temporary fishweir is Boston’s only centrally-located historical monument focused exclusively on the Native people, who lived here for 12,000 years before the arrival of the Puritans. This temporary memorial is close to the path running from Charles Street to the baseball field.