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Block party

“Hill Fest,” the 16th annual neighborhood block party and beer garden hosted by the Beacon Hill Civic Association, will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 in front of the firehouse, 127 Mount Vernon St.

Twenty neighborhood non-profit groups will host tables with games, arts and crafts and cookie decorating. Other activities will include a used book sale, a dog show, live music, ice cream and visits by police cars and fire trucks. At the Church of the Advent, 30 Brimmer St., a “biergarten” will sell brats and beer.

Call 617-227-1922 or visit for more information.

Watercolor workshop

A landscape watercolor painting workshop will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 at the Boston Public Garden, Swan Boat ramp.

Artists of all skill levels are invited to create their own greenspace-inspired masterpieces with instruction and materials provided at this watercolor workshop. Juleen Jones will return as the featured instructor. She has a BFA in Fine Art from Montserrat College of Art as well as a custom painting business. Participant should meet at the Rose Garden.

For more details, visit or call 617-961-3051.

Jazz along the Charles

The Esplanade Association and Celebrity Series of Boston will host “Jazz Along the Charles: A Walkable Concert” from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23. The program begins at the Community Boating building near the Longfellow Bridge on the Charles River Esplanade and extends one mile throughout the park ending at the Fairfield Street footbridge near the Stoneman Playground. .

25 jazz ensembles will gather at a series of connected, walkable locations along the Charles River Esplanade, interpreting a curated list of Boston-related tunes in one collective concert that celebrates the great jazz community in Boston today. These jazz ensembles will come together simultaneously to interpret the same set list in their own style.

The audience will stroll along the Charles River on a two-mile loop, discovering new songs, artists and areas of the Esplanade, creating a dynamic and evolving jazz concert experience. Admission is free.

For a complete list of ensembles and playlist, visit