New Belgium Brewing’s Tour de Fat returns to Boston this Saturday. The event which only takes place in six cities nationally, was first held in Boston last summer. The fun event brings together bikes, beer and music with proceeds going to the Bike Union; a group that advocates for safer streets and increased ridership throughout Boston.
Tour de Fat is at City Hall Plaza on Saturday, August 11th from 12-5PM. Admission is $15 — or free for all volunteers so get your tickets today.
Tour de Fat Boston
Saturday, August 11th
12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
City Hall Plaza
Starting one month from today, bus service in Boston will get a significant boost. Earlier this summer the MBTA announced that they would add nearly 300 more bus trips each week, to give riders more options and to provide more access to Boston’s Logan Airport.
The additional trips will build on an extension of late-night/early-morning service that started this past April; some bus routes now start as early as 3:20AM. Late night service will roll-out on September 1 and ridership will be evaluated in December 2018, and again in April and June 2019 to determine if late night ridership warrants continued service or should be expanded. Assuming the late night service is a success that will mean parts of the city will have nearly 24-hour service; something that is long overdue in my opinion.
You can read the MBTA analysis and plans in their June 4th, Late Night Proposal and Early Morning Service Update.
The Boston Book Festival (BBF) has shared its lineup of authors for this year’s festival which takes place Saturday, October 13th. Notable names scheduled to appear include John Kerry, Doris Kearns Goodwin, Anand Giridharadas, Michael Pollan and Justine Bateman (what do you suppose she’s been up to?).
The highlight for me would have to be the Saturday afternoon discussion between Kearns Goodwin and Kerry. Their conversation will take place just weeks before the midterm elections. Tickets to the discussion as well as to other 2018 BBF events will be available on the BBF website in early September.
This The annual World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) is this Saturday. If you would like to participate or want to learn more about the event visit their website, wnbrboston.com. If you’re unfamiliar with this annual ride, the WNBR is a clothing optional global protest to call for more bike-friendly streets that appeals to bike-lovers, exhibitionists, naturalists and curious onlookers.
For more details about the ride visit their website, wnbrboston.com, and let me know if you plan on participating. I’d love to hear more about the ride.
HUBweek (October 8-14) is a festival for the future that celebrates innovation in art, science and technology. HUBweek will kick off with events taking place all across the city, but will be centered on Boston’s City Hall Plaza, which will be transformed (once again) into a mini village of semi-permanent structures.
Join thought leaders like Medford-native Michael Bloomberg, Malcolm Gladwell, Deepak Chopra, Atul Gawande and more; connect with 100+ of Boston’s most impactful start-ups; and interact with Boston’s creative economy and those who are helping rethink Boston’s future.
Many events are free but do fill up. There are also events that require ticket purchases, but there is an “early bird special” running through July 24th.
Learn more here: hubweek.org
Source: Boston.com Calendar
Boston hosts a very large 4th of July celebration that is free and open to the public. The Spectacular is held at the Hatch Shell on the Esplanade in Boston, and the gates have already opened – with tens of thousands squatting small spaces along the thin line of grass that hugs the Charles River. However there is still plenty of time to get down there if interested because the actual concert doesn’t start until 8 p.m., and the fireworks show begins at 10:30 p.m.
Where to watch the Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
This year the program will be broadcast live on both Bloomberg TV and WHDH-TV, beginning at 8:00 PM. The entire concert and fireworks display will also be available to live stream at Bloomberg.com, Boston.com, and the local gay bar, Cathedral Station, will be showing the event live from their bar if you want to watch with friends but not have to deal with the crowds.
This year’s line up
Massachusetts-native Rachel Platten will headline the show this year. She will be joined by the Indigo Girls, as will Broadway star and EGOT-winner Rita Moreno and Broadway star Natlie Cortez, who will be starring in the world premiere of Moulin Rouge The Musical which will start its pre-Broadway run at the Emerson Colonial starting July 10th. The Boston Pops will also pay tribute to Leonard Bernstein, a Lawrence native, Harvard alumnus, and former music director of the New York Philharmonic.
The Boston Globe has a list of items you cannot bring past security check points. To read that full list link here (and scroll down). And for any other details you might want to know, check out the event’s official webpage, bostonpopsjuly4th.org.
While I sympathize with the North End and understand their concerns, I don’t know that they can prevent a national chain like Starbucks from opening, but I thought I’d share this video. I hope that if Starbucks does eventually open, local opposition remains and the public continues to support one of the existing family-owned coffee shops and cafes in the North End.
I loved this quote from the video, “We don’t need a company such as them showing the people what it’s not like to be Italian,” says an employee at the Modern bakery.
Sign this petition to show your support.