Free Things to Do in Boston, March 2016

Go on an Easter egg hunt at Faneuil Hall or see a comedy show with Naffy Improv.
Easter egg hunt at Faneuil Hall / Image Provided

Easter egg hunt at Faneuil Hall / Image Provided

Easter Egg Hunt at Faneuil Hall

For kids and families, celebrate spring with an Easter Egg Hunt at Faneuil Hall. Ed Hurley, Marketing Director of Faneuil Hall Marketplace, says there will be 6,000 hidden eggs. It’s scavenger hunt-style, with clues provided about where the eggs are hidden. Most will be filled with chocolate, but in three, there is a grand prize: tickets to see Sesame Street Live. Preregister on their website to get a basket and guaranteed spot in the event.

Free, Saturday March 19th, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 1 Faneuil Hall Sq., Boston, faneuilhallmarketplace.com

Talk the Walk: A Conversation with Sarah Marquis

Named a National Geographic “Adventurer of the Year 2014,” Sarah Marquis will be interviewed by a journalist in a public event. Marquis’s recent book, Wild By Nature, is a memoir of her 10,000-mile solo expedition from Siberia to Australia.

Free, Tuesday, March 1st, 5:45 p.m., The Cambridge Public Library, 449 Broadway Cambridge, eventbrite.com.

 Taste Of Iceland Festival

Iceland is taking over Boston with a series of cultural events. At  Reykjavik Calling,” electronic indie duo Axel Flovent and modern folk musician Ceasetone will be playing a concert at the Middle East. Other events include the Brattle Theatre’s screening of Rock in Reykjavik, a documentary about 80s Icelandic rock, and a talk from writer and editor Eliza Reid about what makes Iceland a haven for creatives.

Free, various locations, March 4th-7th, icelandnaturally.com.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston

Irish or not, grab your green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Watch the annual Boston parade, and enjoy the floats, music, and food as it snakes through South Boston.

Free, Sunday, March 20th, 1:00 p.m., starts at the Broadway Station, http://www.southbostonparade.org/


Massachusetts College of Art and Design: Selections

See sculptures, paintings, photography, and installations from Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s new and newly returned from sabbatical professors. The gallery covers a wide range of topics, from social justice to nature to pieces incorporating rap.

Free, open now until Saturday, March 5th, Monday-Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Wednesday 12:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m., Bakalar & Paine Galleries at MassArt, 621 Huntington Avenue, South Building Boston, massart.edu.

Film Screening: Ten Canoes

Ten Canoes, set in Australia before contact with the Western world, tells the story of several men and their cultural meaning of masculinity. The award-winning film plays with past and present visually, with scenes set in the present scenes in color and those set in the pastpast in black-and-white.  It’s also the first ever feature film with all dialogue spoken in Australian aboriginal languages—its dialogue is in indigenous languages of the Yolŋu Matha group. After the film, there will be a discussion with Stephen Gilchrist, the curator of The Harvard Art Museum’s Everywhen: The Eternal Present in Indigenous Art from Australia.

Free, Thursday, March 3, 2016, 6:00 p.m., Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge, peabody.harvard.edu.

Julie Lauren's book sits on a table

Rocio Carlon Studios

Author Event: Julie Lauren

Navigating the dating scene in your 20s is tumultuous to say the least. Julie Lauren’s Oops!: An Insider’s Guide to Dating, Sex, and Relationships in Your 20s is here to help. It’s a collection of stories and advice for 20-somethings looking for love. Lauren will be talking about the book and signing copies.

Free, Thursday, March 3rd,  6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Barnes & Noble at Boston University 660 Beacon St  Boston, bu.bncollege.com.

Goldsmith Awards in Political Journalism with Keynote by Walter Isaacson

The Goldsmith Investigative Reporting Awards are dedicated to highlighting impactful and ethical political journalism. The annual prizes are accompanied by a keynote speaker. This year, Walter Isaacson–author, former managing editor of Time magazine, and CEO of the Aspen Institute—will be delivering the keynote address, which is open to the public.

Free, Thursday, March 3rd, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Harvard Kennedy School, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge, shorensteincenter.org.

Improv Show: Your Terrible Ex

It’s improv comedy with a heartbreak twist. The show starts with an interview of an audience member about a relationship gone wrong or a bad date. Naffy Improv then uses it as inspiration for their set. Each week, they have a different opening act. March features include Summer Boyfriend, Silly Strangers, Midy Zevlin, and 20 Minute Movie. Producer Jeff Chou recalls a funny moment from a previous show: “At the end of the date the girl wasn’t interested in the guy and said she didn’t want to come in afterwards. Right when she said that, the guy asked for her to Venmo him half of the date.”

Free, Friday March 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th, 10:00 p.m., The Riot Theater, 146A South St., Jamaica Plain, naffyimprov.com.

Boston Symphony Orchestra Community Chamber Concert

The Boston Symphony Orchestra will be playing a concert for the public. Members of the BSO will perform chamber music, including Johannes Brahms’s String Sextet No. 2 and Saint-Saëns’s String Quartet No. 2. After the concert, desserts and coffee will be served.  

Free, Sunday March 6th, 3:00 p.m., The Strand Theatre 543 Columbia Rd., Dorchester, bso.org.

Author Talk: David Gessner

In their “Speak Out” series, the Emerald Necklace Conservancy organizes free lectures related to environmental protection. David Gessner, author and nature writer will speak about his recent book, All the Wild That Remains: Edward Abbey, Wallace Stegner and the American West, with a signing to follow. Gessner chronicles the lives and work of environmentalists and writers Edward Abbey and Wallace Stegner.

Free, Tuesday, March 8th, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Curry Ballroom, Northeastern University, 360 Huntington Ave, Boston, emeraldnecklace.org.

The Harvard Breakers dance on stage

The Harvard Breakers

Cultural Connections

In this second-annual performing arts festival, groups from Harvard College will be celebrating cultural diversity. See dance groups like Harvard Passus Step Team, Modern Nigerian Dance Troupe, and the Harvard Breakers, as well as the musical group Mariachi Véritas perform. “What’s unique is it’s as much a performance as it is educational,” says Eva Rosenberg, Arts Program Manager at Harvard Ed Portal. After each group’s piece, they will talk about their traditions and take questions from the audience.

Free, Friday, March 4th, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Harvard Ed Portal, 224 Western Avenue, Allston, edportal.harvard.edu.

Author Series: Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking with Darra Goldstein

Author and founding editor of Gastronomica Darra Goldstein will talk about her newest bookFire and Ice along with her Scandinavian travels. The book is a compilation of traditional cooking from Denmark, Finland, and Norway.

Free, Saturday, March 12th, 12:00 p.m. -1:30 p.m., Scandinavian Cultural Center, 206 Waltham Street, Newton, eventbrite.com.


Greta Jochem Greta Jochem, Digital Intern at Boston Magazine gjochem@bostonmagazine.com