Get Ready for a Free Family Day at the ICA Watershed

Art making, food samples, a dance performance, and more, all in celebration of Eastie Week.

very cute child painting in a fish hat

Photo by Natasha Moustache

The Institute of Contemporary Art’s Watershed location is committed to making friends with its new neighbors in East Boston. The museum has just announced that they’ll be hosting a free family day in conjunction with Eastie Week.

The annual celebration has a multitude of events planned for the week of July 12-21, from a marine mammal learning experience at Constitution Beach to a cruise around Boston Harbor. The ICA’s free family day will take place on July 13 from noon to 4 p.m., and will feature art making, snacks from the Chubby Chickpea, samples from Harvard Square’s Milk Bar, a dance performance from Veronica Robles Dance Company, tours of the Watershed in both English and Spanish, and more.

John Akomfrah, Purple, 2017. Six-channel HD color video installation with 15.1 surround sound; 62 minutes. Installation view, John Akomfrah: Purple, Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, 2018. Courtesy Lisson Gallery and Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza. Photo by Meg Elkinton © Smoking Dogs Films

The ICA’s expansion opened on July 4 of last year, and operates seasonally, between May and October. It’s currently showcasing a video installation from the artist John Akomfrah, which combines archival footage, new film, and a film score to explore the implications of climate change. You can also enjoy a permanent exhibit, which focuses on the history of the shipyard and East Boston, or an East Boston photography exhibit made by ICA teens, which both seem quite apropos for Eastie Week.

And if you’re interested in checking out some of the other Eastie Week programming that day, never fear: A free trolley will be operating between the Watershed and Maverick Landing Community Services, East Boston Social Centers, the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center, Orient Heights, and the Salesian Boys & Girls Club. So whether you’re an Eastie resident or just looking to explore one of the city’s most rapidly changing neighborhoods, head on down.

Free, noon-4 p.m., July 13, 256 Marginal St., East Boston,