Weekly Highlights: Juneteenth at the MFA, Roxbury International Film Festival, John Legend and More!

This week marks the official start of summer! Hopefully the temperatures will comply. Here are some great events to get out and enjoy the season. Don’t forget to tell ’em where you got the info and check back for updates! #bostonfab #thefabempire

The Hip Hop Inaugural Ball II Sponsored By Heineken USAMonday, June 19

From 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. in the City Hall Plaza, they will be raising the Red, Black & Green Flag (RBG) in honor of Juneteenth which is commonly known as African American Independence Day.

Network “al fresco” at Battery Park Patio (33 Batterymarch Street) 6:00 p.m.  – 10:00 p.m. No cover but please RSVP here.

The John Legend Darkness & Light Tour stops by the Blue Hills Bank of America Pavillion (290 Northern Ave). It will start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $58.00. Get tickets here.

Tuesday, June 20

Tonight is Creative Economy Café Night at the Roxbury Innovation Center (2300 Washington Street 2nd Floor) 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. All budding entrepreneurs are welcome!

Juneteenth MFAWednesday, June 21

Come together to celebrate creativity, community, and freedom at the fifth-annual Juneteenth event at the MFA (465 Huntington Ave, Roxbury)—presented in partnership with Epicenter Community. The free event is from 5:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Which will include a host of events throughout the museum. This event also marks the beginning of the Roxbury International Film Festival which will run through July 1st at the MFA. Opening films are Paris Noir and When We Rise. See complete details here

The doors to the Boston Children’s Museum (308 Congress St) are opening to all those who are young at heart and 21+ from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. The theme of the night is  Summer Camp so you can get ready to earn an Archery badge in our camp challenge, make a Friendship Bracelet in the Art Studio and participate in many more fun camp activities! You’ll enjoy a full cash-bar and tasty treats for purchase. Bring friends and meet new ones as you explore interactive exhibits. Tickets are $25.00. Advance tickets are required.

Paint and SmokeThursday, June 22

Enjoy another Paint & Smoke event at The White Haus (10 Seaverns Avenue, Jamaica Plain) 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Donate to RSVP – Minimum $5. FREE canvas & paint. They will be re-creating a Frandy Suero Art original “A Bob Marley Tribute”. You may bring your own marijuana to smoke. Purchase a painting seat for $45.00. You do not have to paint to join the event. Get tickets here.

Posing to Snap a Photo
Posing to Snap a Photo

Friday, June 23

Celebration Of Summer lV: Donna Summer Roller Disco Party takes place at Boston City Hall Plaza from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. This event features: a roller skating rink with free skate rental, performance by Mary Gaines Bernard ( Donna Summer’s sister, and background singer ), DJ Roy Barboza, Food trucks and water stations, Live art and interactive exhibits, The Boston Roller Derby and appearances from O’Mega Red and other members of the Summer family. The event is free and open to the public.

The Rum & Brew Tasting kicks off their annual 2-day festival celebrating jerk hot foods at the Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology (41 Berkeley St, South End) 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. VIP tickets available with entry at 6:00 p.m. Tickets start at $50.00, and you can get yours here. Please note that the price of the ticket does not include food.

The Floor Lords
The Floor Lords

Saturday, June 24

The Black Market (2136 Washington St, Roxbury) retail pop-up market in Dudley Square established by local entrepreneurs for local entrepreneurs driven by the mission to revitalize Boston’s Black Creative Economy. It is open today and tomorrow 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Free admission.

Today The Floor Lords kick off their 36th Annual anniversary presented by Pro Breakin Tour and sanctioned by UDEF  at 10 Brookline Street, Cambridge with hosts El Nino and Xcel. There will be break battles with prizes of up to $1,000. Entrance fee is $20.00.

lawnd2Sunday, June 25

Join WELL Summit’s Selfcare Sunday at Lawn on D (420 D Street) 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.. Enjoy  a fun morning of barre & yoga from some of our favorite Boston wellness professionals. Take one class or stay for all three! Bring Your Own Yoga Mat. The event is free and open to the public. Get the information here.

Boston Business Builder event takes place at Bruce C. Boiling Municipal Building (2300 Washington St, Roxbury) 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. The event is crafted for the entrepreneur spirit that is in need of an aggressive guideline of direction. They are going to have a live panel discussion with Atlanta’s Professor Devin of what are the 3 key elements that are preventing our businesses from building into empires and the solutions. This event is free and open to the public.