Kickoff the Fall festivities with this list of free events in Boston, including the Boston Book Festival, Head of the Charles, and more.
This biannual creative festival kicked off September 30 and continues through the first week of October. Try your hand at designing wine labels, learn how to tango, or help construct an ocean-themed glass mural. Discover your own creativity and learn from talented local artists.
- Check website for various events, through October 9, artweekboston.org.
Opening Our Doors
Opening Our Doors brings together more than 20 institutions and museums in a free and educational cultural event. Participants such as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, MFA, and Mary Baker Eddy Library will host free open houses and other programs.
- Free, Monday, October 10, kickoff at 10 a.m. at the Christian Science Plaza, 250 Massachusetts Ave., fenwayculture.org.
Fort Point Open Studios
Immerse yourself in local art at the biannual Fort Point Open Studios, curated by the Fort Point Arts Community. Roberto Mighty will screen his short film, Peach Pie, and artists including Leslie Miller and Philip Sawyer will give live demonstrations of their work. Look out for floating orange “swimmers”, part of a floating art piece called SOS (Safety Orange Swimmers).
- Free, Friday, October 14, to Sunday, October 16, Fort Point, fortpointarts.org.
Head of the Charles Regatta
The world’s largest two-day regatta returns to the Charles. Some of the best crew teams in the world compete in the Head of the Charles, so sit back and soak it all in. Cheer for the rowers and enjoy the beautiful views and waterfront activities.
- Free, Saturday, October 22, to Sunday, October 23, Charles River, hocr.org.
Boston Book Festival
The Boston Book Festival is an annual event that brings together readers and authors. The lineup of guest speakers is stellar, including Room author Emma Donoghue and Boston-based Tom Perrotta, author of The Leftovers and Little Children.
- Free, Saturday, October 15, Copley Square, bostonbookfest.org.
Forced from Home “Behind the Scenes”
Learn the stories and struggles of refugees through an interactive exhibit, facilitated by Doctors Without Borders. Forced from Home is an effort to raise awareness for refugees by presenting images and materials from refugee camps around the world.
- Free, October 15-23, Long Wharf, forcedfromhome.com.
Boston Veg Food Fest
Enjoy conversations and delicious vegetarian food with speakers and chefs from around the country at the annual Boston Veg Food Fest. The festival aims to initiate dialogues about sustainable food practices and help attendees find local vegetarian food.
- Free, Saturday, October 22, to Sunday, October 23, Reggie Lewis Athletic Center, 1350 Tremont St., bostonveg.org.
Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo
The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo is back, featuring talented local writers and artists. MICE, unlike other comic shows, focus on the art of comic creation, building a connection between writers and local audiences.
- Free, Saturday, October 29, to Sunday, October 30, University Hall at Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave., micexpo.org.
Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair
The Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair features dozens of exhibitors showcasing rare and expensive texts. There are also several panels and workshops on how to start your own collection and a history of the Boston music scene. Own a few antiquarian books yourself? You can have them appraised for free at the festival.
- Free, Saturday, October 29, to Sunday, October 30, Hynes Convention Center, 900 Boylston St., bostonbookfair.com.