The library and museum is open to the public seven days a week. | Photo by @mfg3
John F. Kennedy was born + raised in Brookline, and the youngest man elected president in the US certainly left his mark on his hometown. JFK’s birthday is coming up on Monday, May 29 — to honor the Massachusetts native, take a tour of five iconic local landmarks with ties to the the late president.
John F. Kennedy Library Presidential Library and Museum Dedicated to the legacy of the 35th president, this building holds a collection of historical materials from JFK’s life and administration. The library is located on a 10-acre park on Columbia Point and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Omni Parker House JFK entered the congressional race in 1946 from this historic hotel and proposed to Jackie at the Parker House restaurant.Make a reservation to sit at the same table and enjoy a Boston Cream Pie at the place that created the famous dessert.
Harvard University Weld Hall was JFK’s first home while attending Harvard. He eventually moved into Winthrop House, and the rooms he resided in are now referred to as the JFK Suite. Bonus: Stop by the John F. Kennedy School of Government, which the Ivy League school dedicated to the late president in 1966.
Union Oyster House The Kennedy family were regulars at America’s oldest continuously operating restaurant. Guests can now request to dine in “The Kennedy Booth” and enjoy the famous clam chowder and oysters from Table No. 18 in the upstairs dining room.
John F. Kennedy Park The public park is located in Harvard Square off John F. Kennedy Street. The Cambridge green space features a fountain inscribed with famous quotes from JFK and is planted with flowers that reach peak blooms around his birthday.
Boston Calling Festival | Friday, May 26-Sunday, May 28 | Times vary | Harvard Athletic Complex, 65 N. Harvard St., Boston | $160+ | Rock out at the local three-day music festival with performances from artists like Niall Horan, The National, and Maren Morris. Pro tip: review our guide before you get there.
“The Big Lebowski” | Friday, May 26 | 4:30 + 9:30 p.m. | The Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge | $12-$15 | “The Dude abides” for this showing of the cult classic.
Saturday, May 27
Open Skate | Saturday, May 27 | 12-3 p.m. | Chez-Vous Rollerskating Rink, 11 Rhoades St., Boston | $15 | Head to the Dorchester skating rink for an all ages open skate session — the admission cost includes skate rentals.
Farmers Market Mixer | Saturday, May 27 | 12:30-3 p.m. | Upstairs at Bow Market, 1 Bow Market Way, Somerville | $30 | Head upstairs for an immersive cocktail mixer that includes one customized cocktail, a Bluefin snack, and access to the stamp + card station.
Afternoon of Brass | Saturday, May 27 | 3-5 p.m. | Old South Church, 645 Boylston St., Boston | $50 | Join the BSO and Pops Brass for an afternoon of patriotic music, including the “Star Spangled Banner,” “Taps,” and “America the Beautiful.”
Murder at the Malden Bank | Saturday, May 27 | 5-10 p.m. | Idle Hands, 89 Commercial St., Malden | $25 | Gather your fellow investigators to solve the mystery on this pub crawl through Malden.
Sunday, May 28
Jeff Jam Kids Singalong | Sunday, May 28 | 11-11:30 a.m. | Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston | Free | Jeff Jam will perform acoustic songs for kids of all ages at this family-friendly event in the Nook at the downtown market.
Linocut Printmaking Demo Booth at SoWa | Sunday, May 28 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | SoWa Open Market, 500 Harrison Ave., Boston | Free | Visit the Sunday market for a demonstration of hand carving + hand printing on linoleum from Danielle Richard.
Monday, May 29
Memorial Day Ceremony | Monday, May 29 | 11 a.m. | USS Constitution, Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown | Free | Join the Constitution‘s crew to honor fallen service members in a special ceremony at 11 a.m. and make commemorative flag pins with the family.
The Celtics beat the Heat in Game Five last night, 110-97. The Heat lead the best-of-seven series 3-2 — meaning Boston needs two more wins to make it to the NBA finals. Cheer on the C’s in Game Six in Miami on Saturday, May 27 at 8:30 p.m.
Artifact Cider Project is closing its tasting room at The Station in Central Square on Wednesday, May 31. The cider team cites struggles with opening during the pandemic as the reason to close and will switch its focus to distribution + cidermaking.
Ayanna Pressley proposed renaming the Post Office by South Station in honor of Caroline Chang, a former federal government employee and Chinatown community advocate. If approved, the office would be the first federal building in Massachusetts to honor an Asian American figure + the first to recognize a woman of color. (Boston Globe)
The Boston Food Forest Coalition has helped create 10 “food forest” sites across the City of Boston — the latest is a quarter-acre space in Mattapan. The free community garden utilized a vacant lot to grow fruit trees, berry bushes, and mushrooms. The organization’s goal is to create 30 food forests by 2030. (WBUR)
Bruins General Manager Don Sweeney was named one of three finalists for the 2023 NHL General Manager of the Year Award this week. The winner will be announced at the NHL Awards in Nashville (hey, NASHtoday) on Monday, June 26. (Boston.com)
The Revere Beach Summer Music Series begins next Thursday, June 1 and will bring free local tunes to the beach. The concert series will continue every Thursday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. through Aug. 31.
Prepare to take off to this out-of-this-world exhibit, Boston. We’re exploring the Red Planet at the Museum of Science with live presentations from scientists, a full-size model of the Perseverance Rover, and Planetarium shows to learn more about our neighboring planet. Check out our experience.*
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I’m so pumped to be attending Boston Calling over the next three days and taking over our Instagram page with all the need-to-know information. If you have questions about the weekend, ask them and I’ll do my best to share the answers.
If you see me at the festival, say hello and grab a BOStoday sticker — unless it’s during the Foo Fighters or Noah Kahan set, when I’ll be channeling my inner Charlie Baker and living my best life.