TAP TAP TAP into the T

Also: Escape from the city and transcend into nature at Walden Pond (July 8th - 14th, 2024)

TAP TAP TAP into the T

Contactless payment FINALLY enters the Boston chat 🎉

The days of topping up your CharlieCard are over - looks like MBTA has finally joined the 21st Century.

  • Starting August 1st, the MBTA will roll out contactless payment to all fare gates, buses, Green Line and Mattapan Trolley trains
  • Contactless payments will happen at Charlie reader boxes (which are separate from the CharlieCard readers) and will accept tappable credit and debit cards, plus Apple/Samsung/Google Pay on your phone or watch
  • Contactless payments can also be set up with reduced fare accounts
  • Don't worry, you can still use your Charlie Card if that's your preference ✌🏽

Spend a Summer Day at the Walden Pond ✨🐟

If you're looking for a break from the city, Walden Pond in Concord is the perfect spot to embrace nature.

The famous line "I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately..." comes from Henry David Thoreau's book "Walden" which was written in a secluded cabin in the woods of Walden Pond. Like Thoreau's experience, Walden Pond invites you to step away from city life and transcend into embracing the natural environment.

Here's everything you need to know for your day trip:

  • Aim to pull into Walden Pond State Reservation’s parking lot at 9 am. Even a minute later on a weekend and the lot will be full. It takes about 30 minutes to get there from the city by car!
  • If you're taking the T, get on the Commuter from North Station to Lincoln and order a 10-minute Uber to Walden Pond
  • Check out the park’s visitor center for a quick history lesson before walking the two-mile loop around the pond, stopping to inspect the site where Thoreau’s cabin once stood!
  • Enjoy the rest of your day relaxing by the water and exploring Concord!

Somerville ArtBeat Festival 🎊🪅🖼️🤸‍♀️

Saturday, July 13th | 11am to 10pm

ArtBeat is Somerville’s annual multi-media street party! The festival showcases the City’s diverse and vibrant arts communities and is now in its 38th year. You can expect an eclectic mix of music, dance, theater, food, performance, and interactive activities.

Davis Square, Somerville

Summer Rooftop Party 🍰🥳🕺🥂

Saturday, July 13th | 1:30pm to 8pm

Enjoy FREE lawn games, snacks, and fun activities like a Cakepop Cooking Demo and Bouquet making, to celebrate the summer. See full itinerary

Urban Roof Garden, 325 Main St, Cambridge

CountryFest 👢🐴👒🤠

Saturday, July 13th | 2pm to 8pm

Saddle up for pony rides that will make you feel like a true cowboy or cowgirl. Live music will set the stage for a boot-stomping good time, bringing the best of country tunes to Southie.

The LOT, 383 Dorchester Ave, South Boston

Little Saigon Night Market - Chợ Đêm 😋🥬🫔🍜

Saturday, July 13th | 4pm to 9pm

Enjoy this Vietnamese night market including food vendors, artisan/merchandise vendors, games, entertainment, and photo opportunities! The perfect cultural experience for nostalgic Vietnamese residents and locals yearning for new experiences.

Dorchester Avenue between Gibson Street and Adams Street, Including Town Field Park, Dorchester

Charles River Jazz Festival 🎙️🎷🎺🎻

Sunday, July 14th | 12pm to 9pm

This family-friendly, FREE event features local art and food vendors, Boston-based and world-renowned music acts and more. Line up includes Charles Haynes and the Tabernacle, Brian Richburg Jr., Seba Molnar, Jonathan Suazo, NALEDI, and The Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice at Berklee

Herter Park Amphitheater, 1175 Soldiers Field Rd, Boston

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