The now annual Boston Book Festival has already started (October 17th to 19th) and tomorrow you will be able not only to attend some of their events but also venture over to the Charles River to experience some of the Head of the Charles Regatta fun. It’s great to have your choice of events in Boston but it can cause you to despair a bit if you can’t make them all. We even had to sneak in the Red Sox ALCS game that is happening at Fenway on Saturday as well. Should we complain? Of course not, this is what makes it great to live in a city like Boston.
Both the Boston Book Festival and the Head of the Charles are great family friendly events. If you want to do it all this weekend be sure to plan your visits not only because the timing of events matters but also because with so much going on traffic and where to park are key(assuming you don’t opt for the T). The book festival has both ticketed and non-ticketed events. Tonight’s Salmon Rushdie keynote and Tomie Depaola kids keynote are bound to be quite popular. Check out the event descriptions to see what might interest you or members of your group/family. They also have a Kids and Teens list of events that you could look through with your kids prior to going. Having grown up in Boston I have fond memories of both the Boston Public Library and the South End Public library where my love of reading was born. It is so appropriate that the activities take place in the Copley square area.
If you don’t have time on Saturday because of the book festival there is plenty going on at the Head of the Charles on Sunday. Both weekend days are supposed to be good weather so it is a great time to be outdoors on the Charles. We like to cheer for our Alma Maters but this event isn’t just for colleges. CBS did a story on local city kids competing the Regatta. Rowing like many team sports fosters a sense of purpose. We have referenced the story below. There is also a good video that accompanies it about the kids from Dorchester and Jamaica Plain. I was never exposed to rowing while growing up in Boston but I did learn to sail later on the Charles in one of the programs offered by Community Boating in Boston. The HOCR.org website offers great details about how, where and when to enjoy the Head of the Charles Regatta races.
Unless you are fortunate enough to score tickets the Red Sox Championship game tomorrow I would recommend catching it at one of Boston’s many sports pubs. A while back we did a post on the best places to watch football in Boston but that would work for the Red Sox as well. I would add Jerry Remy’s to the mix just for the Red Sox ambiance.
Enjoy a great Boston Weekend!