The Common Boston festival, a program of the BSA Foundation, is a unique opportunity to discover and explore the region's rich architectural, cultural, and historic resources. On Saturday and Sunday June 3 and 4, 2017, more than 50 sites throughout Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline opened their doors to the public free of charge, allowing people to explore their city environment and deepen their knowledge of their community. From innovative wood shops and rooftop gardens to 300 year old houses and tiffany's stained glass adorned sacred spacesCommon Boston's diverse range of sites shed light on the great and hidden architecture of Boston. 

The goals of Common Boston are to promote a greater appreciation of the built environment, inspire discussion about excellence in design, planning, and preservation, and broaden awareness of the rich architectural and cultural traditions present in diverse communities throughout Greater Boston. 

Since 2006, we've hosted over 250+ events for thousands of attendees in 35 communities around the region. In doing so, our all-volunteer organization impacts greater Boston in multiple ways:

  • Helps designers and the public discover Boston's history, cultural assets, small businesses, neighborhood development, architecture, art, regional communities, and more.
  • Breaks down silos and encourages a greater spirit of collaboration among designers, firms, organizations and the public.
  • Inspires people to share personal experiences, community challenges, neighborhood resources, and business opportunities.
  • Enhances the profile of Boston as a diverse, vibrant community with a rich cultural tradition.
  • Facilitates economic growth, access and opportunity, especially in underserved areas.