One Weekend. Your City Unlocked.
The BSA Foundation is proud to report that #CB17, the second year of Greater Boston’s open-house festival weekend, was a huge success—with vastly improved weather from 2016! The BSA Foundation thanks Common Boston site partners, community partners, sponsors, volunteers, and attendees for their support and enthusiasm that opened doors citywide to thousands of festival participants.
Longtime residents and first time visitors alike took to the streets during the weekend of June 3 and 4 to explore 59 sites across Boston that were either uniquely open to the public for one weekend only (such as the Cooper Frost Austin House in Cambridge), or that provided a special behind-the-scenes opportunity just for Common Boston visitors (such as the Boston Public Market). The night prior to the open house portion of the weekend, 150 revelers kicked off the festival with the annual dParty at BSA Space, enjoying The New Inflatable Moment exhibition, libations, and a chance to plan their Common Boston adventure.
For a full recap of the weekend's festivities, click here.
Check out just some of the events that happened at CB17 below or download a PDF of our program.
See the sites that were featured in the festival HERE
Instagram Photo Contest
Hundreds of photos were shared as part of this Photo Contest, in partnership with IGBoston. Festival participants posted images of their favorite sites and points of view throughout the city over the course of the weekend. Congratulations to the talented winners!
Friday June 2nd | dParty: Utopian Visions
The night prior to the open house portion of the Common Boston festival weekend, 150 revelers kicked off the festival with the annual dParty at BSA Space, enjoying The New Inflatable Moment exhibition, libations, and a chance to plan their Common Boston adventure. Hosted at BSA Space alongside, The New Inflatable Moment exhibition, the dParty featured utopian dreamscapes, an inflatable lounge, and tours by exhibition curator and past Common Boston chair, Mary Hale AIA. In keeping with the theme of Utopian Visions, attendees were encouraged to channel their inner Haus-Rucker-Co (featured in the exhibition) and wear white.
Saturday June 3 and Sunday June 4 | Common Boston Weekend
During the weekend of June 3 and 4, Visitors were encouraged to explore 59 sites across Boston that were either uniquely open to the public for one weekend only or that provided a special behind-the-scenes opportunity just for Common Boston visitors.
From innovative wood shops and rooftop gardens to 300 year old houses and tiffany's stained glass adorned sacred spaces, Common Boston's diverse range of sites shed light on the great and hidden architecture of Boston. Participants were allowed unparalleled access to unique sites that contribute to making greater Boston such an exceptional place to live, work, and play. Visitors were encouraged to share their favorite spots with #CB17!