Opening Our Doors
A Celebration of the Fenway Cultural District
All free, all access to Boston’s art + cultural hub, the Fenway Cultural District! Performances, activations, art, music, dance, crafts, spoken word, historic walking tours, nature walks, garden tours, and more. Now in its 20th anniversary year, Opening Our Doors is Boston’s longest running & largest day of free cultural experiences!
Opening Our Doors 2021
Saturday, October 9, 2021
The Opening Our Doors festival — Boston’s largest day of free cultural experiences — was conceived of and founded by the Fenway Alliance in 2001 with this central mission: to “open the doors” of Boston’s most iconic & historic institutions for a free day of music, art, creativity, performances, and cultural experiences.
The very first Opening Our Doors was a recognition and celebration of the literal opening of the doors of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. What started in 2001 with 12 locations and 16 programs grew into a festival that spanned the entire Fenway Cultural District with 18 locations, including a temporary stage at Evans Way Park, 88 cultural experiences, 31 participating community partners, and 12,000 attendees in 2019.
Each year the Fenway Alliance works with our member institutions and many community partners on this day of free programs and performances in some of Boston’s most historic and iconic spaces: Huntington Theatre, Boston Symphony Hall, Mary Baker Eddy Library, Massachusetts Historical Society, and many others up and down Huntington Avenue/Avenue of the Arts.
Since 2003, the Opening Our Doors opening ceremonies have found a wonderful collaborator and generous home on the historic grounds of the First Church of Christ, Scientist. We are grateful to all of our Alliance members for their ongoing support of this festival. Opening Our Doors has cultivated many long-standing relationships and collaborations with a diverse representation of Boston artists from all neighborhoods, backgrounds, and disciplines.
We look forward to continuing in this work, with renewed focus on elevating the voices and creativity of Black Artists working in Boston. We are already in talks with our collaborators, institutions, performers, and members to create a joyous celebration of the Fenway Cultural District in Fall 2021 - the 20th anniversary of the festival.
Please enjoy the highlights below from Opening Our Doors 2019.