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Opening Our Doors

A Celebration of the Fenway Cultural District

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 in 2021 to a festival that spans the entire Fenway Cultural District and over 10k attendees annually. Please see prior year's schedule through the links below. 

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, the Christian Science Plaza, Jordan Hall, 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 a focus on elevating the voices and creativity of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ Artists working in Boston. 

 

Please enjoy the highlights below from Opening Our Doors 2023, and find out more about previous years' programming by following the links below.  We look forward to seeing you for the 23rd Annual Opening Our Doors day on Monday, October 14, 2024! 

We are proud to participate in Mass Cultural Council's Card to Culture program in collaboration with the Department of Transitional Assistance, the Department of Public Health's WIC Nutrition Program, the Massachusetts Health Connector, and hundreds of organizations by making cultural programming accessible to those for whom cost is a participation barrier.

 

All participating locations' events are free and open to the public. For more information on each site's programming, checkout our online schedule or email info@fenwayculture.org. See the complete list of participating organizations offering EBT, WIC,and ConnectorCare

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Opening Our Doors 2023

Thank you to all who came out and celebrated with us on October 9, Opening Our Doors day 2023.

We had a wonderful day celebrating art, music, and performance in the Fenway Cultural District. Thanks to our hosts on the Christian Science Plaza, The First Church of Christ, Scientist and all of our participants (see a complete list of participants and the days' events 
here). Thank you for opening your doors to the community every year! We thank all of our sponsors for their support (see below for the full list)! 

We'd like to especially thank our producing partner
SIDE for their help in curating our new stage at The Station!

Please see below for select photos from Opening Our Doors 2023 by our talented photographer Annielly Camargo, and check out our Opening Our Doors 2023 video here.

Previous Opening Our Doors Events

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Opening Our Doors 2019

Follow the link below to enjoy some of the highlights from Opening Our Doors 2019!

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Opening Our Doors 2021

Follow the link below to enjoy some of the highlights from Opening Our Doors 2021!

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Opening Our Doors 2022

Follow the link below to enjoy some of the highlights from Opening Our Doors 2022!

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We want to thank OUR SPONSORS for making this festival possible! 

Corporate Sponsors