Starting with the City’s Signature Flag Day Celebration on Saturday, June 16, Discover Quincy is partnerting with many local organizations to showcase Quincy’s arts and culture, community, educations, historic and recreational assets. Each day will feature at least one free event, while some events may accept donations and others may have an admission fee. Click here to review the 2018 schedule of events.
Saturday, August 4, 2018 (All day) to Sunday, August 5, 2018 (All day)
One of the largest art events on the South Shore, the Arts Affair at Marina Bay is a two-day event that will introduce you to the talents of artists, sculptors, and photographers who live and work in many of the South Shore communities. Free Parking, Free Admission, Raffles, and Art Demos throughout the weekend. The lobby and cafeteria of 500 Victory Road are transformed into an exciting gallery space, displaying works in Oil & Acrylic; Watercolor; Mixed Media; Drawing; Sculpture; and Photography.
The Adams National Historical Park offers tours of the Presidential Birthplaces and Peace Field daily from April 19 - November 10. During open season, the Visitor Center is open seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All Guided Tours begin at the Visitor Center. The first tour starts at 9:15 a.m. and the final tour starts at 3:15 p.m. and leave every hour. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Weekends in particular can be very busy, so the earlier you can be there the better!
Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, located at the top of a scenic mountain range south of Boston, is a unique American institution. Founded in 1885 by Abbott Lawrence Rotch as a private scientific center for the study and measurement of the atmosphere, it was the site of many pioneering weather experiments and discoveries. The earliest kite soundings of the atmosphere in North America in the 1890s and the development of the radiosonde in the 1930s occurred at this historic site.
Having served a distinguished 10 year career as flagship of the US Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean and the Second Fleet in the Atlantic, the USS Salem served as host to such notables as the US Ambassador to Spain, John D. Lodge; the Honorable Thomas S. Gates, Undersecretary of the Navy; Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, USN, Chief of Naval Operations; the Shah of Iran; the President of Lebanon and the King and Queen of Greece. Although Salem never fired her mighty guns in anger, her very presence served as a stimulus for peace during those troubled times that came to be called the Cold War.
Explore America’s birth as a global economic power in the 19th century through the prism of one family’s inspiring stories of adventure, innovation, entrepreneurial spirit and civic leadership. Long considered the jewel of Milton, this majestic Greek revival mansion was built in 1833 and contains the treasures of four generations of the Forbes family including China trade heirlooms and Abraham Lincoln memorabilia. Historic Preservation work has recently been completed. The museum is open to the public for tours at 11am and 2pm on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.
The Church of the Presidents is the only building in the United States to house the final resting place of two Presidents. President John Adams, First Lady Abigail Adams, their son President John Quincy Adams and Louisa Catherine Adams are interred in the family crypt underneath the front entrance to the building.
The earliest surviving home of the Quincy family, this house was built in 1686 by Edmund Quincy and greatly expanded and remodeled in 1706 displaying the evolution of colonial architecture. The house welcomed Benjamin Franklin as a guest and had frequent visits from young lawyer John Adams. The childhood home of Dorothy Quincy, who became Mrs. John Hancock; the second President of the Continental Congress, first signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first Governor of Massachusetts.
This country estate overlooking Quincy Bay transports you to the Revolutionary War era and tells the story of a woman’s work to preserve her family’s history more than 100 years later. Revolutionary leader Josiah Quincy built the house in 1770. He and his family played key roles in the social and political life of Massachusetts for generations, producing three mayors of Boston and a president of Harvard.
Board the Valkyrie and spend time on Spectacle Island. Departs from Squantum Point Park, Marina Bay at 10:500 a.m. and the return departs at 2:50 p.m. arriving back in Quincy on Saturdays in June, July, and August. Advance tickets recommended.
Every Saturday evening, excluding holiday weekends, New England Wildlife Center sponsors the Catbird Café; the South Shore’s longest running open mic, playing original music. The Catbird Café is hosted by Steve Martin and his wife Cathy Donlon. Steve is a well-known musician throughout the region and brings a thematic consistency between the care of wildlife and music. Participants in the Catbird Café range in age from young elementary school students to octogenarians, from singing families to poets and belly dancers. Sign up to perform starts at 4:30 and performing starts at 5:00 p.m.
Teen musical students, ages 13-19, present this energetic, widely-acclaimed, captivating musical. Arthur Laurents' book remains as powerful, poignant and timely as ever. The score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim is widely regarded as one of the best ever written. The world's greatest love story takes to the streets in this landmark Broadway musical that is one of the theatre's finest accomplishments.
Broadway Stars Alexa Green and Sydney Morton perform in this one night concert at the historic Church of the Presidents with twenty five contest winning local teenagers. Advance tickets recommended. Purchase tickets online.