All-Female Salsa Band Performing at Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Concert on July 17

Celebrate the summer in Boston’s Latin Quarter at a Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series concert on July 17. Bring your family and friends to enjoy a fun evening of live Latin music by 3nity, Boston’s first all female salsa band. There will also be games, activities and free ice cream from J.P. Licks. The concert will be on July 17th starting at 6 pm on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (361 Centre St., Jamaica Plain). This event is part of Hyde Square Task Force's Viva el Latin Quarter Summer Series.

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JP World’s Fair Revived: Latin Quarter World’s Fair Coming in September

The defunct Jamaica Plain World Fair will be returning to the neighborhood after a 10-year hiatus, and is being renamed as the Latin Quarter World's Fair (LQWF). The new version of the fair is scheduled to be on September 15 and will be on Creighton Street to Bynner Street, and also scattered throughout the Blessed Sacrament Campus. The multicultural celebration will kick-off National Latinx Heritage Month, and recognize the neighborhood’s designation as a Cultural District by both the Mass Cultural Council and Boston, according to a press release. “The Latin Quarter Cultural District’s new take on the JP World’s Fair will focus on celebrating the neighborhoods long, rich history of Afro-Latin art, culture, food, and music,” said Cisnell Baez, LQWF Committee member and former resident. “By creating spaces and events that are led by the community who lived, work, and own businesses there, we are empowering them to make decisions about their neighborhood.”

Through the years residents and merchants have wanted the fair to return.

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Free Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba Master Class with Hyde Square Task Force This Friday

Don't miss an opportunity to learn and perform Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba with Sasi Marcelino this Friday. Join the Hyde Square Task Force for a Master Class on Friday, May 24 from 6 to 8 pm at Hyde Square Task Force where you will have the chance to learn both Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba music and dance, as well as its rich history. All levels are welcome. The next day, join Hyde Square Task Force youth for a culminating performance on the Blessed Sacrament Plaza (361 Centre St.). Rain Location: Hyde Square Task Force (30 Sunnyside St.).

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Inside Out Sidewalk Fair

Explore food and shopping along Centre Street from Jackson Square to Hyde Square at our 5th annual Inside Out Sidewalk Fair & Sale on Saturday, May 18. We’ll have street musicians, a face painter & balloon artist and more to keep it lively, and businesses will have an array of products on display for sale as well as street food provided by our local restaurants. The Fair will be from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. The rain date is June 1.

Mulch-ca-pade & Centre Street Beautification

Have fun and work along other volunteers to ensure that street trees between Jackson Square and Canary Square get the love they need, public spaces are beautiful and ready for spring, and steel bollards are removed of rust and painted. A free community lunch will follow your dedication. We'll meet at Mozart Park at 10 Mozart Street at 9:00 am.