Fall Staff Picks

Fall Features and Fun

Whether you’re looking for a day of majesty at the museum, a rousing dance performance, or a return to live, in-person theatre, we hope you check out some of our favorite exhibits and performances coming up this September and beyond…

What We’re Recommending:


Boston Dance Theater | Presented by Global Arts Live

October 22 – 23

“Over the summer, I’ve been making a point to catch as many outdoor festivals as I can and had the opportunity to attend the Newport Dance Festival presented by Island Moving Company in July. Boston Dance Theatre, a Boston-based contemporary dance company codirected by Jessie Jeanne Stinnett and award-winning Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili, was one of the featured companies. They blew me away with Olivia Coombs and Jessie Jeanne Stinnett’s performance of Chameleon. I am so looking forward to the return of Boston Dance Theatre presented by Global Arts Live at one of the most beautiful dance venues – the ICA/Boston – this October including a new world-premiere work choreographed by Rosie Herrera. ”


Fort Point Rock the Block | Presented by Artists For Humanity

September 12

“This organization carries a special place in my heart as a long-trusted haven for the youth of Greater Boston. I am a true supporter of the arts and youth advocacy. After a challenging year, on September 12, AFH will celebrate arts and culture of 30 years in style for Fort Point Rock the Block with food and drink from loved local vendors, immersive art and music all day and night, and amazing video projections after dark on the surrounding buildings.”


Titian: Women, Myth & Power | Presented by Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Now – January 2, 2022

“How lucky are we to be in Boston this fall! The Gardner’s exhibit of its fully re-stored Rape of Europa by Titian and the other five paintings in the series envisioning epic stories from classical Antiquity has already garnered must-see accolades from the Washington Post, NY Times, and Boston Globe. Titian is my favorite painter and it’s thrilling to see these six paintings created for King Philip II of Spain as they are reunited for the first time in over four centuries in this exhibition’s limited tour to the National Gallery, London, the Museo del Prado, Madrid, and now the Gardner. The Gardner’s additional programming around the exhibition is a treat, with lectures, tours, and extra viewing hours.”


The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming | Presented by Peabody Essex Museum

September 18 – March 20

“Since high school, I’ve been fascinated by Puritanical society and the Salem witch trials which were a by-product of that community. I’ve read everything I could get my hands on, have done extensive research, and have even written a thesis or two. Peabody Essex Museum’s new exhibit, The Salem Witch Trials: Reckoning and Reclaiming, looks at the trials through a new lens. Not only will the exhibit explore the various factors that led to the crisis and those who rose up to defend the accused, but it also explores two creative responses by contemporary artists with ancestral links to the trials: fashion designer Alexander McQueen and photographer Frances F. Denny. ”


Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic | Presented by American Repertory Theater

September 25 – October 9

“This fall, I’m excited about the opportunity to return to A.R.T. to watch one of my favorite art forms come to life on stage. Hearing the rhythmic sounds and seeing the dynamic movements that make up a tap dance performance is always an unforgettable experience, which I know will be all the more rousing after being without the usual abundance of opportunities to see live dance for a long time. Ayodele Casel and the ensemble behind Chasing Magic have crafted a journey that weaves movement and storytelling to lift up themes from our everyday life, and emphasizes joy at a very needed moment in time.”


Check out all these picks and more on the ArtsBoston Calendar.

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Pictured above: The ensemble of dancers in Ayodele Casel: Chasing Magic

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