MLK Events Boston 2023 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events, Activities, & Weekend Celebrations

MLK Events Boston 2023 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events, Activities, & Weekend Celebrations

MLK Day Boston 2023 is happening on January 16 and we’re here to help you plan out your Boston MLK weekend!

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a national holiday celebrated on the third Monday of January every year. It is a day to honor the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and to remember his contributions to the civil rights movement.

Many events and activities are held to commemorate MLK Day Boston, such as marches, speeches, and community service projects.

The specific events for things to do in Boston MLK weekend may vary from year to year. With a long weekend ahead of us, we’ve rounded up Boston MLK day events that you can enjoy with your friends and family. Check them out below!


Editor’s Note: Our staff works hard to bring you the latest information. However, all information mentioned in this article is subject to change. As always, please confirm before heading out.

Also, check out our post on Free Museums in Boston & Things To Do in Boston this Weekend of January 13, 2023!


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MLK Events Boston 2023 – Events & Activities

Unveiling of “The Embrace” this MLK Weekend 2023

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Mark your calendar for the Embrace Unveiling being held on MLK weekend 2023 – what’s bound to be an unforgettable weekend! Join the King family, national and local leaders, and partners as we come together to pay homage to heroes of the past and present, and to accelerate our collective contribution towards a radically inclusive and equitable world for all.

When: Friday, January 13, 2023
Where: Boston Common, 115 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116
How Much: FREE


Becoming King: 20th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

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Join the singers of Boston Children’s Chorus as we reflect on Dr. King’s life, his formative years, and his transformation into the most recognized Civil Rights icon. Featuring Season Partner Zakiyyah.

When:  Monday, January 16, 2023 | 4:00 pm EST
Where: Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02115
How Much: Ticket price starts at $15


MLK Weekend of Purpose

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In his second to last speech, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. highlighted both the importance of service and the positive impact every individual can have through volunteering. As an organization fueled by the efforts of incredible volunteers, Cradles to Crayons Boston is honoring this sentiment through a Weekend of Purpose.

This year, CTC Boston encourages you to engage your friends, family, and community through a series of volunteer initiatives that will support greatly in their fight against Clothing Insecurity.

When: Friday, January 13, 2023 – Monday, January 16, 2023
Where: The Giving Factory, 281 Newtonville Avenue, Newton MA 02460
How Much: FREE


THE ANNUAL Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. College, Career & Health Fair

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Join The BASE and meet with some excellent colleges & businesses to advance on your journey in 2023! The BASE is proud to bring these opportunities for employment, higher education, and health & wellness directly to the community in partnership with these great organizations & institutions. The morning will also include a brief speaking program & live entertainment.

When: Saturday, January 14, 2023 | 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Where: Melnea Cass Recreation Complex, 120 M.L.K. Jr Blvd, Boston, MA 02119
How Much: FREE


Service with Bethel AME Church Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

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Join Temple Israel of Boston and their neighbors at Bethel AME Church for a Sunday worship service and Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration, with a joint sermon by Rabbi Dan Slipakoff and Reverend Carrington Moore.

When: Sunday, January 15, 2023 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: 38 Walk Hill St, Boston, MA 02130
How Much: FREE


The 53rd Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast

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The Martin Luther King Memorial Breakfast celebration will raise awareness about the essential significance of education in the pursuit of social justice. King reminds us that “The function of education, therefore, is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.”

The program will be in-person and also live-streamed online on the day of the breakfast.

When: Monday, January 16, 2023 | 9:00 am
Where: Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210
How Much: $0 – $50


Annual MLK Jr. Tribute Concert

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A CELEBRATION IN HONOR OF MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. In collaboration with the Museum of African American History, the tribute to Dr. King will feature classical and spiritual pieces performed by young musicians from BYSO’s Intensive Community Program alongside distinguished leaders who will evoke the power and the promise of the civil rights hero through remarks, readings, and spoken word.

When: Monday, January 16, 2023 | 1:00 pm
Where: 1 Faneuil Hall Square, Boston, MA 02109
How Much: FREE


Martin Luther King Jr. Day at Peabody Essex Museum

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Join us as we honor the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the intersection of creativity and community. Celebrate this monumental day by centering Dr. King’s values of equality, freedom, and civic inclusion. Through performances, workshops, and art-making, PEM invites visitors to reflect on the progress we have made in our communities – and the work that remains as we strive for a more just society.

When: Monday, January 16, 2023 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: 161 Essex St, Salem, MA 01970
How Much: FREE


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MLK Events Boston 2023 – Other Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

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Honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with stories, sign-making, conversation, and music. Artists and thought leaders will share reflections on themes of justice, equity, art, and empowerment, and invite participation in activities throughout the day.

When: Monday, January 16, 2023 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA 02115
How Much: FREE


Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Free Admission

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The ICA is offering FREE admission for all on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 16. Advanced timed tickets are required and will be available to reserve beginning on Sunday, January 15 at 10 AM.

When:  Monday, January 16, 2023 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Where: 25 Harbor Shore Dr, Boston, MA 02210
How Much: FREE


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